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Features 46  Model Cause The dog days of summer are best spent with our furry friends. Beth Stern shares her passion for pets as she preps to host the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards with Terry Bradshaw. Plus, we’re talking adoption options for pups, grooming boutiques, and much more!

55  Semi-Annual Event Guide Peruse our six-month calendar, packed with more than 330 events! From barbecue to black tie, there are endless opportunities to support charitable causes and look fab while doing so.

73  Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest This year’s 50 Finest honorees have it all. Smart, talented, and philanthropic, these coed professionals have been hard at work raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

108 Walking Through Washington From cool concerts (Smokey Robinson!) to the PONY League World Series, there are plenty of happenings in Washington County this month.


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28 Urban Garden Party 29 From Garden to Table: A Gala Tribute to Thomas Keller 30 Marshall Goldberg’s Book Signing, “The New Colossus” 31 Eleven is Ten! A big Burrito Benefit 32 Father of the Year Awards 33  Joseph A. Massaro Jr. Alzheimer’s Research Fund Cocktail Party 34 An Evening with Sharon Epperson 35 Don’s Appliances Riedel and Miele Wine Tasting Lucky’s South Side Dog 36  Festival 37 Great Night Gala 100 One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo Warm-Up Party 102 CLO Guild Ball 104 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser 106 Diamonds & Denim on Market Square

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91 S tyle News: Pure Beauty Headlining all things organic, we believe natural is beautiful. Browse eco-chic offerings from local boutiques, a new line of stylish sunnies, and an upcoming trunk show for brides. Plus, three L.A.-based designers share behind-thescenes of their collections.

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“Put a little love in your heart…and the world will be a better place.” The lyrics to that old Dave Clark Five song resonate throughout the pages of this summer issue. Our event guide begins on page 55, with ways to spread the love by participating in fundraising events. Our cover story focuses on ways to bring love right to your front door by adopting a pet. Pittsburgh native Beth Stern sets the standard for saving lives and bringing unconditional love to animals and the special people who get to live with them. See why the former model says her life is filled with bliss on page 46. Summertime means longer days, spectacular sunsets, and time with loved ones, both two- and fourlegged. Throughout the pages of this issue, we hope you find inspiration for ways to create special memories for every single sunny day. Here’s to making the world a better place!

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2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas met young fans, including 700 local gymnasts attempting to break the world record for most cartwheels at one time, at the end of the Fort Duquesne Bridge as part of the lead-up to the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships, held August 21-24 at CONSOL Energy Center.

Teresa A. Fedele and Angie Longo joined more than 250 others at Revival’s “The Start of New Beginnings” event. Held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, the event raised more than $60,000 for the organization, which is dedicated to helping individuals in the criminal justice system return to society as responsible citizens.

Joe Moran, Dr. Barbara Baker, and Anita Moran posed with one of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s baby leopards during the 2014 Zoo Gala: Imagination Untamed. Held once every two years, the strolling party welcomes more than 1,200 of the region’s most influential leaders.

TheCAUSE and special guest Steve Kimock played favorites from the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Phish at the Rex Theater in South Side for the 15th Annual D-JAM to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

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William Lloyd, ’64, a history teacher from Central Catholic High School, and Matthew Sudnik (not pictured), ’01, director of the Baginski Scholars program, have been selected as National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholars from a national applicant pool. Lloyd will participate in a twoweek interdisciplinary institute in New York.

League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh Good Government honorees Fred Thieman, the Rev. Glenn Grayson, and Tim Stevens at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel for the Good Government Awards for Gun Safety in a Free Society: Celebrating Civic Leadership.

Westmoreland Pools & Spas General Manager Adam Spate, Zodiac Pool Systems Regional Sales Manager Allen Lamacz, Midwest of Poolcorp Zone Manager Mark Crisstallini, and Westmoreland Pools & Spas owner Gary Pivirotto at Westmoreland Pools & Spas’ Annual Customer Appreciation Sale.

Ivan Caplan and Arnie Reichbaum, Jewish Sports Hall of Fame president, at the organization’s 32nd annual banquet at the Beth Shalom Synagogue. This year’s honorees were Phil Axelrod, Eli Friedman, and Moe Lederman

Carolyn Clark, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ Senior Vice President Human Resources Americas, and Heather McCrory, Senior Vice President Operations Americas, presented the Hotel of the Year Award to Fairmont Pittsburgh General Manager Matthew Sterne and Northeast Regional Vice President Mark Andrew at the Downtown hotel during an allcolleague celebration.

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Bryan Trottier and Bryan Cole entertained the crowd with acoustic country songs at the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation (PEMF) “Hang out with the Pros” event. The event was held at 31 Sports Bar and Grille in Bridgeville, owned by former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Ken Wregget.

Nanette and Ira Gordon, Wendy Liebman, and Pacesetters chair Peter and Robin Gordon at the annual Pacesetters Thank You Event, held to recognize donors of $1,000 or more to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s annual campaign. Liebman, a regular on late-night television, served as special guest for the evening, which was underwritten by Nanette and Ira.

Junior League of Pittsburgh Sustainer Director Allison Burgan presented Susanne Wilkinson (left) the Anne D. Johnston Award at the Junior League of Pittsburgh’s annual meeting. The award is the highest honor that the Junior League of Pittsburgh bestows on a member, and it is given for exemplary service and dedication to volunteerism in the community.

UPMC for You President John Lovelace and UPMC Health Plan Chief Financial Officer Scott Lammie presented Sister Rosemary Donley with an Honorable Mention award from the Association for Community Affiliated Plans for Leadership in Advocacy.

Jewish Federation Chair of the Board Douglas Ostrow, Jewish Federation Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer Brian Eglash, and Senior Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation celebrated Israeli Independence Day at the Israel Fest Event, held at Carnegie Science Center.

Hefren-Tillotson CEO Kim Tillotson Fleming, The Pittsburgh Foundation President & CEO Grant Oliphant, LiveLikeLou. org co-founders Neil and Suzanne Alexander, and Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly at the LiveLikeLou.org Donor Appreciation Event, held at the Hall of Fame Club at PNC Park.

Chabad co-director Batya Rosenblum, Susie Fishbein, Shelly Schapiro, and Margie Stang celebrated Fishbein’s cookbook series, “Kosher by Design.” The evening included a wine and cheese reception, three-course cooking demonstration, dinner, and raffle prizes.


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Rahm Fama of the Food Network and Steven Kowalczuk, The Cocktail Chef, took a quick break from their cooking demonstrations at GoodTaste! North to pose with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh President Dee Weinberg. This year is the organization’s 10th anniversary!

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Make-A-Wish board member and President & CEO of PNC Investments Richard Guerrini with Make-A-Wish President & CEO Judi Stone at the 11th Annual Grapevine, held at Olive or Twist. A record $56,000 was netted!

Aryeh Sherman, president and CEO of Jewish Family & Children Services, and JF&CS Board Chair Wendy Mars presented the 2014 Dr. Howard A. Mermelstein Leadership Award to JF&CS Board Member David Lassman at the nonprofit’s Annual Meeting. Photographs from Good Taste! Pittsburgh, Make-A-Wish, Adam Flanagan

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Marilyn Ross, Caroline Hellwig, Dan DeStefano, and Virginia Ley teed off at Family Hospice & Palliative Care’s 27th Annual Golf Benefit at Valley Brook Country Club, which raised more than $105,000!

Cornerstone Network (WPCB-TV) celebrated 35 years of broadcasting with a full day of activities that included a luncheon, special music, video tributes, and a LIVE broadcast of its program, Real Life. Pictured from left to right are founder Norma Bixler, President Don Black, and event chair Teri Black.

Jackie Dixon, director of public relations and government outreach; Annette Shimer, president; and Maureen Mamula, vice president, were installed for 2014-15 at the annual meeting of The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, held at the Koppers Building.

The Priory Hotel owner John Graf chatted with guests Michelle and Ron Alvarado of the Novus Group and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the hotel’s first-ever Stash Bash, held at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory.

Andy Coleman, Mandie Russak, Katelyn Nee, and Kim Janosko performed in the opening of Amish Burlesque, featuring Goody Plenty & The Amlets, written and directed by Brian Edward, at McKeesport Little Theater.

No hard feelings here! Rick Granati, NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Morning News host Larry Richert, Chuck Betters, and CBS Radio Pittsburgh Senior Vice President & Market Manager Michael Young were all smiles at the Roast and Toast of Larry Richert to benefit the Roxsan Betters Albanese Foundation.

It’s time to celebrate the new Norwin Town Square SHOP ’n SAVE. Located in North Huntingdon, the grocery store offers an elevated full-service grocery experience, which includes a pharmacy, beer six-pack shop, and dry cleaning services.


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Fundraising Made Easy Duquesne’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business Dean Dr. Dean B. McFarlin, FedEx Ground Senior Vice President and CFO Gretchen Griesmer Smarto, Duquesne University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, PNC Executive Vice President Joseph E. Rockey, Federated Investors Vice Chairman John W. McGonigle celebrated the achievements of the Duquesne University School of Business at its Centennial Celebration Dinner at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

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“Sammar takes nothing for granted. They dug deep to understand our goals and patrons. Success followed.” Suzanna Masartis Community Liver Alliance Executive Director of Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties

Girls’ Night Out committee members Denise Gipson, Michele Antonelli, Terry Jancisin, Leslie Montgomery, Peggy Snavely, and Cindy Smith at the Hollywood Theater for Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh’s annual “Girls’ Night Out” fundraiser, which included a private screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and raised nearly $7,000!

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Sunny Bridge Natural Foods hosted a book signing and smoothie tasting with Caroline Shannon-Karasik, author of “The Gluten-Free Revolution” and blog Sincerely Caroline. From left: Sarah Peace, Amanda ShannonVerrengia, Caroline Shannon-Karasik, and Meredith Hartlage.

Duquesne University President Charles J. Dougherty; Dr. Gretchen Generett, director of the Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice; Dr. Olga M. Welch, dean, School of Education; and Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik, following the launch and dedication of the School of Education’s Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice.

Justin Bragg, Tony Award winner Billy Porter, Mark Minnerly, David Sufrin, and Diane Samuels kicked off the verbal auction at Persad Center’s 26th Annual Art for Change auction.

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“Team Mango,” from Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5, took home gold and was named fifth-grade “Grand Champion” at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow final team match, a ballroom dance competition held at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School.

Tall Cathy of 96.1 KISS FM played with two furry friends at the all-day Sewickley Unleashed event, benefiting the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Photographs from Joe Milne/Sunny Bridge Natural Foods, Mark Simpson Photography, Michael Beigay, © 2014 Archie Carpenter/Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Joshua Quattlebaum

Pittsburgh Public Market vendors united for the first-ever “Market After Dark,” benefiting the ALS Association’s Western Pennsylvania chapter in support of one of their own — Larry Jacknin of Jenn’s Jems and Mosaic Glass Creations who suffers from the disease. Pictured are Jenn and Jacklyn Orefice, and Debbie and Larry Jacknin.

A press conference was held at Idlewild and SoakZone to introduce the new “Daniel Tiger” character for the 2014 season. Posing with him are Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Holly Mowrey and Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau Vice President of Public Relations Julie Donovan.

Murli Iyer of Society of Automotive Engineers, Diane Scheuring of The Oncology Nursing Society, and Lisa Ashbaugh of VisitPittsburgh, presented Mary Lee Gannon with the 2014 Joe Gilbert Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives.




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Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) Executive Director Al Mercer, Colonel Tom Hess, VLP Director of Development Michele Margittai, and Brigadier General Anthony J. Carrelli honored veterans and awardees at the VLP’s annual “A Tribute to Veterans” event, held at Carnegie Music Hall.

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Thursday // 07 through Sept. 14 Tamara Rodef Shalom Congregation, 412.362.1713

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Ballet Under the Stars Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, pbt.org

Bringing Sexy Back to the Burgh Carrie Ann’s Bridal, 412.496.9152

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Wes Lyons’ Wine Tasting and Auction, Taverna 19, 412.608.6398

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all month Farmers at Phipps Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914

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Lights, Camera, Pittsburgh! The Official Pittsburgh Film Office Movie Tour, pghfilm.org

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week pittsburghrestaurantweek.com

Seven Springs Wine Festival Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 800.452.2223

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14th Annual Burns & Scalo Golf for Goodwill Fox Chapel Golf Club, golfforgoodwill.org +

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Penguin Encounter The National Aviary, 412.323.7235

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Sound Series: Chancellor Warhol and DJ Soy Sos The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300

2014 LHAS Gala: Orchids in the Moonlight Fairmont Pittsburgh, 412.648.6106, lhas.net

OneRepublic First Niagara Pavilion, 724.947.7400

Major League Yoga Event PNC Park, 412.566.4190

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Bag Toss on Bigbee! Bigbee Street Park, beverlysbirthdays.org

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Saturday-Sunday // 23-24 17th Annual Art Festival on Walnut Street 739 Bellefonte St., Shadyside, 561.746.6615

Saturday // 23 through Sept. 28th

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival West Newton, pittsburghrenfest.com

Monday // 18

Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300

ACHIEVA’s 16th Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing Valley Brook Country Club, 412.995.5000 x526

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Cataloguing Pattern: An Exhibition of Finding and Breaking Order SPACE, TrustArts.org

Bob O’Connor Cookie Cruise Gateway Clipper Fleet, boboconnorfoundation.com

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Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure Petersen Events Center, ticketmaster.com

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St. Barnabas Charities 5K Run/Walk St. Barnabas Health System, 724.625.3770

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Small Business Basics Workshop Eden Hall Campus — Chatham University, 412.365.1253

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet New Hazlett Theater, 412.321.3811 x116


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Preview Party at The Public Pittsburgh Public Theater, 412.316.1600

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills Heinz Field, 412.323.1200

The Pajama Men City Theatre, 412.431.2489

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Music for MS Hartwood Acres, 412.261.6347

Savor Pittsburgh Stage AE, savorpgh.com

Evening of Hope Fox Chapel Pittsburgh Field Club, girlshope.org

Jam on Walnut Walnut Street, Shadyside, 412.321.4422

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers Heinz Field, 412.323.1200

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UPMC Kids’ Zoofari Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 412.665.3640

2014 Fall Fashion Show Under the Tents at Carabella, 328 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont, 412.261.5040

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Small Business Basics Workshop Mellon Board Room — Chatham University, 412.365.1253

Saturday // 29 through Sept. 1st Heinz Field Rib Festival heinzfieldribfest.com

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» ON STAGE in the corner being miserable. I just thought: “You know what? I’m done with this attitude. I want to have a good time, too.” So, I dropped the cynicism and got out there and realized how much fun it is to dance to music that excites you and makes you want to get up and party. I wanted to make music like that, that I would dance to with my friends.

Mission accomplished! Which songs do you think best capture that feel?

BU: “Nicotine” is one of my favorite songs. It’s a true story. The message was kind of dark, but the music was so uplifting and colorful. I liked that contrast, having the bad and the good in the same song. My other favorite is “Vegas Lights.” This record was a homage to Vegas itself because I grew up there, and I have a newfound love and appreciation for my hometown. I wanted to celebrate that, and I think that song really ties it all together.

Sounds like you put a lot of yourself into this.

What Happens in Vegas… …made its way onto the new Panic! At The Disco album A Las Vegas native and new fan of its nightclubs, Brendon Urie dedicated Panic! At The Disco’s new album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, to his hometown. (I mean, the title itself is a line from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas!) A dynamic blend of heavy beats and honest lyrics, Urie says creating the album has been a fun celebration of how he’s grown over the years. We chatted with the “new” frontman as he gears up for The Gospel Tour, which hits Stage AE on August 1.

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What inspired the fun sound of this album? Brendon Urie: I was going back and forth between LA and where I grew up in Vegas and going to clubs, which I never used to really do. If I did go, it would have been to sit in the corner like some a—— and make fun of people. I would watch people have the best time ever while I sat

BU: Lyrically, I wanted to be more open and honest. I was in a different place in my life where I felt like a new person, like a changed man. I was able to talk about things that maybe I had been through in the past and felt guilty about, but didn’t feel so bad talking about now. Songs like “Miss Jackson,” where all of the lyrics in the song are true — it’s my interpretation of what happened to me, how I treated people/was treated, and the lessons I learned from that. It was very cathartic.

When you’re not working on your music, what do you like to do?

BU: I’m a huge foodie. My wife and I love going out and restaurant hopping. Like, we’ll get small plates at a bunch of places, try beer and wine pairings. But, I just love music so much that when I’m not touring, I’m at home writing. I have to do something musical every day, whether it’s writing or just dancing to a song.

Will there be some dancing at the show August 1?

BU: Be prepared to sweat your butt off. It’s going to be extremely energetic and nonstop fun! Stage AE, stageae.com. Panic! At The Disco, panicatthedisco.com.

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Photograph from Alex R. Kirzhner



In Good Company

We do! — and illusionist Michael Grandinetti is the reason why. The international sensation has performed everywhere from NFL halftime shows, to the White House, and his latest gig is the new CW show, Masters of Illusion. Premiering AUGUST 1, the series stuns with large-scale illusions by Grandinetti and others. “In the show, we’re doing several of our original illusions, pieces that we’ve created that don’t exist anywhere else in the world,” says the West Mifflin native. “It’s a thrill to be able to share this with a national television audience.” Michael Grandinetti, michaelgrandinetti.com.

Won’t you gather round, sit down on the ground, and watch an episode of Cappelli and Company? Filmed in Pittsburgh, the WTAE-TV program captivated children from 1989-2001 and is now airing on WBGN, Sunday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. Frank Cappellli and his Emmy Award-winning program are back, with all of the fun songs, special guests, and informative lessons that we adored before. “All of the children that appeared on the show are now in their 20s and 30s, and are now having children of their own,” says the kind crooner. “How exciting to see these children then and now.” Cappelli and Company, cappelliandcompany.com.



Purchase music, episodes, and sheet music from the show at cappelliandcompany.com.

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Swing and a Hit

Nellie Bly was not only a revolutionary reporter, but she was also the inspiration for “The New Colossus.” The historical mystery, written by local author Marshall Goldberg, follows Bly’s investigation of a possible murder in 1880s New York City. The victim? Emma Lazarus, the poet of “The New Colossus,” which is displayed on the Statue of Liberty. Goldberg, a television writer of 25 years, crafted the novel with only real people and events, so it would read as nonfiction. “My ultimate goal, besides to tell a good tale, was to make people feel like they were in the middle of a story in the 1880s.” Order the book in print, audio, or e-book versions at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com.

In his third and most accomplished novel, “Swing,” Philip Beard introduces us to John Kostka and Henry Graham. The first, a legless veteran who travels by gloved hands and powerful arms. The second, a 10-year-old boy who recently lost his father. When they meet at a bus stop in Downtown Pittsburgh, the two seem to only share a love of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates. But as their friendship grows, they realize it is more than baseball that connects them; it’s something strong enough to heal old wounds and deep enough to last a lifetime. Download “Swing” from all major ebook sellers.

Photographs from Michael Grandinetti Magic, Cappelli and Company, BY MICHAEL FORNATARO, COVER DESIGN from Amy C. King, FROM Maria Caruso

TEACHER’S PET Maria Caruso knows the positive effects physical movements can have on our mental states. To share her message, the artistic and executive director of the Bodiography Movement Therapy System is offering to train others in her research-based process — no dance background required! Caruso’s new book, “Bodiography Movement Therapy: The Healing Power of Dance and Movement for EveryBODY,” serves as a manual to facilitators and works with the training sessions that begin this fall. Caruso hopes “the Bodiography Movement Therapy system can be used for the betterment of the community, and in the name of both healing and preventative care.” For more information, visit bodiographycbc.com. wh i r lm ag a z i n e . c o m / W h irl




Business Boom Jim Scalo, president of Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services, Inc., leads the welcomed demands of the region’s commercial real estate roar A reputable track record is one of the many reasons Burns & Scalo is a household business name in Pittsburgh. We see the faces of twin brothers Jack and Jim Scalo on billboards, which are part of the legacy company’s frequent rebranding techniques to stay fresh. Marketing is an ample piece of the pie for both sectors, Burns & Scalo Roofing, owned and operated by Jack, and Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services, Inc., owned and operated by Jim. As president of Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services, Jim has been active in the industry for nearly 30 years. “The commercial real estate market in Western Pennsylvania has never been this strong in my career,” he says. “Interest rates — the cost of capital — are at an all-time low. That’s the blood of our business. That really helps fuel development.”

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Jim resides in Fox Chapel with his wife, Jennifer, of 22 years; his daughters, Ruby, 20, and Lucy, 18; and his sons, Nick, 16, and Gus, 13.

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We met Jim for a photo shoot and interview at one of the company’s current projects, Zenith Ridge, in Southpointe, adjacent Southpointe Town Center. The $100 million, three-building campus, LEED® and By Andrea Bosco • Photograph by Michael Fornataro

Glass G-certified, in Phase II offers extensive free parking, walking trails, and manicured gardens. Says Jim, “Naturally, most people would prefer to be in new buildings. They are priced slightly higher, the technology and components have improved — from glass to mechanical controls — and they are sustainable.” Sustainability is embedded in the mindsets of Jim’s employees, who he encourages to flourish within Burns & Scalo’s stimulating corporate culture. Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services has created Key Result Areas (KRAs) as incentives for staff members to succeed, ultimately benefiting both the individual and the organization. “If I can put a product in place, or a model, where they can come to work every day thinking how they can make themselves more money, and that aligns with our corporate goals, then we both make more money,” says Jim. “It’s a beautiful thing to watch. It’s like a symphony — everyone working together. And, that’s what we continue to invest in: people.” Jim, a Peters Township native, blends the objective, “nowhere to hide” approach with subjective, fun incentives, such as WAM money, a cash reward for a job well done, as well as special projects and team-building activities, including the promotion of youth education and the support of nonprofits. On August 18, the 14th Annual Burns & Scalo Golf for Goodwill outing will convene at Fox Chapel Golf Club and the Pittsburgh Field Club. Last year’s event raised $180,000 for the workforce development center. As an “investor first, operator second,” Jim understands there are known and unknown risks to being a proprietor. “It’s a dynamic time to be progressive, to be leading edge, and to take those risks. That’s leadership. That’s a market maker, and it’s not for the faint of heart. He explains, “We identify the best locations in the marketplace, and move forward with our brokerage, management, and development services.” The business recently completed BRIX at 26, a luxury urban living venture, in South Side. The company’s projects are diversified and encompass urban, suburban, retail, apartment, and office space. “The workplace has changed,” he says. “A tenant’s needs are different today. The people density in buildings is increasing and it’s changed the needs of the building’s performance — more elevators, more cubicles, more power.” With that said, Jim notes that the demand for power today also means life demands and responsibilities. “My desire is not to outwork everybody, but to lead them up the hill,” he says. “That’s how high-performance companies work.” He’s devised the axiom “life-friendly,” versus “family-friendly,” in his team’s culture. “You can tell them what to do, but not how,” he says. “You get much better results that way. Training is absolutely part of our incentive. We train you for the rest of your life. The quest for continuous improvement never stops; it cannot be conquered.” As the stars have aligned in the world of commercial real estate regionally, Jim knows a challenge lies in discovering where the market is headed. “It’s become highly sophisticated and highly securitized.” He looks to entrepreneurs like Henry Ford and Steve Jobs who “didn’t show people what they want, but rather what they need. We want this business to continue beyond my leadership.” Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services, Inc., 750 Holiday Drive, Green Tree. 412.250.3000. burns-scalo.com/realestate. wh i r lm ag a z i n e . c o m / W h irl




Huntington Bank volunteers Dan Keller, Isabella Love, Ella Davis, and Karen Rath at last year’s Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae.

Fundae for All A lion roared at the setting sun. Nearby, a 900-pound polar bear dove deep into chilly water before the awestruck eyes of children. A perfect scene on a perfect day for 2,500 parents, children, and volunteers, who enjoyed delicious treats and an opportunity to learn about the animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Last year’s annual Ice Cream Fundae, benefiting Pressley Ridge, was both a fundraiser and a fun-raiser, with more than 350 gallons of ice cream served and more than $100,000 raised toward services for children and families across Pennsylvania and nearby states, including Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The 20th Annual Ice Cream Fundae will be held on August 17, offering new and exciting flavors and toppings, and even more education for families and volunteers.


Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pressley Ridge serves children and families with complex needs, providing a variety of programs to assist them with challenges and achieve success in their lives. These programs include Foster Care Connections, which provide family havens for safety, renewal, and return; Residential Options, which create supportive places to practice new possibilities and life contributions; Educational Opportunities, which welcome kids into schools and places of joy, belonging, confidence, and contribution; and Community-Based Support, which offers coaching and self-discovery in the home, in the moment, and over time. Additionally, Pressley Ridge’s Autism Services teach communication and social skills through education and therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders, helping them to flourish in their homes, schools, and communities. With 24 years of service at the nonprofit, President and CEO Susanne Cole knows first-hand the struggles and successes of children and families, and the dedication required to help them overcome the challenges and barriers that confront them. “The Pressley Ridge staff is unequivocally committed to doing everything in its power to improve the lives of children and families in the region,” says Cole. “Our goal is to do the utmost on their behalf. We succeed when they succeed, then and only then.” Says Huntington Bank President, Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley Regions Susie Shipley, “Pressley Ridge has provided innovative services to children and families to meet their complex and changing needs for more than 180 years. With more than 5,000 children in [the organization’s] care, its dedication and support has truly touched the lives of families throughout the region.” For tickets to the 20th Annual Ice Cream Fundae, or for volunteer information, call Morgan Kister at 412.872.9414 or visit pressleyridge.com. Huntington Bank, huntington.com. — Kim Ravenda 24

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Centennial Celebration The Kelly Strayhorn Theater has secured $1,050,000 from Heinz Endowments in order to further its contributions to the Pittsburgh cultural scene. The theater will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary this fall, so the endowment has arrived just in time for what is sure to be a big year in the Strayhorn’s history. A leading force in East Liberty’s artistic renaissance, the past six years have seen the Kelly Strayhorn Theater change from a struggling enterprise to a locally influential and nationally renowned source of dance and theatrical programming. Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 412.363.3000. kellystrayhorn.org. — Benjamin Laun

PhotographS from Huntington Bank, MARK SIMPSON


Flight Changes Things are really taking off at the Pittsburgh International Airport! Senator Bob Casey has announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the airport a $1.7 million grant. This boost will allow the airport to improve the pavement on one of its runways and replace a 12-year-old emergency response vehicle, making sure that passengers’ travels go as safely and as smoothly as possible. Also new to the airport is the opening of the first joint TSA Pre-√ TM and Customs and Border Protection Global Entry application center. The center demonstrates the TSA’s and CBP’s commitment to the country’s air safety and to the passenger experience. Pittsburgh International Airport, 1000 Airport Blvd., Moon Township. 412.472.3525. flypittsburgh.com. — B.L.


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.

BRGR’s Food truck

Welcoming Committee Thanks to Pittsburgh Commissary Exchange (PGHcommEx), Pittsburgh is becoming more welcoming for food trucks. Inspired by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s promise to embrace food trucks in the city, the project will offer food truck owners a hygienic, spacious place to dispose of gray water, cooking oil, and other food-related waste, in addition to storage and a production kitchen. To get things moving, PGHcommEx has partnered with Hatch, a crowd-funding platform that’s operated by the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corp. PGHcommEx needs to raise $3,500 to conduct research on other food truck commissaries throughout the country, but the ultimate fundraising goal is $10,600. For more information on how to donate, visit hatch.pdcdc.org. — Rachel Jones PhotographS FROM BETH HOLLERICH, by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC

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5 Fun Facts with Stewart Ijames An outfielder for the Washington Wild Things and an All-Star in the Frontier League, Stewart Ijames is making a name for himself in Washington, Pa. Before playing at CONSOL Energy Park, the University of Louisville grad was recruited by the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Yankees. This summer, he’s enjoying his time in Washington and sharing some fun facts with us!


Favorite Baseball Movie: The Natural

Most-frequented Washington Restaurant: Moe’s Southwest Grill

Go-to Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla

Non-Baseball Hobbies: Working out five times a week and holding a daily Christian Bible study program with teammates Washington Wild Things, washingtonwildthings.com.


Check out the Wild Things’ August schedule on page 109!

Stellar Competitors We are flipping out — Pittsburgh is hosting the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships! As USA Gymnastics’ national championships, this event will bring the best gymnasts in the country to CONSOL Energy Center August 21-24. Not only are all-around and individual national championship titles at stake, but the competition also secures spots on the U.S. National Team and influences team selection for the U.S. Team for the World Championships. Previous standouts at this tournament include Mary Lou Retton, Shawn Johnson, John Orozco, and Bart Conner, raising the standards higher than the uneven bars! To order tickets, visit consolenergycenter.com. USA Gymnastics, usagym.org.

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The GNC Live Well Liberty Mile — and its twotime defending champion Heather Kampf — are back! As the fourth stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014, the August 1 race is open to runners and small teams of all levels. New this year is the American Development Program Pro Mile, an exclusive heat for America’s top milers. “America has some of the best Milers in the world, and it is always a thrilling race for fans,” says Patrice Matamoros, CEO of Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. “With the 2016 Rio Olympics approaching, this race provides another opportunity for Olympic hopefuls to compete in a world-class event and elevate their careers.” GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, libertymile.org.

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Photographs from Washington Wild Things, John Cheng/USA Gymnastics, GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

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with We’re Better Than That By Colin Dunlap The “Steeler Way” — for those who subscribe to such a thing — certainly isn’t finishing .500. This isn’t Jacksonville or Cleveland; not Oakland or St. Louis. We should demand more. Hell, it’s in our DNA, right?

This is Pittsburgh, where season tickets have been in your family for generations, you get to Heinz Field hours before kickoff, and claim you’ll only miss a home game if it’s below freezing (well, maybe). Being .500 again shouldn’t be good enough as the Pittsburgh Steelers — and more pointedly, head coach Mike Tomlin — get ready to start the 2014 season with a September 7 visit from the Cleveland Browns. Have we become less-than-demanding as a football city? Have we lost our drive to mandate as close to perfection as possible in this undeniable Football Mecca? Where is the outcry? Where is the directive?


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If not from you, hear it loud and clear from me: If Tomlin doesn’t fare better than .500 this season — I will go a step farther and say make the playoffs — there needs to be a change to his employment status. (Translation: If there’s a third-straight stumble, Mike Tomlin’s career as Steelers coach should crumble.) There, I said it. There’s truly no need to dance around this issue if the Steelers want to put substance to such a claim that they are a strong contender in the NFL. You see, going 8-8 in two consecutive seasons isn’t good enough for the Steelers or the fanbase of this incredibly proud organization. Furthermore, missing the postseason at the tail end of the 2012 and 2013 seasons isn’t good enough either. I’m not naïve to Mike Tomlin’s success, as he helped this team to a Super Bowl title over the Cardinals at the end of the 2008 season. I’m also not disinclined from looking at his 71-41 career record and how he posted three 12-win seasons in the span of four years. All were, unequivocally, wonderful accomplishments. But, again, football is the game of our city — no matter how well the Penguins play or how good the Pirates get. This game of football has been, for a long time now, what has risen above the others. Quite simply, The Chief made it that way, turning a miserable franchise into one that is anticipated to be a winner. Really, the Steelers haven’t been that for more than the past two seasons. They have been, plainly and quantifiably, average — because that’s exactly what 16-16 is. If they don’t get better this season, Tomlin could very well go from Steelers coach to ex-Steelers coach. He is the one who has often made the claim about how “the standard is the standard.” This 2014 season is a time when he needs to reach such a standard or experience some very real consequences. This isn’t Jacksonville or Cleveland; not Oakland or St. Louis, either — remember that. Hear more from Colin Dunlap on 93.7 The Fan, weekdays from 6-10 p.m. Photograph by MCHAEL FORNATARO

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Urban Garden Party Sarah Thomas, Dan Drawbaugh

Jodie Sweeney, Jennifer Noah

More than 1,300 party-goers saddled up for one of Pittsburgh’s most prominent parties at the Mattress Factory museum! With a Wild West theme, this year’s Urban Garden Party kicked things off with the VIP Hootenanny in the “Lower Level Saloon.” With sounds similar to Johnny Cash and the True Blood soundtrack, Baltimore band The Sterling Sisters performed as VIPs were served bourbon cocktails in Mason jars and hors d’oeuvres like cornbread and bacon-wrapped jalapeños. In their favorite fringe and leather boots, guests, Host Committee members, and donors moseyed upstairs with co-chairs Sarah Thomas and Dan Drawbaugh for tasty, lowcountry fare by Bob Sendall and All in Good Taste Productions. A show-stopping, studded bustier by Richard Parsakian was just one incredible auction item available for perusing. The fun continued with a Dolly Parton impersonator and the ultimate Johnny Cash tribute with Terry Lee Goffee! Soon after, the doors opened to reveal 40 restaurants and bars, and their delicious fixins’! A line formed for all, which included mechanical bull riding with The Bull Guys and selfies at Selfie Studios’ photo booth. Performances by Stampede, DJ Zimmie, Shelf Life String Band, and Kierra Darshell’s Divas of Drag provoked a packed dance floor, as guests were encouraged to swing their partners round and round. And, more than $155,000 was raised for the museum! Says Director of Museum Advancement Alexis Tragos, “We continually are amazed at the generosity of our sponsors, Host Committee, vendors, and guests whose commitment and support help the museum raise important operating funds for exhibitions, public programs, and its artists-in-residence.” — A.B.

Richard Fox & Roberta Weissburg

Bob Strauss, Ellen Mazo

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Alyssa Francescone, Steve Smith, Jeremy Gill

Jan Rosen, Kathy Mazzei, Shelly Tate

Bob Sendall, Michael White, Barbara Luderowski, Michael Olijnyk


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Debbie Flaherty, Jimmy Campbell

Barbara Luderowski, Mayor Bill Peduto, Michael Olijnyk

John Miles, Vanessa Griffen-Glatz, Lee Jones

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From Garden to Table: A Gala Tribute to Thomas Keller How do you cook to impress one of the world’s most revered chefs? Four of Pittsburgh’s foremost restaurant stars, leading a team of 40 chefs across four satellite kitchens, demonstrated that such a herculean task was possible. Keith Coughenour, executive chef of the Duquesne Club; Justin Severino, executive chef of Cure; Tim Fetter, executive chef of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group; and Derek Stevens, executive chef of Eleven, prepared a modern, French-inspired tasting menu comprised of fresh summer ingredients for Chef Thomas Keller and 360 guests. The exclusive evening, held at the Duquesne Club, raised more than $300,000 to benefit the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Before the tribute to Keller, he and his distinguished dinnermates dined on foie gras torchon with toppings ranging from cocoa nibs with cherry gel, to pickled strawberries and creamsicle viola. The main course consisted of a roasted rack of lamb from Elysian Fields Farm, of which Keller is a business partner; ramp persillade; and sweetbread crepinette of lamb loin. Duquesne Club Head Pastry Chef Will Racin and April Simpson of Vanilla Pastry Studio teamed up to provide an incredible dessert buffet, which included fresh donuts dunked in espresso. Says Event Producer Nancy Byrnes, “Thomas Keller was a very gracious guest of honor. He truly helped the garden grow with his generous disposition and the time he spent visiting with everyone. Our region can be proud of its affiliations with him, and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden was so proud to be his host.” — A.B. + B.L.

Nancy Byrnes, Chef Thomas Keller, Susan Citron

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Sheryl & Jeff Broadhurst

Judy Nocito, Lou & Jean Astorino

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Nicole & Dino Mitsos

Kira & Michael Hoeg, Alex Salasyuk, Karina Crain

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Marshall Goldberg’s Book Signing, “The New Colossus”

Sam Kamin, Marshall Goldberg, Joanie Kamin

Pittsburgh native and screenwriter Marshall Goldberg has released his first novel, “The New Colossus,” and celebrated with a book signing event, hosted at the home of his sister, Joanie Kamin. Ninety readers attended to meet and celebrate with hors d’oeuvres catered by The Common Plea, including crab cakes, filet sandwiches, and Artichoke Romano with Bleu cheese! Kamin says of the novel, “It’s an exciting historical novel, a murder mystery set in New York in the 1880s. It shows the temper of the times, the corruption that existed, and the struggle for women to have careers.” The novel follows Nellie Bly, famed journalist and Pennsylvania native, as she investigates the death of Emma Lazarus, the poet responsible for “The New Colossus,” the poem that adorns the bottom of the Statue of Liberty and from which the novel takes its name. “The New Colossus” is available in print from publisher Diversion at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Flip to page 21 for more on Goldberg’s book. — B.L.

Bonnie & Al Cousin


Tim McVay, Gabriela & David Porges


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Tommy Gordon, Marshall Goldberg, Robert Lazear

Eleven is Ten big Benefit Dinner

Lauren Cabral, Katie Wickesberg

Eleven Contemporary Kitchen in the Strip District celebrated its 10th anniversary in a big way, giving back to the community that has helped it become one of Pittsburgh’s premier restaurants. Pre-approved, locally based or operated nonprofit organizations received the entirety of guest donations who attended. Nearly $40,000 was raised for these local organizations! Says big Burrito Restaurant Group Brand Strategist Corey LeChat, “The beneficiaries are really 100 percent responsible for the success of the event. We offered our space, our chef [Derek Stevens], and his team. The organizations did the rest. Reservations for the benefit came in fast and furious.” Plates were $150 minimum and covered the cost of a five-course meal. Forty-two nonprofit organizations participated and 250 people were in attendance. Some of the beneficiaries included the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Thomas Merton Center, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, New Hazlett Theater, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary than by helping to raise funds by opening our doors to the community and so many worthy organizations,” says LeChat. — I.M.

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Chef Derek Stevens

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Dave & Patty Silberstein, Tom & Nicole Kramer

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Father of the Year Awards

Jason Ross, Ron Violi, John Paul

Friends and family of this year’s three honorees gathered at the Westin Convention Center Hotel for the Father of the Year Awards. The event offered an awards ceremony, silent auction, cocktails, dinner, and dancing for more than 380 guests, who helped to raise $242,000 for the American Diabetes Association! The 2014 Father of the Year honorees are John Paul, president and CEO of Allegheny Health Network; Jason Ross, executive vice president, CFO, and COO of Allegheny Valley Bank; and Ron Violi, CEO of Wheeling Hospital. While enjoying the petit filet and salmon, guests viewed a touching tribute video to the honorees from their families. During the ceremony, former Major League Baseball player Lou Brock and three young ambassadors, ages 8, 9, and 12, spoke on their battles with diabetes. Some of the silent auction item highlights were a Pittsburgh Pirates package, including a luxury box, a meet-and-greet with the Pirates, and an Andrew McCutchensigned bat. And, Alla Famiglia Executive Chef Jonathan Vlasic donated a private dinner party at the winning bidder’s home! Says American Diabetes Association of Western Pennsylvania Executive Director Julie Heverly, “We were thrilled to honor these gentlemen who have such passion for their families and communities, as well as for ending the plight of diabetes in all its forms. Thanks to their leadership and the generosity of their networks, we had our largest and most successful Father of the Year Awards to date.” — C.P.

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Amie & Jody Campbell, Lou Brock, Karrie Hendrick


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Casey Carr, Maggie Carr, Veronica Carr, Valerie Satkoske

Joseph A. Massaro Jr. Alzheimer’s Research Fund Cocktail Party

Electra Agras, Carol Massaro, Jim Agras

Joseph Massaro was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease six years ago, yet doctors are no closer to finding a cure for this life-threatening diagnosis. His wife, Carol, is doing what she can to change that. She founded the Joseph A. Massaro Jr. Alzheimer’s Research Fund as part of the Pittsburgh Foundation, raising more than $250,000 for treatment research. To thank all of the generous donors who had contributed $1,000 or more to the fund, Massaro held a cocktail party at Oakmont Country Club for 220 guests. Supporters enjoyed buffet-style tapas, including grilled vegetables, lamb burgers, sliced filet sandwiches, and smoked salmon, followed by desserts and coffee. “I was amazed and grateful at the response, and I also feel an obligation to use the money that was committed to me to fund the best research possible in Pittsburgh,” says Carol. Incredibly, every dollar raised will go straight toward Alzheimer’s research, since the Massaro family paid for the benefit with their own funds. “I feel so strongly about the research that needs to be done on Alzheimer’s, I didn’t want any of the money to go toward anything except paying for the research,” she says. “I’m so committed to trying to find some answer.” — S.M.

Bonnie Cousin, Donna Murtha


Heidi Fuhrer, Gracia & Peter Sheptak, Frank Fuhrer

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Michael & Jennifer Zampogna, Carol Shriber, Chuck Snyder

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An Evening with Sharon Epperson

Delilah Picart, Todd Rosenfeld

United Way’s United for Women partnered with CNBC correspondent and best-selling author Sharon Epperson for a night of fun, financial education, and fundraising. The two share a common goal of improving financial literacy, particularly among women and underserved communities. Gathered at Fairmont Pittsburgh, 175 guests enjoyed drinks, dinner, and Epperson’s keynote speech. The menu featured an organic arugula greens salad, oven-roasted chicken breast, toasted barley risotto, and toasted almond pound cake with red sangria peaches. During the evening, United for Women Selection Committee co-chair Jayme Butcher announced $575,000 in funding allocations to United for Women agencies! And, a $25,000 gift from BNY Mellon Foundation with an offer to match dollar-fordollar audience donations was announced. In total, the evening raised $30,000! Says United Way Director of Programs Angela Reynolds, “We are grateful for the support of our event sponsors, speakers, and attendees who collectively made a significant impact toward our work in helping local women in times of greatest need. Their support allows us to help empower women across the region to begin rebuilding their lives.” — S.M.

Christie Knott, Alan & Pat Siger, Selma Sherman


Tim Johnson, Atiya Abdelmalik, Hakim Dempsey


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Bob Nelkin, Sharon Epperson, Emma Epperson

Don’s Appliances Wine Tasting

Matt & Kelly Hillebrand, Krista & Sean O’Connor

Don’s Appliances recently held a fun and unique wine glass tasting at its Canonsburg location. Riedel the Wine Glass Company representative Doug Cohn designed the evening as an exploration of the impact wine glass shape can have on perceived taste and enjoyment! Twenty guests sampled savory appetizers by Corporate Chef Anthony Marino alongside the fine wines, enjoying dishes like crab cakes with a spicy remoulade sauce, chicken satay with a dark ale mustard, and stuffed porcini mushrooms with a basil pesto sauce, along with an assortment of cupcakes and other sweet treats for dessert. A silent auction featured covetable prizes like a cooking class with Marino, wine tasting sets, and a Miele coffee maker. Miele, one of the top-ofthe-line brands Don’s Appliances is known for, co-sponsored the event. Over the course of the night, Don’s Appliances and its generous guests managed to raise a total of $2,500 for Autism Speaks! Says Marino, “It was good friends, good food, and good appliances coming together for one great cause.” — S.M.

Christine Takacs, Elizabeth Andreano

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Lucky’s South Side Dog Festival Just off Carson, 24th Street was packed, as more than 1,200 people and their dogs attended Lucky’s South Side Dog Festival to raise money for organizations including the Western PA Humane Society (WPHS), Animal Friends, and the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center. Known for its contests for pets and owners, the festival gave out awards, such as Best Howling and Yipping, Best Dressed, Best Owner/Dog LookAlike, Best Trick, Best Groomed, Furriest Human, and Best Owner/Dog Smooch! The judging panel brought together WPHS Executive Director David Janusek, B. Jay Weiss of Burton’s Total Pet, Adam Sutermaster of Stage AE, Local Luminary Gary Musisko, and WPHS Director of Development Deanne Heller. Winners were gifted a selection of prizes from sponsors Burton’s Total Pet, The Dog Stop, Stage AE, Camp Bow Wow, Petagogy, and Commonwealth Press; the latter was also present for on-site T-shirt screening. Event host Double Wide Grill topped the festival off, serving barbecue, street fare, and catering to guests at its dogfriendly patio and outdoor bar! — B.L.

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A cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception commenced this year’s Great Night Gala at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Guests mixed, mingled, and bid on a slew of auction items in the museum’s Grand Hall, adorned with nostalgic photos of Mister Rodgers. Soon after, an elegant, tented dinner took place on the museum courtyard. Co-chairs Susan and Lee Baierl of Baierl Automotive spoke, crediting supporters’ “investments and advocacy” for an impressive amount raised. Says Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Director of Development Gina Evans, “Under the superb leadership of Susan and Lee Baierl, and their hardworking committee, this year’s Great Night Gala was a tremendous success, raising a record-breaking $350,000! This critical funding will enable the Children’s Museum to welcome 265,000 visitors, including close to 30,000 low-income children and families, to experience its innovative exhibits and experiential programs this year.” Rania’s Catering prepared a super supper of spring greens, herbed goat cheese croutons, and blackberries; pomegranate-glazed braised boneless short rib, a jumbo lump crab cake, a caramelized onion risotto wedge, and spring asparagus; and for dessert, a Mexican chocolate ganache tart and petit fours. Coffee and cocktails continued in Buhl Community Park as guests danced to the entertaining sounds of Jeff Jimerson & Airborne! — A.B.

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Ethereal Elixirs This summer, beat the heat with crisp, icy cocktails. These boozy blends are proof of paradise in a glass — and will have you thirsty for more Details in WHIRL Directory, page 118.

citrine Fortune / Eddie Merlot’s Hendrick’s Punch features Hendrick’s gin, Pimm’s #1 Cup, ginger beer, cucumber, and lemon. The party in a glass can energize a hot afternoon.


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Freshly Picked / Taste a fresh sip of summer with The Pines Tavern’s Tavern Garden Gimlet, made with Farmer’s organic small batch gin, St. Germain, and lime juice. A slice of cucumber and jalapeño make this drink even more special.

Good Measure / Up the ante on your drink game with Grit &

Dynamic Duo / Enjoy the Strawberry Shortcake — vanilla vodka, Strawberry Pucker, Sierra Mist — and/or the Green Star — Malibu rum, Midori, pineapple juice, Sierra Mist — with a dynamic date at Andrew’s Steak & Seafood.

Grace’s Jambie the Genie cocktail, mixed with Metaxa, “the smoothest amber spirit under the Sun,” Shochu, St. Germain, Benedictine, and guava.

Beautiful Bubbly / Pretend you’re in Positano amidst the lemon groves and silky, sapphire-hued water with Il Pizzaiolo’s Bellini — made with with Prosecco and white peach nectar — at your fingertips.

Trip to the Tropics / This pop of deep pink over ice is certainly a talking point at Kaya. Order The Hummingbird, made with Old Overholdt rye, cardamom, hibiscus, white pepper, and pineapple.

Run to the Sun / Add the Rum Runner at BRGR to your bucket list. Made with orange juice, blackberry brandy, and rum, this fruity libation transports you to the islands. wh i r lm ag a z i n e . c o m / W h irl


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Seasonal Sophistication / Cool off with SAVOY’s Cucumber Melon Martini. This light cocktail is made with muddled cucumber, EFFEN cucumber vodka, Thatcher’s organic cucumber liqueur, Marie Brizard watermelon liqueur, and a fresh cucumber slice.

Peruvian Proud / Made with Pisco Portón and topped with frothy whites, Seviche’s Peruvian Grapefruit Martini tastes as pretty as it looks.

Packs a Punch / The Rumfish Punch at Rumfish Grille is a signature of the Bridgeville restaurant. The cocktail is comprised of vodka, gin, rum, Blue Curaçao, Sierra Mist, and sours. 40

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Summer Sweet Tart / You’ll certainly be having a second round of the Paloma cocktail at Social at Bakery Square. The tequila, grapefruit, and lime concoction is perfectly frosty in its glass.

Flora and Fauna / The Flora, comprised of Boyd & Blair Vodka, St. Germain, Crème de Violette, squeezed lime, and agave at Sonoma has an indigo hue and an earthy, lush taste.

FRUIT PUNCH / It’s only summertime happiness here. Erica’s Famous Frojito at Walnut Grill features muddled strawberries, fresh mint, and lime wedges with Cruzan strawberry rum, simple syrup, soda water, and a splash of Sprite.

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Rooftop Rosé / It’s all about refreshment when it comes to rosé. Try the Château de Campuget at Six Penn Kitchen — one glass blushes with elegance.

FLY HIGH / The Porch at Schenley is all about supporting local and being environmentally conscious, so it’s no surprise its bartender poured us one brew after the next from North Country, Full Pint, East End, and Great Lakes brewing companies. THAT’S THE SPIRIT / Rock the Tequila Mockingbird at Casbah. The drink, made with Hornitos Reposado tequila, rhubarb syrup, Combier, and lime, is a fresh choice. Atticus Finch approves.

GOOD MARRIAGE / You can never go wrong with the combination of strawberry and basil. Shady Grove’s blend is a nectarous Strawberry Basil Martini, with lemon juice and simple syrup, key for a stroll stop on Walnut. Sophisticated Sip / Catch the breeze at Bistro 19 with the White Wine Spritzer. The contemporary corner restaurant in Mt. Lebanon serves a glass with a tasty berry skewer for snacking.

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Hungry Crowd Restaurants are serving up the freshest seasonal and local bites — a perfect fit for summertime dining!

