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Flash! — Kidney Foundation; Dr. Seuss' birthday; UPMC's Children's Ball

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 1:48 p.m.
Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
ALL THAT GLITTERS: Zinna Scott, John Heher and Dr. Rita McGill during the Gift of Life Gala — National Kidney Foundation at the Circuit Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
WESLEY SPECTRUM: Dr. Heidi and Dr. Gary Swanson with Len Corton during the Wesley Spectrum Gala at the Westin Convention Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune Review
AIDS TASK FORCE: Charles Christian, Kerri Harmica and David Seman during Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force’s VIP Reception ahead of its 27th Annual Benefit at Mansions on Fifth on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune Review
AIDS TASK FORCE: Joe King during Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force’s VIP Reception ahead of its 27th Annual Benefit at Mansions on Fifth on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.


Gift of Life chairs Ginny and Phil Petraglia were among the 400 joining the National Kidney Foundation for an “All That Glitters is Gold” evening March 2. Held at the Circuit Center, the event also lauded John Heher, Dr. Rita McGill and Zinna Scott for their contributions to the cause.


On the anniversary of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Wesley Spectrum promised an evening of “joyful fun” for its 13th annual Gala held on March 2. Guests, including board member Diane Hallett and her husband, Bill, arrived at the Westin to encourage Wesley's mission of providing a strong transformational support system for families and individuals with autism and behaviorial health issues.


En masse they arrived, an army of 700 ready to Party Like a Rock Star during a Saturday date night spent with the miniatures for UPMC's Children's Ball. Held March 2 at the Carnegie Science Center, the annual event benefited the UPMC Health for Life Summer Camp at Braddock.


On March 2, St. Alexis School in Wexford held its 11th annual Gala at the Omni William Penn hotel. More than 300 guests attended the fundraiser, which supports school improvements. Afterward, an 8-week-old cocker spaniel went home with Giao and David Carrico, parents of Maia, a first-grader at St. Alexis School, and Rowan, a kindergartener.


The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force did its part to generate some buzz ahead of its annual gala by hosting a VIP reception at the Mansions on Fifth on Feb. 27. Movers and shakers, including Kerry Stoner awardees Tony and Linda Bucci, and entertainer Porsche, joined the ranks to raise a glass in preparation for the much-anticipated soiree that will take place March 20.

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