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Athlete, others share inspirational stories at unWINEd benefit for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

| Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Kelly Gates joined Greg Barrett at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure, which benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
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Kelly Gates joined Greg Barrett at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure, which benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
Debbie DePew and Tiffany Casarcia  served  as co-chairs of   UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. The event was held at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Debbie DePew and Tiffany Casarcia served as co-chairs of UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. The event was held at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia. August 4, 2015.
Cancer survivor Ryan Harkleroad (center) joins his father, Norm, and mother, Mary Beth, at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Cancer survivor Ryan Harkleroad (center) joins his father, Norm, and mother, Mary Beth, at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
Jimmy Bromley samples a glass of red wine among the grapes at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Jimmy Bromley samples a glass of red wine among the grapes at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
Sisters Francine Snyder and Rosalynn Didomenico posed under the vines at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Sisters Francine Snyder and Rosalynn Didomenico posed under the vines at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
Dr. Dinakar Golla displays a Hermes belt at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Dr. Dinakar Golla displays a Hermes belt at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
Molly Crowber joins her mother, Ellen Pohl, at  La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Molly Crowber joins her mother, Ellen Pohl, at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
Ryan Harkleroad joins Upper St. Clair high school football coach Jim Render at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Ryan Harkleroad joins Upper St. Clair high school football coach Jim Render at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
Joe Pohl enjoys a glass of red wine among the flowers at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Joe Pohl enjoys a glass of red wine among the flowers at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
Guests sampled a variety of wines at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Guests sampled a variety of wines at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
WTAE-TV newsman Mike Clark served as the emcee at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
WTAE-TV newsman Mike Clark served as the emcee at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
Dan Casarcia chats with another guest at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.
John Altdorfer
Dan Casarcia chats with another guest at La Casa Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia during the UnWINEd: A Toast to Hope for the Cure event that benefitted the Cancer and Blood Disorders Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. August 4, 2015.

A sold-out crowd of 350 might have been ready to raise a glass during unWINEd: A Toast to Hope for a Cure on Aug. 4, but that didn't mean everyone was ready to go high-octane.

“I'm on lemonade patrol tonight,” mused Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation prez Greg Barrett with his wife, Kelly Gates.

With all proceeds benefiting t he Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapies at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, it took mere seconds before guests began uncorking the accolades.

Early on, oncology patient Ryan Harkleroad scored with a shot of inspiration, having endured nine weeks of chemotherapy and three months of radiation without missing a single football or basketball game for Upper St. Clair.

“I wouldn't be where I am today without Children's Hospital,” he said before emcee Mike Clark used him to incentivize the crowd during a reverse auction.

“Ryan said if you don't donate tonight, he's going to personally tackle you,” he jested.

Later, co-chairwomen Tiffany Casarcia (with Dan) and Debbie DePew (with Bill) shared both the triumphant and heartbreaking experiences they've had with pediatric cancer.

Thanks to Children's, DePew said, her daughter Ella has been in remission for almost nine years.

And although Casarcia's best friend, Stacey Parsons, lost her battle, she didn't hesitate to identify exactly what Children's Hospital represents to the many patients and families that it treats.

“Hope,” she said.

Committee members included auxiliary chair Brooke Mullin, Melissa andLarry Andrews, Matti Bonura, Meredith Carabin andTom Ravotti, Christine DuBois, Jake George, Jennifer Noro and Maxine Shangold. Also spied were Debbie andJim Campbell, Dr. Peter Shaw, Jimmy andPriscilla Bromley, and Dr. Dinakar Golla.

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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