WHIRL Magazine: April 2015

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52 Spring Into Style

Freshen up your wardrobe with inspiration from our pastel-painted spring fashion photo shoot. You’ll be hopping to these local shops in no time!

62 Calling Jerome Home Congratulations, Jerome Bettis! The former Pittsburgh Steeler is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with fans cheering him on every step of the way.

64 Let’s Groove!

We are beyond grateful to everyone who participated in our first-ever Get UP & Dance campaign! Check out which celebrities, charitable nonprofits, and local health experts got in on the fun, too.

68 P ittsburgh Earth Day Join us in a city-wide celebration of the greenest holiday on April 22. The free, all-day adventure includes enough concerts, educational sessions, and craft shows to keep the whole family spinning.

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We’ve collected spring’s trendiest styles to revamp your closet. See what we chose!

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One taste of these wonderfully whimsical desserts, and you’ll be floating on air! We’re also drifting over to local restaurants for new menus and foodie-approved events.

73 Style News: New Beginnings Step into warmer weather with our favorite spring sandals! Feel free to break them in while strolling to stylish happenings across the city.

78 Style Feature: Follow Suit Let Amy Baron Brourman of Samuel Baron Clothiers show you the best fits and fabrics for a classic, bespoke look.

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We are ready for spring like no other year! With lots of time inside to percolate fresh ideas, we are showcasing more positive ways to enjoy optimistic energy throughout the entire month. Start by brightening up your style with looks curated from our favorite regional retailers. We brought in gorgeous designs from the store’s showrooms that reflect the national trends for spring’s seasonal style. Put the happy in your hop and turn to page 52. When it comes to action, we have every idea for every person, and that’s just in what is listed in our calendar! April’s events are filled with ways to turn up the smile in your heart, and for great causes! Find out how to make your difference in our community on page 24.

Here’s to bright sunshine!

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Editors’ Pics By LAUREN WELLS

While we’re still recovering from winter’s bite, the ever-so-slight hint of warmer air has finally crept its way into the city. This month, we’re thinking spring — despite the weather’s uncertainty — and finding beauty in the fresh pops of color around town. Share your favorite springtime photos with us on Instagram @whirlmagazine!



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1. Assistant Art Director Jordan Harriger tested his balance during an escape to a cheerful, earthy haven. 2. Digital Media Director Lauren Wells hopped behind the scenes of WHIRL’s spring fashion shoot. + See the spread on page 52! 3. Style Editor Liz Petoniak felt inspired by the beautiful gemstones at the Carnegie Museum of Natural Science. 4. Staff Photographer Michael Fornataro celebrated the slowly rising temperatures on Sienna Mercato’s rooftop beer garden. 5. Senior Editor Rachel Jones cherished the blooming bundles of peonies on her grandfather’s farm. 6. Graphic Designer & Photo Stylist Samantha Casale found inspiration in a collection of pretty pastels, as modeled on page 52. Photograph by Ben Petchel

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April Happenings From new businesses to triumphant achievements, there is much to celebrate this month! Yoga instructor Jennifer Ferris-Glick lead a yoga class during the Breathing Room event, hosted by the UPMC CancerCenter Integrative Oncology Program. Hardworking women found solace in the day of pampering, while more than $30,000 was raised for said program, which provides innovative care for the mind, body, and spirit of cancer patients.

Sisters Place Executive Director Sr. Mary Parks, CSJ; Development Director Melissa Ferraro; and event co-chairs Robert Barth, Jr., and Meg Gleason celebrated the $87,000 raised for the organization during its annual Crushed Grapes event!

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Dana McFarland and Heather Leitner attended the Aria Cultural District Lofts’ grand opening. The new living spaces on Seventh Street Downtown have a secure lobby, a 24hour fitness center, dry cleaning pickup and delivery, separate tenant and freight elevators, an onsite leasing office, and bicycle storage; and are non-smoking and pet-friendly.

Ted Hacker, Elizabeth Martini, and Joe Stromei enjoyed the Hospitality Wine Tasting, “Patagonia’s Not Just About Pricey Outerwear,” at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory. Milko Miladinov of Winebow served as the event’s host.


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Photographs from Jaime Mullen, Dennis O’Keefe

Pittsburgh Councilman Dan Gilman and his wife, Amanda, participated in the Drink for Pink event to benefit Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh. Sponsored by Dollar Bank and hosted by the Oakland Business Improvement District, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and the South Side Chamber of Commerce, the evening included celebrity guest bartenders — including Gilman — at Andy’s, Skybar, and Peter’s Pub.


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Lynne Popash of VisitPITTSBURGH and Deborah French Gorman of All Occasions Party Rental posed for a photo opp at VisitPITTSBURGH’s Hospitality Icebreaker, held at Stage AE.

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Members gathered for the first Young Professional Women in Energy Launch Academy, hosted at CONSOL Energy’s Gas Training Academy. Pictured here, front row: Meagan Roppo, Stephanie Mancine, Gretchen Addington, Ashley Donaldson, and Rachel Martin; middle row: Michelle Buczkowski, Jennifer Dinger, Shaina Pajak, Alexis Rudisill, Megan Chuderewicz, and Codie Rastoka; back row: Brent Losee and Anita Victor.

Community Day School families and friends gathered to celebrate and support the school at the annual CDS Winter Gala at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Photographed from left to right are co-chairs Tim and Jennifer Richart, Head of School Avi Baran Munro, and co-chairs Nicole and Howard Valinsky.


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Photographs from Kristin Falvo, David Bachman Photography

The 2nd Annual Communities In Schools Pittsburgh-Allegheny County (CISPAC) Bash at the Bank, held at Dollar Bank, raised $30,000! More than 120 supporters attended the event, where they raised funds for the organization to benefit at-risk students in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

In celebration of New York Pastry Chef Nick Malgieri’s latest cookbooks, Gervasi Vineyard held a cooking class for the chance to bake with the renowned chef. Attendees were in pastry heaven!

Photographs from Brian Baur/Eventures Live, Jennifer Wolfe Webb

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Dr. Elaine H. Berkowitz held a book signing and spoke of her recently published book, “Live Life Love Country.” Held at Beth Shalom Synagogue and sponsored by The Sisterhood and Men’s Club, this was the Squirrel Hill native’s first book signing.

Retired Pittsburgh Steeler Marv Kellum, Project BundleUp Director Melissa Fereday, and professional boxer Rod Salka enjoyed The Salvation Army and WTAE-TV’s Project Bundle-Up Magical Moments Celebration 6th Annual Online Auction Kick-off Dinner, held at LeMont Restaurant.

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Merril Hoge, a former Pittsburgh Steeler and current ESPN football analyst, spoke at Avonworth High School, as part of Allegheny Health Network’s “A Student’s Healthy Road to Success” program. Avonworth High School junior David Mucha, pictured here, introduced Hoge to the stage at the event.

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Nadeana Cook, president of Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club; Peggy Wolstoncroft, development and office manager, The Education Partnership; and Justin Brown, executive director, The Education Partnership, at Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” annual fundraising gala.

Photographs from Dana Hackley, Katie Fair Photography

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Twenty-seven Wilkinsburg youth participated in the Third Annual Art and Talent Show for Peace. The noncompetitive show is sponsored by The Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project, whose mission is to end youth violence while lifting up Wilkinsburg as a great place to live, work, study, and worship.

Bishop David Zubik presented the Hanna family with “The Spirit of St. Nicholas Award” at Catholic Charities’ Vintage Christmas Experience. Pictured here from left to right: Bishop Zubik; Susan Rauscher, executive director of Catholic Charities; Annie Hanna Engel; Hoddy Hanna; Mary Anne Hanna; and Duffy Hanna.


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Photographs from Pastor Janet Hellner-Burris, Mary Beth Kratsas

The Heinz History Center’s 17th annual History Uncorked, themed We Can Do It!, proved to be strong! Nearly 2,000 partygoers joined the committee (from left to right) Heinz History Center President and CEO Andy Masich, co-chair Nicholas Kennedy, Abby Clark, Clayton Zelazowski, co-chair Kelly Kennedy, Lauren Tesauro, Allison Saras, Brandi Smith, Darrell Payne, Emily Chiodo, Ryan James, Kristen Davis, and Brittany Hazlewood.

Morton Brown, public art manager of the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning; City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto; artist Jennifer Wen Ma; Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership; and Renee Piechocki, director of the Office of Public Art, unveiled the new public art installation, A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle. The piece can be viewed through April 12, as part of the Market Square Public Art Program.

Photographs from TommyVPhotography, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

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The Glimmer of Hope Foundation presented a $1,500 check to representatives of Canonsburg Hospital to be used for cancer care. Photographed at The Meadows Casino from left to right: Kevin Brogan, Rosemary Garrity, Jane Sarra, Dr. Joseph Levkulich, Diana Napper, and Dr. Daryl Makishi.

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Students Riya Gohel, as the baker’s wife; Lauren Wholey, as the beautiful version of the witch; and Max DeGregorio, as the baker, starred in Shady Side Academy’s performance of “Into the Woods” at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts.

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Photographs from Diana Napper, Randal Broker

The Women’s Board of Pittsburgh held a fundraising luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club to support Beverly’s Birthdays. Pictured from left: Judy Leininger, Women’s Board of Pittsburgh benefit chair; Luke Wholey, Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille chef and owner; Sandy Woncheck, Women’s Board of Pittsburgh president; and honorary chair and emcee Jennifer Miele of Excela Health.


Terri Gallagher, director of the Rochester Public Library, welcomed Dona Marrone. The image consultant returned home to Beaver County for her “It’s Time to Update Your Book Cover” seminar to benefit the library.

Photographs from Annie Rivers, Karen Ferrick-Roman

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Angela Kinney, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s National Volunteer Leadership chair, presented the 2014 Outstanding Cystic Fibrosis Advocate Award to Congressman Tim Murphy at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Annual Meeting & Volunteer Leadership Awards Reception, held at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

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Owner Doug Zalla of Upper St. Clair celebrated the opening of Jet’s Pizza in Dormont, the first franchise of its kind in Pennsylvania. The brand has built its reputation on its signature square, Detroit-style, deep dish pizza with a crunchy crust. “I am excited to bring this exceptional pizza to Pittsburgh,” says Zalla. Photograph from Bauer Photography, Michelle Fusco


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Each month, Dreadnought Wines calls upon wine lovers far and wide to attend its Bacchus Bunch classes and achieve status in The Wine Century Club. Guests at this Bacchus Bunch class, held by Rob McCaughey, were invited to explore the flavors of seven lesser known varietals and expand their knowledge of the unique grapes.

Treading Art hosted libations and bites by the Livermore at The Cloak Room, where guests had the opportunity to mingle with the founders of Easely, Pittsburgh’s newest art and tech startup that offers gallery-quality art for your home.

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31 Days of Compassion, Animal Friends, thinkingoutsidethecage.org

Thursday // 2

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Friday // 3

17th Annual Mel Blount Youth Home All-Star Celebrity Roast, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 724.948.2311

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WHIRL Wednesday, Pittsburgh Today Live oN KDKA-TV, 9 a.m.

Easter Brunch, National Aviary, 412.323.7235

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Dirty Dancing, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666

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Fashion for the Wild, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 412.665.3640 Hothouse Happy Hour, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914

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Oglebay Institute’s 61st Annual Antiques Show & Sale, Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, 304.242.7272

Strongfirst Kettlebell User Course, Primal Fitness Pittsburgh, 412.980.4287 Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Hillman Center for Performing Arts, 412.345.7300 Super Science Series: Earth Day & Spring Soil Spectacular, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 412.847.7000

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Orthodox Easter

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Pittsburgh Pirates Home Opener vs. Detroit Tigers, PNC Park, pittsburghpirates.com


Viking Victory Auction, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.208.3443

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Art Space 616 Opening, 616 Beaver St., Sewickley, 412.397.8583

YMCA Adventure Warrior Race, YMCA Camp Soles, 814.352.7217

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Breakfast with the Bunnies, Animal Friends, 412.847.7000

2015 Brewer’s Ball, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 412.321.4422

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2015 Washington Health System Charity Ball, Southpointe Golf Club, washingtonhospital.org

Pittsburgh Rockin’ Reunion, Benedum Center, 412.471.6930 Super Science Series: Annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 412.847.7000


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The Romance of Schumann, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

37th Annual Lupus Luncheon, Eleven, 412.261.5886

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers, PNC Park, pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com

Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction, Westin Convention Center Hotel, artrooneyaward.com An Affair to Care, Family Resources, familyresourcesofpa.org Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 45th Anniversary Gala, Benedum Center, 412.454.9103

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Mel and TiAnda Blount at the 17th Annual Mel Blount Youth Home AllStar Celebrity Roast.

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Bob Masters and Annette Brady at the Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction.


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Saturday // 18 Kim Cantalamessa and Lisa Cantalamessa at the

JDRF Rainbow Gala.

Kathy Klein, Amy Weiss, and Barb Weizenbaum at The Friendship

Circle’s Friends All Around event.

Photographs by KASSIE JACKSON, LINDSAY DILL, Allie Wynands

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Familylinks’ Just Jazz 3 featuring John Pizzarelli, The Twentieth Century Club, 412.942.0492

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Brothers Honeck, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

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The Friendship Circle’s Friends All Around, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.224.4440 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 45th Anniversary Dancer Reunion, PBT Studios, 412.454.9138

“La Bayadère” with the PBT Orchestra, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666

The Waldman International Arts & Writing Competition Public Awards Ceremony, The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.421.1500

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers, PNC Park, pittsburghpirates.com

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JDRF Rainbow Gala, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.471.1414 Denim & Diamonds, Greensburg Country Club, 724.837.1850 Hops for Hearth, Bigelow Conference & Event Center, 412.366.9801 HI-5K Fun Run/Walk to Benefit Hosanna Industries, North Park Harmar Pavilion, 724.770.0262

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An Evening with Roz Chast, Rodef Shalom Congregation, 412.572.8800 18th Annual Legends in Leadership, Heinz Field East Club Lounge, 412.237.6514

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The Texas Tenors, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

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Opera Theater’s A Deco Affair: Puttin’ on the Ritz!, The Twentieth Century Club, 412.621.1499

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Second Annual Pittsburgh Rock ’N Roll Legends Awards, Hard Rock Café, 412.622.1212

OC Eagle Classic Golf Outing, Fox Chapel Golf Club, 412.682.6797 Art for Change 2015, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 412.441.9786

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Pittsburgh Earth Day, pittsburghearthday.org

Brentano Quartet with Todd Palmer, Carnegie Music Hall, 412.624.4129

The Leadership Breakfast, Word of Life Ministries Dining Hall, 724.850.6874

17th Annual Bluegrass Benefit Concert for Catholic Charities St. Joseph House of Hospitality, Synod Hall, ccpgh.org

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs, PNC Park, pittsburghpirates.com

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WDVE’s 8th Annual Celebrity Roast: Sean Casey, Omni William Penn Hotel, dve.com

“Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” by Jacques Brel, Trust Arts Education Center, 412.561.6000

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An Evening of Birthday Cheer, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 412.720.9737 Hillman Series: Arcattack Tesla Coil Music, Hillman Center’s Senior School Campus, 412.968.3040

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Melody Gary and Donnie Iris at the first annual

Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards.

