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THE TRUTH ABOUT SKIN CANCER Did you know?

SUN SAFE: TANNING MYTHS AND FACTS Summer is in full swing and so is the sizzling debate about tanning. We cut through the myths to shine a light on the truth about sun exposure. Among the topics: What’s the big deal over sun safety? How much sun is safe? And is getting a “base tan” a good idea?

References: American Academy of Dermatology: www.aad.org Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/pdf

• Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, with nearly five million people treated annually and more than 9,000 deaths each year from melanoma alone. • A person dies of melanoma every 54 minutes. • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. • More individuals develop skin cancer from tanning than develop lung cancer from smoking. • Individuals who have used indoor tanning beds 10 or more times throughout their lives are at a 34 percent increased risk of developing melanoma compared to those who have never used indoor tanning beds. • Individuals who use a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase the risk for melanoma by 75 percent.

TANNING MYTHS:

If I get a “base tan” before vacation, it will protect me from getting sunburned.

I only need to wear sun protection if I will be outside on a sunny day.

FACT: The simple answer here is no, never! A base tan

FACT: The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage

is not a safer way to tan. It’s a common misconception that a tan can act as the body’s natural protection against sunburn. In reality, a tan is the body’s natural reaction to prevent more skin damage, but the risk of skin cancer has already increased from exposure. It’s also important to note that a tan provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of only about 3 or less, which provides very little protection against UV exposure.

the skin in as little as 15 minutes. If you’re going to be outdoors, you should wear sunscreen and have other protective measures in place as well. Even on a cloudy day and in the winter months, you can get sunburned. So make sure to load up on sunscreen or apply daily face lotion or creams that specifically note an SPF of 30 or higher.

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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN Follow these recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology: • Avoid being outdoors in sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest. • Generously apply a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30. • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after sweating or swimming (no sunscreen is truly “waterproof”). • Wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, pants, and sunglasses. • Seek shade when possible. • Avoid tanning beds. • Check expiration dates on sunscreen and discard accordingly. • Check your birthday suit annually (on your birthday) and report any changes in your skin to your dermatologist. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma. Remember that when caught early, skin cancer is very treatable. For up-to-date information and sun safety tips, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the American Academy of Dermatology.

I need to get vitamin D from the sun every day. FACT: While it’s true that vitamin D is an essential nutrient and the sun’s rays activate vitamin D, just 10 minutes of outdoor time each day will do the trick! There are also several ways to ensure your diet has plenty of vitamin D. Many types of mushrooms, canned fish with bones (such as sardines, tuna, and mackerel), and fortified dairy products (such as yogurt and milk), each deliver a good dose of vitamin D.

I have darker skin tone and don’t burn, so I don’t need protection and can’t get melanoma. FACT: Sun exposure can contribute to skin cancer in people of all colors, including African-Americans, Asians, and Hispanics. While it is true that melanoma rates are higher in individuals with lighter skin, some studies have shown higher death rates in individuals with darker skin. Other resources: Skin Cancer Foundation. www.skincancer.org. The Environmental Working Group. www.ewg.org. Wehner M, et al. International prevalence of indoor tanning: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Dermatol 2014; 150(4):390-400. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/ documents/document/acspc-048738.pdf.

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COFFEE FOR A CAUSE Meet the local entrepreneur who is making a difference by focusing on two of our favorite things: coffee and puppies.

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PITTSBURGH’S 50 FINEST Before their fundraising period culminates on August 12, get to know the incredible men and women of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest.

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WHIRL MAGAZINE’S SEMI-ANNUAL EVENT GUIDE Making plans? We’ve got you covered through January!

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HAPPY SUMMER! Pittsburgh native Beth Stern pens us a letter, sprinkled with her favorite things about the season and her current animal rescue projects.

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SPECIAL DELIVERY Signed, sealed, delivered — it’s your beautiful postcard from Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh!

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ONLY IN ASPINWALL We’re celebrating the neighborhood’s 125th anniversary by highlighting the shops and spaces that add to its charm.

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Congrats to this year’s class of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest!

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STYLE FEATURE THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER STYLE

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End this season on a fashionable note with mix-and-match pieces for every occasion.

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STYLE FEATURE STAYING TRUE TO HER ROOTS Get to know the designer behind the beautiful brand Sandra Cadavid.

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RIVER’S CLUB’S 34TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

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PRIME STAGE THEATRE’S A NIGHT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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FESTA DI LIMONCELLO (LIMONCELLO FESTIVAL)

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Our cover story and photographs take us back to the first time we worked with Pittsburgh native Beth Stern. In that cover, 10 years ago, Beth wore a green dress with a tiny slit that showed part of her navel. The reaction was unexpected as a few objected to the “sexiness” of her attire. It was a startling revelation to us back then, and we remain mindful of every detail since then. Beth turned 45 years old in July, and when we spoke about doing another cover story with her husband, Howard Stern, behind the camera, we decided to let them have fun on the beach and wait to see what happened. When we opened the file after the weekend shoot, we loved what we saw. Clean, sharp images that illustrate the ability to play with natural light. A happy, radiant, over-40-year-old woman, who is healthy-minded and service-oriented. A couple who left to their ideas of fun in the sun, turned into a professional model and a professional photographer. We know you will love the images, and hope they inspire you to hit the beach for rejuvenation and restful fun! Get the full story on page 64. If you’re here in town for the rest of the summer, we’ve got ideas for you to make the most of the last rays of sun. Aspinwall is a special village tucked between the hills and Allegheny River. Easily accessible from anywhere (jump on Route 28 or take Freeport Road) and you are transported into a newly renovated, easy-to-walk village. With some of the best shops, like Kristi Boutique, Dovecote, and Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique, as well as restaurants like Cornerstone Restaurant, you will have a blast! See why we love it there on page 88. Fashion takes a summertime turn with our special feature by Associate Editor Matthew Hacke on how to look cool while staying in the heat. His take on what to wear where incorporates local retailers whose purpose is to keep us looking and feeling good. Get your ideas, make your list, and hit the stores. Summer sales are going on now, so your timing is perfect! HERE’S TO YOUR PERFECT TIMING!

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AUGUST HAPPENINGS The National Aviary invited former Pittsburgh Penguin Marc-André Fleury and his family to meet the African Penguin named “Flower” in his honor. The Fleurys also visited Valentino the sloth; created penguin paintings; flew on the National Aviary’s new flight simulator, Birdly®; fed a toucan; held an Eurasian Eagle Owl; and met one of the newest additions to The National Aviary: a recently hatched flamingo chick.

Lidia Bastianich and Daniel Walker collaborated for the first time since Walker took over as the executive chef of Lidia’s Pittsburgh at Lidia’s Spring Garden Dinner, serving a delicious, four-course meal that celebrated Bastianich’s signature, authentic Italian fare.

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The Philip Pelusi salon inside the Mall at Robinson moved to a larger space in the mall, offering a light, airy environment for guests to enjoy services from Color Group™ artists, Volumetric™ HairCutting experts, and extension specialists, plus blowouts for on the go and Next GenMen’s™ HairCutting. From left: Jim Erdesky, Corina Kurek, Tracy Zimmerman, Christy Sobota, Philip Pelusi, Lisa Krszal, Joss Collins, and Johnna Macuga

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/ OF WHIRL The Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation honored Mark Nordenberg, chancellor emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh, at the Excellence is Ageless Gala and Awards Celebration. From left: David Fenoglietto, president and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife; Jane Bittcher, president of the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation; and Nordenberg, the 2017 Lutheran SeniorLife Excellence is Ageless gala honoree.

The Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh’s Moonlight Serenade Gala honored the National Religious Retirement Office and Patrick Meehan while supporting the Sisters and their ministries. From left: Sister Christine Makowski, Sister Barbara Helder, Sister Shelley Farabaugh, and “Jack” Meehan.

Honorary event co-chairs Dr. Jeff Galak (left) and Dr. Rosalind Chow (right) posed with artist Jason Gamrath at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Gamrath created the beautiful pieces in the SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art exhibit, which is sponsored by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan.

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Owner Don Mahaney and executive chef Brandon Blumenfeld of Scratch celebrated Dazed + Infused: A Summer Solstice Party With Boyd & Blair.” Scratch is Troy Hill’s newest restaurant, focusing on local, seasonal ingredients for fresh, New Americanstyle dishes.

Duck Donuts celebrated the grand opening of its first Pittsburgh franchise location in Upper St. Clair. From left: Andrew Jarusinky, franchise location owner; Kara Gisleson; Morgan Heller; Max Heller; and Brian Davin, store manager.

Richard Parsakian, longtime supporter of Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF); Sean DeYoung, CEO of PATF; and Dr. Larry Leahy, 2017 Kerry Stoner Award recipient, joined 300 guests at the PATF’s 31st annual benefit. With “A Moulin Twist” as the theme, the French-inspired benefit raised over $120,000 for PATF’s HIV/AIDS treatment, support, and prevention programming.

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The St. Margaret Foundation 5K returned for its 29th — and most successful! — year under a new name: St. Margaret Foundation’s Brian Demchak Hope Run 5K Run/Walk. The change was in honor of Demchak, who ran the 5K every year with his mother before he passed away in January 2016. From left: Mary Lee Gannon, Foundation president; Amanda Verrengia, top female winner; William Demchak, brother of Brian Demchak; and Jacob Halasowski, top overall winner.

Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST)’s Making Time for Afterschool Awards Reception recognized the importance of quality expanded learning programs and emphasized its pillars of advocacy, partnership, and quality. From left: executive committee members Dave Coplan of Human Services Center Corporation, D’Ann Swanson of The Grable Foundation, APOST director Kathryn Vargas, Tom Akiva of the University of Pittsburgh, Leslie Reicher of Allegheny County Department of Human Services, James Doyle of Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Patrick Dowd of Allies for Children.

PA Gov. Tom Wolf delivered the keynote address before more than 1,000 guests and graduates during the Bidwell Training Center Commencement Ceremony. Seated from left: Gary Caldwell, Kevin Jenkins, Scott Lammie, William Strickland, Jr., Governor Wolf, Thomas Kellnar, Jack Forsythe, and Valerie Njie. Standing from left: Kory Campbell, Bonnie Howe, Evan Jones, Austin Karms, Michelle Lay, Cameo Moorefield, Tonja Grate, Michelle Harbison, and Ali Al-Khateb.

Nearly 60 firefighters, police officers, and paramedics in Crafton, Kennedy, Robinson, and Stowe Townships participated in The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s “The Fittest Hero” program. By the end of the eight-week weight loss challenge, the group lost a total of 414.8 pounds! From left: Will Freker, fire chief Mike Fashian, trainer Jackie Damp, Eric Onoffrey, and Marissa Williams.

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More than 150 attendees had a blast at the Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Gala Cubana at the Pittsburgh Golf Club, to benefit education initiatives in the group’s 40th year. The vibrant evening featured a Cuban-inspired menu, created by Pittsburgh Golf Club Chef Mike Wagner; exciting auction items; and dancing to the Guaracha Latin Dance Band, lead by Miguel Sague III. PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ST. MARGARET FOUNDATION, TJ MURPHY, GERMAINE WATKINS, WESTERN AREA YMCA, RAY CODERO/MAINLINE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Amanda Jones, Hayden Bogert, and Adarian Williams were three of the six Holy Family Academy students who received 2017’s St. Joseph the Worker scholarships of $5,000 to be used toward college education, technical training, or apprenticeship support after high school graduation.

POWER raised a record-breaking $200,000 at POWER Promises — A Night of Hope to provide addiction treatment services for women in recovery. From left: POWER Executive Director Rosa Davis, former mayor Tom Murphy, and KDKATV’s Brenda Waters.

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Cheryl and Abby Pepper enjoyed a rest day in Pittsburgh after participating in Beyond Type 1’s Bike Beyond program, a 10-week, 4,248-mile, cross-country bike ride. Twenty riders living with Type 1 Diabetes took on the challenge to educate and spread awareness about the disease.

Hundreds filled the August Wilson Center for Creatives Drink 8, the eighth networking event for members of the creative community hosted by Cody Baker and Chancelor Humphrey. Guests were treated to libations, an installation by IDL Worldwide, music by DJ Pete Butta, and a limited run of Creatives shirts and hats for sale.

The Heinz History Center’s 25th Annual History Makers Award Dinner honored Jerome Bettis, Dr. Vivian Davidson Hewitt, Arthur S. Levine, MD, Dr. Priya Narasimhan, and David Newell for their significant achievements in the areas of sports, education, health care, technology and innovation, and community, respectively. From left: History Makers Award Dinner co-chair Daniel K. Fitzpatrick; History Maker honorees Dr. Vivian Davidson Hewitt, Arthur S. Levine, MD, Jerome Bettis, David Newell, and Dr. Priya Narasimhan; and event co-chair Donald J. Heberle.

Local authors gathered at Barnes & Noble’s Waterworks location to sign copies of their books and meet their fans. From left, front row: Joseph Moore, Paula Reed Ward, Melanie Salvatore-August, and Dana Faletti. Back row: Nancy Martin, Anne Ducanis, Joshua Bellin, Niki Kapsambelis, Amy Morgan, Rebecca Drake, Josephine Caminos Oria, Edward Banchs, and Doreen Boyce.

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Local law enforcement officers staked out the Murrysville Dunkin’ Donuts rooftop to raise awareness of and funds for the Special Olympics. From left: Sergeant Scott Kettren and his partner, Argos, of the Murrysville Police Department and Michael Maker, a Special Olympics athlete from Allegheny County.

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SAVE THE DATE

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta Point State Park, yougottaregatta.com WHY WE’RE GOING: + The Red Bull Flugtag Pittsburgh Craft Hangar Watch 40 teams take flight — literally! — and test out their homemade flying contraptions off a 22-foot deck on AUGUST 5. + Jet Ski Stunt Shows + Smash Mouth Revisit the early 00’s and rock out like an “All-Star” on AUGUST 5!

James “Doc” Mendelson, Jessica Scalo, Lauren Pesce

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Pittsburgh VegFest 2017 Allegheny Commons Park East, pittsburghvegfest.org

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Gala Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 412.321.4422

WHY WE’RE GOING:

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+ 80+ vendors to shop from, including Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. (Read more about the company on page 38!) + Admission is free and the first 250 people receive loaded goody bags! + Delicious bites from local eateries, including Double Wide Grill and Franktuary

+ Celebrate the incredible accomplishments of the 50 men and women of the class of 2017, who worked hard to raise $500,000 for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — Western Pennsylvania Chapter.

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+ Tickets include great food stations, complimentary drinks, and live entertainment.

+ A great line-up of local entertainers, speakers, and performers will “turnip the beet” and keep the crowd jammin’ + Smoothie King will be sponsoring a kids’ activity play area, which includes an obstacle course and slide bounce house.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Riverlife’s Party at the Pier North Shore Amphitheater at Rivers Casino, riverlifepgh.org/save-dateriverlifes-party-pier-friday-august-25

Maurice & Lauren Freeman, Nneka & Dr. Rahmon Hart

WHY WE’RE GOING: + Since 1999, Riverlife has been restoring and promoting Pittsburgh’s scenic riverfronts.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Great American Banana Split Celebration Downtown Latrobe, bananasplitfest.com

+ This year’s theme, “War of the Rosés,” is executed through a rosé tasting, where a winner will be voted on, plus rosé-inspired food and cocktails. Guests are also encouraged to arrive in rosé-colored cocktail attire!

WHY WE’RE GOING: + The banana split was invented in 1904 by David Evans Stickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at the time, in Latrobe. + The weekend festivities include: a 5K banana run, car cruise, climbing wall, pie eating contest, entertainment, food, and of course, banana splits! Linda & Brad Childs, Jonathan & Megan Plesset

+ Enjoy the beauty of Pittsburgh’s riverfront with a ride on the Gateway Clipper Feet.

Billy Porter

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Dog Days of Summer Allegheny County Airport, nodogleftbehind.org/tickets

WHY WE’RE GOING: + All ticket sales and auction items benefit the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART), which has rescued over 5,000 animals in the last few years.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Twilight Picnic For the Parks Hartwood Acres, 724.327.7627

+ Tunes by DJD Pittsburgh and catered fare from Oh My Grill, Pittsburgh Crepes, City Fresh Pasta, and Randita’s Organic Vegan Food Truck + During the fundraiser, attendees will get to experience a live rescue up-close as pilots land with pups on board.

WHY WE’RE GOING:

DON’T MISS THE END OF STATION SQUARE SUMMER JAM ’17!

+ A late summer evening picnic to support our beautiful local parks through the Allegheny County Parks Foundation will be a great way to cap off the season.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 25

The Stickers with special guest Bridgewater Station

Broadcast 90 (90’s tribute band) with special guest Totally 80’s (80’s tribute band)

+ The fundraising event features a private performance by Pittsburgh’s own Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, actor, playwright, and composer, Billy Porter! + Tickets include al fresco-style cocktails and dinner. PHOTOGRAPHS BY SARAH COLLINS, FROM JOSH SHAPIRO, ALLEGHENY COUNTY PARKS FOUNDATION, BY MICHAEL FORNATARO

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FINANCE

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Dr. Kenton Rexford, Dr. Eva Sikorska, Lauren Fowler, Dr. Lawrence Bagley, Karen Seeger, and Ken Spokane of PVSEC broke ground at the PVSEC South Hills’ state-of-the-art facility.

MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR PETS It has been nearly 10 years since two leading Western Pennsylvania veterinary care leaders joined forces to make a difference, one pet and one family at a time. Known today as the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC), they are providing specialty and emergency care through their state-of-the-art facility located on Camp Horne Road.