Gaucho’s Asado de Tira

great Grill The Strip District’s Gaucho Parrilla Argentina heated things up this summer with the expansion of an outdoor patio. The cozy patio area faces Penn Avenue and allows customers to enjoy incredible food and fresh air while observing the Strip District’s sights, scents, and sounds. Diners still have the pleasure of experiencing Chef Anthony Falcon’s incredible flair for fire-grilled meats and vegetables. The beautifully plated appetizers, including fresh salads, a cheese plate, and an array of sausages from The Strip’s own Parma Sausage, are the perfect warm-up to more substantial fare. Two to take note of are the Agridulce plate — quince, manchego cheese, Salchichón sausage, bitter lettuces, and toast — and the Asado de Tira, comprised of grilled short ribs, lime, chives, onion, and toast. Gaucho’s sandwiches, grilled seafood, pork, and chicken are all delectable choices, but the restaurant is famous above all for its beef. There are five different cuts of steak available! Gaucho Parrilla Argentina, 1607 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.709.6622. eatgaucho.com. — Benjamin Laun

let them Eat Cake At Angelo’s Restaurant in Washington, the gelato empire reigns supreme. With flavors ranging from traditional Italian — like amaretto, stracciatella, and pistachio — to Death by Chocolate, dolce aficionados are encouraged to choose two gelato flavors (out of 22!) to be artfully assembled with either white or chocolate cake, and topped with glossy ganache, and fruit and nut garnishes. Angelo’s in-house mixing process incorporates less air into the Italian ice cream, resulting in a thicker, creamier texture. Pair that with lighter-than-air cakes and your sweet tooth will feel like a champion in its colosseum. Cake sizes can feed a gathering anywhere from two to 55 people, making these festive, frozen confections the perfect finish to any royal feast. Angelo’s Restaurant, 2109 N. Franklin Drive, Washington. 724.222.7120. angelosrestaurant.com. — Colleen Ferguson A moist chocolate cake with Death by Chocolate and Wild Fruits gelato layers and buttercream icing.


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wine Down Andora Restaurant is always a good idea. This month, grab a glass of Shiraz and perch on the patio with some friends and the shrimp bruschetta! On August 19, the Adams Township location is offering its wine dinner, as part of its wine tasting club, Cellar Dwellers. And, on August 21, the club meets at the Fox Chapel location for Wines from Down Under. Cheers, mate! Save the date for August 25, too, for Dinner with the Doc in Cranberry. Dr. Cotey Jordan of Jordan Family Chiropractic will be on hand to discuss “What is Health?” Andora Restaurant, 300 Adams Shoppes SR 228, Adams Township/Cranberry. 724.591.5132. 599 Dorseyville Road, Fox Chapel. 412.967.1900. 1616 Mt. Nebo Road, Sewickley. 412.749.2452. andorarestaurant.com.

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Double Wide Grill in South Side has altered its menu for summertime dining. Soak up the sun outdoors (pups are welcome, too!) with an order of the summer harvest mussels, one pound of mild-flavored and delicate Canadian Prince Edward Island mussels, steamed in a butter garlic wine sauce and served with toast points “for soppin’!” Accompany your starter with the fresh beet, orange, and feta salad, or go for the Hawaiian burger, filled with pineapple salsa, and topped with bacon and an onion ring. Now those are what we call summer eats! Double Wide Grill, 2339 East Carson St., South Side. 412.390.1111. 100 Adams Shoppes, Mars. 724.553.5212. doublewidegrill.com.

The Heirloom Tomato Salads at McCormick & Schmick’s.

tequila Tasting On August 7, say “Olé!” at McCormick & Schmick’s at Piatt Place. The restaurant is presenting a Patrón Tequila Dinner for its patrons! For $75 per person, guests will indulge in crisp bacon scallops with mango-habañero salsa, avocado, and goat cheese crème; mesquite smoked chicken with pepitas, served with wilted spinach, arugula, and a tequila saffron vinaigrette; pan-roasted king salmon with smoked corn purée, plantain, poblano, and crab hash; and a chocolate terrine with Mexican cinnamon whipped cream and Patrón Citronge marmalade. Wash it all down with a Patrón mango freeze, margarita, cilantro julep, and Patrón XO Cafe, and Baileys Irish Cream, respectively. Continue the feasting with McCormick & Schmick’s 35th Anniversary Summer Promotion menu! Choose from the heirloom tomato salad, miso-seared sea scallops, and pan-seared Alaskan halibut, and more. And, catch Chef Ricky Kirsop and his team at Savor Pittsburgh on August 21! McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, 301 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.201.6992. 2667 Sidney St., South Side. 412.432.3260. mccormickandschmicks.com.

new Brew Baseball season is in full force, and Pittsburgh Brewing Company has added its third and final Pittsburgh Pirates-themed Collector Series beer can to its I.C. Light lineup! The new can, emblazoned with “Raise the Jolly Roger,” joins prior “Vintage P” and “Heritage 1887” collectible cans, which will continue to be sold throughout the season. These three cans are the latest in PBC’s long history of cans branded to celebrate Pittsburgh’s strong sports teams and rich athletic history. In order to increase brand awareness and consumer interest, Pittsburgh Brewing Company ran an ad campaign entitled, “Our City, Our Team, Our Beer,” including codes in each Pirates-branded 30-pack that could be entered for a chance to win 95 prizes over the course of 95 days, ending August 21. Prizes include vacations to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Seven Springs, as well as a bus trip to Washington, D.C., for the Pirates versus Nationals game! Other prizes include neon signs, bar mirrors, wall Pittsburgh Brewing Company’s Collector Series cans! clocks, kegerators, and Pirates Prize Packs with tickets and jerseys. Pittsburgh Brewing Company CEO Brian Walsh says that PBC aims to be a “strong local brand tied to the community” and cites the resonance between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the I.C. Light brand as a key to the company’s continued success. According to Walsh, the new cans “are not just commemorative cans. They’re similar to actual jerseys that the Pirates are wearing,” which makes Pittsburghers “feel like they’re at PNC Park” even while watching a game at home. Pittsburgh Brewing Company, 3340 Liberty Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.682.7400. pittsburghbrewing.com. — B.L. Photographs from double wide grill, McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks, Pittsburgh Brewing Company

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Pork Chops with Sweet and Spicy Peperonata

high-level Dining Gazing around Altius’ airy and sleek interior, not a trace of the former Georgetown Inn lies in sight, with the exception of the spectacular view. Mt. Washington’s newest hot spot has foodies abuzz — weekends are “crazy busy” according to Partner/Executive Chef Jessica Bauer. Already successful with Bistro 19 in Mt. Lebanon, this is the second restaurant venture for Bauer and her partner B. DeFrancis. Like its sister space, Altius features a seasonal, ever-evolving menu focused on sustainable and local food, delivered on the next level. “The location lends itself to fine dining,” says Bauer. “Obviously, the view is amazing and that’s what gets people up here, but we try to go above and beyond to give people an experience.” Each dining adventure begins with flavored, house-made popcorn, so as to say “enjoy the show,” followed by an assortment of breads made by the in-house pastry chef and an amuse-bouche. Bauer describes the menu items as whimsical, though not unapproachable or pretentious. A few dishes even put a twist on familiar menu items with elevated ingredients and witty names. One of Altius’ most popular plates, “Tongue n’ Cheek,” for example, is a pierogi stuffed with crispy beef tongue and braised beef cheek, topped with leeks, mushrooms, veal demi, and horseradish crème. And, seated at the bar, diners seeking a more relaxed experience can now savor casual, yet classy, fare, like lobster corn dogs and a ground grass-fed strip steak burger, which Bauer dubs as “the best burger in the city.” From 9 p.m. to close, guests will find an array of appetizers for $7 at the bar as well. On the beverage front, Altius recently launched a new “wine hour,” every day from 5-6 p.m., which boasts a $7 featured glass of wine, a half-off selected cocktail, and a $7 charcuterie plate. We can’t make our way up to Mt. Washington fast enough! Altius, 1230 Grandview Ave., Mt. Washington. 412.904.4442. altiuspgh.com. — Liz Petoniak

delish, Threefold In writing, the rule of three is a principle that suggests heightened satisfaction to the reader. Common Plea Catering has been following this rule in the form of a trio of plates for a starter course, a recent trend. Says Assistant Events Coordinator Stacy Stoller, “It’s always a nice variety for the guests to start with before their main course. It adds a nice touch, too, because guests typically expect a salad as a first course and with this, you get a little bit of everything.” For summer, Stoller says a popular triple choice has been a minted pea soup sip, caprese salad with olive oil and balsamic reduction, and citrus poached shrimp. Common Plea Catering, 2945 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.281.5140. commonplea-catering.com.


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Trending are the trio plates at Common Plea Catering.

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August 2, Fairmont Pittsburgh Cooking Class: For the Love of the Pork August 11-17, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week August 21, Savor Pittsburgh

fearless Leader Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar in Aspinwall welcomes Jason Mooney as its new executive chef! His résumé spans from line chef at the famed New York City establishment Le Bernardin, to corporate chef at Churchill Downs. Mooney holds an associate of science degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University, where he focused his coursework in pastry arts, and took classes in restaurant and facility operations, and nutrition. With “strong butchery skills and contemporary sauce work,” we’re excited to enjoy his cooking at Cornerstone! Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar, 301 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.408.3420. cornerstonepgh.com.


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As the seasons change, Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh never ceases to impress! Executive Chef Jason Dalling and Pastry Chef James Wroblewski have rolled out summer menus, keeping with Habitat’s internationally inspired cuisine. Options include chilled carrot and orange soup, compressed watermelon salad, scallop ceviche, local honey-brined duck breast, and ice cream crunch cake. Want to know what we’re eating all summer? Wroblewski’s Strawberry Fields, comprised of angel food cake, hemp ice cream, rose strawberry cream, and baked crisp streusel! Pop on the urban patio along Fifth Avenue for a fun, exquisite lunch break. Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8848. habitatrestaurant.com. wh i r lm ag a z i n e . c o m / W h irl




model cause Animal activist and adoption advocate Beth Stern is saving souls, one heart at a time By Christine Tumpson • Photographs by Howard Stern


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Catch Beth Stern and Terry Bradshaw hosting the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards on the Hallmark Channel this fall! After Bianca, Beth was reluctant to replace her with another dog. “So now I have become the cat lady,” she laughs. In fact, with her focus on cats and kittens, she has developed insight into their world. And, she is intent on improving it for all of them. Her ideas are brilliant. Instead of housing the homeless animals in cages, she pictures large spaces with plenty of room to roam, to socialize, and to nurture one another. Her vision makes such sense, and also creates an environment that is loving and warm for everyone — from the animals to their caretakers. Such an environment would also bring out the best in the animals. With her trademark smile, Beth tells the story of her newest family member, a cat that NSALA recently rescued from a municipal shelter, who Howard named Yoda. Yoda was a matted, dirty, Persian cat, diagnosed with heart failure, who was surely going to be next in line on the table. Beth tucked him under her arm, determined to give him a better place to spend his last days. He is now one of their six resident cats. When they put Yoda in the room with the foster kittens, he transformed. “He became the den mother,” she says. “He greets each new kitten, cleans them, and keeps them in line. It’s unbelievable.” Beth Stern is confident about her purpose in life — to save little souls and to give them safe homes. The Pittsburgh native beams when she describes how she goes into kill shelters and scoops up tiny kittens from the cold, metal table, seconds before they are scheduled to be euthanized. “I literally take them moments before,” she says. “And then, I take them to my house, where I foster them until they are ready to go to their new home.” Home for the Fox Chapel native is in the Hamptons, where she lives with her superstar husband, Howard Stern. There, the couple nurtures these innocent animals with solid nutrition, baths, and lots of love. “We have an adoption room where we let them roam around, and you can really see the dynamics of their personalities come into play,” says the former model. “When we have guests over, we all sit in there, and the little kittens and cats just play and crawl all over us. It’s quite a sight!” When Beth and Howard were first married, they lived with their English bulldog, Bianca, who truly ruled the house. A favorite story is that because Bianca had such a hearty snore, she was moved out of the bedroom and into a nearby room. In order for her to sleep, however, Bianca would snuggle with one of Beth’s T-shirts every night. When she passed away four years ago, Bianca’s Furry Friends Foundation, which benefits the North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), was created. Since then, Beth’s involvement with the League has taken on epic improvements. She has raised nearly half of her $7 million budget goal, with the help of donors like Billy Joel, who recently donated the proceeds from his Madison Square Garden birthday concert to Bianca’s Furry Friends expansion at NSALA. “I think I will have it all together pretty soon,” says Beth.

So, does Beth herself deliver the foster kittens to their new homes? “Yes,” she says. “People send me the most amazing stories about why they want to get one of them. I have stories that break my heart, from people who lost children to cancer, to families who lost pets or people, and want to add a little more love to their homes. And then, I personally deliver them.” The week before our meeting in Amagansett, N.Y., she had delivered a kitten to a family in Asbury Park, N.J. “You should have seen their faces when I got to the door,” she says, smiling at the memory. When asked how she does it all, from television appearances, to photo shoots, to running a busy household, to fostering animals and fundraising, Beth gives away her secret: “This is what I love, what I would be doing regardless of anything else. My work with animals is my life, and it’s my bliss. When I’m not doing this, I’m with Howard and our family and friends, so it comes together naturally. I know I’m meant to be right here, where I am now.” Because Beth and I share the philosophy that “everything happens for a reason,” I ask her what her life is like now that her husband’s popularity and fame has grown. “Oh, wow,” she says, shaking her head. “The other day, we went into a restaurant, and these little children were running up to Howard, calling him Judge Howard.” She takes a dramatic pause, letting her smile grow wider and says, “He turned to me and said, ‘If they only knew I was Fart Man.’” North Shore Animal League America, 25 Davis Ave., Port Washington, N.Y. 516.883.7575. animalleague.org.

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pittsburgH pups By Rachel Jones

As Beth said earlier, opening your heart and home to a pet is rewarding and beneficial for both pets and pet owners alike. And, thinking of my own rescued pup, Duke, I couldn’t agree more! We’ve chatted with Pittsburgh’s pet experts for top adoption tips and the most popular products to use at home. Paw through this guide for everything you need to find a new best friend and give him/her the best life possible.

THE ADOPTION OPTION Welcome to the Family As the only organization in the region that helps both domestic and wild animals, the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center has plenty of pets in need of a loving home. Ann Yeager, director of marketing at the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, says more than 7,000 pets are adopted from the shelter each year.

To adopt a new best friend, potential owners must: Be 21 years old and show photo ID Know that fees depend on the dog’s age and breed Own a home or have a lease that has in writing that pets are permitted Bring everyone living in the household to the shelter to meet the dog (This includes dogs who already live at the home, too!)

All potential adopters must first meet with an adoption counselor, who will offer advice and answer any questions. “Basic points of pet ownership — such as details on costs, obedience training, and crate training — are discussed with the adoption counselor,” Yeager says. “We also discuss what we know about the history of the animal and any knowledge of medical or behavioral issues that have been observed while the animal has been in our care.” Once the parents are comfortable with the adoption and the dog is comfortable with its new family, everyone can move forward toward a happier home together. Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, 6620 Hamilton Ave., East Liberty. 412.345.7300. animalrescue.org. 48

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The Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center is the only shelter in the tri-state area that is an emergency shelter for the Humane Society of the United States! Photographs FROM DeVon Troy

The adoption fee at the Western PA Humane Society gets pets ready to move into their forever homes. It covers: Spay/neutering services All age-appropriate vaccinations Heartworm tests Flea treatment/prevention applications AVID Microchip (form of permanent identification)


For Pets’ Sake The adoption process takes some prep work from the other side of the relationship, too. Some animals have a hard time transitioning from former homes, to shelters, to new homes, especially if a previous owner was neglectful or abusive. To show them the love they deserve, the dedicated staff at the Western PA Humane Society offers an Enrichment program. Creating a more positive and productive experience for the animals, Enrichment helps reduce boredom, stress, and undesired behaviors. Kristen Lane, director of marketing and public relations at the Western PA Humane Society, says a fun, stimulating environment is produced through toys, puzzles, sensory games, and play groups; and a calming effect is implemented by playing music or reading to the animals. “It’s especially valuable for dogs, who may show the stresses of shelter life more visibly than cats and rabbits,” Lane adds. “We focus on dogs by teaching them basic manners, giving them the confidence and training necessary to make a good impression on adopters, and the life skills to succeed in the real world.” Enrichment ensures both parties are excited about adoption and is certainly making strides in the shelter — more than 6,000 pets are adopted every year! Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., North Shore. 412.321.4625. wpahumane.org.

When there’s an influx of kittens at a shelter or a feral cat colony in a neighborhood, the Homeless Cat Management Team works to give them better lives. Margo Cicci Wisniewski, who volunteers with the local team, says most of her work involves trapping or transporting trapped cats, providing spay/neuter/vaccination services, and rereleasing the cats back into their neighborhoods. She also takes in kittens of feral cats through a group called Pittsburgh Feral Cat Movement, getting them socialized and ready to move into forever homes. “Kittens need to be two or more pounds to be spayed and three pounds to get a rabies shot,” she explains. “If there were more people who could foster, it would help tremendously.” Recently, Wisniewski took in a nervous momma cat and her three-week-old kittens. Gaining their trust, she nursed them back to health and found them wonderful new parents. “People say that I rescued these cats, but I was just the bridge from the life they had to the life they’re going to have,” she says. “Finding them and making them healthy is a rescue mission, but it’s not complete until they’re in their forever home. I need adoptive parents to help me complete that mission and make the happy ending.” The Homeless Cat Management Team, 412.321.4060. homelesscat.org.

make me a match With so many lovable pups at Animal Friends, it’s hard to pick just one! Luckily, the knowledgable staff at the shelter is happy to serve as a personal matchmaker. Share some basic information about your household and ideals for a new best friend, and they can introduce you to a pet who best fits the criteria. “While we do our best to streamline the adoption process, we know that adding a new family member is an important decision,” explains Animal Friends Chief Operating Officer Kathleen Beaver. “We will work with you for as long as needed to make the match a great one.” Once an adoption is made, the adoption counselor follows up three times within the first three months, the Medical Wellness Program provides treatment for any contagious diseases within the first 14 days after adoption, and the Behavior Wellness Program provides guidance and advice as your new pet settles in. With a goal for 2014 to have 2,400 dogs, cats, and rabbits adopted into loving homes, Beaver encourages the people of Pittsburgh to adopt their pets and recommend that their friends do the same. “When you adopt from Animal Friends, you’re really saving two lives: the life of the pet that you welcome into your home and the life of a pet that is able to take its place in our shelter,” Beaver explains. “Those two lives will be changed forever.” Not to mention the lives of the adopters, too! Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, North Hills. 412.847.7000. thinkingoutsidethecage.org. Photograph from Kristen Lane, harry giglio

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GROOM AND BOARD Home Away From Home It’s hard to leave your best friend behind sometimes, but finding the best doggie daycare or boarding center is easy in Pittsburgh. Dogs and cats can retreat to the PawSpa Resort’s 6,000-square-foot center for a modern and relaxing stay. The facility is not your typical boarding kennel, as each pet is a part of the PawSpa family while there, whether it’s for daycare or an extended vacation. Playtime in the indoor and outdoor romper rooms allows the pups to spend time with each other and the staff members, one-on-one. At bed time, guests are invited to spacious, individual suites — not cages. There’s even a private room with two large condos for feline friends. First-class grooming is also available, and bathing products and customdesigned accessories can continue the freshness at home. But, your pup will probably be more interested in the all-natural, gourmet treats and fun toys! PawSpa Resort, 1701 Saw Mill Run Blvd., Overbrook. 412.444.7020. pawsparesortpittsburgh.com.

Problems Solved Personalize your pup’s get-clean routine with products from Mutt Nose Best. Available at The Dog Stop® — the city’s premiere doggie daycare and boarding facility — the shampoos, conditioners, and colognes combine for a sweet-smelling and good-looking result. Each line caters to popular bath time concerns, such as U. Dirty Dog, which deep cleans without stripping the coat of natural oils, or U. Hairy Dog, which reduces shedding and releases the undercoat for easy brushing. “We love the fact that their line has so much variety and addresses multiple issues, such as itchiness, fleas/ticks, sensitive skin, odor, and deshedding with formulas for both puppies and adult dogs,” says Sara Ruth, director of customer service and marketing at The Dog Stop®. “Their formulas are sulfate free, highly concentrated, and incorporate local ingredients when possible. We also appreciate that Mutt Noes Best is so environmentally conscious in every step of their production and packaging.” Peruse these products while setting up doggie daycare or boarding stays at The Dog Stop®. The Dog Stop®, 1140 Washington Blvd., East End. 412.361.0911. 2858 Banksville Road, South Hills. 412.343.1171. 2530 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.315.7050. 8325 Ohio River Blvd., Emsworth/ Sewickley. 412.766.3647. thedogstop.net. Experts recommend bath time at least once a month — unless an encounter with a mud puddle or skunk requires immediate attention!


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Mutt Nose Best Ear and Eye Wipes in Green Tea & Lemon Grass, $10.99 Mutt Nose Best U. Itchy Puppy Eau de Toilet in Kava Kava, $10.99 Mutt Nose Best U. Itchy Puppy Soothing Shampoo in Kava Kava, $12.99 Mutt Nose Best U. Berry Clean Dog Shampoo in Blueberry Bubbles, $12.99 Mutt Nose Best U. Berry Clean Dog Eau de Toilet in Blueberry Bubbles, $10.99 Mutt Nose Best U. Smelly Dog Odor Neutralizing Shampoo in Rosemary Peppermint, $12.99 Mutt Nose Best U. Smelly Dog Eau de Toilet in Rosemary Peppermint, $10.99

Photograph from Timothy M. Roberts, BY MICHAEL FORNATARO

Beautiful Inside and Out You know most of your cuddle time with your dog is spent scratching behind those adorable ears! Regular baths keep coats clean, but proper nutrition keeps them healthy. Woody’s Dog Wash and Boutique offers treatments and treats to accomplish both goals. The Bathmaster Therapeutic Bathing Systems dispenses high-end, quality products directly from a hose, offering the choice of having Woody’s staff wash your dog or getting your pup in the suds yourself with a self-serve bath. (They’ll clean and disinfect the large, waist-high tubs for you!) The boutique’s large selection of food and goodies include top brands like Orijen, ACANA, Fromm Family Foods, NutriSource, Pure Vita, Dave’s, Weruva, Primal Raw, and Answer’s Raw Goat Milk. Ann Cipriani, owner of Woody’s Dog Wash and Boutique, says the professional staff works with owners to find the right food for the dog’s age, breed, and needs. Healthy bakery case cookies can be bought individually, or you can fill a bag with smaller treats for $1.59/bag. For bigger chews, Cipriani recommends the shedded elk and deer antlers, which are longlasting and full of Calcium, or the shredded beef rawhide sticks, which are three feet long and made in the U.S. Either one would make a perfect post-bath present! Woody’s Dog Wash and Boutique, 5843 Brownsville Road, South Park. 412.714.4644. woodysdogbath.com.


Woody’s Dog Wash and Boutique even offers food returns and frequent buyer programs!

Photographs from Woody’s Dog Wash and Boutique

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Your dog just might have a better time than you on your next vacation! Reasons Camp Bow Wow is the #1 Trusted National brand: Live Camper Cams to see what your dog experiences ~ 15 to 1 staff ratio Certified staff ~ Tours any time Green Tree • Castle Shannon North Hills • Highland Park www.CampBowWowPgh.com 412-362-7529

IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS Good Dog! In addition to offering top-notch daycare, overnight, and grooming services, Camp Bow Wow is taking its passion for pups on the road! “We’ve been doing events and programs to make us more than just a daycare and boarding facility,” says Nicole Zinsser, camp scout at Camp Bow Wow. “We want to be a resource in the community for training and taking care of dogs, too.” The Behavior Buddies program teaches dogs basic obedience training and spreads awareness of dog bite prevention. Held in local schools, libraries, and summer camps, these free sessions teach elementary-aged children that dog bites stem from miscommunication. “Our trainers explain scenarios from the dog’s perspective and use a book to help the children follow along,” Zinsser says. “It will say things like, ‘Don’t pet me while I’m eating because I might get scared.’” One of Camp Bow Wow’s pet therapy dogs also attends the class, so children can practice appropriate petting. Helping to decrease the number of dog bites each year, the important information makes neighborhood walks more enjoyable for pet owners and admirers alike. And, if you’re the one holding the leash, Camp Bow Wow offers seminars on running with your dog. Learn what distance and pace is best for your dog’s breed, and other top tips, including: Use a sturdy, well-fitting harness Bring water bottles for proper hydration Practice basic commands before heading out (Zinsser says the best one to have down is “Leave it!” so your pup doesn’t pick up any potentially gross or dangerous litter!) Camp Bow Wow, 2327 Babcock Blvd., North Hills. 412.931.9247. 1325 Washington Blvd., Highland Park. 412.362.7529. 710 Trumbull Drive, Green Tree. 412.276.9247. 971 Killarney Drive, Castle Shannon. 412.885.2267. campbowwow.com.


