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Gala in Hampton to raise money for scholarship program

| Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Pamper yourself for charity.

Whether you like shopping, learning or relaxing, the Gala for Modern Women has it all.

The event is the brainchild of Nina Belcastro, 29, of Ross. Belcastro largely organized the smorgasbord of talks, fitness and beauty demonstrations, entertainment and shopping set for 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Hampton.

“We would really like to make it an annual event,” said Belcastro, a member of the church's multi-generational Lydia Circle — sponsor of the Gala for Women.

Proceeds from the Gala for Women — admission is $5 — will benefit the North Hills Community Outreach Scholarship Program.

“It's just going to be a day to empower women, so they can relax, and learn, and have fun — all to raise money for the scholarship fund,” said Belcastro, a mother of two and administrative assistant at the Pittsburgh law firm Gaitens, Tucceri & Nicholas.

Larrimor's, the downtown Pittsburgh clothier, also will stage a fashion show at the Gala for Women.

“We love to support the community,” said Tom Michael, president of Larrimor's.

Guest speakers will include Dr. Stephanie Nicholas, a gynecologist and obstetrician at UPMC Mercy.

Alison Wertz of Bill Few Associates, a certified financial planner, will discuss wise money management. Lawyer Michele McPeak Cromer, of GTN Law, will discuss estate planning.

Members of the 35-year-old Steel City Angels will perform between the speakers' 10-to-15-minute talks in Fellowship Hall at St. Paul's United Church.

Sixteen jewelry, home decor, nutrition and beauty product vendors also will offer goods and accept orders for products.

Kerri Colangelo of the Baierl Family YMCA in Franklin Park will lead a demonstration Zumba class.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a gently used piece of business or casual clothing, or a fashion accessory, for a Dress for Success sale or donation to Treasure House Fashions.

The North Hills Community Outreach Scholarship Program, beneficiary for the fundraising Gala for Women, awards scholarships for post-secondary education to low-income and non-traditional students.

Scholarship recipients must live in north suburban Pittsburgh, or attend north suburban Pittsburgh vocational schools or colleges.

Since 2000, the program has awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 85 recipients, including 75 women, said Harriet Gibbs, resource coordinator for North Hills Community Outreach.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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