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With the region’s only on-site, high-field pet MRI and 24/7/365 emergency care, pet patients are able to receive the highest standard of pet health care available anywhere. “Companion animals are a vital part of our family,” says Dr. Kenton Rexford, DVM of PVSEC. “They provide companionship, love, company, and affection. So when a beloved pet is critically sick or injured or requires specialty care, we want to ensure that they are receiving care that is comprehensive, compassionate, and around the clock.” This summer, PVSEC is opening its second state-of-the art facility in the South Hills on Route 19 (near Racetrack Road). “Working with PVSEC on the financing of the new facility, we have seen up close their dedication and passion to expand their specialty and emergency care so that more pet owners can get the highest quality of veterinary services when they need it most,” says Nick Walsh, middle market relationship manager of Huntington Bank. PVSEC works in conjunction with the pet owner’s family veterinarian to offer an integrated care plan. Appointments for specialty services are available by referral only, Monday through Saturday. However, the emergency service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and does not require an appointment. “Our intensive care facilities and access to specialists means no emergency is too big to handle,” says Dr. Rexford. Recently, PVSEC was certified as a Level I veterinary emergency and critical care facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). This certification recognizes those hospitals that meet and exceed the minimum standards and guidelines published by VECCS. The society does this in the hopes of raising the standard of care while also increasing public and professional awareness in the area of veterinary emergency and critical patient care. PVSEC locations offer emergency and critical care, including hospitalization in ICUs, ventilator and highflow oxygen therapy, transfusion medicine, advanced monitoring, nutrition management and post-operative surgical care. Other on-site specialty services include anesthesiology, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiation oncology, radiology, rehabilitation, and surgery.

WE STARTED GOING LOCAL BEFORE IT WAS TRENDY. ABOUT 150 YEARS AGO. At Huntington, we make it a point to work with those who move our community forward. As the #1 SBA lender in our region, we're proud to support local businesses and their efforts to make a difference right here in our neighborhood.

Dr. Rexford says, “As we look to the future to save even more companion animal lives, we hope to add a vehicle and staff to provide ambulatory care for emergency service.” — Kim Ravenda Huntington Bank, huntington.com

More than a million pets go without veterinary care because their owners cannot afford to pay for medical treatment. Sadly, many of these pets are oftentimes euthanized or suffer needlessly. Formed in 2008, Animal Care and Assistance Fund (ACAF) provides financial aid to qualifying Southwestern Pennsylvania pets who need emergency or specialty care at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty Emergency Center (PVSEC). ACAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To learn more or to make a donation, visit pvs-ec.com

Huntington is the #1 SBA 7(a) lender in the region made up of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Western PA. Source: U.S. SBA from October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2015. The Huntington National Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. ¥ ® and Huntington® are federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. Huntington.® Welcome.TM is a service mark of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. © 2016 Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.

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HAVING A MOMENT With new chefs, milestone anniversaries, and signature events, this month is filled with red letter days for Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene

FOOD FOR THOUGHT All the way from Kansas City, Missouri, chef Daniel Walker is taking Lidia’s Pittsburgh back to basics, with a range of menu items that exemplify his culinary thoughtfulness. “The ethos of Italian cooking is finding the best possible ingredients and cooking them in a straightforward, simplistic manner,” says Walker, who learned this lesson from the authority herself: Lidia Bastianich. And, having a lengthy professional relationship with Lidia’s — including tenure as sous chef in Lidia’s flagship restaurant, Felidia — we can trust Walker to deliver a simple yet exquisite menu, featuring traditional favorites like osso bucco and zuppa di pesce. Beyond the physical kitchen, Walker is making sustainability a priority at Lidia’s Pittsburgh by creating beneficial ties with local farms to source the freshest and cleanest ingredients. “My focus has been finding local farms that are producing the best fruits, vegetables, pork, lamb … and at the same BY SIERRA SMITH •

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time, ensuring that those farms are sustainable,” says Walker. So far, he’s recruited several Western Pennsylvanian farms and a Pittsburgh-based wild forager to provide him with quality, seasonal fare. Plus, he’s working on reducing post-consumer bread waste and kitchen waste, taking another large step toward a greener future. This summer, take a trip to the Strip to enjoy a handcrafted Italian cocktail and a dish from Walker’s hearty and flavorful menu in the spacious dining room. Or, for your next big gathering, consider the Loft at Lidia’s, a newly revamped patio and two semi-private dining spaces. The 4,000-square-foot space can house groups of 10 to 250, so whether you’re hosting an intimate get together or a wedding reception, your guests can enjoy an exclusive private dining menu in style. Lidia’s Pittsburgh, 1400 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.522.0150. lidias-pittsburgh.com.

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GOING PLATINUM Since September 1997, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto has reigned atop Pittsburgh from its Mt. Washington home, offering delectable food and an astounding view. But according to general manager Jennifer Marshall, the restaurant’s popularity is due to more than just the stunning panorama of Downtown Pittsburgh. “In a market that has seen such dramatic changes in the food scene, we feel it is the consistent quality experiences offered to our guests that have given us such a long tenure here in Pittsburgh,” says Marshall. And what a long tenure it’s been, as Monterey Bay Fish Grotto happily celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer! Known throughout Pittsburgh as a special occasion destination, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is thrilled to celebrate such a large milestone with all those who’ve shared in the restaurant’s history. From intimate engagements to rousing parties, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto has seen it all. “Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is a magical place,” says Marshall, “and we look forward to continuing that magic for years to come.” This August, you can taste the magic for yourself with the special 20th Anniversary Menu, featuring new dishes crafted by executive chef Heather Deraway, plus the return of a few classic recipes including a signature shrimp cocktail. On AUGUST 22, the City of Pittsburgh will celebrate the restaurant with a citywide recognition of Monterey Bay Fish Grotto Day, then later that night, the restaurant will host an invite-only VIP party to thank the guests who’ve supported the restaurant the most during the past two decades. “We are extremely excited to celebrate with the city we love so much,” says Marshall. But partying isn’t the only thing Monterey Bay knows how to do. To truly thank the city, Monterey Bay will donate $10,000 to The Pittsburgh Promise, a nonprofit supporting urban students pursuing higher education. “Pittsburghers care about each other,” Marshall says. “They support each other. We feel and share their pride.” One thing is certain: through dedication to its city and guests, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto has certainly earned its title as a seafood staple of the Pittsburgh food scene. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, 1411 Grandview Ave., Mt. Washington. 412.481.4414. montereybayfishgrotto.com.

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Vince, Patti, and Jimmy "Pie" Gerasole with actress Sophia Loren

HONORING AN ICON Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren graced the silver screen in the U.S. and Italy, garnering a reputation as an international symbol of beauty, grace, and intelligence. “In spite of her glamorous life, Sophia has remained close to her humble roots in Pozzuoli, near Naples, and has always made family and food a priority,” Girasole owner Patti Gerasole says of the “Two Women” star. “The actress, known as the most beautiful woman in the world, loves spending time in the kitchen and has written two cookbooks: ‘In Cucina Con Amore’ (‘In the Kitchen with Love’) and ‘Recipes and Memories.’” Just after Loren turns 83 on SEPTEMBER 20, Girasole will celebrate the birthday girl with a five-course dinner and wine on SEPTEMBER 25 at 6:30 p.m. “We are very excited to serve up a salute to the icon and highlight recipes from her cookbook as well as tidbits from her life,” Gerasole says. “Video, music, and a birthday toast by Sophia’s biggest fan, [Girasole owner] Jimmy Pie, will complete this very special event.” Reservations are going fast! For reservations and more information, call Patti at 412.427.6952. — Rachel Jones Girasole, 733 Copeland St., Shadyside. 733copeland.com.

A FAMILY TRADITION Throughout the years, many outsiders have mistakenly taken the Tambellini name to signify a local chain, much like they would when seeing a Pamela’s or Primanti Bros. But a true Pittsburgh food enthusiast knows something they don’t: although the Tambellini name has been seen on many restaurants, each family member brought his or her own distinct personality to each independent restaurant and cuisine. Now, the Joseph Tambellini Restaurant is one of the last of its line, having survived the ever-changing food scene of the last decade by remaining firmly rooted in tradition.”We wanted to bring the traditional Tambellini idea back,” says Melissa Tambellini, co-owner of the Joseph Tambellini Restaurant. “Be consistent and classic, be warm and friendly. We provide fine dining in a non-pretentious atmosphere” Despite his traditional roots, Joe is doing more in his kitchen than just cooking up plain pasta (which is all homemade, incidentally). “There are years of traditions that began in other Tambellini Restaurants that belong to our family,” says Melissa. But the couple doesn’t let

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convention get in the way their brand: the delightfully unexpected. Take for example Joe’s spicy provoloneand-sausage-stuffed banana peppers or the crunchy panko-breaded shrimp, both fan-favorite creations improved by an innovative twist. The Joseph Tambellini Restaurant officially turns 10 on AUGUST 17, but be on the lookout during the end of August for an “open house” party featuring some classic Tambellini family recipes. “We’ll definitely have lots of meatballs!” says Melissa. The party will be open to the customers and neighborhood that supported the restaurant’s success throughout the years. “[Highland Park] was not a popular neighborhood,” Melissa says about the restaurant’s initial opening back in 2007. “But Joe and I had a gut feeling … we saw the potential.” By combining their love of food with an enthusiasm for the local community, Joe and Melissa can continue their own Tambellini tradition: cooking up authentic and absolutely delicious cuisine. Joseph Tambellini Restaurant, 5701 Bryant St., Highland Park. 412.665.9000. josephtambellini.com.

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POWERFUL WOMEN OF THE WORLD The first small group meeting for Powerful Women of the World was a huge success!

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giving back to the community through tithing. The idea of tithing is to give back 10 percent of what we earn. It is a quid pro quo exchange and also entails a revaluation of cash. As women, current statistics say we earn 70 percent of what men make, yet volunteer more than that same

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percentage! Instead, we decided to strive for 100 percent of earnings and give back 10%, in cash, or a class, a service, an honoring. Most memorable moment? Peachie Wimbush-Polk. Her spiritual quest has been intensified with the loss of one of her children, Lala. Her other child is Wiz Khalifa. A wordsmith, she struggled with not having a name for a parent who has suffered such a loss. “There’s a name for a widow and an orphan, but not for this club that no one wants to join.” She told the story of weeping in the ONE WHIRL Studio

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while the studio team searched for a name. “We found one description, but it was a phrase, and it was too long,” Peachie says. With tears streaming, she told our group, “Words mean everything to me, and not having one made me feel like it wasn’t real. Then, [ONE WHIRL Studio Brand Ambassador Benjamin Laun] found it, way back in ancient Hebrew, predating most of the text in the Bible. ‘Em Shakula’ — A mother who has lost a child. I left the studio that day feeling stronger. I am Em Shakula.” Join us. Together we will peace the world back 2gether.

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STEPHANIE KITBY OWNER, BLUE DAISY FLORAL

JANE LEWIS OWNER, LEWIS FAMILY FARMS

LISA RAZZA COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, ACHIEVA

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CHRIS RICHARDS INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT, AMBIT ENERGY

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Clark Slater, Josh Verbanets, Matt Miller of Meeting of Important People

Tyler Handyside, Mike Saunders, Chase Barron, Jake Stretch, Jake Rieger of Chase & the Barons

ROCK ’N RAMEN WHO: Over 200 people WHAT: Edible Allegheny Magazine hosted its inaugural Rock ’N Ramen event, bringing together great music and delicious food for a fantastic night out! WHERE: Spirit in Lawrenceville

Cristina Kulik, Joe Strangis

HIGHLIGHTS: Edible Allegheny Magazine took two parts ramen and three parts rock to get one big night of Rock ‘N Ramen! Spirit in Lawrenceville was the scene and the crowd loved it. Guests were greeted at the door with a pair chopsticks to sample some of the best ramen in Pittsburgh, provided by the great chefs at Tan Izakaya and Soba. Tan Izakaya served its Tan Miso Ramen, consisting of a pork-based miso broth with toppings that included pork belly, tofu skin, seaweed, corn, green onion, and fish cake. Soba served a seafood ramen with bay scallops and shrimp, and bean sprouts, scallion, and nori garnish. Spirit’s bartenders provided drinks for the crowd while Meeting of Important People started the night off with an acoustic set of original music. Bikini Islands followed with a set of surf-inspired rock, and local garage band Chase and the Barons delivered the night cap. — M.H.

Stephanie Wiese, Chef Ching, Mike Yin of Tan Izakaya

“The night was rockin’! Spirit is a great venue and we can’t wait for the next one. Reggae and Ramen, anyone?” — Jack Tumpson, publisher of WHIRL Publishing Chris Biondo, Lily Tran of Soba

Justin Bidula, Courtney Jenkins

Dillon Moore, Nicholas Harper, Claire Snider

Mickey Remich, Nathan Hienle, Evan Hienle, Robert Heinle

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RIVER’S CLUB’S 34TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY WHO: Over 300 guests, including board chair Rod Doss and past board chair Dotti Bechtol WHAT: The Rivers Club celebrated its 34th anniversary with a party and its Charity Classic to benefit ALS, Best Buddies, and the Employee Partner Care Foundation. Complimentary Champagne and food stations could be found throughout the club, featuring prime rib, seafood, sliders, pasta, desserts, and more. WHERE: Rivers Club

Janine & Bob Fragasso

Marvin Woods, Peggy Harris

Rod Doss, Robert Powell, Jason Freewalt

David MacHarg, Olivia Aleck

HIGHLIGHTS: Everyone gathered to watch Rivers Club member Bala Kumar compete on an episode of “Jeopardy!” during the party. The event ended with guests dancing the night away to Loyalty Entertainment. —M.N. “The Club broke the barriers for diversity in 1983 (for gender, race, and religion) and has done so ever since. It has evolved into the place in the city where men and women come to socialize, do business, and grow their personal fitness and well-being.” — Jack Kimbell, general manager of Rivers Club

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PRIME STAGE THEATRE’S A NIGHT IN THE SPOTLIGHT WHO: Nearly 60 guests WHAT: A Night in the Spotlight raised $5,000 to help fund Prime Stage Theatre’s educational outreach programs and productions. During the event, Prime Stage announced its 21st season, which will begin in November with a production of “All Quiet on the Western Front,” based on the book by Erich Maria Remarque. WHERE: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory HIGHLIGHTS: Guests enjoyed hearing Sally Wiggin of WTAE-TV, former Pittsburgh Steeler Matt Bahr, and actor Brian Ceponis speak at the event. Hors d’oeuvres were served, including imported and domestic cheese, a carving station with top round steak, a seafood station, vegetable risotto, grilled vegetable platter, and rustic bread. —M.N.

“This was a monumental evening for us as we celebrated 20 years of bringing literature to life and looked ahead to our 21st season, which begins in November. We are truly appreciative that so many of our fellow Pittsburghers support our mission to entertain and educate.” — Wayne Brinda, co-founder and artistic director of Prime Stage Theatre

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Tom Olson, Linda Haston

Rich Keitel, Maura Minteer

Tricia Loughran, Sueanne Zoratto

Patricia Rodella, Morgan Rodella, Linda Newberg, Deb Wirth, Renee Vandall

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7/14/17 4:22 PM


FESTA DI LIMONCELLO (LIMONCELLO FESTIVAL) WHO: 100 guests, including Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh’s head chef, Gary Osiol; owner, Julian Vallozzi; and head bartender, Mike Loy WHAT: Inspired by the popular limoncello tastings at Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, the restaurant wanted to host its first Festa Di Limoncello and bring a summer day on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to the heart of Pittsburgh. WHERE: Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh HIGHLIGHTS: Head bartender Mike Loy and his team created house-made limoncello and a variety of other “cellos,” from strawberry to fig. Amalfi Coast-inspired street food by executive chef Gary Osiol and décor by LUXE Creative, specialty cocktails, and world music by local DJs added to the fun. — M.N. “We wanted to create a fun and stylish event that focused on celebrating the welcoming aspect of Italian culture in a unique way. What better way to celebrate summer and the great hospitality of our city than offering our own twist on summer food and drink festivals!” — Julian Vallozzi

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BELL BOTTOMS AND BRIGHT LIGHTS WHO: 150 guests WHAT: The second annual disco dance party raised money and awareness for Lending Hearts, a nonprofit dedicated to providing emotional and social support to children and young adults with cancer, and their families, through unique activities and community outreach. The event featured a wine raffle with 50 bottles of wine, a best-dressed cash prize, potato chip bar, and a photo opportunity with a DeLorean, which was parked outside of the museum. WHERE: The Andy Warhol Museum

Vasso & Constantine Paliouras

Kristi Senko, Michelle Senko

HIGHLIGHTS: Celina and Chelsea Pompeani brought energy and fun to the event as emcees, while DJ Digital Dave kept everyone up and dancing all night long with non-stop disco music. —M.N. “Bell Bottoms and Bright Lights gives us a unique opportunity to introduce Lending Hearts to many new faces. One of the most important roles we have as a Lending Hearts board member is to keep sharing the mission with new people and have them understand the difference Lending Hearts makes in the lives of families dealing with cancer.” — Michele Eichler, member of Lending Hearts’ board of directors PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHARLIE MAGOVERN •

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THE LONGEST TABLE WHO: Over 400 people, including Carol Massaro and her daughter, Linda; Carol Kinkela; Deb Waterkotte; Joanne Mcholme; Marijo Crowe; Sam Badger; Lulu and Prentiss Orr; Wes Posvar; Ginny Koenig; Ann Connor Plunket; Sheryl and Chuck Johnson; Jim and Christine Dockey; Wendy Kaplan; John Waldman; Donna Schano; and Shirley Phillis WHAT: The Second Annual Joseph A. Massaro Jr. Longest Table Event, hosted by Carol Massaro and Carabella, raised money for the Joseph A. Massaro Alzheimer’s Research Fund. WHERE: The Blessing Board HIGHLIGHTS: The inclement weather did not deter guests from traveling to Oakmont to support an incredible cause! Thanks to the generous support of The Blessing Board, the event was able to seamlessly move indoors to accommodate attendees and the beautiful evening planned. Patrons enjoyed wine, cocktails, and beer donated by Boyd and Blair and Frank Fuhrer, while they sampled appetizers from Hoffstots, Oakmont Deli, and Fox Pizza. The sit-down dinner included salads with salmon, filet, or chicken from All The Best caterers, and dessert from Oakmont Bakery. WTAE-TV’s Mike Clark emceed a brief introduction and guests danced the night away to Uptown Rhythm and Blues. — M.H. “Due to the rain, we were either going to have cancel the event or move it indoors. By an amazing stroke of divine intervention, The Blessing Board — a nonprofit Church based group in Oakmont — stepped up and agreed to host us at their office warehouse. It was a truly blessed evening that raised money and awareness for a wonderful foundation, the Joseph A. Massaro Alzheimer’s Research Fund.” — Marijo Crowe, event planning committee member PHOTOGRAPHS BY TARA ANTILL •