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Dog Wash & Pet Boutique

Healthy Pet Products • 5 Star Foods


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Just as every dog has its day, every arts and culture nonprofit gets its day, too! The annual Arts Day of Giving — aka ArtsDOG! — is an 18-hour opportunity for members of the community to donate to their favorite nonprofits online to support the arts community. Sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Pittsburgh Foundation, this year’s day to give online is October 2. To kick off the celebration, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is hosting Unleashed: Art Party and Dog Costume Contest on September 3. Artists and dog lovers alike can sign up from August 15-September 1 to enter their dogs or designs into the parade. The free contest will determine the new ArtsDOG mascot and grant five artists, selected at random, unrestricted funds during ArtsDOG! The parade starts at 6 p.m. outside of the New Hazlett Theater, with a $10 happy hour inside until 9 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit pittsburghartscouncil.org. Photographs from bergin smith, CAMP BOW WOW

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2014 SEMI-ANNUAL EVENT GUIDE Compiled by Andrea Bosco and Shaune Marx

As this past social season has wrapped, another has just begun! We’re gearing up our photographers and wardrobes for some of the hottest parties, charitable galas, and philanthropic races. We’ve curated this master list of nearly 400 events, from August to January, for your organizational needs. Grab a highlighter and start saving the dates!

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AUG 2014

August 1

August 5

August 8

Public Grand Opening


Dark Star Orchestra

f Pittsburgh Botanic

Through August 3

Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt f Fort Pitt Museum

T 412.281.9284

Garden T 412.444.4464

f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 August 6

August 2

St. Barnabas Charities 5K Run/ Walk

Benefits St. Barnabas Free Care Fund  . Barnabas Medical f St

Center T 724.625.377

Sample of Station Square Benefits Western PA Humane Society f Station Square

T 412.321.4625 x315 August 7

Amy Stewart Lecture, Book Signing, and Lunch Benefits Pittsburgh Botanic Garden  estin Convention Center fW

Hotel, Meat & Potatoes T 412.444.4464

BRUCE IN THE U.S.A. — Station Square Summer Jam f Station Square

T stationsquare.com/ SummerJam

August 1

Gary Racan’s Warriors Rock! — A Benefit for Wounded Warrior Project f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 August 1

Panic! at the Disco with Walk the Moon and Magic Man f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483

August 4

28th Annual YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Golf Tournament

August 8

Italian American Musical Performance: DisCanto f Senator John Heinz

History Center

T 412.454.6000 August 8

The Hipsters Concert

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center f Club Café

T 412.345.0346

Concert Series

August 8-9

f Streets of Cranberry

Three Rivers Storytelling Festival

T 412.345.7300

August 1

T 412.229.5483

August 7 Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center

Heather Brent and Jamie Wallace at last year’s Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

f Stage AE

August 7

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party f The National Aviary

T 412.586.4727,

pittsburghrestaurantweek. com

August 7-September 14

Quantum Theatre’s TAMARA

f Winchester Thurston

School, North Campus

T 412.449.9373

August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14

Art on Tap f Westmoreland Museum

of American Art @rt 30

T 724.837.1500 August 8

f Rodef Shalom

5th Anniversary Celebration

Benefits YMCA Urban Centers and Programs

T 412.362.1713

T 412.231.7777

f St. Clair Country Club

August 7, 14, 21, 28

August 8

August 4

The Ancient Art of Belly Dance Classes

The Underwear Party

T 412.227.3824

EMSDC Golf Outing Benefits Minority Business Enterprises Scholarship Fund

f Quicksilver Golf Club

T 412.391.4423 August 4

JDRF Summer Golf Classic Benefits JDRF f Ligonier Country Club

T 412.471.1414


f Trust Arts Education

f Rivers Casino

f The Livermore

T 412.512.2828

Center T 412.456.6666

August 9

August 8

f Westmoreland Museum

@rt 30 Open House of American Art @rt 30

65 Roses Baseball Club

T 724.837.1500

Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

August 9

f PNC Park

T 412.321.4422

Fort Pitt Speakers Series — Dr. Holly Mayer f Fort Pitt Museum

T 412.281.9284


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August 9

Gladiators of the Cage: The North Shore’s Rise to Power VI f Stage AE

T 412.403.8954 August 9

Howard Hanna Butler Office Golf Outing Benefits Children’s Free Care Fund  kview Golf Club, f Oa

August 10

WMBA-WBVP Special Ride for Special People Motorcycle Run Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation f Location TBD

T 724.843.0365 August 10

Youngblood Hawke with Caught A Ghost

Slippery Rock T 724.282.7903

f Stage AE

August 9

August 11-17

Howard Hanna Kiski Valley Office Purse Bash

Style & Steel Style Week Pittsburgh 2014

Benefits Children’s Free Care Fund f West Leechburg Fire Hall

T 724.478.1002 August 9

Making Comics with Tom Scioli f Trust Arts Education

Center T 412.456.6666 August 9

Smooches for Pooches

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center f Sephora, Shadyside

T 412.687.2484 August 9

U.S. Open 2016 Cocktail Reception Unveiling Burton Morris’ 2016 U.S. Open Piece f Oakmont Country Club

T 412.828.8000 August 9-10

250th Anniversary of the Blockhouse

T 412.229.5483

Benefits Strong Women, Strong Girls f Locations Vary

T 412.519.0182,


August 11-17

T 724.759.2963

f Nemacolin Woodlands


T 866.344.6957 August 16

August 14

Bocce Tournament and Festival

Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Gala Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation  ni William Penn Hotel f Om

Grand Ballroom

f Senator John Heinz

History Center

T 412.454.6000

T 412.321.4422

August 16

August 14

Free Fur All

Tesla with American Dog and The Vagabonds f Stage AE

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center  nimal Rescue League fA

Shelter & Wildlife Center

T 412.345.7300

T 412.229.5483 Kary Cole and Josh Milan at the 2013 Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Gala.

Chevelle with Middle Class Rut f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 August 12

Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund Event Benefits Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship  lley Brook Country Club f Va

T 724.969.0215

August 14, 27

August 16

August 13

Steak Shoot

Jam on Walnut

f T he Shooting Academy

Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Candidates’ Comedy Night Benefits Allegheny County Music Festival Fund f Pittsburgh Improv

T 412.350.3428

Benefits The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh f The ToonSeum

T 412.421.1500 Photograph by Cayla Zahoran

Riverboat Room and Speakeasy T 412.233.3903

August 12

August 10

f North Park

Benefits Sisters Place  ni William Penn Hotel, f Om

T 412.788.2333, 724.728.7200

Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust Comic Book Launch Party

Benefits YMCA Building Bridges Scholarships

Friends at the Tables

f Bocktown Beer and Grill

August 14

Janney and the Y

August 15-17

Women’s Weekend: A Wellness Workshop


f Fort Pitt Museum

T 412.281.9284

August 14

at the Nemacolin Field Club T 724.329.6770

f Walnut Street, Shadyside

T 412.321.4422 August 16

August 15

2014 Celebrity Care Fest

Benefits Mel Blount Youth Home and Pine Richland Youth Organizations  05 Avonlea Court, f4

Gibsonia T hm3independencefund. org

Music for McGuire: An Afternoon of Harmony Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation f Jergel’s Rhythm Grill

T 724.843.0365 August 16

Music for MS

Benefits National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western PA Chapter f Hartwood Acres

T 412.261.6347

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August 16

August 17

August 21-24

Yinzer 5K

University of Pittsburgh’s India Day Celebration

Bloomfield Little Italy Days

Benefits Light of Life f North Park Boathouse

T 412.258.6163 August 16-29

UPMC Kids’ Zoofari f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG

Aquarium T 412.665.3640 August 16

Unveiling of Dormont Pool: A Painting by Johno Prascak Benefits Friends of Dormont Pool

Benefits The Indian Nationality Room Committee of the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs  hedral of Learning f Cat

Commons Room T 412.624.6000 August 18

16th Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing Benefits ACHIEVA  lley Brook Country f Va


T 412.995.5000 x526

f James Gallery

f Bloomfield

Preview Party at the Public f O’Reilly Theater

T 412.377.2923

T 412.316.1600

August 22

Chris Sidick Night Benefits National Kidney Foundation f CONSOL Energy Park

T 412.261.4115

August 22-September 7

Labor Day Sidewalk Sale f The Galleria of Mt.


August 27

Slightly Stoopid f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 August 27-September 7

The Pajama Men f City Theatre

T 412.431.2489 August 29

T 412.561.4000 August 23

T 412.561.7692

August 27

Bag Toss on Bigbee Benefits Beverly’s Birthdays f Bigbee St. Park

6th Annual Run Your Rox Off 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk Benefits McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation f Miles Bryan School

T 412.719.8784

T mckeesrocks.com

August 23

Kids in the Kitchen f Metamorphosis Center,

LLC T 724.260.0797

August 29 -September 1

Labor Day Weekend Celebration f Nemacolin Woodlands


T 866.344.6957

August 23

2014 LHAS Gala: Orchids in the Moonlight

Kelly & Jay Sukernek at last year’s Party at the Pier.

Benefits the LHAS Orchid Fund f Fairmont Pittsburgh

T 412.648.6106, lhas.net Family House’s 2013 Polo Match August 17

August 20

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Ballet Under the Stars

From Slavery to Freedom Film Series: W.E.B. Du Bois

f Hartwood Acres

T 412.454.6000

T 412.454.9138 August 17

Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures f Senator John Heinz

History Center T 412.454.6000

f Homewood Library


August 21

Cocktails for a Cause Benefits YWCA Greater Pittsburgh f LeMont Restaurant

T 412.255.1261

Benefits Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank  hipps Conservatory and fP

Botanical Gardens

T 412.622.6914 August 25

Peak Medical Sales Rep Prep f Nemacolin Woodlands


T 866.344.6957 August 26

Savor Pittsburgh — A Celebration of Cuisine Benefits Magee-Womens Foundation

f Stage AE

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Red, Ripe and Roasted

Austin Mahone Live on Tour with Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, and Alex Angelo

August 21

f Stage AE


August 24

T 412.229.5483

August 30

Dog Days of Summer

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center f Kimmie’s Castle Shannon

T 412.345.7300

Photographs by Nikki Turner, Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC


Mimi & Ralph Falbo at last year’s Party at the Pier.

September 1

The 26th Annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk, and Kids’ Kickoff Run Benefits Art Rooney Scholarship Fund f Heinz Field

T 412.697.7713 September 3

Unleashed: Art Party and Dog Costume Competition Benefits Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council of The Pittsburgh Foundation f New Hazlett Theater

T 412.394.2060 September 3

Wednesday Wine Flights, Sommelier Night f Cabaret at Theater


T 412.456.6666 September 3-14

Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice f City Theatre

T 412.431.2489 September 4

A Day to Remember — Parks and Devastation Tour f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 September 5

Party at the pier

September 5-7

September 6

September 8

Your Golf Game, Behind the Scenes


6th Annual Golf Classic

f Nemacolin Woodlands

Resort T 866.344.6957 September 6

31st Annual Family House Polo Match Benefits Family House  rtwood Acres f Ha

T 412.647.5811 September 6

Family Hospice Annual Memorial Walk and 5K Run Benefits Family Hospice & Palliative Care  orth Shore Riverfront fN

Benefits Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team  llegheny County fA

Airport, Main Terminal

T pittrescue.org

Benefits Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center f Longue Vue Golf Club

T 412.456.6695

September 6

September 10

River City Brass Presents 42nd Street

The Used and Taking Back Sunday f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483

f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000

September 10, 24

September 6

Twenty One Pilots f Stage AE

Steak Shoot f The Shooting Academy at

the Nemacolin Field Club

T 412.229.5483

T 724.329.6770

September 7

September 12

Park T 412.572.8812

Summer Sidewalk Sale

T Riverlifepgh.org

September 6

September 5

Free Open House 1-Hour Tours

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center  he Galleria of Mt. fT

8th Annual Charlie Ross Memorial Charity Golf Outing

Benefits Riverlife  ivers Casino fR


11th Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story Benefits Allegheny Children’s Initiative f Power Center at

Duquesne University T pghfashionstory. eventbrite.com

Photograph by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC

f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 September 6

Grammy Winner Kirk Whalum Presents Jazz f Hillman Center for

Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy T 412.968.3045

Lebanon T 412.345.7300

f Quicksilver Golf Club

T 412.344.3640 September 12

September 8

Farm-to-Table: Harvest Tasting

11th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

f Chatham University Eden

f Allegheny Country Club

T 412.454.6405

Benefits Mainstay Life Services

Hall Campus

T 412.365.1375

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September 12

Connected at the Roots: An African American Art Exhibition f Sweetwater Center for

the Arts T 412.741.4405

September 13, October 11, November 8

Inside Tours of Meadowcroft Rockshelter f Meadowcroft Rockshelter

and Historic Village T 724.587.3412

September 14

September 15

Macy’s Elephant Day

Hosanna Industries’ 17th Annual Golf Benefit

f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG


T 412.665.3640

Benefits Hosanna Industries, Inc. f Shannopin Country Club

T 724.770.0262 September 15

Howard Hanna Monroeville Office “Ciao Ciao” Italian Festival Benefits Children’s Free Care Fund f Located TBD

T 412.856.8800 September 16

Craft Beer School, Always a Home Game f Cabaret at Theater


T 412.456.6666 September 17

Cranberry Township Heart Walk Benefits American Heart Association  ranberry Woods Office fC

Ericka Idler, Todd Ramnanan, Alexander Meshcheryakov, Chef Kevin Watson, and Ty Kerstetter at the 2013 Flavors of Pittsburgh. September 12

September 14

St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference: “Winds of Change”

4th Annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival

f The Washington Place T 724.444.5580

September 12

Benefits the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Shalom Pittsburgh Division  nderson Playground, fA

Schenley Park

T 412.992.5204

ZooBrew: Oktoberfest

September 14

f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG

Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cycle for Life

Aquarium T 412.665.3640

f Settlers Cabin Park

September 13

September 14

American Tour 64

Flavors of Pittsburgh

f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666

September 13

Neotolia Live Benefits The Turkish Nationality Room Committee of the University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs f Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

T 412.624.6000


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T 412.321.4422


September 14

T 724.453.1004

Mexican War Streets September 18 House & Garden Tour Hillman’s 10th Anniversary Benefits Mexican War Streets Society f North Side

T 412.848.1083 September 14

Pittsburgh Out of the Darkness Community Walk Benefits American Foundation for Suicide Prevention f Highmark Stadium

T 412.260.0789 September 14

f Hillman Center for

Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy T 412.968.3045 September 18

Pittsburgh Kidney Walk Kick-Off Event Benefits National Kidney Foundation  ve and Buster’s, f Da


T 412.261.4115 September 18

T 412.434.7077

The 14th Annual Run/ Salon Noir Walk to Break the f New Hazlett Theater Silence on Ovarian T 412.320.4610 Cancer

September 14

Benefits National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Living Pink Pageant

f North Park Boathouse

Benefits American Liver Foundation  estin Convention fW

Center Hotel

Benefits Cancer Caring Center  lvatore’s Banquet Hall, f Sa

Baldwin T 412.622.1212

T 412.661.1095

September 18

The Wine Opener Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation f The Priory Grand Hall

T 412.321.4422

Photograph by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC

September 18

United Way of Allegheny County Build-A-Bike Event Benefits fitUnited program of United Way  edEx Great Hall, Heinz fF

Field T 412.456.6831

September 20

September 22

September 22

Moms in Training Pineapple Classic 5K Obstacle Course

JDRF Tee Up for a Cure

St. Barnabas Fall Classic

Benefits JDRF

Benefits St. Barnabas Free Care Fund

f Location TBD

f Butler Country Club

September 22

September 23

Milestone Golf Classic

Tommy Emmanuel

Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western PA f Hartwood Acres

T 412.395.2876

September 19-21

September 20

Clemente: The Legend of 21

The Most Amazing Race

f Byham Theater

T 412.456.6666 September 19

One Sensational Gala: An Evening of Celebration Honoring Dr. Ken Gargaro Benefits Pittsburgh Musical Theater f Gargaro Theater

T pittsburghmusicals.com September 20

Baptist Homes Society’s Annual Community Day

Benefits The Salvation Army’s Allegheny County Youth Programs f SouthSide Works

T 412.446.1644 September 20

The Power of Laughter — Health Workshop & Comedy Luncheon Benefits American Heart Association f Westin Convention

September 20

The Sewickley Show: Antiques Reimagined

Beaver County Heart Walk

f Edgeworth Club

@ the Gazebo T 724.453.1004 September 20

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center  nimal Rescue League fA

Shelter & Wildlife Center T 412.345.7300 September 20

Crawl for Cancer Benefits Cancer Caring Center f Station Square

T 412.622.1212

September 23

13th Annual Women’s Leadership Council Breakfast

September 22

Scott Lang Memorial Golf Classic Benefits La Roche College Athletics Department f Wildwood Golf Club T 412.536.1092

Benefits The United Way of Allegheny County  yndham Grand fW

Pittsburgh Downtown

T 412.456.6831

Cindy & Andy Russell at Animal Friends’ 2013 Black Tie & Tails.

September 21

Community Day f The Galleria of Mt.


T 412.561.4000 September 21

Family Health Day f Wilfred R. Cameron

Wellness Center

T 724.225.WELL (9355) September 21

Garden-to-Table with Justin Severino of Cure Benefits Pittsburgh Botanic Garden  rden’s New Bayer f Ga

Welcome Center

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

September 21

T 412.471.1414 x5

T 412.371.7391 x116

T 412.456.6666

T 412.741.2593

September 20

f Schenley Park

f Edgewood Country Club

Benefits The Child Health Association of Sewickley

T 412.444.4464

Benefits JDRF

f Byham Theater

Benefits Milestone Centers, Inc.

Center Hotel

September 20-21

Benefits American Heart Association  owntown Beaver — fD

T 724.444.5521

T 412.208.3606

f Baptist Homes Nursing

Home T 412.563.6550

T 412.471.1414

Walk at the Waterfront Benefits Cancer Caring Center f Waterfront in Homestead

T 412.622.1212 Photograph by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC

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Terry Mohr, Mary Ann Miller, Stephanie Samolovitch, and Keith Parish at the 2013 Jeans, Jewels and Jam.

September 30

The Wiggles: Ready, Steady, Wiggle! Tour f Benedum Center

T 412.456.6666 September 30

The 10th Annual Voices Carry Benefits Auberle f Stage AE

T 412.673.5856, auberle.org/ voices-carrY

Oct October 1

Nick & Knight f Location TBD

T 412.456.6666 October 1

Philip Pelusi Fashion Trend Runway Show September 23-October 5

September 25

September 27

The Book of Mormon

The VIPink Party


Benefits Allegheny Valley Hospital

f Stage AE T 412.229.5483

f Heinz Hall

f Location TBD

T 412.456.6666

T 724.226.7178

September 25

September 26

Arabia Treasure Hunt Featuring Wigle Whiskey

f Cultural District

f Senator John Heinz

History Center T 412.454.6000

Gallery Crawl T 412.456.6666

September 26-27

Animal Friends’ Black Tie & Tails

September 25

Benefits Animal Friends

Evening of Exploration Wine Tasting Event

f Location TBD

Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation  orton’s The fM

September 27

T 724.843.0365

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center f Hartwood Acres


September 25

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, Lucie Brock-Broido Benefits University of Pittsburgh Department of English  rick Fine Arts fF

Auditorium T 412.624.6508

T 412.847.7000, thinkingoutsidthecage.org

Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival

Amphitheatre T 412.345.7300 September 27

September 27

Moving Day Benefits Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania f Highland Park Reservoir

T 412.837.2542 September 27

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T 1.888.263.4720 October 1

Wednesday Wine Flights, Killer Cabs! f Cabaret at Theater Square

T 412.456.6666 October 2

T 412.322.0800 September 27-28

f WQED Multimedia

f MCG Jazz

American Indian Heritage Weekend f Meadowcroft Rockshelter

and Historic Village

T 724.587.3412 September 28

Rock Your Bliss Pittsburgh f Rodef Shalom Congregation

T yogaflowpittsburgh.com

Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation f KDKA-TV and KDKA-FM

T 724.843.0365 62

f Diesel Club Lounge

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay

Patti Austin

JDRF Western PA Westmoreland Walk September 30 to Cure Diabetes The First Annual Benefits JDRF KDKA-TV Miracles for f University of Pittsburgh McGuire Telethon at Greensburg T 412.471.1414

Benefits Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh

Benefits YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

T 412.255.1261 October 2

Hillman Cancer Center Gala 2014: A Future Without Cancer

Benefits University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC CancerCenter f CONSOL Energy Center

T 412.623.4777 October 2

The Art of Wine & Food Benefits HEARTH  hildren’s Museum of fC


T 412.366.9801 Photograph by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC

October 2-12

October 4

Stop Kiss by Diana Son

Washington County Heart Walk

Benefits University of Pittsburgh Stages f Henry Heymann Theatre

T 412.624.7529

October 2-November 2

The Glass Menagerie f O’Reilly Theater

T 412.316.1600 October 3

Setting a Place for My Sister Benefits Sisters Place  ittsburgh Marriott City fP


T 412.233.3903 October 4

2nd Annual Beard & Mustache Competition

Benefits American Heart Association

f CONSOL Energy Park

October 5

Pitt Choirs Showcase f Bellefield Hall


T 412.624.4125 October 6

Lev Society Event

Greater Pittsburgh Offices T 412.992.5249 October 6

f Rivers Casino

f Cabaret at Theater

October 4

Fayette County Heart Walk Benefits American Heart Association f Penn State Eberly Campus

T 1.800.209.1151 x3471 October 4

River City Brass Presents Legends f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 October 4

Blessing and Celebration of Animals

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center  ellefonte Street, fB

Shadyside T 412.345.0346 October 4

Stand Down Pittsburgh Benefits Veterans and Homeless  hepherd’s Heart fS

Fellowship T 412.481.8200

Children's Performances Acting Classes Summer Camps Field Trips

Benefits Lev Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh  ewish Federation of fJ

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center

T 412.345.7300

Original, Interactive, Musical Theater for Children!

