Fanfare: Wines Under Glass
All that green. The flowers, in full bloom, in their glory, waiting to be oohed and aahed over. And the sculptures? More than 40 major installations of the SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath.
“Phipps is a Pittsburgh treasure,” said David Sculley with Christa Tapert. “The display of flowers is absolutely exquisite. Just beautiful.”
No doubt, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has gotten used to the adoration and accolades. But being responsible for inspiring a walk of shame to the garden back home?
“Well, my wife has a green thumb. She grows great tomatoes. I have what I'd call a non-thumb,” joked Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “But my buildings are all very green, so in that sense, I'd say I'm a green person.”
A lack of gardening skills did nothing to curb the enthusiasm of close to 300 people who came out to raise a glass during the annual Wines Under Glass soiree, where event chair Ian Stewart was bestowed with the honorary distinction of Chief Horticulturalist.
“I don't have a green thumb,” he admitted. “I'm going to be talking about that in my speech.”
Elsewhere, co-chairs Athena Sarris and Maureen Russell and Ryan Martin were making the rounds with the likes of board chair Jui Joshi, executive director Richard Piacentini, Francine Abraham, Joyce Candi Grove, Kathe and Jim Patrinos, Anne Chen, Gina and David Pferdehirt, Lucy and Ian Rawson, Eleanor Schano, and Mayor Bill Peduto.
Committee Members included Honorary Host Committee Chairs Marcus and Georgia Diniaco, Peter and Wendy Mars, Carol Savage and Bob DiBella, Rose and Dan Angelucci, Lisa Citron and Bill Slivka, Marvin Wedeen, Dr. Suzan Obagi and Mazen Youssef, Dorothy Pollon, Dr. Jeanne DeMoss.