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Features 56  COVER: His Biggest Fan Neil Walker and his father, Tom, have a shared legacy with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the father-son duo supports each other both on and off the field. We’re also sharing the inspiring story of Pirates fan Neil Alexander and his battle with ALS.

60 suit Up! Take style notes from Hines Ward. The trend-setting athlete and TV broadcaster shows off a sharp, bespoke style created by Amy Baron Brourman of Samuel Baron Clothiers.

64  Walking Through Washington Take a tour of one of Western Pennsylvania’s fastest growing areas! In this section, the first in a series of profiles, we’re previewing exciting events coming up in June and July.

68  WHIRL’s Nonprofit Volunteer Guide Contribute your time and efforts to a worthy cause! Our semi-annual giving guide highlights 14 local nonprofits, their upcoming events and fundraisers, and all of the ways you can get involved.

76  Explore Greensburg Plan a staycation, check out tasty food and microbrewery pairings, and mark your calendar with concerts and art shows, taking place in this happening Westmoreland County hub. Neil Walker, photographed at PNC Park.


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38 WHIRL Magazine Presents Men in Business 39 PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Spring Hat Luncheon 40 Outreach Teen’s 40th Anniversary Gala 41 16th Annual Mel Blount Youth Home All-Star Celebrity Roast 42 The Dirty Ball 43 A Deco Affair: Puttin’ on the Ritz! 44 Art Rooney Award Dinner & Auction 45 13th Annual Shake Your Booties 46 Chapel Hills Jewelry 25th Anniversary Celebration 47 Family House Gifting Gala 48 NLSA’s Pittsburgh Sports Report Spring Roundup 49 Samuel Baron Clothiers’ Scotch & Ties 92 Seventh Annual ‘DVE Celebrity Roast 94 JDRF Rainbow Gala 96 United Way Wine Tasting Reception 98 GNC Corporate Campaign Kickoff 100 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon VIP Party

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Food & Fashion 50  Food Tour: Hot Eats Read our exclusive interview with Chef Thomas Keller, who will be in town for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s annual fundraiser on June 12. We also grilled Common Plea Catering Sous Chef Ryan Martinez for barbecue tips, and we’re thrilled to celebrate Eleven Restaurant’s 10-year anniversary with Chef Derek Stevens.

83 S tyle News: Get Glowing Light it up this summer with shimmering makeup, shineenhancing hair products, and fine jewelry. We’ve gathered the latest, greatest fashions in our June roundup, along with a funky-fresh Style File.

90  Shopping Spree: Change of A Dress Let the sun shine! Debut summer’s most effortless look this month in a new, breezy sundress.

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/ PAGE C’mon, Get Happy! When you drop your keys, do you grumble to yourself and anyone else within earshot, or do you just pick them up and keep going? Do you whistle while you work, and feel a spring in your step when you’re heading back home? What makes you feel happy, and how do you express it?

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Happiness is a choice, one that we constantly make many times every day. Warmer temperatures and sunshine make it easier to feel happy; so does spending time with friends and family. In this issue, we celebrate Father’s Day in style. First up is Pittsburgh Pirate Neil Walker, the handsome hometown hero who won Opening Day with a walk-off home run. In the stands? His proud father, Tom Walker, a favorite here at WHIRL for his help with last year’s Roberto Clemente article. To be working with him again, alongside his son, is an honor. Watching the two Walkers together shows that Neil’s confident style was born from Tom’s love — it’s great. Check it out on page 56. Former Pittsburgh Steeler and Dancing With the Stars winner Hines Ward is a good friend, having been on three WHIRL covers. When we got the idea to have him suited up by Samuel Baron Clothiers, we knew he would be game. But when he stepped out of the dressing room in his new suit, he was dazzling. Imagine that signature Hines smile, and you can see what we saw. Magic, man. See for yourself on page 60. Here’s to being happy!

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JUNE HAPPENINGS Boutique trunk shows, club openings, and award benefits are filling up our pages this month!

Atelier Minyon designer Alp Sagnak held a trunk show at Yeni Jewelry in Shadyside, showcasing his edgy designs. Pictured with Yeni Jewelry owner Lisa Rudick, the pair welcomed customers for the weekend-long display.

Kathe and Jim Patrinos, event chair Carol Massaro, and Sam Badger at Bowties & Butterflies at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The elegant soirée featured wines and cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and delicious desserts from Bella Christie & Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique, and served as a kickoff to a new biophilic art exhibit and the return of the Butterfly Forest.

Chad and Julie Weber posed with their daughter Kaelyn, 6, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis 13 days after being born, at “Wishing on a Cure” to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Western Pennsylvania chapter and Kaelyn’s Kure. Julie is also an alum of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, which raises funds for the local chapter.

Quality of Life Services co-owners and 2014 Crystal Owl Business of the Year Award recipients Mary Susan Yurek, Steven Tack, and Susie Tack-Beardsley at the Crystal Owl Community Partner Award Dinner, held at the Hilton DoubleTree — Green Tree, which benefited The Challenge Program, Inc.

Hines Ward and Bill Paulos, owner of The Meadows Casino, at the grand opening party of The Meadows’ newly renovated and renamed club, Vibe. The VIP bash included a “Red Carpet Lady” upon entrance, along with food, drinks, and entertainment.

At the Beeghly and Company Jewelers event, “Get the Ring Now,” Kaitlyn Fetter, Jennifer Connor, owner Amy Beeghly, and Sales Manager Alison Beeghly helped customers pick out engagement rings for their significant others.

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Cinderella Ball co-chair Janet Summers, scholarship winner Haley Myers, Cinderella Women’s Committee (CWC) volunteer coordinator Charlene Campbell, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA Executive Vice President Jim Barry, and Cinderella Ball co-chair Jamie Lanier at the organization’s headquarters, where a $50,000 check was presented to the nonprofit.

Pittsburgh Steeler Maurkice Pouncey and former Steeler Jeff Hartings spoke at Urban Impact Foundations’s annual Draft Party & Kickoff Luncheon at Heinz Field to benefit the Play Ball for Kids program.

Sally Wiggin, Allen Kukovich, Mary Anne Papale, Judy Greenwald Cohen, Peg Dierkers, and Michelle Bond at the Rivers Club for A Giving Circle’s kickoff event. The evening benefited the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its four member programs in Allegheny County.

Campus Superstar 2014 co-chairs Katie Whitlatch and Lynne Jacobson at the American Idol-like solo singing competition, featuring students from Pittsburgh-area colleges. This year, the eighth annual, garnered $236,000 for The Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center.

Pittsburgh artists Elena D’Agostino and Jess Paul displayed their work at “The Night Gallery presents…Under The Bed,” which transformed the Lawrenceville space into a circus of “horrifying and hysterical” visual treats.

Photographs from Nancy Schaffer, Eric Anderson, Nestorov Photography, Julia Katz, Katie Palamara

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Attack Theatre board member Jon Seeley and Dean Hastings mingled with employees and supporters of the dance company to kick off The Dirty Ball at its happy hour event at UP Modern Kitchen in Shadyside.

Event co-chairs Seth Hufford, Dorie Taylor, Lara Washington, and Ken Spruill at Society for Contemporary Craft’s Out of Hand! Gala. The annual giving gala supports free exhibition, education, and arts programming. The night featured a silent auction, handson art stations, artists demonstrations, live music, and handcrafted spirits!

Art Institute of Pittsburgh Academic Chair Tamara L. Pavlock (right) with Erika Witherspoon, who inspired Pavlock’s painting, auctioned off at the ARTiculate Art event at Sonoma Downtown. The event raised $5,800 for The Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation.

Courtney Horne and Christopher Phillips enjoyed signature whiskey cocktails, a silent auction, and a festive photo booth at the AMD3 Foundation’s Shamrock Shakeup event at Wigle Whiskey to benefit Operation Walk Pittsburgh.

Local jazz musician Roger Humphries and Bill Strickland, president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, at the red carpet premiere of Billy Jackson’s film documentary, “Roger Humphries: Pass it On.”

The Fraternal Order of Police presented a check to the Officer Rocco K-9 Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. The fund will provide support to the K-9 unit, in memory of Officer Rocco who passed away from wounds suffered in the line of duty. Pictured from left to right: Karen Janoski, Jeff McCoy, Mike LaPorte, Howard McQuillan, Jennie Zioncheck, and Officer Phil Lerza, Rocco’s partner/handler.

Rivers Casino Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Hernandez and Assistant Pastry Chef Stephanie Kriegel demonstrated how to make the perfect pie in the Carnegie Science Center test kitchen as a part of its adult “Pi Day” event. 18

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Organizer of the Keys to Living Expo held at the Monroeville Convention Center, Heather Lorah congratulated the event’s keynote speaker, Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., on a job well done.

At the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s annual Vision of Hope Gala & Auction, held at Hershey Lodge in support of the nonprofit’s Child Abuse Prevention Effort, emcee Pete Muntean of WGAL-TV honored Jackie Atherton Bernard with the Vision of Hope Award.

WTAE-TV staff members and Neil and Suzanne Alexander (front) took a “selfie” during a live telethon to raise funds for LiveLikeLou. org. The Alexanders established the foundation in 2011 when Neil was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The program raised more than $145,000! Turn to page 59 for more on Neil and

Models Aless Hanna and Amanda Fedorek at the Pittsburgh Glass Center for the GA/ GI Fest Fashion Show. In its fifth year, the show is a fabulous opening ceremony to a weekend of celebrating Geek Art and Green Innovators (GA/GI).

Robert Matzen gave a lecture and signed copies of his book, “Fireball: Carole Lombard & the Mystery of Flight 3,” prior to his introduction of the Allegheny City Society showing of My Man Godfrey in the North Side.

Photographs from Philip Harris, Adam Kulikowski, Josh Franzos, Robert Hester Entertainment, WQED

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In tune with the Hawaiian theme, Tuika’s Polynesian Island Magic entertained the crowd at the UPMC Children’s Ball, held at the Carnegie Science Center. The event raised funds for the UPMC Health for Summer Life Camp at Braddock.

Family Hospice & Palliative Care President & CEO Barbara Ivanko and Mary Good at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, held at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park. More than 120 of the nonprofit’s volunteers were on-hand to enjoy lunch, served by members of the Family Hospice office staff.

Justin Lokay proposed to Ryan Redman at a surprise engagement party at Penn Avenue Fish Company! The restaurant’s owner Angela Early invited Redman to the restaurant’s “grand opening,” making it top secret. Lokay proposed with a ring from Henne Jewelers, and he and the venue arranged for a sushi bar, mini cupcakes from Vanilla Pastry Studio, and music by DJ Digital Dave.

Shades of June’s Jesse August, Greta Shepardson, Ryan Krinjeck, and Chris Myer at the media center before headlining the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Finish Line Festival. This was Shepardson’s fifth year singing the National Anthem and “God Bless America” for the race.

Ron Brown ran the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon in full firefighter gear for the Animal Rescue League’s Paws Over Pittsburgh charity team, which raised funds for the shelter.

Volunteers for Rainbow Kitchen Community Services collected more than $13,000 at the Bruce Springsteen concert at CONSOL Energy Center for the kitchen’s programs that help feed those in need.

Pittsburgh Penguin Craig Adams and his wife, Anne, at the 2014 Walk to Defeat ALS Corporate Kick-Off Event. The couple shared their personal connection to ALS, as guests enjoyed food and a behind-thescenes tour of CONSOL Energy Center. 20

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Photographs from Phil Pavely, Greg Jena, Armstrong Photography, Rainbow Kitchen Community Services, By Ben Petchel, From Kris Shepardson, Mary Kennedy Withrow

Dr. Sharon McDaniel, CEO of A Second Chance, Inc., launched her new book, “On My Way Home — A Memoir of Kinship, Grace, and Hope” at the Hill House Association. The published pages are an account of her personal journey as a child in the foster care system to founding a nationally recognized kinship care agency.


Tom Quick, honoree and designer Carolina Herrera, Louise Stephaich, and Anna Mann at the White Hot Night Gala in Palm Beach, Fla., which drew 300 guests, raising record funds for Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti. The hospital in Haiti was founded by Dr. Larry and Gwen Mellon of Pittsburgh 57 years ago.

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Local artist John McDonald (center) debuted tracks from his new album, Right Place, Right Time, at the CD release party at Stage AE. Also pictured are band members Ken Schrader on steel drums and Dale Cinski on lead guitar.

Photographs from Michelle Benton, Lucien Capehart Photography, Gary Dotterweich

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Event captains Sherene and Yardon Brantley, joined fellow supporters and Sienna Mercato partners Susan and Tom Certo at An Evening of Hope in Market Square. Held on the rooftop of Sienna Mercato, the event raised more than $40,000 for the Girls Hope of Pittsburgh.

Latasha Wilson-Batch, honorary chair; Joann Cyganovich, executive director of Sojourner House; and Cori Begg, chair, at Sojourner House’s 10th Annual Victorian Tea. Held at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall, 300 guests helped to raise $50,000 for the organization.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, PhD, president of La Roche College, gathered at Celebrate La Roche! From left to right: Jennifer Kopar; Nancy Stoehr, accepting on behalf of Kessete Teweldebrhan; Sharon Scheidemantle; Rebecca Bozym; Sister Candace Introcaso; David Brudy; Crystal Bynum, accepting on behalf of Russell Bynum; Marjorie Jacobs; James Holtzman; Susan Hoolahan; and April Lanotte.

book reservation @ Chair Katy Rich Sherman, author and co-host Ann Patchett, and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures board member Fred Sherman at Roasts, Toasts & Literati On the Hill, which drew more than 200 book lovers to the Hill House Kaufmann Center’s Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium to honor retiring Executive Director Jayne Adair. 22

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The seventh annual Race for Grace, held at Norwin High School, raised more than $118,000 with nearly 3,000 participants! To date, the Race for Grace has raised more than $580,000 for the Reflections of Grace Foundation’s mission to assist families of children battling pediatric brain cancer and toward finding a cure. Photographs from Maya Tuttle, Scott Smathers, James Knox, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, Wendy Hacker/Clicks for a Cause

At The Many Faces of NHS — Bridging Partnerships event, hosted by Laura Kronk (left), NHS Human Services chairman and CEO M. Joseph Rocks, and NHS Human Services Foundation board member Dorothy Pollon were among those present to hear from individuals served by NHS in Western Pennsylvania.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association President Jim Thornton and Southwest Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Representative Gaetano Sanchioli congratulated University of Pittsburgh scholarship winner Angela DeCandia and Duquesne University scholarship winner Morgan Langton at the 2014 PATS Athletic Trainer River Run. Pittsburgh Pirate Jason Grilli and his wife, Danielle, served up grilled cheese sandwiches to Pittsburgh area food bank clients in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month. As part of the event, Land O’Lakes, Inc. made a massive cheese donation of 40,000 pounds, helping to provide more than 33,000 meals to families in need!




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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (right) congratulates Michael Moss, author of “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” and 2014 recipient of the Porter Prize, during a lecture held in his honor by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Dr. Barbara Baker, David Conrad, Shanel Baker, and Sally Wiggin of WTAE-TV donned their most ferocious outfits at the Fashion for the Wild fundraiser at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

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Family Hospice & Palliative Care board member Alan Yeasted, MD, of St. Clair Hospital; Family Hospice & Palliative Care President and CEO Barbara Ivanko; and Congressman Tim Murphy took part in a “Town Hall Meeting” in the auditorium of the nonprofit’s administrative office and Inpatient Center on Moffett Street in Mt. Lebanon.

The Pittsburgh Volunteer Citizen of the Year Awards recognized two local volunteers. Pictured are Allison McCartney, Trib Total Media; Juliana Kochis, 2014 Pittsburgh Junior Volunteer Citizen of the Year award winner; Eugene Meidinger, 2014 Pittsburgh Volunteer Citizen of the Year award winner; and Paul Karem, Direct Energy.

Dick Groat, Pittsburgh Pirates legend and member of the 1960 World Series championship team, poses with Senator John Heinz History Center President & CEO Andy Masich before a new display featuring artifacts from the 1960 World Series at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

Bartko Foundation board member Nedra Bartko Perkins, President Melanie Gefert-Azur, and board member Michele Bartko Bossers reveled in the success of the “Irene’s Dream” Ladies Luncheon, held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel.

Dr. Scott Morgenstern of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies and University of Pittsburgh Director of Community Relations Kannu Sahni lent a hand at the university’s 24th Annual Latin American Caribbean Festival.

Dr. Curtiss Porter, Rebecca Lucore, Brian Lang, Diana Bucco, Bill Fuller, and Atiya Abdelmalik served within the group of 31 Table Host conversationalists at the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise’s (PACE) sixth annual Inclusive Voices Community Exchange Luncheon.

CBS Radio staffers Katie Zak and Erin Hess helped children record their own “KiDKAsts” at the Giant Eagle Kid-A-Palooza Family Festival, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.


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Members of Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company, Zoe Kaplan and Shonnita Johnson, closed out the season with “Point Park Connections,” performing in a piece titled “Vantage Point,” choreographed by Daniel Karasik.