T 724.453.1004

412-243-6464 www.geminitheater.org

Linda Eder Square

T 412.456.6666 October 7

Steez Promo Presents The Worlds Tour f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 October 10-11

Bob Mintzer R & Big Band f MCG Jazz

T 412.322.0800 October 10

Jeans, Jewels, and Jam! Benefits Cancer Caring Center  he Left Field Meeting fT

Space, North Shore

T 412.622.1212

Thursday, August 21st Stage AE VIP Tickets 5:30pm $125 General Admission 6:30pm $75

October 10-12

Xtreme Hike

Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation f Laurel Highlands

Hiking Trail

T 412.321.4422

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October 17

The Gaslight Anthem with Special Guest Against Me

Marilee Tudi, Katherine Freyvogel, and Linn Swanson at the 2013 Leading Ladies Gala.

f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 October 17-18

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody f Byham Theater

T 412.456.6666

October 17-19

Awaken the Soul: A Wellness Weekend f Nemacolin Woodlands


T 866.344.6957 October 18

15th Annual Paw Prints October 10-19

October 12

October 16

Fall Art Show

Jackson Browne

f The Galleria of Mt.

f Benedum Center

Leading Ladies XI Gala

Lebanon T 412.561.4000 October 11

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet f Byham Theater

T 412.456.6666 October 11

Best Friends Ball

T 412.456.6666 October 12

Paws for the Cure

Benefits Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh and Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center f Hartwood Acres

T 412.342.0500

October 12-18

Benefits Western PA Humane Society

Week Without Violence

f The Priory Grand Hall

Benefits YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

T 412.593.2012 October 11

Butler Heart Walk Benefits American Heart Association  utler County Community fB

College T 724.453.1004

October 11-November 2

Outside Mullinger f City Theatre

T 412.431.2489 October 11

RocktoberFest f Nemacolin Woodlands


T 866.344.6957


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f Locations Vary

T 412.255.1466 October 14

Craft Beer School, Belgians Crafted in the USA f Cabaret at Theater


T 412.456.6666 October 14

Squirrel Hill Kruzhok: Emily Newman f Fine Perlow Weis Gallery,

Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh T 412.697.3231

Benefits Oakland Catholic High School  estin Convention fW

Center Hotel T 412.682.6797 October 16

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, Adam Hochschild Benefits University of Pittsburgh Department of English

f Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

T 412.624.6508 October 17

Battling Bikes: 12-Hour Cycle for the Cure

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center f Heinz Field, East Hall

T 412.345.0346 October 18

Fashion Gala and Luncheon: “Glitz and Glam” Benefits St. Barnabas Free Care Fund

f The Washington Place

T 724.444.5521 October 18

Hillman Halloween Spooktacular f Hillman Center for

Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy T 412.968.3045 October 18

Benefits Washington Health System Women’s Health Services f Wilfred R. Cameron

Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest

T 724.225.WELL (9355)

T promowestlive.com

October 17

October 18

Dinner & Auction

Wig Out

Wellness Center

f Stage AE

Benefits St. Anthony School Programs f Heinz Field East Club

Benefits Young Adult Cancer Support (YACS)  ario’s South Side fM

T 724.940.9020 x104

T 412.622.1212



Photograph by Kassie Jackson

October 18-19, 25-26

October 24

Eat’n Park ZooBoo

CRAFTED Opening Reception

f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

T 412.665.3640

October 18-November 9

Fall Flower Show f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens T 412.622.6914 October 19

Savoring Sewickley Chapter 15 f Sewickley Public Library

T savoringsewickley.com October 19-26

Skippyjon Jones f Byham Theater

T 412.456.6666

October 20-December 30

My Voice, My Memoir, My Community f Berger Gallery, Jewish

Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh T 412.697.3231 October 21

Circle of Hope Gala Benefits Pennsylvania Women Work

f Society for Contemporary

Craft Store

T 412.261.7003 October 24

Halloween Spooktacular f Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness


T 724.225.WELL (9355) October 24

Steelers Style 2014

Benefits UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center f Heinz Field

T 412.802.8256 October 24-26

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty f Benedum Center

T 412.281.0360

Fall Car Show f The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon

T 412.561.4000 October 26

October 21

Steelers vs. Colts Tailgate

Light of Life Gala & Fundraiser

f Stage AE

Benefits Light of Life Rescue Mission

October 27-November 1

f Heinz Field, Club West

T 412.803.4138

44th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert

October 23

f University of Pittsburgh

35th Annual Corporate Roast

October 27

Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh  enator John Heinz History fS

Bid for Hope XIII Benefits A Glimmer of Hope

October 24

October 28-November 2

11th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala


October 24

T 800.454.6746

f Benedum Center

T 412.456.6666 October 29

Racial Justice Awards Luncheon

Bone Bash Gala

Benefits YWCA Greater Pittsburgh  estin Convention Center fW

Benefits Arthritis Foundation of Western PA f J. Verno Studios

T 412.255.1261

T 412.566.1645

2/14/13 5:36 PM

T 412.624.4364

f Off the Hook restaurant

T 412.924.1012

13PHC450 Whirl Mag Events Ad.indd 1

T 412.229.5483

Center T 412.204.1216

Benefits DePaul School for Hearing & Speech  einz Field West Club Lounge fH

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October 24-November 2

f Omni William Penn Hotel

T 412.742.4362

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November 2

Steelers vs. Ravens Tailgate

Billy Hartung, Missy Schmotzer, Tim Federle, Chuck Rea, and Lori Marinacci at the 2013 Center for Theater Arts’ Reach for a Star Gala.

f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 November 2

24th Annual Slovak Heritage Festival f Commons Room of the

Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh T 412.624.5906 November 2

Pittsburgh Kidney Walk Benefits National Kidney Foundation  ittsburgh Zoo & PPG fP


T 412.261.4115 x15 November 2

The Capitol Steps f Byham Theater

T 412.456.6666 November 3

Nov November Through December

Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania’s Holiday Ornament Campaign

Benefits Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania  525 Railroad St., Strip f2

District T 412.281.7244 x229 or 272 November 1

A Night for the Kids, Without the Kids! Benefits Children’s Free Care Fund f Cefalo’s, Carnegie

T 412.276.5000 November 1

November 1

November 1

Noe’s Night of Light

The Cradle Will Rock

Benefits The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center  iSalvo’s Station fD

Restaurant T 412.441.4884 November 1

Pitt Jazz Concert f Carnegie Music Hall

T 412.624.4187 November 1

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and PNC Present A Pointe in Time: A Fairytale Evening f Westin Convention Center

Hotel Grand Ballroom

T 412.454.9138

November 1-January 2015

Presents for Patients Campaign

Michael Clark Company

Benefits St. Barnabas Charities  . Barnabas Health f St

f Byham Theater

T 724.443.0011

T 412.456.6666


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Howard Hanna South Hills Office Annual Chow Chow

Benefits Children’s Free Care Fund Benefits The Twenty-Five Club of f Pleasant Hills Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC Presbyterian Church f omni william penn hotel

T 412.681.8182 November 1

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents Tchaikovsky Festival f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 November 1

YMCA Annual Dinner Auction Benefits Youth and Families Scholarships  reen Oaks Country fG

Club T 412.795.2600 November 1


T 412.882.9100

November 5

National Eating Healthy Day Benefits American Heart Association f Location TBD

T 412.208.3556 November 5

Wednesday Wine Flights, Thanksgiving Wines f Cabaret at Theater Square

T 412.456.6666 November 6

Garbage Bag Gala

Benefits The Salvation Army’s Family Caring Center f Fairmont Pittsburgh

T 412.446.1636

f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG


T 412.665.3640

Photograph by christina shields

November 10

Terrence Orr & Marianna Tcherkassky, and Amanda Cochrane, and Corey Bourbonniere at the 2013 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s A Pointe in Time Ball.

Brian d’Arcy James f Cabaret at Theater


T 412.456.6666 November 11

Veterans Day Breakfast

Benefits Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA f Student Union Ballroom,

Duquesne University

T 412.481.8200 November 13

Chefs Create Gala Benefits Autism Speaks f Fairmont Pittsburgh

T 412.367.4571 November 13

The 19th Annual Westmoreland County Sports Dinner and Auction Benefits Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania  arrante’s Lakeview, fF

November 6

November 7-9

November 8

Dr. Vonda Wright Presents Women’s Health Conversations

Holiday Healthy Eating

Putt Putt Party

f David L. Lawrence

Convention Center Ballroom T 412.406.8117 November 6-23

Avenue Q by Robert Lopez Benefits University of Pittsburgh Stages f Location TBD

T 412.624.7529 November 7

A Taste of Independence

Benefits Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania  enaissance Pittsburgh fR

Hotel T 412.281.7244 x229 or 272 November 7

Royal Ballet of Cambodia f Byham Theater

T 412.456.6666

f Nemacolin Woodlands

Resort T 866.344.6957 November 7-9

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney

Benefits University of Pittsburgh Stages

of American Art @rt 30

T 724.837.1500 x136

November 13-December 14

L’Hotel f O’Reilly Theater

T 412.316.1600

November 8

November 14-16

Red Shoe Ball

Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh  estin Convention fW

Pittsburgh Pet Expo

T 412.624.7529

Center Hotel T 412.246.1109

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center  vid L. Lawrence f Da

November 8

November 8

A Passion for Wine

River City Brass Presents American Heroes

T 412.345.7300

f Location TBD

Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation f PPG Wintergarden

T 412.321.4422 November 8

360 ALLSTARS f Byham Theater

T 412.456.6666 November 8

Pittsburgh Heart Walk

Benefits American Heart Association f Heinz Field

T 412.208.3568 Photograph by Rachel Olson

Benefits Strong Kids Campaign and Imagine Nation  estmoreland Museum fW


T 412.322.5880

Convention Center

f The Palace Theatre

November 15

7th Annual Hill of Hope Gala B enefits Thelma Lovette YMCA Scholarship Fund

T 724.836.8000

f Marriott City Center

November 9

University of Pittsburgh’s Polish Festival

Benefits The Polish Nationality Room Committee of the University of Pittsburgh  ionality Rooms and f Nat

Intercultural Exchange Programs Cathedral of Learning Commons Room T 412.624.6000

T 412.315.0994 November 15

Cirk La Putyka f Hillman Center for

Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy T 412.968.3045

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November 20

November 23

Great American Smokeout

Susan Castriota Book Signing

Benefits the American Cancer Society  ilfred R. Cameron fW

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center  he Galleria of Mt. fT

Wellness Center


T 724.225.WELL (9355)

T 412.345.7300

November 20

November 23-24

Opening Night! Cocktail Hour and Viewing of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Big Nate

Benefits Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Western PA / West Virginia Chapter  MC Lowes Waterfront fA

Theatre T 412.823.8272

November 18

JDRF T1D Symposium Craft Beer School, Benefits JDRF Straub Brewery f Carnegie Science Center

T 412.471.1414

f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666

November 15

November 18-23

“Occasional Oratorio” by G.F. Handel Benefits Bach Choir of Pittsburgh  st Liberty Presbyterian f Ea

Church T 412.241.4044

November 15-December 21

Smart Blonde f City Theatre

T 412.431.2489

November 16-22


Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Benefits University of Pittsburgh Department of English

November 20

November 17

Benefits The Salvation Army  heraton Station Square fS

f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483


T 412.446.1644

Benefits Urban Afterschool Program and Scholarship f PNC Park

T 412.227.6428

November 20

November 27

Santa’s Arrival

Thanksgiving Harvest Brunch Buffet

f The Galleria of Mt.

Lebanon T 412.561.4000

f Nemacolin Woodlands


November 21

T 866.344.6957

f Sheraton, Moon Township

T 412.456.6666

Black Veil Brides

T 412.624.6508

Power of Work Awards

Doing the Most Good Dinner

f Byham Theater

T 724.940.9020 x104

23rd Annual PNC YMCA Turkey Trot

Benefits Children’s Free Care Fund

Downtown T 412.632.1934

f St. Paul’s Seminary

November 27

November 19

Benefits Goodwill of Southwestern PA  yndham Grand Pittsburgh fW

Benefits St. Anthony School Programs

T 412.456.6666

f Benedum Center

T 412.456.6666

Mass of Thanksgiving

f Benedum Center

Howard Hanna West Suburban Office’s Annual Chow Chow

Benefits Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

November 24


Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, NoViolet Bulawayo

f Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

November 15

T 412.456.6666

November 25-30

November 20

Makayla Wray and Katherine Amenta at The Salvation Army’s 2013 Garbage Bag Gala.

f Byham Theater

November 28

Annual Light Up Night f Nemacolin Woodlands


T 412.262.5500

T 866.344.6957

November 22

November 28

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Syracuse Tailgate f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 November 23

Evening of Gratitude

Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000

Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation f LeMont Restaurant

T 724.843.0365 68

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Carlos Norman and Jenna Leo at The Salvation Army’s 2013 Doing The Most Good Dinner. November 28-January 11

November 30-January 4

Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

Brunch in Bloom

f Phipps Conservatory

and Botanical Gardens

T 412.622.6914 November 29

Breakfast with Santa

f Nemacolin Woodlands


T 866.344.6957 November 29

Taste of the Steelers Alumni Dinner Benefits UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center f Heinz Field

T 412.802.8256 November 30

Steelers vs. Saints Tailgate f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 November 30-December 7

Holiday mART

f Sweetwater Center for

the Arts

f Phipps Conservatory

and Botanical Gardens

T 412.622.6914

Dec December 3

Celebrate the Season Holiday Party Benefits Partners for Quality Foundation, Inc.

f LeMont Restaurant

T 412.446.0702 December 3

Wednesday Wine Flights, Wine & Cheese with “Dear Heart” f Cabaret at Theater


T 412.456.6666 December 4-6

Gifts and Greens Market

f Phipps Garden Center,

Mellon Park

T 412.622.6914


T 412.741.4405 Photograph by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC

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December 7

University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House

December 7

Craft Beer School, 6th Annual Holiday Brew & Cheese

Benefits Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Child and Adolescent Services  estin Convention Center fW

Hotel T 724.934.3537 December 7

December 6

Latshaw Productions Presents Motown Experience

River City Brass Presents Christmas Brasstacular

T 724.836.8000

T 724.836.8000

f The Palace Theatre

f The Palace Theatre

December 5-28

December 6

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

Season of Giving Gala

T 412.281.0360

f Fairmont Pittsburgh

f The Benedum Center

December 6

2nd Annual Fire and Ice Benefits Camp Spencer f Kon-O-Kwee

T 724.758.6238 December 6

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic

Benefits YMCA Urban Centers and Programs

T 412.227.3824 December 6-7

Holiday Spectacular Bach Choir of Pittsburgh with the AfroAmerican Boy Choir

Benefits Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center  nimal Rescue League fA

f St. Agnes, Carlow

T 412.345.7300

December 7

Shelter & Wildlife Center

December 6

Lexus of North Hills Diamond Gala

Benefits Cribs for Kids® Infant Safe Sleep Initiative f Lexus of North Hills

T 412.322.5680 x5


T 412.241.4044

The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass Ensemble Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation

f St. Francis, Sewickley

T 724.843.0365

f The Palace Theatre

December 16

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s 11th Annual Reindeer Ball

December 5

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents The Nutcracker

Benefits University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs f Cathedral of Learning

Commons Room T 412.624.6000

Lisa Sylvester at the Lexus of North Hills’ 2013 Diamond Gala.

December 13-14

Purses with a Purpose Benefits HEARTH

f LeMont Restaurant

T 412.366.9801 December 8

Annual Awards of Excellence Benefits ACHIEVA  heraton Station Square fS

Hotel T 412.995.5000 x420 December 9

Straight No Chaser, Happy Hour Tour f Benedum Center

T 412.456.6666 December 10

Hope Has a Home Gala

Benefits Gateway Rehabilitation Center  enator John Heinz fS

History Center

T 412.604.8900 x1234 December 13

9th Annual Vodka Latke Benefits the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Shalom Pittsburgh f Location TBD T 412.992.5204

December 13

Jingle Bell Run/ Walk for Arthritis

T 724.836.8000

f Cabaret at Theater Square

T 412.456.6666 December 19

Howard Hanna’s Corporate Office Chow Chow

Benefits Children’s Free Care Fund

f 119 Gamma Drive, RIDC Park

T 412.967.9000 December 20

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents Home for the Holidays f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 December 21

Steelers vs. Chiefs Tailgate f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 December 25

Mitzvah Day

Benefits the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Volunteer Center  ore than 60 sites fM

throughout the Pittsburgh area T 412.992.5229 December 28

Steelers vs. Bengals Tailgate f Stage AE

T 412.229.5483 December 30-January 4

Motown the Musical f Heinz Hall

T 412.456.6666 December 31

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh f Cultural District

T 412.456.6666

Benefits Arthritis Foundation f North Shore

T 412.566.1645 70

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TAKES THE SUPPORT OF MANY. UPMC is proud to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We congratulate Jennifer Belavic, Linda Ferraro, and the entire 2014 Class of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest.

Jenna Zeh, Danielle McKain, and Cathy Shader at the 2013 Symphony of Food Chef’s Showcase Dinner. December 31

January 23

New Year’s Eve at Nemacolin

Gallery Crawl

f Nemacolin Woodlands


T 866.344.6957 December 31

Noon Year’s Eve

f Cultural District

T 412.456.6666 January 23

Symphony of Food

f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG

Benefits WOMEN of Southwestern PA, Inc.

T 412.665.3640

T womenofswpa.org


Jan 2015

Through January 4

Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia f Senator John Heinz

History Center

T 412.454.6000

January 11-18

f The Venue at Bella Sera

January 24

Cinderella Ball

Benefits Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens SYS412711_gh_upmc_cff_50_finest_ad.indd  ni William Penn f Om


T By Invitation Only January 24

Mr. Joy

f City Theatre

T 412.431.2489

T 412.456.6666

T 724.444.5521

Maceo Parker f Byham Theater

T 412.456.6666

January 22-February 22

My Fair Lady f O’Reilly Theater

T 412.316.1600

Photograph by Kassie Jackson

412-385-3004 (Phone) • ryan@rhjameslaw.com


Kean Quest Talent Search

Benefits St. Barnabas Free Care Fund

January 16


633 Long Run Road Mckeesport, Pennsylvania15132

January 25

Click Clack Moo! f Byham Theater

Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC is ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

f Kean Theatre

January 31

Young Adult Division Main Event

Benefits the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — Young Adult Division  ircuit Center & fC


T 412.992.5222


THE 2014


50 FINEST wh i r lm ag a z i n e . c o m / W h irl


Tickets $75 in advance ($40 tax deductible) $85 at the door ($50 tax deductible) Dress: Black Tie Optional

Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest


Thursday, August 14, 2014 The Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Honorees will be presented at 8 p.m.

Emceed by Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest alumni Elena LaQuatra and Frank Murgia

Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest are 50 of the city’s most accomplished men and women. These outstanding professionals are selected on the basis of their activity in the community and success in their careers. Each of the 50 Finest is committed to raising as much money as possible for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They are counting on friends, family, co-workers, and the Pittsburgh community to help them to exceed their minimum goal of $3,000. The 2013 class raised $310,000 for the foundation, so the bar has been set high for the Class of 2014! The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. For more than two decades, the foundation has been recognized as one of the most effective and efficient organizations of its kind. All proceeds raised by Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest help to support vital CF research, medical, and educational programs. Donations can be made directly to the individual honorees at finest.cff.org/activity/50finest or by contacting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Ticket price includes pasta and carving stations, salad, bread, and dessert. Four complimentary beverages are also included with each ticket, courtesy of Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. and Clique Vodka. Music by Glass City Swing Band. Event Director: Mark Burnett Event Assistants: Keenan Parrish, Amanda Moore Designers: Jason Solak, Valerie Hogan Photography: Tobi Makinde and Ray Miles with Pittsburgh Weddings by Design — Event Photography Shot on location at Blue Line Grille Edited by: Andrea Bosco

Proceeds Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Western Pennsylvania Chapter 810 River Ave., Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412.321.4422 cff.org/chapters/wpa

Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest 2014 Steering Committee • Jim Mendelson, chair, Blue Line Grille • Daniel Burda, Studio Raw 2.0 • Lauren Cerqua, St. Clair Hospital • Colleen Coll, Dishcrawl • Angela Criscella, Pittsburgh Pirates • Justin Davis, CFF Board • Patrick Finegan, PNC Realty Services

• Dominic Janidas, Orion Management Group/Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

• Mark Miller, Treasure Hunt • Frank Murgia, talent network inc. • Joe Nickel, Bridge Connections

• Angela Kinney, Whirlpool Jet Boat

• K. Chase Patterson, Corporate Diversity

Tours, CFF Board

Associates, LLC

• Jacqueline Massacci, Impressions

• James Protin, Chester Engineers

Style Consulting

• Jeff Sassano, Massage Envy — Squirrel Hill

• Erin May, Evolutionare, LLC

• Ashley Thompson, Elliven Spa

• Brian Henciak, Pittsburgh Mailing

Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co.



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*sponsors As of June 30, 2014



Richard Katz Richard Katz is a lifelong resident of the City of Pittsburgh and has learned over the years the importance of community involvement, philanthropy, and education from his parents, Joel and Goldie Katz. After graduating from Taylor Allderdice High School, he received bachelor’s degrees in consumer and community affairs from Syracuse University and in accounting from Robert Morris University. Richard is an analyst for Direct Energy. His responsibilities include ensuring proper pricing is executed and recorded for new and renewing business. His role is vital to position the company to properly record revenue, protect the company’s bad debt expense, and realize company margins. Richard’s role is focused on the company’s growth engine, a segment that makes up $2 billion of the $5 billion dollars in annual revenue. Additionally, he serves on the Engagement Committee and plans special company events, such as Pirates games, various local tours, and has even built an on-site miniature golf course. Richard enjoys being part of a very large Pittsburgh-based family and is most proud of being a loving uncle.

Brittany Bellovich Brittany Bellovich bleeds black and gold, working for the Pittsburgh Steelers each and every day. “Pittsburgh is like a giant family,” she says. “Whether someone was raised here or they live here now, they are proud to say they live in Pittsburgh, the City of Champions!” She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Carlow University. Her accomplishment that she is most proud of happened when she was awarded “Humanitarian of the Year” by Rose Shrout in 2005. This humanitarian is passionate about helping others, especially children. When she is not assisting with the Steelers’ daily operations at Heinz Field, she’s most likely dedicating her time volunteering at local charity events. Brittany is affiliated with the American Cancer Society, where she helped raise an astonishing $325,000 this year at the Coaches vs. Cancer event. Moreover, she devotes her spare time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Breast Cancer Coalition, Operation Christmas Child, Toys for Tots, Present for Patients, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and the Western PA Humane Society.

Top Sponsors: Signature Financial Planning, KFMR, The Dog Stop Sewickley,

Top Sponsors: Friends and Family

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Jordan Feucht If you ever had the pleasure of encountering a woman with a sparkling smile that lights up the entire room everywhere she goes, most likely, her name is Jordan Feucht. The traveler, public relations specialist, marketing expert, and event planner mastermind has made a name for herself in Atlanta, New York City, and even Italy. Jordan, a Pittsburgh native, moved back two years ago to start a career for UBS Financial Services Inc. with the Wentling Tarquinio Loughney Wealth Consulting Group. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from the College of Charleston. In Jordan’s spare time, she enjoys serving as a junior board member of Wesley Spectrum Services, a nonprofit organization that provides a diverse range of education, autism, mental health, and social services for children and families throughout Western Pennsylvania. In addition, she loves to volunteer at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and play in the bell choir.




Paul Athanas Growing up as the younger brother to triplets, Paul Athanas always found himself trying to keep up and compete with his older brothers. After graduating from Duquesne University, Paul took his competitive edge to the world of consultative sales, where he strives to find a win-win situation for his clients and his company. Recently, Paul was afforded the opportunity to break his way into the oil and gas industry, where he is currently employed by Well Service Group Inc., a provider of well-related services for the oil and gas industry. As a new business development representative, Paul’s responsibilities include consulting with clients and increasing efficiencies of business operations. In his spare time, Paul enjoys golfing, brewing his own beer, and anything fitness-related. In the last year, Paul competed in the Tough Mudder, EQT 10 Miler, and DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Half Marathon, and plans on adding to his list of races in the upcoming year. Over the last three years, Paul has also volunteered with “Brewing Up a Cure,” a family-hosted event that benefits the cystic fibrosis community.

Top Sponsors: Rohrich Cadillac, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Well Service Group, Inc., Bob and Anne Johnston, Hannastown Golf Club



Jessica Kennedy Being passionate in Pittsburgh through philanthropy is nothing new for Jessica Kennedy. Being a former Miss Three Rivers; third runner-up at the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant; Miss Majorette of America; State, National, and World Champion in competitive baton twirling; and University of Pittsburgh Golden Girl are only the tip of the iceberg for this ambitious professional. Jessica is an associate for Corporate and Institutional Banking within the Financial Services Advisory Banking at PNC. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Jessica is a member of PNC’s Recognizing Emerging Professionals (PREP), where she currently serves as treasurer. She served as a “Big Sister” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh for seven years, which was her platform as a local titleholder within the Miss America Organization, and volunteered for Pittsburgh Cares, allowing her to support her passion for helping children and animals, including Animal Friends, the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, Kid’s Voice, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Western PA Humane Society. Jessica is the newly elected vice president of the Board of Directors for the Interplay Child Care Center and enjoys supporting the mission of PNC “Grow Up Great.”

Top Sponsors: Pittsburgh Global Connection, The Bridal Suite of Johnstown, Elliven


Steven Volas Steven Volas is a University of Pittsburgh graduate who received a bachelor’s degree in earth and space science. Steven is currently the business development manager for Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc. His responsibilities include marketing and sales of his company’s services for the Marcellus/Utica Shale basins in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. In addition, Steven is also responsible for his regions’ marketing budget to ensure there are funds set aside for local charitable contributions. In 2013, Steven and Rockwater Energy Solutions participated with The Challenge Program, which provided scholarships for local high school students. Other notable charitable involvements include being involved as a major sponsor of CONSOL Energy’s Make-A-Wish Foundation annual golf outing; donating to March of Dimes and the United Way; and participating in Range Resources’ annual charity golf outing, which benefits the Greater Washington County Food Bank, the Washington Women’s Shelter, and CASA for Kids. Steven’s accomplishment that he is most proud of is being one of eight employees out of nearly 4,000 in Rockwater North America to win the Annual Presidents Award, which honors employees for their outstanding accomplishments in the year — more than $10 million in new sales revenue for FY 2013.

Spa, The Smart House, Friends and Family



Vanessa Inks Vanessa Inks is a passionate and supportive individual who holds the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation near and dear to her heart. Raising money and awareness is especially important because her 15-year-old cousin, Anna, has cystic fibrosis. Vanessa graduated from Pine-Richland High School in 2005. After graduation, she went on to pursue a dual bachelor’s degree in finance and business management from La Roche College. For several years now, she has been coaching fast pitch softball at various levels and is currently coaching at a competitive traveling program, All American, in Trafford. Moreover, her passion for softball led her to earn a master’s degree in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania. Vanessa currently works Downtown as a senior analyst at Wilshire Associates. When she is not devoting her time to CFF, coaching softball, or working, Vanessa loves to spend time with her friends and family by enjoying everything Pittsburgh has to offer.

Top Sponsors: Ron and Steph Kampas, Dr. Kampas Orthodontics, Friends and Family





Crystal Kiray Crystal Kiray is best described as a natural go-getter. Passionate about all things Pittsburgh, she has dedicated herself as a reading specialist in our local education system. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Mercyhurst College. She completed her dual degree early, and immediately pursued and obtained a master’s degree. Crystal positioned herself for a lifelong career of educating on multiple levels by obtaining her principal’s certification. With 13 years of teaching experience, she continues to serve and lead as a positive role model for her students, mentoring young adolescents and providing tutoring for those in need of some extra guidance. She even organizes the middle school’s talent show and coaches the cheerleading squad. Along with her love of education, Crystal’s heart and positivity have lent themselves to bettering her community, as shown by her volunteer work at an array of nonprofits, including the CFF. When she isn’t working or volunteering, you can find Crystal embracing her new hobby, golf; boating in Deep Creek Lake; or experiencing one of Pittsburgh’s newest restaurants with friends.

