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Young professionals turn out for Hearts & Hopes fundraiser

John Altdorfer - Event co-chair Liz Sperry with Young Leadership board president Rachel Grandovic during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Event co-chair Liz Sperry with Young Leadership board president Rachel Grandovic during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
John Altdorfer - KISS 96.1 afternoon drive time DJ Cathy Schodde during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>KISS 96.1 afternoon drive time DJ Cathy Schodde during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Marisa Satira with Marc McCarty and Victoria Lewis during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Marisa Satira with Marc McCarty and Victoria Lewis during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Corey Black with Lacee Ecker during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Corey Black with Lacee Ecker during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Girls Hope executive director Tom Weise with board member Colleen Darragh during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Girls Hope executive director Tom Weise with board member Colleen Darragh during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Lelia Broughton, Jason Wallace and Rishala Lynn during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Lelia Broughton, Jason Wallace and Rishala Lynn during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Mark Moller and Kathleen Slavish during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Mark Moller and Kathleen Slavish during the 21st annual Hearts and Hope benefit for Girls Hope at WHIM in Station Square. February 7, 2014.

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“It's for a great cause and is tied to Valentine's Day, so it sticks in people's minds,” said Hearts & Hopes chair Liz Sperry. “We have a lot of repeat offenders that like to come back.”

On Feb. 7, a swell of 400 young professionals were expected to file into WHIM at Station Square for the annual Girls Hope fundraiser. Fresh from the office, though, the transition from workday to weekend took a little time to unwind for a crowd that included Young Leadership Board prexy Rachel Grandovic, executive director Tom Wiese, Kari Carbone, emcee Cathy Schodde, aka Tall Cathy of 96.1 (KISS-FM), Marisa Satira, Marc McCarty, Victoria Lewis, Mark Moller and Kathleen Slavish.

With an appealing price point of $35 a pop, the evening succeeded in bringing back together a tightly knit group of supporters who have ensured that the annual event has kept going for more than two decades.

“You don't hear of many events that last 21 years,” said Colleen Darragh.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com or 412-380-8515.

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