Cindy Engler and Desiree Grushecky at the first annual

Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards.

Photographs by Allie Wynands, KASSIE JACKSON

LaTasha and Charlie Batch at WDVE’s 7th Annual

Celebrity Roast.

Megan “Megs” Yunn at An Evening of Birthday Cheer.

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Rock ’n Roll All Night If you like that old time rock ‘n roll, head over to the Hard Rock Café on April 23 for the second annual Pittsburgh Rock ’N Roll Legends Awards! Sponsored by UPMC/ UPMC Health Plan, the awards honor the tremendously talented individuals and organizations that have contributed to the rich history of rock music in Pittsburgh, while raising money for the Cancer Caring Center. Concert promoter Rich Engler was inducted during last year’s inaugural event. This year’s inductees are: Modern Era Legend: Donnie Iris; Non-Performer/Music Professional: Porky Chedwick; and Legacy Legend: Lou Christie. VIP guests will enjoy two hours of open bar, including specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and will receive a commemorative gift. A Hard Rock Café commemorative pin, created especially for the festivities, will be on sale. Auction items, such as autographed memorabilia by music and sports legends, will be viewable online for pre-event bidding at biddingforgood.com. Tickets are $200 for VIP, $150 for general admission, and $50 for the induction ceremony and concert. To purchase tickets, visit pittsburghrocklegends.com or call 412.622.1212. — Anna Galanis

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Party for a Purpose April showers have Pittsburgh events in full bloom! Fill up your month with these fulfilling philanthropies

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Take Action On April 18, more than 700 guests will gather at the Westin Convention Center Hotel for the 23rd Annual Rainbow Gala to benefit the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The evening will feature fine dining, stellar entertainment, and exciting auctions. Peoples Natural Gas President and CEO Morgan O’Brien will serve as this year’s honoree. “Type 1 diabetes affects so many of our families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors,” O’Brien says. “The research funded by JDRF is critical to improving the lives of those affected by Type 1 diabetes and to finding a cure for this disease. I know JDRF won’t rest until a cure is found, and I am proud to support its important work.” Joining forces with O’Brien are the 2015 corporate chairs, Giant Eagle CEO Laura Shapira Karet and Highmark Health Executive Vice President Dan Onorato. To purchase tickets, visit westernpa.jdrf.org or call Cathy Majka at 412.471.1414 x7. 26

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Boot Up Against Cancer

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Don your best denim and cowboy boots for the inaugural American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball on April 30. Hosted by CBS Radio Pittsburgh, the event will transform the Pittsburgh Opera to fit the rustic wine and boots theme. Country superstar Scotty McCreery will complete the scene, serenading guests while they enjoy a variety of wines, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and special auctions. Best of all? The feel-good event’s goal is to give cancer the boot! The money raised at the event will benefit the American Cancer Society’s efforts to continue the search for a cure, while helping patients to stay well, get well, and fight back against the disease. Since partnering with the American Cancer Society, the Cattle Baron’s Ball has collected nearly $60 million in more than 40 years of events across the nation! Michael Spacciapolli, vice president and director of sales at CBS Radio Pittsburgh, will serve as an event chair with his wife, Natalie. “We are thrilled to be able to bring the Cattle Baron’s Ball to Pittsburgh,” he says. “It will be a night of boots, jeans, great wines, and great country music, while we continue the fight against cancer.” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CBSPittsburgh.com/ cattlebarons. — Erin Powell

Amy Baron Brourman, Josh Marks, Brooke Slemons

Ride the Wave The Friendship Circle plans to share stories of the lasting effects of friendship during its annual Friends All Around fundraiser. The ninth annual event will be held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on April 19 and will celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates of the program, which matches Jewish teen volunteers to children with special needs for friendship and support that lasts a lifetime. “Our program is about making a positive effect on the community,” says Rabbi Mordy Rudolph, executive director of The Friendship Circle. “It’s as simple as a friendly gesture towards someone we might not otherwise be friends with — that helps to create a better and more accepting community.” This year’s theme, “Making Waves,” represents the ripple effect a friendly gesture, like a simple wave “hello,” can have. The event, cochaired by Kathy Klein, Karen Ross, and Amy Weiss, also acts as the nonprofit’s largest fundraising effort of the year and will include vacation packages, sports memorabilia, and gift card bundles up for auction. Proceeds support many activities The Friendship Circle hosts throughout the year, including bowling nights, cooking classes, and art appreciation events for its members. Rudolph says, “We’re the very definition of a nonprofit in that none of these events cost our members anything.” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit fcpgh.com. — Colleen Ferguson

Artful Cause

Frank & Debbie Coonelly, Mary Ann Heneroty

Photographs from Mercury, by Lindsay Dill, Kassie Jackson

Forty-two years ago, the “Chief,” Arthur J. Rooney, founded the Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction to honor Pittsburgh’s finest community leaders and to support the programs of the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh Inc. On April 16, supporters will gather at the Westin Convention Center Hotel to recognize the following honorees: David Shapira of Giant Eagle Board of Directors, The Art Rooney Award; Dr. Tony DiGioia of the Bone and Joint Center at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, The John McGrady Award; Brett Keisel of the Pittsburgh Steelers, The Bob Prince Award; and Susan Koeppen of KDKA-TV, The Bill Burns Award. After a delicious dinner, guests can have fun with a great auction, featuring a variety of sports memorabilia, fantastic trips, and artwork! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit artrooneyaward.com or call 412.621.3342.

On April 25, from 7-10 p.m., join the Shady Side Academy Parents’ Association for the Spring Social: A Global Gathering! For details and to purchase tickets, call 412.968.3000.

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The Art of the Matter After taking note of the local art galleries that closed their doors, Jessie Britton took the initiative to fill that void in our vibrant community. “As galleries started disappearing, I felt like the creative heart began to dwindle in the area,” Britton says. “I want to bring my version of that back.” As the owner of the new Art Space 616, Britton invites Pittsburgh’s artists and art lovers to enjoy masterpieces of all mediums in a New York-style gallery. Previously a car dealership, the locale achieves the look with an open floor plan and walls of windows, which pour natural light into the sophisticated space. “Our unique space will help us create different types of exhibitions, including large solo and group shows,” says Elysia Cecchetti, the gallery director of Art Space 616. “Our first year will focus on emerging or established contemporary artists in Pittsburgh. We may branch out to national or international artists in the future, but we will always keep Pittsburgh on the forefront.” To kick off the community-focused feel, Art Space 616’s grand opening on April 10 will reveal an exhibition of Martin Prekop’s work. The Carnegie Mellon University professor, who teaches photography and painting, brings a versatile collection that spans his 40-year career. “He is a visionary for Pittsburgh,” Cecchetti says. “He’s just amazing and has a lot of work that’s just relatable to everyone.” The opening runs in conjunction with Sewickley’s Spring Gallery and Art Walk, an annual event that displays local artwork for strolling residents to enjoy. Now, they can take their admiration further with a step inside Art Space 616. “We’re really excited to introduce our gallery to the community,” Cecchetti says. “It makes us feel like we’re doing the right thing to have this place for Pittsburgh artists.” Art Space 616, 412.259.8214. artspace616.com. Martin Prekop, martinprekop.net.


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Dinner and a Show Always looking to delight customers in new and exciting ways, Bella Sera owner Jason Capps introduced the Bella Sera Dinner Concert Series. The Italian eatery pairs local music acts with delicious buffets, making for a fun and sophisticated night out. The series continues this month with No Bad JuJu on April 3 and Scott Blasey of The Clarks on April 17. To celebrate Good Friday and the freshness of spring, No Bad JuJu’s show will feature a Fish Taco “Action” Station. Create an inventive entree with mahi filets, mango slaw, salsa verde, cilantroavocado aioli, and other toppings. Then, Bella Sera honors Scott Blasey’s hometown with a Steel City-centric menu of handmade pancetta pierogies with caramelized onions and browned butter sage sauce; stuffed hot banana peppers with sweet sausage and marinara; and kielbasa with fresh braised cabbage. Music to our ears! Bella Sera, 724.745.5575. bellaserapgh. com. No Bad JuJu, nobadjuju.com. Scott Blasey, scottblasey.com.

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Tessellating Tracks British indie rock band alt-J (a key sequence signifying the delta sign) will hit the stage at the Benedum Center on April 2. As a part of their spring North American tour, the trio of Thom Green, Joe Newman, and Gus Unger-Hamilton will be promoting their critically acclaimed album This Is All Yours, released in September. The record, a followup the band’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, which launched them to stardom, displays a progression of their incredibly original, folk rock, electronic sound. We can’t wait to jam out to tracks like “Every Other Freckle,” “Hunger Of The Pine,” and “Tessellate.” alt-J, altjband.com. — Liz Petoniak


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Southern Comfort

Art Garfunkel and his sweet vocals are back on tour, and on their way to Carnegie Lecture Hall. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will perform an intimate concert on April 17, sharing popular songs like “The Sound of Silence” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Best known as half of the folksy duo Simon & Garfunkel, the singer is eager to be back on the stage after battling long-term voice issues. But don’t worry — “The voice is back. I’m in flight again,” Garfunkel says. “I believe I have grown through adversity. A new creation has emerged that is truly exciting me: my stage show.” Carnegie Lecture Hall, 412.622.3131. ticketmaster.com. Art Garfunkel, artgarfunkel.com. — Erin Powell

Take a journey down the back roads of the soulful South without leaving the city. Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash, along with John Leventhal, will bring hits from her Grammy Award-winning album, The River and the Thread, to the Byham Theater on April 8. Presented by WYEP 91.3 and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the performance showcases a connection to her southern roots that will relate to all fans. “The soul and richness of the people and the music of the south resonate in a particular way for all of us,” Cash says. “It’s a deep connection.” Byham Theater, 412.456.6666. TrustArts.org. Rosanne Cash, rosannecash.com. — E.P.

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Nothing bootleg about it. Unwind at the Omni William Penn Hotel’s Speakeasy Social Lounge with a 1920’s prohibition-style cocktail. We are proud to announce NEW expanded hours: Tuesday – Thursday 5 to 11 pm and Friday – Saturday 5 pm to 1:30 am Private soirées welcome.

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Light Bites Four establishments are whipping up delicate desserts that welcome sweets lovers into delicious territory. Here’s to indulging!

Perlé The S’mores Crêpe is a best-seller at Perlé, says Restaurant Manager Nick Marino. Made with sweet crêpe batter, it’s filled with Nutella, housemade fluff, and Graham cracker streusel — a heavenly marriage. Perlé, 25 Market Square, Downtown. 412.471.2058. perlepgh.com.


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La Gourmandine Owner Fabien Moreau prepares his Parisian pastries with authenticity. His real-deal chocolate croissant vaunts flaky, buttery, and rich layers. We found ourselves getting lost in the airy pockets and decadent ingredients! La Gourmandine, 4605 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.682.2210. 300 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.200.7969. lagourmandinebakery.com.


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Girasole A cloud of subtle sweetness, Girasole’s ricotta cake features vanilla cream and Sambuca-soaked strawberries. This confection will have you on cloud nine, dreaming of dining outdoors. Girasole, 733 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.682.2130. girasolepgh.com.

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Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine Martina Borovcova of Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine whips up her Cream Baklava, a homemade Turkish dessert, with layers and layers of paper-thin phyllo dough, butter, and cream filling. The velvety, yet crisp, confection is topped with the restaurant’s house syrup and is nut-free, versus traditional Baklava. Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine, 124 6th St., Downtown. 412.888.0630. alihanscuisine.com.


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Alihan’s delivers! With a $20-plus order and a $1 delivery charge, the restaurant now delivers to Downtown, the North Shore, Oakland, Shadyside, South Side, and Green Tree from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check out the $10 lunch specials, which include a drink and a side of pita bread, every Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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+ Stop in this spring to congratulate Michelle, and try the new menu items she and her husband, Executive Chef Ricky Kirsop, are serving up. We recommend the house-cured salmon, served atop crème fraîche with radishes, arugula, and caper vinaigrette, accompanied by crostini and cucumber slices.



Congratulations to Michelle Kirsop, general manager of Pittsburgh’s McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, for being recognized as General Manager of the Year! (Kirsop and the Downtown location also received the 2014 Guest Loyalty of Excellence Award.) Topping contestants from 600 restaurant locations, Kirsop received the honor from Landry’s CEO Tilman Fertita in Las Vegas for top performances in leadership, service, and profitability. “It is truly an honor because General Manager of the Year is selected by the executive team across the country,” she says. “To be recognized by Landry’s and our CEO in front of all of your peers and leaders in the industry is truly an accomplishment.” McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, Piatt Place, 301 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.201.6992. 2667 Sidney St., SouthSide Works. 412.432.3260. mccormickandschmicks.com. Savor a glass of wine at The Crush House.

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Our local culinary masterminds have once again placed Pittsburgh on the map for this year’s James Beard Awards, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. Most notably, the foundation named Bar Marco’s Chef Jamilka Borges a “Rising Star of the Year” semi-finalist. In addition to contributing to the restaurant’s forward-thinking, seasonal, and sustainable menu, Borges also curates the tasting menu in The Wine Room, an intimate, multiple course and wine-pairing dining experience (and one of our favorite gourmand memories to date) held in the old No. 7 Firehouse’s wine cellar. Prior to her two years in the kitchen at Bar Marco, the deserving chef, who originally hails from Puerto Rico, worked alongside Trevett Hooper, chef and owner of Legume, and attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Other local semi-finalists include Butcher and The Rye for Outstanding Bar Program, Cure’s Justin Severino for Best Chef - MidAtlantic, and Tom Baron and Bill Fuller for big Burrito Restaurant Group. Way to represent the ‘Burgh! Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave., Strip District, 412.471.1900. barmarcopgh.com. James Beard Foundation, jamesbeard.org. — Liz Petoniak Photograph from McCormick & Schmick’s, alaina Webber

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trend ’Tis the season for events and weddings! Spruce up your dessert spread with Common Plea Catering’s offerings. Opt for a miniature dessert and candy display, or have Common Plea create a custom Pittsburgh cookie table. “The dessert and candy display usually incorporates the bride and groom’s favorite desserts, and always makes for a nice take-home package for guests,” says Stacy Stoller, Common Plea Catering assistant events coordinator. Common Plea Catering, 2945 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.281.5140. commonplea-catering.com.

