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Ligonier's Polo for the Cure match with Dusseldorf ends in tie

Dawn Law
| Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

It seemed fitting that this year's Polo for the Cure match between teams Ligonier and Dusseldorf would end in a friendly 7-7 tie. It had been announced beforehand that, following the passing last year of founder Dr. Richard Raizman, this would be the final year for the event.

But afterward the doctor's widow and event co-chair , Dorothy Raizman, announced that the signature fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society would return for the 18th time next fall.

"After the great outpouring of support from the community, Mrs. Raizman decided to give it one more year," said organizer and society staffer Kira Foley.

That was welcome news to the 900 or so attendees, who enjoyed the breathtaking match, along with traditional halftime activities that included a skydiving demonstration, parade of the Rolling Rock hounds, balloon release and the ever-popular stomping of the divots.

Opening ceremonies featured a recorder solo of "Amazing Grace" by young Katie Jo Lynn of Ligonier. Katie Jo's mom, Lisa, is Raizman's stable manager and the infant Katie Jo spent many an hour in a cradle in those stables.

Special guests included doctors Timothy Brallier, Wallis Marsh and Kenneth Lee; along with 4-year-old Carter Szilagy of North Hills, serving for the second year as patient ambassador for polo. Accompanying Carter were his parents Jim and Stephanie ; siblings Lawren, Hunter and Ben ; and Ben's girlfriend Lizz Tumminello .

Seen at the field: event co-chair Kristine Samloff; Ralph Martin, president of the society's board of directors; Dr. Noah Raizman and Dr. Courtney Cutler; Tina Massari; Joe Lynn; Tom and Catherine Smith; Don and Kim Kramer; Kaylyn Kramer with Patrick Yarcusko; Pat Walllace and Kim Dickert-Wallace; Charles III and Stephanie Fagan; Wendy Anton; June Anton; the Rev. Jim and Lisa Simons; and Scott and Michelle Knupp.

-- Shirley McMarlin

Garbage bag garb

Designers looked to Hefty and Glad for the materials to create couture for the Salvation Army's Garbage Bag Gala on Friday at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg.The event was brought to Westmoreland County after a successful eight-year run in Allegheny County said Melissa Dunlap, resource development manager for the Salvation Army in Westmoreland.

"This event is a great girls night out and provides valuable support to the efforts of the Salvation Army in Westmoreland County."

Betty DeAngellis reinforced the sides of her black-bag dress with Duct tape and accessorized it with fuchsia heels, patterned hose, a pink-beaded belt, brooch and dangling earrings.

Billing herself as "Steeler Granny," Diana Gray fashioned a bag into a skirt with a bustle, topped it with a sweater, and added black- and gold-striped socks. For a finishing touch, she carried a cooler as a purse.

Red pumps and a feather boa brightened Melissa Wagner 's shiny cocktail dress. Kelly Cole 's ruffled miniskirt of white bags was belted with Duct tape and the neckline was adorned with carnations made from pink tissue paper.

There was a generous spread of appetizers, cheeses, fruits and veggies and dessert, by Extraordinary Catering by Bart in Apollo, and a ceremony for "Trashiest Dress."

Event committee members included Marilyn Fox, Angela Rose O'Brien, Maryanne Stairs, Christine Rizk-Orosz and Marjorie Stanislaw.

— Dawn Law

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