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Out & About: Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity hosts Home Is Where the Heart Is Gala

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 11:00 p.m.
Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity board of directors, (from left), Otis DiGerbo, president, and Patrick Thomas, vice-president, pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity board of directors, (from left), Otis DiGerbo, president, and Patrick Thomas, vice-president, pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
(from left), Julie Pushnack, of Jeannette, and Mindy Goodlin, of Greensburg,  pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Julie Pushnack, of Jeannette, and Mindy Goodlin, of Greensburg, pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
(from left), Daniel Giovannelli, Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity executive director, Daniel Wagner, assistant vice-president, First Commonwealth Bank, and Ronald Dibiase, vice-president, First Commonwealth Bank corporate banking commercial solutions unit, pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Daniel Giovannelli, Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity executive director, Daniel Wagner, assistant vice-president, First Commonwealth Bank, and Ronald Dibiase, vice-president, First Commonwealth Bank corporate banking commercial solutions unit, pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
(from left), Mike Ward joins Aaron and Kim Tuscan for a photo, during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Mike Ward joins Aaron and Kim Tuscan for a photo, during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
(from left), Chris Richardson and his wife, Tonia Richardson, executive director, Stoneybrook Foundation, joins Janeen Osselborn, Stoneybrook Foundation president, and her daughter, Sasha Dombrowsky, for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Chris Richardson and his wife, Tonia Richardson, executive director, Stoneybrook Foundation, joins Janeen Osselborn, Stoneybrook Foundation president, and her daughter, Sasha Dombrowsky, for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
(from left), Richard Cassidy, Kattan Ferretti Insurance, and Megan Bricker, Commercial Bank and Trust, pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Richard Cassidy, Kattan Ferretti Insurance, and Megan Bricker, Commercial Bank and Trust, pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
Gala chairs, (from left), Suzanne Ward and Rachael Tedesco, pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Gala chairs, (from left), Suzanne Ward and Rachael Tedesco, pose for a photo during the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' gala, held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018.

When it came time for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity to plan this year's Home Is Where the Heart Is Gala, co-chairwoman Suzanne Ward said she told board members to not ask any questions and let her handle it.

So they didn't, and she did, and everything worked out well.

Attendance at the gala, held Feb. 24 at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon, topped 200 — almost double that of the year before. Obviously, Ward and co-chairwoman Rachael Tedesco and committee members Patrick Thomas, Amee Mazzarese and Karen Novak knew what they were about.

Habitat opens doors to home ownership for people who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Information on current area projects is available at cwhfh.org . Gala-goers also had a chance to open a door, by purchasing something called the Key of Opportunity.

Each key unlocked a door behind which stood a mystery prize worth about $1,000 — including a 40-inch television, a signed Antonio Brown jersey, a Penguins ticket package, a bottle of Dom Perignon and more.

Seen: Habitat executive director Daniel Giovannelli with wife Laura, board president Otis DiCerbo with wife Shawnna and daughter Erin, Carly Thomas, Mike Ward, Richard Cassidy andMegan Bricker, Dan andKristen Wagner, Ron Dibiase, John Novak, Jessica Hickey, Brian Root, David Kerlin, Heather Dirjan and Nick Dobransky, Jonathan andLaura DelGrosso, Aaron and Kim Tuscan, Ron and Theresa Gay Rohall, Anne Marie Welty, Carolyn Tlumack and Faye Rosatti.

— Shirley McMarlin

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