Mike Schiller, Dr. John Francis, Patty DeMarco, and Mark Dixon presented at the Inspire Speakers Series, hosted by Green Building Alliance, at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh; Suzanne K. Mellon, Carlow University president; and Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Rodef Shalom Congregation, commemorated a new era for the university at Mellon’s inauguration.

James Moore, Leo Dillon, Rita Yunker, Dr. Leo Lopez, and Judge David Krashna were inducted into the Bishop Canevin High School Elite Ring of Honor at St. Paul Seminary for their outstanding professional and community accomplishments.

WTAE-TV Sports Director Andrew Stockey and members of U.S. Bank’s team for the Fight for Air Climb, Jack Casey and Glenn Lechner, took a breather after climbing the stairs at One Oxford Centre. Their team raised the most funds, totaling $11,000, for the American Lung Association.

Familylinks board member Clarence Dozier and his wife Leslie Britton-Dozier enjoyed the sounds of Lisa Ferraro, Houston Person, and Roger Humphries, among others, at the Familylinks event, Just Jazz II: Brass and Steel.

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Crystal Ann Williams-Costa, Bricolage Producing Artistic Director Tami Dixon, Bricolage Board of Directors member Jeremiah Jackson, and Dr. Cryshanna Jackson-Leftwich helped raise funds for the Bricolage Production Company at the ninth annual Bricolage Urban Scrawl 24-hour theatrical fundraiser. whirlmagazi n e . com / Wh irl


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

June 23-26 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Nation-

Wide Audition Tour, PBT Studios, 412.454.9117

June 13-22 Legally Blonde The Musical, Benedum

Center, 412.456.6666


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WDVE Presents The Music of Queen Performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

Hope in One Charity Golf Classic, Diamond Run Golf Club, 412.741.2020

June 24-29 Footloose, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666

11th Annual OC Eagle Classic Golf Tournament, Fox Chapel Golf Club, 412.682.6797


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Jessica Keyser & Abbie Rhoads: Savory Cocktails Class, Wigle Whiskey, 412.224.2827


PNC Park, 877.893.BUCS



June 6-15 55th Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts

Father’s Day Steak Fry & Chicken BBQ, The SpringHouse, 724.228.3339

June 26-29 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets, PNC

Festival, Point State Park, 412.471.8717

June 6, 13, 20, 27 Farmers Market, Schenley Plaza,


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David Merrell Presents The Business of Creativity, UPMC Shadyside Campus,

Third Annual DVE Comedy Festival, Byham Theater,

Wild Things Family Day — Adventure to the Wild Side!, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 412.741.4405

June 17-19 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, PNC Park, 877.893.BUCS

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Westmoreland Symphony Hat Luncheon, Greensburg Country Club, 724.837.1850


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National Kidney Foundation at Highmark’s Walk for a Healthy Community, Presque Isle State Park, 800.261.4115


Artist Invasion En Plein Air, Destiny Hill Farm, 724.222.3015




Diamonds & Denim on Market Square, Market Square, 412.692.5007 WYEP’s 17th Annual Summer Music Festival, Schenley Plaza, 412.952.7844 June 28-30 Greek Food Festival, Dormition of the

The 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.670.8683

The Secret of Yoga Sutra, Rangos Hall — Carnegie Mellon University, 412.344.7434

June 7-8 2014 Bike MS: Escape to the Lake, Harmony,

Joseph A. Massaro Jr. Alzheimer’s Research Fund Cocktail Party, Oakmont Country Club, 412.559.5309

June 7, 14, 21, 28 Saturday Morning Yoga, Schenley

Lucky’s South Side Dog Festival, Double Wide Grill, 412.401.3050

June 19-22 Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

4th Annual Spirit Fair, Sterling Yoga, Dormont, 412.260.0533

Pa., to Conneaut, Ohio, 412.261.6347

Plaza, 412.952.7844

June 7, 20, 21, 28 Relay for Life,


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Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, 412.828.4144

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PAY IT FORWARD Support local Alzheimer’s disease research and a Pittsburgher who has been directly affected by the disease, Joseph A. Massaro, Jr. Carol Massaro and her family have started an Alzheimer’s Disease research fund in Joe’s name at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide grants to local researchers in order to find answers to the myriad questions that remain about the disease. With the fund, they plan to assist research efforts that are devoted to preventing, treating, or curing Alzheimer’s. Those who donate $1,000 or more to the fund will be invited to a special reception honoring Joe on June 19 at Oakmont Country Club. Carol and family welcome donations of any amount. To donate, visit community.pittsburghfoundation. org/massaro or call 412.394.2640.


ART FOR ALL A summer staple in Western Pennsylvania, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival attracts more than 400,000 people each year, eager to experience world-class music, theater, dance, public art installations, and gallery exhibits throughout scenic Point State Park, Gateway Center, and the Cultural District, all for free. In its 55th year, the 10-day festival June 6-15, produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will feature the acclaimed visual artist market presented by Peoples Gas; the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone; and performances by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Sam Bush, Kaiser Chiefs, Amos Lee, Lucinda Williams, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few. Joseph B. Smith, senior vice president marketing for Dollar Bank says, “The Festival offers the city an opportunity to unite across sectors and artistic disciplines. The broad range of artists selected for this year’s lineup reflects the diversity within our city and region.” Supporting sponsors include the Colcom Foundation and 91.3 WYEP-FM. For more information, visit Rachel Kuszaj and Drew Donegan with Theo

DOG DAZE Building off the success of last year’s inaugural event, Lucky’s South Side Dog Festival will return to 24th Street on June 29 for a fantastic day celebrating the furry friends in our lives. Vendors, carnival games, a bouncing house, a silent auction, and on-site dog adoption centers will fill the street, creating a block party atmosphere. Steve Zumoff and Scott Kramer, owners of Double Wide Grill, which is beloved by pets and humans alike for its dog patio, produced the event. Zumoff says, “Everyone comes out with their dogs and the contests — best ownerdog kiss, best dresses, the howling contest, best trick — are a lot of fun.” Plus, mark your calendar for July 20 when the Double Wide Grill in Adams Shoppes hosts Lucky’s Mars/Cranberry Dog Festival! For more information, visit


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During the 59th annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball on June 7 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, the theatre will celebrate its 68-year-old tradition with the theme “A Night to Remember.” The CLO will recall its many great shows during the evening, and will honor longtime supporters, the late Violet Gallo and Honorable Robert C. Gallo, with the 4th Annual CLOE Award for Community Service. Robyn Coleman, special events coordinator, says, “There are so many different special moments, from the traditional pink boxes, to the performances, but the highlight of the evening is its purpose — coming together to support CLO’s scholarship fund and internship programs.” For tickets and sponsorship, call 412.281.3973. or visit Linda & Tony Bucci, Maryann Boehm


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TEE OFF FOR A CAUSE Golf season has arrived! Perfect that swing in time for the third annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Golf Invitational, benefitting Make-A-Wish and local K-9 units, June 23 at Treesdale Golf and Country Club. The “Pre-Party” will take place on June 22 at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille and feature a strolling dinner, live music by Nightsong, and open bar. Foundation Relationship Manager Jessica Duffaut says, “The Ben Ben Roethlisberger Roethlisberger Foundation is fortunate to have supporters all over the country, but our strongest support comes from the wonderful people of Pittsburgh. Make-A-Wish and K-9 units are both causes dear to Ben’s heart and those of the Foundation staff, and we want to thank the Steeler Nation for helping us continue to make a difference.” For tickets, sponsorship, and more information, call 412.441.1077 or visit

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giddy up Break out those cowboy boots! The Mattress Factory Museum will take on a “Wild West” theme for its 17th annual fundraising event, the Urban Garden Party, on June 20. As per usual, the evening will feature live entertainment, dancing, and bites and libations from more than 40 local vendors. Museum Co-Director Michael Olijnyk, says, “You know you’re going to have a fun evening if you’re wearing leather chaps and a fringed vest, riding a mechanical bull, and being serenaded by Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.” Get your tickets soon — this party will sell out. For tickets and more information, visit


Check out these upcoming charity golf outings! June 2 / PARS for PAAR @ Quicksilver Golf Club, 412.431.5665 McGuire Memorial’s 22nd Celebrity Golf Classic @ Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Diamond Run Golf Course, 724.843.0365 June 3-4 / Wesley Spectrum 2014 Golf Invitational @ Laurel Valley Golf Club, 412.342.2337 June 6 / The Watson Institute First National Bank Pro-Am Golf Tournament @ Allegheny Country Club, 412.749.2851 Woodlands Foundation’s Open Wide Open @ Pittsburgh National Golf Club, 724.265.4800 June 9 / Ohio Valley General Hospital’s 29th Annual Golf Fun Drive @ Allegheny Country Club, 23rd Annual Golf Invitational to Benefit Life’sWork of Western PA @ Butler Country Club, 412.471.2600 June 16 / 23rd Annual Bob Pompeani Charity Golf Classic @ Chartiers Country Club, 412.446.0702 Our Clubhouse Classic Fifth Annual Golf Tournament @ Longue Vue Club, The Salvation Army’s Kettle Challenge Invitational Golf Outing @ St. Clair Country Club, 412.446.1644 June 24-29 / The Constellation Senior Players Championship @ Fox Chapel Golf Club, 412.682.2403

PARTY WITH PRIDE With a wide array of musical acts confirmed and an inspiring theme, “Be Brave,” Pittsburgh Pride 2014 is sure to be one of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh’s most memorable celebrations to date. This year’s event, running June 6-15, will include the “Equality Rally on Ellsworth,” a new, free event June 8, featuring Charice of “Glee” fame, and Pride in Street on June 14, headlined by Chaka Kahn. The festivities will culminate at the free street festival, PrideFest, June 15 on Liberty Avenue between 6th and 10th Streets, with a performance by country artist Steve Grand. “We chose this theme of ‘Be Brave’ because we loved how it spoke broadly to everyone,” says Delta Foundation President Gary Van Horn. “Being brave is sometimes hard. We wanted to convey a message to the LGBT community and our allies that being brave gives you strength to live your life authentically and that the more visible we can be together, the louder our voices will be heard as our fight for equality continues.” For more information, visit Photographs from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC., FROM Joen Bayawa

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We bet you’ll look good on the dance floor when the Arctic Monkeys play Stage AE, June 17.

Summer Concert Series When the temperatures heat up, so does the summer concert schedule! Awesome acts will be performing across the city this month, and you won’t want to miss a single show

stage ae June 1 - Bastille June 4 - Tyler, the Creator June 5 - The Naked and Famous June 6 - Ray LaMontagne June 11 - CHvRches June 17 - Arctic Monkeys with White Denim June 18 - O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips

June 19 - Tegan and Sara present the Let’s Make Things Physical Tour June 20 - Summerland Tour 2014 with Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog June 23 - Wild Cub


Read our exclusive interview with the band right here! June 27 - Counting Crows with Toad The Wet Sprocket

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June 6 - Tim McGraw: Sundown Heaven Tour

June 27 - Journey and Steve Miller Band

June 14 - Backstreet Boys with very special guest Avril Lavigne

June 28 - Dave Matthews Band

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“Thunder Clatter,” the lead single off of Wild Cub’s debut LP, Youth, is at once anthemic and delicate, an exuberant mess of many emotions all at once. Exploring the complexities of emotion is what drives the songwriting process for frontman Keegan DeWitt, who penned the song, with its refrain of “You’re the love of my life,” the week that he met his now wife. DeWitt’s other creative endeavor is film scoring — his credits include the score for the Oscar Awardwinning short documentary Inocente — so, delving into the realm of writing pop music has proven to be a nuanced and exciting challenge. “I love the idea of these small little moments that can happen on film, where it’s two people sitting and one person glances at the other person. That can be a big moment in film. It’s a tougher thing to tackle in music,” he says. “In some ways, our whole record is structured around those small, small moments. Instead of the big kiss or the first meeting, it’s more about driving at night in a car with the person you’re in a relationship with, but not saying anything.” The Oregon-born musician cites Southern writer Walker Percy’s phrase “the sad little happiness” as a point of thematic inspiration for the album. “The ‘sad little happiness,’ for me, symbolizes that thing of youth where you just don’t know, where you’re really reaching into the darkness trying to connect with other people. It’s just so complex,” says DeWitt. As complicated as those feelings can be, the music of Youth is intentionally minimalistic and wide open, allowing the listener to fill in the blanks. Says Dewitt, “Everybody’s interpretation of the music is so much more interesting and personal than anything I could ever explicitly tell them, so how do I make it that these songs are just little flickers in the darkness and all I’m doing is trying to spark their past relationships, their desires?” Those bright, shining moments are sure to flare when Wild Cub kicks off its summer tour in Pittsburgh on June 23 at Stage AE. Wild Cub, — Nicole Barley Find our entire interview with Keegan DeWitt at!

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Photographs from Promowest Live, Alysse Gafkjen

Byham Theater Heinz HALL

Heinz Field

Carnegie of

John Legend

Ben Folds

Luke Bryan

Ziggy Marley

All of us love John Legend’s All of Me Tour. Enjoy his beautiful ballads at the Byham Theater on June 15.

The luckiest fans can catch singer/pianist Ben Folds and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall on June 17.

Country superstar Luke Bryan kicks off his first headlining stadium tour at Heinz Field on June 21. That’s my kind of night!

No stress — Ziggy Marley’s The Fly Rasta Tour will be jamming June 24 at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall.


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Pittsburgh’s music scene is just as happening! Check out a few of our favorites:

Melinda Melinda Colaizzi’s got the blues — and we think it rocks! The Forest Hills native and Berklee College of Music grad’s unique, soulful sound is heartbreakingly good. Collaborating with Kevin Bowe, who worked with Etta James and Johnny Lang, Melinda created her first full-length album, Witness. “Expect it to be full of the good kind of grit,” Melinda says. “Pittsburgh is unabashedly a rock-and-roll city. Period. People here like this type of music, so they respond, and I appreciate that.” Melinda,

Pittsburgh Winery hosts Melinda’s CD release party on June 14, where limited-edition Melinda wine will be served!

City Love Story David Traugh, Eric George, Jessie Young, Rich Kulbacki, and Kiki Young have been rocking out since October 2007. But it wasn’t until March 2014 that the band declared its official name as City Love Story. A self-titled album was released shortly after, and it’s clear the folksy friends are inspired by Fleetwood Mac; The Beatles; and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. We love “Pretty Little Love Song,” which features delicate harmonies that only siblings can master, and the fun, upbeat lyrics in “Skidoodle.” City Love Story,

David Traugh, Eric George, Jessie Young, Rich Kulbacki, and Kiki Young will perform at the Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 11.

ROAD RUNNER The perfect blend of indie and folk, Road Runner is headed for the fast track. Singer/ songwriter Ryan Solomon, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Hoffman, and drummer Brian Davis united in February 2013 and recently released their EP, Greetings from the Wilderness, and are currently working on a full-length album. We’re drawn to Road Runner for its beautifully layered sound and honest lyrics. “There is something about genuine music with an honest voice,” Hoffman says. “For us, what comes naturally are songs about hardships, hope, and a sense of longing.” Road Runner,

Mountain Top Music Festival

Catch Road Runner, featuring Ryan Hoffman and Ryan Solomon, at Club Café on June 17.

Check out more local artists at the Mountain Top Music Festival on June 8. Presented by Max K Agency, the all-day, all-ages music festival will showcase Pittsburgh’s finest indierock acts at Grandview Park, including: Cold Fronts / Legs Like Tree Trunks / Nevada Color / Kevin Garrett / White Like Fire / Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts / Partly Sunny / INFLUX / Skull Kid / Bat Zuppel / Unraveler / Philly / DRGN King Suggested admission is $10. For more information, visit Mountain Top Music Festival’s Facebook page. Photographs from John Legend’s All of Me Tour, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Live Nation, Malia James, Kelli Ann Beavers, City Love Story, Lydia Ferber, Alex Papke

Nevada Color takes the stage at the Mountain Top Music Festival on June 8 at 7:45 p.m.

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Helping Hands Karen and John Staley have experienced the hope and healing that Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC provides — now, they’re sharing their support to a first-of-its-kind fundraiser Since it officially opened in 2009, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, with its colorful facade and equally colorful interior, has lifted the spirits of its young patients, their families, and the community. As we became acquainted with Karen and John Staley V in the hospital’s main lobby and walked with them through the Family Resource Center, the Staleys recalled their experience at the hospital’s former location in Oakland and commended the new space. “They [Children’s] say all the colors help with recovery. What they have done here is amazing,” says John. This summer, the Staley family will celebrate a great feat, the 16th anniversary of John Staley VI’s successful kidney transplant, which was performed at the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s.

Karen and John Staley V, photographed at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.


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In 1996, Karen and John Staley V’s son was born with renal failure and was transferred to Children’s for treatment. Staff quickly put the baby on dialysis, and during the first month of his life, he underwent two surgeries. Treatment continued, and when John VI reached the 26-month mark, he was finally large enough to receive a kidney transplant from his father. Their son, who is now 17, still goes to Children’s every six weeks to have his blood monitored, and every six months, he meets with his team of doctors. “Without the outstanding staff at Children’s, we don’t know what kind of life John would have. He is a vibrant, smart, and healthy young man,” say Karen and John.