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Lawrenceville Italian eatery San Lorenzo Ristorante is offering diners a chance to pig out! On May 15, the restaurant will cook a whole hog for a five-course pig roast dinner, priced at $40 per person. The full menu includes an appetizer, seasonal salad, freshly-made pasta, the pig roast, and gelato to top it all off. How divine! Reservations are recommended. San Lorenzo Ristorante, 4407 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.235.7696. sanlorenzopgh.com. — L.P.



Brunch is brand new at the Omni William Penn Hotel! How does Tempura Fried Stuffed French Toast sound? Restaurant Chef Michael Zawojski has expanded “The Art of Brunch” with innovative options like Blueberry Sausage Empanada with maple-whipped butter and candied orange; Surf & Turf Benedict with a 4-oz. filet mignon, spiced grilled shrimp, hollandaise sauce, and signature William Penn hash; and for dessert, the Chocolate Taco with white chocolate mousse and minted berry salsa. Choose one appetizer, entrée, and dessert along with your choice of Bloody Mary, Fresh Basil Mimosa, Bluecoat Gin Sparkling Lemonade, Boyd & Blair White Russian, Strawberry Blush mocktail, or fresh orange or grapefruit juice. Let’s do brunch! Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.281.7100. omniwilliampenn.com.


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Fifteen years ago, Girasole opened its doors in Shadyside. This month, the restaurant will present three special Monday events to highlight the milestone. Call for reservations! April 13 | Vito Gerasole, director of Girasole’s wine program, will present “Obscure Wines of Northeastern Italy,” tracing the landscape and bringing attention to the small, rare estates and the alluring wines the families produce. Sip selections from Vie di Romans, Ronchi di Cialla, and Giuseppe Quintarelli, paired with a six-course meal by chefs Jennifer Gerasole and Joshua Altimus. $125 per person.


April 20 | Chef Halley Zelicoff returns to Girasole’s kitchen from Whole Foods in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she manages the specialty department. The Culinary Institute of America graduate recently helped to develop a cheese, exclusive to Whole Foods, called Crown “Dutchess.” She will prepare homemade ricotta cheese with Maldon sea salt and herbs, among other delicious items. $70 per person. April 27 | Before heading to New York in 2007, Brent Young worked at Girasole. He returns to whip up specialties from his Brooklyn restaurants, The Meat Hook and The Meat Hook Sandwich Shop. The brand is at the helm of the food and beverage program for the Ace Hotel in East Liberty, slated to open in September 2015. $70 per person. Girasole, 733 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.682.2130. 733copeland.com.

Latest and greatest Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie Executive Chef Jason Shaffer has introduced ever-delicious menu options, fresh for the season. The NY Strip Tartar is served with caper jalapeño vinaigrette, a farm-fresh quail egg, and grilled bread. Dive headfirst into the Whiskey Short Rib Goulash, made with borscht short ribs, butter dumplings, and seasonal vegetables. Roasted beets, grilled yams, spinach, oyster mushrooms, Reggiano cheese, and rabbit glacé complete the tasty Confit Rabbit Pappardelle. Appease your well-rounded palate with a reservation soon. Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie, 107 6th St., Downtown. 412.992.2005. braddocksrestaurant.com.

Cutie pies We adore anything miniature, and Allegro Hearth Bakery’s new mini pies are no exception! Says owner Omar Abuhejleh, “We started selling them because customers kept asking if they could buy a slice of our regular-sized pies. There was a demand for something smaller that they could eat on the go.” Our dreams have certainly been fulfilled. From pecan and cherry almond, to blueberry and apple, these sweet little delights come in a “personal size” of four to five bites of ooey-gooey, crumbly goodness at an equally sweet price of just $2.99. Come summertime, the bakery will also add mini cream pies in flavors like banana, chocolate, and coconut to its lineup! Allegro Hearth Bakery, 2034 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.422.5623. allegrohearth.com. — L.P.

This month, be on the lookout for the opening of The Twisted Frenchman for modern, French-inspired cuisine. The restaurant, pioneered by Chef Andrew Garbarino, is taking over the former notion restaurant space in East Liberty. Find The Twisted Frenchman on Facebook.

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Family First Don’s Appliances owners Tim and Ami Hillebrand operate their business with an entrepreneurial spirit and charitable consciencE Growing up as a part of Don’s Appliances’ legacy, there was an unspoken understanding that the five brothers would join the local, family-operated appliance powerhouse when the time was right. “When I graduated from college, I think my dad assumed I was going to join the business. I don’t know if that’s what I thought then,” he laughs, “but, it’s been good.” 38

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Don Hillebrand founded Don’s Appliances in Upper St. Clair in 1971. He pioneered the business from the linoleum tile up, running service repair and installation calls during the day and selling appliances from a 1,000-square-foot warehouse at night. Don opened a second location in McMurray in the early ‘80s, and now, the appliance empire spans five locations with all five of Don’s sons on board. “It’s great to work with family every day,” say the Hillebrands. “There are ups and downs — there’s no doubt about that. But, the wheel rolls with all five of us doing what we do every day.” Tim, Don’s eldest son, serves as head of sales and sits on charitable

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boards alongside his wife, Ami. The couple met through a blind date and discovered they had an entrepreneurial upbringing in common. Just shy of his 30th anniversary at Don’s Appliances, Tim is grateful to share his life’s work with the love of his life. The couple’s average day begins at 7 a.m. when they drop their 12-year-old son, Luke, off at the bus stop. Then, Tim commutes to the new Don’s Appliances showroom in Robinson. This location houses the company’s corporate offices; warehousing; delivery and installation; and a state-of-the-art working appliance experience center, where Corporate Chef Anthony Marino demonstrates cooking techniques on the showroom’s many culinary gadgets. His commute is consumed by business calls from sales managers, vendor representatives, and advertisers before he arrives.



Simultaneously, Ami keeps busy with nonprofit meetings and caring for their two six-month-old Brittany Spaniel puppies. Her background as a PTA parent led her to her involvement in this year’s Washington Health System Charity Ball on April 11. For the second year, she will serve as the co-chair of the “James Bond”-themed event at Southpointe Golf Club, which will raise funds for the Washington Health System School of Nursing Simulation Lab. The $780,000 project will feature lifelike mannequins to recreate realistic scenarios and patient interactions. “It’s along the same concept of flight simulation, where you need ‘x’ amount of simulation hours before you can fly a plane,” explains Ami. “The lab teaches nurses how to respond.” Tim serves on the boards of the Western Pennsylvania American Cancer Society, National Kitchen & Bath Association, and the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. Being able to organize fundraising, charity, and member events for each is just another way to put the lessons he learned from his father into action. “My dad instilled a very good work ethic in us,” says Tim. “You can have fun, but you need to work hard in order to do so.” This message, along with the importance of keeping family first, has continued to be passed on to Tim and Ami’s son. These values, paired with the team’s “positively outrageous customer service,” ensure the family business will continue to excel for generations to come and improve the lives of other families throughout the community. “We want to be best in class,” says Tim. “When somebody buys an appliance in Pittsburgh, we want to be their first choice.”

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Don’s Appliances, 251 Bilmar Drive, Robinson. 412.919.3559. 5958 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. 412.661.7550. 1759 N. Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.835.2300. 2335 Washington Road, Canonsburg. 724.916.0100. donsappliances.com.


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Moving On Up Thriving with a vibrant Cultural District, prolific entrepreneurs, and expanding businesses, Pittsburgh has embodied the definition of Renaissance. At the heart of the city — an area which recently topped the Livability.com’s 2015 Best Downtowns list — a major expansion is coming to one of its most historical buildings. This month, in the renowned Grant Building, Huntington Bank will be unveiling its new flagship banking center. “We’ve created a dynamic, welcoming environment, offering customers convenient access to a full array of business and consumer banking, insurance, mortgage, and investment expertise,” says John Durant, head of Retail Banking at Huntington Bank in Pittsburgh. “This Downtown community will have a new destination for developing strong, lasting relationships with a deeply experienced team that’s entirely committed to helping them achieve long-term financial security.” The new branch will increase the footprint of the existing Grant Building branch from 500 to 5,470 square feet, and will showcase a remarkable and welcoming new interior design that’s never been seen in the building. Tying in the old with the new, the branch will additionally feature authentic checks signed by Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and other 40

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luminaries throughout American history. The check signed by Lincoln was the last historical document signed by the president, scribed just one day before his assassination. The expansion represents both the continuing regional growth of Huntington Bank, as well as its goal to remain an engaged and involved civic leader. “We believe that the cornerstone of any successful business is looking out for its customers,” says Susie Shipley, president of Huntington Bank Pittsburgh and the Ohio Valley Region. “For nearly 150 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to this mission, offering a full complement of services to ensure our clients and customers have the financial solutions they need, from routine banking options to financial tools, to meet complex financial situations. This focus is why Huntington Bank has been recognized as the No. 1 Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the United States, and it’s how we’ve managed our relationships with our customers and communities in the region, including the expansion of our regional headquarters.” The new Huntington Bank location is scheduled for completion later this month, and will be celebrated by festivities and events in the Downtown area. For more information on services, the new branch or upcoming events, visit your nearest Huntington Bank branch location or huntington.com. — Kim Ravenda Huntington Bank, huntington.com. Edited by Andrea Bosco •

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Model Cause One local talent and model agency is showing Pittsburgh that there is much more to modeling than simply having a pretty face. This month, Deb Docherty, president and CEO of Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency, will launch a new volunteer community service group consisting of models who want to donate their time and talents to various charities. She’s aptly titled the program “Model Citizens.” We spoke with Docherty to gather the details. — Liz Petoniak

How did you come up with the idea?

Deb Docherty: I created Model Citizens for two reasons: One has to do with the community and utilizing our models to service local community-based projects and events. We also want to create stronger ties within our own internal community at the agency — to build an alliance and a sense of belonging.

What projects are in the works? DD: We’re selecting existing nonprofits and figuring out ways to get involved. This year, we’ll do two different events. Our inaugural event begins with Pittsburgh Earth Day on April 22. I founded the Pittsburgh Earth Day Artists Series (PEDAS) — a curated series of collaborative art that will be auctioned off, with the proceeds from the sale of the commissioned artwork being donated to a nonprofit organization. This year, PEDAS will support Tree Pittsburgh, an environmental nonprofit, with commissioned fashion photography. Our models will donate their time to pose for four local fashion photographers, and we’re looking forward to garnering great support from the community. Our Model Citizens will also be volunteering their time and talents for the Sustainability Soiree on April 22 from 7-9 p.m. at The Fairmont Pittsburgh.

WHEN YOU INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY, THE RETURNS ARE GUARANTEED. At Huntington, we know how important it is to give back to the community. After all, we do more than just work here – we live and raise our families here too. And after everything this community has done for us, we’re just happy to be able to return the favor.

What is the next step for Model Citizens? DD: I am very excited to see where Model Citizens takes us. We’re planning on starting slow. We haven’t decided what our second event will be, but stay tuned. It is guaranteed to be memorable! Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency, 109 Market St., #3, Downtown. 412.765.1400. dochertyagency.com.


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Fresh Start Dust off your Pittsburgh Pirates hat and pack up your cooler — Opening Day is here! The 2015 season arrives with high hopes, thanks to the recent playoff stands, the return of pitcher A.J. Burnett, and the new addition of infielder Jung Ho Kang. It all kicks off April 13, as the Buccos take on the Detroit Tigers. “Opening Day never gets old,” says Pirates Pitching Coach Ray Searage. “It is the beginning of the baseball season and the time to shake off the cold from the last four months of winter. Everything is fresh and new. Spring and summer are right around the corner, and our great game of baseball is in full swing.” Pittsburgh Pirates, pittsburghpirates.com.


ADVENTURE AWAITS Unleash your wild side at Go Ape North Park. The outdoor adventure course opens its third season on April 4, allowing us to break free from winter’s shackles and embrace a new challenge. Positioned 40 feet above ground in the forest’s canopy, the park’s 41 obstacles include five zip lines; two Tarzan swings; and a series of rope ladders, bridges, spider’s webs, and trapezes. Suitable for friends of all skill levels, the space is ideal for family outings, corporate team building activities, or just an afternoon of outdoor exercise. Go Ape North Park, goape.com/zip-line/pennsylvania-north-park.


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Coming into April with a nearly undefeated record, the University of Pittsburgh softball team is hoping to keep it up and slide into a winning season finale. The well-orchestrated defense, spearheaded by pitcher Savannah King, couples with the team’s heavy hitting for an incredible dynamic. “If I let a pitch get away, I know the offense is going to come out and score some runs. If someone makes an error, they know I am going to get them a strikeout or easy ground ball,” King says. “We are playing loose and just having fun as a team.” With everyone playing their roles to contribute to the atmosphere, King couldn’t have asked for a better group of players and coaches — including new assistant and pitching coach Lauren Cognigni —to have by her side during her last stands on the mound. “It is crazy that my time as a softball player will be coming to an end soon, and I want nothing more than to go out with a bang along with my other seniors,” she says. “It has been a wild ride, and I think we deserve to end with a solid season.” University of Pittsburgh, pittsburghpanthers.com.

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Moving Forward By Chris Mueller



The Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2010 campaign is only five years in the rearview mirror, but it feels like an eternity away. You remember that season, right? John Russell — who was not so much a manager, but a magic statue that could talk (sort of) — piloted the Bucs to a 57-105 record that was somehow worse than the numbers indicated. The team had zero fight, zero hope. The only real source of optimism was tied up in prospects, and the idea that Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and Pedro Alvarez represented the potential for a nice core group of players. Five years later, the Pirates are not only flush with minor league talent, they’re also a team with back-to-back playoff appearances. Some experts have them ranked as high as the No. 3 team in all of baseball headed into this season. Russell is long gone, replaced by Clint Hurdle, a man who could not be more polar opposite of Russell if he tried. Five years ago, the Pirates had pauper’s problems. Fans were more concerned with staged walkouts and complaining about the front office than anything else. Now they have penthouse problems, like trying to decide if it’s worth the money to give Andrew McCutchen a massive contract extension that will keep him a Pirate for life. Some fans are still concerned with the front office, but that’s because some fans will never like the front office as long as Bob Nutting owns the team. That’s their problem. The Pirates’ payroll is going to push $100 million this year. That’s not great, but it’s trending in the right direction. They signed Francisco Liriano to the richest free agent deal in team history. A.J. Burnett left money on the table to come back to Pittsburgh because he wanted a chance to ride off into the sunset with a World Series. I’ll repeat that: Burnett wanted to come to Pittsburgh. For a chance to win a World Series.