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orn in Hershey, Pa., and raised in Pittsburgh, Jordan Karcher hoped to live up to the City of Champions’ reputation by playing sports professionally. “When I grew up here, knowing this city, I was more focused on athletics and was primarily an athlete,” he says. “When I left high school, I went to play baseball at Florida International University. Initially, that was my business plan and I figured that maybe I could try and make some money playing sports for a while, but then I got injured.” When his intended career path was thrown a curve ball, Karcher decided to move to California after graduating, where he spent six years in the wine and spirits industry. “I was out west working with different brands — different spirit brands, especially — somewhere I would see a brand come together from scratch and become an internationally renowned product,” he says. Seeing this process firsthand peaked Karcher’s interest and he knew that he one day wanted to create a product, a product that made a difference in others’ lives as well. “Working in this industry, I realized that this is what I’m really interested something 38 WinHI— R Lcreating / AUGUST 2 0 1 7 that can have

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It wasn’t until he had a chance encounter with a dog that Karcher’s idea of creating an impactful product began to brew. “I was walking to breakfast one day in Los Angeles and saw six or seven Dalmatians at this little pop-up adoption on the side of the road,” he says. “So, I went over to play with the dogs. This brown-andwhite, skinny, malnourished Dalmatian came over and crawled up in my lap. I had the instant connection with her. She buried her nose in my jacket pocket and right away I said, ‘What do I need to do to make sure she leaves with me today?’ The next thing you know, I’m in a PetSmart with her.” This pup, named Molly, became the impetus of his future company, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. “In 2012, after I had adopted Molly, she kind of opened up my eyes and my whole existence to this world of pet parents, especially in the rescue space,” continues Karcher. “I started going to dog birthday parties and getting invited out for drinks with people and their dogs. I realized that there is this whole market of people out there who have a central point of their lives based around their dogs. At the same time, I was also volunteering with animal rescues and began to explore alternative ways to help

generate funding for these groups.” Shortly after, Karcher moved from Los Angeles to South Bend, Ind., to pursue his MBA at the University of Notre Dame, where the business model and concept of Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. began to quickly form. “The whole catalyst for the idea of Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. came together for two reasons,” Karcher explains. “The first reason was to help animal rescues and impact the space. So many animals are being unnecessarily euthanized and entering into this shelter system because of overpopulation, shelter overcrowding, and causes that can be addressed. The second reason was kind of just more of a natural evolution that triggered the true identity for Grounds & Hounds. I slowly began to realize that when I woke each morning, the two things that made my alarm clock more bearable were a good cup of coffee and spending time with my dog. Those were the constants in my morning.” It finally dawned on Karcher to combine these two staples in his life, dogs and coffee, creating a product whose proceeds support these animal shelters. “I started to think, ‘I can’t be the only person who experiences and looks forward to this daily morning routine.’ So, Ground & Hounds Coffee Co. kind of grew

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from this insight. I didn’t set out to start a company, but the concept and idea seemed to find me.” As soon as Karcher developed the mission of Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., he went to work on making his new career path a reality. “We didn’t raise capital when I began the company. I bootstrapped it by selling furniture on Craigslist and using any available cash I had, so it was a very lean process,” he says with a laugh. “It was a lot of cold calls early on to these rescue spaces and groups, telling them about our idea.” Karcher’s drive, motivation, and unique business model helped him get the company off the ground — particularly with the fact that 20 percent of proceeds from each bag of coffee sold are given to rescue partners. “What helps us and kind of makes us unique in the social impact space is rather than just having one rescue group or two rescue groups that we split funds [between] we try to keep our funding and donations local,” says Karcher. “This allows us to make sure that the consumers’ purchases benefit their communities and that they will eventually see impact from their purchases.” Having worked with and supported over 85 rescue groups nationally since the company’s establishment in 2012, Karcher has seen the positive impact that Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. has had for these partners. “Locally in Western PA, for example, Humane Animal Rescue has been using funds for shelter wellness and improvement for the animals waiting to be adopted,” Karcher says. “So, the funds are actually being used for the improvement of the mental wellness of the animals in the actual holding facilities by providing them with things such as toys, food, and blankets. With the proceeds donated from the sale of the coffee, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. is not necessarily a company just giving rescue partners a check; We’re starting to look at collaborative programs where we can address certain key issues at ground zero. Therefore, we are looking at things such as eliminating puppy mills, eradicating dog fighting, or simply providing food for actual pet owners who need a little help providing for their pets. What we are starting to look at more is the impact versus just how much money can we send out.”

cafes down the line. “In the short term, our focus is to continue rolling out improved impact programs in the cities where our rescue partners are located. So, whether it’s providing pet food for low-income households, helping with legislation, or opening up more dog-friendly apartment units, those are things we are going to explore and focus on to keep shelter intake levels down,” he says. “Long term, our goal is to improve the coffee’s availability in retail locations throughout the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast. And of course, we have the concept for brick-and-mortar cafes in the works, but I’m trying to determine when and how to do it properly to ensure the first location sets the stage for us to execute and replicate the concept and provide support for impactful programs throughout the country.” As he reflects on adopting Molly — who just celebrated her sixth birthday — his business today, and where his life has taken him since his days of playing collegiate sports and working in the wine and spirits industry, it’s a poignant moment for Karcher. “I had no plans for adopting Molly, but it was a great chance encounter and has drastically changed the trajectory of my life since then,” he says. “I often wonder what my life would have been like had I had self-control and just walked to breakfast and not stopped and found Molly. This experience has made me a huge advocate for rescues. It may not always seem like the best time, but if you’re dedicated and you can provide a great opportunity for the dogs, it’s going to come back to you tenfold.”

Try some of Grounds & Hounds vCoffee Co.’s most popular and tasty flavors: Alpha Blend The company’s most popular blend, Alpha, is a dark roast made from Arabica beans sourced from Guatemala, Colombia, and Sumatra. It’s a smoky, but smooth and sweet French roast with notes of nutmeg, vanilla, and cocoa. Paper & Slippers Blend A medium roast with beans sourced from Nicaragua, Peru, and Mexico, Paper & Slippers features a more fruit-forward taste with notes of blackberry and blueberry to complement the brownie and toasted nut flavor. Morning Walk Blend The company’s first blend ever created, Morning Walk is a full-body blend perfect for getting your day started! Notes of sweet cherry and toasted nut can be found throughout. Sit & Stay Blend One of the company’s newest blends, Sit & Stay is a medium dark roast made from a blend of beans sourced from Papua New Guinea, Peru, and Mexico. This savory blend contains notes of chocolate and marshmallows. SEASONAL: Sunny Spot Summer Blend The seasonal Sunny Spot Summer Blend is a light and refreshing roast made with beans from Mexico, Ethiopia, and Columbia. Notes of toasted vanilla, fig, pecan, and honeycomb combine for a delicious taste.

It all starts with the coffee. Karcher creates the blends with his roasting team in the Midwest, which come in a variety of mainstay and seasonal flavors with suitably catchy names, such as “Sit & Stay” and “Morning Walk.” The products can be found online and locally in stores such as Giant Eagle Market District, Camp Bow Wow locations, Bryant Street Market in Highland Park, Feast on Brilliant in Aspinwall, and Soergel Orchards. “The beans are 100 percent fair trade, organic,” Karcher says. “We bring them in seasonally from wherever we get the best possible green coffee. We work a lot with Latin America and South America and currently offer single origin blends from Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia. So, our goal on the coffee side of the business is to try to keep introducing new regions to our consumers and feature different types of single origin coffees and blend styles.” Four years into the business, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., at the helm of Karcher, is already making progress on future company growth as well, which includes opening brick-and-mortar PHOTOGRAPH FROM PATRICK TRACY (PTRACY MEDIA)

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This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, an elite group of the area’s most accomplished and eligible men and women. Each year, 25 men and 25 women who best represent the now and the future of Pittsburgh are recognized for their professional accomplishments and their commitment to giving back. These honorees commit to raising much-needed funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). All proceeds raised by Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest help to support vital CF research, as well as medical and educational programs. Read on to learn more about the class of 2017!

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‡ JESSICA KOSTY

‡ ZACHARY DIBERADIN

‡ DAWN HOLDEN

After living in the south for a few years, Jessica Kosty decided to move back to her hometown in Pennsylvania. As a graduate enrollment officer at Robert Morris University, she found her passion for working in higher education while traveling the country as a leadership consultant for Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity. She has been an active member in the community by advising local collegiate women in Zeta Tau Alpha, volunteering at the Highmark Caring Place, and teaching barre method classes at the Dailey Method in Wexford. Jessica’s favorite spot is Heinz Field, cheering on the Steelers, as she anticipates another successful year. She couldn’t be more excited to represent the 2017 class of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest as they battle in hopes of finding a cure.

Born and raised in McKeesport, Zachary DiBeradin attended Waynesburg University for interactive design and communications. Currently, he works for DICK’S Sporting Goods as a learning media designer. He is also an owner of Steel City Clothing Company, a screen printing and clothing brand. Fighting cystic fibrosis is important to Zachary because his two cousins were both diagnosed with the disease at a very young age. He believes everyone can make a difference and is leading by example by participating in Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. On weekends, Zachary can be found running along the trails with his dog.

Dawn Holden loves to connect with people, particularly when it enables her to be a part of something great and give to a worthy cause or initiative. She is a proud alumna of Point Park University and a recent graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Class XXXIII. Dawn boomeranged back to Pittsburgh in 2015 after 11 years away from her home. She has had the privilege of working for VisitPITTSBURGH as the vice president for partnership development. This allows Dawn and her team to interact with 650 partners on a daily basis to ensure they are connected with the various visitors who discover what residents already know — the beauty and charm of Pittsburgh. Dawn’s favorite spot in the city is the fountain at Point State Park.

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TOP SUPPORTERS: VisitPITTSBURGH, Rivers Casino, The Capital Grille

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‡ K ATIE MILLER Katie Miller is a graduate of Hempfield Area High School and the University of North Carolina, where she was a member of the women’s golf team and studied journalism. She continues to play golf at the national level, works and models for Jofit women’s apparel, works at her family’s Dairy Queen, and is a freelance journalist. Katie believes being able to give to others is the ultimate form of success as she serves on the boards of the Latrobe Art Center and PA Women’s Golf Association. She gives her time to the First Tee of Pittsburgh and helps support the Arnold Palmer Pavilion Cancer Center through the Dairy Queen’s fundraiser. Her favorite spot in Pittsburgh is the third tee at Oakmont because of the historic view of the famous bunkers in golf, where players must hit the perfect shot. Katie began her work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through a friend who lost her battle with CF. TOP SUPPORTERS: Mike McMullen from Andora Restaurants, Latrobe Dairy Queen, The Goetz Family

‡ DEAN LUSK Dean Lusk grew up just north of Pittsburgh in the Fox Chapel area and graduated from Fox Chapel High School in 2011. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and business management from Robert Morris University in 2015. After graduation, Dean joined the PNC Business Credit division in Pittsburgh to travel all over the country to perform collateral audits for specialized asset-based lending. Anyone can see how much Dean loves this city and any opportunity to help the people in it. He has volunteered in rehabilitation centers, food banks, schools, and various other charitable organizations throughout his teenage and adult life. Now, having known someone afflicted with cystic fibrosis, he feels compelled to help through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. His favorite spot in Pittsburgh is the 12-mile island in the Allegheny River due to the nostalgia of great childhood memories.

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TOP SUPPORTERS: Lisa Cibik of AIO Surgeons, Audryana & Richard Hatcher of Lettuce Eat, LLC., Rivertowne Brewing

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‡ MIKE HOLDEN

‡ ASHLEY BIANCO

‡ FRANK POLITO

‡ ALYSSA GERLACK

Mike Holden is an Emmy Awardwinning reporter for WPXI-TV. He was born and raised in Cleveland (and has heard any and every single joke imaginable about the Cleveland Browns) but loves everything about the Steel City. He graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in broadcast journalism. Prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh, he reported and anchored at news stations in Erie and Toledo, Ohio. He’s thrilled to be back in PA and honored to have the opportunity to raise funds and improve research efforts for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He thanks several of his co-workers and friends who participated in 50 Finest over the years and treasured the experience, inspiring Mike to do the same. His favorite spot in the city is Mt. Washington; In all of his experiences, this is one view he cannot get enough of.  

Ashley Bianco is best described as a kind-hearted, energetic person with a passion for giving back. Her position as business development executive at Massaro Construction Group perfectly aligns with her love for Pittsburgh and the continued development in and around the city. As part of her personal goal to provide service in the region and to help others, she serves on the American Cancer Society Board. Additionally, she supports philanthropic efforts by helping organize and participate in days of service for her nonprofit customers. Ashley is also a barre instructor at The Studio Sewickley, where she shares her passion for health and fitness with her clients and helps them reach their personal health goals. Her favorite things to do in Pittsburgh are strolling the Strip District on Saturday mornings and dining at trendy gems in the Cultural District.   

Banksville native Frank Polito is the owner of UnaTrades and U.S. Elite Professionals, while also working as the senior director of business development at SCMO2. Frank was recently selected by Daymond John from “Shark Tank,” regarding businesses, and the meetings inspired him to build a community around his personal brands by giving back and helping those in the community. He believes he was selected to Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest because two previous honorees recognized him as a local philanthropist and entrepreneur. Frank contributes his success to his family, who have always been his support system, especially for the last eight years. His favorite spot in Pittsburgh is Point Park, as it’s a great event venue and offers the ability to see the entire city up close and personal.

TOP SUPPORTERS: Family,

Massaro Construction Group, Johnson & Johnson, Pure Barre Murrysville

Growing up in Southwestern Florida and graduating with a pre-med degree from Florida State University, Alyssa Gerlack never thought she’d find herself in Pittsburgh working in marketing. However, her mother is a Johnstown native, so it didn’t take long for Alyssa to fall in love with Western PA, too. With the ever-changing trends of today’s marketing and social media world, Alyssa keeps herself busy as the marketing director at Tripp Umbach, a strategic consulting services firm headquartered in the Strip District. Alyssa is responsible for all company content on social platforms while pursuing her Master’s Degree in communications from Syracuse University. Her favorite spot to bring guests from out of town to is Gaucho in the Strip District. Cystic fibrosis is personal for Alyssa as she is a carrier of the genetic mutation and desires to not only give back, but also raise awareness of genetic testing and treatment of the disease.  

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‡ JOSHUA DOTT

‡ RACHEL RONEY

‡ TRAVIS CROTALLO

‡ SUMMER DRUMMOND

Joshua Dott, a native of Greensburg, graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is currently the owner of the Dott Insurance Group LLC, a Nationwide insurance agency with locations in Pittsburgh and Johnstown. Josh and his staff take pride in helping people manage the risks of everyday life while protecting what matters most to them. He is extremely honored to be a part of this year’s Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest class and is proud to be raising money for such a worthwhile cause. In his spare time, Josh can be found with his friends at his favorite spot: Social House Seven.

Rachel Roney is a third-generation attorney with a passion for helping others and improving the community. Throughout her studies in Peters Township, Bethany College, and Duquesne University, she was always active in volunteering with nonprofits and advocating for those in need. Now practicing law, she is helping others through legal pro bono work and continues her charitable endeavors, advocating for victims of domestic violence, helping those with food insecurities, and helping fundraise for cancer research. Volunteering at a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation event exposed her to the work the Foundation is doing to help families affected by the disease. Rachel is honored to be chosen as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest to bring awareness and fundraise with an incredible group of individuals to find a cure. When she is not volunteering, you can find Rachel going to Pure Barre and yoga classes; working on her baking, cooking, and crafting hobbies; or enjoying the outdoors by taking a stroll on her favorite place in Pittsburgh: Grandview Avenue on Mt. Washington.  

Ford City native Travis Crotallo feels that he was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest due to his internal drive, high energy level, and successful business practices. Not only does he strive to succeed in his professional career as an account executive at Allegheny Health Network Healthcare@Home, but he also gives back to the Pittsburgh community. Travis grew up with the mentality to “be the person you want to be.” When Travis is not working, he can be found spending time with family and his significant other. His favorite spot in the city is New Amsterdam in Lawrenceville because of the cool atmosphere and great menu.

Summer is a Pittsburgh native whose passion for research, education, horseback riding, and charity involvement translate into a great candidate for Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. Her professional career and accomplishments within the past two years include: program management for oncology research at UPMC, chairing the Evidence Based Practice Council at the Hillman Cancer Center, authoring four published research articles in 2017, winning the UPMC Aces award and UPMC Quality & Safety award, and helping as an adjunct educator at CCAC and UPMC. Summer has been involved in multiple charities for many years and feels that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the most altruistically serving organizations she has had the privilege to participate in. Summer’s favorite spot in Pittsburgh is Pizzaiolo Primo in Market Square, with its amazing wine and traditional woodfire oven.   

TOP SUPPORTERS: Joel Pokorney, AMPD Group, Dott Insurance Group LLC

TOP SUPPORTERS: Allegheny Health Network Healthcare@ Home, Allegheny Health Network & Highmark, Crotallo’s All Natural Farm and Market

TOP SUPPORTERS: Dave Treharne at Simmons Equestrian Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Lindsay McIntosh at BNY Mellon

TOP SUPPORTERS: Family, Friends

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‡ MIKE RUSH

‡ K ACIE FARMER

‡ BRANDI CHEETHAM

‡ ANDREW MEYER

Eighty Four native Mike Rush is a senior manager within the land department of Rice Energy. He received his degree in economics from Washington and Jefferson College and a law degree from Duquesne University School of Law. His participation with Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest is a product of a relationship with the Freund Family, a relationship that he is very proud of and thankful for. Brayden Freund, who has CF; his brother, Shay; and his parents, Britt and Denise, have inspired Mike to participate in this year’s class. He is honored to bring awareness of CF to Washington County. Mike likes spending time at Arlecchino Ristorante in Peters Township because it has a wonderful menu and is close to his home.

Kacie Farmer was born in Pittsburgh and enrolled locally at Duquesne University for both undergraduate and graduate school. After earning her Juris Doctorate Degree, she went on to practice at Medval LLC. Kacie has always had a passion for volunteering and giving back to her community; she is an active participant with both the American Cancer Society and Westmoreland County Food Bank. Her favorite spot in Pittsburgh is where she currently resides, Mt. Washington. Kacie says the view always reminds her of the beauty and individuality that makes Pittsburgh unique.  

