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Cocktails & Celebrities raises funds for Pittsburgh VIPs' favorite charities

| Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Crystal Maccarelli with celebrity bartender Chris Higbee of the Chris Higbee Band at Savoy in the Strip District during the Cocktails & Celebs: A Celebrity Bartending Event. July 24, 2014.
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Crystal Maccarelli with celebrity bartender Chris Higbee of the Chris Higbee Band at Savoy in the Strip District during the Cocktails & Celebs: A Celebrity Bartending Event. July 24, 2014.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Josh Miller and Craig Bingham, comedian Jimmy Krenn, Heidi Balas, Linda Weissert, and the Diva Chef Elise Wims were among the celebs slinging cocktails for a good cause behind the bar at Savoy Restaurant on July 24.

“We just created this to reach small charities that don't always have the most exposure,” said Christina Dickerson, co-host with Beth Swanson.

With all tips and a portion of the evening's proceeds going to the charity of each bartenders' choice, Cocktails & Celebrities might not have piqued any interest in a second career, but it did prove just how unbreakable the human spirit can be.

“They're truly my heroes. They don't know what it is not to fight – they have that spirit in them,” said Crystal Maccarelli, whose five kids have been diagnosed with Childhood Mitochondrial Disease. Team MAC was the recipient of country artist Chris Higbee's tips. “Faith gives me hope that my kids will be able to beat this,” she said.

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

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