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FLASH!: For the week of April 22

Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - THE GOLD STANDARD: You know there’s an Olympian in the house when a gold medal starts making the rounds. On April 17, 2013, judo world champ Kayla Harrison (center) was effortlessly inspiring 300 children and adults with her story of resilience and perseverance during Family Resources’ Child Abuse Prevention Month Awards Benefit. “Kayla is standing up and being a vocal champion,” said executive director, Shauna Spencer (left). Evan Frazier (right) also was on hand at the event at the Westin Convention Center hotel.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>THE GOLD STANDARD: You know there’s an Olympian in the house when a gold medal starts making the rounds. On April 17, 2013, judo world champ Kayla Harrison (center) was effortlessly inspiring 300 children and adults with her story of resilience and perseverance during Family Resources’ Child Abuse Prevention Month Awards Benefit. “Kayla is standing up and being a vocal champion,” said executive director, Shauna Spencer (left). Evan Frazier (right) also was on hand at the event at the Westin Convention Center hotel.
John Altdorfer - ROONEY AWARD DINNER: The waters within the ballroom of the Westin parted as expected upon arrival of Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan and Patricia Rooney, who were quickly sequestered away from the masses for photo ops with this years’ class of honorees during the Art Rooney Award Dinner. Benefitting the Catholic Youth Association and chaired by David Malone, the 40th annual event recognized Pittsburgh Champions including Kevin Colbert, Robert Nelkin, Chris Moore, Mamie Hutchins, Ellen Pifer, and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, who snagged this year’s Art Rooney Award. “It’s really wonderful,” said Nordenberg. Pictured here are Kevin Colbert with Chris Moore and Robert Nelkin.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>ROONEY AWARD DINNER: The waters within the ballroom of the Westin parted as expected upon arrival of Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan and Patricia Rooney, who were quickly sequestered away from the masses for photo ops with this years’ class of honorees during the Art Rooney Award Dinner. Benefitting the Catholic Youth Association and chaired by David Malone, the 40th annual event recognized Pittsburgh Champions including Kevin Colbert, Robert Nelkin, Chris Moore, Mamie Hutchins, Ellen Pifer, and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, who snagged this year’s Art Rooney Award.  “It’s really wonderful,” said Nordenberg.   Pictured here are Kevin Colbert with Chris Moore and Robert Nelkin.
John Altdorfer - ROONEY AWARD DINNER: Art Rooney II, Dan Rooney and Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>ROONEY AWARD DINNER: Art Rooney II,  Dan Rooney and Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.
Reveal Photography - FLAP HAPPY: Founder Mildred Miller Posvar and event chair Michelle Stepnick were among the VIPs filtering into the Twentieth Century Club on April 19 for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s “A Deco Affair.” Shrugging off the black-ties in favor of period attire, 130 guests enjoyed entertainment by the Freya String Quartet and the Robbie Klein Trio while also toasting the organization’s 35th anniversary. The inaugural event supports the artistic and educational programs of OT’s upcoming SummerFest, scheduled for July 6-21. Pictured here are artistic and general director Jonathan Eaton with “flappers” Lynne Squilla, Lana Neumeyer, and Cindie Bonomi.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Reveal Photography</em></div>FLAP HAPPY: Founder Mildred Miller Posvar and event chair Michelle Stepnick were among the VIPs filtering into the Twentieth Century Club on April 19 for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s “A Deco Affair.” Shrugging off the black-ties in favor of period attire, 130 guests enjoyed entertainment by the Freya String Quartet and the Robbie Klein Trio while also toasting the organization’s 35th anniversary. The inaugural event supports the artistic and educational programs of OT’s upcoming SummerFest, scheduled for July 6-21.   Pictured here are artistic and general director Jonathan Eaton with “flappers” Lynne Squilla, Lana Neumeyer, and Cindie Bonomi.
John Altdorfer - ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE: “We can’t do what we do without the support from you,” board prez Joe Burgunder said to guests of the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center’s President’s Circle Reception on April 18. Beginning with tours of the East Liberty facility that last year helped 6,000 animals find their forever homes, the event then migrated across the street to Absolute Ballroom for dinner and what turned out to be the ultimate dessert: an announcement regarding plans for a major expansion that is scheduled to get under way in 2014. Seen here are board prez Joe Burgunder with Ginny Merchant and ARL executive director Dan Rossi.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE: “We can’t do what we do without the support from you,” board prez Joe Burgunder said to guests of the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center’s President’s Circle Reception on April 18. Beginning with tours of the East Liberty facility that last year helped 6,000 animals find their forever homes, the event then migrated across the street to Absolute Ballroom for dinner and what turned out to be the ultimate dessert: an announcement regarding plans for a major expansion that is scheduled to get under way in 2014.  Seen here are board prez Joe Burgunder with Ginny Merchant and ARL executive director Dan Rossi.