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There are players on this roster that have not even scratched the surface of their potential. Gregory Polanco was only OK last year, but he’s packed on the muscle and fans are rightly salivating at the thought of what he could do. Starling Marte is still one of the most underrated players in the game. Pedro Alvarez, if he regains his form at the plate and handles a new position, could be a massive X-factor in the middle of the lineup. Gerrit Cole, if he can make the leap to true “ace” status, will give the Pirates something they haven’t had since Doug Drabek was here. Things could go wrong, of course. Players could regress. Players could, and will, get hurt. The National League Central is brutal. The Bucs may not make the playoffs this season. That would qualify as a disappointment. When I consider the previous few sentences, I try to envision 2010 Chris Mueller ever speaking this way about the team. It is inconceivable. It has only been five years, but my, how far the Pirates have come. Hear more from Chris Mueller weekdays from 2-6 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan. Photograph by Cayla Zahoran

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Washington County Restaurant Week Kick-Off In anticipation of the inaugural Washington County Restaurant Week, the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency started the celebration with a kick-off party at the Triple Crown Banquet & Conference Center at The Meadows Casino. The evening began with a cocktail reception, set to the delightful sounds of the Washington Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. Renowned chef Walter Scheib, who is famous for bringing American cuisine back to the White House when he served as the executive chef from 1994-2005, then shared his culinary wisdom with the crowd before inviting them to dig in to the delicious fare on display. More than 380 guests made their way around to all 18 tables, each one representing a restaurant that was participating in the upcoming Washington County Restaurant Week. As they sampled signature dishes and drinks, the diners kept track of their favorites in four categories: Best Comfort Food, Most Interesting, Best Dessert, and Best Overall. The winners, in that order, were: The Springhouse, for its ham sandwiches with mustard spread, paired with the farm’s famous chocolate milk; The Meadows Casino, for its choice of duck breast or lobster roll, paired with a Maker’s Mark-spiked float; Angelo’s Restaurant, for its variety of gelatos; and Bistecca Steakhouse & Wine Bar, for its asiago-and-shrimp-topped filet. The real winners of the evening were the attendees, who reveled in the exquisite spread, the friendly atmosphere, and the success of the County’s flourishing food scene. “We were very excited to see a tremendous public turnout for our Inaugural Washington County Restaurant Week,” says Jeff Kotula, president of Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency. “It demonstrates that Washington County is not only home to some of the region’s finest restaurants, but is also a culinary destination that is visited by thousands of people each year.” — R.J.

John Swiatek, Tara Gleason, Walter Scheib

Gerald & Jennifer Cathell

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Jennifer Trapuzzano, Jim Lyle, Melissa Sosso


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Janis & Tom Atkins

Sean Sullivan, Rocky Bleier

Maeve, Malley, Michelle & Jeff Kotula

Tom & Lynda Waggoner, Bob Sendall

Joerose Tharakan, Ali Cibik-Good, Yvonne Campos

Dr. Lisa Cibik, Bernie Kobosky

Urban Garden Party Kickoff

Dee & John Seiffer

A cocktail-style kickoff began the countdown to the Mattress Factory museum’s signature fundraiser: the Urban Garden Party. Museum co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, and chairs Lisa Cibik and Bernie Kobosky, welcomed friends and supporters to the museum for the opener, catered by All in Good Taste Productions, to celebrate the anticipation of the June 19 event. This year’s theme will be “M is for Mattress Factory,” inspiring a night of all things starting with the letter “M.” The dress code calls for creativity — magicians, mermaids, mice, monsters, and martians! “The magical evening of music and mayhem” will support the vitality of the museum within its artist programs, exhibitions, and educational outreach. “The Urban Garden Party is one of our summer staples,” Kobosky says. “It’s not to be missed for the fun, frolic, and presentation of eclectic art exhibitions.” See you there! — A.B. + A.C.

Rachelle Wolf, Bethany Chase

Photographs by Catherine Palladino

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Michael Olijnyk, Barbara Luderowski

Anuj Dhanda, Viju Verghis

Hayley Haldeman, Laura Bunting

Claudia Giannini, Michael White

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Nikol & Dr. Stanley Marks

Larry Richert Honors Hometown Heroes Master of Ceremonies and NewsRadio 1020 KDKA morning host Larry Richert honored five individuals in the community who have done extraordinary things. More than 250 guests attended the dinner at PNC Park’s Lexus Club. With proceeds benefiting “It’s All About the Warrior Foundation,” U.S. Marine Corporal Brandon Rumbaugh was the perfect fit for the guest speaker. Major Elliott Garrett, the CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, who has reported some of the most prominent events in our nation’s history, served as the keynote speaker via video from the White House, due to inclement weather. The 2015 Hometown Heroes included Munhall Borough Officer James Williams; Bethel Park High School senior Renno Young; Domestic Infant Adoption social worker Lisa Bills; Project Succeed founder and director Joel Vanucci; and Sister Mary Thaddeus Markelewicz, New Brighton McGuire Memorial Home president and CEO. The heroes received a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice, along with the personal support from Garrett, who donated $1,000 of his own money to each hero. In addition to the awards roster, a Lifetime Hero Award honored Dr. Stanley Marks. “It’s a privilege to be able to honor these heroes,” says Michael Spacciapolli, vice president and director of sales at CBS Radio Pittsburgh. “They expect nothing in return for their effort. You walk away from the event truly seeing what makes Pittsburgh such a special place.” — A.C.

Larry Richert, Brandon Rumbaugh

Michael & Theresia Ditto

Photographs by Catherine Palladino

Valerie Wilden, Joe Stromei

Mary Wood, Rosemary Young, Marcia Butler


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Tabitha & Wade James

Michael Young, Renno Young, Dr. Stanley Marks, Officer James Williams, Sister Mary Thaddeus Markelewicz, Joel Vanucci, Lisa Bills, Larry Richert

Neal & Susie Shipley, Bonnie Butler, David DeCastro

Red CARpet Premiere Chris Wetzel, Suzy Mac

Tom & Francis Rohrich

The red carpet was rolled out at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the annual Red CARpet Premiere — the kick-off to the Pittsburgh International Auto Show! As more than 900 car lovers perused new rides, they dined on Levy Restaurant’s signature crab cakes, Texas-style BBQ brisket, grilled lamb chops, and gourmet meatballs. Aerialists performed above the luxurious cars as the Randy Eugene Band and the variety band, REDLINE, performed. Honorary chairs Christy and Joey Porter arrived to the ribbon-cutting in style in a red Ferrari 458 Italia. Also among the jaw-dropping, exotic vehicles was a $2 million McLaren P1! The evening raised $360,000 for the Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. The latter is especially close to the Porters’ hearts, as their daughter, Jasmine, was diagnosed with autism in 2001. Says Lisa Mason Eck, the owner of Extraordinary Events Group and planner of the Red CARpet Premiere, “It was a great night for a great cause.” — A.G.

Christy & Joey Porter

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Maggie & John Schmotzer

Lauren & Wagner Darbouze

Holly & Jim Frank

Mark Eck & Lisa Mason Eck

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Greg & Ellen Jordan

Jamie & George J. Magovern, Jr.

Curt Fleming & Kim Tillotson Fleming

Pittsburgh Heart Ball More than 700 guests gathered at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown for the 26th Annual Pittsburgh Heart Ball. Members of the health, philanthropic, and local business communities came out to celebrate the American Heart Association’s dedication to building lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The evening of “Fire & Ice” kicked off with an exclusive cocktail reception, followed by the presentation of two exceptional awards: the Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Award to recipient George J. Magovern, Jr., MD, and the Mary Ann Scully Excellence in Nursing Award to recipient Kitty Zell, RN, MSN. A gourmet menu of fire-grilled petit filet mignon and seared lemon pepper wild black cod left guests satisfied before they danced the night away to entertainment by Cityscape. The excitement built with a live and silent auction, featuring exclusive items like hand-painted dish sets by youth heart survivors, the Ultimate Pittsburgh Penguins Experience, and a getaway to Greece. The formal evening finished with a celebration of $1.2 million funds raised! — K.P.

Tim & Kitty Zell

Jeffrey & Tracy Alex

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Olga George, Patricia Strothers

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Debbie Banks, Dawn Clark, Nicole Sapio

John & Holly Mascaro

Sue & Jeff Zell

Bodiography Presents “My Journey” Inclement weather didn’t deter several hundred guests from celebrating with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet’s founding director Maria Caruso. Following her solo performance of “My Journey,” an autobiographical ballet chronicling her career as a performer, artist, and businesswoman, Caruso and the Bodiography performers hosted an “after glow” meet-and-greet at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, where guests had exclusive access to the artists while enjoying complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. “Our goal is to be accessible to our patrons and really connect with the community,” says Caruso. While “after glow” parties are a standard part of every Bodiography event, Caruso considered this one to be the most special, as she had just announced her retirement from the Bodiography stage at the end of her solo, which included voice-over narration from the choreographer herself. Stepping into a solely business role with the company she started nearly 15 years ago, Caruso will continue to choreograph and explore new dance projects within the company and worldwide, which will provide exciting, new opportunities for her artistry. “I’ve already received offers to take ‘My Journey’ on the road, and there are opportunities now for Bodiography to go on tour, which we haven’t done in years,” she says. “It’s opened doors for Bodiography.” — C.F.

Alan Russell & Maria Caruso

Erika Amemiya, Shelby Latterman, Holly Kepins, Chelsea Zimmer

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Cupids & Canines Casino Night

Dr. Ann & John Cirillo

Pet and casino lovers alike came out for the 8th Annual Cupids & Canines Casino Night, hosted by Camp Bow Wow and the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, and sponsored by FedEx. PNC Park’s Lexus Club transformed into the Monte Carlo with blackjack and craps tables, and live jazz performances by 5 Guys Named Moe. Guests were treated to an array of hors d’oeuvres, including stuffed mushrooms, prime rib sliders, and quesadillas, followed by desserts and coffee. Benefiting the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, the evening raised more than $38,000 for animals in need! The fun continued with pierogi races and a prized trip to Las Vegas. Camp Bow Wow franchise owners Barb and Jordan Murray, and Danielle Mashuda, were in attendance, as well as Camp Scouts Nicole Zinsser and Erin Luther, and Regional Director Caitlin Hollinger. VIPs from the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society included Joy Braunstein, Sarah Shively, Allison Caldwell, Chelsea Desmond, and Deanne Heller. Camp Bow Wow locations in Cranberry and Murrysville are set to open soon! — A.G.

Joy Braunstein, Jordan Murray

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Allison Caldwell, Kristen Lane, Sarah Shively


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Nicole Zinsser, Danielle Mashuda

Lending Hearts Gala

Merril Hoge, Aaron Smith

The 2015 Lending Hearts Gala brought together 300 guests at LeMont Restaurant to honor those affected by pediatric cancer for the organization’s third annual soiree. ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, the 2014 Lending Hearts Gala honoree, presented the 2015 Lending Hearts Friend Award to former Pittsburgh Steeler Aaron Smith, who attended with his son, Ellijah, who battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “The purpose of the award is to honor someone who personifies our mission,” says Vasso Paliouras, founder and executive director of Lending Hearts. “Aaron Smith has really embodied the words ‘lending hearts,’ giving back to the community and promoting the welfare of others through compassion in the fight against cancer because of the experience with his son. His family is truly an inspiration.” The Lucarelli Brothers filled the room with smooth jazz tunes, while attendees perused live and silent auctions, and savored fabulous dinner entrees. Guests noshed on filet mignon; Atlantic salmon; and Chicken en Croute, stuffed with spinach, Boursin cheese, and fresh sage, then wrapped in a flaky puff pastry. Supporters raised more than $70,000 for the nonprofit’s free educational programs and experiences for children and young adults combatting cancer! The organization also bestowed the first-ever Lending Hearts Ambassador Award to middle school student Sydne Ballengee. — L.P.

Vasso Paliouras, Contance Zotis

Photographs by Catherine Palladino

Sally Wiggin, Janelle Hall

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Laurene Gentile, Tara Taucher, Helene McQuaide, Melissa Palmer, Wendy Capristo

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Spring into ST YLE

Breeze through our pastel palette of the season’s trendiest styles, exuding the essence of springtime



Matchy-matchy is the name of the game in these two frames. A floral sweater breaks up a lasercut matching set from Clover Canyon, while a coordinating combo of pumps and a quilted satchel in spring’s hottest hue — blush — adds a glamorous touch to a classic shift dress. Alyssa Ball wears: Autumn Cashmere floral sweater, $328, Kristi Boutique. Clover Canyon laser-cut jacket, $328. Laser-cut skirt, $198, One Brilliant. Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn “Olive” sandal, $90, Footloose Shadyside. Necklace, stylist’s own. Stephanie DeFelice wears: Raen “remmy” sunglasses, $135, Kristi Boutique. CeCe by Cynthia Steffe jacquard shift dress, $148. Louise et Cie pumps, $117.95. Rebecca Minkoff quilted “amorous” satchel, $345, Nordstrom. Sorrelli necklace, $258, One Brilliant. 52

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Neutrals like cream and tan bring pastel pieces together and produce a muted effect, enabling striking colors, such as this rusty rose, to be more accessible for everyday wear.

Alyssa wears: Joe’s Jeans denim shirt, $168. Jakett New York washable suede vest, $598. Joie “jamila” pleated skirt, $378, Kristi Boutique. Druzy earrings, $78, One Brilliant. Stephanie wears: Chelsea 28 leather moto jacket, $268. Theory “sprinza” trousers, $295. Vince “rita” sandal, $325, Nordstrom. Miss Kelly 1999 crochet top, $140, e.b. Pepper. Floral chain necklace, $48, One Brilliant. 54

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Get lost in the beautiful complexities of standout accessories, like this mother of pearl neck piece from Danish jewelry company Monies, and golden lucite frames from Oliver Peoples. Alyssa wears: Oliver Peoples clear lucite frames, $365, Eyetique. Theory “Naitalee” crochet dress, $395, Nordstrom. Monies mother of pearl and brass necklace, price upon request, Footloose Shadyside. Get this: Alyssa’s love of rabbits is no farce! While she fell for Chamberlain the Lionhead bunny on set, she’s also the proud owner of a white rabbit, named Kenny.