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Jason Sample As a Make-A-Wish kid himself, Jason Sample understands the importance of helping others, which is why he is extremely honored to have been selected as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he attended Robert Morris University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. During Jason’s tenure at RMU, he became the founder of the RMU Club Baseball team, in its 13th season this year. Jason’s internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates aided in his marketing, sales, and pierogi-racing prowess. Jason is an active enthusiast in local charities, such as Biggies Bullies, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After many educational endeavors, Jason finally found his calling in the beer industry and is currently working for the Traveler Beer Company. While he is not working or being active in the community, he spends his free time golfing, living an active lifestyle through Pittsburgh’s sports leagues, and attending Pittsburgh sporting events.


Damaris Shaw A Greensburg native, Damaris Shaw is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics. She currently works for Premier Innovations Group as the director of promotional models. Her skills and passion for event management, communications, and language research have served as the foundation for her success. She created a promotional program and training for an initial six models in Pittsburgh, and is now in charge of managing 150 models in seven major cities across four states, growing and expanding the Clique Vodka brand. Working in the marketing field has provided her the opportunities to meet many wonderful people in Pittsburgh and experience one-of-a-kind events with four classes of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest honorees. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Western PA Humane Society and other animal rescue organizations, which inspired her to host a charity dog wash event this summer to benefit CFF.

Top Sponsors: Premier Innovations Group, Clique Vodka, Faded Industry, BarSmart, Dad’s Pub, Esthetics at Allegheny Physical Medicine, Friends




Ali Saras Ali Saras is a charitable relationship manager for Swanson School of Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh. She received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, a master’s degree in public administration from Villanova University, and a doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. The South Hills native serves as a board member for the Young Alumni Council and was a former teaching assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, she is involved with several local charities, such as being an active member and retention chair for the Junior League of Pittsburgh, a History Uncorked committee member for the Senator John Heinz History Center, a fundraiser and volunteer for the East End Cooperative Ministry, and a volunteer for Sacred Heart Parish. The accomplishment that Ali is most proud of occurred when she recognized the East End Cooperative Ministry organization’s desperate financial support while fixing its van used regularly to transport food to the homeless. Last year, Ali and a group of friends decided to coordinate and host a “Drive Away Hunger” event that raised more than $10,000. Not only was the organization able to fix the van, but it also had the financial resources to buy a new vehicle that allowed the organization to double its cause of feeding the homeless.





Riean K. Norman Born in Salt Lake City, Ut., and raised in Atlanta, Ga., Riean K. Norman attended the University of West Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Spanish. He then furthered his educational career by receiving a juris doctor degree in law from Louisiana State University. Riean currently works with Chevron North American Exploration & Production Company, which is a Chevron USA, Inc. division. As Chevron’s land representative, he ensures that Chevron has the access and rights to explore for and produce natural gas in the Appalachian region, while also negotiating and collaborating with legal agreements, leases, joint ventures, and other land contracts. Some of the many professional organizations that Riean is affiliated with are The Energy & Mineral Foundation, American Association of Professional Landmen, Northern Appalachian Landman’s Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and the National Black Law Students Association Alumni. Moreover, he is intricately involved in the Sharden Clean-Up Task Force and actively seeks opportunities to participate on the West End Village Economic Development Board.

Top Sponsors: Toni Sacco, fellow CF family, Friends and Family, and her Nana PITTSBURGH’S 50FINEST


Katelyn DiCristofano Katelyn DiCristofano lives by the words, “Work hard, play hard.” She is the tournament service manager for the Constellation Senior Players Championship of the PGA Tour. In her previous position within the PGA Tour, she worked in the Player Relations department, particularly with the PGA Tour Wives Association. Katelyn helped the association plan fundraisers and volunteer service projects for the Ronald McDonald House, Pittsburgh Fisher House, and Habitat for Humanity. One of the countless rewards about Katelyn’s job and the company she works for is the emphasis on charity, both on an individual and corporate level. The championship she works for, the Constellation Senior Players, donates money back to various charities throughout the community. Katelyn’s earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in economics from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts — Amherst and is blessed to have found a career she wholeheartedly loves.


Donnie Miller Donnie Miller is an owner, visionary, and adrenaline junkie that loves to live life in the fast lane! He attended Thiel College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. By 1999, he was able to purchase his family’s business, Miller Plastic Products, Inc. Over the years, through his fervent, innovative, and resourceful leadership, he has advanced Miller Plastic Products, Inc., in the industry of custom plastic machining and fabrication companies. In addition to Donnie’s great success, he also contributes personal and company resources to numerous technical schools to help guide students toward productive manufacturing careers, while supporting the American Heart Association and Animal Friends. Not only has Donnie has been driven to succeed in the manufacturing industry, but to live life to the fullest by flying his private planes, racing and collecting exotic sports cars, skiing, and yachting in his spare time.

Top Sponsors: Fantastic family, fabulous friends, spectacular supporters



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Dustin Defebo Dustin Defebo is a graduate from The Ohio University School of Business — otherwise known as “Harvard on the Hocking” — with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Dustin is currently a producer in the human capital department for Willis, a global risk advisor, insurance, and reinsurance broker firm. Dustin prides himself on learning the value of hard work and leading an active lifestyle. He enjoys playing on several basketball teams, attending CrossFit several times a week, and golfing. An upstanding citizen in the Pittsburgh community, Dustin actively supports and promotes his Serbian heritage by volunteering for various events at his church. Moreover, he was a board member of the Young Professional Council Board for Best Buddies Indiana, where he helped raise funds and awareness through numerous programs and mentoring opportunities.

Top Sponsors: Friends and Family


Tricia Brungo Tricia Brungo’s integrity, compassion, and strong work ethic has allowed her to succeed in both her career and personal life. As the Control States Division vice president at Western Spirits Beverage Company, she believes in maintaining longterm, genuine, and supportive relationships in both business and life. Prior to her current position, she worked for White Rock Distilleries as their eastern control state regional sales manager and national control state sales manager. Moreover, Tricia is affiliated with the National Alcohol Beverage Central Association and the Pittsburgh Social Exchange. The Economy Borough native and virtuous, independent working mother graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. When she is not cultivating her prosperous career in the Wine & Spirits industry or being a loving mother to her son, Nicholas, you can probably find her giving back to her beloved community of Pittsburgh. Tricia has donated products, services, and her time to numerous nonprofits and events, such as The Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Zonta Club of Three Rivers Pittsburgh North, Women in Crisis, The Glass Slipper Ball, and the Cocktails and Cuisine event.

Top Sponsors: VETaxi “White Glove Service” division of Star Limousine, Inc.,

The Library restaurant, Meineke Car Care Center, Cenci’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Pope’s Place



Timothy Rosato Born and raised in Wexford, Timothy Rosato is a consultant for Synergetics Worldwide, a privately held management consulting firm. Timothy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Timothy and his company are associated with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a sponsor for the “Passion for Wine” event, held annually in Pittsburgh. Moreover, he has assisted with the wine listing donations for CFF’s wine event for the past two years. When he is not consulting with clients or being a wine connoisseur, he is supporting his local and national military community by participating in Tough Mudder, a nonprofit organization that is a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. Additionally, Tough Mudder has raised more than $6 million to support the transition of thousands of warriors returning home from current military conflicts. Through his experiences, Timothy has learned the true values of self-sufficiency and independency as he was paying his way through college and excelling to new levels in his career.



david todd David Todd is a well-known sports talk show host on 970 ESPN Pittsburgh, nationally on FOX Sports Radio, and on the Steelers Radio Network and the Steelers Post Game Show. Before returning home to Pittsburgh, David attended both Yale University and Harvard University, earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in business administration, respectively. He spent 15 years working on Wall Street in New York City for Goldman Sachs and HSBC.



LaRaine Burda LaRaine Burda, a decorated stylist and colorist of 42 years, has a knack for making individuals dazzle for any occasion. She co-owns Studio Raw with her son, Daniel, and his late partner, Rohn Neugebauer. Located in the North Hills, the hair, nail, and complete spa studio was formed in 2009, and flourished throughout the years, growing to a staff of 37. However, in 2012, LaRaine’s studio spa was engulfed in flames from an uncontrollable fire accident. Through the love and support of family and friends, LaRaine overcame this hardship by rebuilding Studio Raw into a bigger and better facility that following year, which is now named Studio Raw 2.0. The fire taught the Studio Raw family the value of hard work and perseverance as well as giving back to their supportive community that supported them through their difficult times. The Studio Raw family has contributed close to $60,000 for local businesses and nonprofit organizations, such as UPMC Children’s Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. LaRaine says she is blessed to work alongside people who care and share. “Fundraising attracts virtuous people in your life!”

Top Sponsors: Dan Burda, the late Rohn Neugebauer, Erin Mullen, and the staff


Devon Lyons A proud alum of Buckeye Nation, Devon M. Lyons graduated from The Ohio State University and received a bachelor’s degree in consumer affairs. He currently serves as the president for Beyond Phenom, which is a sports social networking forum that specializes in personal sports videos and highlights. Moreover, Devon is affiliated with 3M Company, serving as an account executive since 2009. The North Braddock native has significantly involved himself and his company with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by donating to last year’s Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest fundraiser when his brother, Wes Lyons, was an honoree. Now that he is featured as one of 2014’s Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, he is back in the saddle to benefit CFF first-hand. Also, Devon has donated his time to the Pittsburgh community by directing and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club’s “Back to School” event, the New Hope Baptist Church Community Day, Hope Day event, and directly contributing donations to benefit the Salvation Army.

Top Sponsors: The Law Office of Attorney Jonathan McDonald, The Pursuit, LLC, 3M Company, Kids Kardio, Inc.

of Studio Raw





Jason Brahim Jason Brahim has worked in the financial services industry since 2005. Today, Jason is an associate financial planner (AFP) and member of the Financial Planning Committee at BPU Investment Management, Inc. As an AFP, he supports senior financial advisors in their efforts to provide individual and institutional clients with full-service, long-term financial solutions. Prior to joining BPU in 2012, Jason worked in the Pittsburgh offices of BNY Mellon and Federated Investors. He recently completed the course work for the Certified Financial Planner® practitioner designation at Duquesne University and holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses, as well as a life, accident, and health license for Pennsylvania. Jason is a 2005 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics and political science. His commitment to helping others is evident through his involvement with nonprofits, such as the Navy Seal Foundation, 31 Heroes, One Team One Fight, and more. Jason also stays fit through everything from Ironman competitions, to mountain climbing, and practices yoga every day.



Sarah Mae Gross Sarah Mae Gross works as the event planner at Baptist Homes Society, an organization that operates two local senior living communities fulfilling the region’s senior care. Coming from a large family, she has been planning events and started volunteering at a very young age, long before realizing she would make a career of her hobby. A proud Panther alumna, Sarah Mae earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She then furthered her educational career at Point Park University by earning a dual master’s degree in business administration, as well as journalism and mass communications. Outside of work, Sarah Mae loves to travel and volunteer. Her greatest travel accomplishment was hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up twice in one year. The Special Oympics is one of Sarah Mae’s favorite events to volunteer for. She accredits her parents who taught her the value of giving back and helping others that got her to where she is today.

Top Sponsors: Green Tree Printing and Signs, Mt. Lebanon Dairy Queen, Baptist Homes Society, Steel City Beer, Friends and Family


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Matt Belanger Matt Belanger, an active member of Pittsburgh Connectors, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and Pittsburgh Global Connection is a native Pennsylvanian who grew up in York County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications from Elon University in North Carolina. Matt started his television career at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, S. D., and later returned to Pennsylvania to become part of WTAE’s news team, where he is an anchor and reporter for WTAE Channel 4 Action News. Matt has had many distinguished accomplishments throughout his television career, such as having been honored with numerous first place awards from the Associated Press, as well as three regional Emmy Awards. His continued commitment to public service through his television work, expressing important, inspirational, and memorable stories every day, is his most proud accomplishment. Additionally, through his work at WTAE and his personal passion to better serve his community, Matt and his company recognize that part of their commitment to the Pittsburgh community is to support local charities on a regular basis. They have created awareness and fundraisers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by expanding their connections within the community to ultimately find a cure.




Linda Ferraro Linda Ferraro, a first-generation Italian, can best be described in one word: passionate. With whatever she does in life, she does it with passion and the eagerness to succeed. Linda graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. She later earned her master’s degree in business administration at Point Park University and also became certified as a professional in human resources. Linda recently worked in HR for five years for UPMC Corporate Services and is currently working as a project manager in IT for UPMC. Her responsibilities include overseeing the budget maintenance and program functions for her department. She loves to travel and isn’t afraid of taking on a new adventure. And, of course, she is fluent in her family’s native language. Linda’s vigorous drive, signature smile, and dynamic personality have allowed her to flourish into the esteemed professional and leader that she is today.

Top Sponsors: Anthony Ferraro Plastering and Stucco Inc., Bobbie Fox, Inc., Glam


Michelle Wright One of Pittsburgh’s finest news anchors, Michelle Wright is up bright and early every day with a smile on her face, ready to convey the news to the Western Pennsylvania community. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Liberty University. Michelle is currently a WTAE Channel 4 Action News anchor, as well as an adjunct professor at Point Park University. Her affiliation with WTAE has allowed her to develop positive relationships with some of Western Pennsylvania’s most influential people. She interviews the region’s local, state, and national legislative leaders, as well as the area’s most talented medical doctors, surgeons, and researchers. Not only has Western Pennsylvania come to know and trust Michelle for her anchoring and health reporting, but also for her participation in many charity events. She is a regular media spokesperson for countless fundraisers and award galas, such as Race for the Cure, Project Bundle Up, Fayette County Health Fair, National Alliance for Mental Health, and many more. In her spare time, Michelle is a beekeeper and makes her own honey called The Wright Stuff! Michelle is most proud of her children, Zachary and Allison.

Top Sponsors: Dan Burda, the late Rohn Neugebauer, Friends and Family




Alihan Hanoglu Alihan Hanoglu was born in Rize, Turkey, and graduated from the Sports Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, showing his love of sports from an early age. Eleven years ago, Alihan moved to the United States and made Pittsburgh his new home. Most days, you will find Alihan at one of his successful Pittsburgh restaurants. He opened Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta followed by Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine in 2013. Both of these restaurants are located on Sixth Street in the Theater District, across the street from each other. Alihan’s latest business venture is Hanoglu Management. This company is busy transforming a high rise on Boulevard of the Allies into luxury condos. Alihan is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Global Connection Networking, and he spends his spare time cooking, boating, scuba diving, and skiing. He loves all things sports related, but his passion is raising funds to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Salon — Shadyside, Leonard Labriola Foods, Ferraro Heating and Cooling



Piyush Seth Piyush Seth is a business and immigration attorney at Seth Law Associates and of counsel to Goldblum Sablowsky, LLC. He has handled thousands of business- and family-based immigration cases, and has advised hundreds of small businesses and start-up companies on legal, corporate, contract, litigation, and immigration matters. Piyush received a juris doctorate degree in law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, as well as a bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Additionally, he has served as the treasurer for the American Immigration Lawyers Association of Pittsburgh and is affiliated with the FBI Citizens Academy. Piyush is also an alum of 40 Under 40’s Class of 2009, and has been nominated Super Lawyers’ Rising Star for 2012 and 2013.

Top Sponsors: Goldblum Sablowsky, LLC, DVI Technologies, Inc., ITPI Staffing/enKompas, Infoyuga Technologies, Inc., Nirvana Development, LLC


Harvey Daniels Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Harvey “Frzy” Daniels is a national recording artist. He embodies the hard-working reputation of the city he calls home. Frzy, one of Mogul Moves’ elite artists, was featured on MTV’s website; became an official commercial spokesman for Subway; was featured in Rolling Stone for his music video “WTF,” featuring X-Factor contestant Lyric Da Queen; and was promoted on Yahoo! Music’s main video page. Most recently, Frzy was a featured artist on hip-hop comedic legend Jack Thriller’s “16 Or Better” rap cypher show, which premiered on 50 Cent’s site. Frzy has performed with heavyweight hip-hop artists, such as Lil Wayne, MGK, Wale, and Rick Ross, but considers his most influential mentor to be legendary Mogul Moves CEO DJ Wonderboy. His love of music drives him to be charitable and work with Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Public Schools. As both a mentor and motivational speaker, he promotes the “Stay in School” program, which teaches the importance of music education to young adolescents and reaching out to those without a voice.

Top Sponsors: Mogul Moves, the Orion Management Group, Schneider’s Dairy, Clique Vodka, Red Lights Designs


Jennifer M. Belavic Having been in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years, Jennifer M. Belavic is the sterile products/pharmacy services manager at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Jennifer always knew that she wanted to be in a leadership role, but she never expected it to happen as early as it did. She is most proud of reaching that level at such an early part of her creditable career. Prior to her current position, she worked in the Trauma ICU at Presbyterian as a clinical pharmacist. Her high-rise ranking and fast-paced achievements in the medical field descends from her extensive educational background, as well as her involvement in her community. Jennifer received a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia and has recently been conferred an MBA degree in health care from New England College. Additionally, she is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, such as the American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and both the American and Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists. In her spare time, she mentors many grade school and high school students in the field of science, and participates in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair annually.


Bryan Stefanik Bryan Stefanik is the director of Sport Performance, head trainer, and site manager at Power Train Sports Institute. He has trained professional athletes throughout the NFL, NHL, and MLL, such as James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons, and Jason Worilds, among others. Bryan received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania. His specialized knowledge and skills in fitness training, weight training, and coaching have provided him a rock-solid foundation in the fitness industry. Bryan’s most fulfilling accomplishment as a performance coach is his eagerness to help and support Megan and Rachel Kinney. Megan and Rachel struggle with cystic fibrosis every day, but with the assurance and guidance of Bryan, and the Power Train team, they are able to live a healthier and more promising lifestyle, which will ultimately provide them more time for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to find a cure. Knowing he’s helped two people whose lives are affected by cystic fibrosis, he has a huge sense of accomplishment alone.

Top Sponsors: Bob and Virginia Belavic, Robert Belavic, Jr., Lou Schwartz, The Oakmont Tavern, Friends and Family


Mark S. Cogley not pictured Mark S. Cogley was born and raised in Clarion and graduated from Clarion University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mark currently serves as the director of Network Acquisitions at Tristar Investors. Prior to Tristar, Mark was in the wholesale telecom industry in both Fortune 500 and start-up ventures, and co-owner of Westwood Golf Club. Although he grew up in Clarion, he has a deep passion for Pittsburgh, especially for how the city has transformed itself and continues to be named one of the most livable cities in the U.S. One of his proudest accomplishments is helping to raise college education money for his best friend’s six-year-old son. His friend passed away over two years ago when he lost his battle to cancer. Before he passed away, Mark, and a group of close friends, made a promise to make sure his son’s college education would be taken care of. Mark and his friends planned a golf outing fundraising event that raised more than $30,000 for him.

Top Sponsors: Joe Koons, Sol Jacobs, Steven C. Townsend, Patrick Manning, Art Brown


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Jodi Ward Jodi Ward graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with a degree in accounting and is a certified public accountant. She currently works for Mylan, an international generics and specialty pharmaceutical company, where she serves as the global marketing finance lead. Jodi’s peers would describe her as a hard-working and highly motivated business professional. Throughout her career, she has assumed innumerable business roles, such as completing a financial management leadership program, corporate and cost accounting, budgeting and forecasting, and auditing. Her passionate work ethic is also dedicated to giving back to her community. She’s an avid supporter of the American Lung Association, Boys & Girls Club, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, Heat for the Needy, Hackers For Hope, and Christ Church at Grove Farm. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Lung Association, a member of the Pittsburgh Social Exchange, and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs. Jodi’s character and ethical principles have allowed her to become the prominent, self-righteous professional that she is today.

Top Sponsors: Mylan, Chrislynn Energy Services, Inc., Dean Dental, Friends and Family




Wayman Roland Jones, Jr. Excited to be part of a new generation of transplants in Pittsburgh, Wayman Roland Jones, Jr., is the BMW Genius and social media administrator at P&W Foreign Cars. The Poconos native is responsible for coordinating P&W Foreign Cars’ community involvement with the Greater Pittsburgh area, while overseeing the automotive group’s social media efforts. Wayman is currently seeking a bachelor’s degree in information technology at Point Park University. Wayman’s proudest accomplishment is moving to Pittsburgh and revitalizing his academic career by pursuing a higher education. Not only is he mentally pushing himself to his greatest potential in the classroom, but he’s also pushing himself physically by recently running in the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to benefit the Western PA Humane Society. Additionally, Wayman is P&W Foreign Cars’ ambassador and veteran community activist for the CFF’s local fundraising events. He continues to be actively involved in the Pittsburgh community because he feels the city’s cultural diversity and the citizens’ strong bondage between one another trumps any other cities he has visited.

Top Sponsors: Roslyn Bright-Jones, Wayman Jones, Sr., Serene and Almen Jones; Friends; and CFF, Alumni, and Active Members


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Laura Judge Laura Judge has been a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since the day her daughter was born. Her daughter was tested when she was younger, and, fortunately, she was not diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. But, the experience has made her extremely emotionally supportive. Since then, Laura has been supporting, volunteering, and creating awareness for the CF community and their families. Laura’s compassionate resilience does not stop there. She is constantly active in the Pittsburgh community, serving as chair of annual giving for Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement Specialists, an ASPCA ambassador for adoption through Melissa Boyce Designs, a former project representative of “C.A.R.E. for a Cure,” and a Toys for Tots organizer. While she is making a positive impact in her community, she also works for KDKA-TV as the digital account executive and owns Lorem Ipsum: Laura Lorenze Judge Writing Services. In addition, Laura is an associate of Pittsburgh Sales Professionals, American Marketing Association, Young Women’s Marketing Makers, and Allegheny College Alumni Association. She believes she is a leader and innovator in her community, and that same spirit that drives the region is “inherent in her heart.”




Morgan Lesoski At only 23 years old, Morgan Lesoski is a marketing professional to keep your eyes on. She is a marketing representative for At Home Senior Services. The Erie native graduated from Robert Morris University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in marketing. Morgan attends local chamber of commerce meetings and is a member of Pittsburgh Social Exchange. Not only is she passionate about marketing, but also about giving back to the community that has offered her so much in the past five years. Last fall, Morgan organized a team to participate in the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” raising more than $1,200 for the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, she has created numerous baskets of “Cheer for Partners” for Quality Organization, and was involved in promoting projects and events for Shriners Hospital for Children. Helping others has always been part of her selfless nature. She says she’s most passionate about being able to add joy and happiness to others on a daily basis.


William Isbir A sports star in football, basketball, and track and field at McKeesport Area High School, William “Bill” Isbir went on to pursue higher education, after graduating in 1996, at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded a partial football scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with minors in history, and athletic coaching and training. Upon graduating in 2001, Bill was directly hired by the federal law enforcement agency, the United States Secret Service. He was stationed in Washington, D.C. for more than a year, where he served and protected national and visiting foreign leaders. He returned to Pittsburgh and took another position within the U.S. Federal Government. Bill passionately lives his life by the heroic and honorable principles of protecting others and was recently presented a Life Saving Award from the director of his agency. When Bill is not fighting crime and saving lives, he spends his downtime volunteering and coaching basketball for local high schools, as well as serving on the executive board of the William P. Isbir Scholarship Foundation that awards two $1,000 scholarships to a male and female senior graduate of McKeesport Area High School.

Top Sponsors: Janna Gallagher, Level Green Plumbing and Heating, Corina

Top Sponsors: Guardian Storage, Friends and Family

Diehl, Dr. Christopher Hayner, Friends and Family




Christina Alvino Christina Alvino, a motivated professional with more than seven years of marketing, creative, and brand management experience, currently serves as marketing director for Guardian Storage. She earned a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Point Park University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Kentucky. Additionally, Christina is affiliated with the American Marketing Association’s Pittsburgh chapter, where she served on the board as vice president of communication, president, and past president. She’s always had a successful track record in both design and integrated marketing communications, which has provided her with the knowledge to effectively lead cross-functional marketing teams. She also has a passion for giving back. Christina has volunteered her time to Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, the Special Olympics, and Toys for Tots. She’s also organized charity events and raised money for organizations, including the Mario Lemieux Foundation and the Organization for Autism Research, and two very special children suffering from a rare childhood cancer. Above all, Christina is honored to be part of this class. She’s thrilled to know she’s making a difference in the lives of so many individuals.





Nick Bonacci Nick Bonacci is a sourcing consultant for IQNavigator. Since 2011, Nick has been advising Fortune 500 clientele on human capital and procurement strategies. As a professional in human resources, his specialties include talent acquisition, corporate communications, and compliance. Nick’s versatile skills were developed when he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in humanities and public service. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in communication studies at Edinboro University, where he will be defending his thesis titled, “Engaged Citizenship and the University.” In addition to Nick’s professional and academic achievements, he is committed to the Pittsburgh community through a variety of service and volunteer projects. Nick has shared his expertise with nonprofit organizations, like AmeriCorps and Pennsylvania CareerLink, by developing and hosting a variety of career development workshops.

