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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation's Diamonds and Denim party a smashing success, despite the splashing

| Sunday, June 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Event organizer Sam Badger sweeps Kathe Patrinos off her feet during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Event organizer Sam Badger sweeps Kathe Patrinos off her feet during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Lou and Veronica Guarino danced the night away during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Lou and Veronica Guarino danced the night away during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Victoria Chester Rose was among the guests attending the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Victoria Chester Rose was among the guests attending the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Event co-chairs John and Karen Staley stand on the dance floor during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Event co-chairs John and Karen Staley stand on the dance floor during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Athena Sarris Simms and Ian Simms make a shimmering appearance during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Athena Sarris Simms and Ian Simms make a shimmering appearance during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Michael Theys plants a kiss on the cheek of Martin Potoczny during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Michael Theys plants a kiss on the cheek of Martin Potoczny during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Dr. Kelly Gates joins Greg Barrett on a sofa during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Dr. Kelly Gates joins Greg Barrett on a sofa during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Amit Grover slipped into his red shoes to join his wife, Beth, during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Amit Grover slipped into his red shoes to join his wife, Beth, during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Gretta Barton stands on the dance floor during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Gretta Barton stands on the dance floor during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Nancy Traina joins Rose Kutsenkow during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Nancy Traina joins Rose Kutsenkow during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Mary Cleveland joins her husband and Children's Hospital board chair John Cleveland during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Mary Cleveland joins her husband and Children's Hospital board chair John Cleveland during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Carol Schriber and Anthony Kim stand on the dance floor during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Carol Schriber and Anthony Kim stand on the dance floor during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Nina Gusmar was among the guests at the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Nina Gusmar was among the guests at the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Shurti Gupta joins her daughter, Avari,and sister and neice Sunali and Anya Sharma during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Shurti Gupta joins her daughter, Avari,and sister and neice Sunali and Anya Sharma during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Peter Taglianetti and his wife Dr. Vonda Wright attended the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Peter Taglianetti and his wife Dr. Vonda Wright attended the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Gerry Totten (left) and his wife, Diane (right) join John Staley during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Gerry Totten (left) and his wife, Diane (right) join John Staley during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Mike Fanto and Kimberly Phillips were among the early arrivals at the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Mike Fanto and Kimberly Phillips were among the early arrivals at the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Jay Mangold joined Michael Herald and Jim Scott during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Jay Mangold joined Michael Herald and Jim Scott during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Cole Williams and Chris Linsell were among the guests at the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Cole Williams and Chris Linsell were among the guests at the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Catherine Loevner and Laura Kronk were among the guests at  the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Catherine Loevner and Laura Kronk were among the guests at the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Hollis Hames joins Alyssa Sinicroppe and Brenne and Scott Astorino on a sofa during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Hollis Hames joins Alyssa Sinicroppe and Brenne and Scott Astorino on a sofa during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Christina French joins Adam Milliron during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Christina French joins Adam Milliron during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Debbie and Jimmy Campbell were among the guests at the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Debbie and Jimmy Campbell were among the guests at the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Lyle and Laurel Odelein joined Nancy and Nadav Baum during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Lyle and Laurel Odelein joined Nancy and Nadav Baum during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Amie, Louis Jr., Vanessa, Veronica and Louis III Guarino made it a family affair during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Amie, Louis Jr., Vanessa, Veronica and Louis III Guarino made it a family affair during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Jack Rooks looked dapper in a bow tie during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Jack Rooks looked dapper in a bow tie during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
Guests gathered under the main tent during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.
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Guests gathered under the main tent during the Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit for Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square. June 20, 2015.

When a party can be heard from four blocks away, it's inevitable that you're in for something good.

On the evening of June 20, nothing — not even a downpour of epic proportions — could sway 460 guests from braving the elements in favor of attending the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation's Diamonds and Denim on Market Square.

“I swear, next year it's ‘Garnets and Galoshes.' I'm not even kidding,” said development coordinator Sam Badger.

With an army battening down the white-tented hatches, Luxe creative director Martin Potoczny barely broke a sweat as the show rolled on, seemingly without a hitch.

“We just do it,” he said. “You just have to roll with it.”

Elsewhere, a few intrepid explorers finally made it onto the dance floor, including a blue-booted Kathe Patrinos, whose footwear became the envy of all.

“Every time I wear suede shoes, it rains,” lamented Andrew Fouts.

Having been promised an evening of no speeches, no live auctions, and nothing but a good time, stragglers weren't about to let any efforts go to waste. DJ Zimmie turned it up, the sky finally cleared, and they danced until they could dance no more.

“Whatever is going on in there, I want in,” said one passerby.

On the list were honorary chairs Karen and John Staley, V, co-chairs Athena Sarris Simms andIan Simms and Tinsy Labrie, host committee chairs Molly and Kevin O'Brien, prez Greg Barrett and Dr. Kelly Gates, Veronica and Lou Guarino, Debbie andMike Barbarita, Michael Herald, Bridgette Pavlik andBill Kolano, Rebekah andGeorge Mazariegos, Laurel andLyle Odelein, Nancy and John Traina, Colleen and Denny Travis, Dr. Peter Counihan and Dr. Mary Sheehan, Jamie andJames Scott.

The event raised $200K for the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation.

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

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