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Flash! Public Theater takes a bow; Life Is Sweet for Best Buddies

| Sunday, April 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
ONE HEART, TWO SOLES: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre closed the curtain on another season by welcoming company dancers, artistic and/or production members and supporters to the Peirce Studio for its EnPointe party. The April 21 event also gave patrons a chance to applaud a unique partnership between PBT and Nordstrom’s, indicated by the presence of 70 well-heeled members of the store’s newly expanded designer shoe department — a nod to the season finale of “Cinderella.” Joining Valentino, Manolo Blahnik and Louis Vuitton were co-chairs Megan and Michael Quatrini (pictured).
Sojourner House
STEEPED IN TRADITION: The Grand Hall at the Priory was buzzing April 21 thanks to the presence of 300 guests of Sojourner House’s Victorian Tea. Now in its ninth year, the afternoon ended with yet another success story for the East Liberty-based facility, which provides residential rehabilitation programs for addicted mothers and their children. “We know we have already raised more than $40,000 ... a record!” shared Susan Orr, director of development. VIPs including Pearl of Hope honoree Kathy Froehle, honorary chairwoman Maris Bondi and event chairwoman Lynne Chadwick were among the crowd.
John Altdorfer | for the tribune-review John Altdorfer | for the tribune-review
THE SWEET LIFE Federico Fellini was giving guests a taste of La Dolce Vita on April 22, where the iconic filmmaker was resurrected for a fundraiser benefiting the Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Held at Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, the evening featured a meet ‘n’ greet with Man/Woman of the Year nominee Racheallee Lacek (center) and her sponsors Jim Blundo (left), Nick Brucker (right), and Scott Bergstein. John Altdorfer.
John Altdorfer
FAME: Shady Side Academy students Shay Moreland, Dennis Briggs and Chad Wallace (pictured) were amongst the students being lauded by the Fund for Advancement of Minorities Through Education (FAME) luncheon held at the Duquesne Club on April 22. The event also celebrated 18 years of providing scholarship assistance to FAME scholars with financial need at St Edmund’s Academy, Winchester Thurston School, The Ellis School, Shady Side Academy, Sewickley Academy, and the Kiski School
John Altdorfer | for the tribune-review
TASTE BUDS “There’s how can you not have a good time?” asked emcee Rick Sebak during the Life is Sweet Chef Showcase hosted by Best Buddies. Held at the August Wilson Center on April 25, the event paired area chefs Domenic Branduzzi (Piccolo Forno), Andrew Hebson (Nola on the Square), Kate Romane (E2), Nick Mineo (Sausalido), Kevin Sousa (SALT) and Meghann Walsh (Cioppino) with sous chef “buddies” with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Pictured here are Teresa Matesic Plunkett with chef Kevin Sousa.
Walter Quinn
Trojan Traditions Celebrity Master of Ceremonies Jim Krenn (right), a grad from the class of ‘77, took on the role of auctioneer at North Catholic High School's 47th Annual Trojan Triumph Auction. With him are former classmates Mike Koenig (left) and John Mudrany.
Teresa Thomas
LOOKING AHEAD: Stephen and Helen Casey hosted a patron cocktail reception on April 24 at their home to toast the Spring Hat Luncheon. The annual event, hosted by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, will be at Schenley Park on May 4.
ROLL WITH IT Clare Donohue, Maryann Boehm and Patti Matty were amongst those celebrating a Rock 'n' Rolltini on April 25 at Inventionland in RIDC Park. The event served as pre-game for the Pittsburgh CLO Guild's upcoming 58th annual ball on June 15, which this year will carry a 'Rock, Roll & Remember' theme. John Altdorfer.
SENIORITY RULE “This is the biggest gala ever,” shared Lutheran SeniorLife’s Sandy Grushecky as a crowd of 600 began filing into the East Club Lounge of Heinz Field for the Excellence is Ageless Gala. General consensus attributed the presence of Rev. Donald McCoid, bishop emeritus of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the evening’s honoree, as the main draw. Held on April 27, proceeds benefitted LSL’s mission of helping the seniors they serve enjoy an Abundant Life, regardless of their physical condition or financial circumstances. Pictured with Rev. McCoid (center) are Stephen D'Angelo and LSL prez David Fenoglietto. John Altdorfer
John Altdorfer | for the tribune-review
BREAKING NEWS Proving that good things are always worth waiting for, Point Park University used a gathering at Osteria 100 on April 27 to officially christen the launch of the newly redesigned Point Park News Service. “Tonight is to celebrate the students for the work they’ve done,” shared Andrew Conte, Director of PPNS and Trib investigative journalist extraordinaire. In the works since 2005, the service affords students of an advanced-level class the opportunity to have their work published in professional outlets including the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pictured are Point Park University students Holly Tonini, Lindsay Dill and Richelle Szypulski.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Fearless leader Ted Pappas, Nadine Bognar, co-chairs Cathy and Michael Ginsberg and Veronica and Dennis Yablonsky, and Katy and David Caliguiri were amongst the 500 giving a standing 'O' for the Pittsburgh Public Theater's Pittsburgh Takes a Bow: A Gala Celebration of Our Town. 'It's my thank you to the city of Pittsburgh for being so kind to me and the Pittsburgh Public Theater,' Pappas shared. Held at the Wyndham Grand on April 27, the event was a nod to Thornton Wilder's play, 'Our Town,' which will open the PPT season in September. Pictured here are Ted Pappas with Nadine Bognar.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mike and Cathy Ginsberg with Veronica and Dennis Yablonsky at the Pittsburgh Public Theater's Pittsburgh Takes a Bow: A Gala Celebration of Our Town.

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