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Ligonier Valley Historical Society holds Tastes of the Town

Dawn Law
| Monday, April 12, 2010

Good food. Good company. Good cause.

Simply put, that was the recipe for success employed by the Ligonier Valley Historical Society for its 19th annual Tastes of the Town, held Thursday in the Ligonier Country Inn in Laughlintown.

Sold out as usual, the event featured 18 area food and drink vendors offering hearty samples of gourmet delights and familiar comfort foods, all topped off with a generous selection of wines and sweet treats. The 200 or so diners filled their plates and then went back for seconds.

Proceeds help to fund and maintain the historical society's facilities, projects, resources and special events.

Seen on the town: Phil and Gladys Light, Frank Dominick, Evelyn Lemmon, Theresa Stoughton Marafino, Bill and Pam Stablein, Art and Cheryl McMullen, Tom and Dee Sylvester, Manfred and Veronica Sander, Elizabeth Grosklos, Janet Riordan, Kay Wasserman, Pam McKay, Al and Barb Gaiardo and Rebecca Sorice.

Also, Jim and Kathy Koontz, Paul and Patsy Kennedy, Debbie Payne, Cindy Graham, Kristin and Elise Poerschke, Jeanette Bridge, Dr. Henry Croft, Tina McDowell, Margie Byers, George Kereszi, Ron Nicely, Bob and Carolyn Stutzman, Sally Walker and Tina Yandrick.

-- Shirley McMarlin

'Runway fun'

The dining room of DeNunzio's Italian Chophouse at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity glowed in the early sun Saturday as 80 lady golfers sipped mimosa and savored basil breakfast strata.

The women attended to support the first Charity Fashion Show hosted by Golf for Her Inc.

The store, owned by Judy DiNardo, is devoted to the needs of female golfers and is located at 104 Pennsylvania Ave. in Greensburg.

Among the clothing and accessories, on display was a pair of women's vivid green Ecco golf shoes, which, according to DiNardo, is the same type worn recently by Freddie Couples (sans socks) at the Masters.

Models were Sue DelGrosso, Pat Marsh, Joanne Pallitto, Jeana DiNardo, Mary Mitchell and Barb Vankirk.

DiNardo served as co-chairwoman with Kathy Morris, and said part of the fun was having guests write their favorite charity on a ticket to enter it in a drawing.

All event proceeds were donated to the charity on the winning ticket, which was held by Joan Penhall of Greensburg.

Penhall listed her favorite as Team Survivor of Laurel Highlands, which provides free exercise, health education and support programs for women living with cancer.

The show's commentator, Kathy Svilar, was moved by the gesture because of loved ones lost to the disease and because of a close friend who is fighting it.

"I had to put down my microphone and collect myself," she said.

Seen: Suzanne Mahady, with friends Joanne Orengia, Gloria Storkel and Helen Ocepek, and Mary Jo Silvis and Kim Gillis, who helped with the event.

-- Dawn Law

Spring Rhapsody

Months of planning were well worthwhile, for a signature fundraiser to support the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Spring Rhapsody, held at a private club in the Ligonier area Saturday, featured more than 100 silent auction items and a dozen prizes in a live auction including a 14-karat gold and diamond necklace and a tour of the Breadworks Factory on the North Side. The highlight of the night was bidding on a trip to a hilltop home in Sedona, Ariz., donated by Valerie Wood. Auctioneer C huck Anderson awarded the stay to three lucky couples who split the bid.

Dr. George and Linda Austin hosted the evening, board member Linda Assard welcomed guests, symphony pianist Craig Niezelski provided the entertainment, Janie Belden and June Penta chaired the event, and William Friedlander, George Shaner and Jan Taylor put together the auction. The 37-member planning committee includes four past presidents of the symphony's board of directors including Friedlander, Assard, Jo Ann Lightcap and Sheila Caramella. Guests also had a chance to buy a chocolate instrument for a chance at a prize during a cocktail hour, before being seated for a fabulous dinner.

Supporting the heartbeat of Greensburg's Cultural District: David Assard, Michael Philopena, Scott and Kim Avolio, Brian and Amy Beeghly, Art and JoAnne Boyle, Olive and George Conte, Jerry and Von DeRiso, John and Linda Dickson, Christine and Robert Hammond, Nancy Jamison, Paul and Diane Nickoloff, Dr. Daniel and Ann Obara, Vince and Sharon Schiavoni, Bud and Ellen Smail, Harry and Rene Smail and Bill and Becky Thorne.

-- Jennifer Miele

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