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Flash!: Pittsburgh Wine Festival; History Makers

John Altdorfer - FLIGHT OF FANCY: “We were selling 20 tickets an hour for the past 24,” said the Pittsburgh Wine Festival's executive director, Dale Markham, as he watched a line of general ticket holders start to form 30 minutes before the doors opened. That line, which seemed to stretch from Heinz Field to the Allegheny River, was indicative of the masses that the festival has consistently drawn for the past few years. The crowd at the event — held May 8 in the stadium's East Club Lounge — ran the gamut from serious aficionados to thirst-quenchers. “It’s really a great thing for the city,” said Clyde Jones. He was one of the lucky VIPs who were able to enjoy the coveted Cardinale. “Those in the know made a beeline for it, and they only brought four bottles. I got literally, like three drops in my glass.” Pictured are Jason Wagler and Laken Gibson.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>FLIGHT OF FANCY: “We were selling 20 tickets an hour for the past 24,” said the  Pittsburgh Wine Festival's executive director, Dale Markham, as he watched a line of general ticket holders start to form 30 minutes before the doors opened. That line, which seemed to stretch from Heinz Field to the Allegheny River, was indicative of the masses that the festival has consistently drawn for the past few years. The crowd at the event — held May 8 in the stadium's East Club Lounge — ran the gamut from serious aficionados to thirst-quenchers. “It’s really a great thing for the city,” said Clyde Jones. He was one of the lucky VIPs who were able to enjoy the coveted Cardinale. “Those in the know made a beeline for it, and they only brought four bottles. I got literally, like three drops in my glass.” Pictured are Jason Wagler and Laken Gibson.
john altdorfer | for the tribune-review - BACK TO SCHOOL: When the first Propel School was founded in the basement of the Homestead Hospital back in 2003, no one could have imagined that, a decade later, it would be 3,200 K-12 students strong with a wait list of 3,400 more. “It’s a milestone for us. We’ve come a long way in 10 years,” says Jeremy Resnick (pictured with wife Janera Solomon), who co-founded the school with Carol Wooten. Since its inception, the school has expanded to include locations in Homestead, McKeesport, Montour, Munhall, Turtle Creek, the North Side and Pitcairn. On May 7, a bevy of movers and shakers — including hosts Bill and Vivian Benter, Laurie Moser, Sue and Scott Lammie, and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum and his wife, Jessica — arrived at the Braddock Hills location. There, a celebration was under way to mark “The Power of 10.' The Propel mission is to cultivate a culture that embraces high expectations and support and a creative approach to learning. “I truly believe it’s the people that make a difference,” Superintendent Tina Chekan says.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>john altdorfer  |  for the tribune-review</em></div>BACK TO SCHOOL: When the first Propel School was founded in the basement of the Homestead Hospital back in 2003, no one could have imagined that, a decade later, it would be 3,200 K-12 students strong with a wait list of 3,400 more. “It’s a milestone for us. We’ve come a long way in 10 years,” says Jeremy Resnick (pictured with wife Janera Solomon), who co-founded the school with Carol Wooten. Since its inception, the school has expanded to include locations in Homestead, McKeesport, Montour, Munhall, Turtle Creek, the North Side and Pitcairn.  On May 7, a bevy of movers and shakers — including hosts Bill and Vivian Benter, Laurie Moser, Sue and Scott Lammie, and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum and his wife, Jessica — arrived at the Braddock Hills location. There, a celebration was under way to mark “The Power of 10.' The Propel mission is to cultivate a culture that embraces high expectations and support and a creative approach to learning. “I truly believe it’s the people that make a difference,”  Superintendent Tina Chekan says.
John Altdorfer - THE FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE Event co-chairs Barb Weizenbaum, Amy Weiss and Kathy Klein were amongst the crowd at the Westin celebrating the Friends All Around Gala. Held on May 4, the evening benefitted the Friendship Circle, a worldwide effort that works to help children and young adults in the Jewish Community who have special needs become more involved with the greater community.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>THE FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE Event co-chairs Barb Weizenbaum, Amy Weiss and Kathy Klein were amongst the crowd at the Westin celebrating the Friends All Around Gala.  Held on May 4, the evening benefitted the Friendship Circle, a worldwide effort that works to help children and young adults in the Jewish Community who have special needs become more involved with the greater community.
John Altdorfer - WOMEN OF DISTINCTION Crohn's & Colitis honored Eva Blum, Amelia Brause and Ruby Kang as Women of Distinction during a special luncheon held at the Fairmont Hotel. Now in it's sixth year, the event lauds inspirational community leaders who embody the CCF mission of inspiring hope through action. Co-chaired by Debbie Moses and Roslyn Neiman, the fete was held on May 9.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>WOMEN OF DISTINCTION Crohn's & Colitis honored Eva Blum, Amelia Brause and Ruby Kang as Women of Distinction during a special luncheon held at the Fairmont Hotel. Now in it's sixth year, the event lauds inspirational community leaders who embody the CCF mission of inspiring hope through action. Co-chaired by Debbie Moses and Roslyn Neiman, the fete was held on May 9.