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Brandi is no stranger to this wonderful city. She grew up in the South Hills and graduated from Upper St. Clair High School. Brandi followed in her sister’s footsteps and attended West Virginia University. Currently, Brandi works for Northwestern Mutual as the director of training. She’s been a resident of Downtown Pittsburgh for over four years and has experienced the evolution of Pittsburgh over that time. She loves everything about the city’s nightlife — whether it’s the North Shore for tailgates and games, Downtown for happy hour, or Lawrenceville for dinner. Brandi’s favorite spot is Sienna Mercato because of the rooftop atmosphere. In her free time, she loves babysitting her niece and traveling with friends. Brandi is honored to represent Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest and believes that she was selected based on her diverse philanthropic involvement.

Andrew Meyer has always been a Pittsburgh guy; he was raised in the South Side, attended Schenley High School in Oakland, and went on to the University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University. Post-graduation was no different with jobs at U.S. Steel, Bayer, American Eagle Outfitters, and DICK’S Sporting Goods, where he spends his work days, as well as tackling strategic marketing and large-scale events for AMPD Group in his spare time. Despite his busy schedule, Andrew still has the desire to give back. Years ago, friends introduced him to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its cause. This year, those friends turned into mentors as he joined the Foundation in its fundraising efforts, and the outcomes have been more rewarding than he could have imagined. His favorite spot in the city is the Cultural District, where the area’s vibrancy is appealing to locals and visitors alike and makes for a dynamic experience on any given day.

TOP SUPPORTERS: Family, Rice Energy, The Freund Family

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TOP SUPPORTERS: Alexis Wetzel & AstraZeneca, Susan & James Guyrina, Archie’s, Chris Kail

TOP SUPPORTERS: Northwestern Mutual, JA Land Service, her mentor, Jesse Goodall

TOP SUPPORTERS: Tri Rivers Electric, Harry & Gerri Lynn Meyer, AMPD Group

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‡ JOE LEACHKO

‡ CHELSEA HOLMES

‡ EMILY EISCHEID

‡ KEVIN MARTZ

Born and raised in Cleveland, Joe Leachko has called Pittsburgh called home for the past 10 years. In just a short time, Joe has made many new friends in the city and continuously strives to make an impact in his community. He is an architectural designer at a face-to-face marketing firm and co-founder of StudioME in East Liberty. Joe believes he was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest because of his willingness and drive to execute big ideas and create connections. East Liberty is Joe’s favorite area in the city, where technology is driving the fast expansion of the community.

Chelsea Holmes is the director of community education at Women for a Healthy Environment. She began her career as a teacher, both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2011, she joined Chatham University’s School of Sustainability to obtain her Master’s Degree in food studies. Chelsea is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a certified wellness coach. She has received certification from the EPA Tools for Schools Indoor Air Quality Master Class and from the Children’s Environmental Health Network as an Eco-Healthy Childcare trainer. Chelsea currently serves on the steering committee of the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania, is an active member of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and serves both the Jefferson and Air Quality Collaboratives. She was selected as an honoree due to her work with Pittsburgh’s nonprofit organizations and her commitment to helping causes she believes in. From spring to the fall, Chelsea can be found at the farmer’s market, shopping for delicious produce and supporting local growers.  

Emily is a native of Cranberry and a 2006 graduate of Seneca Valley High School. After graduating from Penn State University in 2010, she started her career in advertising as a media planner. She now works in marketing at Schneider Downs. Emily’s experience growing up north of the city helped develop her giving attitude. She was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest because she is passionate about helping others and giving back. Her favorite spot in Pittsburgh is Yough Lake because of the peaceful view.

Kevin Martz’s greatest accomplishment is being the father of two smart, hard-working, hilarious, and beautiful little girls who are the driving force in virtually all of his time away from work. Raised by parents who taught him the true value of a hard and honest day’s work, and that success is measured through one’s values and genuine relationships, Kevin considers himself truly and genuinely blessed. He believes he was selected to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest because of his strong professional work ethic and effort within his community to make everyone he encounters feel the same way, and to spread the message of the Foundation with grace and compassion. His favorite spot in the city is section 220 of PNC Park. It offers a great vantage point to watch the ball game, a beautiful line of sight to one of the best skylines in the world, and a perfect place to watch the fireworks after a Pirate win.

TOP SUPPORTERS: LUXE Pittsburgh, Painting with a Twist — East Liberty, Merrill Lynch

TOP SUPPORTERS: Chelsea’s parents, Dan Sypolt, Zach Lenhart

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TOP SUPPORTERS: Schneider Downs, The Partners Alliance, Steve & Karey Eischeid

TOP SUPPORTERS: Joann & Fran Martz, Dawn & Dave Sauter and the rest of the Workscape crew, Brent Hugus and his team at LUXE

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‡ ADAM MEYERS

‡ RENEE E. WILLIAMS

‡ BENJAMIN O’LEARY

Adam Meyers, a native of Peters Township, has always had a passion for helping others. He is a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, as well as the vocalist of the local Pittsburgh band, Jaywalker. Through the hospital, Adam has worked alongside the medical staff in treating and helping patients with cystic fibrosis recover and maintain good health to carry on daily activities outside the hospital. Through Adam’s music, he has been able to participate as the entertainment for many local fundraisers for organizations like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In being nominated for Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, he has used his music to help bring together the Pittsburgh community in raising funds and awareness for patients and families battling CF. Adam enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and can often be seen bike riding with his girlfriend around the city and on the North Park Trail. He has found that Pittsburgh has a lot of great breweries, including Grist House Brewery, which provide friendly outdoor atmospheres.

Corporate lawyer turned nonprofit executive, Renee E. Williams is the executive director of Laurel Legal Services, Inc. Renee moved to Pittsburgh to begin undergraduate studies in theatre arts at Point Park University and subsequently received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law. She is passionate about the Pittsburgh community — whether it’s spending time with hospitalized infants and children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, mentoring her “little sister” through Big Brothers Big Sisters, or serving as a board member to various nonprofit organizations, such as the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech. This passion extends to her professional life at Laurel Legal Services, an organization committed to ensuring access to the justice system for vulnerable clients in a six-county service area. Her favorite places in Pittsburgh are Pizza Taglio and the Highland Park running trails for yoga.

Benjamin O’Leary is a native Pittsburgher who grew up in Turtle Creek. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in accounting at Slippery Rock University and went on to complete his Master of Business Administration at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an audit manager at Schneider Downs. Benjamin believes he was selected for Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest based on his passion for, and commitment to being involved in the community he grew up in. He loves to spend time on the North Shore, more specifically at PNC Park.

TOP SUPPORTERS: Erie Insurance, Ken & Amy Meyers,

TOP SUPPORTERS: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Pennsylvania Land Titles, E-Safe Technologies

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Eckert Seamans salutes

Nicholas F. Borsuk 2017 Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Honoree

Eckert Seamans is a proud supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its dedication to finding a cure.

‡ KEVIN SAFTNER Kevin Saftner is the general manager and booking agent at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, as well as the owner of Sound Beacon Productions. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in business management and entrepreneurship. A Northside resident, Kevin is proud to be a member of Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Northside/ Northshore Chamber of Commerce, and Northside Rotary Club. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, participating in physical activities, and listening to live music, specifically at the Rex Theatre in South Side.

Congratulations to Nick Borsuk and the rest of the Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest 2017 Honorees.

600 Grant Street, 44th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412.566.6000 eckertseamans.com

TOP SUPPORTERS: Ben Penigar (Grey Area Productions), Claudia Winn, Ben Soltesz

‡ HELEN CESTRA Fox Chapel native Helen Cestra has been lucky to have very influential people in her life who have shown her how to balance both a career and philanthropic endeavors. Her grandmother, Anne Freyvogel Hanna, taught her wholesome values that drove her to be a member of Girls Hope Young Leadership Board and Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund, and a former host committee member for the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project Gala and Children’s Hospital’s 125th Anniversary Gala. Helen attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, earning a Bachelors of Arts and later Master’s Degree in communications management with a public relations concentration. Helen is now a realtor and Multi-Million Dollar Producer with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. She currently resides in Shadyside, one of her favorite neighborhoods in the city. She loves to be with her friends and family, traveling, and trying different restaurants throughout the city. TOP SUPPORTERS: Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Family, Friends

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‡ JESSICA HUBER

‡ ZACHARY

‡ JACQUELINE

‡ ARI LETWIN

Jessica Huber was born and raised in the City of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Shaler Area High School. The registered nurse earned her Masters of Science in nursing from Carlow University and is currently working on getting her PhD from Robert Morris University in instructional management and leadership. Jessica works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and is a course coordinator/ instructor for pediatrics at Carlow University. In addition to her busy career, Jessica loves being able to connect with and help pediatric patients by being a member on the Children’s Trust and Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. One of Jessica’s favorite activities is taking her two dogs, George and Alex, to Lucky Paws Pet Resort.

Zachary Laplante is originally from the tiny town of Millville, Massachusetts, but made his way to Pittsburgh in 2012 to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Experiencing everything this incredible city has to offer, Zachary is currently working in the legal department at FedEx Supply Chain and is also building a small business consulting firm to help local startups get organized and on the right track in their first few years of operation. Zach believes he was selected for this honor because of the strong sense of community and small-town morals on which his parents raised him. In short, he tries to live by the idea that wherever you are and whoever you are, each of us has a gift to share that can improve and enlighten those around us. His favorite spot in the city is Grist House Craft Brewery.    

Jacqueline Ziemianski is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area who currently resides in White Oak. She manages the corporate affairs for Peoples Natural Gas where she is involved with community and media relations. She also co-chairs Peoples’ Diversity & Inclusion Council and the Volunteer Activities Committee. Jackie spends most her spare time being involved in multiple nonprofit and social organizations in and around the Pittsburgh area, and serves on the board of the Salvation Army and the Northside North Shore Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her niece, Carly, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates. Jackie believes that she was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest because of her love of the Pittsburgh region and dedication to multiple charitable organizations.

Ari Letwin is honored to be a part of the Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest class of 2017. He believes the reason he was selected is due to his strong commitment to community service, which has led to a career of helping others. Upon his graduation from Indiana University, he switched from working in real estate to working fulltime with children who have special needs. Ari has been working as a teacher aide at the Children’s Institute while pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood education and another certification from Carlow University. He will also be coaching basketball and track and field for the Special Olympics for the 10th year. His favorite activity in Pittsburgh is running through the beautiful parks, especially Frick and Schenley Parks.

TOP SUPPORTERS: Christy’s

TOP SUPPORTERS: FedEx

Catering, Chris Kail, Megan Walsh Paull with Prudential Financial

Supply, James Street Gastropub, Kenny Chen, Chris Kail

LAPLANTE

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TOP SUPPORTERS: Peoples Natural Gas, PNC Bank, Pittsburgh Brewing, Integrity Insurance & Financial Services, Ruby’s Painting & Contracting Services

TOP SUPPORTERS: Chuck Hammel, The Rudolph Family, The Feldman Family

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‡ BRITTANY

‡ JAMES AUSTIN SNOW

‡ EMILY MUSIAL

Brittany Cunningham is a photographer who sees the beauty and creativity in everything around her, and she uses a camera to capture it whenever she can. A supporter and advocate for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation already, Britt has spent the last three years volunteering her time shooting and snapping candid photos of various Foundation events, including the Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest program. Her drive to help find a cure for CF and her passion to help those afflicted with the disease has given her the ability to step out from behind the lens and help make a difference in a different way. Living in Pittsburgh all her life has inspired her to want to get back to a time where art can inspire people, make them look at life through a different perspective, or help them through a difficult time. When she’s not out hiking through fields, forests, or landscapes in search of inspiration, she’s kickin’ it with her FitFam Krew and bustin’ moves during Kam Jamz at FASTER Pittsburgh in Robinson.

Although he was born and raised in New York, James Austin Snow has called Pittsburgh home for nearly 10 years. He has his Master’s Degree from Chatham University in sustainability with a focus in community planning and environmental design. His current work specializes in land use planning, urban ecology, and geographical information systems at an environmental nonprofit called GTECH Strategies. James also earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in urban planning and history. He has always had a desire to give back to the people of Pittsburgh, a community that has given him so much. His previous experiences working in communities across our region has given him a passion for engaging with residents to create neighborhoods that are accessible and equitable for everyone. As an avid lover of the outdoors, his favorite spot in Pittsburgh is Mellon Park, a hidden gem in Shadyside.  

Emily Musial was born and raised a Pittsburgh girl. After graduating from Washington and Jefferson College, she started a career in human resources and now works at BNY Mellon as an associate recruiter. She considers herself an outgoing and charismatic individual. To Emily, there is nothing she loves more than meeting great people who are working to support an even greater cause. She believes the reason she was selected to be a part of the program is because of her internal drive to help others and to make a difference in people’s lives. Condado Tacos is easily one of her favorite spots in the city, due to the fantastic menu.

TOP SUPPORTERS: FASTER Pittsburgh, Kam Niskach and Linda Maus, Capitol Suites at 5th Avenue

TOP SUPPORTERS: Bill & Debbie Howard, Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

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‡ EDDIE

MCANDREWS

Born and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Eddie McAndrews is an alumnus of Saint Vincent College. With his marketing/ communication degree, Eddie began his career at Matthews International where he has been a loyal employee for over seven years. Eddie is a board member of the Steel City Softball League, the longest-running LGBTQ+ sports organization in the Pittsburgh area. Being involved in a number of fundraising efforts over the years, Eddie is honored to join Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. He got involved this year to honor a close friend’s son, Cameron, who was born with cystic fibrosis in June 2016. Eddie can often be found cruising the streets of Shadyside. TOP SUPPORTERS: Family, Friends, Cole Curtis, 5801, The “Patty Joe’s” Family

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‡ MOLLIE PIFER

‡ NICHOLAS BORSUK

‡ CHRISTINA HAPANOWICZ

Mollie Pifer is a native of Plum and a graduate of Clarion University. She has spent the last 10 years living in Downtown Pittsburgh and has loved watching the incredible changes happening in the city. Mollie is a cystic fibrosis account manager for Allergan, an opportunity that has shown her exactly how devastating cystic fibrosis can be. Her strong passion to one day see a cure for CF, as well as being an advocate for patients and their families, are her motivating factors behind wanting to be a part of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. “Having the opportunity to see how the community and network of wonderful people I know volunteer their time, donations, and support to CF has been an incredible reminder of what Pittsburgh is all about and an experience I am very proud of,” Mollie says. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her three nephews, traveling, and enjoying the city. Her favorite spot in Pittsburgh is Panthro Fitness.

Nicholas Borsuk grew up in Greensburg and is a proud graduate of Hempfield Area Senior High School. He attended Penn State University for undergraduate and then Duquesne University’s School of Law. Nicholas is now an associate with the law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. Nicholas believes he was selected for this incredible honor due to the lessons he was taught growing up, such as: “to whom much is given, much is expected.” By supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, he believes he has the tools to make a real, positive change in his community. Nicholas’ favorite spot in Pittsburgh is täkō.

Christina Hapanowicz is a financial advisor at Hapanowicz & Associates, an investments and wealth management firm based in Pittsburgh. Growing up in the city and attending college at Duquesne University, Christina has always believed in the unlimited possibilities of Pittsburgh and the opportunities it offers. Christina’s approach to her work aligns with that of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — a great attitude and passionate effort to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those with cystic fibrosis, making her a natural fit for Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. She is proud to have the opportunity to support and represent such an amazing cause. Christina’s favorite spot in Pittsburgh is relaxing by the Wine Bar at Il Pizzaiolo in Mt Lebanon.

TOP SUPPORTERS: Bella Bucci Salon, Swank Hair Studio,

TOP SUPPORTERS: Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Urban Tap, Ashley Trinkle

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‡ JOHN G. GILLEN Pittsburgh native John G. Gillen was happy to return to the city he loves after earning his undergraduate degree at Miami University and MBA at University of Michigan. With his employment experience at both Bank of America and Ernst & Young, he returned and purchased a distributorship specializing in raw materials for the paint and coating industries. His continued business growth has enabled him to be both a successful entrepreneur and a father to four wonderful children. Golf, tennis, and skiing are among his hobbies, but his true passions are photography and ethnic foods. The Strip District is one of his favorite spots in the city, due to the concentration of diverse shops like Penn Mac. John’s new passion is raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and he is excited to work for such a worthy cause

You aspire.You lead.You accomplish.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

TOP SUPPORTERS: Gillen Company, LLC, Friends, Family

‡ KELLY WALDMAN Pittsburgh native Kelly Waldman returned home to join creehan & company as a project manager after completing her Master’s in engineering management at Dartmouth College’s business school. She also obtained a biomedical engineering degree from Duke University. Kelly believes that she was selected for the honor of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest because of her passion for health care and for raising awareness of rare conditions. Kelly is inspired to make a difference in the lives of those facing challenging health conditions in order to enhance their quality of life. She is incredibly excited and motivated to help bring additional awareness to those battling cystic fibrosis. Her favorite spot in Pittsburgh is the Smallman Galley because it is such an innovative concept that showcases how truly unique Pittsburgh’s culture is. TOP SUPPORTERS: creehan & company, The Maholics, Friends

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‡ GINGER

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A graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, Adam Danenberg earned his degree in professional piloting from Community College of Beaver County. Adam is currently a First Officer for OneJet, a regional executive jet passenger service operating out of Pittsburgh International Airport, and is currently working towards becoming a Captain in the aviation industry. Back on land, Adam volunteers his services as a youth advisor for teens in the B’Nai Brith Youth Organization. He is honored to be selected to Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest and is determined to continue his efforts for years to come. His favorite spot in the city is 39,000 feet above the rivers.

Although she is the owner of GKFit, an online fitness and nutrition company; the office manager for Smith Family Chiropractic; and a practicing Professional Fitness Athlete, Ginger Kutschbach’s most important and favorite job is being a mother. Ginger is extremely enthusiastic to help fight cystic fibrosis on a large scale. Her natural talent for organizing events and gatherings translates into becoming a member of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. Combined with her positive, motivational attitude toward giving back to the community, Ginger leads by example. Her favorite attribute of Pittsburgh is the geographic diversity of the city. It’s possible to fish, hike, see a concert, and grab a fancy meal all within the same day from any location.  

