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Flash!: Planned Parenthood gala; Go Red Girlfriends

John Altdorfer - ON THE BRIGHT SIDE 'I was hoping it wasn't ALS,' said Larry Jacknin (pictured) during the Market After Dark fundraiser held in his honor at the Pittsburgh Public Market on May 30. “I often think I'd like to reverse it, but I have no way of doing that. You have to be positive. Otherwise, you might as well just die.” Having battled unexplainable symptoms for years, he recently was diagnosed with atypical Lou Gehrig’s disease known as Progressive Muscle Atrophy. With the support of his wife, Debbie Maier Jacknin, he’s channeled his energies into creating vibrant pieces of stained glass mosaics, including the Tree of Life, which was auctioned off during the event.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>ON THE BRIGHT SIDE 'I was hoping it wasn't ALS,' said Larry Jacknin (pictured) during the Market After Dark fundraiser held in his honor at the Pittsburgh Public Market on May 30. “I often think I'd like to reverse it, but I have no way of doing that. You have to be positive. Otherwise, you might as well just die.” Having battled unexplainable symptoms for years, he recently was diagnosed with atypical Lou Gehrig’s disease known as Progressive Muscle Atrophy. With the support of his wife, Debbie Maier Jacknin, he’s channeled his energies into creating vibrant pieces of stained glass mosaics, including the Tree of Life, which was auctioned off during the event.
John Altdorfer | for the tribune-review - DISTINGUSIHED PALATE “It’s overwhelming,” said Café Zinho owner Toni Pais (pictured with his wife, Becky) as a crush of admirers came out to toast the legendary chef with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner. Dubbed Palate 412, the event was held in the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Historic Landmark Gallery on May 31 and featured food prepped by the Art Institute faculty and students. Toasting a career that has spanned more than three decades, Pais shrugged off any suggestion of a desire to get out of the kitchen. “That’s what I love,” he said. The culinary tribute also served as a scholarship fundraiser.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer  |  for the tribune-review</em></div>DISTINGUSIHED PALATE “It’s overwhelming,” said Café Zinho owner Toni Pais (pictured with his wife, Becky) as a crush of admirers came out to toast the legendary chef with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner. Dubbed Palate 412, the event was held in the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Historic Landmark Gallery on May 31 and featured food prepped by the Art Institute faculty and students. Toasting a career that has spanned more than three decades, Pais shrugged off any suggestion of a desire to get out of the kitchen. “That’s what I love,” he said. The culinary tribute also served as a scholarship fundraiser.
John Altdorfer | for the tribune-review - A SPRING GALA Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania held its Spring Gala at the gorgeous Shadyside manse of Jim Spencer and Michael Lin on May 31. Throughout the evening, the majority of the 240 guests in attendance echoed a similar sentiment about the importance that the organization plays in educating young people about sexual health. “Its missions are really important,” said Spencer. “I think the education programs are really critical.” The signature event raised $100K. Amongst the crowd: daughter Jean (center), board chair Louanne Baily, prexy Kimberlee Evert, Stacy Weiss and Will Carpenter, and Tom Sokolowski.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer  |  for the tribune-review</em></div>A SPRING GALA Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania held its Spring Gala at the gorgeous Shadyside manse of Jim Spencer and Michael Lin on May 31. Throughout the evening, the majority of the 240 guests in attendance echoed a similar sentiment about the importance that the organization plays in educating young people about sexual health. “Its missions are really important,” said Spencer. “I think the education programs are really critical.” The signature event raised $100K. Amongst the crowd:  daughter Jean  (center), board chair Louanne Baily, prexy Kimberlee Evert, Stacy Weiss and Will Carpenter, and Tom Sokolowski.
John Altdorfer | for the tribune-review - A SPRING GALA: Planned Parenthood CEO and president Kimberlee Evert and board chair Louanne Baily during the Planned Parenthood Spring Gala in Shadyside. May 31, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer  |  for the tribune-review</em></div>A SPRING GALA: Planned Parenthood CEO and president Kimberlee Evert and board chair Louanne Baily during the Planned Parenthood Spring Gala in Shadyside. May 31, 2014.
John Altdorfer | for the tribune-review - SUPER WOMAN “What happened to me sent shockwaves through my friends,” said KDKA’s Susan Koeppen (center), who, in 2001, had collapsed and gone into cardiac arrest while out running with friends. On May 31, she was in good company once again, this time for Go Red Girlfriends, a fundraising effort for the American Heart Association. Leaving no doubt to the tenacity of this group to unseat heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the event went from raising $600 during its inaugural event last year to $12,000 this time around. Held at the Longue Vue Club, the event drew the likes of Dr. Vonda Wright, Trisha Pittman (right), Sally Wiggin, and Marcie Cipriani (left). “I’m going to do everything in my power to raise money and awareness for heart disease,” Koeppen said.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer  |  for the tribune-review</em></div>SUPER WOMAN “What happened to me sent shockwaves through my friends,” said KDKA’s Susan Koeppen (center), who, in 2001, had collapsed and gone into cardiac arrest while out running with friends. On May 31, she was in good company once again, this time for Go Red Girlfriends, a fundraising effort for the American Heart Association. Leaving no doubt to the tenacity of this group to unseat heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the event went from raising $600 during its inaugural event last year to $12,000 this time around. Held at the Longue Vue Club, the event drew the likes of Dr. Vonda Wright, Trisha Pittman (right), Sally Wiggin, and Marcie Cipriani (left).  “I’m going to do everything in my power to raise money and awareness for heart disease,” Koeppen said.

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