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Flash!: Racial Justice Awards Dinner; National Philanthropy Day

| Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
LEADING THE CHARGE 'It's an honor and a blessing because this cause is so great. The YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equality has done wonders,' said honorary chair Robert Hill (center) during the Racial Justice Awards. 'It's symbolic of the competency that the center shows with grappling with this.' For a crowd of 200 at the Westin Convention Center hotel on Nov. 13, the sentiment resonated strongly. With an eye on advocacy and change, community members including Janera Solomon, Melanie Brown, and 15-year-old wunderkind Alexis Marie Payne were lauded for their part in leading the charge. Pictured with Hill is CEO Magdeline Jensen and board prexy Marsha Jones.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
From left, Melanie Brown, Alexis Marie Payne, and Janera Solomon at the Racial Justice Awards at the Westin Hotel on Nov. 13, 2013.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
Marsha Jones at the Racial Justice Awards at the Westin Hotel, Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
THE POWER OF WORK Goodwill president and CEO Mike Smith with Bayer Material Science chief of staff and event honorary chair Rebecca Lucore at the Westin Convention Center hotel during the Power of Work Awards hosted by Goodwill Southern Pennsylvania on Nov. 12.
John Altdorfer
ROCK OF AGES Cancer suvivor and Clear Channel general sales managaer Mary Beth Beggy-Fischerkeller with former Poison singer and reality TV personality Bret Michaels at the Galleria Mall in Mt. Lebanon during the Knock Out Cancer event on Nov. 10, which benefited several organizations dedicated to cancer research, treatment and cures.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
IN GOOD COMPANY “You don’t realize how lucky you are to be in a city like this where philanthropy is so important,” said Alexis Tragos (right), during the National Philanthropy Day benefit on Nov. 14. Tragos, who co-chaired the evening with Jillian Pritts (left), welcomed a full capacity crowd into the Heinz History Center along with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. “Growing up in Pittsburgh, it was sort of ingrained in you with Mellon and Heinz and Frick. It’s really about giving back in any way you can,” Tragos added. Among the honorees were Karen Winner Sed, David Tinker, Will and Patrick May, Rachel Lorey Allen, and Mary Fricker. Also, posthumous recognition was given for Audrey Brourman and William Dietrich II.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE “These guys are the real stars,” said honoree Lee Foster II as he surveyed a ballroom filled with Junior Achievement student ambassadors. On Nov. 14, the Spirit of Excellence Awards put the spotlight on fellow laureates Christina Cummings, Angela Carr, Chip Babst III, Evan Frazier, and Ralph Martin (accepting on behalf of Trib Total Media) for 400 guests at the Westin Convention Center hotel. Since 1939, JA has inspired more than a million area youths to pursue opportunities leading to their economic success. Local high schoolers presented each of the honorees, while fifth-graders from Paynter Elementary School served as attendants and the Moon Area High School String Quartet soundtracked the evening. Pictured are Distinguished Alumni Award winner Frazier, SVP of Community Affairs for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, with his nephew Joel Macklim.
Kate Benz
BLOCK PARTY The Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation welcomed honorary chairs ROOT Sports announcer Rob King (left) and former Penguin Phil Bourque for its fifth annual Dinner and Auction on Nov. 14. Held at LeMont, 200 guests attended, including chairwomen Gloria Ostermeyer (second from left) and Marilyn Caye. Proceeds benefited housing and small business programs for Mt. Washington residents and business owners.
Pittsburgh Opera
SINGING PRAISES: Renowned baritone Craig Verm (second from left) treated 50 guests of the Pittsburgh Opera to a special recital held in the home of Cindy and Murry Gerber (right). A former Resident Artist of Pittsburgh Opera, Verm starred in the recent production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute.' Also pictured are Mark Trawka (left) and Christopher Hahn (center).
Judy Woffington
CHIC AND CLASSY: Pittsburgh Symphony North hosted the Chic and Classy luncheon and fashion show on Nov. 9, showing off looks from Chico’s, Four Seasons Boutique and The Fur Vault at Macy’s. Proceeds benefited the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the City Music Center at Duquesne University. Pictured are Judy Woffington, Ruthane Reginella, and Mary Ann Craig.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE: Entrepreneurial Achievement Award winners Christina Cummings (left) and Angela Carr of Turbie Twist at the Junior Achievement of Western PA's Spirit of Enterprise Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Westin in Downtown on Thursday.
John Altdorfer
IN STYLE WITH CHILDREN Event chairwomen (from left) Carolyn Allen, Maxine Shangold and Paulette Tarkin in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel during the In Style With Children's annual fall runway fashion show to benefit the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on Nov. 16.
John Altdorfer
IN STYLE WITH CHILDREN Mollie Hanna Lang, founder of the byLangley clothing line, at the Omni William Penn Hotel during the In Style With Children’s, annual fall runway fashion show to benefit the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
John Altdorfer
Sam Badger and Catherine Loevner at the Wm. Penn Hotel during the In Style With Children’s, annual fall runway fashion show to benefit the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Nov. 16, 2013.
John Altdorfer
Mollie Hanna Lang, founder of the byLangley clothing line, with assistant Jill Friday at the Wm. Penn Hotel during the In Style With Children’s, annual fall runway fashion show to benefit the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Nov. 16. 2013.
Michele Michaels and Bill Kumer during Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh's Annual Children’s Prom on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
Laura Fisk and Nolan Przybysz during Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh's Annual Children’s Prom on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
OH, WHAT A NIGHT! Branden Clark, Bree Clark and Rayshawn Johnson take a break during Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC's annual prom for patients, held on June 5. 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,' began with each patient selecting a complimentary gown or tuxedo for keeps, while Pittsburgh area Super Cuts and Sephora stores did the hair and makeup for the girls. Additionally, several “mini proms” were held in the activity centers of various units for patients who were unable to leave their rooms due to medical reasons.

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