Fanfare: Allegheny Health Network gala raises $5.6 million
It was sold out by early July. Nearly three months before Allegheny Health Network dimmed the lights at Stage AE, welcomed a crowd of 485 and raised a glass for an inaugural gala that raised $5.6 million.
“It's a celebration of all the things we've been working on for the past three years,” said president and CEO Cynthia Hundorfean. “We're telling everyone in Pittsburgh that we are here to stay.”
Prior to the main event, VIPs including Highmark CEO David Holmberg, David Goldberg, Allie Quick, Dr. Allan Klapper, Dr. David Parda, Lynne Marchese, Sy Holzer, Debbie Flaherty Campbell and Jim Campbell were making the rounds upstairs, where it was elbow room only.
“It's been really gratifying to see the community come together,” said gala chair Greg Jordan. “And all the money raised stays here in the community as well.”
Following cocktail hour, it was in the glow of the mainstage where guests took their seats around tables that glistened like liquidized crystal, courtesy of the prowess of LUXE Creative Martin Potoczny. Emcee Bob Pompeani did the honors in between courses, although the party officially kicked into high gear once the Elite Show Band took over.
Proceeds benefitted cancer services, cardiovascular medicine and surgery, emergency services, the neurosciences, orthopedics, and women's health, as well as the AHN Research Institute and AHN's nursing program.
Also on the list: Nancy Angus, Dr. Dominic Bagnoli, Scott Barnyak, Jack Barbour, Dan Booker, Jeff Broadhurst, Mark Broadhurst, Louis Cestello, Frank Coonelly, Steven D'Achille, Patricia Darnley, Dr. Bruce MacLeod, Julie and Mac McMullen, Sebastian Mitchell, Mitchell Possinger. Ron Andro, Dr. Jeff Cohen, Bill Englert, Dr. Mark Rubino, Duke Rupert, Louise Urban.