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Flash!: The Rainbow Gala; 'DVE Celebrity Roast

John Altdorfer - A VICTORIAN TEA Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory was blooming on April 6 during the Sojourner House 10th annual Victorian Tea. In between sips, an enviable parade of fascinators and hats could be seen floating by as the ladies upped the fashion ante.The crowd included event chair Cori Begg, honorary chair Tasha Batch, honoree Charlee Brodsky and Sojouner House executive director Joann Cyganovich. Sojourner House is a six-month residential rehabilitation program for addicted mothers and their children. Pictured here is Laura Stephany.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>A VICTORIAN TEA Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory was blooming on April 6 during the Sojourner House 10th annual Victorian Tea. In between sips, an enviable parade of fascinators and hats could be seen floating by as the ladies upped the fashion ante.The crowd included event chair Cori Begg, honorary chair Tasha Batch, honoree Charlee Brodsky and Sojouner House executive director Joann Cyganovich. Sojourner House is a six-month residential rehabilitation program for addicted mothers and their children. Pictured here is Laura Stephany.
John Altdorfer - MAN OF STEEL If former Steelers tight end Randy Grossman (pictured) was nervous about being in the hot seat during the Mel Blount Youth Home's All Star Celebrity Roast on April 11, he wasn't letting on. 'This is going to be a breeze,' he said. 'People don't realize this, but this is a small glimpse into the locker room. Everything is fair play. It's like a big family dinner.' Before the games officially began, Mel and TiAnda Blount, ‘Mean’ Joe Greene, Mike Wagner, emcee John Stallworth and Andy Russell were among those mingling during a special VIP hour before a crush of 800 filtered into the ballroom of the Wyndham Grand. Known for his nerves of steel, it was hard to find anyone who thought Grossman would actually break a sweat. “He’s always laid back and cool,” said Donnie Shell.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>MAN OF STEEL If former Steelers tight end Randy Grossman (pictured) was nervous about being in the hot seat during the Mel Blount Youth Home's All Star Celebrity Roast on April 11, he wasn't letting on.  'This is going to be a breeze,' he said. 'People don't realize this, but this is a small glimpse into the locker room. Everything is fair play. It's like a big family dinner.'  Before the games officially began, Mel and TiAnda Blount, ‘Mean’ Joe Greene, Mike Wagner, emcee John Stallworth and Andy Russell were among those mingling during a special VIP hour before a crush of 800 filtered into the ballroom of the Wyndham Grand. Known for his nerves of steel, it was hard to find anyone who thought Grossman would actually break a sweat. “He’s always laid back and cool,” said Donnie Shell.
John Altdorfer - MAN OF STEEL: TiAnda and Mel Blount relax at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown before the All-Star Celebrity Roast to benefit Mel Blount Youth Home. April 11. 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>MAN OF STEEL: TiAnda and Mel Blount relax at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown before the All-Star Celebrity Roast to benefit  Mel Blount Youth Home. April 11. 2014.
John Altdorfer - BEST OF THE BATCH Former Steelers quarterback and roastee Charlie Batch, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and former Steelers linebacker Larry Foote take a breather before the official start of The 'DVE Celebrity Roast on April 11. Held at the Omni William Penn, the event benefitted Charlie's Best of the Batch Foundation.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>BEST OF THE BATCH Former Steelers quarterback and roastee Charlie Batch, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and former Steelers linebacker Larry Foote take a breather before the official start of The 'DVE Celebrity Roast on April 11. Held at the Omni William Penn, the event benefitted Charlie's Best of the Batch Foundation.
John Altdorfer - DREAM MAKERS The sisters Bartko, also known as Nedra Perkins, Melanie Gefert-Azur and Michele Bossers, at the Fairmont during the Irene’s Dream Luncheon to benefit The Bartko Foundation on April 12.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>DREAM MAKERS The sisters Bartko, also known as Nedra Perkins, Melanie Gefert-Azur and Michele Bossers, at the Fairmont during the Irene’s Dream Luncheon to benefit The Bartko Foundation on April 12.
