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Annual Party at the Palace Theatre rocks to a 1960s theme

Dawn Law
| Monday, March 1, 2010

Movin' down the red carpet and into the Fifth Annual Party at the Palace Theatre , Aretha, Tina and Janis were all part of the Groovin' to the 60s theme. Paul and Ringo, Frankie and Annette made Saturday night's throwback a gas.

The bash began with a backstage party lavished with hors d' oeuvres, champagne, and entertainment by the Jersey Boys. Afterward, guests got their go-go boots on and got going to the Megan Suite made over as the Peppermint Lounge. After they split from Casino Royale on the mezzanine, they went cruzin' to the Grand Staircase to watch scenes from "West Side Story," "Mary Poppins" and "Hair."

The Westmoreland Cultural Trust and its volunteers went all out for their signature event, and said the entertainment, organized by Stage Right's Tony Marino, was the most successful to date. Trust President Mike Langer gave applause to co-chairs Peg Colosimo and Dawna Saunders. Lyn Emerick organized the pre-party. Outside, an ice sculpture of the Oscar statue glistened under the lights of a mini Hollywood sign. The Trust's Vonnie Goldsborough said major sponsors got their names in the stars along the "Walk of Fame," including Excela Health, First Commonwealth Bank and Trib Total Media.

Seen at the event: "Austin Powers" (John Noble), Bobby and Linda Iezzi, Charles and Laura Aftosmis, Chuck and Nancy Anderson, John and Janice Bolha, Eric and Judge Michele Bononi, Pat Condo and Jan Taylor, Kenneth Cooper and Teresa Baughman, Tony DeNunzio and his daughter, Judy Lesniak, Duffy and Summer Friedlander, Richard and Lisa Hoffman, Purnell and Libby Jones, Benedict and Gaile Mariano, Michael and Michelle McMullen, Bernie Moffa, Christopher Nakles and Melissa Hart, Ginny Panigall, Carmen and Paula Pedicone, Terry and Debbie Reese, Theodore and Kathleen Sarniak, Harry and Renee Smail, Carlo and Sue Ann Zippi, Jane Church, Anna Peagler, Gary Pratt, Christine Orosz, Kassi Robosky, Dianne Waltos, Kasie Fiano, Jeff Atkins, Kevin Miscik, Eric Felack, Dr. Dan and Ann Obara and Paula Langer.

-- Jennifer Miele, WTAE

Heart Warming Lunch

A tiny mixed-breed dog named Feather stole the show Sunday, at the annual "Have a Heart Pasta Poluzza," which benefits the Humane Society of Westmoreland County and their animal rescues. Feather is one of many animals who may not be alive today without the big hearts who attended the luncheon at Ferrante's Lakeview.

Feather was living in a crate inside an abandoned Luxor trailer. She weighed 35 pounds, a full 50 pounds less than she should. "We named her 'Feather' because she was so light," said Humane agent Jan Dillon. "She's eating a lot, and more than 100 people volunteered to adopt her."

Executive Director Kathy Burkley said HSWC spent $100,000 on surgeries, sutures and antibiotics for animals in need last year. She wishes everyone was as interested in adopting the dozens of other dogs and cats at the shelter as they are Feather. "Each one has a story, and each one needs a home," she said.

Burkley's granddaughter Novalie Vesely, 7, couldn't stop hugging Feather and the other rescued animals who inspired the luncheon. Burkley's mother, Ginny Barry, and other families helped to raise $10,000 for the cause Sunday, including Karly and John Vesely, Kim and John Debes and their son, Gabe, Mary Lou O'Connor, and Ken, Penny and Virginia Burkley.

Besides a pasta buffet, guests enjoyed a huge auction. Standing out were a handmade toy chest and dog bowls donated by Ray Eicher, and a picture called "Ballerina's Pink Curtain Call," donated by Greg and Tracey Rodgers.

Seen at the event: Karen Stepanovich, Rita DeBlock, Char Nieport-Hillman, Roxanne Fontanesi, Earl Keim, Rebecca Gardner, Jeff and Trudy Ivory, Rob and Laurie Jones, Barb Nichols, Dianne Butler, Wendy DiFonso, Dr. H. King Hartman, Mary Catherine Motchar and David Volpe.

-- Jennifer Miele, WTAE

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