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Out and About: Latrobe Art Center remembers an old friend

| Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Nancy Rogers Crozier, founder of Latrobe Art Center, with Gabrielle Nastuck, director, at Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club on Nov. 16, 2016.
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Nancy Rogers Crozier, founder of Latrobe Art Center, with Gabrielle Nastuck, director, at Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club on Nov. 16, 2016.
Kathy Rafferty with Gabrielle Nastuck, director of Latrobe Art Center. Rafferty was chairwoman of the committee for Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club on Nov. 16, 2016.
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Kathy Rafferty with Gabrielle Nastuck, director of Latrobe Art Center. Rafferty was chairwoman of the committee for Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club on Nov. 16, 2016.
Kathy Rafferty, John Okonak, Diana Kreiling and Joe Bellack are members of the committee for Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club on Nov. 16, 2016.
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Kathy Rafferty, John Okonak, Diana Kreiling and Joe Bellack are members of the committee for Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club on Nov. 16, 2016.
Lee Markowski, president of Latrobe Art Center, with Gabrielle Nastuck, director, and Marty Singer, treasurer, at Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club, on Nov. 16, 2016.
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Lee Markowski, president of Latrobe Art Center, with Gabrielle Nastuck, director, and Marty Singer, treasurer, at Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club, on Nov. 16, 2016.
John and Michele Frola, of Uniontown, Ohio, attending Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club on Nov. 16, 2016.
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John and Michele Frola, of Uniontown, Ohio, attending Evening in the Neighborhood IX, at Latrobe Country Club on Nov. 16, 2016.

Latrobe Art Center remembered an old friend during the Evening in the Neighborhood IX auction on Nov. 16 at Latrobe Country Club.

The late Arnold Palmer and his wife, Kit, honorary event chairwoman with Nancy Rogers Crozier, were always generous with donations for the auction, and often attended.

A white flag said to be the final item Palmer signed before he passed away in September was among items auctioned by Mark Ferry.

John and Michele Frola of Uniontown, Ohio, often saw Palmer at the country club when they took their children swimming.

“He would go by on a golf cart, waving to the kids,” Michele said.

John said his grandfather was an artist who has a painting in the permanent collection at Greater Latrobe Senior High School. He's proud of his hometown art center, and the fact that it brings free educational programs to 3,000 children each year.

“It was important for us to be here tonight to support the art center,” he said. “(Center director Gabrielle Nastuck) has always been great, and we think they do a fabulous job.”

Kathy Rafferty chaired the event. Committee members were Joe Bellack, Rosanne Bodziak, Annette Couch, William Hoffman, Diana Kreiling, Pam Kroh, Janet Mason, Lisa McCracken, Katie Miller, Linda Miller, Luann Murtha, Jo Ann Lightcap, Jim Okonak, Sharon Shepard, Georgia Teppert, Katy Sobota and Ed Sparber.

Seen: Norma Samide, George Shaner and Michael Philopena, Linda Assard, Linda Boxx, Bob and Arlene Kendra, Barb Ridilla, Dean and Terri Miller, Rose Palasta and Otto and Linda Salguero.

— Dawn Law

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