Bidding adieu to the traditional black-tie, long-speech and live auction-heavy gala, TheDesign Center opted for a simpler formula for its soiree on Nov. 2.
“We're just having a party,” said prez Stephen Glassman.
Putting the “Spotlight on Design,” the vibe at the Wyndham Grand was decidedly laid-back, personified by the presence of a pile of Legos sitting atop two long tables that had tongues wagging.
“We're the Design Center, so we wanted to give people something they could play with and design,” said COO Jen Fox.
The gesture did not go unnoticed.
“The geek in me would totally sit there and build things,” joked Rachel Booth.
“Yeah, but the problem is that if you're a designer, you'll be worried about people judging your design,” added husband Eric Booth.
The Booths, who joined Lucas and Renee Piatt in the role as co-chairs for the evening, were amongst a crowd of 200 — including board prez Ken Doyno, Tracy Certo, Gwen Dakis, Bill Gatti, Francine Gemperle, Lee Hipps, John Paul Jones, Ben Kelley, Regina Koetters, Rick Landesberg, Christine Mondor and Page Thomas — who were making the rounds, although it was a few bold fashion statements that became hot conversational topics.
“Every time I wear them, and it isn't that often, people always say, ‘Where did you get those shoes?' ” said Donald Carter of his NASCAR-inspired kicks.
While DJ Soy Sos underscored the evening, those in attendance mixed and mingled well into the night.
The mission of The Design Center is to advocate for more livable and sustainable communities in the Pittsburgh region.
Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-380-8515.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.