TOP SUPPORTERS: GrubHub, Ainsman Levine, LLC, J Marcus Company

TOP SUPPORTERS: Law Offices of David Schrager, Dr. Michael Smith at Smith Family Chiropractic, Jack Thompson of Jack’s Barber Shop

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‡ BRIANNA KLINE

Evan Reese was raised in the South Hills and graduated from Penn State University. After college, he moved to Boston to start a career in technology sales. Three years ago, he found a way to move back to the city that he loves. Evan believes he was selected to Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest class of 2017 because of his ability to spread awareness through his social and career networks. He appreciates the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s ability to perfectly blend philanthropy, networking, and fun, and is more than willing to donate his time to spread awareness. Evan’s favorite place in the city is Penn Ave Fish Company.

Originally from Northwestern Pennsylvania, Brianna Kline’s family instilled in her a strong work ethic, compassion for others, the courage to think differently, and a relentless desire to always add value to the lives of those around her. Brianna has nearly a decade of experience providing environmental, safety, and employment and labor relations services across multiple industry sectors. She has a number of certifications and Master’s Degrees in both safety engineering and industrial and labor relations. Brianna has leveraged her unique integrated approach to risk management to build a successful workforce development practice that provides a total risk solution for her clients. She is proud to call Pittsburgh her home for the last five years and is passionate about contributing to a good cause, training for marathons, and enjoying everything the city has to offer.  

TOP SUPPORTERS: Presidio, Cisco, Merrill Lynch, AMPD Group

TOP SUPPORTERS: Casper Colosimo & Son, Inc., Merrill Lynch, Hager Paving

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‡ SETH DRESBOLD

‡ BRIANA WHITE

‡ TARA SEASE

‡ CHRISTIAN PETREDIS

Born in Pittsburgh, Seth Dresbold returned to the city to study law and business at the University of Pittsburgh. Seth is currently a partner at Signature Financial Planning, working with clients to help manage all areas of their financial life to enable them to confidently retire and pursue their goals and dreams. When he’s not working, Seth volunteers his time and serves on several large nonprofit boards, such as Familylinks. In his free time, he enjoys traveling as much as he can, whether domestically or abroad, and performs stand-up comedy at clubs around the city, having won Gilda’s Great Comic Search in 2009.

Briana White has a knack for crunching numbers and finding the best restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. She has been a budget analyst for Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Teen Parenting Program since 2014. In 2015, she founded Breelicious Bites, a Pittsburgh-based food blog, and began writing restaurant reviews for The Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine. Bree has also judged culinary competitions and partners with restaurants on promotional campaigns. Bree’s favorite area in Pittsburgh is Downtown because of the wide variety of new and established eateries.  

Born and raised in Johnstown, Tara came to the City of Champions to pursue her legal career. After earning her Juris Doctorate Degree, graduating cum laude from Western Michigan University Cooley School of Law, and working as a senior associate editor on the Law Review, Tara is now the senior associate attorney for Zagari and Associates in Downtown Pittsburgh. Prior to attending law school, Tara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. During her studies, she was the vice-president of the Student Government Association and Student Body at the PittJohnstown campus. Tara is no stranger to the cystic fibrosis community, as her cousin, Christopher, was diagnosed with CF when he was 18 months. Since Tara was a teenager, she has been the team captain of Chris’s Fighters. She believes that she was selected as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest because of her nevergive-up, never-back-down attitude. When she is not in the courtroom, you can find her on a football field, in a gym, or in a sports league, as she is an avid athlete and sports fan. The Mt. Washington resident’s favorite place in the city is the Grandview look out.

Penn State University alumnus Christian Petredis lived in New York City after graduation, then returned to Pittsburgh two years ago. He is an investment analyst for a family-owned wealth management firm, Petredis Investment Advisors, who became familiar with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation after doing research into biotech firms who are innovating CF therapies. With experience at Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON), which raises money for pediatric cancer, he quickly took up a fight against cystic fibrosis during his return to Pittsburgh. He is inspired by all those involved with the cause and wants to continue his support even after Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. In his free time, Christian enjoys music composition, fitness, Pittsburgh sports, and of course, investing. His favorite spot in the city is Bakersfield, where the tacos are “on point” and Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA is always on tap.

TOP SUPPORTERS: Signature Financial Planning, Renegade Training, Social at Bakery Square.

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TOP SUPPORTERS: Family, Richard Hatcher of Lettuce Eat, LLC, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation

TOP SUPPORTERS: Adamczyk Law Offices, Penn Society, Sease Family and Friends, specifically those who donated in honor of Dr. Christopher Raybuck

TOP SUPPORTERS: Petredis Investment Advisors, Charlie & Jan Petredis, Wells Fargo Advisors, The Penn State Community

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You may not realize it, but everywhere you look you can see Peoples helping people. From Youth Sports to the Big Leagues, Peoples supports the people and places we serve. The reason is simple. This is our home, too. INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES ONE MORE WAY PEOPLES IS MAKING YOUR LIFE BETTER.

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With over 200 events to choose from, your social calendar will be filled from now until the beginning of next year! Our Semi-Annual Event Guide features exhibits, fundraisers, performances, and more for you and the whole family. We’ll see you there!

08 August 1 unWINEd Benefits Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and Cellular Therapies at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Narcisi Winery givetochildrens.org/unwined

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 GREEN MARKET AT PHIPPS Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914 58

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 SOLAR CONCERT SERIES 2017

August 3 BIRDS IN YOUR BACKYARD

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh pittsburghkids.org

Benefits Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Pittsburgh Botanic Garden 412.444.4464

August 2-6, 9-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 and September 1-3, 7-10, 14-17 MISS ABIGAIL’S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, & MARRIAGE

August 4 2017 WASHINGTON HEALTH SYSTEM FOUNDATION SPORTING CLAY SHOOT

CLO Cabaret at Theater Square 412.456.6666

August 1-September 10 HANDS-ON HARLEYDAVIDSON Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh pittsburghkids.org

Benefits Washington Health System Foundation’s patient programs and services Hunting Hills 724.223.3722

August 4-6, 10-13 URBAN IMPACT SHAKES PRESENTS MACBETH New Hazlett Theater showclix.com/event/shakes

August 5 SKYWATCH Carnegie Science Center 412.237.3400

August 5-6 THE REGATTA AT LAKE ARTHUR Moraine State Park 724.687.0707

August 7, 10, 13, 15 TOSCA Benedum Center 412.281.0912

August 8 CAFE SCI

August 10 CAUSE AN EFFECT: CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER Benefits Humane Animal Rescue All Pittsburgh Chipotle Locations animalrescue.org/event/ eat-rescue

August 10 TAROT CARD READING Kristi Boutique 412.782.2033

August 11 21+ LET’S GET PHYSICAL Carnegie Science Center 412.237.3400

Carnegie Science Center 412.237.4200

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August 11-13 NATIONAL PIKE STREAM, GAS AND HORSE ASSOCIATION SHOW 222 Spring Road, Brownsville nationalpike.com

August 11-16 DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PONY LEAGUE WORLD SERIES Lew Hays PONY Field 724.222.2110

August 12 MACY’S ELEPHANT DAY Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium 412.665.3640

August 12 BOCCE TOURNAMENT & FESTIVAl Benefits Heinz History Center Heinz History Center 412.454.6405

August 12 PITTSBURGH’S 50 FINEST GALA Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — Western PA Chapter Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown pgh50finest.finestcff.org

August 13 BUTTERFLIES! Fern Hollow Nature Center 412.741.7536

August 16 WORK IT WITH THE YW! Benefits YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Hyatt House Pittsburgh 412.255.1261

August 17 SUMMER HOPS Benefits Hazelwood, Center Ave., and Thelma Lovette YMCAs 115 Grandview Ave., Glenshaw 412.315.0991

August 17 BUTTERFLIES AND POLLINATORS Benefits Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Pittsburgh Botanic Garden 412.444.4464

August 13 PRESSLEY RIDGE ICE CREAM FUNDAE

August 26 DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Benefits the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) Allegheny County Airport nodogleftbehind.org/tickets

August 18September 10 RED HILLS

Linda & Brad Childs, Jonathan & Megan Plesset

August 19 YINZER 5K & LIL’ YINZER FUN RUN Benefits Light of Life Rescue Mission Great Lawn North Shore lightoflife.org/yinzer5k

August 20 VINCENTIAN ROCKS! Benefits Vincentian Charitable Foundation Jergel’s Rhythm Grille 412.548.4056

August 13 GROWLERS AND FLOWERS

Benefits ACHIEVA’s programs and services Valley Brook Country Club achieva.info/events

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September 8-10 XTREME HIKE

Benefits Humane Animal Rescue & Dormont Pool Dormont Pool animalrescue.org

Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — Western PA Chapter Ricketts Glen State Park 412.321.4422

September 4-9 111TH WEST ALEXANDER FAIR West Alexander Fairgrounds westalexfair.com

September 6,13, 20, 27 GREEN MARKET AT PHIPPS Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

September 7 WINE UNDER GLASS: A NIGHT OF ARTFUL PAIRINGS Benefits Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

Carnegie Science Center 412.237.3400

August 21 ACHIEVA’S 19TH ANNUAL MILLION DOLLAR GOLF OUTING

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Trust Arts Education Center 412.456.6666

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

Benefits Pressley Ridge Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium 412.872.9400

Benefits Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Pittsburgh Botanic Garden 412.444.4464

August 26 PGH REWIND

September 4 DORMONT DOGGIE DIP

September 8 21+ GAMING

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh 412.322.5058

Washington County Fairgrounds washingtonfair.org

August 25-26 THE SECOND CITY’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER

August 18 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES

August 19 KINDERGARTEN… HERE I COME!

August 12-19 WASHINGTON COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR

August Wilson Center TrustArts.org

Benefits Pittsburgh Public Theater O’Reilly Theater 412.316.1600

Benefits Quantum Theatre The Recycling Building 412.362.1713

Natalie Shugars, Andrea Smith, Charonda Hill

August 25 KAKI KING: MULTIPLE CHOICE AUDIO/VISUAL

August 26 CINDYSTOCK 14 Benefits local cancer agencies 2552 Wexford Bayne Road, Sewickley cindystock.org

August 27 RED, RIPE AND ROASTED Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

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September 8 ANNIE & VALENTINO’S DOG WEDDING Benefits Humane Animal Rescue The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel animalrescue.org

September 8 POUR AT THE PARK Benefits Allegheny County Parks Foundation North Park acparksfoundation.org

September 9 FIRST ANNUAL WINE FESTIVAL Broad Street, East Liberty eastlibertychamber.org/ Wine-Festival

September 9 8TH ANNUAL RUN FOR THEIR LIVES 5K Benefits Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation North Park Boat House 724.741.6160

September 9 2017 HEMOPHILIA WALK Benefits Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation North Park Boat House 724.741.6160

September 9 3RD SEMI-ANNUAL CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT Benefits Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation North Park Boat House 724.741.6160

September 9 ZOOBREW-OKTOBERFEST Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium 412.665.3640

September 8 OVER THE EDGE PITTSBURGH Benefits Our Clubhouse Oliver Building ourclubhouse.org/ over-edge-pittsburgh

September 8 FLY AWAY BASH September 1-4 BUTLER ITALIAN FESTIVAL Main Street, Butler 412.310.7781

September 2 3RD ANNUAL JERRY CHICCARINO MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING

Benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Backpack Program Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Headquarters pittsburghfoodbank. org/flyaway

Maurkice Pouncey, Tony McElrath

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September 16-17 47TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON & GREENE COUNTIES’ COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY EQT Various Locations 1.866.927.4969

September 17 PITTSBURGH CHINESE CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Helen Wylie, Kathy Lachenauer

September 15 PITTSBURGH PARKS CONSERVANCY HARVEST CELEBRATION

September 9 34TH ANNUAL FAMILY HOUSE POLO MATCH Benefits Family House Hartwood Acres familyhouse.org/polo

Frick Environmental Center pittsburghparks.org/events/ harvestcelebration

September 10 MEXICAN WAR STREETS HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR

Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — Western PA Chapter North Park Boat House 412.321.4422

September 22 iLUMINATE Byham Theater 412.456.6666 Janine & Bob Fragasso, Bree

Benefits Tickets for Kids Charities Highmark Stadium ticketsforkids.org/the-sweatpants-dance

September 14 5-2-1-0 SPEAKER SERIES Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

September 14January 31 TOUGH ART Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh pittsburghkids.org

September 15 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

September 15 POWER BREAKFAST MEETING

September 15 ART ON FIRE CELEBRATION AND AUCTION Benefits Pittsburgh Glass Center Coterie, The Frick Building 412.365.2145

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September 15-16 ANIMAL FRIENDS’ BLACK TIE & TAILS

September 22 DIAMOND HORSESHOE BALL Omni William Penn Hotel pittsburghopera.org/support/ special-events/diamondhorseshoe-ball

KwunKwong Kai, Xiaoying Zhan, Jimmy Wan Jr., Dequan Jiao

September 23 FAMILY HOSPICE MEMORIAL BOAT CRUISE

September 23 BUTLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S SUCCOP THEATER PRESENTS BODIOGRAPHY

September 25 CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Succop Theater 724.284.8505

September 16-17 WHISPERING PINES FESTIVAL IN THE WOODS Whispering Pines Farm 724.568.7463

Benefits Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center Allegheny Country Club 412.454.6405

August Wilson Center 412.456.6666

September 26 WE HAPPY FEW FUNDRAISER — PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS

September 16 2ND ANNUAL KENNYWOOD 5K RUN/WALK

Montour High School 412.849.0088

Union Project pghzinefair.com

September 25 KELLI O’HARA

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

September 16 KITES TAKE FLIGHT FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER

Byham Theater 412.456.6666

September 24 THE PITTSBURGH ZINE FAIR

September 16 TROPICAL FOREST CONGO FESTIVAL

Benefits Cancer Caring Center Kennywood Amusement Park 412.622.1212

September 24 SHOPKINS LIVE!

Benefits Family Hospice and Palliative Care Gateway Clipper familyhospicepa.org/ news-events

Benefits Animal Friends Animal Friends 412.847.7000

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Wildwood Golf Club 412.536.1092

Benefits Mario Lemieux Foundation’s Austin’s Military Playrooms & the Gary Sinise Foundation Allegheny Country Club 412.281.3466

September 10 2017 PITTSBURGH CF CYCLE FOR LIFE

One Oxford Centre 412.392.0610

September 18 LA ROCHE COLLEGE/SCOTT LANG MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC

September 18 WESTERN PA WOUNDED HEROES FUND GOLF CLASSIC

North Side mexicanwarstreets.org

September 14 THE SWEAT PANTS DANCE

Mellon Park 412.682.7275

Benefits Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks 13th Season Mad Mex Shadyside 412.404.8531

Brian Vu, Claudia Rosenthal, Andy Berry

September 22 GALLERY CRAWL Cultural District 412.456.6666

September 23 JOAN OSBORNE SINGS THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN

September 23 JAM ON WALNUT: SEPTEMBER EDITION Benefits Humane Animal Rescue Walnut Street animalrescue.org

September 27 ALLEGHENY HEALTH NETWORK IN THE SPOTLIGHT GALA Benefits Allegheny Health Network Stage AE 412.578.4427

Byham Theater 412.456.6666

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October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 ZOMBIES OF THE CORN Benefits Cranberry Sunrise Rotary Club Three Rivers Paintball and Airsoft 724.775.6232

October 7 ILLUMINATION Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh 7510 Thomas Blvd., East End bbbspgh17.gesture.com

October 7 ALONZO KING LINES BALLET

Andrew Stockey, Shannon Perrine, Ryan Recker

Byham Theater 412.456.6666

September 28 SAVOR PITTSBURGH Benefits Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation Petersen Events Center savorpgh.com

September 28October 29 EQUUS Benefits Pittsburgh Public Theater O’Reilly Theater 412.316.1600

September 29 AFTER HOURS @ THE LIBRARY Benefits Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main (Oakland) 412.622.6276

September 29-30 BANTAM JEEP FALL FEST Coopers Lake Campground 724.256.4050

September 30 7TH ANNUAL HARVEST OPEN HOUSE & CAR CRUISE Benefits MHY Family Services MHY Family Services 724.625.3141

September 30 STEP FORWARD WALK Benefits Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania Highland Park Reservoir stepforwardpittsburgh.org

September 30October 1 30TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL Cecil Park 724.745.2227

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Heinz History Center 412.454.6000

October 7 BAGTOSS ON BIGBEE October 1 ITALIAN HERITAGE DAY Heinz History Center 412.454.6000

October 3 MAGIC OF MENTORING Benefits The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA 412.281.2535

October 3 THE 13TH ANNUAL VOICES CARRY, PRESENTED BY HUNTINGTON BANK Benefits at-risk youth and families of Auberle Stage AE auberle.org/voices-carry

October 4,11,18, 25 GREEN MARKET AT PHIPPS Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

October 5 LADO: NATIONAL FOLK DANCE Byham Theater 412.456.6666

Benefits Beverly’s Birthdays Bigbee Field 412.719.8784

October 7-8 HICKORY APPLE FESTIVAL Benefits Mt. Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Company Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Co. 724.356.FEST

October 7-8 BUTLER COUNTY FARM TOUR Butler 724.234.4619

October 7-8 PORTERSVILLE STEAM SHOW FALL FLING 1512 Perry Hwy., Portersville 724.285.7038

October 8 WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON Benefits YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Repair The World 412.255.1261

October 8 FALL OF THE WILD Location TBA humaneanimalrescue.org

Benefits American Middle East Institute Carnegie Music Hall 412.995.0076

October 12 HOEDOWN FOR THE HOUNDS Benefits Beaver County Humane Society Dundee Farm & Fields 412.657.3483

October 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 “CLUE: THE MUSICAL” BY THE LITTLE LAKE THEATRE The Little Lake Theatre 724.745.6300