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Combining country club and Catholic school girl elements, and mixing unexpected textures like silk and scuba fabric, this outfit has us jumping with giddiness. For those hesitant to embrace the full-on pastel ensemble, accessories, like this fun satchel from Furla, pose a great way to incorporate the trend. Stephanie wears: Theory silk button-down, $235. Painted Threads scuba skirt, $42. Halogen oxfords, $99.95. Furla “candy� satchel, $198, Nordstrom. Elements Jill Schwartz necklace, $156. Earrings, $102, The Picket Fence.


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Here are some tricks to pull out of your hat: throw a collarless coat over casual staples for a completely reinvented look, or try knotting your leather jacket at the waist instead of draping it over your arm. This ‘90s throwback move is both practical and edgy. Stephanie wears: Parker dress with leather lasercuts, $267, e.b. Pepper. MyTribe leather jacket, $338, One Brilliant. Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn “ballard” sandal, $140, Footloose Shadyside. Necklace, stylist’s own. Alyssa wears: Hudson Jeans button-down, $225. Chelsea 28 overcoat, $108, Nordstrom. J Brand light destroyed mid-rise capri, $235, e.b. Pepper. b.u. silver key necklace, $55, Kristi Boutique. Sondra Roberts clutch, $136, Footloose Shadyside. Sandals with a low block heel and ankle straps are our go-to this spring.

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In a case of “bunny see, bunny do,” Stephanie showed off her hops in killer leather platform sneakers from Acne Studios, as rabbits Katie, the Lionhead; Madelyn, the Lop-Holland; and Madison frolicked on set. Stephanie wears: Ray-Ban sunglasses, $170, Eyetique. Marc by Marc Jacobs pullover, $268. Topshop layered skirt, $68. Acne Studios “Adriana” sneaker, $430, Nordstrom. Check out behindthe-scenes photos at whirlmagazine.com!


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The sporty trend continues to capture our attention this spring. Slip on a pair of cool kicks for instant fashionista cred or dress up athletic wear-inspired pieces, like these ultra-soft joggers featuring leather inserts, with a slinky top and pumps. Alyssa wears: Vince cotton jacket, $425, trouser, $195, Nordstrom. Ecru laser-cut blouse, $148, One Brilliant. AJI earrings $160. cut n’ paste leather handbag, $475, Yeni. Stephanie wears: Robert Marc frames, $535, Eyetique. Wilt tee with tie back, $158. Joe’s Jeans joggers, $205, Kristi Boutique. Jon Josef snakeskin pump, $189, Footloose Shadyside. Rene Escobar cuff, $600, Yeni.

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Bare a sliver of skin with an au courant crop top. Pairing this lacy number with a high-waisted pant, simple jewelry, and a lady-like pump brings a contemporary, classy, yet sexy feel to a “night on the town� ensemble. Alyssa wears: MyTribe leather jacket, $338. Neck collar, $148, One Brilliant. Topshop cropped tank, $48. Chelsea 28 trousers, $88, Nordstrom. Credits: Fashions modeled by Alyssa Ball and Stephanie DeFelice of Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency. Rabbits provided by Kristina Hout and Mary Cvetan of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Hair by Taryn Johnson of Jeffrey Smith Salon. Makeup by Professional Makeup Artist Valarie Panei. For details, see WHIRL Directory, page 94.


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By Andrea Bosco

Jerome Home

“The Bus” reaches his Hall of Fame destination this summer — a storybook ending for the retired Pittsburgh Steeler


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he phrase, “Good things come to those who wait,” hits close to home for Jerome Bettis, who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. We’ve waited four consecutive voting periods for this moment, anxiously anticipating the announcement of inductees each year. And now, the timing is right and the sweet moment is here! The six-time NFL Pro Bowl running back’s bronze bust will join the company of 295 incredible and deserving individuals. The patient, passionate man finds peace in making history and is humbled by the honor. “You don’t play the game to go into the Hall of Fame,” says Bettis. “You play football to win championships, and the byproduct of your success is the Hall of Fame.” During Bettis’ 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he contributed to the team’s Super Bowl XL victory and achieved noteworthy accomplishments, such as being named the sixth all-time leading rusher in NFL history. His career came to a close ever so symphonically in Detroit. “It was a dream come true to play and win the Super Bowl in my hometown because that’s where my career started,” he says. “It was a tremendous opportunity; I was on cloud nine for a month.” The bliss will be relived this summer, as Bettis says he’s most excited to sit among some of the greatest players to ever wear a Steelers jersey, including Pittsburgh heroes Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, and Rod Woodson. “It’s an honor that I’m just so appreciative of,” Bettis says. “I am so humbled.” At 43 years old, he’s one of the youngest in this year’s class. Throughout his successes on the field and his philanthropic endeavors after retirement, Steeler Nation has served as a proud cheering section. He’s even been named an honorary Pittsburgher! “Pittsburgh fans are the best because they have supported me 110 percent from the beginning,” he


says. “Pittsburgh is one of the few cities in America where the fans appreciate three yards and a cloud of dust; four yards and a cloud of dust. It’s a blue-collar town, and the people enjoy and appreciate football in its truest form.” It’s because of the support of this region that Bettis stays active in the community to this day. On March 26, he’ll host the second annual “Bowl with the Bus” celebrity event at Latitude 360 from 6-9 p.m. Sponsors will have the opportunity to purchase a bowling lane for the evening and help to raise funds for The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation, which benefits underprivileged inner-city youth and backs programs that include computer-engineering, asthma awareness, and mentorships. “This event is important because it gives the community access to create change in our community,” he says. “To make an impact.” Latitude 360 is often a go-to when he and his family return to Pittsburgh. His wife, Trameka, and children, Jada and Jerome, Jr., also love to grab breakfast at Pamela’s Diner and dinner at SAVOY Restaurant. Of course, they always make time to stop by the Jerome Bettis Grille 36 on the North Shore! Though his days of barreling through the line of scrimmage at Heinz Field are over, Pittsburgh continues to serve as a welcoming place for No. 36. His admiration for his followers and those who “bleed black and gold” remains strong. “Steelers fans are, without a doubt, the best football fans in the world.” The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation, thebusstopsherefoundation.com.

“Bowl with the Bus,” and other celebrity guests, at Latitude 360 on March 26! Enjoy a bowling tournament, live music, great food, and an auction. For tickets, call 412.315.1426 or visit showclix.com.

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let’S groOve! Our month-long “Get UP & Dance” campaign had everyone MOving for good causes By CHRISTINE TUMPSON

The launch of Get UP & Dance exceeded everyone’s expectations. For 20 days in February, we encouraged members of the community to tune into CBS Radio’s STAR 100.7 or Y108 at 3 p.m., dance as a dedication to their favorite charity, and share a video of it on social media with #GetUpPGH. Those videos were then played on KDKA-TV’s “Pittsburgh TODAY Live” every Monday and Friday. The upshot? It turned into a community-wide event, raising awareness for 49 different charities, some of which had multiple groups dancing for them! Photograph by Michael Fornataro.

Nearly 50 videos came pouring in, featuring everyone from seniors, to people in wheelchairs, to hipsters, to kindergarten classes. Celebrities from Beth Stern to Larry Richert danced for their favorite causes. Luanne O’Brien from Integral Ballroom submitted a video every day for the Westmoreland County Food Bank! Instead of reaching for coffee, candy, and cranky attitudes midday, we all got our groove on. With more than 20,000 — that’s 20 THOUSAND — video views, this campaign surely has legs! wh irl m ag a z in e . c o m / W h irl




DOCTOR’S ORDERS Our focus on healthy lifestyles caught the attention of medical experts at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, who sponsored the event, along with Dollar Bank. While we knew that dancing was great in many ways, we wanted to clarify the specifics by talking to Dr. Vicki March of UPMC BodyChangers:

What are the benefits of dancing?

Why do you in particular believe that this is a priority in today’s medical mindset? CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT UPMC BODYCHANGERS?

Dr. Vicki March: Dancing has many benefits to health, including physical health, mental health, and even spiritual health. Listening to music itself is pleasurable; moving to it in time with others can be more so! Dancing events are not only occasions for social interaction, but also seem to actually promote social bonding through movement and nonverbal communication. Since dancing is a type of physical activity, it confers the same benefits as other exercises, including improving circulation, cardiopulmonary fitness, balance, flexibility, and strength, as well as coordination. Also, as with other exercises, it helps relieve stress, elevate mood, and boost self-esteem and feelings of well-being. Research has shown that physical activity can ameliorate depression as well as antidepressants. Dancing is also a creative outlet, and there are so many different types — there is something for everyone!

Dr. Vicki March: Although clinicians typically recommend “eat less, exercise more” for weight loss, what usually comes to mind is a rigid, deprivational diet and walking on a treadmill, which can be boring and unpleasant! But with dance, people forget they are exercising, and are just having fun and getting healthy at the same time. Suggesting dancing would be “thinking outside the box” for a lot of clinicians — but to suggest it as physical activity might get more people moving more because it is fun!

Dr. Vicki March: UPMC BodyChangers is a unique program, providing comprehensive support for people maintaining weight loss. BodyChangers coordinates healthy events, which allow people to meet, make friends, and enjoy each other’s company. Some events have included dance — we had a series of belly dancing classes. We have cooking classes, exercise classes, group walks, cycling, kayaking, supermarket tours, educational seminars, support groups, cooking demonstrations, and fashion shows.”

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Here are the charities and nonprofits that our Get UP & Dance participants dedicated their videos to: Allegheny Rugby Union ALS Association Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Foundation of America American Cancer Society American Heart Association American Kidney Fund American Stroke Foundation Animal Friends Autism Speaks Beverly’s Birthdays Brain Trauma Foundation Brother’s Brother Foundation Camp Cranium Center for Organ Recovery & Education The Children’s Heart Foundation

Looking at the emotional and mental benefits of dance, Dr. Antoine B. Douaihy, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, offers the perspective that Get UP & Dance can bring life-changing moments.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Children’s Organ Transplant Association Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Dollar Energy Fund DonorsChoose.org

How does dance improve our quality of life?

Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh Dress for Success Family House Pittsburgh Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Dr. Antoine B. Douaihy: People could change their internal mindset through expressing themselves in a dancing activity. A considerable number of research studies have shown that dance and some forms of dance therapy are effective for improving quality of life and reducing clinical symptoms of depression and anxiety. Other positive effects have demonstrated a positive impact on the subjective feeling of well-being, mood, and body image. Dancing is considered a form of physical activity that helps reduce stress, improve sleep, and boost selfesteem, if it is practiced on a regular basis like any other exercise. Joining a group dance class may have a positive impact on mood and reduce depression, mostly because of the social support factor.

Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation It’s About The Warrior Foundation Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Light of Life Mission Lupus Foundation of America Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Murrysville Community Library National Kidney Foundation National Parkinson Foundation North Shore Animal League America

What are your favorite songs to dance to? Dr. Antoine B. Douaihy: 1. “Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes 2. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston 3. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson For more information on Dr. Douaihy’s work, visit psychiatry.pitt.edu.

Pet Search Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Pittsburgh C.A.T. (Cat Adoption Team) Pressley Ridge Reflections Of Grace Foundation Southwinds, Inc. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital The Salvation Army Tree Pittsburgh United Way of Allegheny County Variety — The Children’s Charity

To view the dance videos, visit whirlmagazine.com/getuppgh, or search #GetUpPGh on Facebook.

Western PA Humane Society Westmoreland County Food Bank

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Earth Day By Rachel Jones • Illustration by Cheney O’Neal

Paint the town green with Pittsburgh Earth Day on April 22. The large-scale, citywide, and free celebration is open to the public and filled with entertaining shows and informational sessions throughout the Downtown and Oakland area. With the support of Mayor Bill Peduto and community leaders, Pittsburgh Earth Day praises the great strides the city has made in the never-ending movement to go green and paves the way for future improvements. “We’re evolving the city’s reputation from steel to sustainable,” says Ronda Zegarelli, president of Acrobatique Creative and branding partner for Pittsburgh Earth Day. “Pittsburgh Earth Day’s goal is to bring together the community to showcase the progression of our city as a leader in green innovation.” For more information, visit pittsburghearthday.org or email pittsburghearthday@gmail.com.

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DOWNTOWN Richard Parsakian of Eon Fashion Antiques, Emilio Cornacchione of Izzazu Salon Spa & Serata, and Ronda Zegarelli of Acrobatique Creative are working with Macy’s and Larrimor’s to coordinate their store windows to reflect the eco-friendly feel of the event. Photographs by Tom Cwenar, Becky Thurner-Braddock, Laura Petrilla, and Frank Walsh, which feature models from Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency, will inspire the Pittsburgh Earth Day window displays at Macy’s and Larrimor’s. Then, the photos will be up for auction at the Sustainability Soiree at Fairmont Pittsburgh to benefit Tree Pittsburgh. Look for Macy’s display on April 13 and Larrimor’s on April 22. Macy’s, 400 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.232.2000. macys.com. Larrimor’s, One PNC Place, 249 Fifth Ave., 412.471.5727. larrimors.com.


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8-10 a.m. — Celebrate Sustainability Speakers Event The Celebrate Sustainability Speakers Event plans to explore the role business plays in Pittsburgh’s green movement, while enjoying a breakfast at Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh. The eight-person panel discussion will highlight the business community’s accomplishments and offer a platform to influence others to take a more sustainable path. Duquesne University Center for Green Industries will also present its 3rd Annual Pennsylvania Sustainable Small Business Award and invite the winner to address the group. Space is limited; make your reservation at ShowClix.com.The event is sponsored by Duquesne University Center for Green Industries, Green Building Alliance, PNC, PDCDC, KDKA-TV, CW-TV, Chatham University, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Bacardi, IzzitGreen Business Rewards, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Millcraft Investments, Tower Two-Sixty, Pitt Ohio, Levin Furniture, and GreenerPittsburgh.com. Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, 220 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.394.3400. vallozzispittsburgh.com.

NewRadio 1020 KDKA will be hosting its morning show with Larry Richert on the Gateway Clipper to celebrate Pittsburgh’s past and progression. Tune in on April 22 from 5-9 a.m.

+ Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh is located in Market Square Place, a LEED Certified Gold Building!

