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Flash! Women's Center's 40th; Make-a-Wish's Grapevine; 114th Founders Day Gala with Mike Huckabee

Michael Mancini - SHOW OF STRENGTH There was a powerful vibe resonating within the white tent set up on the lawn of the Frick Art and Historical Center on May 2, where a sell-out crowd of 460 applauded the Women’s Center & Shelter’s 40th anniversary. “It’s been amazing,” said Rachel Allen, committee chair for the past 24 years. “The event’s gotten bigger and bigger and reached more people.” Honorary chairs Tim and Audrey Fisher, prexy Shirl Regan, Elsie Hillman, Catherine and Mark Loevner and Diane Holder were among the crowd, which also included abuse survivors. “It doesn’t only happen to poor and uneducated women,” shared Andrea Carelli, who endured 25 years of spousal abuse from her first husband. “I’m committed to helping any way I can. It was important for me to go out and say it happens to women of all colors, creeds, education levels and professions.” Following a commanding testimonial video, Steelers cornerback William Gay – also a child witness, survivor, and advocate – presented all of the survivors in the audience with the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award, named after WCS’ loyal friend and supporter Edward Armstrong Craig III. Pictured here are newlyweds Michael Toretti and Andrea Carelli.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Michael Mancini</em></div>SHOW OF STRENGTH There was a powerful vibe resonating within the white tent set up on the lawn of the Frick Art and Historical Center on May 2, where a sell-out crowd of 460 applauded the Women’s Center & Shelter’s 40th anniversary. “It’s been amazing,” said Rachel Allen, committee chair for the past 24 years. “The event’s gotten bigger and bigger and reached more people.” Honorary chairs Tim and Audrey Fisher, prexy Shirl Regan, Elsie Hillman, Catherine and Mark Loevner and Diane Holder were among the crowd, which also included abuse survivors. “It doesn’t only happen to poor and uneducated women,” shared Andrea Carelli, who endured 25 years of spousal abuse from her first husband.  “I’m committed to helping any way I can. It was important for me to go out and say it happens to women of all colors, creeds, education levels and professions.”  Following a commanding testimonial video, Steelers cornerback William Gay – also a child witness, survivor, and advocate – presented all of the survivors in the audience with the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award, named after WCS’ loyal friend and supporter Edward Armstrong Craig III.  Pictured here are newlyweds Michael Toretti and Andrea Carelli.
John Altdorfer | For the Tribune-Review - PAY IT FORWARD Chairwoman Kelly Lazarra (left) was at the helm of the host committee welcoming 200 guests to Olive or Twist on May 1 for Grapevine, a wine-tasting event that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It also included some amazing testimonials – including that of Meghan Sluzynsky (right), a former Make-A-Wish kid (and now employee of the organization) that asked and received a backyard pool in 1998. With her leukemia in remission for the past 14 years, she jumped at the opportunity to pay it forward. “I was almost speechless,” she said as she described fulfilling her first Wish for another child. “You can’t describe the feeling that you get when you help give a kid and their family some hope. It’s so fulfilling.”
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer  |  For the Tribune-Review</em></div>PAY IT FORWARD Chairwoman Kelly Lazarra (left) was at the helm of the host committee welcoming 200 guests to Olive or Twist on May 1 for Grapevine, a wine-tasting event that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It also included some amazing testimonials – including that of Meghan Sluzynsky (right), a former Make-A-Wish kid (and now employee of the organization) that asked and received a backyard pool in 1998. With her leukemia in remission for the past 14 years, she jumped at the opportunity to pay it forward. “I was almost speechless,” she said as she described fulfilling her first Wish for another child. “You can’t describe the feeling that you get when you help give a kid and their family some hope. It’s so fulfilling.”