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Today, Karen, who worked in retirement planning for T. Rowe Price and Federated Investors, Inc. before becoming a full-time mother, and John V, senior vice president of wealth management and trust at Federated Inc., give back to Children’s as members of the Board of Trustees. And most recently, they have taken on the endeavor of cochairing the inaugural celebration of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Transplant Surgery Auxiliary’s Diamonds and Denim on Market Square event. The new, splashy celebration, benefiting the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation, will be the biggest fundraising event to ever take place Downtown in Market Square. The couple says, “Along with the invaluable help of co-chair Tinsy Labrie of VisitPittsburgh and all of the dedicated members of the Transplantation Surgery Auxiliary, every effort has been made to bring a new top 10 event to the city. All of the Market Square merchants have been such great friends through the process.” Sam Badger, development coordinator of affiliated organizations and events for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, says that the event has brought in support from many new individuals and organizations. “We will be raising a lot of awareness and much needed funds for the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation and the miracles performed daily at Children’s.” More specifically, the funds raised will help families with expenses during their stay at the hospital and will support the on-going training of transplant staff. The funds will also help doctors and researchers at the center to continue their clinical trials pertaining to immunotherapy, transplantation tolerance, organ preservation, bioengineering, living intestine transplants, and post-transplant therapies,

including the reduction of steroid-based and immunosuppressive drugs. When Children’s founded the center more than 30 years ago, it was the nation’s first pediatric transplant program. Lead by Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, whom many call the “father of modern transplantation,” the center positioned itself at the forefront of innovation in pediatric transplants and anti-rejection medication. With the reputation of one of the world’s best pediatric transplant centers, Dr. Starzl’s vision persists into the present day. Transplant survival rates are well above the national average. And most impressively, Children’s holds the distinction of having performed the most pediatric transplants of any such center in the U.S. “We feel it is so important to support pediatric transplantation so that as many children as possible survive and have the best quality of life that they can,” the Staleys say. “Critically ill children who undergo organ transplants now are more likely to recover and return to school, participate in sports, have friends, and have a higher quality of life and better survival rates.” In addition to championing this cause, the Staleys are both highly involved in their children’s schools and activities. Their daughter Julie, 14, will enter her freshman year of high school in the fall, and John VI, will soon enter his senior year at Central Catholic High School where he plays hockey and lacrosse. As a family, the Staleys enjoy watching Pittsburgh major league sports together, especially ice hockey, as John VI has played since he was 6. To this day, the Staleys continue to express their gratitude to the hospital. “As parents, we cannot imagine not having had access to Children’s transplant program. The doctors, nurses, and other staff members that have helped us over these last almost 18 years have been invaluable to our son’s life and our family life.”

Event Details: Sparkle and Shine!

Fox Chapel 412-967-1900

Adams Township 724-591-5132 Sewickley 412-749-2452

Catering 877-9-ANDORA

Break out your favorite pair of jeans and don your best jewels for Diamonds and Denim on Market Square, the inaugural celebration of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Transplant Surgery Auxiliary. On June 28, Bill Chisnell Productions and LUXE Lighting and Atmosphere will unite to transform Market Square into what’s sure to be one of the most fun and funky parties of the summer. Expect a “unique mix of casual sophistication and sparkle” for an evening of delicious food courtesy of the vendors in and surrounding Market Square, and DJ Zimmie spinning tunes that will keep the crowd dancing all night. Proceeds will benefit the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation. “People travel from all around the world to undergo transplants in Pittsburgh,” says Badger. “With this event, we want to further Dr. George Mazariegos’ vision for transplants by raising funds for research and by creating awareness for what’s happening in our backyard.” For tickets and more information, visit or call Sam Badger at 412.692.5007. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, One Children’s Hospital Drive, 4401 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.692.5325. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, 877.CHP.GIVE. whirlmagazi n e . com / Wh irl




Dedicated to Family The first swings at this year’s Presbyterian SeniorCare 19th Annual Golf Outing at the historic Oakmont Country Club in May marked more than the beginning of a wonderful day of golf and good fellowship; it signified a pledge of commitment from dedicated partners to support older adults in Western Pennsylvania and help them live healthy, fulfilling lives. With 120 golfers — another sold-out field — the perennial event raised over $100,000. Proceeds from the Golf Outing benefit the Presbyterian SeniorCARE FUND, which assists residents who no longer have sufficient resources to pay for their care. “We have never asked a resident to leave because they outlived their financial resources,” says Paul Winkler, president & CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare. In keeping with its nonprofit mission, Presbyterian SeniorCare provided $8 million in benevolent and uncompensated care and services in 2013 alone. “Pennsylvania is home to the fourth largest population of seniors age 65-plus in the United States, and since opening its doors in 1928, Presbyterian SeniorCare has been at the forefront of making aging easier,” says Susie Shipley, president of Huntington Bank. “Today, they continue to innovate and deliver accredited, award-winning senior living and care options.” The region’s largest aging services provider, Presbyterian SeniorCare offers in-home and community-based programs; personal care and skilled nursing communities; specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care; and 35 affordable housing communities, as well as premier retirement living at Longwood at Oakmont. “Over the last 15 years, there has been a cultural shift from traditional institutions to more home-like environments and personcentered care, and we’ve developed a wide range of services to meet those changing needs,” Winkler adds. Its Woodside Place location is a shining example as it was the first community of its kind in the United States to be designed, programmed, and staffed specifically to support Alzheimer’s and dementia care. This specialized model has been shared with other senior care organizations across the country, and its success has been replicated more than 70 times. For more information about Presbyterian SeniorCare services or to make a donation in support of this critical community resource, Huntington Bank, — Kim Ravenda

BEA PRODUCTIVE Two Upper St. Clair natives are initiating conversation about business and entrepreneurship with kids through clever, fun means. Jamie Brown, CEO, and Meg Seitz, vice president, launched their educational platform, Bea is for Business, in 2013, along with a children’s book of the same name. It tells the story of Beatrice Banks, an ambitious 8 year old who starts her own company, consulting with her friends about their business ideas. Since then, their venture has expanded to include an educational program available for free on the company’s website, complete with videos, doat-home activities, and teacher guides and book questions. Most recently, Brown and Seitz released a second Bea is for Business book, “The Party Planning Venture,” available for hard copy and e-book purchase, as well as Bea School, a six-week business education and entrepreneurship curriculum for elementary school students, completely free of charge. Brown says, “To me, as a mom, I want my kids to grow up to be leaders and innovators. With globalization and all the changes in the world, they are going to have to react and behave in different ways. It’s about making a lifestyle for yourself and also making a difference.” Enter to win a copy of the duo’s debut book at! Bea is for Business,





Paul Winkler, president and CEO of Presbyterian Senior Care; Susie Shipley, president of Huntington Bank, Western Pennsylvania & Ohio Valley Region; and Bob Ford, Head Golf Professional of Oakmont Country Club at Presbyterian’s SeniorCare 19th Annual Golf Outing held at Oakmont Country Club. 

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At VisitPITTSBURGH’s annual meeting, held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, President and CEO Craig Davis shared details on the positive economic impact tourism had on the city in 2013. Up from 2012, when its convention sales team booked 576 meetings and conventions, the team brought in 590 meetings and conventions for 2013. Including the team’s sales of more than 250,000 hotel room nights for 2013 and on, they estimate $201 million in spending generated by these events alone. Says Davis, “Tourism really does build community. In practical terms, visitors bring dollars. They spend money in our hotels, restaurants, shops, cultural attractions and more. And they bring validation, too. We must be doing something very right to draw more visitors than our competitors.” All in all, Allegheny Country travel and tourism accounts for $5.5 billion in spending, 39,000 jobs, and $340 million in tax revenue. VisitPITTSBURGH,


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MOVING ON UP! Local businesses and organizations recently welcomed some major new hires: >>  Pittsburgh Opera appointed Cynthia N. McCormick to the

position of Director of Development and External Relations. >> Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership recently named

Grant B. Mason, vice president of real estate at Oxford Development Company, as the new chairman of the board. >> Pittsburgh Ballet theatre appointed Pride Winkenwerder,

owner of Pride Fine Art studio in East Liberty, and Jesse Warren, president and partner of Power Piping Company, to the board of trustees.

Congratulations to these ambitious folks and their new positions!

+ Farm Truck Foods CoFounders, Executive Director Meredith Neel, Landon DePaulo, and Michelle Lagree.

MOBILE NUTRITION Farm Truck Foods (FTF), a new, mobile grocery store founded by four local graduate students, is preparing to hit Pittsburgh’s streets! Created by Executive Director Meredith Neel, Landon DePaulo, Michelle Lagree, and Lea Steadman, the market on wheels is aimed at bringing local, fresh produce, meat, and dairy to those in need, complete with an educational touch. FTF’s goal is to eliminate Pittsburgh’s 27 “food deserts,” neighborhoods or towns lacking in access to fresh, healthy, affordable food, as designated by the nonprofit organization, Just Harvest. Alarmed by the nonprofit’s findings, the four co-owners are determined to not just provide access to fresh food, but to also teach communities in need how to utilize the fresh ingredients and why their bodies need them. Says Neel, “There are so many needy communities. And, there are so many communities that may not even be identified in Pittsburgh as true ‘food deserts,’ but have a certain four blocks that are low-income, and have low-access. We’re looking into Homewood, Hazelwood, Larimer, Crafton, and McKees Rocks for initial places. Essentially, the business model for Farm Truck Foods will be the same, but what we do for Polish Hill might look different than what we would do for Homewood.” Though it operates under a for-profit model as a standard LLC corporation, the business is based on a benefit corporation, or B Corp, certification. “Say we have $3,000 left after paying our employees and all our expenses; instead of banking it, we would go to our farmers and purchase $3,000 worth of produce,” says Neel. “So, the farmer would be making more money and selling more product, and we would take that extra produce to Homewood, for example, and donate that produce to be passed out for free to community members.” As for the educational aspect, FTF plans on implementing a variety of interactive activities, such as chef demonstrations, recipe swaps, and nutritional marketing. The truck is set to start moving soon, and you can support FTF’s mission now on Kickstarter! Farm Truck Foods, Photograph from Farm Truck Foods

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.

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First summer job:

5 Fun Facts with Russell Martin Say “Bonjour!” to Russell Martin. The Pittsburgh Pirates catcher and East York, Ontario, native is fluent in French and hungry for his favorite food from Quebec, poutine, “a common Canadian dish made with French fries, topped with a light brown, gravy-like sauce and cheese curds.” He’s looking forward to grilling hotdogs this summer, too. Here are five more fun facts about #55:

Russell Martin: Coaching in my dad’s summer baseball camp.

Last summer concert:

RM: The last concert I saw was J.Cole in Montreal during the off-season. I also saw the Black Crowes at Stage AE last summer.

Favorite vacation spot: RM: St. Bart’s in the Caribbean.

Favorite hot dog topping:

RM: Straight Heinz mustard.

Hidden talent:

RM: I can walk on my hands for an extended period of time. Pittsburgh Pirates,

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Passionate Players After starting their 2014 season by dominating the defending Independent Women’s Football League National Champions, Teresa Conn is excited for what else the Pittsburgh Passion has in store. “So far, it’s been a fun ride with the players and the people of the city,” says Conn, who is head coach and co-owner with Franco Harris. Pittsburgh has embraced the team, flocking to Cupples Stadium for the family-friendly atmosphere, dazzling trick plays, and incredible football. In return, the players dedicate their free time to supporting the community. “Our team is so committed to being involved,” Conn says. “Everyone’s got a connection to the city, and we’re here to help give a positive message through sports.”Pittsburgh Passion,


At-home Athlete

season (about four hours per week). Thirty-minute golf lessons on a practice tee have as much chance of helping you lower your score as a few 30-minute violin lessons would make you a violinist.

Tee Time

Searching for a real way to improve your golf game? Professional golf instructor Charles Schwartz offers these top tips: 1. Learn on the course, not only on the practice range. Instructing someone to play golf by teaching only on the practice range is like teaching someone to ski while standing on the sidewalk. Have your instructor walk the course and play the game with you, showing you step-by-step how to play every shot, from tee to green. The only way you learn to shoot 85 is by shooting 85. 2. Commit the necessary time. Dedicate yourself to 100 hours of instruction for one entire golf


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The Pittsburgh Passion take on the Philadelphia Firebirds at home on June 7.

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By Andrew Fillipponi The Steelers franchise had a poetic beginning. In 1936, the NFL held its first official draft. On that date nearly 80 years ago, the Steelers franchise got off to an auspicious start. With the third pick, Pittsburgh selected Notre Dame running back Bill Shakespeare. Bill Shakespeare. “This must be a misprint,” I said with a snicker as I came across that name in my Steelers media guide. How could that be? The Steelers had a player named after the Bard of Avon? Who knew! My 28 years on Earth without this bit of trivia felt like a life wasted. For the purpose of this column and my own curiosity, I combed the archives, vaults, and history books (OK, maybe just the Internet) for facts on the Steelers’ Romeo. He grew up in Staten Island and went on to Notre Dame. According to Notre Dame’s athletics site, he holds the school record for the longest punt, an 86-yarder he booted against Pitt. Hey, maybe the Chief was in the house that day. As a halfback, he led the Irish in passing yards his senior year. Man, was football a different game back then. Shakespeare would finish third in the Heisman voting.

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“To be or not to be?” Bill asked himself that shortly after the draft. Shakespeare’s Steelers career was hardly a page turner because he never had one. Despite being a top pick, Shakespeare refused to sign. This would become Steelers custom. In total, nine of the Steelers first 17 first-round picks never played for the team. All that glistens is not black and gold. What made Shakespeare turn down the Steelers? Rubber. The man bypassed the NFL for a more lucrative career, a job with the Cincinnati Rubber Manufacturing company, a place he worked at for decades, eventually climbing the ladder to company president. “When the rubber meets the road,” I’ve heard Coach Tomlin use that before. He was probably quoting the wrong Shakespeare when he said it. Shakespeare would also become a decorated veteran. He served in WWII and received a Bronze Star, the fourth highest individual military honor awarded by the United States of America. There’s a lot more about Bill Shakespeare I wish I knew. Did he like the name? Did he ever think about growing a beard or a mustache to look more like his namesake? Was he an English major at Notre Dame? Did he marry an Anne Hathaway? Why did the Steelers draft him? The Internet didn’t have all my answers. “Nothing can come of nothing.” In this case Shakespeare would be wrong. The Steelers were a hapless team for decades. Down on their luck, given up for dead. Now, they’re the kings of football (and Bill always liked writing about royalty). Foreshadowing, personification — there are literary devices at work here. The Steelers are the NFL’s model franchise. They are a team with a storybook history. Starting with a Shakespeare was fitting. Thank you, Steelers. I finally found a Shakespeare worth studying. Hear more from Andrew Fillipponi weekdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan. Photograph by Cayla Zahoran

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WHIRL Magazine’s Men In Business Networking Event Pittsburgh’s prominent businessmen gathered at Cioppino of Pittsburgh for a “Mad Men” style evening of networking as WHIRL Magazine hosted its first-ever Men in Business event. Attendees mingled in the bar lounge and savored Blue Diamond Vodka Gimlets, while enjoying an array of bites from Cioppino’s kitchen, including lamb sliders, fried risotto balls, antipasti, and pistachio cannoli. Thanks to the party’s sponsor, three lucky gentlemen went home with bottles of Blue Diamond Vodka! The spirit of Pittsburgh’s progress energized the evening as the dashingly dressed gentlemen toasted to camaraderie and discussed the city’s bright future with us. Andreas Beck, CEO of Beyond Spots and Dots, says, “Pittsburgh is filled with diverse businesses led by inspired creative entrepreneurs who follow their passions. With its ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality, every day seems to bring new opportunities and business challenges, while providing a perfect work-life balance.” Adam Bauer, director of digital marketing for Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, pointed to Pittsburgh’s status as an “up-and-coming city,” noting the growing economy and expanding housing market. And, Jacob Mains, owner and chef of The Farmer’s Table concurred. “Pittsburgh has a great, receptive audience to emerge with and grow with.” We’ll toast to that! — L.P.

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16th Annual Spring Hat Luncheon

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The Entry Garden at Highland Park was the fresh site for this year’s 16th Annual PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Spring Hat Luncheon! More than 625 be-hatted beauties and dapper Dans arrived for the highly anticipated social affair. Co-chairs Debbie Demchak, Annie Hanna Engel, Charlene Petrelli, Christy Wiegand, and Kiya Tomlin dressed in their spring best, surprising attendees with fashion-forward millinery. Tomlin donned a custom-made Gina Mazzotta design — it was the bee’s knees! And, many, like Joe King, channeled their inner creator, making impressive masterpieces for the special occasion. For lunch, guests were greeted with a peach and pomegranate “Arnie Palmer” tea and chilled red pepper soup atop the yellow and navy table décor, and adjacent the beautiful centerpieces by Allison McGeary Floral. The Duquesne Club presented a crisp salad of spring greens with lavish accoutrements like chilled sweet chile-glazed Pacific halibut, Asianpulled chicken salad with pickled ginger and apricot, a medley of grilled and pickled spring vegetables, compressed apple and watermelon, and a tasty six-grain salad. For dessert, guests savored a gluten-free, mini hat-shaped raspberry almond torte and the Club’s signature macaroons. This year’s festivities raised nearly $500,000 in support of Pittsburgh’s city parks! Even Mayor Bill Peduto sported a vintage hat, as styled by Richard Parsakian of Eons. Says Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications Scott Roller, “Everybody had a blast and the setting was beautiful. We’ve already started planning for next year’s event!” — A.B.

