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Children's Museum gala raises $348K

Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Lee and Susan Baierl during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Lee and Susan Baierl during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
- Pictured are Jane Werner with Sabrina Leffler and Brenna McNeil during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Pictured are Jane Werner with Sabrina Leffler and Brenna McNeil during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Dan Tudi and Emily Gally during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Dan Tudi and Emily Gally during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Becca Christof and Marilee Tudi during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Becca Christof and Marilee Tudi during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
- Steve Pavsner, Judy Horgan, Anne Lewis, and Jim Zeszutek
Steve Pavsner, Judy Horgan, Anne Lewis, and Jim Zeszutek
- Eva Blum and Norman Wolmark during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Eva Blum and Norman Wolmark during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Tom Sokolowski during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Tom Sokolowski during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Kristen Cohen during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Kristen Cohen during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Duncan and Sheri Gardiner during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Duncan and Sheri Gardiner during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review - Bethany Tucke, Russell Kemerer, Beth Wainwright and Tom Sokolowski during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Bethany Tucke, Russell Kemerer, Beth Wainwright and Tom Sokolowski during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
- Eva Blum and Norman Wolmark with Lee and Susan Baierl during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Eva Blum and Norman Wolmark with Lee and Susan Baierl during the Children's Museum Gala at the Children's Musueum on Friday, June 6, 2014.

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From Garden to Table: A Gala Tribute to Thomas Keller — Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Duquesne Club, Downtown

412-444-4464, ext. 223, or pittsburghbotanicgarden.org

June 13

Imagination Untamed: The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Gala

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“When we started, it was just over there,” said Children's Museum former board prexy Judy Horgan, pointing to the old post office next door. “It was a great vision that came to pass.”

There was no shortage of wonderful achievements being celebrated during The Great Night Gala on June 6, where 400 guests arrived to toast one of the city's most beloved playgrounds.

“My daughter is 2 and she absolutely loves it,” said Kristen Cohen. “This is a great organization — something to be proud of tonight.”

Fond sentiments on behalf of the munchkins underscored the great admiration that adults share for not only the museum but, also, for the woman at the helm.

“The community has been so supportive of the Children's Museum, and gets we need institutions where kids can be kids,” said executive director Jane Werner.

With guests milling around the grand hall in awe of the bright and peppy space, it took some effort to usher everyone outside to the white dinner tent. There, a spread from Rania's Catering awaited while Jeff Jimerson and Airborne provided the soundtrack for the evening.

Hosted by co-chairs Lee andSusan Baierl, the event drew the likes of board prexy Jennifer andBrooks Broadhurst, museum founder DJ Hammerschmidt, Beth Wainwright andRuss Kemerer, Jamie Dixon, Anne Lewis (also a past board prexy) and Jim Zeszutek, Eva Tansky Blum (accepting the Great Friend of Children Award on behalf of PNC Bank), and Tom Sokolowski, raising a record-setting $348K.

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

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