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Bossa Nova hosts Bid for Hope Gala

| Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011

The annual line-out-the-door to Bossa Nova on Monday could only mean one thing: there were Steelers inside and more than 250 fanatics outside clamoring to get inside for the official kickoff of the Bid for Hope Gala.

A beacon of bright media lights led straight to co-chairs Heath and Katie Miller and Alan and Julie Faneca, who patiently waited with Glimmer of Hope prexy Diana Napper for the camera flashes to subside.

Meanwhile, the meet n' greet with the likes of Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Keisel, Ryan Clark, Max Starks and Mike Wallace ensured guests brought a slew of souvenirs including the requisite footballs and jerseys ... tiny, tiny jerseys.

"I've got a jersey for them to sign for my 3-month-old," confessed Ryan Kennis.

Also spied doing their part to support premenopausal breast cancer research were Julie Campbell, Tom Crowley, Roy and B arb Cooper (she assembled the 20+ gift baskets up for grabs), John and Judy Foley, Steffi Oesterreich, Bill Simpson and his son, Will, Mark and Patti Helgerman, and Rodney Eng.

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