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Outreach Teen & Family Services 40th Anniversary Dinner & Auction

Annette Luchini, Karen Jones

More than 170 guests gathered at Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe for a celebration of 40 years of “Unmasking Potentials.” This year’s Outreach Teen & Family Services 40th Anniversary Dinner & Auction netted $55,000 for the Downtown- and Mt. Lebanon-based organization! On the dinner menu was an artisan mixed greens salad, and a duel entrée of citrus-crusted wild-caught Alaskan halibut and sliced beef tenderloin with a roasted, seasonal vegetable medley. Guests savored wine from C.T. Miller Vineyards, sweets by board member Michelle Billerbeck, and a coffee bar, as emcee KDKATV’s Ken Rice took to the podium. In addition to the recognition of past Outreach presidents, state Rep. Matt Smith awarded the nonprofit with Citation, which followed with a $1,000 gas card drawing and the live auction! Guests bid on a Rod Stewartsigned soccer ball, stays at Kiawah Island and Disney, and an honorary first pitch at a Pirates game. Says Outreach Teen & Family Services Executive Director Karen Johnson, “Ken led a highly successful auction and a presentation from one of Outreach’s counselors, Christina Hostutler, LCSW, who shared what she does as a counselor working with youth of all ages and their parents. Outreach appreciates the hard work of our gala committee in making it a successful evening!” — A.B.

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16th Annual Mel Blount Youth Home All-Star Celebrity Roast Nearly 900 guests gathered at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown for a 16-year tradition of roasting Pittsburgh Steelers’ greats for charity. The fundraising blacktie event benefits the Mel Blount Youth Home in Washington County, which provides beds for short-term emergency shelter, as well as long-term residential placement, for young males in need. This year, the organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Hosted by Mel and TiAnda Blount, the event features an honoree annually. This year, former Pittsburgh Steeler tight end Randy Grossman was roasted, and John Stallworth served as Master of Ceremonies. Guests included Mike Logan, Robin Cole, Dan Radakovich, Paul Uram, Marv Kellum, Louis Lipps, Andy Russell, J.T. Thomas, Ron Johnson, Greg Best, Donnie Shell, Dwayne Woodruff, Joe Greene, Tunch Ilkin, Craig Bingham, Jeff Hartings, and Mike Wagner. Typically, the honoree is presented with a keepsake mural; however, Grossman presented the mural to Mel and TiAnda Blount. “Everyone in the audience was extremely touched and emotionally moved by Randy’s kind gesture,” says Orlana Darkins of The Darkins Group, LLC. “To many, it communicated that, although the night was designed to honor him, he wanted to show his gratitude and place the attention back on the work that Mel and TiAnda Blount do every day.” — I.M.

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The Dirty Ball

Rich & Cindy Engler, Clyde Jones, Rebecca Himberger

Attack Theatre transformed the vacant Jane Street Warehouse in South Side into a one-night-only dance club, where 1,000 professionals, artists, movers, and shakers attended a night of art, dancing, theater, libations, and pure fun. This year’s theme was “Pirates versus Robots.” “Guests dressed to the nines in their most fashionable attire, and some guests came in just T-shirts and jeans ready to get down and party,” says Marketing and Special Events Associate Tom Hughes. In its ninth year, The Dirty Ball raised $67,000 for Attack Theatre’s season performances, operations, and educational programs! The evening kicked off with The Dirty Donor VIP Reception, which included a menu by E2 and drinks by Clique Vodka, Wigle Whiskey, and Yuengling. The Dirty Dozen host committee led VIP guests to the second floor for intimate performances, featuring a “rarely seen view of Pittsburgh.” The ball officially kicked off with a “space-age, high seas battlefield” of performances, music by TITLE Town Soul & Funk Party, dance-offs, art installations, and fashion throw-downs. Guests dined on dishes provided by 5 Generation Bakers, Caliente’s Pizza and Draft House, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Mullany’s Harp & Fiddle, and Pastitsio, among others. A “food truck roundup” of the PGH Pierogi Truck, the PGH Taco Truck, and the South Side BBQ Truck was the perfect ending. — E.B.

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A Deco Affair: Puttin’ on the Ritz!

Hyery Hwang, Lynne Squilla, Cindie Bonomi

Ladies dressed in flapper dresses and feathers, and gentlemen wearing tails and double-breasted pinstripe suits filled the Twentieth Century Club’s Art Deco Ballroom for A Deco Affair: Puttin’ on the Ritz! What looked like a scene out of The Great Gatsby, the second annual gala benefited Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Educational and Young Artist programs, raising a total of $35,000 with 120 guests in attendance! The space was gorgeously decorated in Art Deco style with hundreds of ostrich feathers, says Opera Theater Artistic Director Jonathan Eaton. “It is the only Art Deco party in an actual Art Deco space,” he says. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour before dinner — guests’ choice of filet mignon, baked stuffed shrimp, or vegetarian portobello crepe lasagna — and dancing. Entertainment included a performance from the upcoming SummerFest season, as well as popular songs of the 1920s and ‘30s. Everyone did the Charleston and Fox Trot, and “danced the night away” to the sounds of the Robbie Klein Trio. Supporters took part in silent and live auctions, and posed for photos in the roaring ‘20s photo booth with vintage props and costumes. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh founder Mildred Miller Posvar presented “the flapper sisters,” Lynne Squilla and Cindi Squilla Bonomi, and SummerFest artist Kara Cornell with the evening’s Best Dressed awards. — E.B.

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Art Rooney Award Dinner & Auction

Joe Walton, Clint Hurdle, Dave Crawley, Kim Tillotson-Fleming

More than 500 guests, along with Dan Rooney, Art Rooney II, and honorary chair Sy Holzer, carried on the long-standing tradition of the Art Rooney Award Dinner & Auction, held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. Started 41 years ago by “The Chief,” Art Rooney, the event benefits the programs of the Catholic Youth Association. This year, $150,000 was netted for the organization! As supporters dined on filet mignon, scallops, and cheesecake, introductions were made to the leaders in the community as awardees. Winners included Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, The Art Rooney Award; Hefren-Tillotson CEO Kim Tillotson-Fleming, The John McGrady Award; Robert Morris University Football Coach Joe Walton, The Bob Prince Award; and KDKA-TV’s Dave Crawley, The Bill Burns Award. Says Catholic Youth Association CEO Mary Ann Heneroty, “For 41 years, leaders have been chosen from captains of industry, government leaders, religious leaders, sports heroes, and community activists. Our intent is to really honor the award winners. It is their special evening, and we want to make them feel special.” — M.K.

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13th Annual Shake Your Booties

Jose Raymundo, Sally Gibson

Nearly 400 guests came out to Heinz Field East Club Lounge to support The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center for its 13th Annual Shake Your Booties event. Emceed by comedian and performer Gab Bonesso, this year’s signature event was superhero themed! Event co-chairs Allison E. Yeske and Marvin S. Yu welcomed guests like Congressman Mike Doyle, Councilman Corey O’Connor, and WQED’s Rick Sebak, among others, who helped to raise more than $180,000! Gourmet food stations offered salad, herb-roasted turkey, roast beef, crab cakes, and a sundae bar for dessert. This year’s top “superhero” sponsors included Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Incredibles; Fifth Third Bank, Mario Lemieux Foundation, and PJ Dick & Trumbull, The Avengers; and Curtis Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., Federated Investors Foundation, Inc., Interim HealthCare of Pittsburgh, Inc., and Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, Power Rangers. Says Communications and Marketing Manager Tara Stief, “Entertainment by In the Mood was awesome! They always get everyone out of their seats. And, we could not have asked for a better emcee. The East Club Lounge was alive with color and excitement, and we heard from many regular attendees that this was the best Shake Your Booties yet! We are excited to see what 2015 brings.” — M.K.

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Chapel Hills Jewelry 25th Anniversary

Tina & Jack Tesauro

Three hundred guests gathered at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for a silver celebration — Chapel Hills Jewelry’s 25th Anniversary! The spectacular event not only marked a milestone for the family-run Aspinwall jeweler, it also benefited The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, a cause close to the hearts of the Tesauro family. “My mom and dad started this business together 25 years ago and have come a long way from selling jewelry out of a small cardboard box in the hospital. Watching my parents build this business has always been inspiring to me, but I think what is most admirable is the love they have for one another and the rest of the family,” says Lauren Tesauro of Chapel Hills Jewelry. Taste of the Wild Catering prepared a sumptuous spread that included a mashed potato bar, which was “the biggest hit!” says Tesauro. In all, the event garnered $40,000 through donations, a silent auction, and the Diamond Raffle. The silent auction put 30 fantastic items up for grabs, from an autographed Sidney Crosby jersey and a throwback Pittsburgh Steelers helmet signed by Art Rooney II, to a Simon G. diamond pendant and Victor Velyan earrings. The lucky winner of the Diamond Raffle had the opportunity to choose between a 1 carat round brilliant or marquise diamond, which will be mounted in a custom-designed setting. Says Tesauro, “We were able to raise an incredible amount of money for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, and more importantly, we were able to bring awareness to it.” — N.B.

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Family House Gifting Gala Approximately 270 guests gathered in the Omni William Penn Hotel ballroom for the Gifting Gala, raising $175,000 for Family House and its mission! A signature spring event, the fundraising affair raised its largest amount to date and featured a full spread of offerings. Guests noshed on field greens and Belgian endive with Boursin crostini; seared petit filet with mushroom and leek ragout, and truffle-scented fingerlings; and chocolate lava cake with French vanilla cream — a super sweet ending! Chairs Laura and Terry Hartford raffled off several prizes, including a signed Penguins jersey, a two-night stay at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, and a $1,000 Henne Jewelers gift certificate. Dinner preceded dancing, accompanied by the alwaysentertaining Gary Racan and the studio e band. “We are so grateful to our sponsors, friends, and supporters who joined us in making this year’s Gifting Gala the most successful to date,” says Family House Director of Development Ron Gruca. “The proceeds from this and our other events allow us to continue offering reasonable room rates to the thousands of patients and families who may otherwise have nowhere else to stay while receiving medical treatment in Pittsburgh.” — A.B.

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Pittsburgh Sports Report Spring Roundup

Steve Spolar, Carol Mills McCarthy, Hal Coffey, John Bass

More than 250 guests gathered at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown for the second annual Pittsburgh Sports Report Spring Roundup, presented by Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA). The sports-themed event included a silent auction, featuring everything from Pittsburgh Pirates box seats, to a football autographed by Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu. Appropriately, a tailgate-style menu of chicken wings, turkey kebabs, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, sliders, macaroni and cheese bites, and mini desserts, was served. Notable attendees included Senior Vice President of Federated Investors Richard W. Boyd, former Steelers linebacker Andy Russell, and Pirates middle reliever Tony Watson and his wife, Cassie Wynn Watson, Esq. The highlight of the night, though, were the panel discussions, introduced by Master of Ceremonies Ellis Cannon and split between the city’s three professional teams. Steelers football and draft commentary was led by Pittsburgh Sports Report Editor Tony DeFazio; KDKA-TV Morning News Anchor Rick Dayton moderated a discussion on Pittsburgh Penguins playoff hockey; and Pirates Broadcast Announcer Steve Blass spoke on his baseball experience and celebrated the successes of the team’s 2013 season. Lynn K. Ramsey, Esq., director of fund development at NLSA, says, “Few topics bring Pittsburghers together more than its ‘Black and Gold’ teams. You could hear a pin drop in that room when the experts were speaking.” — I.M.

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Amy Baron Brourman, master clothier and owner of Samuel Baron Clothiers, partnered with WHIRL Magazine to present a bespoke afternoon Downtown at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. The inaugural “Handmade to Perfection” Scotch & Ties event showcased the newest styles from Samuel Baron Clothiers and a trunk show by Scabal. Both companies specialize in custom-made canvassed suits, sport coats, and tuxedos made from exclusive fabrics and raw materials. Says Baron Brourman, “It was an honor to have the occasion to be able to present some of the rarest fabrics from around the world — all of which are available in such limited quantities. I was thrilled to see many new faces as well as some of my esteemed clients.” Guests were “welcomed to luxury” with premium scotch and bourbon tastings. And, Baron Brourman’s manufacturer from Manhattan made a visit to highlight the workmanship of the handmade garments. While Scabal was the featured fabric for the evening, Baron Brourman also featured Loro Piana and Ermenegildo Zegna. Bill Chisnell of Bill Chisnell Productions provided the florals and décor. “It was such a pleasure to be able to work with Bill Chisnell,” she says. “His exemplary taste truly set the tone for the evening, set in the incredibly ornate lobby of the Renaissance.” — I.M.

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This month, a Strip District staple is celebrating 10 years in business, Chef Thomas Keller talks about his viand-focused visit to Pittsburgh, and we explore what’s new on the food front

Order this: Duck Confit Steak Fries at Sienna Mercato’s Il Tetto.


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Sienna Sulla Piazza in Market Square has expanded, threefold. The multi-level Sienna Mercato, located in the Cultural District, now offers three distinct eateries under one roof — Emporio: A Meatball Joint; Mezzo, featuring wine, charcuterie, and wood-fired pizza; and Il Tetto, a rooftop beer garden! Says partner Susan Certo, “We’re really excited to bring something unique to the city. The rooftop has a glass retractable roof and becomes an upscale, openair restaurant. It’s something you’ve never seen in Pittsburgh.” Executive Chef Matthew Porco offers the restaurant’s fresh-cured meats and cheeses, and homemade pastas to patrons Wednesday through Sunday, from 4:30 p.m. to close. On Monday and Tuesday, the space is closed for private parties. “We’re thrilled,” says Certo. “We think it will be a really great destination point in Pittsburgh. And, really special.” At Il Tetto, we’re loving the Duck Confit Steak Fries with duck fat gravy, cherries, and a sunny-side-up duck farm egg, and the Octopus Terrine with olive tapenade, roasted red pepper, lemon emulsion, and micro greens. While surrounded by the city’s skyscrapers, wash it all down with one of 32 draft beers! Sienna Mercato, 942 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.281.2810.









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smokin’ SIP Walnut Grill is now serving a private-label barrel of Knob Creek bourbon from the Jim Beam Company. The single-barrel reserve whiskey urged the restaurateurs to create a Smokin’ Cocktails Menu that pairs well with the restaurant’s entrées. Says Walnut Grill President Kirk Vogel, “The Cedar Salmon pairs up with it very nicely, and any one of our steaks go phenomenally with it as well.” Back by popular demand is the Black & Blue Ribeye, a 16-ounce choice ribeye, blackened and topped with gorgonzola cheese and chives. The in-house smoked beverages “take some time, but they’re delicious,” says Walnut Grill Wexford Assistant General Manager Erica Rodriguez. “Bourbon goes in the glass, the wood chips on top are balanced by a strainer, and then, you light the wood chips to get a nice flame going. The flavored smoke mixes with the bourbon. If I do an Old Fashioned, for instance, I do cherry wood chips, so you get that cherry, smoky flavor.” Bring on the smoke! Walnut Grill, 12599 Perry Hwy., Wexford. 724.933.8410. 911 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.782.4768. 660 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.668.0951. 1595 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. 412.564.5746.



Guests got a taste of Eddie Merlot’s chef’s creations at the Pittsburgh grand opening.



Eddie Merlot’s, Downtown, is the 10th location for the Indiana-based company. The restaurant offers hand-cut prime beef, seafood, and an extensive collection of wines. Named after President Bill Humphries’s business acquaintance, Ed, who was known to enjoy a glass of Merlot and a great steak, the locale features steak favorites, like natural filet mignon, New York strip, prime bone-in ribeye, and Wagyu Tomahawk ribeye. The Parmesan truffle fries, Brussels sprouts, and lobster macaroni and cheese are must-have sides. Says General Manager Larry Stakes, “The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous and the views are fantastic.” Eddie Merlot’s, 444 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412.235.7676.


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Q & A

How have you transformed Eleven and contributed to its esteemed reputation?

Derek Stevens: When I hear people say how consistent it is, there’s a part of me that doesn’t really believe that. And, there’s a part of me that’s always trying to get to that. I think that’s what’s helped keep it a good restaurant. We’re always trying to make things better — we carry that philosophy; we want to make it more accessible and keep it interesting. We want to continue to grow and develop our personnel, which is always evolving over the years, so that’s a pretty cool part of it as well.

The Pittsburgh food scene has been consistent in growth. Eleven has absolutely fit into that. How do you describe the area’s prosperous restaurant boom?

DS: There’s a lot more competition now. Not only have I been here for 10 years, but I’ve been cooking in Pittsburgh for the last 20 years, so I’ve been in a lot of different kitchens. We’re not the only ones on the block anymore, but it’s created this mass where we’re busier now than we’ve ever been. I think it’s brought together a lot more people in the city and into the restaurants. And, it’s much different now with social media, and how quickly people learn about things, places, chefs, and what’s happening on a minute-byminute basis.