John Altdorfer - HISTORY MAKERS: Esther Bush, George Greer, Sigo Falk, David Shapira and Tony Dorsett were counted as this year’s crop of legendary Pittsburghers being lauded by the Heinz History Center during its annual History Makers Awards. Recognized for their exceptional contributions to the history of Western Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world, the sold-out event was held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel on April 20 and drew more than 400 guests, including co-chairs Don Heberle and Dan Fitzpatrick, and HHC prez Andy Masich.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>HISTORY MAKERS: Esther Bush, George Greer, Sigo Falk, David Shapira and Tony Dorsett were counted as this year’s crop of legendary Pittsburghers being lauded by the Heinz History Center during its annual History Makers Awards. Recognized for their exceptional contributions to the history of Western Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world, the sold-out event was held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel on April 20 and drew more than 400 guests, including co-chairs Don Heberle and Dan Fitzpatrick, and HHC prez Andy Masich.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review - 25 CLUB LUNCHEON: The 25 Club of Magee-Womens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC hosted an Al Fresco Luncheon at the Duquesne Club on April 19 to raise money for neo-natal research. Among the crowd were (from left) Dr. Stephen Emery, Director of Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center, chair Norma Sobel, and 25 Club prexy Debbie Barbarita.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jasmine Goldband  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>25 CLUB LUNCHEON: The 25 Club of Magee-Womens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC hosted an Al Fresco Luncheon at the Duquesne Club on April 19 to raise money for neo-natal research. Among the crowd were (from left) Dr. Stephen Emery, Director of Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center,  chair Norma Sobel, and 25 Club prexy Debbie Barbarita.
John Altdorfer - BREWER'S BALL: No signs of excessive thirst in sight thanks to Cystic Fibrosis’ Brewer's Ball, which on April 19 turned the Circuit Center on the South Side into a hot spot for hipsters and brew aficionados. Microbreweries, brewpubs and craft beers ensured glasses stayed half full for the 500 estimated in attendance, an evening enjoyed by (from left) honorary chairs Tom and Mollie Lang and co-chairs Bryan McNutt and Brad Scanlon.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>BREWER'S BALL: No signs of excessive thirst in sight thanks to Cystic Fibrosis’ Brewer's Ball, which on April 19 turned the Circuit Center on the South Side into a hot spot for hipsters and brew aficionados. Microbreweries, brewpubs and craft beers ensured glasses stayed half full for the 500 estimated in attendance, an evening enjoyed by (from left) honorary chairs Tom and Mollie Lang and co-chairs Bryan McNutt and Brad Scanlon.
John Altdorfer - BREWER’S BALL: Sam Talerico and Bo Ronosky at the sixth annual Brewer's Ball to benefit the Cystic Fibrois Foudantion at the Circuit Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>BREWER’S BALL: Sam Talerico and Bo Ronosky at the sixth annual Brewer's Ball to benefit the Cystic Fibrois Foudantion at the Circuit Center.
Kelly Perkovich - FU ANNIVERSARY: Three decades of service were the cause of much celebration on April 19, when Dr. Freddie Fu (center) was toasted by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prior to the opening-night performance of its 2012-13 season finale, “Cinderella.” Artistic director Terrence Orr (left) and executive director Harris Ferris (right) were at the Benedum Center, among other VIPs, to laud the chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC’s long-standing commitment to the PBT. “This relationship has been especially gratifying for me and my family as patrons of the ballet and the arts,” Fu said.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kelly Perkovich</em></div>FU ANNIVERSARY: Three decades of service were the cause of much celebration on April 19, when Dr. Freddie Fu (center) was toasted by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prior to the opening-night performance of its 2012-13 season finale, “Cinderella.” Artistic director Terrence Orr (left) and executive director Harris Ferris (right) were at the Benedum Center,  among other VIPs, to laud the chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC’s long-standing commitment to the PBT. “This relationship has been especially gratifying for me and my family as patrons of the ballet and the arts,” Fu said.
John Altdorfer - LAROCHE’S 50-YEAR GALA: Prexy Sister Candace Introcaso (left) and honorary co-chairs Scott and Sue Lammie attend the 50th anniversary gala of LaRoche College at the Grand Wyndham on April 19. The event also served to establish the school's Distinguished Alumni Circle, honoring 50 alumni chosen for achievements in both their professional and personal lives.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>LAROCHE’S 50-YEAR GALA: Prexy Sister Candace Introcaso (left) and honorary co-chairs Scott and Sue Lammie attend the 50th anniversary gala of LaRoche College  at the Grand Wyndham on April 19. The event also served to establish the school's Distinguished Alumni Circle, honoring 50 alumni chosen for achievements in both their professional and personal lives.
John Altdorfer - RETAIL THERAPY: The Bartko Foundation managed to make the weekend that much sweeter for self-proclaimed shopaholics as they filtered into the Rivers Club in Oxford Centre on April 20. Putting a fresh spin on retail therapy, the event combined a boutique shopping experience and luncheon to support the Foundation’s mission of helping single minority mothers achieve self-sufficiency. Among those attending were Jackie Dixon with executive director Carl Ellis Perkins and board chair Melanie Gefert-Azur.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>RETAIL THERAPY: The Bartko Foundation managed to make the weekend that much sweeter for self-proclaimed shopaholics as they filtered into the Rivers Club in Oxford Centre on April 20. Putting a fresh spin on retail therapy, the event combined a boutique shopping experience and luncheon to support the Foundation’s mission of helping single minority mothers achieve self-sufficiency. Among those attending were Jackie Dixon with executive director Carl Ellis Perkins and board chair Melanie Gefert-Azur.