Photographs from Tom Cwenar, becky thurner-braddock

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MELLON SQUARE PARK Organic Pop Up Market and Eco-Fair Partnering with Farm to Table Pittsburgh, Giant Eagle Market District, Organically Social, and The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the park is providing a day of delicious bites, live music, and sustainable goods from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Pittsburgh Earth Day Food Truck

Festival - Stop by Pgh Taco Truck, Randita’s Organic Vegan Café & Mobile Food Truck, The Mac & Gold Truck, Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck, Franktuary, Oh My Grill, or BRGR for a lunch break along Smithfield Street. Staying on track with the day’s sustainability theme, WindStax will provide the renewable energy to keep the trucks cooking. 4-6 p.m. — chris jamison pre-party at hotel

monaco - Get pumped up for the concert, thanks to Organically Social, 31st Street Studios, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Setting the SEEN. 6-7 p.m. — Chris Jamison Concert - The local singer and finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” brings his new single, “Velvet,” and more hits to the stage for a free show.

MARKET SQUARE The EverPower Earth Day Festival Stop by Market Square from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. for educational sessions on living green at home and at work; hands-on activities for kids and adults, with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and many others; group yoga classes; remarks from public officials and corporate leaders; and live entertainment. 12 p.m. — Scott, rob, and greg of the clarks — acoustic

- Rock out to Pittsburgh’s

hometown favorites. 2-3 p.m. — “City Streets & Beats” - Local artist Baron Batch will be painting a mural to the beats of DJ Detour. His completed creation will be displayed at the Sustainability Soiree, held at The Fairmont Pittsburgh at 7 p.m., and auctioned off to benefit Tree Pittsburgh.


Get onboard

with alternative routes of transportation that are better for the environment. Baierl Subaru, Port Authority, Zipcar, Uber, Tesla/ Vet Taxi, BikePgh, and others can steer you in the right direction!

7-9 p.m. — Sustainability Soiree Make your way to the lobby of The Fairmont Pittsburgh for an eco-fashion show and Sustainability Soiree. Models from Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency will grace the runway, donning gorgeous costumes that Carnegie Mellon University Fine Art students and Art Institue of Pittsburgh students designed and created. The winner of the Best Costume contest will take home a cash prize, donated by Larrimor’s. Izzazu Salon Spa & Serata is also sculpting and creating hair fashion for the show, which will be curated by Richard Parsakian. Guests can sip on a special Earth Day cocktail, made with Wigle Whiskey at Andy’s Wine Bar, while listening to live music by DJ Detour. A special auction gives attendees the chance to take home stellar prizes, including the stunning photographs by Tom Cwenar, Becky Thurner-Braddock, Laura Petrilla, and Frank Walsh, which feature the models from Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency, that inspired the windows of Macy’s and Larrimor’s before the event. Guests must be 21 or over. Space is limited; make your reservation at ShowClix.com.

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Our favorite restaurants —

including Donato’s, Osteria 2350, Tender Bar + Kitchen, Braddocks Pittsburgh Brasserie, Meat & Potatoes, Tako, Butcher and the Rye, Grit & Grace, Spoon, and Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina — are serving up local, organic menus to celebrate Pittsburgh Earth Day! Stop in to see what’s cooking.

SCHENLEY PLAZA Mother Earth’s Kids Corner and Eco-Art Fair Bring the whole family to the local greenspace for fun activities, educational programs, and beautiful works of art. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — books on the bus - Presented by Port Authority, children have permission to come aboard a Port Authority of Allegheny County Biodiesel bus, which will be parked on Schenley Extension in front of the Carnegie Library. A different children’s book will be read at the top of every hour from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Artist Market - Peruse crafts by Most Wanted Fine Art and other local artists. Then, join ZipCar for a corn hole game and the chance to win fun prizes. 12-1 p.m. — The Josh & Gab Show - Enjoy a live, on-stage performance of the antibullying musical comedy program for kids. 1-2 p.m. — Soundwaves Steelband performance - Kelly Strayhorn Theater is bringing its Youth Steel Drum Ensemble, Soundwaves Steelband, for an incredible live performance.

2-4:20 p.m. — DJ Nugget Performance - Groove over to the local DJ’s tent for outdoor fun.

4:22-6 p.m. — Pittsburgh earth day pop-up dance party - A special guest DJ, who won’t be announced until the event, takes over the tent for the ultimate dance party + Take in the natural beauty around you with yoga classes for all levels, all day. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Yoga for Tots, taught by Pittsburgh Yoga Collective 1-2 p.m. — Yoga for Adults, taught by La Vita Yoga 2-3 p.m. — Yoga for Adults, taught by Pittsburgh Yoga Collective

To support the collaboration between Pittsburgh businesses and charities who contribute to our city’s growing “green” culture, Pittsburgh Earth Day has launched Give Back to Green. Community members who participate in the initiative’s special retail promotions will be able to select which Pittsburgh Earth Day Give Back to Green nonprofit partner — either Grow Pittsburgh, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, GASP, or Friends of the Riverfront — will receive the donation. Levin Furniture will donate $10 for every Grand Legacy Mattress purchased in April, and Norman Child’s Eyewear at Eyetique will donate $100 for every pair of Market, Mellon, or Schenley glasses — which are part of the new Street Series Collection — purchased. For an updated list of retail promotions, visit pittsburghearthday.org/give-back-to-green.

Thank you to the many sponsors who made this free, all-day event possible! Pitt-Ohio, Millcraft Investments, Tower Two-Sixty, Levin Furniture, Port Authority, Giant Eagle Market District, Eyetique, Tudi, Baierl Subaru, Bacardi, Great Lakes Brewery, Eons Fashion Antique, Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency, Izzazu Salon Spa & Serata, Acrobatique Creative Branding Partner, Easy Street Promotions (the event partner!), Imagine Pittsburgh, Commonwealth Connections Academy, GreenerPittsburgh.com, The Fairmont Pittsburgh, Visit Pittsburgh, ZipCar, Larrimor’s, Chatham University, Tesla/Vet Taxi, Windstax, Duquesne University, Green Mountain Energy, Goodwill, Macy’s, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Setting the SEEN, CW-TV, KDKA-TV, KDKA Radio, PDCDC, 31st Street Studios, Cleanse Pittsburgh, Dollar Bank, Bike Pittsburgh, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, Studious One Digital Film Arts, and Green Building Alliance.

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From fresh storefronts to brandnew bling, find refreshing options for ramping up your wardrobe Edited by LIZ PETONIAK • PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL FORNATARO

extraordinary Espadrilles Slide into comfortable, chic sandals during the sunnier days ahead! Neutral, open-toed espadrilles from Kanna are some of our favorites this season. And, in a variety of styles, from slip-on to slingback, their versatility goes a long way. “Kanna is a high-quality brand that has been around for 30 years, making their shoes in Spain. The designs are comfortable, very trendy, and we’re the brand’s exclusive retailer in Pittsburgh,” says Justin Sigal, buyer at Littles Shoes. We’ll be packing the edgy, yet feminine, white and gray metallic X-strap “flatform” sandals for our next beach getaway! Littles Shoes, 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3530. littlesshoes.com. — Ali Collaros


X-strap gray leather “flatform” sandal, $130.

“Morbidone” black suede wedge espadrille, $115.


{ Kanna black leather hi-wedge slingback espadrille, $115.




“Orient” military gold sling-back peep-toe espadrille, $120.


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Kristi Boutique is starting spring with a fresh change of scenery. The boutique is in the process of moving to a new location in Aspinwall, just around the corner from its original space on Freeport Road. The change of scenery will not only provide more space for owner Kristi Moss’ expanding lineup of designer collections, but will also bring a unique element to the shopping experience. Get this: the space occupies the old PNC Bank building, and Moss reveals that two of the old vaults will be repurposed as shopping vignettes full of merchandise. Expect the new location to open its doors near the end of April, and stay tuned for more updates! Kristi Boutique, 339 First St., Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. kristiboutique.com.

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WATCH this Gentlemen, it’s time to up your watch game. Whether your wrist wardrobe is missing a casual, weekend watch, something more formal for office wear, or a truly unique timepiece, the jewelers at Casa D’Oro will help you find the perfect match. Featuring hundreds of watches, Casa D’Oro’s showroom boasts everything from contemporary brands like Michael Kors, OMEGA, and Breitling, to top-of-the-line renowned Swiss brands like Ulysse Nardin. Check out a few of our favorite new arrivals, shown here, and stop in soon to peruse an even wider selection of timepieces the team has just accumulated during a buying spree in Switzerland! Casa D’Oro, 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars. 724.776.2424. casadoro.com. 1




The winds of change are upon Sewickley boutique Spoiled Chics, formerly known as Spoiled Chics the Boutique. The slight name change signifies the store’s renovation and rebranding efforts, following partner Carina Perrone’s departure after 15 years in business with her sister, Cora DeLoia. With this change of pace, DeLoia has directed the Beaver Street store toward a timeless, lifestyle-focused retail experience with a “Green and Clean” theme. Says partner Randy DeLoia, “Our rebranding theme is not only about recycling, reusing, and repurposing, but also about maintaining a classic, minimalistic look.” The new, cleaner logo, designed by Brooklyn-based graphic designer Brooke Bamford, clearly demonstrates this shift. Interior designer April McBain of No Good Riding Hood also contributed to the makeover, creating an “unconventional and eco-conscious design” for the interior renovation, featuring recycled paint, kraft paper decoupage floors, and 18th-century salvaged door, for a vintage spin on the modernized space. In conjunction with this facelift, customers can expect new lines, including Baci Collezione, and the same experience of shopping DeLoia’s personally curated collections of merchandise. The weekendlong reopening celebration kicks off April 10 during the Sewickley’s Spring Gallery and Art Walk, where the boutique will feature Cindy Engler’s “fashioninspired” art; wine and cheese; and Salúd Juicery’s “fun and fizzy probiotic drinks, kombucha and jun.” The Grand Re-Opening ribbon-cutting will take place April 11, followed by an “Open House” with music, refreshments, and a Spring 2015 Petit Pois Trunk Show, featuring designs by Viviana Gabeiras of Miami. We’ll see you there! Spoiled Chics, 350 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.0977. spoiledchics.com. — A.C.

Once upon a time, Poppy England Designer Bryony Richardson dreamt up the adventures of a little girl named Poppy and her dog, Fred. Now, her new line of dresses, which features the characters, has hit the racks at The Picket Fence. The adorable frocks bring British sensibility, bright colors, and classic cuts for a whimsical and playful addition to your child’s wardrobe. Each dress also comes with a storybook, so girls cannot only read about the imaginative tales, but wear them, too! The Picket Fence, 5424 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.246.0350. picketfenceshadyside.com.

1. Baume & Mercier “Clifton” automatic stainless steel and 18K red gold watch, $4,800. 2. U-Boat “Flightdeck” 50mm automatic chronograph stainless steel watch with perforated alligator strap, $4,400. 3. Ulysse Nardin “Classico Automatic” stainless steel watch with blue guilloche dial, $9,600. Photographs from Dawn Morris/Gypsy Souls Photography, The Picket Fence, Casa D’Oro

Q & A

Romina Vairo: Leonardo da Vinci is an artist that I have been obsessed with my entire life. So, I incorporate him into everything that I’m doing, no matter what it is. I looked at a lot of his medical illustrations and the bones that would play with muscles. That really inspired me, so I morphed them in Photoshop, building different silhouettes. Then, that transferred into looking at my muse, Sarah Bernhardt, an actress from the late 1800s. Those two seemed to mesh. I took in the aspect of winter, looked at a lot of winter photography, and that’s what helped put it all together. I like the icy look; I like the colors that winter brings. I wanted to focus on showcasing the silent beauty of women, the elemental formations of winter — that also played with all of the layers of the clothes and the different angles.

runaway SUCCESS Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is New York City’s largest media event, attracting the city’s trendiest crowd and millions of impressions from the fashion industry. Emerging designer Romina Vairo, a Squirrel Hill native and Art Institute of Pittsburgh grad, was recently one of 11 Art Institute students from across the country who earned a spot in this prestigious event, showcasing her collection titled “Frozen Bone.” Interested in art at a young age, she grew up sketching in her father’s pizzeria. As an Italian-American, she saw fashion as an important part of her culture that could be pursued in a realistic way. She says, “When you think about it, fashion is the best marriage of art, function, and commerce. Art is a whole different world, but with design, I feel more at home.” After graduating from Oakland Catholic High School, she headed straight to Florence, Italy, to study at The Polimoda International Institute of Fashion before returning home to complete her education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Vairo, who describes her aesthetic as “experimental and avant garde, while still pulling from historical references,” says her collection of six looks, composed of 16 pieces of handmade knits and manipulated textiles, almost took a year to complete. On the big day, Vairo paired the collection’s muted color palette with black Converses to walk the runway. The models looked nothing short of chic and modern. With her creativity bubbling and MBFW added to her resume, she’s eager to keep plugging away at her dream of working for an established luxury brand and her ultimate goal of being a creative director. We sat down with Vairo to talk about her inspiration, process, and of course, fashion week! Art Institute of Pittsburgh, artinstitutes.edu/pittsburgh. — A.C.

Follow Romina Vairo on Instagram, @rominavairo.

RV: I’m actually not like other designers — I don’t start sketching right away. I start by looking at images that I’m intrigued by and things that I like. I’m very into the research phase of my collection building. Once I’m done pulling images, I dwindle them down and I do a painting because I’ve always done canvas paintings since I was younger, and that’s kind of a way to give my fashion mind a break. Then, I start sketching. I sketched from the profile, not just front and back, because I wanted to get a different vibe from the garment at every angle. Then, I start sewing and figuring out all of the textiles. It was a challenge making a lot of the textiles, as well as the structure of the garments. It was definitely time-consuming, instead of just buying a textile and then making something out of it, but it was worth it. I’m glad I was able to produce my own textiles at that point.

How would you describe your experience at MBFW?

Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?


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What is your design process like?

RV: It was an enjoyable experience that I could spend with the other designers, just meeting other people that were putting on the show. So, it was really quick, but it was totally worth every minute that I had there. I was super nervous at first because I have never been to New York Fashion Week. It was just like, ‘All right, so this is really big. I’m just going to try and zen out and totally take it all in.’ I just kind of let it happen — it was definitely something to remember!

gorgeous GIFTS Henne Jewelers is virtually expanding with a new online gift gallery called “Just Diamonds.” An array of rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and brooches — priced at $800 and up — comprise the gallery that was created “for those times when only diamonds will do!” One-of-a-kind pieces featuring black, cognac, yellow, and traditional diamonds, like the black diamond ring shown here, make a breathtaking selection for a glamorous gift. Henne Jewelers, 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.0226. hennejewelers.com/ diamond-gifts. — A.C.

What inspired your “Frozen Bone” collection?

18K white gold black cushion cut and white diamond ring, $4,950.