Do you feel social media has introduced you to customers in a more personal way? DS: I do. It’s created communication, too, among chefs around town about who’s doing what and when. The interaction has created a pretty neat network.

Can you discuss your work with local vendors?

DS: We’ve worked with Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance since day one. We’re always looking for more. There’s something I love about not just cooking, but being in the restaurant business — you get to know certain people over the years.

How do you describe the milestone?

10 years of


This month, Eleven Contemporary Kitchen in the Strip District is celebrating a decade of success as part of the big Burrito Restaurant Group. Its fearless leader, Executive Chef Derek Stevens, has been operating the kitchen from the get-go, starting as sous chef. On Thursday, June 5, he and his team will present a special, five-course anniversary dinner with select wine pairings. A “big Benefit,” the event will support unlimited beneficiaries of patrons’ choosing. Vegetarian variations are available, and 100 percent of the $150 per plate minimum donation — which includes gratuity — will be given directly to the pre-approved, local nonprofits. Stevens spent an afternoon with us reflecting on the restaurant’s decennial anniversary.

DS: It makes me feel old. Ten years in a restaurant is like a lifetime. But, I look back on it and think about all the people that have worked for me over the years — people who are still with the company or have moved on to a different city. That’s probably the most satisfying part of it, you know? I referenced my Sous Chef Beth Zozula when she was a young line cook. She runs the whole thing, really. Having contributed to other people’s success is a really cool part of it to me. For details on the anniversary dinner, visit Eleven, 1150 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.201.5656. wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl



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The event’s featured chefs: Stevens, Fetter, Coughenour, and Severino.

From Table

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Chef Thomas Keller will visit Pittsburgh on June 12 for a dinner From Garden to Table, held in his honor, at the Duquesne Club, hosted by and in support of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. The internationally renowned restaurateur — with a collection of restaurants like The French Laundry, Ad Hoc, Bouchon, and Per Se — will be presented with a multi-course meal by four Pittsburgh chefs — certainly four of whom have contributed to Bon Appétit magazine naming the city as one of the next big food towns for 2014! They are: Keith Coughenour, executive chef of the Duquesne Club; Justin Severino of Cure; Tim Fetter of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group; and Derek Stevens of Eleven. At press time, the quad of culinary masters played with dishes during a tasting, which featured “foie blonde,” opposite a caramelized strawberry sorbet; foie gras with rhubarb chutney and brioche toast points; Duck Tasso with a buttermilk biscuit and rosemary-citrus preserves; and Elysian Fields Lamb with honey mushroom and pistachio risotto, olive caramel, rosemary, burnt ramp mustard, and sweet garlic. The Duquesne Club Head Pastry Chef Will Racin and April Simpson of Vanilla Pastry Studio will pair up to prepare chocolates, filled with pineapple butter, blueberry, and exotic fillings, and cappuccino semifreddo in coffee cups paired with cinnamon pastries — need I say more? Says Keller, “I’m very flattered and honored to be having so many wonderful chefs from the Pittsburgh community cook for me, and for all of the guests that are coming that night. In America today, we have great respect for not only our fishermen, farmers, foragers, but our chefs. It’s nice to see throughout our country. You have to really kind of pinch yourself with a great sense of pride. We have finally recognized and embraced chefs in smaller communities.” Keller has been an 18-year business partner of Keith Martin of Elysian Fields Farm in Waynesburg, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! For more on the divine dinner, visit 54

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Event planner Nancy Byrnes, Chef Keith Coughenour

Common Plea Catering’s grass-fed grilled ribeye with mushroom demi-glace, grilled asparagus, and Yukon gold mashed potatoes, presented on a Himalayan salt block.

Chef Stevens’ lobster rolls on warm, soft brioche.




made EASY

We grilled Common Plea Catering Sous Chef Ryan Martinez for his best grilling tips.


“A simple salad, roasted chicken, a lemon tart, and a bottle of simple wine.”

+ “Start with choosing a good product — USDA prime

beef. More marbling means more flavor when you’re grilling.”

+ “Before you grill, it’s a good idea to bring the meat up to room temperature for even cooking.”

+ “Steaks need the highest heat possible, but you don’t

want to overcook your meat. After grilling, let it rest for five minutes so all the juices can be reabsorbed.

+ “Temperature. It’s hard to say when you have an open

grill, but I would say 400 degrees for beef and 325-350 degrees for chicken.”

Common Plea Catering, 2945 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.281.5140 Chef Thomas Keller

Photograph from TKRG

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Tom Walker and Neil Walker, photographed at PNC Park.


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By Andrea Bosco • Photographs by Duane Rieder • Art Direction by Jason Solak


he scene was Opening Day. The first game of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2014 season finished with a dramatic walk-off victory over the Chicago Cubs by Neil Walker. Bucs fans rejoiced as he broke a scoreless tie with a homer at the bottom of the 10th. In their Lexus Club seats were his mother, Carolyn; his 93-year-old grandfather, Bob Lang; his 82-year-old uncle, Specs Mauch; and perhaps his biggest backer, his father, Tom. “That was pretty cool, wasn’t it?” says Tom, as we recapped during our interview and photo shoot at PNC Park. Sans uniform, Neil joined us for an intimate, casual conversation at the ball park — legendary, really. Bound by baseball, their father-son bond goes beyond the topics of professional play. “There are times where we go fishing, or he comes to the house and we play with the dogs,” says Tom. Adds Neil, “We don’t talk a lot about numbers or strikeouts. It’s just not a conversation we have. We talk about ‘How can I become a better leader?’, ‘How can I become a better teammate?’, ‘How can I become a better player?’ And, more than that, ‘How can I keep myself sane through the course of a long season?’” At 28, Neil is living out his childhood aspirations of playing for his hometown ball club. In fact, he’s contributed significantly to a change of pace — a dynamite 2013 campaign, achieving a spot in the post-season. “I feel very fortunate,” says Neil. “Not many people get to play this game at this level. I have a strong support system and a lot of people to not only share my experiences with, but who understand what it’s like to go through the everyday grind of professional baseball.” It’s a family thing. Tom is a former major league pitcher whose brother-in-law is former Montreal Expos pitcher Chip Lang. Neil’s sister, Carrie, is married to Don Kelly of the Detroit Tigers. And, Neil’s older brothers, Matt and Sean, played in the minor leagues and in college, respectively. “There wasn’t much doubt when he was growing up that he was not your normal child baseball player,” says Tom, of Neil. “The more effort he put into it, the more I realized he was going to have some opportunities. It’s one thing to get drafted, but it’s something else to have the work ethic and drive to get here and stay here.”  Case in point, Tom explains how he’s equated his career experiences to Neil’s, advising him to “seize the moment,” but not to get ahead of himself. “There are some incredibly high points and some really low points,” he says. “The thing wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl


I thought was important for Neil to understand was to stay in the middle of the road. Have a great game, enjoy it, but tomorrow things could go in a different direction all together.” Neil adds, “The ups and downs of baseball come with so many emotions. I think I lean on my dad most to keep me even keel. You have to find a way to keep yourself subdued and in a place where you’re pushing yourself to get better, and changing your goals on a yearly basis really.” As Father’s Day approaches, Tom revisits an occurrence in history that’s heartbreaking to relive. In 1972, on New Year’s Eve, the 23-year-old rookie from Florida planned to board the plane carrying supplies and goods to the people of Nicaragua; The Great One, Roberto Clemente; and four others. There wasn’t additional room for Tom on the aircraft; Clemente told Tom to return home to enjoy his holiday. To add, the pair share startling coincidences: Tom’s full name is Robert Thomas Walker. Clemente’s full name was Roberto Clemente Walker — as per Puerto Rican culture to follow your father’s name with your mother’s maiden name. Says Neil, “I think of the combination of events that occurred with my dad and how it’s all come together — with Roberto, with the connection of baseball, with the connection of the Pirates, with me being drafted by the team and playing here — it’s very strange to think about.” Adds Tom, “It’s hard for me to even think that my 58

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son is at the level he’s at and we’re able to enjoy his career. It’s a gift every day. Being an influence and being so close is important to me, and Neil and I get to share the bond of baseball, too.” From Neil’s time spent on the sandlots to now on the meticulous gem beloved by fans near and far, Tom describes witnessing his son’s success as “surreal.” “He always talked about playing here. My wife and I come to just about every game. It’s pretty cool.” And, how cool is it that on gameday he runs onto the manicured grass toward the Clemente wall and steps up to home plate with the Clemente bridge in his peripheral vision? “I realize things like that make you who you are,” says Neil. “I’m fortunate to play in a stadium that has so much remembrance of Roberto Clemente — it’s not just what he meant for the game of baseball and the City of Pittsburgh, but for humanity. I try to honor his name and play the game the right way — he changed so many lives.” It’s in the Walkers’ DNA to add a pennant to PNC Park’s facade. After all, Neil’s been raising the Jolly Roger for as long as he can remember. “Baseball doesn’t last forever, so you try to take advantage of every opportunity you can,” he says. Adds Tom, “All’s good when the tide is high. We like high tide.” Pittsburgh Pirates,

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t 46, Neil Alexander was in the prime of his life. As director of the corporate consulting division of Hefren-Tillotson, his career had “turned the corner,” allowing his wife, Suzanne, to quit her job and focus as a fulltime mother to Abby and Patrick, 10 and 8, respectively. A consistent muscle twitch in his left arm turned into 18 months of doctor’s visits, and on June 29, 2011, Alexander was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. “ALS is a tough diagnosis,” he says. “Fifty percent of patients die within three to five years. There is no cure, no therapy, and no treatment.” The self-proclaimed “baseball fanatic” began to read about Gehrig. Says Alexander, “He was truly a superstar. On July 4, 1939, 75 years ago, he stepped to the mic and essentially said, ‘Although I’ve been given a bad break, I’m the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.’ I felt like someone was telling me this is how I was expected to act because it was the way Lou acted — a code of conduct.” Soon after, Alexander and Suzanne decided to create, a donoradvised fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, to assist others less fortunate who are battling the disease. “Our mission is threefold. We want to raise awareness; help patients in our region pay for goods, services, equipment, and modifications to their homes; and raise money for research.” In March 2012, the couple hosted the organization’s kickoff party on their 20th wedding anniversary, where they also renewed their vows. During the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates sponsored “Live Like Lou Night” at PNC Park. Alexander was invited to throw out the first pitch and, prior, to spring training in Bradenton, Fla., where he spoke to the minor league system. Adding to his strong relationship with the baseball club is his friendship with sports photographer and Roberto Clemente Museum owner, Duane Rieder. To spread awareness, Rieder is documenting Alexander’s progression through photographs, which are posted on his website, “People with the disease tend to withdraw from society,” Alexander says. “Many have yet to see what this disease does to a body.” On March 31, 2014, Alexander attended his 20th Pirates Opening Day. “It was bittersweet, if you will,” he says. “I’ve always had the goal of attending 50 in a row, and when I would retire, I would become an usher, so that I could watch the games.” Recently, Alexander met his favorite Pirate, Neil Walker. “I was walking with a walker, literally,” he laughs. “He was a good sport.” Says Suzanne, “We were so thrilled when members of the Pirates organization decided to jump into this journey with us. It’s a happy coincidence that we’ve been able to get closer to the Pirates in spite of Neil’s disease — it’s been one of the many silver linings for us.” After two and a half years, the pair’s foundation is approaching $1 million in funds raised. “Our goal is to leave ALS off better than we found it,” says Suzanne. “Our focus is on the next guy. We have this new purpose in our lives and it gives us so much fuel when we can help others.” Alexander wakes up every day with an innate sense of humor and affection for his family, and drive to keep on. He sits on the Board of Directors for Hefren-Tillotson and does what he can to aid his body, taking 35 supplements a day. “Despite all the things ALS takes from us, we’ve been able to find some good in it,” he says.

Neil Alexander attended our photo shoot at PNC Park, where he met Neil Walker. Duane Rieder captured a shot of the memorable moment. Abby, Neil, Suzanne, and Patrick Alexander, and Libby.

As Alexander nears the three-year anniversary of his diagnosis, he’s made every effort to smile through the process. “I’ve always had a positive attitude, which has been helpful the last couple of years,” he says. “We’ve rallied our friends and family, and they’ve given us tremendous support.” Adds Suzanne, “It’s been incredible to watch the power of people. I never really understood, until this happened, how incredible people can be in your life if you let them.”

Support on June 28 During the VIP Golf Event at the Constellation Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel Golf Club. For more information, call Mike McGrath at 412.633.1582. wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl




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toward wide-leg pants with cuffs and loose-fitting jackets; however Baron Brourman decided to guide him to a more streamlined style. “He felt uncomfortable in something that was more fitted through the thigh, and I felt it would be more complementary to take him from a pleated trouser to a flat-front trouser. I said that I wanted to design a more complementary look for his style, and I asked if I could use my own judgement, and he said, ‘OK, I’ll put this in your hands.’” The resulting design is definitely a different look for Ward. “When I wear a suit, I always think about being comfortable — sitting on a plane ride and being able to just hang loose when I travel, but, [I’ve learned that] you still can be comfortable and fitted at the same time.” All of Baron Brourman’s consultations include a 34-point measurement profile to ensure the fit is impeccable, and when working with Ward, it was important for the pair to review videos of his NBC broadcasts to determine what is appropriate for TV. It’s a gig that requires a more conservative look. Says Ward, “In broadcast, it’s all about the suit. Playing for the Steelers, when we got on the plane to go on our road games, it was a fashion show. Everybody critiqued you, from your cufflinks, to your belt, to your watch, to your shoes. Now that I’m on television, working with NBC, I can’t go bold and wild. A lot of color doesn’t work.” Instead, he opts for a look that’s “conservative, but still clean and classy.”


hen Hines Ward walks out of the dressing room during this photo shoot, decked out in his freshly pressed, new custom-made suit, all heads snap in his direction. Of course, when Hines Ward walks into any room, people pay attention, but Ward’s confidence in his bespoke attire was absolutely magnetic. We’re firm believers in the adage that when you look good, you feel good, and it was clear that Ward was feeling fantastic. The suit, tie, shirt, and pocket square were dreamt up for the former Pittsburgh Steeler, now sports broadcaster on NBC, by Master Clothier Amy Baron Brourman, founder of Samuel Baron Clothiers. After a closet consult and fitting with Ward at his Atlanta home, Baron Brourman took stock of the athlete’s style, noting that his suits, in particular in the shoulder and through the leg, were not as fitted as they could be. Ward admits that he typically gravitates

Though it’s a sartorial change for Ward, based on his happy, trademark grin in these photos, Baron Brourman’s collaboration with the athlete was clearly a successful one. “This is style, this is fashion. This is something that’s new for me, but I like it,” says Ward. “Who knows? This may be an opening day suit on Sunday Night Football.” Stay tuned! Turn the page for the Suit’s Sartorial Details!

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In the Details

» The fabric, an eight-ounce Australian wool by Zegna,

“is the cornerstone of the Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo collection. The branded crème de la crème fabric has a high finish, resulting in more luster.”

» The custom-lined interior also matches the pocket square, and inside, Ward’s name is embroidered.

» Contrast stitching is featured on the lapel and first

button hole. There are four functional button holes, and all of the seams are hand pick-stitched. In fact, the entire suit is hand-sewn, not fused, and is created from a hand-cut paper pattern. Nothing is digitally drawn, “which is how we set ourselves apart from other custom clothiers,” says Baron Brourman. “I keep a paper pattern of every client. Right now, that suit fits Hines perfectly. I won’t have to make any adjustments to it, but if he loses weight, for example, I might want to take in the waist or the seat, and I have the ability to adjust the pattern. Now, we will just make the next suits based off of this one!”

» Adding darts in the front and back waistband were necessary to accommodate Ward’s athletic build.

» Inside the jacket is a piece of floating canvas made

of horsehair and wool that, with time and wear, will conform to the shape of Ward’s body, thereby becoming a better fit the more he wears it. “The drape of the fabric will also be better than that of a non-canvassed suit, and it will show off his killer shape,” says Baron Brourman.

» The handmade shirt’s French cuffs are bedecked with Fabergé men’s cufflinks, featuring 18K yellow gold with blue enamel, and round, brilliant cut, bezel-set diamonds, weighing 0.12 carats, price upon request, from Chapel Hills Jewelers.

» A stylish timepiece option with a suit this shade is the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Squelette shown above, price upon request, from Chapel Hills Jewelers.

Plus! Ward is keeping busy these days, staying in shape, hosting The Hines Ward Show on WPXI-TV, planning a wedding with his fiancé, Lindsey Georgalas, and promoting Positive Athlete, a local organization that encourages high-character high school athletes to do their best. “Right now, I’m just excited, living life. Of course, I miss the city of Pittsburgh. It always brings a smile to my face as I fly in and land at Pittsburgh International,” he says. “Even though I don’t live here, Pittsburgh’s always home away from home, and I cherish every minute coming back.” Want to know where Ward loves to go when he visits Pittsburgh? Check out his top 10 list at

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/ FEATUREd Neighborhood

Visit Tanger Outlets during your visit, one of Washington’s top attractions.

