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Flash!: H'art & Soul of Haiti; Roberto Clemente Museum Fundraiser

| Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
John Altdorfer
WORTH WAITING FOR Just how much anticipation was in the air for WQED’s Downton Abbey-inspired evening on September 18? Enough to tide 150 guests over for nine months. The original January date had to be rescheduled, and with good reason: the guest of honor, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton (center), had fallen ill. Well worth the wait, thanks to a jaw-dropping room design by Bill Chisnell Productions and multi-courses from The Common Plea. “There is Downton mania,” mused Eaton. Also pictured are WQED-TV board chair Debra Caplan and prexy Deborah Acklin.
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VISION OF HOPE St. Lucy's Auxilliary for the Blind hosted its Vision of Hope luncheon on September 19 at the Pittsburgh Field Club in Fox Chapel. The luncheon is held ahead of the annual Medallion Ball, which honors young women for their efforts to serve others through community services. This November 29 will mark the Ball's 50th anniversary. Pictured are prexy Mary Lee Gannon, luncheon chair Diann Bills and event co-chair K.C. Henninger.
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FIELD OF DREAMS: “We decided to do this because he loved Roberto more than anything,” said Roberto Clemente Museum owner Duane Rieder (right). The “he” was Manny Sanguillen (second from right), the former Pirates catcher who was a friend and teammate of Roberto. On Sept. 19, he helped to officially christen a new wing of the museum in his honor. Among the 200 attendance (from left) were the Clemente family: Ricky, Luis, Roberto Jr., and Roberto’s widow, Vera.
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BETTER WITH AGE Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens celebrated 120 years during it’s Wines Under Glass cocktailer on September 19, a landmark occasion feted by 300 in attendance. Pictured here are Athena Sarris with honorary chairs Dick and Ginny Simmons.
BRUNCH AND BAROQUE On September 8, Craig McDonald and Dan Catanzaro welcomed guests into the gorgeous gardens surrounding their Shadyside home for a little bit of Brunch and Baroque. The event officially christened a months-long project between Chatham Baroque and Quantum Theater that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of both. QT founder Karla Boos (center) was amongst the attendees.
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TEAM PLAYERS University of PIttsburgh mens basketball coach and honorary event chair Jamie Dixon with Every Child Inc. executive director Jesse McLean during the Every Child Inc. Challenge the Champions benefit held at the Rivers Casino on September 20.
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A LOVE AFFAIR Pittsburgh staples Jim and Elin Roddey welcomed friends to a private party aboard the docked RiverQuest at the Fox Chapel Yacht Club on September 21 to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. So what’s the secret to so many happy years? “Separate bank accounts,” quipped the groom.
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WHOLE LOTTA SOUL Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti welcomed 300+ to the WQED Studios in Oakland for it’s annual H’art & Soul of Haiti gala. Held on September 21, the evening included original works of art for sale by Haitian artists, a celebration of the one millionth tree planted by the Haiti Timber Re-Introduction Project, and recognition of honoree and longtime FHAS supporter Matthew Anderson (center), grandson of the late Chris Snavely. Also pictured are HAS CEO Louis Martin and FHAS prexy Lucy Rawson.
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WHOLE LOTTA SOUL: Haiti Timber Reintroduction Porject manager Melissa Sanon with Ian Rawson at the WQED studios in Oakland during the H’art & Soul of Haiti benefit.
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NURSES ROCK A line snaking its way around the deck of the Gateway Clipper Majestic and onto the dock signaled the beginnings of a pleasure cruise for area nursing professionals. Hosted by 96.1 KISS and 94.5 3WS on September 21, Nurses Rock! included cameos by KISS DJ Scottro and Morning Freak Show’s Mikey and Big Bob as well as Jonny Hartwell from 3WS. PIctured here are Chris Campbell and Neha Patel.
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COSTUMES FOR A CAUSE Chelsea’s of New York did their part to ensure the eye candy was plentiful on September 21, where a costume fashion show featuring 25 models brought the young and the restless down to CAVO in the Strip District. The event benefitted the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. Amongst the headturners were former Playboy Playmate and event hostess Tiffany Toth with CWC chair Michele Garris.

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