October 12December 17 XANADU CLO Cabaret 412.456.6666

October 13 BLACK VIOLIN Byham Theater 412.456.6666

October 13 21+ HALLOWEEN HORROR Carnegie Science Center 412.237.3400

October 13-15 HOUSTON PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Benefits Houston Volunteer Fire Department Houston American Legion Post #902 Picnic Grounds houstonpumpkinfestival.net

October 13-15, 20-22, 28-29 PUMPKIN PATCH TROLLEY Pennsylvania Trolley Museum 724.228.9256

October 13-27 HEARING THE WHISPERS & ROARS North Hills Art Center 412.364.6728

Benefits Dress for Success Carnegie Science Center 412.201.4204

October 14 “DOUBLE TROUBLE” BY THE WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

October 6 SETTING A PLACE FOR MY SISTER BREAKFAST

Benefits American Middle East Institute Fairmont Pittsburgh 412.995.0076

October 14 NATIVE PLANT AND SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE

October 5 WOMEN ROCK PITTSBURGH

October 14 WAGS, WHISKERS & WINGS GALA Benefits Humane Animal Rescue David L. Lawrence Convention Center animalrescue.org/event/ wags-whiskers-wings-gala

October 14 VARIETY HOUR: MULTIPLE CHOICE LOCALLY SOURCED August Wilson Center 412.456.6666

October 14-15 MAKER FAIRE PITTSBURGH 2017 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh pittsburghkids.org

October 14-15 FAMILY TREASURES SALE IV Benefits Friends of Family Hospice Family Hospice Central Administration & Inpatient Center 412.572.8800

October 15 CIRCLE OF FAITH

October 9 10TH ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS CONFERENCE — TRANSFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES: CHANGING LIVES AND MARKETS

Benefits Sisters Place, Inc. Pittsburgh Marriott City Center 412.233.3903

PHOTOGRAPH BY TARA ANTILL

October 7 HOMETOWN-HOMEGROWN

October 10 10TH ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS CONFERENCE — AN EVENING WITH STEVE WOZNIAK

Trinity High School washsym.org

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

The Tent at Schenley Plaza 412.512.0589

October 15 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 6.6K RUN AND FAMILY WALK Benefits Mario Lemieux Foundation & Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation PPG Paints Arena 412.281.3466

October 16 CHEYENNE JACKSON Cabaret at Theater Square 412.456.6666

October 17 FLIP FABRIQUE IN CATCH ME! Byham Theater 412.456.6666

October 17-22 SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL Benedum Center 412.456.6666

October 19 MORE THAN A MEAL GALA & FUNDRAISER Benefits Light of Life Rescue Mission Heinz Field Hyundai West Club 412.803.4160

October 19 6TH ANNUAL WIG OUT Benefits Cancer Caring Center’s Young Adult Cancer Support (YACS) Program Hard Rock Cafe 412.481.7625

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October 20 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES

October 27 THE FIRST TEE OF PITTSBURGH GALA

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

Benefits The First Tee of Pittsburgh Oakmont Country Club 412.622.0108

October 20 SNEAKER BASH

October 27-29 DRACULA

Benefits Girls on the Run Magee-Womens Hospital Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh 412.641.5353

Benefits Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Benedum Center 412.456.6666

October 20 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

October 20-21 HAUNTED HISTORY WALKING TOURS The Bradford House bradfordhouse.org

October 20-22, 28-29 23RD ANNUAL PENNSYLVANIA ARTS & CRAFTS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Washington County Fairgrounds 724.863.4577

October 21 MILDRED MILLER INTERNATIONAL VOICE COMPETITION Benefits Residencies and Roles for the Winner Contestants Frick Art & Historical Center 412.326.9687

October 21, 22, 28 and 29 ZOO BOO Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium 412.665.3640

October 22 PEPPA PIG LIVE! Byham Theater 412.456.6666

October 23 COCKTAILS & CONVERSATIONS: AN EVENING WITH ANDY MASICH Heinz History Center 412.454.6000

Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown rmhcpgh.org

November 4, 7, 10, 12 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Benedum Center 412.281.0912

November 5 CAPITOL STEPS

October 20 SPORTING CLAY CLASSIC Benefits Fort Pitt Museum Nemacolin Woodlands Resort 412.454.6405

November 4 RED SHOE BALL

Byham Theatre 412.456.6666

11 November 2 16TH ANNUAL GARBAGE BAG GALA & FASHION SHOW Benefits The Salvation Army’s Family Caring Center Shelter Fairmont Pittsburgh garbagebaggala.org

November 6 PITTSBURGH SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION Benefits March of Dimes Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel 412.506.8609

November 3 21+ CREATE & SIP Carnegie Science Center 412.237.3400

November 8 26TH ANNUAL RACIAL JUSTICE Awards Benefits YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel 412.255.1261

November 8 IRMA THOMAS, THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA & THE PRESERVATION HALL LEGACY QUINTET Byham Theater 412.456.6666

November 9-December 10 THE HUMANS

November 3 DANCING FOR A CAUSE 2017 Benefits Watchful Shepherd Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn 724.941.3339

James German, Vanessa L. German, Waverly Duck, Kathleen Blee

Michele Bender, Jacque Speed, Lisa Freeman

November 3 VARIETY’S 90TH ANNUAL GALA Benefits Variety, the Children’s Charity Heinz Field 724.933.0460

November 3-5 30TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE CRAFT FESTIVAL 12 Fire Rd., Burgettstown christmasinthevillagepa.com

November 4 LIVING WELL CONFERENCE Benefits Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania Greentree Doubletree by Hilton 412.837.2542

November 7 25TH ANNUAL ARTHUR J. ROONEY SR. COURAGE HOUSE LUNCHEON Benefits Holy Family Institute Heinz Field hfi-pgh.org

November 7 LOVE ON THE FLOOR Byham Theater 412.456.6666

November 7-10 SCITECH DAYS Carnegie Science Center 412.373.3400

Benefits Pittsburgh Public Theater O’Reilly Theater 412.316.1600

November 10 GALLERIA UNCORKED Benefits Humane Animal Rescue The Galleria at Mt. Lebanon animalrescue.org

November 10-11 KYLE ABRAHAM/ABRAHAM. IN.MOTION August Wilson Center 412.456.6666

November 11 PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS POINTE IN TIME: WEST SIDE STORY SUITE Benefits Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre The Westin Hotel and Convention Center 412.454.9138

November 4 GANDINI JUGGLING IN 4 X 4: EPHEMERAL ARCHITECTURES

November 11-12 HARMONY MUSEUM’S ANNUAL WEIHNACHTSMARKT (CHRISTMAS MARKET) Harmony’s National Historic Landmark District — Mercer Street 724.452.7341

November 12-19 TRASH TEST DUMMIES Various Locations Throughout Pittsburgh TrustArts.org

November 13 AN EVENING WITH LUCIA ARNAZ Cabaret at Theater Square 412.456.6666

November 14 PJ MASKS LIVE! Byham Theater 412.456.6666

November 14-19 THE COLOR PURPLE Benedum Center 412.456.6666

November 15 CRISIS CENTER NORTH ANNUAL MEETING, FEATURING DR. RACHEL LEVINE New Hazlett Theater 412.364.6728

November 15 ANNUAL ALLEGHENY COUNTY “DOING THE MOST GOOD” DINNER Benefits The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Relief, Family Caring Center, and Comprehensive Social Service Heinz Field wpa.salvationarmy.org

Byham Theater 412.456.6666

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November 16 A HOLIDAY A-FLAIR: THE REALVICTORIAN SECRET

November 30December 2 GIFTS AND GREENS MARKET

Phipps Conservatory and Benefits The Twenty Five Club of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Botanical Gardens Duquesne Club 412.622.6914 412.367.1426

November 17 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

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November 17 POINSETTIAS AND POINTE SHOES

December 1 MIKE BIRBIGLIA: THE NEW ONE

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

Byham Theater 412.456.6666

November 18 THE MESSIAH Byham Theater 412.456.6666

November 18 DREW MATHIESON CENTER’S FIFTH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE Benefits Drew Mathieson Center Drew Mathieson Center 412.231.7200

November 18 THE BALMORAL CLASSIC CONCERT Benefits Balmoral Classic Central Catholic High School’s McGonigle Theater balmoralclassic.org

December 1-2 LIGHT THE NIGHT

December 12-13 STRAIGHT NO CHASER Benedum Center 412.456.6666

December 14 65 ROSES SPORTS AUCTION

December 31 COUNTDOWN TO NOON Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh pittsburghkids.org

December 31 NOON YEAR’S EVE

Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Sheraton Station Square 412.321.4422

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium 412.665.3640

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

Cultural District firstnightpgh.trustarts.org

December 31 December 15 HIGHMARK FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES NIGHT PITTSBURGH

December 15-17 WATER ON MARS August Wilson Center 412.456.6666

December 20-24

December 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY CELEBRATION Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

Benefits Urban Impact DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE Christ Church at Grove Farm GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! uifpgh.org/events/light-the-night

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December 1-2 ALL-CLAD FACTORY OUTLET SALE Washington County Fairgrounds 724.743.6894

December 1-2 HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPE The Bradford House bradfordhouse.org

December 1-3 HOLIDAY GLASS SALE

December 26-30 FAMILY FUN DAYS Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

December 27-29 WINTER MINI-CAMP

January 1 WTAE’S PROJECT BUNDLE-UP POLAR BEAR JUMP Benefits WTAE’s Project Bundle-Up Mon Wharf Parking Area projectbundleup.org

January 2-7 LOVE NEVER DIES

December 28-January 6 THE PLAY WITH ROCKY BLEIER

Benedum Center 412.456.6666

December 1-27 THE NUTCRACKER

Benefits Pittsburgh Public Theater O’Reilly Theater 412.316.1600

Urban Impact uifshopforacause.app. rsvpify.com

Benefits Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Benedum Center 412.456.6666

January 7-14 SKIPPYJON JONES SNOW WHAT

December 29-30 CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

Various Locations Throughout Pittsburgh 412.456.6666

November 21-26 MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL

December 2 HANDELS MESSIAH SING-ALONG CONCERT

November 19 SHOP FOR A CAUSE Benefits Urban Impact’s Education

URBAN MISSIONARIES

Benedum Center 412.456.6666

November 24 A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Byham Theater 412.456.6666

Benefits Community Services on Pittsburgh’s Northside Calvary United Methodist Church 412.231.2007

Benedum Center 412.456.6666

January 20, 23, 26, 28 THE LONG WALK Pittsburgh CAPA Theater 412.281.0912

January 24-February 11 WICKED Benedum Center 412.456.6666

January 25-February 25 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Benefits Pittsburgh Public Theater O’Reilly Theater 412.316.1600

January 25-April 15 UP AND AWAY

January 26 EMERGENCY BY DANIEL BEATY

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium 412.665.3640

Benefits Pittsburgh Glass Center Pittsburgh Glass Center 412.365.2145

Byham Theater 412.456.6666

CLO Cabaret 412.456.6666

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January 17 GRUPO CORPO

August Wilson Center 412.456.6666

January 26 GALLERY CRAWL Cultural District 412.456.6666

January 26 SYMPHONY OF FOOD Benefits WOMEN of Southwestern PA Bella Sera’s Event Venue 412.296.1729

January 27-28 THE 13-STORY TREEHOUSE August Wilson Center 412.456.6666

January 13 CHARLES ROSS IN ONE MAN DARK KNIGHT: A BATMAN PARODY Byham Theater 412.456.6666

December 3 HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR Benefits Watchful Shepherd

November 24-January 7 Watchful Shepherd 724.941.3339 WINTER FLOWER SHOW AND LIGHT GARDEN: December 4 HOLIDAY MAGIC ACHIEVA’S AWARDS Phipps Conservatory OF EXCELLENCE and Botanical Gardens 412.622.6914

November 24February 25 GARDEN RAILROAD Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 412.441.4442

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December 8-23 A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL

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Life slows down in the last days of summer, and in these dog days of August, we turn our focus to our favorite kitten rescuer. Pittsburgh native Beth Stern and husband Howard Stern take rescuing lives seriously, with hundreds of souls saved by their personal mission of fostering kittens in conjunction with the North Shore Animal Rescue League in New York. Besides playing heroes to animals in need of homes, and people in need of spirit companions, this worldfamous duo shares other interests that keep their marriage active and interesting. When we asked for a cover story by the Stern team, they produced this article, from styling, to photographs, to text, just for us. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Christine Tumpson

BY BETH STERN â&#x20AC;˘ PHOTOGRAPHS BY HOWARD STERN

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Summer to me is sunshine and exercise and being outdoors. Beach walks, bike rides, running outside with my husband. We have a group of good friends we socialize with, but really love to keep to ourselves with our six resident kitties. I am in full “kitten season” mode, fostering 14 kittens! My work with North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill shelter located in Port Washington, N.Y., has become my full-time mission. I have been fostering cats and kittens for the last three years now. Over 400 cats/kittens have been fostered by me in our home and nurtured by us. (Howard helps me socialize them. It’s so cute when he plays with them and let’s them crawl in his amazing hair!) I love when he does the commentary on my Instagram feed. (@bethostern) We post pics and videos of our foster kittens daily. I work with North Shore Animal League America to screen all possible adopters. My Instagram has been growing and right now I actually have a waiting list of people who have been pre-approved to adopt from me. When we make the perfect match of a kitten and family, I personally deliver the kitten to his/her new home. It’s truly become a full-time job...and I love it. It’s very hard saying goodbye, but it’s part of the process. I can save another when one is handed over to his/her forever family. Howard and I watched a live kitten birth in our house three weeks ago and it was such a special experience. Howard was taking video the entire time and posting to my Instagram. I was so happy to share it with my animal-loving followers. I have such a special place in my heart for the mamas. I’m already sad thinking about the day I will hand over my Mama Darling foster kitty to her forever home!

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I made it easy on my photographer this year! Because I was asked to be the August cover, it was easy to come up with the concept: bathing suits in the sand! So, I brought my favorite suits to the beach, right outside of our house, and was able to shoot all this in just four hours because it was the perfect summer day!


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TO HELP... North Shore Animal League America, 25 Davis Ave., Port Washington, N.Y. 516.883.7900. animalleague.org

XOXO

I love coming home to Pitt sburgh. It will always be home to me.

UPCOMING TV PROJEC TS: for five years now, hosting the I’ve been working with Hallmark Channel r Bowl Sundays. Also, I have been annual “Kitten Bowl,” which airs Supe mark Channel, co-hosting with Hall on hosting “The Hero Dog Awards” s. It airs in September. At the end of James Denton, for the last three year ar the Shelters” special with my August, I will be co-hosting NBC’s “Cle bestie, Katie Lee. say I am a Pittsburgh girl at heart. LIFE IS GOOD and I am so proud to lers for incredible seasons. I smile I was so proud of the Penguins and Stee Pittsburgh accent. when people tell me I still have a slight

make me smile very easily! I feel Sunshine and sand between my toes at 45. I think it’s because I exercise conf ident and happy in bathing suits makes me feel good ever y single and eat well, and I have a husband who es! I look back when I was in my day. Not to mention he knows my angl ing suit. The irony is that I was bath a in 20’s and I was not conf ident at all modeling bathing suits and doing at the height of my modeling career, e’s something special about my catalog work in Europe and NYC . Ther cts of my life. Animal Rescue fulfills 40’s and I am just so happy in all aspe I wake up ever y day feeling so and me, I have a wonderful marriage, grateful and blessed. when we shoot together is The connection I have with my husband me. He has photographed something I can’t even describe. He gets going to capture my bliss. he’s me so much over the years that I know ard. He IS my smile. How with bliss IS And he does. Ever y time. Life


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT From photography to painting to glasswork, there’s no shortage of talent in Pittsburgh’s growing art community. EDITED BY RACHEL JONES

HUDSON RUSH

Pittsburgh-based, multidisciplinary artist Hudson Rush works on everything from visual and performance art, to the written word and everything else in between. Her goal for any and all art-making is twofold: to engage individuals and communities in a positive space for dialogue, debate, self-esteem, and/or self-expression with a “letting-go” component of better living in the present; and to face her own fears of letting go of her own hoarded work as she realizes time keeps ticking. Knowing this journey cannot be taken alone, Rush invites anyone and everyone into a two-way flow of creative expression in many arenas. This includes teaching engagements with the Women Writers of Northview Heights and the Mattress Factory, as well as therapeutic “Resurrection” art workshops. When the participants’ internal dialogue becomes external, Rush feels she has succeeded in making at least a bit of a difference in the life-long search for one’s true self. She continues to work on living each day as if it’s her last and hopes others do, too. Check out URBAN EXCHANGE: Photography of Hudson Rush at Three Guys Eye Care through AUGUST 21. hudsonrushworx.com.

JOSHUA HOGAN

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Joshua Hogan began a series of paintings while attending Carlow College. He drew inspiration from a Semester at Sea program that took him to 15 countries, including Egypt, Vietnam, Turkey, and Morocco. This laid the foundation for the fluid shapes he creates today, a way to visually communicate people’s interactions. In 2001, Hogan launched BoxHeart Gallery in Bloomfield and began exhibiting fellow emerging and mid-career artists whose artwork exemplifies the diversity and originality of contemporary art. In 2007, his paintings shifted from an earthy to chromatic palette when color joined shape and exploded onto his canvases. Hogan’s paintings have been in the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of Art, and Fallingwater’s Huntington Museum, as well as the Love Art Fair in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hogan’s paintings have also appeared in several film productions, including “Bloodlines,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and “Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl.” This past December, his paintings were exhibited at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel. He is currently working on an exclusive series of paintings titled “Radiance” that are exhibited by Crate and Barrel. joshuahogan.com

JASON FORCK

Immediately after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass from Emporia State University in 2005, Jason Forck became a tech apprentice at the Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC). In 2012, he launched the Idea Furnace artist residency at PGC, a free, experimental design session to connect non-glass artists with glass artists to encourage art exploration. The Education and Creative Projects Manager at PGC has also taught over 700 high school students in the production of studio glass through the SiO2 Young Artists Glass Program. Because of his positive impact, Forck was nominated as the PAEA Outstanding Non-Public School Art Educator. When creating his own pieces, Forck incorporates his interest in nature, and the culture and ideas of contemporary society. Forck’s recent exhibition at Pittsburgh Glass Center with local artist Seth Clark (who was one of WHIRL’s Artist Spotlights in June 2017!), “Dissolution,” was invited to be on display at the Sculptural Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) Exposition in Chicago from NOVEMBER 2-5. Check out his current exhibition, “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary,” at the Erie Art Museum from JULY 28-NOVEMBER 12. forckandglass.com.