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+ Check out this month’s stylish happenings!

pencil ME IN Make sure your schedule is open in April, as Orr’s Jewelers has plenty of events to keep you busy! In anticipation of Mother’s Day, Orr’s will host a Heather Moore Trunk Show on April 4, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. With hand-stamped, customized charms made from recycled silver and gold, this line offers a contemporary, fashionable way to document all of the special moments in a mother’s life and is sure to be a hit with any mom or mom-to-be. Next up, Orr’s annual Bridal and Diamond Trunk Show will return on April 11, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Representatives from Ritani, Christian Bauer, and White House Brothers, plus the owner and designer from Maylin K, will all showcase their extended lines and be on hand to help you select the perfect engagement ring or wedding band for the big day. “This is the time to pick out a new engagement ring, upgrade or redesign your existing diamond ring, or pick out the perfect wedding bands,” says Sandra Shock of Orr’s Jewelers. Whether you’re considering engagement or have already tied the knot, this event will have you saying, “I do!” Orr’s Jewelers, 5857 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.421.6777. orrsrocks.com.

best dressed:

• April 2-5

Maggie Sottero Trunk Show Try on styles from an expanded selection of Maggie Sottero gowns at The Exquisite Bride. Plus, receive a $100 gift card towards any headpiece or veil when you say “yes” to a Maggie Dress! The Exquisite Bride, 5349 William Flynn Hwy., Gibsonia. 724.470.0273. theexquisitebride.com.

• April 9

Fashion for the Wild presented by BNY Mellon Shop the latest trends from regional designers and boutiques at the PPG Aquarium while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The exclusive 21-andover event will feature both women’s and men’s designs, with appearances by celebrity models, a fashion show, and a silent auction. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 7340 Butler St., Highland Park. 412.365.2541. pittsburghzoo.org.

• April 22-24

Lela Rose Trunk Show Preview and shop the Lela Rose Fall 2015 collection, which features a seasonal array of beautiful dresses, gowns, and separates at Choices boutique in Shadyside. Choices, 5416 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.687.7600. — Erin Powell

Brighten Up!

The fashionable attendees at this month’s round-up of events were ready to say “hello” to spring, donning gowns in bright, cheery colors! From hot pink to aquamarine, we spotted almost every shade on the color spectrum, and felt our spirits lifted just watching these ladies work these bold hues. But, if full color’s not in the cards, we recommend adding small pops of a complementary tone. One notable, stylish event-goer shows us how, pairing her black and gold lace dress with vivid red lips and a coordinating cocktail ring. Bravo!

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Misa Pascarell a at the Bodiography Meet & Greet

Maria Caruso at the Heart Ball

Caitlin Killinger at the Mardi Gras Gal a

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Experience the world of bespoke and explore fresh fabrics with Samuel Baron Clothiers BY LIZ PETONIAK PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL FORNATARO

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“The four pillars of great suiting are fit, fabric, fashion, and detail,” explains Amy Baron Brourman. As master clothier of Samuel Baron Clothiers, she ensures her clients receive just that in their custommade suits, whether they’re intended for a special occasion or more everyday, business wear. Through her top-notch services, the invaluable look and feeling of bespoke is more attainable than one might think. State legislator Jim Christiana, representing Beaver County, serves as the prime illustration of this notion. He first went to Baron Brourman nearly three years ago for a group of suitings for his wedding, and the pair has worked together ever since. Posing in our photo studio, it was clear how the suit affected him. “As a male, I don’t know if there’s any better feeling than getting ready for a press conference or going to a wedding, wearing the Samuel Baron line,” Christiana says. “There are no question marks with the product. Everything is tailored to your liking. So, when you finally put it on, you’re going to feel pretty confident.”


avy sharkskin jacket 1. N with slanted pockets, ticket pockets, and a high peak lapel 2. 3 ¼ inch Lanvin silk tie TIP: The width of the tie should match the width of the jacket’s lapel


3. B lue and white micro check Thomas Mason shirt with a monogrammed sleeve 4. C ustom pocket square from John Kochis’ New York atelier 5. N avy sharkskin pant with tapered bottom. “With his stature, he needs a tapered, trim, fit,” says Baron Brourman. 6. H ook + ALBERT socks 7. J ohnston & Murphy deep walnut shoes


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Just in time for the season’s social calendar, packed with charity galas and weddings, Samuel Baron Clothiers is offering a pricing promotion: Three custom shirts and three custom suits for $3,500. Custom shirts typically start at $185, and fullcanvased, handmade suits start at $1,250. Says Christiana, “Amy can make any client of any income bracket feel comfortable. The appreciation for the product grows every time I touch it, get to wear it, or try it on to be tailored. From a client perspective, the relationship I’ve built with Amy is what’s really valuable, and the product speaks for itself.” Before your consultation fitting, read on for fresh inspiration — there’s sure to be a fabric to suit your fancy. Samuel Baron Clothiers, 201 South Highland Ave., Suite 100, Shadyside. 412.441.1144. samuelbaronclothiers.com.


Baron Brourman crafts her jackets with details like contrast stitching and lapel lining that elevate the suit’s overall look and feel.

Don’t underestimate the power of buttons! These mother of pearl buttons highlight rich fabric color, such as this stunning wool, silk, and linen blend from Loro Piana’s “Proposte Giacche” collection.

Jacket linings distinguish a bespoke garment from those off-the-rack. Samuel Baron Clothiers offers endless fabric options in both classic and playful patterns for suit linings as well as pocket squares.

Amy’s Top Picks for Spring New to the Samuel Baron showroom is this doubleface wool and silk Loro Piana “Summer Tasmanian” fabric. Baron Brourman describes the material as ideal for a summer jacket because the fabric can give the appearance of being lined, while offering a much thinner and lighter feel.

Samuel Baron Clothiers offers Ermenegildo Zegna silk linen, the ultimate laidback cool fabric for warmer months, in seasonal shades and grounding neutrals.

The term seersucker originates from the Persian phrase “shur e shakar,” meaning sugar and milk, and alluding to the smooth yet rough feeling of the fabric. Seersucker’s breathability makes it a quintessential spring and summer fabric, and we love nautical and preppy look of stripes and gingham.

This Scabal “Diamond Chip” fabric is woven with actual diamond fragments, giving it an ultra-luxurious sheen and feel. Baron Brourman suggests this topof-the-line fabric for clients seeking a unique look for a truly special occasion, like their wedding day.

While blue and gray continue to be popular colors in the realm of menswear, Baron Brourman cites green as the up-and-coming color for spring. We love this subtle, elegant option from Ermenegildo Zegna.

Feel the difference of a custom-made shirt using the finest cloth from David & John Anderson. For an on-trend look, mix a striped or microcheck shirt with a playful, patterned tie.

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Art Rooney II, Rich Harshman, Sy Holzer

21st Annual Mardi Gras Gala Nearly 6,000 purple, green, and gold balloons greeted guests at the Westin Convention Center Hotel for the 21st Annual Mardi Gras Gala! The social dinner, celebrated on Fat Tuesday, welcomed 700 attendees in true New Orleans style. The sit-down dinner started with jumbo seared shrimp, served atop a spinach salad with sun-dried cranberries, creole-seasoned pumpkin seeds, and Manchego cheese. Garlic-horseradishcrusted filet mignon with a red wine reduction continued the feast, and key lime cheesecake made for a sweet finish. Roaming musicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, magicians, and a Dixieland-style band set a fun atmosphere, while guests indulged in confections from the candy bar. Honored as the 2015 King, Gateway Financial President and CEO David J. Malone and his family took part in the festive, colorful parade that circled the ballroom. This year’s gala raised a record-setting $510,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania! Says EFWCP President and CEO Peggy Beem, “We are so grateful for the support of David Malone and the positive attention that he and his dinner chairs are bringing to epilepsy.” A philanthropic rap video, masks as favors, and coffee and cookies to-go made the evening even more memorable. — A.C. Photographs by Ben Petchel

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To celebrate Pittsburgh’s exquisite dining scene, CBS Radio Pittsburgh invited community members to remedy their winter blues with delicious indulgences at the second annual eat.drink.PITTSBURGH. Guests gathered at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown for the sold-out event, featuring samplings from more than 40 restaurants, bakeries, and chefs, including Asiago’s Restaurant, Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie, Mercurio’s Restaurant, and Prantl’s Bakery. Entertainment was provided by Pittsburgh’s own Nameless in August, as the wine, beer, and spirits flowed. Between bites, attendees stopped by special exhibits that shared information on local cooking and wine classes. The evening of culinary escape was filled with live music, good times, and the opportunity to explore the flavors of Pittsburgh — all under one roof! “Pittsburgh has many great restaurants and spirits to offer,” says Michael Spacciapolli, CBS Radio Pittsburgh’s vice president and director of sales. “eat.drink. PITTSBURGH gives CBS Radio Pittsburgh a chance to showcase some of those great tastes.” — K.P. Photographs by Catherine Palladino

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Highmark presents Lights! Glamour! Action! It was a a star-studded night, as Pittsburgh celebrated Hollywood’s biggest event of the year at the 15th annual Oscars gala benefit Highmark Presents Lights! Glamour! Action! Nearly 800 guests arrived to Heinz Field’s East Club Lounge to true celebrity treatment. The lights resembled a movie set as attendees walked down the “living” red carpet — the beautiful train of a model’s dress. Just like the stars, fashionable guests took part in a 360-degree look at their award-worthy attire. Gourmet food stations offered fun and exciting bites to snack on during the live telecast of the 2015 Oscars. Popular items included homemade donuts, cupcakes, a popcorn bar, organic cotton candy, and a showstopper candy buffet! The in-house Thai chili lobster bites and short ribs paired perfectly with the Champagne bar, where guests could purchase a Diamond Martini for the chance to win the raffle of a high-valued loose diamond! Other raffles and silent auctions offered prizes like lavish diamond earrings and autographed items from actors in Pittsburgh-made films and TV shows. The blockbuster night raised more than $200,000 to support the continued operations of the Pittsburgh Film Office. — K.P. Photographs by Ben Petchel


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Regal Residences Channel your favorite Downton Abbey character as you lounge in one of these charming, era-inspired homes!

Listed at $1,850,000 714 South Negley Ave., Shadyside

Magnificent Maison Located between Walnut Street and Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside, this stately property combines classic, Victorian architecture with state-ofthe-art interior design for a European resort experience at home. The first floor’s breathtaking entry and open floor plan make entertaining easy, as you can effortlessly amaze family and friends in the gourmet kitchen. Following dessert, relax poolside on the patio, or play a quick pickup game on the garden-enclosed sports court. And later, retire to one of the property’s six bedrooms for a luxurious bubble bath — the perfect ending to any staycation! For more information, contact Nancy Donahue of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.389.4169. 714snegley.howardhanna.com.


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Kingly Quarters Every inch of this well-preserved, 130-year-old folk Victorianstyle farmhouse dazzles with a combination of polished, postcolonial furnishings and modern updates. Honey-colored pine flooring is the house’s original, adding charming touches, while granite countertops in the kitchen, as well as all major appliances, are brand new. Natural light is the three-bed, two-bath home’s best accessory, especially in the dazzling sunroom with access to a sprawling backyard and the property’s two garages. For more information, contact Sandy Gurgovits of Northwood Realty Services at 724.981.9771. northwood.com.

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Listed at $795,000 231 Thorn St., Sewickley

Domestic Dominion This four-bedroom, four-and-ahalf-bath home is updated with plenty of storage and exquisite hardwood floors throughout. Choose your favorite Jane Austen novel from the built-in bookshelves in the living room of this Victorian villa, and curl up on the covered front porch for a bit of light summer reading. Or, pen the next great American novel of your own from the upstairs study, just down the hall from the master suite with a walk-in closet. Reward yourself with a break in the spacious family room, equipped with a wet bar, for quality time with loved ones. For more information, contact Kathryn Brandt of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services The Preferred Realty at 412.741.6312. thepreferredrealty.com.


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Complete with top-of-the-line custom finishes, walnut floors, maple woodwork throughout, and a stone-lined pond with a fountain and gazebo, this stunning property features luxurious amenities both inside and out. An entertainer’s delight, the open floor plan and abundance of room allow for gatherings of all sizes. The master suite includes a marble shower, vaulted ceilings, and access to a private balcony through elegant French doors.





With magnificent views of the creek, this three-story, engineered timber frame home features a two-story tile entryway, custom oak and crown molding throughout, three striking fireplaces and a gourmet kitchen complete with granite countertops and exotic wood cabinetry.

Exquisite, all-brick English Manor on a spacious 2.6 acres in a secluded setting. An exquisite European fountain welcomes you. The fabulous grand foyer sets the tone for the sepctacular interior. An amazing sun room overlooks the pool and patio areas that make for serene living.








Recently renovated, this historic property showcases gleaming hardwood, elegant fireplaces, and spacious rooms including an extraordinary master suite complete with a tiled tub, gorgeous shower, and a walk-in closet.

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Be Prepared While you wait for the calendar to flip to July, spend this month taking yoga workshops at these local studios: SOUTH HILLS POWER YOGA Sundays, 1-2 p.m. Practicing for Two: Prenatal Yoga In this non-heated class at the Peters Township studio, expectant mothers will learn how to enjoy a modified Power Yoga that they can practice throughout their pregnancy. Price: $15 Sundays, 9-9:30 a.m. and Tuesdays, 8:45-9:15 p.m. | Sitting Meditation Free to the public, these 30-minute classes at the Dormont studio are a great way to relax and learn more about the practice of meditation. Fridays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Gentle/Restorative Yoga Join Holly Koenig at the Dormont studio for slow, gentle movement and breathing exercises to help you relax. This class is appropriate for people recovering from injuries and minor physical limitations. Price: $15, $10 for students Saturdays, 5-6:30 p.m. All Levels Class with Music Kristen Hannan and Kelly Shananhan lead these heated classes at the Dormont studio to boost detoxification, and improve strength and flexibility. While some yoga experience is recommended, it is not required. Price: $15, $10 for students April 10, 7:30-9 p.m. | I Heart Live Music Monthly Themed Music Class

Calling All Yogis! It’s almost that time of year again. The One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo is slated for July 25, and we can’t wait to invite you for the fourth year in a row. From sunrise to sunset, join us at Point State Park for classes, suitable for students of all levels; vendors, sharing their local health expertise; and food trucks, which offer delicious and nutritious ways to refuel in between classes. Being able to practice with thousands of friends and neighbors at the confluence of our three rivers is a powerful and indescribable experience. We hope to see you there! For more information on the One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo, visit whirlmagazine.com/yogafest.


