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Party at the Pier proceeds stylishly, despite Keaton's absence

| Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Dusty Kirk and Bill Caroselli co-hosted  the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Dusty Kirk and Bill Caroselli co-hosted the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Tim Reed and Len Singel climbed the stairs during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Tim Reed and Len Singel climbed the stairs during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Lindsey Moore strikes a pose during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Lindsey Moore strikes a pose during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
University of Pittsburgh school of engineering dean Jerry Holder and his wife, Diane, co-hosted the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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University of Pittsburgh school of engineering dean Jerry Holder and his wife, Diane, co-hosted the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Stilt walkers Jessica Minshall and Patrick Powell provide a tall background for Gigi Saladna during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Stilt walkers Jessica Minshall and Patrick Powell provide a tall background for Gigi Saladna during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Michelle Messer and Gervacio Maldonado made a fashionably late entrance during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Michelle Messer and Gervacio Maldonado made a fashionably late entrance during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Vivien Li, incoming Riverlife president and CEO, was among the guests at the Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Vivien Li, incoming Riverlife president and CEO, was among the guests at the Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Kaleab Abebe during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Kaleab Abebe during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Brad Roth enjoys a summer beverage during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Brad Roth enjoys a summer beverage during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Eileen French Jordan and Jack Bellas were at the helm during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Eileen French Jordan and Jack Bellas were at the helm during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Carolina Velez joined her brother Andres during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Carolina Velez joined her brother Andres during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Jim Gilson waited on the lawn before the start of the VIP reception at  the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Jim Gilson waited on the lawn before the start of the VIP reception at the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Nicole Gern waited the arrival of the Gateway Clipper during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Nicole Gern waited the arrival of the Gateway Clipper during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Ray and Liz Miles were among the guests attending the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Ray and Liz Miles were among the guests attending the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Liz Juchno walks a moonlight mile during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Liz Juchno walks a moonlight mile during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Nick Davidson and Alexandra Good joined Dr. Lisa Cibik and Bernie Kobosky during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Nick Davidson and Alexandra Good joined Dr. Lisa Cibik and Bernie Kobosky during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Point Park University employees Penny Schnarrs, Greta Daniels and Sarah Myksin were among the guests during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Point Park University employees Penny Schnarrs, Greta Daniels and Sarah Myksin were among the guests during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
Point Park University president Paul Hennigan joined his wife, Colleen, during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.
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Point Park University president Paul Hennigan joined his wife, Colleen, during the Riverlife Posh Party at the Pier at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore. August 29, 2015.

He was billed as an honorary chair, but word quickly spread that only Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton's spirit would be attending RiverLife's Party at the Pier on Aug. 28.

So the natives tempered their restlessness with a shot of good nature.

“I was going to wear my Batman suit,” mused Patrick Jordan. “I love the guy! I've been wanting to meet him. The coolest thing about Michael Keaton is that he's still a Pittsburgh guy.”

With an impending filming schedule to blame, consolation over the man of the hour's absence was ushered in by a magnificently abundant cocktail hour that encouraged a hefty dose of people-watching. Len Singel (with Tim Reed) arrived head-to-toe in a tropics-inspired suit. Nicole Gern dusted off her fascinator. Nary an ensemble was seen that didn't epitomize the theme.

“It's a Posh Picnic,” laughed Bernie Kobosky, clad in a tailored Tallia Orange blazer and white trousers. An outfit, his wife Dr. Lisa Cibik explained, that came without an assist from her.

“We can't keep up with him,” joked his stepdaughter, Ali Good.

Meanwhile, surroundings at the amphitheater adjacent to Rivers Casino included exclusive picnic settings for VIPs. There, tables for two and four came replete with noshes of refined proportions and chilled bottles of champagne for the likes of party chairs Diane andJerry Holder and Dusty Elias Kirk and Bill Caroselli, Rep. Mike and Susan Doyle, Craig Dunham andCaryn Rubinoff, Kristen and Chuck Hammel, Kathy Buechel andFred Egler, Karalyn Emrich, James andSara Guttman, Mary Lou McLaughlin, John Oliver andSylvia Dallas, Pam and Terry Wirginis, and acting director Jay andKelly Sukernek.

“The waterfront is really where the renaissance is. … It's for everyone to enjoy,” said incoming prexy Vivien Li.

The event raised a record $275K.

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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