Photographs from Porter Loves Creative, BoxHeart Gallery, Nathan J. Shaulis

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Hudson Rush, Watch Out, Photography Collage, 14” x 11”, 2016

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Joshua Hogan, Rose Madder, Oil on Canvas, 36” X 54”, 2014 Photograph from Alexander Patho Jr.


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Jason Forck, Open Field, Glass, 24” x 15” x 4”, 2016 Photograph from Nathan J. Shaulis


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JEN JOYCE

Jen Joyce received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and studio arts from Kent State University and Master of Arts in art therapy with specialization in counseling from Seton Hill University. As a full-time art therapist, she provides counseling services for adults at a local substance use disorder treatment facility. Joyce recently started painting as a therapeutic exercise, developing a style using acrylic, ink, and gold leaf on layers of poured resin. Her work has been in group shows at Art All Night and the Fort Pitt Museum, and she also designed the labels for Wigle Whiskey’s Maltmalt brewer series. Catch her solo show at The Wexford Pub through SEPTEMBER 15. jenmjoyce.com.

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TATE HUDSON

An autodidactic artist from West Virginia, Tate Hudson now lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters. Using an arsenal of brushes, knives, paper, paint, and glue, Hudson creates 2D collage paintings that incorporate original photographs, drawings, and appropriated images. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also expanding his skill set by exploring the elements of design, photography, fiction writing, and music. Most recently, Hudson enrolled in a welding program to help him enter the world of 3D art. tatehudsonart.com.

KIRSTEN LOWE-REBEL

The creative mastermind behind KLoRebel Art & Designs, Kirsten Lowe-Rebel makes all of her illustrative line drawings with only a Sharpie pen. Her talents are translated into custom illustrations and home goods, including home-bar art, house or bar portraits, signature cocktail and recipe illustrations, personalized bottle drawings, and more. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also started turning her artwork into jewelry designs, learning from her grandfather to cut, grind, and polish each piece of metal by hand. The Lawrenceville resident sells her pieces on Etsy and locally at The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, The Frick Art & Historical Center, Heinz History Center, Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and more. She also just moved into a new showroom/studio at the Ice House #209 in Lawrenceville! klorebel.com. Photographs from Tate Hudson, Brian Volinic

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Now is the time to get in those last-minute vacations and warm weather activities with loved ones before the hustle and bustle of fall is upon us. Whether you’re enjoying a day at the country club, grilling and chilling with friends at a backyard barbecue, or setting sail on the water for a romantic river ride, we’ve put together the perfect outfits for your last days of summer adventures. Take note of the elements that we reworked into multiple outfits, highlighting the versatility and ease of these pieces! Details in WHIRL Directory, page 102.

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Nautical by Nature

Take advantage of Pittsburgh’s three rivers by planning a day or evening on the water in these easy, breezy outfits.

Chanel Sunglasses, $570, Eyetique

This top can be worn with the sleeves pulled down to give it an offthe-shoulder look as well!

Sandra Cadavid Daffodil Earrings, $120, Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin

Margo Morrison Starfish Spinel Charm and Chain, $175 and $100, Larrimor’s

Ulla Johnson “Yuri” Cobalt Top, $195, Kristi Boutique

Rebecca Taylor Striped Dress, $375, Larrimor’s

Project 11 White Leather Belt and Floral Belt Buckle, $138 and $108, Kristi Boutique

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Margo Morrison Faceted Aquamarine with Adjustable Cord Bracelet and Faceted Aquamarine and Baroque Pearl Adjustable Bracelet, $250 $ and $280, rrimor Larrimor’s

AG White Jeans, $178, Larrimor’s

Birkenstock Arizona Metallic Cooper Shoe, $135, Littles Shoes

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Dita “Day Tripper” Navy Gold Sunglasses, $660, Eyetique

The rich blue, checkered top pairs perfectly and pops against the white jeans, while the white leather belt and floral belt buckle tie it all together. The metallic sunglasses and rose gold Birkenstocks make the look appropriate for a day or night on the water.

Sperry Koifish Core Linen Shoe in Oat, $90, Littles Shoes

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Sandra Cadavid “Amanda” Navy Crossbody, $195, Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin

When paired with preppy boat shoes, navy sunglasses, and a leather crossbody, this dress is more casual and perfect for boating. The intricate details of the jewelry — with the starfish charm of the necklace, and pearl and aquamarine stones of the bracelet — add to the nautical theme.

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Country Club Charmer

Stopping by the country club for a fundraiser luncheon or an afternoon cocktail with friends? Try one of these looks to make a statement this summer. Ela Rae Necklace, $328, Kristi Boutique

Tom Ford “Rachel” Sunglasses, $450, Eyetique Sandra Cadavid Filigree Hoop Earrings, $120, Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin Ulla Johnson “Enid” Burgundy Blouse, $322, Kristi Boutique

Sandra Cadavid “Stefania” Blush Bow Clutch, $285, Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin Sandra Cadavid Daffodil Earrings, $120, Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin

Emilie Shapiro Seafaring Cuff with Aquamarine Stones, $388, Kristi Boutique

Sandra Cadavid “Sofia” Sedona Clutch, $525, Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin

by TiMo Wildflower Ruffled Dress, $215, e.b. Pepper Ulla Johnson “Maria” Burgundy Skirt, $425, Kristi Boutique

Pelle Moda “Angler” Blush Patent Leather Heel, $160, Footloose Shadyside

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This beautiful, burgundy blouse and skirt can be worn together to look like a dress, or separately with other top and bottom options for a completely different look!

The ruffled, layered skirt and one-shoulder bow-tie long sleeve give the ensemble a refined and sleek feel. Add gold jewelry to pull from the nature aspects seen in the floral print.

These neutral leather heels go perfectly with any outfit and stun in the summer sun.

Pelle Moda “Angler” Blush Patent Leather Heel, $160, Footloose Shadyside

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Look pretty in pink with floral details for days. The dramatic ruffled sleeves add fashionable flare to this sophisticated, classically elegant ensemble.

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Well Done

It doesn’t matter if you’re hosting or attending a backyard BBQ. Comfortable outfits with fashionable accessories are always the way to go.

Trina Turk Colorful Tank, $228, Larrimor’s

Sandra Cadavid Filigree Hoop Earrings, $120, Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin

Dita “Axial” Rose Gold Sunglasses, $630, Eyetique

Gigi Clutch, $175, Larrimor’s

Chan Luu White Tank, $168, e.b. Pepper

Emilie Shapiro Seafaring Cuff with Aquamarine Stones, $388, Kristi Boutique

Citizens of Humanity “Skyler” Short, $168, Kristi Boutique Schutz “Kelina” Multicolor Sandal, $180, Footloose Shadyside

Sandra Cadavid “Amanda” Navy Crossbody, $195, Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin

AG White Jeans, $178, Larrimor’s

Birkenstock Arizona Metallic Cooper Shoe, $135, Littles Shoes

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You can’t go wrong with a simple white tank and jean short combo. We added pops of color with gold hoops, bright sandals, and this colorful clutch. The tassel details on the clutch and the tank are an added bonus!

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This colorful tank screams summer! Its light and soft material makes it comfortable in the heat and humidity, and the gold tones in the cuff, sunglasses, crossbody hardware, and Birkenstocks give the outfit a dressier look.

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hometown, where the idea of her company was born. While in Cali, Reiman began to set the wheels in motion for her brand. “I brought some sketches with me and I put together a team down there,” she says. “When I found my partner in Colombia, I started to look for the people who could make my handbags and I actually tapped into a memory I had as a child. My mom owned a property that she rented to a shoemaker. Every month, I would join her on a trip to the property to collect rent. I would have the opportunity to be exposed to all of the amazing things that he was doing with shoes. I got to learn an awful lot about leather, the shoe-making process, and who some of the best artisans are in the world for this kind of craft.” Reiman then made a point to seek out the artisans the shoemaker spoke about years ago. “It was literally an entire town full of family members who grew up in this trade. Generation after generation would go into this art and they BY MAT THEW HACKE | PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NATALIE MORRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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were just the best for this kind of craft. They worked with leather and were handbag makers,” she continues. “On one of my trips to Colombia, I actually drove to this location where they are from — it’s called Nariño. When I got there, I went to a little bazaar area and started asking for these people and one woman said, ‘They actually moved to Cali, Colombia.’ Where I had just driven from — two and a half hours away,” she says with a laugh. As it turned out, the artisans made the move to work for famous Colombian handbag designer Nancy Gonzalez, whose bags retail for hundreds and thousands of dollars at luxury department stores and boutiques. “I drove back with a couple of names of artisans who worked for Nancy Gonzalez,” she explains. “One actually got back to me and we met for coffee. He was just a really amazing, humble man and I told him my story and my vision. Luckily, he was all in.” The artisans started by making prototypes from the sketches that Reiman gave them. Instantly in love with the prototypes they created, Reiman brought one of the bags to California with her in May 2012, when she attended an awards show with her brother, who is in the entertainment industry. “He was talking to Giuliana Rancic of E! News at the show and he brought her over to introduce her to me. I was carrying one of my bags and she asked me, 'Where did you get that bag and who is it by?' My brother chimed in and told her the whole story of how I was launching my own company and that this was my product. All of a sudden Giuliana says, ‘Where can I get my hands on one of them?' I emptied it out and I gave it to her right then and there, and ended up naming the bag after her.” Before the line’s launch date in September 2012, Reiman shared a photo of Giuliana with the bag. “Literally, within two weeks, we had an order for 300 handbags,” she says. “It was insane.” The line, named after her maiden name, expanded into jewelry as well. “I knew at some point that I needed to create something that was somewhat of an entrance point for customers that wanted to try our brand, but didn't want to jump in headfirst and make such a large purchase. Our bags retail for $200-$600,” she says. “I had already been thinking in my head, ‘What could we make that would

differentiate us but still keep with the brand?' So, I was spending some time with a woman who makes our hardware and I saw that on one of the work areas, they had these little cut-out figurines. I asked what they were and she told me that sometimes to take their minds off of what they're doing, they have a creative hour and just kind of cut things out and dip them and create characters for their kids or whatnot. This gave me the idea to venture down the jewelry path.” The Sandra Cadavid line of handbags and jewelry is not only beautifully designed, but it supports a beautiful cause as well. “The first year when I was going down to Cali to start the line, I overheard a conversation my partner down there was having with a priest,” says Reiman. “There is this program in Colombia that the government is having a really hard time implementing and getting off of the ground. The program is to help teach a skill that is transferable throughout an industry to women who have lost husbands to violence and are left destitute with children and a family to raise. So, these women are going to the churches asking for help and the church came up with this awesome idea, but the government just never got its act together to implement it. After the priest left, I asked my partner to tell me more about what they were talking about. Once he told me, I just said to him, 'Listen, I know we haven't launched our company yet, but we've got to figure out how to employ a couple of these women. Let's talk resources and what it would take to hire these women.’” Incredibly, the company started with four female workers and now has 18. “In addition to the 18 employees who work on my handbags, these 18 women complete smaller tasks, such as gluing the lining on the bags or polishing the hardware. They are then able to take these skills and work other places in the industry during the times when my bags are not being produced.” While Reiman loves designing and creating, the impetus of her Sandra Cadavid line comes from being able to give back and support those who need it the most. “When I go to Colombia, meet with these women, and hear their stories, I just get so emotional,” she says. “It has changed my life and it's the reason why I do what I do. I just want to continue to make amazing handbags and be able to employ as many people as possible every year.” Sandra Cadavid, sandracadavid.com. Available locally at Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin, 5983 Broad St., East Liberty, 412.361.2100. WH I R LM A G A Z I N E .C OM / WH IRL

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Paul Gitnik, Tracey Perles, Gene Svrcek

THE MATTRESS FACTORY’S URBAN GARDEN PARTY WHO: 1,400 guests WHAT: The Urban Garden Party celebrated the Mattress Factory’s 40th anniversary by asking attendees to dress like it was 1977, the year the museum first opened. The Mattress Factory raised over $210,000 to support its artistic, education, and community outreach programs. WHERE: The Mattress Factory HIGHLIGHTS: Senator Wayne Fontana, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proclaimed June 16, 2017, to be “Mattress Factory Day” in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to commemorate the anniversary. Guests from all different backgrounds — from corporate executives and neighbors, to hipsters and friends — enjoyed light bites and libations from local vendors, a photo booth inside a groovy VW van, and dancing to the incredible tunes of Beauty Slap. — M.N. “The Mattress Factory continues to set the bar year after year, and 2017 was no exception, turning it up with live nudes imitating art, Punk Rock Karaoke, a Rivers Casino afterparty, and a sold-out crowd!” — Michael Olijnyk, co-director of The Mattress Factory

Bernie Kobosky, Ali Good, Dan Gorchynsky

PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHERINE PALLADINO

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Jane Werner, Michael McGarry

THE GREAT NIGHT GALA WHO: 400 guests WHAT: The Great Night Gala raised $370,000 to support programming for low-income, at-risk children and families to enjoy at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The funds enable the Museum to open its doors to everyone through initiatives like free admission days or free field trips for lowincome schools. WHERE: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh HIGHLIGHTS: Executive director Jane Werner rode into the dinner tent on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, escorted by the Pittsburgh Police on their motorcycles. This was a huge surprise to all the guests and ignited excitement for the rest of the night, which included a gourmet dinner by Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions, a live auction, and dancing to music by Jeff Jimerson & Airborne. — M.N. “The theme of the Great Night Gala was based on Harley Davidson as a nod to the Museum’s exhibit, Hands-on Harley Davidson, which is on display through September 10. The décor included real motorcycle parts as table centerpieces, two motorcycles that guests were able to pose with for photos, and an antique gas pump. Guests were decked out in their finest leather and chrome to celebrate the evening.” — Bill Schlageter, director of marketing for Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Lori & John Brinker, Brian Bohn, Olivia Brinker

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Coty & Jessica Franklin

James & Eve Elsen

Sue & Scott Lammie

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ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS!

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WHO: 275 guests, including board chair James Walker and his wife, Jonnie Viakley, and CEO Kim Evert and her husband, Bob WHAT: Planned Parenthood of Western PA (PPWP) celebrated its 100th anniversary with the 2017 Spring Gala. The event featured a ceremonial cake cutting and performances by The Matto Quartet & Pesaro Quartet and Anqwenique Wingfield & Band on the pool patio. WHERE: The home of Rachel and Adam Berger HIGHLIGHTS: The Spring Gala raised $153,580 to provide patients with access to affordable reproductive health care and educational programs to area schools and youth-service organizations. The money raised will go to helping families, preventing illness, and saving lives. — M.N. “I think the highlight of the event was seeing how many amazing supporters we have in our 100th year, particularly in the current political climate.” — Marla Guarino, marketing and development coordinator for PPWP

Julia Teti, Betsy Teti, Betty Jo Hirschfield, Howard Louik

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Jessica Semler, Albert & Joanna Caruso

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Along the Allegheny River sits the charming, evolving neighborhood of Aspinwall. And it’s still growing, even while celebrating its 125th anniversary this month! “There is truly a sense of community here that you don’t get or feel much these days,” says Jessica Vukmir, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Aspinwall and owner of Dovecote Aspinwall. “In a way, it’s a nod to the past with so many great little places in only a few blocks.” Check out our favorite places to visit in Aspinwall and save the date for special events, going on all year! For more information, visit aspinwallpa.com.

KRISTI BOUTIQUE Kristi Boutique takes pride in welcoming you to a relaxed, intimate, and personalized shopping experience unlike any other. Offering a wide range of options from casual wear to cocktail dresses, truly anyone can leave with something they love! This summer, the boutique is carrying on-trend clothing, including jumpsuits and embroidered denim. For fall, the boutique is bringing in new brands like Love Shack Fancy and Stella Pardo. “Aspinwall is such a close-knit community, and it is so special to be able to have the relationships we do with all the people we do,” says Kristi Moss West, owner of Kristi Boutique. “We are always running all over the community, dropping stuff off to clients who are at home with their kiddos and can’t get out — it’s the best!” Kristi Boutique, 339 1st Street, Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. kristiboutique.com.

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CO R N E R S TO N E R E S TAU R A N T & B A R Stay fueled up during your exploration of Aspinwall by grabbing a bite at Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar, a neighborhood staple for almost nine years. The menus change every season, with chopped salad with shrimp, seared scallops with edamame-andcorn succotash, and pistachio-crusted lamb topping the list of favorites this summer. Cornerstone’s extensive cocktail menu stays seasonal, too, featuring the classics and unique takes on trendy drinks. “The community has been overwhelmingly supportive of our business over the years and has been the most important part of our growth,” says Erin Connolly, owner of Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar. “We are very happy to call Aspinwall ‘home.’” Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar, 301 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.408.3420. cornerstonepgh.com.

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A unique specialty grocery store featuring award winning cheeses and charcuterie, prepared foods made from scratch daily, fresh meats from NY master butcher Pat Lafrieda, catering and delicious specialty sandwiches & salads.

MOST PEOPLE DON’T NEED A THERAPIST, THEY JUST NEED A CHANGE. WE’VE CHANGED... NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! FRESH NEW SPACE IN ASPINWALL WITH AN EXPANDED STAFF AND MORE SERVICES TO BETTER MEET YOUR NEEDS.

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D OV ECOTE A S PI NWA L L Cincinnati native Jessica Vukmir moved to Pittsburgh in 2010 with her husband, who grew up in Highland Park. She’s also the president of the Chamber of Commerce in Aspinwall, strengthening her connection to the community. “I’ve only been here seven years, but Pittsburgh is definitely home,” Vukmir says. “Without the support of my family and friends here, I wouldn’t have been able to make my dream of owning a boutique a reality.” Her boutique, Dovecote Aspinwall, sells vintage and antique treasures, as well as many new gift items. From home décor and jewelry, to consignment clothing and purses, there truly is something for everyone. Dovecote Aspinwall, 20 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.1777. dovecoteboutiqueaspinwallpa.com.