John Altdorfer - HISTORY MAKERS The history making Iron City Houserocker Joe Gruschecky (with wife, Lee Ann) was included in this year's class of History Makers being lauded by the Heinz History Center. 'I think the pressure is off now,' he mused. 'When we first started out playing in Pittsburgh, we set out to be the best coming out of Pittsburgh.' Additionally, Jack Piatt, Milton and Nancy Washington, Nadine Bognar, and Mel Blount were also recipients of the award that recognizes outstanding individuals from our area whose achievements know no geographical bounds. 'We're making history so fast, we're just working hard to keep up with it,' said HHC prez Andy Masich. The sold-out event was co-chaired by Donald Heberle and Dan Fitzpatrick and held at the Westin on May 10.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>HISTORY MAKERS The history making Iron City Houserocker Joe Gruschecky (with wife, Lee Ann) was included in this year's class of History Makers being lauded by the Heinz History Center. 'I think the pressure is off now,' he mused. 'When we first started out playing in Pittsburgh, we set out to be the best coming out of Pittsburgh.' Additionally, Jack Piatt, Milton and Nancy Washington, Nadine Bognar, and Mel Blount were also recipients of the award that recognizes outstanding individuals from our area whose achievements know no geographical bounds. 'We're making history so fast, we're just working hard to keep up with it,' said HHC prez Andy Masich. The sold-out event was co-chaired by Donald Heberle and Dan Fitzpatrick and held at the Westin on May 10.
John Altdorfer - CHAMPIONS FOR HOPE It was impossible for any one of the 300 guests of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Champions for Hope Gala to walk away feeling uninspired. Powerful testimonies and amazing stories of survival punctuated the evening, highlighting not only the hospital’s mission to eradicate childhood death from cancer and other fatal diseases, but also, the fact that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. “All a family should have to worry about is helping a child live,” states their credo. Without a doubt, one of the most poignant stories came from Boston-based Brian Boucher (pictured with wife, Christina), whose daughter, Jordyn, suffered from cancer that relapsed for nearly seven years. “Boston Children’s Hospital basically said to take her home and make her comfortable, because there was nothing more they could do. St. Jude saved her life. I just thank God she’s here and with that comes a constant Pay It Forward.” The event was held at the Omni William Penn on May 9.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>CHAMPIONS FOR HOPE It was impossible for any one of the 300 guests of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Champions for Hope Gala to walk away feeling uninspired. Powerful testimonies and amazing stories of survival punctuated the evening, highlighting not only the hospital’s mission to eradicate childhood death from cancer and other fatal diseases, but also, the fact that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. “All a family should have to worry about is helping a child live,” states their credo. Without a doubt, one of the most poignant stories came from Boston-based Brian Boucher (pictured with wife, Christina), whose daughter, Jordyn, suffered from cancer that relapsed for nearly seven years. “Boston Children’s Hospital basically said to take her home and make her comfortable, because there was nothing more they could do. St. Jude saved her life. I just thank God she’s here and with that comes a constant Pay It Forward.” The event was held at the Omni William Penn on May 9.
Michael Mancini - HOME SWEET HOME Lauren Hamilton and Haley Joy Kozlowski were amongst those enjoying a special cocktail party to celebrate the Mount Washington Home Tour at the LeMont on May 9. Hosted by the Junior League of Pittsburgh, the inaugural event featured around a dozen homes for guests to tour.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Michael Mancini</em></div>HOME SWEET HOME Lauren Hamilton and Haley Joy Kozlowski were amongst those enjoying a special cocktail party to celebrate the Mount Washington Home Tour at the LeMont on May 9. Hosted by the Junior League of Pittsburgh, the inaugural event featured around a dozen homes for guests to tour.
John Altdorfer - HISTORY MAKERS: Honoree Jack Piatt (center) with sons Marcus (left) and Lucas (right) at the Westin Convention Center Hotel during the Heinz History Center History Makers Award Dinner in Downtown Pittsburgh. May 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>HISTORY MAKERS: Honoree Jack Piatt (center)  with sons Marcus (left) and Lucas (right) at the Westin Convention Center Hotel during the Heinz History Center History Makers Award Dinner in Downtown Pittsburgh. May 9, 2014.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - HOME SWEET HOME: Alison King, Patrick King and Lauren King during the Mt. Lebanon Home Tour Cocktail Party at the LeMont on Friday, May 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>HOME SWEET HOME: Alison King, Patrick King and Lauren King during the Mt. Lebanon Home Tour Cocktail Party at the LeMont on Friday, May 9, 2014.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - HOME SWEET HOME: Toni Sacco, Victoria Guscoff, Kimberly Bojko, Mary Binker and Perrin Boone during the Mt. Lebanon Home Tour Cocktail Party at the LeMont on Friday, May 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>HOME SWEET HOME: Toni Sacco, Victoria Guscoff, Kimberly Bojko, Mary Binker and Perrin Boone during the Mt. Lebanon Home Tour Cocktail Party at the LeMont on Friday, May 9, 2014.
- BACK TO SCHOOL: Bill and Vivian Benter at the Braddock Hills High School during the Power of 10 Celebration to honor the 10th anniversary of Propel Schools and the opening of its 10th school in the fall of 2014. May 7, 2014.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Bill and Vivian Benter at the Braddock Hills High School during the Power of 10 Celebration to honor the 10th anniversary of Propel Schools and the opening of its 10th school in the fall of 2014. May 7, 2014.
John Altdorfer - FLIGHT OF FANCY: Syma Hajian, Cillian Shea and Katy O'Donnell during the Pittsburgh Wine Festival in the East Lounge of the Heinz Field on the North Shore. May 8, 2014
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>FLIGHT OF FANCY: Syma Hajian, Cillian Shea and Katy O'Donnell during the Pittsburgh Wine Festival in the East Lounge of the Heinz Field on the North Shore. May 8, 2014
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