Jennifer Grippo Jennifer Grippo received a Bachelor of Arts degree in corporate and integrated marketing communications from Duquesne University. While growing up, she worked and played at her family’s establishment, The Original Oyster House. Amazed by its 143-year-old illustrious past, she was determined to preserve and showcase the historic landmark. After graduation, Jennifer became its public relations and promotions coordinator, and was instrumental in restoring the additional buildings for visitors to fully indulge in its renowned ambiance. She lives for a “Pittsburgh Tradition” because she has a deep understanding of the city’s culture, people, and history. Her work has always been based on giving back — something she will tirelessly strive to accomplish. Her altruistic character originates from her proudest accomplishment of overcoming epilepsy. Jennifer is an active member of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, and a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Epilepsy Foundation, American Heart Association, and Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Top Sponsors: Alpha & Omega Fitness; the Bonacci, Forsyth, and Kilhefner

Top Sponsors: The Grippo family, the Bertini family, the O’Neill family, the


Schindler family, The Original Oyster House



Rachel Morris Rachel Morris earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in the spring of 2009 from Pennsylvania State University. While attending Penn State, she interned with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, State College chapter. She was in charge of fundraising for the “Walk for a Cure,” which takes place every May on the Penn State campus. Moreover, Rachel lead the efforts to effectively manage the logistics and family chairs. This experience fostered her passion for volunteering with children. After graduation, she moved back to Pittsburgh and started working at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, where she is still employed as a senior client service manager in the special accounts sales department. Health and fitness has been engrained in her since practicing gymnastics at a very early age, and she has been able to incorporate this affinity for wellness into her current role at Highmark. She enjoys working out, golfing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Rachel volunteers at the Highmark Caring Place, where she works with grieving children and their families.

Top Sponsors: Highmark Family, Friends and Family


Gary G. White A customer service and sales representative guru, Gary G. White was born and raised in Penn Hills. He spent most of his career in the automotive industry, but decided to transition his talents into the restaurant industry, as a manager of the award-winning restaurant, SAVOY. Having the mentality that “the sale is never over,” has lead to Gary receiving several customer service awards throughout his career, having worked at Urban Lending Solutions. While managing at SAVOY, he has hosted locally and nationally recognized events for special guests, athletes, and celebrities. In addition to being a highly motivated and persuasive individual in the sales industry, Gary fashions himself to be a positive role model for others to live by the lessons he was taught, which have made him the man he is today. He has been taught to live by the highest standards of hospitality, sales, and, above all, giving back to the community. He has been a member of Macedonia Baptist Church since 1998, and has been instrumental in raising financial support for many nonprofit organizations, such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As a member of this year’s Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest class, Gary is dedicated to carrying on the legacy of those who have come before him.

Top Sponsors: SAVOY Restaurant, D’Alessandro & Associates, William Recker




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Anthony Giaramita Anthony “Tony” Giaramita is an attorney and restaurateur who grew up in Green Tree and currently resides in Scott Township. Tony spent much of his childhood at his family’s local restaurant and pizzeria, La Tavola Italiana in Mt. Washington. After graduating from Thiel College, Tony decided on the path of the law instead of the restaurant business. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he studied international law and civil litigation. Now in his seventh year of practice, Tony serves as an in-house legal counsel for Compression Management Services, Inc. Most recently, Tony’s passion for Italian culture and food motivated him to take an entrepreneurial leap back to his roots — this summer he will be opening an artisanal pizzeria, Taglio, a dine-in BYOB, on South Highland Avenue in Pittsburgh’s historic East Liberty neighborhood. Taglio will transport you to the romantic side streets of Italy. When he is not working as a lawyer or entrepreneur, Tony volunteers his time with Christian Legal Aid and YoungLives of North Hills.


Samantha Kormanik Samantha Kormanik learned early on that hard work pays off. Born and raised in Windber, Pa., Samantha excelled in and out of the classroom. She was a four-year letterman in track and field at Windber Area High School, and broke four school records. She went on to Seton Hill University on a cross country scholarship, and served as team captain for two years, leading her team to the first winning season in school history. After earning a dual degree in psychology and sociology, Samantha pursued a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, while working full-time in her field. She relocated to Pittsburgh and is employed as a psychological evaluator and licensed professional counselor for Community Psychiatric Centers. Samantha’s proudest accomplishment is having a career that allows her to associate with wonderful individuals. In addition to her affiliation with the American Counseling Association, she assists in volunteering and fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Toys for Tots, the Autism Center of Pittsburgh, and local food drives. In her spare time, Samantha runs 5Ks and marathons — she even qualified for the Boston Marathon! Her motto is: “Life is too short to be anything but happy.”

Top Sponsors: Robert Caprino of Sante Berarducci Inc., Pittsburgh Global Connection, Community Psychiatric Centers, Donald Stefanovich of Goodmudders, Friends and Family


Gina Rendina This naturally gifted vocalist with a rhyming name, Gina Maria Rendina, will bring down any house with her stunning voice. A Southwest Pennsylvania native, she’s no stranger to the spotlight and loves to perform around the Pittsburgh area in her own acoustic project and at various private events. Moreover, Gina is always willing to lend her vocal talents for charity events, such as “RockOut to KnockOut Cancer” and “Battle of the Divas,” at which she won the Fan Favorite Award in 2011. After attending the Mercersburg Academy, Gina ventured to Manhattan to study classical vocal performance at New York University, and later earned a bachelor of arts degree at Penn State University. If Gina is not rocking the socks off the audience’s feet, then she is at BNY Mellon, where she works in Global Client Service Delivery.

Top Sponsors: The Big Y Group, MCN Salon, Friends and Family


Heather Shiwarski The gift of friendship is an opportunity that Heather Shiwarski believes everyone deserves and is exactly what she works to provide in Pittsburgh as she runs the Best Buddies program. The organization pairs individuals with disabilities with a “buddy” in their school or community. Heather’s eyes were opened to the joy of giving back during her days at the University of Kentucky through opportunities like an internship at the Ronald McDonald House and volunteer work at UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic. Upon graduation, Heather brought her heart for serving others back to her hometown to attend Duquesne University School of Law, where she began to collaborate with other local charities. In addition to nonprofit work, Heather considers her family life’s greatest treasure. In her free time, she enjoys being active, having a glass of red with the Winey Women of Pittsburgh, and traveling to visit friends all around the world. Heather’s inspiration to get involved with CFF was sparked by a trainer at her gym, who lives with CF. Heather feels the optimism she embodies, despite her battles, is truly amazing and inspires her to help find a cure!

Top Sponsors: Dr. Neal and Amy Fanelli, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Kamin, Dr. Drew Fanelli, Maren Mineo, Sue Gove and the Gove Group



Jacob L. George Jacob L. George is the owner, president, and CEO of JLG Holdings, LLC, and is on the personal styling team at Nordstrom. The Kittanning native received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, and theatre arts from Duquesne University in 2011. The ambitious entrepreneur is currently studying to obtain a master’s degree in global and community leadership at Duquesne by 2016. Jacob has a passion for politics and community activism. He has interned and volunteered with national and local political campaigns while staying active in his community, and currently serves on the Summer Hill Citizens Committee. In the past, Jacob has planned and executed an event for National Believe Day through Macy’s and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Moreover, he has led efforts in raising money for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign, United Way, American Cancer Society, and military veterans and their families. When he is not making executive decisions, studying, or fundraising for local charity events, Jacob enjoys teaching musical theater lessons to students at local high schools and volunterring to sing at local nursing homes. He also serves on the Partner’s Board at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Jacob feels all of the people he’s met through volunteering at events have given him a different perspective of the city, and made him fall in love with Pittsburgh even more.

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Robert B. Hickox, III Robert B. Hickox, III, is a regulatory specialist for Chester Engineers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Elizabethtown College, a master’s degree in environmental science and management from Duquesne University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Point Park University. Additionally, Robert is affiliated with professional organizations, such as the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the American Society of Civil Engineers. As a young professional, Robert recognizes the importance of giving back to the community that offers so much to him. He stays active in the Pittsburgh community by volunteering for Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest events, Sodexo’s “Let’s Feed the Kids Backpack” program, and the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk/5K. Last year, Robert’s experience and support during his friend’s 50 Finest fundraising events, which benefited cystic fibrosis, opened his eyes to CFF and the cystic fibrosis community. He instantly felt connected to the families and the mission of the people working to fight this terminal disease. Since then, he has been actively involved with CFF by helping the organization find a cure.

Michelle DeBlasio Michelle DeBlasio has lived in Pittsburgh since she was 6 years old and currently resides Downtown. Michelle is the sales manager for her family’s business, DeBlasio Beverage Company, which is an Anheuser-Busch/InBev wholesaler. Moreover, she loves every aspect of her job and she considers herself lucky to be able to see her family every day. Like most Pittsburghers, she is a fan fanatic for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Pittsburgh Pirates. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, friends, and her dog, Minnie, which she considers are the best things in her life. Additionally, Michelle takes great pride in making people laugh and laughing at herself from time to time.

Top Sponsors: DeBlasio Beverage Co., Inc., Jim and Linda

DeBlasio, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Mike Bertha, Friends and Family

Amy Taylor Raised with a tireless work ethic, Amy Taylor accredits her mother as her role model. She remembers her mother consistently saying, “Everything happens in life for a reason” and “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” These inspirational principles have guided Amy’s entrepreneurial spirit and pursuit of creative excellence in her career. Amy is the co-owner of Creative Visions Media Group, an integrated marketing firm that offers comprehensive solutions to clients. She holds a degree in specialized technologies from the Median School of Allied Health Careers and graduated prior Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition to running her thriving firm, Amy is currently pursuing her master’s degree in integrated marketing and communications at West Virginia University. Providing seasoned leadership for the past 11 years, she has taken integrated marketing to the next level for various industries, including oil and gas, health care, retail, entertainment, education, and hospitality. In its near 12 years of operation, Creative Visions has received national and regional recognition, including Telly and Aster awards. Amy actively serves on the boards and committees for the American Heart Association, Pressley Ridge, Wash Arts, and the Washington Hospital Foundation. She graciously thanks her clients, family, and friends for not only their contributions, but also their unconditional support of her dedication to CFF.

Evan Perilstein Evan Perilstein is proud to continue his family’s legacy by being the fourth generation to be involved in the insurance industry and to also call the city of Pittsburgh his home. A hailed Nittany Lion alum, Evan received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and psychology at Penn State University. He is currently working to attain a Certified Insurance Counselor designation while also serving as an account executive at Wagner Agency, Inc. When he is not executing insurance packages for clients and studying for insurance certifications, he is very active in many nonprofit organizations and networking groups around Pittsburgh, including the United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Business Referral Network of Pittsburgh. Evan’s love and support for the great city of Pittsburgh makes him extremely excited to be a contributing part in the city’s evolution, as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Top Sponsors: Wagner Agency, Inc, W.A. Wilson Glass, Jordan Feucht, the 2014 Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Honorees, Friends and Family



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PURE BEAUTY As the sun-filled days wind down, we’re taking time to appreciate pretty things in their purest forms. From eco-friendly fashions to natural skin care, it’s all here!

natural BRIDE L.A. fashion designer Deborah Lindquist, will bring her one-of-a-kind eco-couture bridal gowns, headpieces, and fascinators to Pittsburgh for the first time at a trunk show to be held August 15-17 at glitteR & gRit in Lawrenceville. Known for her bustiers and upcycled cashmere sweaters, her wedding dresses made from a combination of vintage lace, beaded wool, sari, and kimono fabrics paired with sustainable and organic linen, silk, and hemp blends, have become a go-to for brides to be seeking a unique look for their big day that they can feel good in. Lindquist says, “I love designing creative, eco-friendly pieces that make a woman look and feel beautiful. And, because I like to design clothing to play up an individual woman’s assets, I’ve been called the sexy eco-designer; which is OK with me!” Call for an appointment at glitteR & gRit, 5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.781.2375. glitterandgritpgh. com. Deborah Lindquist Eco-Couture, deborahlindquist.com.


Check out more photos from the Thornblade “Pattern Play” fashion shoot on Skysight Photography’s blog, skysightphotography.com/blog.


PHOTOGRAPH Autumn Stankay/ Skysight Photography

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We have our eye on the bohemian-chic styles — with a Western twist — at Roberta Weissburg Leathers. Our top pick? The delicately handmade “Annette” top from Double D Ranch, available in both white and black. With exquisite embroidering and detail, this flattering top is quintessential of the Texas-based brand, and RWL is proud to be its exclusive retailer in Pa. Stop into one of two locations to pick up this unique blouse and shop more styles from Double D Ranch. Roberta Weissburg Leathers, 5415 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.681.8188. 527 South 27th St., SouthSide Works. 412.488.8008. robertaweissburgleathers.com. — Jessica Klimczyk



For stylish sunglasses that won’t break the bank, look no further than Chromos Eyewear! Daniel Childs, son of Eyetique entrepreneur Norman Childs, follows in his father’s footsteps by creating a line of fashionable eyewear based on a clever concept. Daniel saw a gap in the marketplace between flimsy, cheap sunglasses that don’t last more than one season and high-end designer eyewear. Thus, Chromos was born, a line of affordable sunnies that don’t sacrifice durability or fashion. Though designed with college students in mind, Chromos glasses are so chic we know everyone will want to snatch up a pair — the $65 price tag is just an added bonus! Chromos Eyewear is sold at chromoseyewear.com, fancy.com, tapiture.com, and at 3 Guys Optical locations. 3 Guys Optical, 3701 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412. 682.1499. 208 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.281.9199. 535 Adams Shoppes, Mars. 724.591.8515. 3guysoptical.com. Eyetique, eyetique.com. — Shaune Marx

moving on up!

Aw Else Boutique has recently moved to a new location on South Pennsylvania Avenue in Downtown Greensburg. Check out the new space and score some great pieces from Betsey Johnson, Big Buddha, Chrysalis Jewelry, Cinda B, and Sorrelli, to spruce up your wardrobe! The “ladies boutique with heart” describes any shopping day as an “ultimate girls outing,” a fun and relaxing experience in a comforting atmosphere. Owner Danielle Shaffer says, “Being natives to the Greensburg area, our family-owned boutique is excited to share our second home with our shoppers.” Aw Else Boutique, 124 South Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg.724.420.5236. awelseboutique.com. — S.M.

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{ Vincent Peach bohemian lariat braided leather necklace with freshwater pearls, $632, Henne Jewelers.


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A classic strand of pearls is pretty, but pearls from Vincent Peach Collection are extraordinary. Available at Henne Jewelers, the Vincent Peach Collection combines the casual elegance of leather, and the beauty of freshwater and black Tahitian pearls to craft artisanal pieces that are easy to wear. Layer the necklaces for a chic summer look or wear them with formal attire for a sophisticated and earthy vibe. These bracelets serve as the perfect statement piece to any outfit. Henne Jewelers, 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.0226. hennejewelers.com. — Veronica Cheng

Vincent Peach “Pebble” leather cuff with freshwater Keshi pearls, $154, Henne Jewelers.



We’re always looking to add easy to wear pieces to our closets and the comfortable, stylish designs from Raw Earth Wild Sky have us swooning! We love that all pieces from the L.A. brand are easy to wash (just pop them in the laundry with cool water) and handmade using eco-conscious, organic, and sustainable materials sourced in the U.S. Raw Earth Wild Sky shows commitment to “doing its part,” no matter how small, by using and maintaining high standards with ethical business practices. Kristi Boutique is the only retailer in the area to carry the line of tops, jackets, vests, pants, leggings, tunics, dresses, and skirts in solids and prints, one of which is tie-dye done “just right.” Owner Kristi Moss says, “It’s clothing for the modern-day woman — perfect for fleeting from the school drop-off line to yoga practice, and then to afternoon lunch with friends. And, you won’t see it on every other woman walking down the street. It will be uniquely you.” Head over to Kristi Boutique for the Raw Earth Wild Sky trunk show, August 9-16, to shop the large selection of new fall items and for a chance to win some pieces from the line! Kristi Boutique, 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. kristiboutique.com.

PhotographS from Double D Ranch, BY MICHAEL FORNATARO, from Henne Jewelers, Snap RetaiL | opposite page: Photograph from lapels

got GRIT?

Lapels, A Fine Men’s Clothier — Greensburg’s purveyor of stylish men’s fashions from top designers — is proud to show off the new True Grit line of trans-seasonal, sleek, and casual items, giving men the chance to look dapper between the heat of summer and the cold Pittsburgh winter. Says owner Kevin Miscik, “The younger customers enjoy wearing True Grit. It’s designed to take you from season to season, offering men a casual, updated weekend look. Their designs feature the perfect trans-seasonal items — long-sleeved shirts and T-shirts in darker shades that aren’t exactly summer items; while also carrying coordinating vests and other picks to take them through fall.” Stop into Lapels for these looks that look put-together in any weather! Lapels, A Fine Men’s Clothier, 106 South Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. 724.853.7145. — Benjamin Laun

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tea TIME

Tea Collection lovers will soon have more to love! The Picket Fence in Shadyside is expanding its Tea Collection assortment, devoting an entire wall to the hugely popular San Francisco-based children’s line, as it becomes an official “destination” store for the brand. The new season kicked off with an adorable Pre-Fall collection inspired by the German Blue Coast. Stop in and stock up on your back-to-school favorites! The Picket Fence, 5425 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.246.0350. picketfenceshadyside.com. — Maria Vogel

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Waggo’s new L.L. Bean collection boasts a set of matching dog leads and collars with a print inspired by the brand’s iconic boots, made with the highest quality of durable materials for ultimate functional for our furry friends. Find the fun collars at the L.L. Bean located in Ross Park Mall. Waggo, waggo.com.



Adorn your pup’s collar with a touch of style! Red Dingo Dog tags feature various fun designs — from skulls and crossbones to princess tiaras, there’s a tag to fit every dog’s personality. Best of all, the hypoallergenic tags made with enamel on solid stainless steel will never rust or corrode, and its highly polished surfaces and rounded edges are guaranteed to be gentle on your pet’s fur. Available at The Dog Stop, 2530 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.315.7050. 1140 Washington Blvd., East End. 412.361.0911. 2858 Banksville Road, South Hills. 412.343.1171. 8325 Ohio River Blvd., Sewickley. 412.766.3647. thedogstop.net. — M.V. 94

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With event season quickly approaching, don’t be caught with nothing to wear! Formal styles from Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman, now available at One Brilliant Boutique in Aspinwall, suit all body types in designs that are elegant — but not overdone. Owner Erica Miller predicts the brand will wow customers. She says, “I love the magnificent quality, the fabric, and consistent fit. It’s a high-end line, but they’re quality lifetime pieces that you will have forever. I’m very proud to carry it.” Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman is just one of several new top-notch designers that will hits the racks of the local boutique in August, including Bailey 44, Liberty Garden, Linea Domani, SCHEÉ Luxury Footwear, and Yoana Baraschi. If you haven’t already, stop in to check out One Brilliant’s beautiful new space! One Brilliant, 12 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443. one-brilliant.myshopify.com.

make A splash

Move over highlights, a new hair trend is taking center stage — SplashLights! The eye-catching and edgy coloring technique uses horizontal highlights to create the illusion of a spotlight shining on you, everywhere you go. The stylists at Philip Pelusi are trained and ready to customize the style for any hair length or texture, in both bold and subtle variations. Protect the look from fading with Pelusi P2 Color Enhancing Conditioners and Pelusi Tela Color Lock Color Sealer. So go ahead, steal that spotlight! Philip Pelusi, philippelusi.com. — S.M.

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Structured knits from the Fall 2014 Collection

Q & A

What prompted you to create Wilt Clothing in 2009?

Roxanne Heptner: I saw that there was a big void in the market for better T-shirts — not disposable T-shirts. A T-shirt that was made better, that was in a better fabric; that was very lean, contemporary, and could fit a lot of people. I couldn’t find anything for myself to wear outside of the very high-end, designer T-shirts. At the time, everybody was doing really short, tight, skimpy little T-shirts for the younger customer, lacking the insight to look forward to when those young customers grow up. As you get older, you don’t dress like that. And, we are not our mothers. I wouldn’t go into the Misses section just because I got older. So, I gave [the T-shirts] volume, but in a very flattering way. I did the first high-low hemline in the contemporary market, and it exploded. And, that was it for me. That was my look.

Do you design for specific situations or places?

wooed BY wilt

Many whose fingers have touched the soft fabric of a Wilt Clothing T-shirt become instant groupies of the L.A.-based brand. It’s easy to see why. The trend-setting line offers universally flattering garments — from Ts to dresses and trousers — that are so comfortable and understatedly chic, women of all ages want to wear them every day. Local retailer e.b. Pepper can barely keep her store stocked with enough wares. She says, “The Wilt T-shirts are everyone’s favorite and people, myself included, like them so much that they refer to themselves as ‘Wilt addicts.’” In 20 years of owning a company with her husband and several brands launched, seasoned designer Roxanne Heptner says she has never witnessed such an overwhelming response. We interviewed the Johnstown, Pa., native to get the scoop on what makes Wilt so wildly popular.

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RH: I do all of that, and none of that. But, I have been told that I’m really good at casual clothing for the daytime and on weekends during downtime. Going forward, Wilt will address the consumer and what she wears when she goes out at night and wants to feel a little bit more dressed up. So, that’s a new direction that we’ll be breaking for Resort and Spring with silks.

What can you tell us about the fabrics you use? RH: Well, they are mostly made in the U.S. by companies that we’ve helped develop to create fabric exclusively for us, so you won’t see it anywhere else. The secret is that we garment-dye, which can break down the fabric and give you that lived-in, soft look and feel. And, besides that, it takes all the shrinkage out, so when you throw it in the washer and the dryer, it’s the same size as when you first put it on.

What are your favorite pieces from the Fall 2014 Collection? RH: The new structured knits are my favorite. We are making trousers, jackets, jumpsuits, and dresses in the classification. Wilt is available at e.b. Pepper, 5411 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.683.3815. Wilt Clothing, wiltclothing.com.

Cool Tones

These ladies kept it cool in serene shades of blue and crisp, optic white at summer’s scorching soirées. Follow their lead and add touches of shine from head to toe — we love the Valentino “Rockstud” pump one sported! — to complete this sleek look.

Brooke Slemons at the Mattress Factory’s Urban Garden Part y

Shruti Gupta at Diamonds & Denim on Market Square

Photographs from Parc and Pearl, Inc. BY BRIDGETT KAY PHOTOGRAPHY LLC., LINDSAY DILL

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/ file Q & A How would you describe your personal style?

Stephanie Schuler: “It’s eclectic. I feel that I have such diverse tastes. One minute I’m wearing what you’re seeing me in now [jeans, a blouse, and sandals], and that’s my look most of the time. But, I love getting dressed up and wearing heels. So, it’s really just simple, classic, and I’ll throw in a couple pieces to mix it up.”

What inspires your fashion sense?

SS: “My own personal mood. Wherever I’m at at that point in life, you can usually see in the way I’m dressed or in my hair. If I’m ready for a change, you’ll see something drastic happen, like these bangs [laughs].”

Do you have any favorite designers or places to shop?

SS: “I’m all over the place. Sometimes I’m at Nordstrom, and I go to the Galleria [of Mt. Lebanon]. I like Footloose [at the Galleria] because they have a ton of everything. That’s one of my favorite stores in the area. And, I love Robert Rodriguez. He’s probably my favorite designer. I love his dresses — they’re timeless, but there’s still a little flair to them.

Who is your style or beauty icon?

SS: “I’ve always thought Coco Chanel was just such a trailblazer. She’s very classic, but her personality I think is what really drew me to her — just her knowing herself and never taking s—.”

NATURAL WOMAN Beauty runs deeper than skin for downto-earth dame Stephanie Schuler To meet someone as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside is a rare occurrence. So, we feel lucky to know Stephanie Schuler, creator of Rutz Skincare (pronounced “roots”). When she welcomed us into her home on the day of the WHIRL photo shoot with an ear-to-ear smile, we couldn’t help but notice that her tranquil, earthy, and inviting space — including her garden and outdoor patio, adorned with bright blooms — reflects her in every way. Schuler radiates positivity from within, sharing her wholesome beauty philosophy, rooted in “goodness,” 96

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through the likes of her creams, scrubs, and sprays. All Rutz products are made in the U.S. using natural and organic ingredients, intended to have an uplifting effect, with a portion of proceeds benefiting local charities. The proof of her potions, which are beautifully packaged in Pittsburgh, resides in the brand’s growing popularity and, of course, in Schuler’s own glowing skin. Quickly approaching its one-year anniversary in September, she envisions Rutz’s “roots” sprawling across the country. “The sky’s the limit for us,” she says. “I think we’re like that little engine that could. I see us national for sure.”