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COACH MONIQUE & A S S O C I AT E S Those looking to live their best lives can do so through Coach Monique & Associates. Coach Monique DeMonaco provides emotional intelligence-based life coaching and executive coaching to help clients make positive, long-term changes when dealing with everything from stress, anxiety, and mild depression, to major life changes like divorce and “empty nest syndrome.” DeMonaco is also one of eight certified Rapid Transformational Therapist Hypnotherapists in the U.S., aiding in weight loss, ending nervous habits, and overcoming fears through hypnotherapy. Being a part of the exciting, growing Aspinwall community is an added bonus for her. “One of the things I love the most about being in Aspinwall is the convenience,” DeMonaco says. “Whether I want to take a client to lunch, select a gift, or pick up a few last-minute groceries, it’s all right here.” Coach Monique & Associates, 209 Commercial Ave., Suite C, Aspinwall. coachmonique.com. Coach Monique’s latest service is helping millennials with “failure to launch” issues. Learn more about the innovative work at 412.400.2085.

A S PI NWA L L E V E N T S 8/1 National Night Out

9/23 Fall in the Wall

8/18 Block Party on Brilliant

10/19 Wine in the Wall 11/16 Holiday Open House

Concerts on Commercial Fire Fest 9/15 Aspinwall Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing

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11/25 Small Business Saturday 12/2 Aspinwall’s Light Up Night

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N O T A B E N E F I N E PA P E R B O U T I Q U E The chic greeting cards, and customizable invitations and stationery sets at Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique make it easier to bring a little sunshine to someone’s day. You can even have stationery personalized in-house within 24-48 hours! The shop also sells sweet gifts, including baby toys, candles, notepads, and gift wrap. Owner Amy Bass loves contributing this art to the thriving Aspinwall community. “Aspinwall is a great little neighborhood that has blossomed into a wonderful shopping and dining area.” Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique, 9 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.782.6300. notabenepaper.com.

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G R E E N H E I R E S S H O L I S T I C H E A LT H Bringing wellness to the community, Green Heiress Holistic Health teaches family-friendly yoga classes, including prenatal yoga, children’s yoga, after-school and teen programs, and Om Baby, for parents or caregivers to practice with their infants. Green Heiress also offers wellness services — ranging from massage and body work, to energy work and meditation. “Aspinwall is a peaceful, family-oriented community that maintains the qualities of a quintessential small town and yet has all of the modern amenities of a big city,” says Mark Staley of Green Heiress Holistic Health. “With a juice bar below, a vegan restaurant next door, and the nearby Aspinwall Riverfront Park, it’s a perfect place to plan a family outing that will leave your mind and body rejuvenated.” Green Heiress Holistic Health, 209 Commercial Ave., Aspinwall. 412.632.4013. greenheiressholistichealth.com.

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If you’re on the hunt for a unique purchase you can’t find anywhere else in Pittsburgh, Aspinwall is the place to look — more specifically, Beautiful Boutique on Brilliant. This lifestyle store carries exceptional furniture, lighting, and décor, as well as jewelry, handbags, and gifts from all over. New items arrive almost weekly in store, so there is always fresh merchandise to discover even for the most frequent shoppers. “If you are shopping for the person who has everything, come here,” says Melanie Baker-Telford, owner of Beautiful Boutique on Brilliant. “It’s a unique, one-stop shop to find something for everyone.” Beautiful Boutique on Brilliant, 101 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.784.8090.

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Sparking imaginations and inspiring lifelong memories, Lynlott Miniatures Dollhouse Junction is one of fewer than 100 dollhouse stores in North America. Retailing dollhouses of every style and miniature furnishings to add character and interactive elements to these houses, along with Melissa and Doug toys, the shop fuels hobby projects for the entire family to enjoy. “We are the official waiting room for Jiffy Lube and doctor appointments,” says Debbie McManus, owner of Lynlott Miniatures. “We love watching kids being amazed when they walk in the shop. We could not ask for a better community to be a part of. Lynlott Miniatures, 223 Commercial Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.6445. dollhousejunction.com.

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B E L L A C H R I S T I E A N D L I L’ Z ’ S SWEET BOUTIQUE Making every day in Aspinwall a little sweeter, Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique serves up fresh goodies daily. From gourmet cupcakes and cookies, to chocolate-covered caramel pretzels and glitter bonbons, the bakery can even whip up treats for weddings or events. “We love to help our clients style their dessert tables or cakes to convey a theme or look they have imagined for their event,” says Amanda Byrne, director of special events at Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique. “We always say, ‘If you can dream it, we can make it happen!’” Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique, 213 Commercial Ave., Aspinwall. 412.772.1283. asweetboutique.com.

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The Bella Christie truck passes out treats on Halloween, including liquid nitrogen-dipped fruit, which can be used to make “dragon breath.” (As shown in the photo, here!)

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AT T H E WA L L P I L AT E S With a fun and friendly energy, At the Wall Pilates is the ideal space for anyone of any ability to get a great workout. Choose from private, semi-private, and small group Pilates classes; TRX, which is a full-body workout focusing on stability, strength, and cardio; UGI, a barefoot full-body workout that incorporates a weighted UGI Ball into every exercise; high-intensity cardio classes; personal training; and functional fitness training. “My main goal is to make clients feel better in their bodies and be able to pursue their passions to the fullest outside of the studio, whether it be walking without a walker or running a marathon,” says Melissa Johnson, owner of At the Wall Pilates. “To be able to share my passion for Pilates is truly a gift.” At the Wall Pilates, 501 Freeport Road, Suite 3, Aspinwall. 412.657.9747. atthewallpilates.com.

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FEAST ON BRILLIANT Helping families enjoy delicious meals with ease, feast on brilliant offers a range of foods prepared from scratch, fresh daily, including salads, sandwiches, cheeses, and charcuterie. “Our regular customers fondly refer to us as their ‘private chef,’” says Patti Danforth of feast on brilliant. These customers can also shop award-winning specialty grocery items, many of which aren’t found anywhere else locally. New items that the team discovered during their yearly trip to the NYC “Fancy Food Show” are arriving at the store this month. Keep an eye out for these goodies, and while you’re there, wish feast on brilliant a happy fifth anniversary! “We are truly a neighborhood shop and love that our customers have made us part of their celebrations.” feast on brilliant, 27 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.2323. feastonbrilliant.com.

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These homes may be the only things hotter than an August afternoon in Pittsburgh! Find one that adds sunshine to your life today.

Six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms make up the living quarters of this majestic, secluded property, tucked away in Bell Acres.

HIDDEN GEM 143 Beech Ridge Drive, Bell Acres. — Listed at $1,950,000

For more information, contact Allison Westwood of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty 412.741.6312. ThePreferredRealty.com.

After a long day of summer activities, relax and unwind in this beautiful master suite. Look forward to spending chilly evenings this fall curled up in front of the inviting fireplace.

Be the sommelier of your own home with space for a private collection of your favorite vino.

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Carefully crafted with every detail considered, this classic, five-bedroom, five-and-a-halfbathroom home sits on two acres of property.

CUSTOM LOOK 2640 Middle Road, Hampton. — Listed at $1,098,000

For more information, contact Vince Schmidt of Northwood Realty Services at 412.487.3200. northwood.com. 

Open rooms provide a grand feel in this lovely home. A two-story great room adds elegance and defines the space.

Elegant granite, double dishwashers, a walkin pantry, and a chef’s office make this kitchen extra crave-worthy.

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Situated on more than four acres of property, this five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home’s rolling estate is accessed via private driveway.

A WORK OF ART 34 Virginia Lane, Cecil. — Listed at $2,795,000

For more information, contact Mary Eve Kearns of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.889.7244. howardhanna.com.

With a multitude of entertaining spaces, your house will be the talk of the town for summer celebrations. Host the ultimate Labor Day weekend bash as a housewarming event!

An abundance of exquisite details make this home unique. In an “art meets nature” fashion, the dream-worthy outdoor areas make this house the perfect package.

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1. The fun continued with a reception at Rodef Shalom Congregation, where The In Transit Band kept the dance floor packed. 2. Ashley’s mother helped the couple ensure every detail was in place for their big day. “She did tons of research, planning, and logistics for the wedding, and really was the one responsible for pulling it all together,” Ashley says. “I know I am very lucky because of that.” 3. Ashley and Eli wanted to “evoke a ‘fall harvest evening under the stars’ kind of feeling” on their big day. 4. Pulling in the warm colors of the season, Ashley carried a bouquet of rich blooms that complemented her elegant lace gown with white floral detailing.

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ASHLEY GOLD & ELI GLAZIER Ashley Gold’s first time meeting Eli Glazier in person was, as she says, a “leap of faith.” They had been speaking through text and email, but she hadn’t met Glazier in person yet. But as it turns out, they were a perfect fit. For their ceremony at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Ashley’s cousin, Rabbi Peter Stein, read the vows the bride and groom had written for each other. “We were both happy not to have to recite them ourselves because we would’ve been too emotional, but hearing our own words to one another, as read by Peter, was really, really special,” she says. The reception started with the couple’s signature drinks — the “Soused Cyclist” and the “Boozy Newsie,” a fun play off their hobbies and professions — and ended with a trip to the cookie table. They dubbed the spread “Eli and Ashley’s CookieShare,” after DC’s Capital Bikeshare, which they both love to use. Thanks to Ashley’s mother, a.k.a. “the best day-of wedding planner ever,” the D.C. residents were able to celebrate the perfect day in Ashley’s hometown. “I truly could not have done it without her.”

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BONNIE SHEETZ & BRIAN OTTAVIAN Bonnie Sheetz and Brian Ottavian said “I do” with a traditional ceremony at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church. Knowing they’d be wed in Andy Warhol’s childhood church, the couple tried to incorporate the artist’s classic pop art style into the church program. They also worked Brian’s favorite music style, 80’s rock, into the reception. “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure played when the bride and groom entered The LeMont reception, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King served as their first dance song, and the night ended with “Send Me an Angel” by Real Life. The latter, which plays in Brian’s favorite movie, “Rad,” is a wedding detail Bonnie knew she wanted back when they were still dating. The most emotional moment on the dance floor for Bonnie was watching Brian dance with his Aunt Collette. “Brian’s mom unfortunately passed away in June after a ten-year battle with cancer,” she says. “It was unbelievably hard and also touching to watch them share the mother-son dance together and everyone in the room felt the emotion of that moment.” Bonnie also wore one of his mom’s rings on their wedding day, so they all felt her presence throughout the beautiful nuptials. 100

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1. Bonnie’s wedding gown featured intricate, detailed stitching on the bodice and a full, layered skirt. 2. Bonnie and Brian didn’t start dating until four years after they met, when they got together for a Penguins game on a random Tuesday. It was the couple, though, who were the real winners that day. 3. During the reception, Bonnie says, “I looked around the room and saw how many people were there to support us and just the general happiness of the day.” 4. How cute are the couple’s ring bearer and flower girls?

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NICOLE CASEY & NICK SCIULLO Throughout much of their six years of dating, Nicole Casey and Nick Sciullo were both in school. “We didn’t get to see each other as often as we would have liked,” Nicole says. “So we shared a notebook that we would write to each other in throughout the week when there was something we wanted to share with the other and not forget about it.” During a trip to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where they celebrated their first anniversary, Nick handed Nicole their notebook. And as she read his letter — which ended with a proposal! — he knelt down with a ring in his hand. The couple said “I do” at St. Raphael Parish with a reception at St. Nick’s Cathedral Room afterwards. They took their time planning every detail of their wedding, but Nicole says the choice to have her mother walk her down the aisle was an easy one. Sharing this moment was her favorite memory of the special day. Nicole advises other couples not to stress about the little things because “it will only drive you crazy. The day is about you as a couple celebrating your new life together with those closest to you,” she says. “That’s what matters most.” — Emma Honcharski

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STEPHANIE CARUSO & BRAD BORGHETTI University of Pittsburgh alumni Stephanie Caruso and Brad Borghetti met in the same place they got engaged: the Cathedral of Learning. Brad popped the question on the top floor of the Cathedral, as the couple admired the beautiful view and reminisced in the place they first met. They stayed loyal to Pitt with a navy, gold, and purple color scheme, as purple is Stephanie’s favorite color. She first picked bridesmaids’ dresses in a rich, vibrant purple and loved how it played off navy and gold accents. For her own gown, the bride wanted lace, straps, and a fun back that would make her feel like a princess. Stephanie refers to herself as a “Disney nerd,” which inspired the couple to share their first dance to“Tale as Old as Time” from “Beauty and the Beast.” Stephanie’s shoes even featured a blue Cinderella’s castle with “Happily Ever After” and the couple’s monogram on the soles, which her sister created for “something blue.” Stephanie savored her walk down the aisle at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, the same aisle as her parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles before her. “To see Brad at the end of the aisle with a huge smile on his face and the beautiful stained glass windows in the background — it was just magical.” — Molly Nicholas

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REAL WEDDINGS REBECCA KALLA & COREY BRUCE Accommodations Omni William Penn Hotel Bridal Gown Vera Wang Bridal Bridesmaids’ Dresses Nordstrom Cake Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique Caterer, Ceremony, & Reception Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Entertainment Gary Racan and The Studio E Band Florals Hens and Chicks Hair Tease Salon Honeymoon South Africa and Mauritius Island Lighting Gray Phoenix Linens Lendable Linens Makeup Kiss and Makeup Photographer Eva Lin Photography Rehearsal Dinner The Mattress Factory Stationery Steve Schwartz Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse Videographer Best Day Ever Wedding Planner Natalie Berger

NICOLE CASEY & NICK SCIULLO Bridesmaids’ Dresses David’s Bridal Bride’s Gown & Jewelry MB Bride Cake Oakmont Bakery Caterer Elegant Accent Ceremony St. Raphael Parish Decorations & Lighting Elegant Events by Andrea Entertainment TK the DJ Florals Valerie Brooks Hair & Makeup Rachel Dekleva of Sergio’s Style Honeymoon Disney World Photographer Mike Leonardi, Candidly Yours Photography Reception St. Nick’s Cathedral Room Rentals Photo Booth from DGM Wedding Photography Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse Videographer Raul Toledo

Bonnie and Brian displayed this cool ice sculpture at their reception.

STEPHANIE CARUSO & BRAD BORGHETTI Bride’s Gown Sorelle Bridal Salon Cake Bethel Bakery Caterer The Fluted Mushroom Ceremony Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church Entertainment DJ Harold Purdy Florals Petal Pushers/Christophers Flowers Hair & Makeup Glam to Go Pittsburgh Honeymoon St. Lucia Lighting Kelli Burns Entertainment, LLC Linens Mosaic, Inc. Photographer Josh Mariana Photography Reception The Circuit Center & Ballroom Rentals All Occasions Party Rental Stationery Wedding Paper Divas Suits Macy’s Videographer Mariana Filmworks

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“When it came time to plan the honeymoon, we talked about a few different options but ultimately settled on Disney,” Nicole says. “It was the perfect fit for us as a couple.” They gave a subtle nod to their love of Disney in their save the dates, table numbers, and wedding cake, too!

ASHLEY GOLD & ELI GLAZIER Caterer Common Plea Catering Ceremony & Reception Rodef Shalom Congregation Entertainment Doug Edgell; The In Transit Band Florals Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design Hair & Makeup Hannah Conard Beauty Honeymoon Montreal and eventually Japan Jewelry Dapel Jewelers Monroeville Lighting E.F. Lighting Linens & Rentals Mosaic, Inc. Photographer Michael Will Photography Planner Joann Jamis Cain Videographer ShoFilms

BONNIE SHEETZ & BRIAN OTTAVIAN Cake Mother of the Bride, Debbie Sheetz Catering & Reception The Lemont Ceremony St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church Entertainment DJ Jason Lacko Favors Pittsburgh Popcorn Company Florals The Blue Daisy Floral Designs Hair Amber Baker of Eikon Hair Lounge Honeymoon Italy Makeup Kyle Thomas of KTHOM BEAUTY Photographer Kristi Telnov Videographer Cinebard Films

Stephanie and Brad added pops of purple into their big day, from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the centerpieces.

STYLE FEATURE THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER STYLE

Rebecca and Corey stole sweet moments together during their special day.

e.b. Pepper, 5411 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.683.3815, ebpepper.com Eyetique, eyetique.com Footloose Shadyside, 5411 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.687.3663. footlooseshadyside.com Kristi Boutique, 339 1st St., Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. kristiboutique.com Larrimor’s, One PNC Plaza, 249 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.471.5727. larrimors.com Littles Shoes, 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3530. littleshoes.com Sandra Cadavid, sandracadavid.com. Available locally at Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin, 5983 Broad St., East Liberty, 412.361.2100

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WORDS See why Jaira Burns is the artist to keep an eye on this year

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that my mom knew and that [music producer Ryan M. Tedder] also knew because he was helping another group. The lawyer said to him, ‘I know this girl, she’s very talented and I want you guys to meet.’ He set up a meeting in his office, and Ryan and I got to meet. I played my guitar and I sang ‘Man Down’ [by Rihanna] for him. About a week later, we made our first song together, which is called ‘SMH.’ It’s been work, work, work ever since. Ryan definitely opened the door for me to do some pretty awesome things, that’s for sure. HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A SINGER OVER THE YEARS? Collectively, I listen to all types of genres and different paths of music. Testing what I like the most by listening to it. It went from I liked rock, then I liked punk, then I dabbled into country, then I dabbled into urban. Now, I like pop-urban. Every artist goes through it — we try to experiment with different sounds and

genres. For me, it was also looking for what’s different, instead of looking at what everyone else’s got. HOW HAS YOUR LOOK CHANGED OVER THE YEARS? When I was younger, I was never allowed to dye my hair or actually cut my hair. Once I got onto my own two feet and finally got the opportunity to do it, I did it. I decided first and foremost to do this because blue is my favorite color. WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR SELF DOWN THE ROAD? I like to live in the moment. I try not to plan things that are beyond my control. I try to be really prepared for things, but you can’t plan for everything. Just do what you love to do, follow your dreams, and follow your heart. Follow Jaira Burns @jairaburns Check out her music on iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

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WHIRL Magazine: August 2017  

In this issue: Just for us! A photo shoot with Beth Stern by Howard Stern, Honoring Pittsburgh's 50 Finest 2017, Savor the Summer Fashions

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