Walking Through


Spend the summer exploring the exciting happenings in Washington County! My first steps were taken in Washington, Pa., and, over the last 20-some years, my walks through Washington County have taken me through everything from historical landmarks and scenic countrysides, to bustling shopping centers and nightlife locales. This summer, sample delicious treats at the Main Street Farmers Market, explore the beautiful Washington & Jefferson College campus, or catch a movie at Washington Crown Center’s Hollywood Theater. Let me be your guide to Washington County!


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By Rachel Jones •

Photograph from washington county tourism

Calendar of Events

Catch the Oak Ridge Boys on July 5!

June 7: Fleatique on the Mon, Our 16th Year @ Main Street Route 88 June 28: Wine Festival @ Trax Farms June 29: Classic Car Show @ PA Trolley Museum July 3-4: July Fourth Celebration @ Canonsburg July 5: Riverfest & Fireworks @ Fredericktown July 10-12: Whiskey Rebellion Festival @ Washington July 19-20: Duncan & Miller Glass Show & Sale @ Washington County Expo Center July 26: The Adios @ The Meadows Casino For more information on these events and more, visit

Summer Concert Series Win big at The Meadows Casino with its 2014 Summer Concert Series. The series kicks off with former Pittsburgh Steeler Terry Bradshaw. On June 14, he’ll be sharing stories, singing with a live band, and cracking us up. Also taking the stage this summer are country legends the Oak Ridge Boys on July 5, R&B sensation Smokey Robinson on August 2, and rockstars 38 Special on August 23. “Each season brings about a new and exciting line of national acts for the guests of The Meadows to enjoy,” says Sean Sullivan, vice president and general manager of The Meadows Casino. “These performances offer a unique entertainment experience above and beyond our first-class gaming, dining, and racing.” The Meadows Casino, 210 Racetrack Road, Washington. 724.503.1200.

History Lesson Happy Trails to You June 7 is National Trails Day! Initiated by the American Hiking Society, the day is celebrated the first Sunday in June to honor the ways that trails enhance our communities. Not only do trails connect us to each other and nature, they provide a great location to keep in shape. Our favorite trails in Washington County include the Montour Trail and the Panhandle Trail, but we’ve also spent days with our dogs at Washington Park, Mingo Park, and Ten Mile Park. Find a trail buddy, your walking shoes, and hit the trail closest to you on National Trail Day! For more information, visit Photographs from Oak Ridge Boys, Washington County Tourism

Travel back to the days of our ancestors at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village. Part of the Senator John Heinz History Center’s museum system, the center is the oldest site of human habitation in North America! Explore the historic space and its archaeological evidence, some of which date back 16,000 years, and, on June 21, try your hand at the Atlatl Competition. Sanctioned by the World Atlatl Association, the contest invites visitors of all ages to see who is the most accurate with the ancient spear-thrower. The contest is free with regular admission: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17, and free for children under 6 and Senator John Heinz History Center members. Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, 401 Meadowcroft Road, Avella. 724.587.3412.

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The Wild Things have been in full swing since May. Don’t miss the Rebellion’s season opener on June 5!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Minutes from I-70 sits CONSOL Energy Park, home of the Washington Wild Things and now, the Rebellion! The Frontier League baseball team has been playing at the park since 2002, but with Washington County ranking as the third largest area for softball in the U.S., it made perfect sense to welcome the National Professional Fastpitch team for 2014. “For many years, the community of Washington and its fans have shown overwhelming support for the Wild Things,” explains public relations and social media manager Deborah Hilton. “This year, with the start of the Rebellion, it will be twice the amount of fun at CONSOL Energy Park.” With Zambelli fireworks every Friday and events throughout the summer, including Make-A-Wish/Super Hero Night on June 21 and Country Night on July 31, we can’t wait! CONSOL Energy Park, One Washington Federal Way, Washington. 724.250.9555.

Heavy Metal Load up on all of your cooking must-haves at the All-Clad Factory Outlet Sale. The bi-annual event features up to 70 percent off discounted cookware, electrics, gourmet accessories, and a large selection of tools. Browse the incredible collection at the Washington Fairgrounds on June 6, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and June 7, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The exclusive prices are only available these two days, but new stock is offered daily on select All-Clad, Krups, and Rowenta products. Bring a fellow culinary enthusiast to share in the savings — and to help carry your haul back to the car! Washington Fairgrounds, 2151 N. Main St., Washington. 724.225.7718. All-Clad,

Shop Around Make your vintage heart sing with unique and eclectic treasures at the Crown Antique Mall. Tucked inside the Washington Crown Center, the shop will offer special discounts during a sidewalk sale on July 3-6 and extended hours on June 29 and July 27. Crown Antique Mall, 1500 W. Chestnut St., Washington. 724.993.4395.


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Photographs from CONSOL Energy Park, Washington county tourism

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Catch both teams at home in June and July!

The Wild Things June 1 vs. Windy City Thunderbolts June 11-12 vs. Schaumburg Boomers (Doubleheader on Wednesday) June 13-15 vs. Joliet Slammers June 20-22 vs. Normal Cornbelters June 24-26 vs. Traverse City Beach Bums July 2-3 vs. Southern Illinois Miners (Doubleheader on Wednesday) July 9-10 vs. Lake Erie Crushers (Doubleheader on Wednesday) July 11-13 vs. Florence Freedom July 18-20 vs. River City Rascals July 30-August 1 vs. Rockford Aviators

The Rebellion June 5-8 vs. USSSA Pride June 18-19 vs. Chicago Bandits July 5-8 vs. USSSA Pride July 16-17, 21-22 vs. Akron Racers July 24-29 vs. Chicago Bandits wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl




WHIRL Magazine’s

2014 Nonprofit Volunteer Guide We’ve gathered profiles on 14 local nonprofits — find a mission that inspires you to give back! By Rachel Jones

Each year, thousands of volunteers across the region dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need in our community, and every one of the nonprofits featured here presents a unique and incredible purpose. Together, they share the common goal of bettering the quality of life for all people in Western Pennsylvania. Here, we’re highlighting their specific goals and events for the coming months. It’s time to get involved!

The ALS Association Western PA Chapter The Mission: To lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy, while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families to live fuller lives. The Project: The Pittsburgh Walk to Defeat ALS® on September 6 What it Does: As the biggest annual volunteer fundraiser, the Walk generates more than $500,000 for ALS patients in Western Pennsylvania. This year’s event, being held at Point State Park, will be co-chaired by Pittsburgh Penguins #27 Craig Adams and his wife, Anne. Who it Helps: Patients and families who are affected by ALS. Dollars raised will support patient care and research. How to Help: Volunteers provide crowd management services, raise funds, guide the event, and support the ALS staff. Sign up by calling 412.821.3254 or visiting The ALS Association Western PA Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. 412.821.3254.


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Photograph from The ALS Association Western PA Chapter

Auberle The Mission: To help troubled children and families heal themselves. The Project: The 10th Annual Voices Carry concert on September 30 What it Does: Held at Stage AE, the annual rock concert fundraiser hosts more than 20 local musicians, including Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky, Etta Cox, Scott Blasey, and Chris Higbee. WDVE’s Randy Baumann will serve as the emcee. Who it Helps: As the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser, the concert will help serve more than 3,000 at-risk children and families through 16 programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Its programs include residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, and in-home intervention. How to Help: Sixty volunteers are needed at the event to assist with everything from auction sales and preevent logistics, to registration and photography. Join the planning committee to start volunteering now. Contact Volunteer and Events Coordinator Margaret Haselhoff at or 412.673.5856 x1316 to sign up. Auberle, 1101 Hartman St., McKeesport. 412.673.5800.

Beverly’s Birthdays The Mission: To provide birthday celebrations for homeless children who live in shelters in the Greater Pittsburgh region.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of Westmoreland, Inc. The Mission: To provide a voice in the courts on behalf of abused and neglected children in Westmoreland County.

The Project: Birthday Cheer, 365 Days a Year!

The Project: CASA Volunteer Advocacy Program

What it Does: Beverly’s Birthdays provides seasonal and monthly birthday parties to children living in shelters throughout the region. Every child also receives a preassembled birthday present and a fun treat bag if they attend the party.

What it Does: After completing the volunteer training course, CASA advocates maintain direct and sufficient contact with their assigned child to carry out an independent and valid investigation of his or her circumstances. Their work is complete when the child is in a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.

Who it Helps: In 2013, more than 350 homeless children in 17 local agencies received birthday presents from the nonprofit. The goal is to celebrate with more than 600 children this year! How to Help: Volunteers are always needed to help staff parties, bake cakes, or sponsor treat bags. Contact Michelle Messer at to sign up. Beverly’s Birthdays, 31 Robbins Station Road, North Huntingdon. 412.720.9737. Photographs from Auberle, Beverly’s Birthdays, CASA

Who it Helps: Children from ages 0-21 who have suffered abuse and/or neglect at the hands of their own parents or guardians. How to Help: CASA volunteer training courses are held twice a year, but donations and event sponsors are welcome all year. Call 724.850.6874 for more information. CASA of Westmoreland, Inc., 2 N. Main St., Greensburg. 724.850.6874.

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Fashion for Smiles The Mission: To help children around the world that suffer from cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities by working with Operation Smile and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. The Project: The first annual Tennis Tournament and Luncheon What it Does: To be held in July, the event will raise financial support for Fashion for Smiles and spread awareness of its mission. For more details, keep in touch on Facebook ( and Twitter (@fashion4smiles). Who it Helps: The event hopes to raise $10,000 to bring smiles to children who are affected by cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. How to Help: Volunteers, vendors, and sponsors are needed to help the Tennis Tournament and Luncheon run smoothly. To sign up for the event or donate to Fashion for Smiles, visit Fashion for Smiles, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Suite 4300, Downtown.

Gemini Theater The Mission: To cultivate creativity, originality, and imagination through the performing arts. The Project: Gemini Theater Summer Camp What it Does: The 10-week program invites children to write, rehearse, and perform their own plays. Participants get to work with the Gemini Theater’s actors and teachers, and are encouraged to participate at their own comfort level. Who it Helps: Children in the Greater Pittsburgh area, ages 4-17, can participate in the summer camp. A scholarship program is available to ensure that no student is turned away.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank works to reduce hunger in the 11 countries of Southwestern PA. One program that is essential in reducing childhood hunger is the Summer Food Program. In Southwestern PA, almost 175,000 kids are eligible but NOT participating in this important nutrition program, so Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is working to reach more and more kids each year through the Summer Food Program.

How to Help: Local teenagers are invited to volunteer as interns for the Summer Camp program, assisting students and teachers through the creative process. Community members can also help by donating to the Gemini Theater’s scholarship program to help more students participate in the summer camp. Gemini Theater, 7501 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 412.243.6464.

Girls on the Run at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC The Mission: To inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident through fun and experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. The Project: Assembling curriculum materials What it Does: Volunteers will become familiar with the Girls on the Run lesson goals and help put together the curriculum materials for the fall 2014 season at 20-25 Girls on the Run sites. Who it Helps: More than 400 girls and their Girls on the Run coaches will benefit from this summer project. How to Help: Visit the “Get Involved” link on the program’s website, Girls on the Run at Magee-Womens Hospital of UMPC, 3380 Blvd. of the Allies, Suite 315, Oakland. 412.641.1596. PLUS: WHIRL’s Rachel Jones and Meghan Milligan ran the Girls on the Run Annual 5K this May! Read their story about the incredible event at


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Global Links The Mission: To improve the health in resource-poor communities while promoting environmental stewardship in the U.S. healthcare community. The Project: Organizing donations What it Does: Global Links works year-round to recover high-quality surplus medical supplies and equipment from U.S. hospitals and distribute them to public healthcare institutions. Volunteers sort and package medical supplies, provide administrative support, and organize collections. Who it Helps: Since 1989, more than $200 million in critical medical aid has been given to nine partner countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. This aid improves the community members’ health and provides long-term assistance. How to Help: Volunteers help prep and pack 95 percent of donations. Become one of the 2,000 annual volunteers by contacting Community Engagement Manager Stacy Bodow at Global Links, 700 Trumbull Drive, Green Tree. 412.361.3424.

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Opportunities available for all levels of interest. Contact Margaret Haselhoff | 412.673.5856 x1316

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank The Mission: To reduce hunger in the 11 counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania by increasing participation in food assistance programs. The Project: Summer Food Service Program, which runs from June to mid-August What it Does: This USDA program provides free, nutritious meals to kids who are 18 and under from June to mid-August. The meals are available at hundreds of sites across the region, including parks, churches, and community centers. Who it Helps: The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children and teenagers can still have healthy meals when they don’t have access to free or reduced lunches at school. How to Help: Volunteers who have their ACT 33/34 Clearances can serve meals or run fun activities at the Summer Food Service Program sites. Contact Chris West at 412.460.3663 x307 or for more information. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne. 412.460.3663.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service The Mission: To improve the quality of life of children, families, and adults of all ages throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region by providing comprehensive psychological, employment, and social services. The Project: AgeWell Rides, an initiative by AgeWell Pittsburgh (a collaboration of JF&CS, the Jewish Association on Aging, and the Jewish Community Center) with Repair the World Pittsburgh. What it Does: The volunteer transportation service matches local drivers with seniors who do not or cannot drive and need reliable transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, or social gatherings. Who it Helps: “AgeWell Rides provides a lifeline to our community’s seniors to help them stay active and independent while learning to manage the challenges of aging,” says Jordan Golin, director of JF&CS’ Elder Care department. How to Help: To become an AgeWell Rides driver, call 412.422.0400 or email Drivers receive volunteer training, flexible schedules, secondary insurance for drivers, and more. Jewish Family & Children’s Service, 5743 Bartlett St., Squirrel Hill. 412.422.7200. 72

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Photographs from Kelsey Gross, Jewish Family & Children’s Service

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh The Mission: To build a thriving, vibrant, and engaged Jewish community locally, in Israel, and around the world. The Project: The Jewish Federation Volunteer Center What it Does: The Center works year-round to provide a comprehensive network of volunteer opportunities throughout the Jewish community. Each volunteer is matched to a project based on his or her availability, talents, skills, and passions. Who it Helps: The Jewish Federation Volunteer Center serves projects that benefit a large population, including children, seniors, disabled individuals, and families in crisis. How to Help: Call Volunteer Center Coordinator Jenny Jones at 412.992.5209 or visit to become a volunteer. An interactive calendar on the Center’s website lets volunteers choose how and when they can donate their time. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Place, Oakland. 412.681.8000.

The Noah Angelici Hope Foundation The Mission: To honor the life and memory of Noah Angelici by supporting families affected by Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and raising awareness of the disease, diagnosis, and treatment. The Project: The 7th Annual Noah Angelici Golf Event What it Does: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort will host cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to the tunes of Jeff Jimmerson on June 22. The golf event, open to golfers of all levels and sponsors, will tee off at the resort’s Mystic Rock Golf Course on June 23. Who it Helps: The event benefits Noah’s House of Hope, which supports Dr. Stephen P. Emery’s work at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and families dealing with TTTS and pregnancy-related diseases. How to Help: Register to be a golfer or sponsor by calling Jane E. Klimchak at 724.350.2940. The Noah Angelici Foundation, 262 Scott Lane, Venetia. 724.350.2940. Photographs from The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, The Noah Angelici Foundation

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PLEASE JOIN US! June 22nd, 2014 Cocktail and Hors d’oeuvres Reception, with Jeff Jimmerson June 23rd, 2014 8th Annual Memorial Golf Event at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort / Mystic Rock

Jane Klimchak 724.350.2940 The Noah Angelici Hope Foundation - 262 Scott Lane Venetia, PA 15367

United Way of Allegheny County The Mission: To create longlasting change, and help children and youth succeed, strengthen and support families by promoting financial stability, ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable seniors, assist people with disabilities, and provide information and referral sources, meeting basic needs for residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Project: Open Your Heart to a Senior What it Does: The program matches seniors with local volunteers who perform home safety checks and help with simple tasks, such as grocery shopping, rides to the doctor, and yard work. Who it Helps: Nearly 200,000 seniors live in Allegheny County. Open Your Heart to a Senior helps our neighborhoods’ seniors maintain their independence. How to Help: Join the Open Your Heart to a Senior program by calling 2-1-1 or visiting United Way of Allegheny County, 1250 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.261.6010.


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Urban Impact Foundation The Mission: To foster Christian community development on the North Side by changing lives one person, one family, one block at a time. The Project: The 2014 Pittsburgh Community Action Project on July 24 What it Does: The Franklin Graham Three Rivers Festival of Hope chose Urban Impact Foundation to host the event in West Park. The 2014 Pittsburgh Community Action Project is held in conjunction with Light of Life’s annual Day of Hope Celebration, a day of outreach with food and music to celebrate Pittsburgh’s North Side and service projects throughout the community. Who it Helps: Neighbors in the North Side will enjoy the event, and supplies will be collected for North Side schools. These will benefit the area’s at-risk youth. How to Help: To donate supplies or help with the event’s activities, contact Cindy Dell at or 412.321.3811 x120. Urban Impact Foundation, 801 Union Ave., North Side. 412.321.3811.