By LIZ PETONIAK • Photographs by Michael Fornataro

For a woman who works for the popular cosmetics company Stila, in addition to owning Rutz, Schuler’s beauty routine is refreshingly low-maintenance. “I have three kids [Jack, 14; Carson, 13; and Allie, 11], so they keep me trying to be as efficient with my time as possible,” she says. Sticking with simplicity, her everyday basics include ponytail holders that often end up as bracelets on her arm, tinted moisturizer, a little blush, and chapstick.



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1. Alexander McQueen clutch 2. Armenta ring 3. Rutz “In Your Face” Spa-ahh! Elixir Mist, $22. Says Schuler, “I keep this spray with me all the time. I use it to set my makeup, and it’s just a refresher for the rest of the day. It’s kind of a mood pick-me-up because of the [lavender and geranium] essential oils in it.” 4. “A yogi gave me this necklace at an ashram in the Poconos. It represents a new beginning,” says Schuler.

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SMOOTH TRANSITIONS Dress for the dog days of summer — and beyond — in these casual, cool ensembles The hottest days of the year are upon us, and so are the hottest fashions. We scoured the racks of a few of our favorite boutiques to put together four easy outfits to keep you on-trend, whether you’re strolling the farmers market or gettin’ groovy at an outdoor concert. Plus, we predict many of our carefully curated items will continue to hang in our closets when the crisp, autumn air blows in. Invest in our key pieces to go from summer to fall in a breeze! Details in WHIRL Directory, page 118.

SKULL CANDY This sweater proves skulls can be cute! Though it’s light enough to wear now, we will toss on this cozy knit through fall.

Skull Cashmere “Sugar Momma” knit sweater, $188, Kristi Boutique. Splendid “Abby” shorts, $88, Footloose at the Galleria. Coconuts “Illume” sandals, $62, Footloose at the Galleria. Uno de 50 nailed earrings, $69, Footloose at the Galleria. Echo Design eyelet hat, $68, One Brilliant. Cindy Urbach Designs choker, $275, Yeni. Cindy Urbach Designs bracelets, $165-$185, Yeni.


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Dress this frock down with denim and sandals in the summertime. When the weather cools down, pair it with tights and boots!

Chan Luu lace dress, $245, Kristi Boutique. AG denim vest, $228, Kristi Boutique. Buba “Eloise” necklace, $358, The Picket Fence. Nina “Smile” stretch macrame sandals, $148, Littles Shoes.

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Velvet by Graham and Spencer sleeveless blouse, $99, Footloose at the Galleria. J Brand light wash destroyed denim shorts, $165, Footloose at the Galleria. Free Bird by Steven “Barracuda” bootie, $350, Littles Shoes. Rebel leather and African turquoise bracelet, $140, Footloose at the Galleria. Cheryl Dufault howlite chrysoprase pendant, $350, Yeni.

Not just for country concerts, these boots were made for walkin’ through every season. Rock them with shorts now, and jeans later.

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Cover up on chilly nights with this ultrasoft denim jacket. It will continue to be a go-to come autumn.

J Brand distressed denim jacket, $335, e.b. Pepper. Chan Luu beaded dress, $304, Footloose at the Galleria. Riudavets leather sandals, $138, Kristi Boutique. Miguel Ases ring, $262, Footloose at the Galleria. Ray-Ban blue-mirrored shrunken aviator, $170, Sunglasses Hut at Grove City Premium Outlets.

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To gear up for its 3rd Annual One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo, WHIRL Magazine hosted a Warm-Up Party, sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, at Social at Bakery Square. The festival’s yoga ambassadors, vendors, and sponsors shared light, healthy fare, such as vegetables and hummus, and a signature cocktail. Appropriately named “The Yogatini,” the perfect pour included basil and Blue Diamond Vodka. The festivities were held to preface the 3rd Annual One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo, sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, Giant Eagle Market District, GNC, and Peoples Natural Gas — all of which seek to promote a healthy community in Pittsburgh. Says UPMC Health Plan Vice President of Internet Strategy Sharon Hicks, “By supporting the One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo, not only is UPMC Health Plan giving back to the people and the communities we serve — a fundamental part of our mission — but, we are also supporting an event that emphasizes health and wellness for people of all ages. At UPMC Health Plan, we put special emphasis on programs that focus on eating well and staying active, which is exactly what the One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo is all about. It’s a great event that gets better every year.” — A.B. + S.M. PHOTOGRAPHS BY LINDSAY DILL

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The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera held its 59th Annual Guild Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, entertaining guests and raising funds for the CLO. The theme was “A Night to Remember,” celebrating the CLO’s 68 years of unparalleled live musical production, and the night certainly was memorable, as 300 guests dined on filet and lobster while enjoying musical and dramatic entertainment, courtesy of the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater and the CLO Mini-Stars. During the ball, the CLO honored the late Violet Gallo and her husband, the Honorable Judge Robert Gallo, with the fourth annual CLOE award in honor of their service and dedication to the CLO community. Co-chaired by the threegeneration team of Moira Davison, a lifetime CLO Guild member; her son, George Davison; and her granddaughter, Morgan Davison, this year’s black-tie bash raised record funds. The Rick Purcell Band entertained as guests bid on “Pink Boxes;” an exciting new raffle for three prizes of $2,000, $3,000, and $5,000; and a silent auction, featuring several luxury items. “I believe a city is defined by its culture,” says broadcast journalist Eleanor Schano Feeney, “and the CLO is one of the brightest jewels in the rich cultural fiber of Pittsburgh.” — B.L. Photographs by Ben Petchel

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Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation’s third annual fundraiser had Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale rocking! More than 220 guests, including former Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch and current Steelers Brett Keisel and Heath Miller, came out to support Ben and his wife, Ashley. DVE Morning Show’s Randy Baumann emceed the evening’s live auction, which helped raise more than $218,000 for local K-9 police and fire units, and the Make-A-Wish-Foundation. The coveted items included autographed memorabilia from Roethlisberger, Mario Lemieux, and Andrew McCutchen; “The Ultimate Nemacolin Experience;” golf getaways; and local hotel and restaurant packages. Jergel’s served up light and heavy hors d’oeuvres, while Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique provided the decadent desserts and a fun donut cart. Guests also enjoyed dancing to the tunes of Nightsong. The event’s success proves that Big Ben is doing great work for Pittsburgh, on and off the field! — B.L. Photographs by Ben Petchel

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Diamonds & Denim in Market Square The first event of its kind, Diamonds & Denim in Market Square invited guests to don their best diamonds and trendy denim to benefit the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Four hundred guests sparkled in the heart of Market Square, raising $120,000 for the cause! A superstar team of Bill Chisnell Productions, LUXE Lighting & Atmospheres, and Mosaic produced the South Beachinspired décor — read white couches, white globe lanterns, and shimmering accessories! A glittering array of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live and silent auctions followed the Benefactor Reception. The Capital Grille, Il Pizzaiolo, and Diamond Market were just a few of the delicious food purveyors. And, after Diamond Social Hour, DJ Zimmie ignited a full-blown Downtown dance party. Co-chairs Tinsy Labrie, and Karen and John Staley V, are close to the cause. Labrie donated a kidney five years ago, and this year marks the 16-year anniversary of their son John Staley VI’s successful kidney transplant, which was performed at the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation. Says Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Development Coordinator of Affiliated Organizations and Events Sam Badger, “The event (minus the rain!) was a super fun time! It really laid some great groundwork to make the event even bigger, better, and brighter next year.” — A.B. PHOTOGRAPHS BY LINDSAY DILL

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WASHINGTON Some of the biggest events in Washington County make their way to our calendars in August

For children, it’s a last hurrah before school starts up again. For adults, it’s the opportunity to continue family traditions, such as attending a PONY League World Series game or getting dizzy on a ride at the Washington County Agricultural Fair. As you walk through Washington County this month, let us be the guide to the best places and events for making new memories.


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HOMETOWN HAPPENINGS WINE WEEKEND Love smooth jazz and even smoother wines? Grab a blanket and head to North Strabane Municipal Park for the Fourth Annual Washington Wine Jazz & Pops! Festival. Hosted by the Mental Health Association of Washington County, the AUGUST 2-3 event is perfect for a relaxing weekend. Ten Pennsylvania wineries will be serving samples and selling bottles of their finest blends, while local jazz bands set the soundtrack to the outdoor event. Enjoy a front-row seat to the show under the Washington Financial tent or in one of the modern shelters. In between sets, check out the delicious food booths and specialty craft vendors. “Last year, over 1,200 people came and had a ball,” says Lynne Loresch, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Washington County. “Come, relax, and enjoy!” Tickets are $20 in advanced, $25 at the door. Call 724.225.2061 for more details.

NEW THIS YEAR: Wine makers can enter their best vintages in the First Annual Wine, Jazz & Pops! Amateur Wine-making Contest! Greg Hazuza of Greenhouse Winery, and John and Angela Burgess of A&M Wine Supplies will judge the contestants in three categories: Dry Red, Dry White, and Sweet/Fruit. Applications are $20 and include one free ticket to the festival. Sign up today at mhawashco.wjp.


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Celebrating 40 years, the National Pike Steam, Gas & Horse Association’s summer show is slated for AUGUST 8-10. The fascinating history of America’s agricultural will unfold through static displays of antique cars, trucks, tractors, small engines, and large engines. Agricultural advocates will also enjoy:


Operating steam shovels


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“Largest Digging Show in the State”

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Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors on August 8, and free for children under 12. — Benjamin Laun National Pike Steam, Gas & Horse Association, 222 Spring Road, Brownsville. 724.785.2605. nationalpike.com


SHOW PONYS As the calendar flips ahead to August, that means the PONY League World Series is just around the corner! Since 1952, baseball players from across the globe have made their way to Washington, Pa., for the August Classic. This year’s competition pins the brightest stars in baseball — from Europe, Asia-Pacific, Mexico, and everywhere in between — against each other at Lew Hays Pony Field in Washington Park from August 8-13. Local fans have been packing the park every night of the World Series since the event returned home in 1984. Says Abraham Key, president and CEO of PONY Baseball and Softball, “The commitment and dedication by all of the volunteers and the community make the World Series into a summer spectacle that features the world’s best 13 and 14-year-old baseball players.” For the full event schedule, KDKA/CW’s broadcast schedule, tickets, and live play-by-play of games, visit plws.org. Photographs FROM Bracken Burns, PONY League World Series

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/ FEATUREd Neighborhood JULY 26 The Adios @ The Meadows Racetrack

August 1 Washington Wild Things vs. Rockford Aviators @ CONSOL Energy Park

August 2 Smokey Robinson @ The Meadows Casino




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(Doubleheader Sunday) Washington Wild Things vs. Frontier Greys @ CONSOL Energy Park

August 8-9, 11-12 PA Rebellion vs. Chicago Bandits @ CONSOL Energy Park

AugusT 9-10 (Doubleheader Sunday) Washington Wild Things vs. Traverse City Beach Bums @ CONSOL Energy Park

August 20-21 (Doubleheader Wednesday) Washington Wild Things vs. River City Rascals @ CONSOL Energy Park Mark Your Calendar! The 44th Annual Covered Bridge Festival takes over ten covered bridge locations throughout Washington and Greene Counties September 20-21. As the official kick-off to the fall festival season, the free event features arts and crafts, homestyle fare, historical exhibits, unique entertainment, and more — all amid a beautiful scenery! Stop by to enjoy the beautiful goods and unique, charming bridges. For more information, visit VisitWashingtonCountyPA.com. 110

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August 22-24 Washington Wild Things vs. Gateway Grizzlies @ CONSOL Energy Park Photographs from Washington County Tourism, Smokey Robinson

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A FAIR TO REMEMBER …actually, two fairs! The Washington County Agricultural Fair and the West Alexander Fair celebrate the end of summer with fun for the whole family. Each event packs every day with nonstop presentations, contests, and entertainment, but also offers ample time to indulge in that traditional fair fare. Washington County Agricultural Fair, 2151 N. Main St., Washington. 724.225.7718. West Alexander Fair, 116 Route 40 West, West Alexander. 724.484.7435.

Washington County Agricultural Fair August 9-16 / 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission:


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Space to Sprawl From farmsteads to new construction, Washington County offers plenty of homes with room to grow

Listed at $329,500 15 Redstone Lane, Washington

Room with a View Experience the ambiance of a bed-andbreakfast getaway without ever having to check out! Every day will feel like a private escape in this spacious fourbedroom, four-bathroom abode that boasts a stunning skyline view of the City of Washington. Charming, old-world details, such as the breakfast nook, beautiful woodwork, and built-in storage, pair perfectly with the gorgeously updated kitchen and bath spaces to offer the best of both historic and contemporary. For more information, contact Renee Georgi of Northwood Realty Services at 412.487.3200. northwood.com.


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Listed at $695,000 50 McVehil Drive, South Strabane

Historic Elegance Full of character, this three-bedroom, two fulland three-half-bath dwelling possesses elegant amenities — a two-story entry way, three fireplaces, and a spa-like master suite — within a luxurious amount of space. Savor a cup of coffee on one of six patio areas and find solace while overlooking more than two lush acres of superbly manicured grounds. For more information, contact Holly Corace of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 724.941.8800. howardhanna.com.

Featured Realtor Dorothy Walsko, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services We asked: Why move your family to Washington County? Walsko says: “Traditionally known for a rich heritage in history, Washington County has discovered a new and more modern attraction: energy. The Marcellus Shale gas and oil industry has certainly made its mark. This, along with Washington & Jefferson College and the growing medical community, provides many job opportunities and keeps families coming to the area. Additionally, the county has become a popular destination to live [in] due to lower taxes, proximity to the airport, and a wide range of home choices. Centrally located at the junction of I-79 and I-70, it’s easy for visitors to access The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, shop Tanger Outlets, enjoy the many restaurants and malls, or take in a Washington Wild Things game at CONSOL Energy Park. Bring your energy and join us!” Contact Dorothy Walsko at 724.222.6040. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, howardhanna.com.

Listed at $875,000 214 Canterwood Drive, Venetia

Storybook Mansion Open the front door to an impressive and inviting two-story foyer that sets the tone for this remarkable six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home nestled in Canterwood Manor. Follow the gleaming hardwood floors through an open layout, and settle down in a number of cozy spots — the tranquil master suite, the airy sunroom, or the covered patio. Additional features, such as the Jenn-Air appliances, stately fireplaces, finished basement, and first floor in-law suite, complete this top-notch property. For more information, contact Tara Mruk of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty at 724.941.3000. thepreferredrealty.com.

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/ Weddings 1. Courtney’s two bridesmaids, her sister and her best friend, found their fun BCBG dresses at Saks Fifth Avenue. 2. The bride carried a small, elegant bouquet of calla lilies, as did each of her bridesmaids, from the Succop Conservancy. 3. The easy-breezy event didn’t have a theme or even a color scheme, but Courtney describes the overall style as “garden chic.”



Courtney Brennan & Mark Ambtman When Mark Ambtman saw a beautiful news reporter filming a live segment by the side of the road one night, he immediately knew he needed to meet her. Rushing home to check the Asheville, N.C., broadcast, he found out her name was Courtney Brennan, and composed an email to her that he wouldn’t work up the courage to send until six months later. Courtney describes the message as the “sweetest, funniest, non-creepiest” email she’s ever received, and agreed to meet her admirer for coffee. Mark proposed to his mystery woman two years later after she took a job at WPXI-TV. While on a trip to New York City, he presented a photo book he’d designed to include all of the places they’d made special memories together. The laid-back bride found her dress on clearance at David’s Bridal, its price reduced three times! “I loved it; I thought it was fabulous — it was easy and simple,” Courtney says of the form-fitting White by Vera Wang gown. Easy and simple perfectly describe the rest of the wedding planning as well. A friend baked the cake, two friends served as photographers, and her grandmother was her reception florist! “I cannot express how wonderful and joyful it was to have all of the people you love in one place at the same time.” Her advice to other brides seeking an effortlessly beautiful wedding like hers is, “Keep it simple. No one will remember what flowers you had on the table or what color your napkins were, but they will remember how much fun they had. Have good people, good food, and good music, and you are ready to go.” Courtney says she and her family had such a good time at the Succop Conservancy that her sister, who got engaged six months after, also married there just one year later! Details in WHIRL Directory, page 118. 116

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Maggie Horvat & Dan Conti << Maggie’s bouquet was made up of white and blush pink peonies, while her six bridesmaids each carried pink garden roses from Flowers in the Attic.

Maggie Horvat met Dan Conti while out for a bachelorette party, and shortly after, they were planning a wedding of their own! “We met, hit it off, realized we both lived in Pittsburgh, and have been together ever since,” Maggie says. After three years together, Dan surprised Maggie during a discussion of weekend plans by dropping to one knee and asking her to make plans with him for the rest of their lives. Maggie found her dress by a second work of fate, a discontinued Priscilla of Boston design she happened across in a Denver salon, just her size and the last in the store. The strapless, beaded bodice and layered, organza skirt fit perfectly into her wedding theme of “classic romance.” She advises other brides-to-be, “Go with what you are drawn to. It is your wedding and your vision.” Maggie’s vision included pink and white peonies arranged to give an ombré effect, modern purple uplighting, and elegant candlelight. At the romantic J. Verno Studios reception, guests enjoyed a fun candy bar that featured homemade Ho Hos and other delicious desserts. Maggie’s favorite moments were her father’s welcome speech, which she said “had the crowd crying and laughing,” and a reception-wide impromptu sing-a-long to “Proud to be an American” at the end of the night. “Although we did follow some trends, I wanted something classic that I would look back on and never wish I had done something different,” Maggie says. “I really feel that happened.”

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Gina Desko & Bill McManamy << In an effort to track down her dream offthe-shoulder St. Pucchi wedding gown, Gina ended up speaking with the designer on the phone. Her persistence paid off with not only the dress, but a custom-made veil to match!

Gina Desko and her husband, Bill McManamy, rode the same school bus in their middle school years, but it wasn’t quite love at first sight. Bill and his friends used to joke about how she was always late to the bus stop, while she didn’t even know he existed! They became friends in high school but didn’t get together until 15 years after graduation, when they reconnected at a party. Two years later, Bill pulled off a romantic beach proposal at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, with his grandmother’s engagement ring. As the owner of The Grey Box Theatre, Gina had experience planning events and easily orchestrated her nuptials at The Pennsylvanian. Inspired by its old-fashioned marble and tile, along with her own love for classic elegance, Gina dressed her bridesmaids in black and her groomsmen in silver, leaving all the color to the flowers and the linens. Though the wedding itself had no specific theme, cocktail hour mimicked the proposal location. The Caribbean Vibes Steelband played steel drums, preceding more live music at the reception by the Attraction Band. Live music was a priority for the talented couple, as Bill also plays the drums, and this wedding was definitely a hit! Submit your wedding for WHIRL’s consideration at whirlmagazine.com. Photographs from J. Verno Studios, Dianne Adrian Photography

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Shopping Spree: Smooth transitions e.b. Pepper, 5411 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.683.3815. ebpepper.blogspot.com. Footloose at the Galleria, 1500 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.531.9663. shopfootloose.com. Grove City Premium Outlets, 1911 Leesburg Grove City Road, Grove City. 724.748.4770. premiumoutlets. com/grovecity. Kristi Boutique, 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. kristiboutique.com. Littles Shoes, 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3530. littlesshoes.com. One Brilliant, 12 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443. onebrilliant.com. The Picket Fence, 5424 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.246.0350. picketfenceshadyside.com. Yeni, 5411 Walnut St., Second Floor, Shadyside. 412.687.9364. yenijewelry.com.

Downtown. 412.575.5858. ilpizzaiolo. com. Andrew’s Steak & Seafood, 777 Casino Drive, North Shore. 412.231.7777. riverscasino.com. SAVOY, 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.281.0660. savoypgh. com. Seviche, 930 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.697.3120. seviche.com. Rumfish Grille, 1155 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. 412.914.8013. rumfishpgh.com. Social at Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., Bakery Square. 412.362.1234. bakerysocial. com. Eddie Merlot’s, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 100, Downtown. 412.235.7676. eddiemerlots.com. Sonoma, 947 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.697.1336. thesonomagrille.com. Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, 220 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.394.3400. vallozzispittsburgh.com. Six Penn Kitchen, 146 Sixth St., Downtown. 412.566.7366. sixpennkitchen.com. Walnut Grill, 12599 Perry Hwy., Wexford. 724.933.8410. 911 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.782.4768. 660 Washington Road, 412.668.0951. 1595 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. walnutgroverestaurant.com. The Porch at Schenley, 221 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 412.687.6724. theporchatschenley.com. Casbah, 229 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412.661.5656. bigburrito.com/casbah. Shady Grove, 5500 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.697.0909. eatshady.com. Bistro 19, 711 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.306.1919. bistro19.com. Eleven, 1150 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.201.5656. elevenck.com.

The 5-tier cake by Rania’s Catering was one of Gina’s favorite parts of the day. “Cutting the cake, I really felt like a bride,” she remembers.

Shades of pink, white, and floating candles ensured a romantic look at the Conti wedding.

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Courtney Brennan & Mark Ambtman Succop Conservancy , 185 Airport Road, Butler. 724.586.2591. aswp.org/locations/ succop. Atria’s at PNC Park, 103 Federal St., North Shore. 412.322.1850. atrias. com. Medure’s Catering, 2500 New Butler Road, New Castle. 724.654.5465. medures.com. DJ Sam Crawford, djsamcrawford.com. ShutterBooth Pittsburgh, shutterbooth.com. Maggie Horvat & Dan Conti J. Verno Studios , 3030 Jane St., South

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Road, Penn Hills. 412.798.2200. flowersintheattic.com. Yes, We Cater, 2326 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville. 412.373.9322. yeswecater.net. DJ John Wiggins of FlipSide DJs , 315 Newbury Drive, Monroeville. 412.841.5449. flipsidedjs.net. McKeesport Candy Co., 1101 5th Ave., McKeesport. 412.678.8851. candyfavorites.com. deStefino Southside, 2751 Sidney St., SouthSide Works. 412.488.4418. destefinosouthside.com.

Gina Desko & Bill McManamy Dianne Adrian Photography, 412.215.5296. adrianphoto.net. Caribbean Vibes Steelband, 6 Mckelvey Ave., Edgewood. 412.241.4812. The Pennsylvanian, 1100 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412.391.6730. thepennsylvanian.com. Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.586.7744. greyboxtheatre.com. Hepatica, 1119 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. 412.241.3900. hepaticapgh.com. Rania’s Catering, 100 Central Square, Mt. Lebanon. 412.531. 2222. rania.com. Lendable Linens, 3253 Old Frankstown Road, Monroeville. 724.325.5555. lendablelinens.com. Go Organic, 724.328.2211. bethanymontecalvo.com. Sognatore Salon, 1100 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412.391.1181. spasalon.com/ sognatore. MB Bride, 123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg. 724.836.6626. mbbride.com.

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Meet Ashley Frohnert, Peta’s sexiest vegan next door Veganism — a lifestyle that omits any animal products or by-products — is more popular than ever, and we are so excited to have someone from Pittsburgh as one of its biggest advocates. Ashley Frohnert won PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest for 2014, giving a voice to the lifestyle and the animals it protects. A vegetarian since July 2008, Frohnert learned about the contest when she saw another Pittsburgh resident finish as a finalist a few years ago. When she became vegan on September 1, 2013, she decided to enter herself in the 2014 contest.

Frohnert adopted her dogs, Jackson and Howard, from Western PA Humane Society and Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, respectively.

environment, their health, and animals, they can start making little changes, like exploring new foods. You’ll see you aren’t missing out on anything.” Delicious desserts and vegan cheesesteaks don’t sound depriving to us! The Friendship/Garfield resident indulges in these treats at Eden and Spak Brothers, respectively, and explores veganpittsburgh.com for more vegan-friendly spots.

The crown earned her a free trip to Maui, Hawaii, and the opportunity to spread her message through PETA’s incredible support. As a coordinator of this year’s Pittsburgh Walk for Farm Animals, Frohnert is inviting everyone to Southside Riverfront Park on September 20. The event includes a 2.4-mile walk, a lunch, and a yoga class; however, its main purpose is to raise awareness of animal cruelty and raise funds for Farm Sanctuary, a group that protects farm animals from mistreatment.

In addition to recommending restaurants, Frohnert has embraced becoming one of Pittsburgh’s vegan expert and enjoys fielding questions from those who are curious about the lifestyle. “I personally want everyone to be vegan,” she says with a laugh. “But, really, if you can make little changes, you can see how it benefits your life and the lives of animals.”

Initially, ethical issues with animals were the main reason Frohnert took up the lifestyle. “I think veganism is about educating yourself on the typical American diet,” says the self-proclaimed animal lover. “Once people realize what diets do the

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WHIRL Magazine: August 2014  

In this issue: Beth Stern, pet adoption, summer cocktails, Pittsburgh's 50 Finest 2014.

WHIRL Magazine: August 2014  

In this issue: Beth Stern, pet adoption, summer cocktails, Pittsburgh's 50 Finest 2014.