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Enjoy live music by various artists as Deb White takes you through a heated yoga class at the Dormont studio. Price: Pay What You Can April 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Kids Yoga Program Introduce your children to yoga in a fun way, while encouraging them to be comfortable in their bodies and enjoy a safe, physical outlet. Suitable for ages 4-11, these sessions at the Dormont studio also include a story and a craft. Price: $7, cash only South Hills Power Yoga, 3045 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.207.9535. 4145 Washington Road, Peters Township. 724.260.0011. southhillspoweryoga.com. By Rachel Jones • Photographs by Ben Petchel

SCHOOLHOUSE YOGA April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. | The Spring Moon: Welcoming Rebirth Kendell Romanelli leads this Salutation sequence at the North Hills studio, drawing the body’s energy inward to reflect the energy of the full moon. Price: $25 April 12, 2-4 p.m. | Meditation and Restorative Yoga Workshop Let Joni Sturgill teach you meditation and breathing techniques, and how to position your body with props for a more complete relaxation. No experience is necessary for this workshop at the North Hills studio. Price: $25 April 17, 6:30-8 p.m. | Women’s Healing Circle Designed to use the energy of yoga, mantra, meditation, and a supportive group circle, this workshop begins with gentle flowing yoga, followed by candle-lighting and a spoken intention of healing. The session, led by Kendell Romanelli at the North Hills studio, will conclude with guided meditation for deep relaxation. Price: $15 April 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Yoga for Runners and Cyclists Learn to strengthen and stretch every muscle, and decompress every joint from the hips down, with Richard Gartner at the East Liberty studio. Price: $30 Schoolhouse Yoga, 5923 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. 7210 McKnight Road, North Hills. 412.401.4444. schoolhouseyoga.com.

WILFRED R. CAMERON WELLNESS CENTER April 12, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Spa Yoga Retreat Feel relaxed and refreshed with two hours of yoga, a 50-minute spa service, meditation, a healthy lunch, and a free gift with Lorelei Patrick. Price: $140 for members, $175 for nonmembers April 12, 2-3 p.m. | Pool Paddle Yoga Combining stand up paddleboarding and yoga, Jodi Doyle offers a modified, paddle friendly Vinyasa Flow sequence. No paddleboard or yoga experience is required, but it’s recommended that students can swim and have strong balance skills. Price: $30 for members, $38 for nonmembers April 19, 12-2 p.m. | Balances and Inversions Taught by Erin Lambie, this workshop’s goal is for all participants to feel comfortable with the degree of inversion that is best for their bodies — modifications will be taught! Price: $30 for members, $38 for nonmembers April 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Chakra Series: The Naval (Manipura) Chakra In this third installment of an eight-class series, the Manipura, which is the passion center of the body and mind, is the focus. Lorelei Patrick helps you channel your “joie de vivre,” libido, creativity, and ability to connect to others. Price: $30 for members, $38 for nonmembers Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, Wellness Way, Washington. 724.225.9355. wrcameronwellness.org.

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Excellence Across the Globe In addition to the great work UPMC does in Pittsburgh, the elite health care provider is also making waves overseas. The UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre, operated by UPMC in Waterford, Ireland, received accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI) for its patient safety, and quality standards and processes. “Demonstrating compliance with JCI standards serves as validation of an organization’s commitment to an internationally recognized, time-tested, and comprehensive level of quality,” says Cheryl Brill, UPMC’s vice president of international clinical operations and quality. “This outstanding result is a testament to the UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre staff and to their commitment to excellence in the treatment of patients.” Thanks to the center’s highly advanced radiation therapies and supportive care for patients, it has become one of only four ambulatory care centers in Ireland to receive a JCI accreditation, with this year marking its third one since 2008! UPMC, upmc.edu.

Heavy Kettle Primal Fitness Pittsburgh is hosting its first workshop, and you won’t want to miss it! Held April 11 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., the SFG Kettlebell Course offers a thorough, in-depth exploration of kettlebell instruction and training. Participants of all levels will learn how to improve strength and conditioning programs for personal growth or use with clients. And, all personal trainers can earn 0.8 continuing education credits for attending! Lead Instructor Reneta Music and SFG Instructor Janelle Pica will review the basic lifts, kettlebell swing, goblet squat, and get up, then combine them with double kettlebell training. “I am looking forward to actually participating as an instructor in this workshop,” says Pica. “Giving back to the community of Pittsburgh through the avenue of strength training is going to be a blessing and an honor!” Primal Fitness Pittsburgh, 1501 Preble Ave. Suite 300, North Side. 412.980.4287. strongfirst.com. — Erin Powell

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1. This crafty bride chose not to have a single flower at the wedding, replacing them with handmade arrangements, including pearl bouquets and boutonnieres, small sparkling trees for centerpieces, and her unique brooch bouquet. “Many of the brooches had special significance to me, like a saguaro cactus representing the six years that I lived in Arizona, and the letter B for my name,” Beverly says. 2. The bridesmaids dressed for the theme, too, incorporating braids into their updos and donning emerald gowns. 3. Beverly walked down the aisle in a Camille La Vie A-line gown, adorned with pearls on the bodice and pearl-encrusted buttons along a cathedral-length train.




Beverly Flaherty & Stephen Paul The Luck of the Irish may not have played a hand in Beverly Flaherty and Stephen Paul’s meeting at Duquesne University. But, the heritage’s traditions did take a starring role in their wedding at the university’s chapel — the same spot where Beverly’s parents wed exactly 38 years and one day before! The theme started with Beverly’s engagement ring. “Rather than a traditional diamond, Stephen gave me a Claddagh ring from Ireland,” she says. “It has an emerald, my birthstone, in the center.” Beverly and Stephen sprinkled this Irish inspiration throughout the Duquesne University Power Center, with Celtic scripts on their stationery suites, and touches of emerald and gold in the décor. A three-tiered yellow cake with strawberry filling from Signature Desserts matched the celtic feisteas with silky green ribbon, edible icing pearls, and a topper, handmade by Beverly’s step-nephew. The dessert became the focal point of the bride’s favorite memory. “We had planned every moment of the day, except the cake-cutting!” Beverly recalls. “When the time came, we ended up cutting too small of a piece and could not pull it apart from the cake or break it free from the green ribbon. We still laugh about this candid moment.”— Colleen Ferguson Details in WHIRL Directory, page 95. 92

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Mary Elizabeth Kovacik & Matthew Eicher << The newlyweds shared their first dance to Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle’s “You and I,” sung by Protégé, with a special guest appearance by Gary Racan.

Thanks to her best friend and his brother, Mary Elizabeth Kovacik and Matthew Eicher met after a Steelers game. A few years later, the couple’s matchmakers stood alongside them at St. Paul Cathedral, this time as maid of honor and best man. Dedicated to public service and volunteering, the bride, a physican, and the groom, a PA state trooper, chose an “angels” theme for their Omni William Penn Hotel reception. “We wanted our wedding to be about paying it forward,” Mary Elizabeth says. At each place setting sat a crocheted angel ornament, which held a scroll of paper citing a good deed. “We explained in our speech that we were sending out 300 angels from our wedding to inspire others to pay it forward,” she says. To top off the theme, the bride and groom served a signature drink named the Misty Angel, and capped off the evening’s playlist with Train’s “Calling All Angels.” Matching the heavenly color scheme of crystal, silver, and pink, Oakmont Bakery served a French vanilla and raspberry coulis cake, wrapped in Swarovski crystal ribbon that complemented Mary Elizabeth’s Eve of Milady gown and custom lace jacket. Thomas Knoell of New York designed the bride’s jewelry and the bridesmaids’ crystal hairpieces, which the bride gifted. — Anna Galanis

Debra Vensak & Richard Milesky << The newlyweds celebrated with a tropical honeymoon in the Bahamas. “My favorite memory was doing everything as a married couple,” Debra says. “Hearing ‘Mr. and Mrs. Milesky’ was music to my ears.”

Though they’d met through mutual friends at a party, it wasn’t until a year or so later that Debra Vensak and Richard Milesky began dating. Three years later, they were watching fireworks at their home in Mt. Washington for the 4th of July. Right before the grand finale, Richard suddenly went inside. When he returned, Debra turned to him and saw a sparkler that was better than any firework: an engagement ring! Richard and Debra — who stunned in a sequined, off-the-shoulder, slight mermaid gown — united their love at Heinz Chapel in front of 150 friends and family members. The reception at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel was beautifully decorated with a mix of white, cream, blue, and orange flowers from Dietz Floral. Kevin Howard played the piano during cocktail hour, then served as the DJ for the rest of the night. The highlight of the evening was when Howard invited Debra’s father to play a few traditional polkas on the accordion for everyone. “Music has always been important in our families, and especially to my Dad,” Debra says. “He’s played the accordion since he was a little boy, and he’s 82 now. Asking him to come up to the DJ area was such a complete surprise to my Dad and our guests.” — Erin Powell Submit your wedding for WHIRL’s consideration at whirlmagazine.com. Photographs from Chaek Photography, Mary Mervis Photography

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Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency, 109 Market St., #3, Downtown. 412.765.1400. dochertyagency.com. Eyetique, eyetique.com.

Stephanie DeFelice cuddles up with Madelyn, the LopHolland rabbit on the set of our “Spring Into Style” shoot.

Footloose Shadyside, 736 Bellefonte St., Shadyside. 412.687.3663. footlooseshadyside.com. Jeffrey Smith Salon, 5806 Bryant St., Highland Park. 412.441.1440. jeffreysmithstudio.com. Kristi Boutique, 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. kristiboutique.com. Nordstrom, 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, North Hills. 412.548.4300. nordstrom.com. One Brilliant, 12 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443. onebrilliant.com. Valarie Panei, Professional Makeup Artist, 412.480.1132. valariepanei.com. Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., North Side. 412.321.4625. wpahumane.org. Yeni, 5411 Walnut St., Second Floor, Shadyside. 412.687.9364. yenijewelry.com.

Bunny experts Kristina Hout and Mary Cvetan of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society provided us with six rabbits for the photo shoot, and the staff had a blast with our new furry friends!

Valarie Panei, Professional Makeup Artist laid a foundation of porcelain-like skin on our models to showcase the rosy makeup palette. Flushed, matte cheeks served as the highlight of the look, and Valarie applied false eyelashes and shadow in pastel hues to create a doe-eye effect. Taryn Johnson of Jeffrey Smith Salon styled our models’ tresses using Kerastase products to fashion curly retro-contemporary ‘dos. For the models’ second look, Taryn pulled the hair away from the face, giving Alyssa the “top-knot” treatment and Stephanie a braid threaded back to the nape of the neck. 94

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Guests at Debra and Richard’s reception enjoyed cupcakes and a mini cake. The couple crowned the confectionary tower with a 50-year-old cake topper from Richard’s mother’s wedding.






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Libby Hilf Photography, 2325 Saw Mill Run Blvd., South Side. 412.420.7091. libbyhilfphotography.com. Duquesne University Power Center, 512 Power Center, Duquesne University. 412.396.3516. duq.edu. Signature Desserts, 3360 Library Road, South Park. 412.882.9960. signaturedesserts.com. Mary Elizabeth Kovacik & Matthew Eicher Chaek Photography, 23 East Market St., Blairsville. 724.459.0292. davidchaek.com. St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Oakland. 412.621.4951. stpaulpgh.org. Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.281.7100. omniwilliampenn.com. Oakmont Bakery, 531 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. 412.826.1606. oakmontbakery.com. Protégé, studioentertainment.com/protege. Hollow Creek Floral, 85 Rumble Road, New Florence. 724.676.0255. Debra Vensak & Richard Milesky Mary Mervis Photography, marymervis.net. Heinz Memorial Chapel, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. 412.624.4157. heinzchapel.pitt.edu. Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, 107 6th St., Downtown. 412.562.1200. renaissancepittsburghpa.com. Fred Dietz Floral, 549 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. 412.766.0100. freddietzfloral.com. Photograph from Mary Mervis Photography

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WORTH THE WAIT Ryan Cabrera unveils his latest record and brings its positive message to Pittsburgh on April 6 Have you ever heard a song that perfectly described exactly what you were feeling? Those are the types of songs lyrical genius Ryan Cabrera writes. Whether you’ve danced in your car to “On the Way Down” or used “Walking on Water” as a Band-Aid over your broken heart, the singer-songwriter’s relatable lines always end up making everything better. “I like to write in a very open way to where people can interpret the songs to relate to their lives,” Cabrera says. His newest gift from the studio is Wake Up Beautiful, an eclectic collection of tracks that Cabrera is finally proud to share with fans. The true perfectionist started tossing around song ideas seven or eight years ago, but wasn’t writing exactly what he wanted to say. “So, I just toured; I was touring nonstop,” Cabrera says. “The reason I wanted to take so long and not just put something out to put something out is because every song really matters to me.” Eventually, the right inspiration struck and “I See Love” was born. The happy track, which describes how sunny and lovely the world becomes when you’re with the right someone, became the cornerstone of the record. “I threw out every song from before that,” Cabrera admits. “That’s when the album started to take place.” The upbeat album also features the unifying anthem “Sing Along” and the energetic dance song “House on Fire.” He also strips down to his acoustic roots with the honest and vulnerable “Forgot How to Fly.” “What’s cool about the new stuff is there’s something different in every song,” Cabrera says. “Every song is unique to itself, and it doesn’t sound like one song five times over. I’m still that guy who buys the whole record. I’m not a ‘singles’ kind of dude. So, I wasn’t going to just focus six months on a single and disregard the other ones. There was so much time and care that went into this record.”

+ How does Ryan Cabrera spend his days off? “I like Cards Against Humanity, Scattergories, and all that kind of stuff. I would like to think I’m skilled across the board when it comes to board games. But, you know the one thing that — and I don’t know why, but for some reason — I’m really good at? Connect Four. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t be beaten. It’s impossible. I think we’re actually playing Connect Four with some fans across the tour to see if they can beat me. The challenge is out there!”


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The thoughtful methods that crafted the platinum-selling artist’s fifth album have also shaped the message Cabrera wanted to send. The songs reveal his experiences and lessons learned over the years, showing a sense of wisdom and clarity that has evolved as his career has grown. “When I was writing my first couple of records, I thought I had learned some valuable life lessons,” Cabrera explains. “In reality, it takes time. I want this record to be a reflection of where I am at now, enjoying playing music and enjoying meeting people and enjoying being on the tour for the next two months. That’s what I’m most excited about: performing these songs. I’ve been recording them for the last four years, so it’s fun to actually let the world hear them.” You can hear the songs live at The Altar Bar on April 6! For tickets, visit thealtarbar.com. Download Wake Up Beautiful today at itunes.com. Ryan Cabrera, ryancabrera.com.



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