John Altdorfer - GIRLS NIGHT OUT Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh welcomed a sea of LBD’s to the Hollywood Theater in Dormont on April 30, the ensembles serving as homage to Audrey Hepburn’s iconic wardrobe in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. To the delight of 100 guests, the classic movie was being shown as part of Girls Night Out, the annual fundraiser that also included a handful of coveted blue bags up for grabs. With glasses being kept half full thanks to a roving wine bottle, the evening gave new meaning to the term “happy hour.” “It’s really an opportunity to get all these ladies that support our organization to have fun,” said prexy Erika Arbogast (right), pictured with Michele Antonelli.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>GIRLS NIGHT OUT Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh welcomed a sea of LBD’s to the Hollywood Theater in Dormont on April 30, the ensembles serving as homage to Audrey Hepburn’s iconic wardrobe in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. To the delight of 100 guests, the classic movie was being shown as part of Girls Night Out, the annual fundraiser that also included a handful of coveted blue bags up for grabs. With glasses being kept half full thanks to a roving wine bottle, the evening gave new meaning to the term “happy hour.” “It’s really an opportunity to get all these ladies that support our organization to have fun,” said prexy Erika Arbogast (right), pictured with Michele Antonelli.
John Altdorfer | For the Tribune-Review - BE INSPIRED! Despite the sell-out crowd, you could hear a pin drop while Elizabeth Smart shared her story, one that never fails to captivate, even 12 years later. Taken from her home at knifepoint at the age of 14, she spent nine months enduring unspeakable cruelties by her captors before finally being reunited with her family. On April 30, Bethlehem Haven’s Be Inspired! An Evening with Elizabeth Smart proved that the human spirit has a remarkable ability to bend without breaking even under the most horrific circumstances. Hosted by Cindy and Murry Gerber, the evening included a meet and greet with VIPs and a signing of her new book, “My Story.” “Never give up hope. You can overcome it. You don’t have to let your experience define you. Hopefully, I’ll be remembered as more than the girl who was kidnapped. Hopefully, I’ll be remembered as the girl who survived,” Smart said before receiving a standing “O”. Elizabeth is pictured with Bethlehem Haven executive director Lois Mufuka Martin (right).
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer  |  For the Tribune-Review</em></div>BE INSPIRED! Despite the sell-out crowd, you could hear a pin drop while Elizabeth Smart shared her story, one that never fails to captivate, even 12 years later. Taken from her home at knifepoint at the age of 14, she spent nine months enduring unspeakable cruelties by her captors before finally being reunited with her family. On April 30, Bethlehem Haven’s Be Inspired! An Evening with Elizabeth Smart proved that the human spirit has a remarkable ability to bend without breaking even under the most horrific circumstances. Hosted by Cindy and Murry Gerber, the evening included a meet and greet with VIPs and a signing of her new book, “My Story.” “Never give up hope. You can overcome it. You don’t have to let your experience define you. Hopefully, I’ll be remembered as more than the girl who was kidnapped. Hopefully, I’ll be remembered as the girl who survived,” Smart said before receiving a standing “O”.  Elizabeth is pictured  with Bethlehem Haven executive director Lois Mufuka Martin (right).
John Altdorfer | For the Tribune-Review - BROADWAY BOUND Point Park University welcomed a full house to witness the latest bumper crop of next-big-things taking the stage during Broadway Bound! The event allowed friends and family to get a glimpse of what agents and producers would be seeing when these 20 seniors descended upon the Signature Theater in New York City for an industry showcase. Founded by Jack Allison and John Shepard eleven years ago, the May 1 event raised $50K via sponsorships and ticket sales alone. “The bus brings them all back…well, if they want,” mused Shepard.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer  |  For the Tribune-Review</em></div>BROADWAY BOUND Point Park University welcomed a full house to witness the latest bumper crop of next-big-things taking the stage during Broadway Bound! The event allowed friends and family to get a glimpse of what agents and producers would be seeing when these 20 seniors descended upon the Signature Theater in New York City for an industry showcase. Founded by Jack Allison and John Shepard eleven years ago, the May 1 event raised $50K via sponsorships and ticket sales alone. “The bus brings them all back…well, if they want,” mused Shepard.