John Altdorfer - THE RAINBOW GALA It was hard to find a guest who didn’t have a personal connection to JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) during the 22nd annual Rainbow Gala. Held at the Westin on April 12, the evening was punctuated with a declaration by Western PA board prexy Nan DeTurk, who spoke of the “determination to turn Type 1 into Type None.” Art Rooney II (with Greta) and former Steelers offensive lineman Kendall Simmons (with Celesta, pictured) were the honorees. Simmons was diagnosed with diabetes at the height of his career. Among the sold-out crowd were corporate chairs Leo Gerard (with Susan) and David Malone (with Nancy), event co-chairs Cheryl Talerico and Susan Phillips, and chairs Maria Metro and Cindy Paul. The gala raised a whopping $1.8 million. Celesta Simmons with husband and former Steelers offensive lineman Kendall at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation. April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>THE RAINBOW GALA It was hard to find a guest who didn’t have a personal connection to JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) during the 22nd annual Rainbow Gala. Held at the Westin on April 12, the evening was punctuated with a declaration by Western PA board prexy Nan DeTurk, who spoke of the “determination to turn Type 1 into Type None.” Art Rooney II (with Greta) and former Steelers offensive lineman Kendall Simmons (with Celesta, pictured) were the honorees. Simmons was diagnosed with diabetes at the height of his career. Among the sold-out crowd were corporate chairs Leo Gerard (with Susan) and David Malone (with Nancy), event co-chairs Cheryl Talerico and Susan Phillips, and chairs Maria Metro and Cindy Paul. The gala raised a whopping $1.8 million.  Celesta Simmons with husband and former Steelers offensive lineman Kendall at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation. April 12, 2014.
John Altdorfer - THE RAINBOW GALA: Caitlin Killinger proves orange is the new black at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation on April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>THE RAINBOW GALA: Caitlin Killinger proves orange is the new black at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation on April 12, 2014.
John Altdorfer - THE RAINBOW GALA: Event co-chairs Cheryl Talerico and Susan Phillips with event chairs Maria Metro and Cindy Paul at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation on April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>THE RAINBOW GALA: Event co-chairs Cheryl Talerico and Susan Phillips with event chairs Maria Metro and Cindy Paul at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation on April 12, 2014.
John Altdorfer - MAN OF STEEL: Former Steelers linebacker Robin Cole shares a laugh with former Steelers wide receiver and NFL Hall of Famer John Stallworth at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown before the All-Star Celebrity Roast to benefit Mel Blount Youth Home. April 11. 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>MAN OF STEEL: Former Steelers linebacker Robin Cole shares a laugh with former Steelers wide receiver and NFL Hall of Famer John Stallworth at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown before the All-Star Celebrity Roast to benefit  Mel Blount Youth Home. April 11. 2014.
John Altdorfer - THE RAINBOW GALA: Nancy Malone with husband David, corporate co-chair, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation. April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>THE RAINBOW GALA: Nancy Malone with husband David, corporate co-chair, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation. April 12, 2014.
John Altdorfer - A VICTORIAN TEA: Yodit Betru during the 10th annual Sojouner House Victorian Tea at the Priory Grand Hall on the North Side. April 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>A VICTORIAN TEA: Yodit Betru during the 10th annual Sojouner House Victorian Tea at the Priory Grand Hall on the North Side. April 6, 2014.
John Altdorfer - THE RAINBOW GALA: Corporate co-chair Leo Gerard with wife Susan at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation. April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>THE RAINBOW GALA: Corporate co-chair Leo Gerard with wife Susan at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation. April 12, 2014.
John Altdorfer - THE RAINBOW GALA: Greta Rooney with husband Art Rooney II, the gala honoree, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation. April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>THE RAINBOW GALA: Greta Rooney with husband Art Rooney II, the gala honoree, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown during the The Rainbow Gala to benefit the Juvenile Diabeters Research Foundation. April 12, 2014.
John Altdorfer - DREAM MAKERS: Event honorees Shavon Thomas and Adrienne Parkes at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown during the Irene’s Dream Luncheon to benefit The Bartko Foundation. April 12, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>DREAM MAKERS: Event honorees Shavon Thomas and Adrienne Parkes at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown during the Irene’s Dream Luncheon to benefit The Bartko Foundation. April 12, 2014.
John Altdorfer - MAN OF STEEL: Former Steelers safety Donnie Shell autographs footballs at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown before the All-Star Celebrity Roast to benefit Mel Blount Youth Home. April 11. 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>MAN OF STEEL: Former Steelers safety Donnie Shell autographs footballs at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown before the  All-Star Celebrity Roast to benefit  Mel Blount Youth Home. April 11. 2014.
John Altdorfer - A VICTORIAN TEA: Event chair Cori Begg with honorary chair Tasha Batch, honoree Charlee Brodsky and Sojouner House executive director Joann Cyganovich during the 10th annual Sojouner House Victorian Tea at the Priory Grand Hall on the North Side. April 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>A VICTORIAN TEA: Event chair Cori Begg with honorary chair Tasha Batch, honoree Charlee Brodsky and Sojouner House executive director Joann Cyganovich during the 10th annual Sojouner House Victorian Tea at the Priory Grand Hall on the North Side. April 6, 2014.

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