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Greensburg Helltown Brewing’s John “Tripp” Gentry and Daniel Morris

All Saints Brewing Company’s Jeff Guidos

Four Season’s Brewing Company’s Mark Pavlik and Christian Simmons

Cheers to Greensburg! The beautiful city offers locally made microbrews, delicious restaurants, and exciting events that make it a great place to visit this summer


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By Sarah Oldham • Edited by Rachel Jones •

Photographs from skysight photography

Brews and Bites Greensburg is buzzing with microbreweries! Each establishment serves up a trademark taste and piece of local history that are definitely worth celebrating. Grab your buds and try these suds with pairings from our favorite area eateries.

Helltown Brewing & Headkeeper Tapas Bar Based on an old town nickname and the coincidental zip code of 15666, Helltown Brewery is Mt. Pleasant’s local spot for a variety of handcrafted beers. The brewery began when Shawn Gentry started creating home brews and perfecting their taste. Once he achieved that goal, Shawn and his brother, John “Tripp” Gentry, expanded their passion, opening the brewery in 2011. Helltown ships its products to bars across the region, including Piper’s Pub in Pittsburgh’s South Side. One of its first successful brews was Mischievous Brown, and the doubleIPA Idle Hands is a fan favorite. This summer, go for Rapture IPA, which boasts hoppy notes of citrus. Pair it with Flame Grilled Lamb Porterhouse Duo topped with a Spicy Honey Plum Sauce from Headkeepers Tapas Bar. The sweet-spicy sauce complements the creamy tanginess of the Flashfried Goat Cheese Fritter that sits on top. Helltown Brewing, 13 Henry C. Frick St., Mt. Pleasant. 724.542.4339. Headkeeper Tapas Bar, 618 S. Main St., Greensburg. 724.838.7439.

Four Seasons Brewing Company & Pepperwood Grille New to the area, Four Season Brewing Company opened in Latrobe in September 2013. Self-taught brewer Mark Pavlik invited Christian Simmons to join him in exploring the ever-expanding field of making beer. More than 30 locations across the state have brews from Four Seasons Brewing Company on tap, from hoppy varieties to stouts. Simmons’ favorite is Kölsch. Clean and crisp, the subdued malt offers delicate fruit flavors and aromas that leave the sipper with a pleasantly tangy taste. Pair it with the Frutta Di Mare Margherita Pie from the Pepperwood Grille in Greensburg. The hand-tossed, New York-style pizza combines Roma tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil, fresh mozzarella, seared sea scallops, and grilled shrimp on a white or organic wheat crust. Four Seasons Brewing Company, 745 Lloyd Ave., Latrobe. 724.520.4111. Pepperwood Grille, 5290 E. Pittsburgh St., Route 30, Greensburg. 724.853.8121.

All Saints Brewing Company & Robokyo Science lover Jeff Guidos was intrigued by his home-brewing kit and excited to try his hobby on a larger scale. He served as an assistant brewer at Red Star Brewery, earning the gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for his Voodoo’s Child Lager in 2002. When Red Star Brewery closed, Guidos opened his own establishment in 2011. The St. Vincent College grad wanted to name it after a saint, but couldn’t decide which one. Instead, he went with All Saints Brewing Company. For a heavenly summer sip, try the Apricot Wheat. Light and crisp, apricot is a part of the flavor profile without being “too fruity.” Pair it with Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse’s Lobster Fried Rice. The dish encompasses seasoned rice, eggs, scallions, vegetables, and a half-pound lobster tail. The restaurant’s signature Yum Yum Hibachi dipping sauce is served on the side. All Saints Brewing Company, U.S. 119, Hempfield. 724.289.1202. Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse, Toll House Road, Greensburg. 724.834.7423. Photographs from skysight photography

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Summer in the City The great thing about summer in Greensburg is that you don’t have to travel very far to enjoy a weekend worthy of vacation status. In fact, a long weekend staycation in the area might be exactly what you need to recharge your spirit! We’ve put together three diverse combinations.




Hidden Treasures For us, antiquing means finding vintage pieces and losing track of time! Explore Treasures from the Attic on East Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg for jewelry, furniture, and more. Keep perusing at two large-scale antique events this summer. Antiques on the Diamond in Ligonier will gather 60 dealers on June 14 and August 23, selling everything from silver and glassworks, to toys and light fixtures. On the second Sunday of every month, June through September, Hanna’s Town will host an Antiques and Collectibles event. The market opens at 7:30 a.m., welcoming neighbors to browse collectables and crazy finds from 200 vendors.



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The Great Outdoors Spend another weekend outside, soaking in as much warm weather as possible. Start with an outdoor dinner at the Rialto Café to fuel up for the SummerSounds Concert Series. Held every Friday at 7 p.m., the St. Clair Park shows feature national recording artists at the Robertshaw Amphitheater. You’ll spend the whole night singing and dancing along, too! Before heading out on Saturday’s adventure, stock up at the Ligonier Country Market. Located on the Loyalhanna Watershed Farm, the market offers fresh produce, pastries, and specialty breads, perfect for a delicious picnic lunch. Rent a mountain bike at American Adventure Sports, and take it through Linn Run State Park in Forbes State Forest. Keystone State Park in Derry Township also has bike trails, along with places to swim, camp, or hike.


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For a slower-paced outing on Sunday, hit the links at Totteridge Golf Course. The only thing more beautiful than sinking a birdie on that course is admiring the gorgeous landscape.


Wine and Dandy Take a wine weekend! Live music, a picnic of local foods, and a glass of vino (or three) are ideal elements for a relaxing experience. Enjoy them all at Greendance Winery, located right outside of Mt. Pleasant, which is also home to Sandhill Berries. After an afternoon of wine tasting and outdoor dining, order a slice of berry pie. You can even take a whole pie, frozen or room temperature, home for a latenight snack.





Start the next day with breakfast at the SunDawg Café, which offers Asian Fusion, Caribbean, Mexican, and seafood dishes. Then, explore the Stone Villa Wine Cellars in Acme. Its vines grow 12 varieties of grapes, which combine for 20 flavors of wine. Find your favorite while listening to live music, on the schedule for Saturdays in the summer. (Mark your calendar for Sangria Saturday on July 19!)

For more adventures in Greensburg, check out our calendar of events on page 81!

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HomeTown Happenings Greensburg establishments are ready for summer! Get the details on their latest happenings right here — you’ll find everything from stunning jewelry and sweet treats, to exciting events and Developments at local institutions.

Cold as Ice Nothing beats the summer heat like a delicious iced coffee. For a cup that’s intensely flavored and exceptionally smooth, The White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie relies on the Kyoto slowdrip system. “Rather than extracting all of the coffee at the same rate, like a French press would do, the Kyoto system percolates very slowly down two different types of filters, highlighting different nuances in the coffee that typically get masked in other preparation methods,” explains Tommy Medley of The White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie. It takes nearly 12 hours to brew, but the result has 70 percent less acidity than traditionally brewed cups. Pair the pickme-up with a light treat from the pastry case, like strawberry balsamic panna cotta or a peach melba pavlova. The White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie, 113 N. Main St., Greensburg. 724.216.5229.

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Artistic Anniversary The Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer! Held July 3-6 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., the annual event features more than 160 artists and their creations, live music on four stages, local historical societies, and activities for children. While perusing the festivities at Twin Lakes Park, stop by one of the 35 ethnic food booths, serving everything from pierogies to funnel cakes. And, new this year is the “yarnstorming” taking place at the Westmoreland Art Nationals Gallery. Thanks to a partnership between the festival and Mental Health America of Westmoreland County, the gallery will be covered by colorful knitted and crocheted pieces, made by volunteers! The Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival,

Pretty as a Rose Everything in the jewelry world is coming up rose gold! Amy Beeghly of Beeghly and Company Jewelers says the warm metal is continuing its popularity this season. Engagement rings, like those from Simon G.’s Rose Gold Collection, have a beautiful, vintage appeal for any blushing bride. “It is one of the warmest and most flattering metal types for any skin tone,” Beeghly says. “It is also perfect to mix and match with other colored metals.” Refresh your jewelry box with this pendant from Cherie Dori’s Rustic Collection, perfect for a layered look. Beeghly and Company Jewelers, 401 S. Main St., Greensburg. 724.832.1500.


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Congratulations are in order for Mary C. Finger, Seton Hill University’s 10th and newest president. “Dr. Finger is well-suited to lead Seton Hill through the next important stage in the university’s history,” says Michele Ridge, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “We are confident she will fulfill and articulate the mission and vision of the University in a compelling way to all Seton Hill constituencies.” A thoughtful and creative leader, Finger says she is looking forward to meeting with members of the university and community to determine the best ways to continue to advance Seton Hill. “I am delighted that Seton Hill has a strong partnership with the City of Greensburg and I look forward to meeting with the community leaders on how we can enhance our partnership to ensure that both remain vibrant destinations.” Seton Hill University, One Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg. 800.826.6234.

Photographs from adam shaffer, Seton Hill University, Cherie Dori

Upcoming Events Greensburg is Happening! Fill your calendar with these Upcoming Warm WEather Events!

June 1

July 1

“Tiny Tots Celebration,” presented by Seton Hill University Dance Academy

Move Live on Tour, presented by Elko Concerts

@ Performing Arts Center, 724.552.2929.

@ The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.

June 4

July 9

Pablo Cruise, presented by Elko Concerts

Peter Frampton, presented by Elko Concerts

@ The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.

@ The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.

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July 11

Chicago the Musical, presented by Kelly Simon Event Management

10,000 Maniacs, presented by Westmoreland Cultural Trust

@ The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.

@ The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.

June 13

July 19

Seton Hill University Doug Wood Memorial Golf Classic

A Night of Doo Wop: Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Coasters, and The Crystals, presented by Latshaw Productions

@ Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club, 724.552.4323.

June 14 Don Quixote, presented by Laurel Ballet @ The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.

June 21-22 Pyle Ride & Run Festival @ Ohio Pyle State Park, 724.329.8591.

June 28 Gordon Lightfoot “50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour,” presented by Elko Concerts @ The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.

A voice in court for abused and neglected children. • 724-850-6874

@ The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.

August 16-17 The Lionheart Adventure Race @ Ohio Pyle State Park, 724.329.8591.

August 22 The Golf & Tennis Tournament, benefitting CASA of Westmoreland @ Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club, 724.850.6874. $200/golfer — $100/tennis player — $75/dinner-only guests

August 26 Shoji Tabuchi, presented by JB Productions @ The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000. wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl



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GET GLOWING Reach for the light this month! There’s plenty of sunshine to go around, and you’ll feel extra bright from head to toe after perusing our style roundup. We think these rejuvenating hair treatments, sunset-inspired cosmetics, chic sunglasses, flirty sundresses, and fancy footwear should do the trick! And, for the gentlemen, we’ve collaborated with Hines Ward and master clothier Amy Baron Brourman of Samuel Baron Clothiers to bring you the ins and outs of creating a custom-made suit. Dive into the details on page 60.



“I am always searching for unique items that blend art with fashion, and one of the most genuinely distinctive lines of jewelry I have come across is Ex Novo Bijoux,” says MoZaic Boutique owner Nancy Gilmore, who is thrilled to present her store’s latest arrivals. Designed by Anastasia Brakoulias in Athens, Greece, the materials used for the design and production of Ex Novo Bijoux’s jewelry are noted for their uniqueness and rarity. Brakoulias’ emphasis on creativity and fantasy is also key to the eyecatching quality of the pieces. “The really cool part is that it’s all made by hand and created to my specifications of metals, colors, or crystals. I get to work directly with Anastasia to create items specifically unique for my customers. Being that this is a line designed and manufactured in the Mediterranean, it has the Grecian-goddess essence to it. It is elegant and sophisticated, yet super fun,” says Gilmore. MoZaic Boutique, 1597 Washington Pike, A-13, Bridgeville. 412.275.3787.

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Protect those pretty eyes stylishly with Eyebobs eyewear, available at Splurge. (Did you know? When we hit the age of 40, our eyeballs begin to lose flexibility, which makes focusing at a close range more difficult.) Splurge owner Kym Pelcher says the chic bifocal Eyebob Sunreaders, which offer 100-percent UV protection, are “super hot,” and we agree! They’re also available for special order in any strength prescription. Our pick for summer is the Iris Sunreader (below), glamorously oversized and named for fashion icon Iris Apfel. Splurge, 1112 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.252.2242.

time for DAD Orr’s Jewelers will host its annual Father’s Day Watch Show at the Squirrel Hill location on June 14, inviting clients to trade in their old watches, preview the latest releases from Basel World, and meet representatives from “the best watch brands in the world,” says Sandra Shock of Orr’s Jewelers. Find a gift for dad while you’re at it! Orr’s Jewelers, 5857 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.421.6777.

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Ready, set, go! On Sunday, June 22, Henne Jewelers will host its annual Race For The Ring, inviting 150 lucky couples to participate in a series of texted challenges in a quest to win an incredible diamond engagement ring. All participants will receive a Henne gift card. Find out how you can participate at Henne Jewelers, 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.0226. 84

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We spotted the gorgeous Victor Velyan pieces during a recent trunk show at Chapel Hills Jewelers, and they are officially added to our covet list. Velyan’s works are inspired by the old Aragon world, each piece a beautiful mixture of metal, gemstones, and diamonds. The jewelry is bold, vivacious, and truly artistic. These particular pieces feature 24K gold and silver with a green patina finish, set with spessartites and diamonds. Price upon request. Chapel Hills Jewelry, 503 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.782.1757. Victor Velyan,


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These days, everyone is into detoxing, and now, the innovators at Philip Pelusi Salons have developed a way to detox our tresses, too! The DeTox HaiRx® Shampoo Treatment rejuvenates with every use to achieve a deeper clean that strengthens and restores hair and the scalp. With a unique DHT toxin-removing, microemulsion formula, the shampoo gently removes excess toxins from the scalp’s surface, including those that can cause thinning hair. The shampoo removes and wards off excess sebaceous oil with a mixture of herbs, including ivy, rocket, whortleberry, and watercress. This combination restores the scalp’s pH balance, keeping hair cleaner, longer. The sulfate-free formula gently cleanses with the help of sugar cane and sugar maple, lightly exfoliating dead skin cells, ridding the scalp of dirt, oil, debris, impurities, and product build-up. This revolutionary shampoo also strengthens, hydrates, and protects color thanks to Pelusi’s revolutionary P2® technology, giving hair flawless shine and weightless moisture. Let’s cleanse! Philip Pelusi, — Emily Bastroli

STYLE fore DAYS New to Gals on and off the Green is the “Limoncello” collection from Inspired Style, which “offers the perfect color contrast — black and white with a shot of lemon,” says store owner Jackie Sorrenti. She describes the sporty golf apparel as featuring “bold prints made with unique finishing touches in polished silver eyelets, clusters of metal beads, and over-sized rivets. This stylish vest provides wind-resistance and warmth on the course — and stylish sass off the course!” Gals on and Off the Green, 7440 McKnight Road, North Hills. 412.630.8808.

Inspired Style reversible “Limoncello” vest, $149.




fine DESIGNS On June 4-5, Larrimor’s will host a Peggy Jennings trunk show, presenting a unique collection of clothing worn by First Ladies, philanthropists, and business leaders around the world. The designer utilizes the best European fabrics, which are meticulously crafted in Jennings’ own workshop, every garment is silk-lined and every buttonhole is hand-bound. To ensure the best fit possible, each first-time Peggy Jennings customer is presented with a muslin for a fitting. Once approved by the client, the pattern is archived at Peggy Jennings for future items. Plus, keep shopping on June 17 when Larrimor’s kicks off its summer sale. Larrimor’s, One PNC Plaza, 249 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.471.5727.

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Littles Shoes in Squirrel Hill is boasting beautiful new arrivals for women! A natural, earthy theme infuses these shoes, which are also highlighted by rich colors, cutout shapes, and wide or wedge heels. Check out new styles from Naot, Munro, Mephisto, Pikolinos, and Rapisardi, and upgrade your summer shoe game! Littles Shoes, 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3530.


We are cooing over this totally cute MacKenzie-Childs melamine dinnerware set and matching bib. The frog-themed fork, spoon, segmented plate, bowl, and sippy cup, $48, are a perfect match with the embroidered toddler’s bib, $25. Gift it at a baby shower — it’s sure to be a hit. The set and bib are available in three additional, adorable patterns. Items are available locally at Glassworks and Louis Anthony Jewelers. Glassworks, 5406 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.5443. Louis Anthony Jewelers, 1775 N. Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.854.0310. MacKenzie-Childs,

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Have you been to TRIM Pittsburgh? Now open in East Liberty, the store, which features underwear for men, celebrated its grand opening in late April. “It’s been great so far,” says owner Tom West. West has curated a collection of hard-to-find items, sourced both locally and from around the world, including briefs, T-shirts, swimsuits, and socks. Top brands include Steel City Cotton Works, deadburydead, PUMP! (the only store to carry it in 250 miles!), James Tudor, UNICO, Andrew Christian, Timoteo, Arthur George, and 2Eros. “We’ve got more brands arriving in the coming weeks,” says West. “Shopping here is like taking a tour of the world of underwear.” TRIM Pittsburgh, 5968 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. 412.512.2828. Photographs from Peggy Jennings, Alison Brod PR, little shoes, trim pittsburgh

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flirty FLIP-FLOPS! You’ll flip for the new Oka-B flip-flops available at Footloose Shadyside. Colorful is the way to go when it comes to shopping for summer shoes, and these fashionable slip-on shoes fit the bill. Beyond that, “they are eco-chic, handcrafted in America, ergonomic, and super cute,” says Footloose Shadyside owner Jill Rubinstein. Footloose Shadyside, 736 Bellefonte St., Shadyside. 412.687.3663.