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The Gold Standard

You know there's an Olympian in the house when a gold medal starts making the rounds.

Art Rooney Award Dinner

The waters within the ballroom of the Westin parted as expected upon arrival of Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan and Patricia Rooney, who were quickly sequestered away from the masses for photo ops with this years' class of honorees during the Art Rooney Award Dinner.

Flap Happy

Founder Mildred Miller Posvar and event chair Michelle Stepnick were among the VIPs filtering into the Twentieth Century Club on April 19 for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's “A Deco Affair.”

Animal Rescue League

Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center's President's Circle Reception on April 18 included an announcement of expansion plans.

History Makers

Esther Bush, George Greer, Sigo Falk, David Shapira and Tony Dorsett were counted as this year's crop of legendary Pittsburghers being lauded by the Heinz History Center during its annual History Makers Awards.

25 Club luncheon

The 25 Club of Magee-Womens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC hosted an Al Fresco Luncheon at the Duquesne Club on April 19 to raise money for neo-natal research.

Brewer's ball

The Cystic Fibrosis' Brewer's Ball on April 19 turned the Circuit Center on the South Side into a hot spot for hipsters and brew aficionados.

Fu anniversary

Three decades of service were the cause of much celebration on April 19, when Dr. Freddie Fu was toasted by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

LaRoche's 50-year gala

The 50th anniversary gala of LaRoche College was held at the Grand Wyndham on April 19.

Retail therapy

The Bartko Foundation managed to make the weekend that much sweeter for self-proclaimed shopaholics as they filtered into the Rivers Club in Oxford Centre on April 20.

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