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Flash!: Night at the Tropics; Black Tie & Tailpipes

John Altdorfer - A BRITISH INVASION The Mini Cooper may have been crowed Marque of the Year for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, but on July 11, it was ceremoniously kicked to the curb thanks to a Jaguar F-Type Coupe sporting the colors of the Union Jack that was monopolizing all the attention. “I’ve had the keys for two days,” said Jake Zoller (pictured with his wife, Toni), extolling the virtues of its zero to “this-is-off-the-record-right?” capabilities. Keys likely never to be returned aside, Black Tie & Tailpipes drew a crowd of 275 the Longue Vue Country Club for its annual gala that achieved sell-out status two weeks in advance. “We had people calling today, trying to get tickets,” said Gigi Saladna. With most of the talk centering on the aforementioned red, white, and blue wonder, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2014 Valerie Gatto was considering whether or not to put on her crown and take the wheel, while PVGP executive director Dan DelBianco gave an impressive interpretation of the opening dance sequence to “Austin Powers.” “Just don’t say anything about it being shagadelic,” quipped his wife, Michelle. Amongst the crowd were co-chairs John and Maggie Schmotzer, Dan Taylor, Bob and Janine Fragasso, and Tom Rohrich, prez of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation (and also the new title sponsor of race week). The event raised $95K.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>A BRITISH INVASION The Mini Cooper may have been crowed Marque of the Year for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, but on July 11, it was ceremoniously kicked to the curb thanks to a Jaguar F-Type Coupe sporting the colors of the Union Jack that was monopolizing all the attention.    “I’ve had the keys for two days,” said Jake Zoller (pictured with his wife, Toni), extolling the virtues of its zero to “this-is-off-the-record-right?” capabilities.  Keys likely never to be returned aside, Black Tie & Tailpipes drew a crowd of 275 the Longue Vue Country Club for its annual gala that achieved sell-out status two weeks in advance.  “We had people calling today, trying to get tickets,” said Gigi Saladna.  With most of the talk centering on the aforementioned red, white, and blue wonder, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2014 Valerie Gatto was considering whether or not to put on her crown and take the wheel, while PVGP executive director Dan DelBianco gave an impressive interpretation of the opening dance sequence to “Austin Powers.”  “Just don’t say anything about it being shagadelic,” quipped his wife, Michelle.   Amongst the crowd were co-chairs John and Maggie Schmotzer, Dan Taylor, Bob and Janine Fragasso, and Tom Rohrich, prez of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation (and also the new title sponsor of race week). The event raised $95K.
John Altdorfer - OUT OF THE NEST The National Aviary might have promised to ignite an otherwise normal Saturday during the Night at the Tropics, but ticket holders were already sharing their own ideas about what would make for a most memorable evening. “She wants to leave with a parrot on either shoulder,” quipped Michael Herald about girlfriend, Jordan Feucht. Birds fully accounted for, a sold-out crowd of 1,000 casually meandered throughout the facility – including the gorgeous new addition – where up close and personal encounters with a handful of residents were considered a golden opportunity by some and a reason to duck and cover by others. On the list for the July 12 soiree were event chair Jane Dixon and her husband, Michael, managing director Cheryl and Rick Tracy, David and Julie Peart, Joe Totten, Mark Jones, Maris Bondi, and Leslie Davis. Pictured are Joe Totten and Nick Varischetti as aeralist Jenly Deiter performs in the background.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>OUT OF THE NEST The National Aviary might have promised to ignite an otherwise normal Saturday during the Night at the Tropics, but ticket holders were already sharing their own ideas about what would make for a most memorable evening.   “She wants to leave with a parrot on either shoulder,” quipped Michael Herald about girlfriend, Jordan Feucht.  Birds fully accounted for, a sold-out crowd of 1,000 casually meandered throughout the facility – including the gorgeous new addition – where up close and personal encounters with a handful of residents were considered a golden opportunity by some and a reason to duck and cover by others.   On the list for the July 12 soiree were event chair Jane Dixon and her husband, Michael, managing director Cheryl and Rick Tracy, David and Julie Peart, Joe Totten, Mark Jones, Maris Bondi, and Leslie Davis. Pictured are Joe Totten and Nick Varischetti as aeralist Jenly Deiter performs in the background.

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