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Out & About: Lamp Gala benefits Irwin theater

Dawn Law
| Sunday, March 20, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
(from left), Lamp Theatre board member, Nick Liparulo, of North Huntingdon, mingles with Tina and Keith Parton, of North Huntingdon, at The Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
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(from left), Lamp Theatre board member, Nick Liparulo, of North Huntingdon, mingles with Tina and Keith Parton, of North Huntingdon, at The Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
(from left), John Duncan, of North Huntingdon, and Rich Siniawski, of North Huntingdon, mingle at the Lamp Gala,  at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
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(from left), John Duncan, of North Huntingdon, and Rich Siniawski, of North Huntingdon, mingle at the Lamp Gala, at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
(from left), Lamp Theatre board member, Bill Caruthers, mingles with John Noble, at Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Lamp Theatre board member, Bill Caruthers, mingles with John Noble, at Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
(from left), Stage Right!'s Renatta and Tony Marino, join Lauren and Rob Jessup, co-founder and executive director of Split Stage, at Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Stage Right!'s Renatta and Tony Marino, join Lauren and Rob Jessup, co-founder and executive director of Split Stage, at Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
(from left), Mayor of Irwin, Bill Hawley, and his wife Tracey, pose for a photo at thel Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Mayor of Irwin, Bill Hawley, and his wife Tracey, pose for a photo at thel Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
(from right), Lamp Theatre board member, Mike Yunn and his wife, Meg, pose for a photo at the Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from right), Lamp Theatre board member, Mike Yunn and his wife, Meg, pose for a photo at the Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
(from left), Emily Yurchison, of Irwin, and Chloe Chiado, of North Huntingdon, mingle at the Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Emily Yurchison, of Irwin, and Chloe Chiado, of North Huntingdon, mingle at the Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
Gala committee chair, Gail Macioce, of Irwin, (second from right), joins committee members, (from left), Anne Liparulo, of North Huntingdon, Tiffany Yurchison, of Irwin, and Marty Adams, of Irwin, at the Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Gala committee chair, Gail Macioce, of Irwin, (second from right), joins committee members, (from left), Anne Liparulo, of North Huntingdon, Tiffany Yurchison, of Irwin, and Marty Adams, of Irwin, at the Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
Gala committee members, (from left), Linda Kovach, of Irwin, Al Bergman, of North Huntingdon, also the evening emcee, and Judi Wooddy, of North Huntingdon, gather for a photo at the Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Gala committee members, (from left), Linda Kovach, of Irwin, Al Bergman, of North Huntingdon, also the evening emcee, and Judi Wooddy, of North Huntingdon, gather for a photo at the Lamp Gala, held at the Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016.

The firstLamp Gala was held March 19 at Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon.

About 120 people attended the benefit for the Lamp Theatre, which reopened in August on Main Street in Irwin. Master of ceremonies was Al Bergman, and the evening consisted of dinner, dancing to the music of Dave Miklos, and the comedy act Halfway There Improv.

Gail Macioce served on the gala committee with Anne Liparulo, Judi Wooddy, Karen Glass, Tiffany Yurchison, Linda Kovach and Marty Adams.

Macioce said reopening the Lamp was a “labor of love.” She and theater manager John Cassandro, Lamp board members Nick Liparulo and Mike Strangis, borough engineer Lucien Bove and the Irwin Project chairman John Gdula reflected on the community's effort to raise $150,000 to match grants. Irwin acquired the theater from the Westmoreland Cultural Trust in 2013.

“There were people saying it couldn't be done,” Gdula said. “There's nothing like watching a community rally around a project like this.”

Seen: State Sen. Kim Ward and Dr. Tom Ward, Irwin MayorBill Hawley with his wife, Tracy, borough manager Mary Benko, Rhonda Gdula, Tony and Renata Marino, John Noble, Bill and Donna Caruthers and Greg Antonelli, who provided gnocchi for the buffet from Woody's Piazza Ristorante, which opened March 15 at Antonelli Event Center.

— Dawn Law

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