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Wine Tasting Gala benefits Penguins Foundation

John Altdorfer - Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Bortuzzo with Kritsen Catrabone, Kathleen Nachazel and Penguins right winger Beau Bennett during the third annual Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Wine Tasting VIP Dinner at the Lexus Club inside the CONSOL Energy Center, Downtown. Jan. 16, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Bortuzzo with Kritsen Catrabone, Kathleen Nachazel and Penguins right winger Beau Bennett during the third annual Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Wine Tasting VIP Dinner at the Lexus Club inside the CONSOL Energy Center, Downtown. Jan. 16, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Pittsburgh Penguins CEO and president David Morehouse with Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation president David Soltesz during the third annual Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Wine Tasting VIP Dinner at the Lexus Club inside the CONSOL Energy Center, Downtown. Jan. 16, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Pittsburgh Penguins CEO and president David Morehouse with Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation president David Soltesz during the third annual Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Wine Tasting VIP Dinner at the Lexus Club inside the CONSOL Energy Center, Downtown. Jan. 16, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Heinz Field executive director of stadium management Jimmy Sacco, Gateway Financial president David Malone, Mario Lemieux Foundation executive director Nancy Angus and PNC Bank president Sy Holzer during the third annual Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Wine Tasting VIP Dinner at the Lexus Club inside the CONSOL Energy Center, Downtown. Jan. 16, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Heinz Field executive director of stadium management Jimmy Sacco, Gateway Financial president David Malone, Mario Lemieux Foundation executive director Nancy Angus and PNC  Bank president Sy Holzer during the third annual Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Wine Tasting VIP Dinner at the Lexus Club inside the CONSOL Energy Center, Downtown. Jan. 16, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner and chairman Mario Lemieux with wife Nathalie during the third annual Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Wine Tasting VIP Dinner at the Lexus Club inside the CONSOL Energy Center, Downtown. Jan. 16, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner and chairman Mario Lemieux with wife Nathalie during the third annual Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Wine Tasting VIP Dinner at the Lexus Club inside the CONSOL Energy Center, Downtown. Jan. 16, 2014.
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

The bowl of the Consol Energy Center might have been the official site of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation's Wine Tasting Gala, but on Jan. 16, the VIP dinner in the Lexus Club is where the party was just getting started.

Spotted among members of the current roster of players — including Beau Bennett, Brooks Orpik and Rob Bortuzzo — hockey deity and Pens co-owner Mario Lemieux (with Nathalie) was holding his own. Elsewhere, Gateway Financial prez David Malone and PNC Bank Pittsburgh prez Sy Holzer were throwing barbs like champs, leaving Nancy Angus to referee.

The foundation, whose mission is to encourage young people in the community through youth hockey and other activities, includes prez Dave Soltesz and board members Kevin Hart, Travis Williams, Christine Astorino, Dr. Charles “Chip” Burke, Ralph Martin, Joseph Schmidt, Deborah Rice and Karen Shero.

“It's only its third year. How fast it's grown. We are able to raise more and more for our charities,” Penguins prez David Morehouse says.

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