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Stage Right! Heart of the Arts Gala debuts at Latrobe Country Club

| Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Gala committee co-chairs and Stage Right! board members Lisa Hoffman (left) and Dani Womack (right) join inaugural 'Heart of the Arts' recipient John Noble (second from left) and Stage Right! artistic director Tony Marino at The First Annual Heart of the Arts Gala, presented by Stage Right!, held at the Latrobe Country Club on Saturday evening, Feb. 2, 2013. Kim Stepinsky | For The Tribune-Review

So, Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of an early spring was followed by a slippy, slushy Saturday evening snowfall. So what?

That didn't stop Stage Right! fans and friends from donning party clothes and shoes and heading to the Latrobe Country Club for the inaugural Heart of the Arts Gala.

The gala served a two-fold purpose: to recognize the recipient of the Greensburg performing arts organization's first Heart of the Arts Award and to raise funds for its move to a new home.

Receiving the award was Greensburg attorney John Noble, well-known for his work both on- and off-stage at The Palace Theatre and other venues, including annual production of “Westmoreland Night of the Stars,” a showcase of area high-school musicals.

Executive director Christine Orosz said a choice will soon be made between two locations on Greensburg's Pennsylvania Avenue for the new and expanded studio and performance space.

“We should be in by the end of the summer,” she said. “It's very exciting.”

A Stage Right! gala wouldn't be complete without entertainment. Doing the honors were Anthony and Renata Marino, Eric Barchiese, Cindy Baltzer, David Mahokey, Rachael Tresco, Alyssa Zagorac, Greg Kerestan, Joe Pedulla, Vinnie Tresco, Maurissa Auer, Anna Stewart and Katherine Harkins.

Seen showing heartfelt support: Lisa Hoffman, Sally Thuransky, Dani Womack, JoAnne Salvatore, Maury and Maureen Auer, George and Beenie Smith, Rosine and Don Dull, Chuck and Janice Lantz, Molly Robb Shimko and Ken Shimko, Melanie Ansell, Vonnie Goldsborough and Greg Long, Rob and Ann Eicher and Tierney Guarascio and Riley Jorgensen.

— Shirley McMarlin

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