Sounds of NYC, elegance highlight show
By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
The 23rd annual UPMC McKeesport Invitational Fashion Show brought the sights and sounds of New York City to Youghiogheny Country Club on Saturday.
With elegant place settings to enjoy “Big Apple” chicken and New York-style cheesecake, a crowd gathered to watch UPMC staff, families and community supporters model the latest fashions in sportswear, casual dress and elegant formal wear presented by Gals On and Off the Green, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kohl's and the Exquisite Bride.
The foundation's executive director Michele Matuch shared her excitement over 36 years of hosting the Invitational.
“We have been honored to work with both the hospital and the community on raising funds that have helped support the most important programs, services and projects that benefit you,” Matuch said. “Every cent raised in the foundation is put to good use. We are accountable and we receive the most value for every dollar the foundation supports.”
Matuch thanked hospital staff and community members for their confidence in the foundation's work.
Fashion show committee co-chair Cheryl Como, who serves alongside friend and colleague Judy Haliko each year, thanked guests for making the festive gala an annual success.
“Our theme — A New York State of Mind — is a testament to belonging, to feeling a part of something special,” Como said. “So it is with us — from creative ideas to bringing a theme to life; from elaborate raffle baskets to beautiful runway models. An undertaking such as this requires the gracious support and selfless dedicated efforts of so many individuals and organizations.”
Como thanked weekend Invitational sponsors including the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Edwin R. Crawford Trust, Elizabeth Carbide Die Co., Family Home Health Services, Lovorn Engineering, Riverside Care Center, Senior Care Plaza, Volpatt Construction, UPMC, UPMC HealthPlan and the luncheon-sponsor UPMC medical staff.
“All of these generous benefactors — and indeed all of you who so graciously support our event — embody the theme of belonging,” she told guests. “With your presence, you demonstrate that you feel part of something special, the healing mission of UPMC.”
UPMC McKeesport president Cynthia M. Dorundo referenced Billy Joel's song, “A New York State of Mind.” Written as a tribute to his hometown, Dorundo said, Joel's lyrics carry a time-honored message that no matter where life may lead, there is always something that brings you home.
The 23rd annual fashion show, as part of the 36th annual Invitational, inspired a “UPMC McKeesport State of Mind” with an emphasized commitment to the hospital and its healing mission.
Dorundo asked for a moment of silence to remember the late Hugh Coughanour and Dr. Usman Ahmad.
“(They) had been two legendary leaders who shared tirelessly of their time, talent and caring on behalf of our hospital, our foundation and our community,” she said. “Both served as co-chairs of our Invitational event. Both provided leadership and vision for our hospital and foundation. Both helped to make our hospital a source of pride and inspiration in our community.”
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport middle school student struck by dump truck dies in hospital
- McKeesport-area officials on lookout for landslides
- License transfer paves way for new restaurant in McKeesport
- AIU forum bashes governor’s education budget
- New McKeesport committee to focus on community issues
- Wall landmark may be demolished
- Wilmerding Y surviving Ice Plant shutdown
- McKeesport mayor answers critics of emergency timing
- McKeesport council OKs memorial ordinance
- Army band Volunteers to rock Palisades stage
- Father-son funeral directors in Duquesne lead industry, community