John Altdorfer | For the Tribune-Review - More than 400 supporters arrived at the Marriott Pittsburgh North on May 1, eagerly awaiting the appearance of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee during St. Barnabas Charities 114th Founders Day Gala. The TV personality, author, musician, and potential 2016 presidential candidate was being lauded with the Hance Award, which is given to persons of national acclaim who epitomize SB founder Gouverneur Provoost Hance’s ideals of benevolence, service to others, and patriotism. “I’ll go back to a statement John F. Kennedy said in 1961: ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.’ I think we’ve forgotten that – and it’s not a political issue, it’s an American issue. It transcends both the left and the right,” Huckabee said. Richard M. Scaife, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review publisher, served as the honorary dinner chairman. Proceeds benefitted the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which provides $6 million a year in free care to needy patients at the facility. He is pictured here with St. Barnabas Charities prexy Valerie Day Wilden.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer  |  For the Tribune-Review</em></div>More than 400 supporters arrived at the Marriott Pittsburgh North on May 1, eagerly awaiting the appearance of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee during St. Barnabas Charities 114th Founders Day Gala. The TV personality, author, musician, and potential 2016 presidential candidate was being lauded with the Hance Award, which is given to persons of national acclaim who epitomize SB founder Gouverneur Provoost Hance’s ideals of benevolence, service to others, and patriotism. “I’ll go back to a statement John F. Kennedy said in 1961: ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.’ I think we’ve forgotten that – and it’s not a political issue, it’s an American issue. It transcends both the left and the right,” Huckabee said. Richard M. Scaife, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review publisher, served as the honorary dinner chairman. Proceeds benefitted the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which provides $6 million a year in free care to needy patients at the facility.  He is pictured here with St. Barnabas Charities prexy Valerie Day Wilden.
Michael Mancini - LOVE PREVAILS “Where Charity and Love Prevail” was the theme of this year’s Bishop’s Dinner, held at the Westin on May 2. Drawing 700 guests, including Caritas Awardees Carolyn Duronio (Leadership), Larry Richert (accepting on behalf of his family for Service) and Mickey Pohl (Courage), the event celebrated the goodwill of the community. “Catholic Charities not only provides for the physical well-being of our neighbors, but gives them something real, something tangible that they can pass along; the beauty of a life that rejoices in Christ’s work and will never be overwhelmed,” said Bishop David Zubik (second from right), pictured with Mickey Pohl, Larry Richert, and Carolyn Duronio.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Michael Mancini</em></div>LOVE PREVAILS “Where Charity and Love Prevail” was the theme of this year’s Bishop’s Dinner, held at the Westin on May 2. Drawing 700 guests, including Caritas Awardees Carolyn Duronio (Leadership), Larry Richert (accepting on behalf of his family for Service) and Mickey Pohl (Courage), the event celebrated the goodwill of the community. “Catholic Charities not only provides for the physical well-being of our neighbors, but gives them something real, something tangible that they can pass along; the beauty of a life that rejoices in Christ’s work and will never be overwhelmed,” said Bishop David Zubik (second from right), pictured with Mickey Pohl, Larry Richert, and Carolyn Duronio.
John Altdorfer | For the Tribune-Review - BOW WOW BINGO Event co-chairs Beckie Frobouck and Jennifer Callery take a break with Smudge during the 12th annual Bow Wow Bingo fundraiser. Hosted by Animal Friends, the event achieved sell-out status well ahead of time - a testament to the amazing and applaud-worthy dedication the facility, staff, volunteers, and supporters have for our furry friends. The festivities were held at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center in Ross Township on May 3.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer  |  For the Tribune-Review</em></div>BOW WOW BINGO Event co-chairs Beckie Frobouck and Jennifer Callery take a break with Smudge during the 12th annual Bow Wow Bingo fundraiser. Hosted by Animal Friends, the event achieved sell-out status well ahead of time - a testament to the amazing and applaud-worthy dedication the facility, staff, volunteers, and supporters have for our furry friends. The festivities were held at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center in Ross Township on May 3.

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