“Roxy” flipflops in “Salt” with stone detailing, $40.

“Polly” flip-flops in “Popsicle Pink” with leather flower detail, $34.



Pump it up We all know the damaging effects that stress can have on our bodies and minds. But did you know it can also take a toll on our locks, making it dull, lifeless and weak? The hair gurus at Kérastase have come up with a formula to reverse this damage — the new Densifique collection, now available at a number of local salons, including Sognatore Salon and Posh Salon. The collection is meant to “transform hair from ‘less’ to ‘more’” by infusing it with shine, substance, and resilience. The formula contains gluco-peptides that synthesize structural proteins; hyaluronic acid to retain moisture; and ceramide that acts as an intercellular cement. Featuring four main products — an in-salon instant ritual, shampoo, treatment masque, and a primer — the Densifique collection repairs hair, making for more good hair days and less stress. Sognatore Salon, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite 1017, Downtown. 412.391.1181. Posh Salon, 1725 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.833.6636. — E.B.

sunny DAYS Shine like the sun with CHANEL’s Summer 2014 Makeup Collection, centered around vibrant pink and orange shades, highlighted by gold and bronze shimmer. CHANEL describes the color palette as creating “an idyllic vision of sunny days that we wish would last forever.” So, even if you can’t get away to a tropical locale, channel those sunny vibes with the Collection Reflets d’été de CHANEL. Though, if you do hit the beach, we’ve got a trio of faves, ideal for polishing your surf look. Start with a swipe of the vivid and vibrant “Happy” coral Lèvres Scintillantes lip gloss; make your manicure pop with the popsicle orange Le Vernis nail color “Mirabella”; and lightly line your lids with the sultry bronze “Amore Dore” waterproof Stylo Yeux eyeliner. Hello, sunshine! CHANEL products are sold at Macy’s stores and at Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall. CHANEL,


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dapper DUDS What’s more summery than seersucker? The handsome, lightweight style of suit was created in New Orleans in 1909 by Joseph Haspel, Sr., as a solution to looking smart while staying cool. The Haspel house has taken the tailored look and modernized it, keeping that seersucker suit at the soul of its designs but offering styles that are suitable, year-round. New looks from the line are available locally at MODA, including colorful suiting and sportswear that’s perfect for summer. MODA, 5401 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.681.8640.


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Stay hopeful, stay humble. We love that mantra, popularized by Steven Izen, founder of the lokai bracelet, which is available exclusively in Pittsburgh at Spoiled Chics the Boutique. To the wearer, the bracelet serves as a constant reminder to be positive, no matter what life brings. A black bead holds mud from the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and signifies the difficult moments we all go through. A white bead holds water from Mount Everest, the highest point on earth, and reminds us that even when we are on top of the world, humility is key. The clear silicone beads in between represent the cyclical fabric of life. Spotted on celebs and countless attendees at Coachella, the Chics are excited to share the trending item locally. Spoiled Chics the Boutique, 350 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.0977.

Spoiled Chics will host a Summer Trunk Show with Echo Designs, featuring a greater selection of totes, scarves, bags, and beach and resort wear than is typically carried in the shop, May 23-June 10!

Mix & Mingle

This month’s standout event-goers presented us with a bit of a mixed bag, ranging from cocktail attire to garden-party appropriate. There are effortless-looking ladies in flirty frocks, a dapper fellow (in gingham — we love it!), and of course, a few be-hatted beauties at the Spring Hat Luncheon. We hope their individual style encourages you to boldly express your own fashion tendencies!

Amy Bass at Shake Your Booties

Noah Himberger at The Dirty Ball

Amy Haller at the United Way Wine Tasting

Photographs from Haspel, Lokai, Echol Designs, by Lindsay Dill, Allie Wynands

Svetlana Kossman at the Spring Hat Luncheon

Kelly Engh at the Spring Hat Luncheon

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

Kylie Smith: “I’m very ‘fast fashion’ in the sense that I think if you have a good pair of jeans, a good pair of shoes on, and a T-shirt, you’re golden. That’s how I get dressed in the morning.”

Where are your favorite places to shop?

KS: “I am a big Nordstrom girl. And, I like Buckle and True Religion. I love, love, love jeans. I’m obsessed with my jeans. They’re all folded a certain way, stacked in my closet a certain way, and they’re all categorized by brand. I’m just a jean girl.”

Who IS your style icon?

KS: “I don’t know if many of people have heard of her, but her name is Sara Fabel. She’s a tattoo artist from Finland. She’s very ‘pretty-grunge.’ She wears boots, tank tops, T-shirts; we’re very similar that way. It’s very cohesive.”

You’ve mentioned ‘great shoes’ a few times. What are your footwear essentials?

KS: “I love my sneakers, like my Converses and my [Nike] Jordans. I’m a big boot girl. As for brands, Frye and Dr. Martens are my favorites.”

Daring Darling This CONFIDENT AND QUIRKY sweetheart has our full attention Kylie Smith has caught our eye more than once. The last time we saw her, she was majorly working a red mohawk. (Check her out on page 82!) And then, for this WHIRL photo shoot and interview at her place of work, Jeffrey Smith Studio, she was sporting a bleach blonde pixie cut. When we asked what prompted the change, she said, “This is summertime, or it’s going to be eventually because this is Pittsburgh [laughs], so I thought I should brighten it up.” Talk about adventurous. While she’s earning her wings at the 88

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Lawrenceville salon as a receptionist, giving clients blow-outs, and attending cosmetology school, she has already honed her fashion sense. Her style, much like her current ‘do, is easy. Smith is a self-proclaimed jeans and T-shirt girl and uses these basics, including killer shoes, as building blocks to create outfits each morning. With her tattoos and her sweet smile, her look is a combination of gritty and girly. And, she knows how to strike a pose. If you can believe it, her only prior experience involves modeling for Jeffrey Smith’s latest jewelry collection. Laughing in between takes on the salon’s rooftop, this girl’s confidence in front of the camera and in herself blew us away.

By Liz Petoniak • Photographs by Michael Fornataro

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1. “Chains are just everywhere now,” says Kylie. Jeffrey Smith chain and amber stone necklace, $295. 2. This new line of Kérastase Densifique hair products is meant to add more substance, shine, and resilience to life-stressed hair. Kérastase Densifique Bodifying Shampoo, $35, Thickening Treatment Mousse, $35, and Replenishing Mask, $65.


Preview new jewelry designs from Jeffrey Smith at the Spring/Summer ’14 Collection Launch Party at Jeffrey Smith Studio from 6-9 p.m on June 7. Enjoy nosh and wine while perusing the gorgeous new pieces!



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Change of A Dress Sundresses are our go-to Garments for spending sunny days in style A sundress is the simplest and prettiest summer outfit of all. There are options that work for cocktail hour and others that can double as bathing suit cover-ups. Many of these sweet styles translate from work to play seamlessly, and accessorizing the floaty, flirty frocks is just as easy breezy. Best of all, local stores are stocking more styles than we can count! Details in WHIRL Directory, page 110.

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1. Lilly Pulitzer “Adeline” ruffle dress in “Shorefly Blue Lucky Seersucker,” $198, The Picket Fence. 2. Luna Luz tie-dye dress, $188, One Brilliant. 3. LAmade Clothing halter mini-dress, $90, The Picket Fence. 4. Mara Hoffman “Jungle Trip” fitted dress, $325, e.b. Pepper. 5. Lanston hi-lo dress, $145, Kristi Boutique. 6. Lynn Ritchie patchwork dress, $177, Pursuits.


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7. Salaam “Marilyn” three-quarter sleeve dress, $153, Pursuits. 8. Weston dress, $175, Footloose at The Galleria. 9. Odd Molly “Somine” dress, $318, Kristi Boutique. 10. Ann Taylor LOFT sleeveless dress, $79.99, Grove City Premium Outlets. 11. Sweet Sinammon hand-embroidered dress, $79, Roberta Weissburg Leathers. 12. Yoana Baraschi “Sunset Pink” multi-pattern dress, $370, e.b. Pepper. 13. Luna Luz knit sundress, $158, One Brilliant. 14. Ann Taylor LOFT sleeveless dress, $79.99, Grove City Premium Outlets.

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Seventh Annual ‘DVE Celebrity Roast “The roast of Charlie [Batch] was filled with some good laughs, but all were underlined with respect and admiration for him,” says ‘DVE Morning Show co-host Bill Crawford. Presented by Bud Light, Orr’s Jewelers, P&W BMW, Latitude 360, and Cardello Lighting, the seventh annual ‘DVE Celebrity Roast honored Pittsburgh Steelers alum Charlie Batch. During the event, $10,000 was raised for the Best of the Batch Foundation, which strives to provide financially for youth and their families via after-school programs, scholarships, park restorations, and athletic leagues. More than 250 guests filled the Omni William Penn Hotel ballroom as roast master, ‘DVE Morning Show co-host, Randy Baumann led the friendly banter, along with Crawford, Ben Roethlisberger, Larry Foote, Joey Porter, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert, Marty Lazzaro, Candi Castleberry Singleton, Pittsburgh Dad, and others. Even Mayor Bill Peduto joined in on the jabs. Says Peduto, “Charlie’s greatest talent comes from his compassion to understand how to utilize those talents to influence the lives of others.” “Charlie was a gracious honoree and a great sport,” says Crawford. — A.B. + I.M. PHOTOGRAPHS BY KASSIE JACKSON



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Dressed in their best black-tie attire, 750 guests joined the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of JDRF (formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) for its 22nd Annual Rainbow Gala. This year, the event honored Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II and raised more than $1.8 million. Through research, the chapter’s mission is to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications. Event planner Shelly Tolo decorated the Westin Convention Center Hotel ballroom with platinum and plum accents to create an elegant and intimate setting. During cocktail hour, guests participated in the silent auction, which included more than 300 items. A dinner of Steelhead trout and filet followed, along with dancing to the music of Cityscape. Next up was a live auction, during which a glass mosaic depicting Heinz Field and the Pittsburgh skyline sold for $22,000. The final portion of the auction, Fund A Cure, ended the evening on a high note, raising a total of $717,000 alone! Says JDRF Western Chapter Development Manager MC Houser, “We exceeded [our goal] by $150,000, which goes to show the generosity and support of the Pittsburgh community for finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.” — E.B. PHOTOGRAPHS BY LINDSAY DILL



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United Way Women’s Leadership Council Wine Tasting Reception The United Way Women’s Leadership Council of Allegheny County has responded hugely to the organization’s call to action, raising $1 million in 2013! Gathered in the Lexus Club at CONSOL Energy Center, its members celebrated at the 9th Annual Wine Tasting Reception, where $24,000 was raised for United for Women. Guests dined on Aramark’s fabulous feast of seared salmon with citrus beurre blanc; saffron cous cous; chicken breast with local honey; roasted fingerling potatoes; sautéed broccolini with rehydrated tomatoes; and harvest greens with oranges, cranberries, Roquefort cheese, and herb vinaigrette. Southern Wine & Spirits offered a glass of Prosecco upon entrance, and varietals like Bordeaux, Malbec, Cabernet, and Sauvignon Blanc. Bill Chisnell Productions’ elegant floral centerpieces adorned the tables as the 250 guests perused the offerings, which included desserts and an espresso bar, provided by Bean Catering. The smooth sounds of Tania Grubbs, Max Leake, and Jeff Grubbs filled the room, as did the excitement of fortuitous auction winners! Says United Way of Allegheny County Development Officer Lisa Kelly, “It’s wonderful when an event is lots of fun and raises money to help women in need.” — A.B. PHOTOGRAPHS BY LINDSAY DILL



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GNC launched its latest corporate campaign at its Downtown headquarters with the tagline, “Beat Average.” Says GNC Events Supervisor Danielle Fortunato, “We’re encouraging people to beat their own average. We have something to help everyone beat their idea of average, and it’s a very realistic approach.” The launch party featured the company’s new media, including redesigned graphics; baristas from La Prima Espresso, who whipped up complimentary caffeine; Embody Natural Health’s juice shots; and homemade pastries by Megan Drew of Drew’s Pie Supply. Things were larger than life as Balloonatics constructed GNC’s new logo out of giant balloons! And, the industry giant debuted its new TV spot during the festivities. Employees and attendees were given T-shirts and other promotional items as part of the new campaign launch. Says GNC Vice President of Marketing Christine Astorino, “Beat Average is an invitation to help people achieve their personal health and wellness goals, and lets them know that GNC, a Pittsburgh-based company for nearly 80 years, is their partner and the place to go to live well.” — A.B. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLIE WYNANDS



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A BREATH OF FRESH AIR From pergolas to patios, we’ve rounded up the prettiest homes for savoring the summer season

Listed at $4,050,000 39 Timberhill Drive, Sewickley Heights

Breathtaking Beauty Inside and out, this completely renovated four-bedroom, four-full and two-half bath home is truly breathtaking. Pop open a bottle of sauvignon blanc and dine beneath the pergola on the back patio while listening to the soothing trickle of the nearby fountain. Then, stroll down to the gazebo overlooking the pond to watch the sunset. At the end of a perfect summer night, retire to the comforts of the home’s luxe interior, complete with a two-story entry hall, warm custom maple woodwork throughout, bleached walnut floors, exposed wood beams, and cozy bedrooms. For more information, call Linda M. Taylor of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.741.2200. 104

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Lakeside Living Gear up for the great outdoors in this fivebedroom, five-full and one-half bath residence overlooking Lake MacLeod. Friends and family are sure to flock to the scenic back patio, outfitted with a built-in flower bed, along with two neighborhood parks, hiking trails, walking paths, picnic areas, and a boathouse, complete with a stone fireplace and fishing and swimming piers. Inside, guests will delight in the billiard room with a custommade bar, the two-story great room, and a beautiful gourmet kitchen with top-ofthe-line appliances, a walk-in pantry, and a breakfast nook with banquette seating. For more information, visit or call Geoff Smathers of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 724.772.8822.

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Verdant Veranda With a bright, open floor plan and regal columns spaced throughout, this six-bedroom, five-full and one-half bath home in the Estates at the Villa exudes elegance. Whip up something tasty in the spacious gourmet kitchen and enjoy lounging outside on the veranda, which supplies both sun and shade. As the summer evening cools down, warm up with some s’mores roasted in the outdoor stone fireplace. For more information, call Betsy Wotherspoon of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at 412.367.8000.

Poolside Perfection Between the lovely wraparound front porch, the back patio, covered seating area, and in-ground pool, this charming Victorian-style abode offers seemingly endless options for enjoying the warm weather. Seven bedrooms and sevenfull and one-half baths ensure the whole family will be able to partake in the summer fun. As an added bonus, the property has been zoned “R2,” meaning its owners can also utilize the space as a bed & breakfast or spa. For more information, call Sara DiBello of Northwood Realty Services at 724.658.6645.

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/ wellness Recipe: Oven-Fried Chicken By Chef Elise Wims Yield: 4 servings Ingredients: 1 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon hot sauce 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts 1½ cups panko bread crumbs 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese 1½ teaspoons onion powder 1½ teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons black pepper 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 1½ teaspoons Herbes de Provence Olive oil spray Directions: 1. In a bowl, combine buttermilk and hot sauce. Add chicken and allow it to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 2. Preheat oven to 400ºF.

DEFINING THE DIVA Pittsburgh foodie and former Hell’s Kitchen contestant Elise Wims is redefining her “diva” image and revolutionizing healthy living What is a diva? According to Beyoncé, it’s “the female version of a hustler.” According to Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, it’s Elise Wims, the strong-willed chef who made it to the final three in the show’s ninth season. But according to Wims, it stands for Deliciousness In Various Assortments. “Everyone has a deliciousness,” she explains. “You need to find your deliciousness, whether it’s in the gym, in the kitchen, or wherever.” Wims first found her “deliciousness” in the kitchen. Self-taught since age 9, Wims perfected her skills at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute before working with Donato Coluccio, executive chef at Donato’s in Fox Chapel. Even though working with Chef Gordon Ramsay on Hell’s Kitchen was a dream come true, Wims was initially hesitant about committing to reality TV. “I really never saw myself competing on the show,” she admits. “I talked myself out of it several times.” Luckily, she arrived at the Philadelphia audition moments before the doors closed. The show’s large-scale exposure helped propel her forward in the culinary world. She is now the food critic at the New Pittsburgh Courier, and last winter, she released “Holiday Cooking 101” to help the home chef who doesn’t know how to tackle a holiday feast. Her newest book, “The Diva Chef, More Than Just Food: Trials, Tragedy, & Triumphs” tells her life story. “I talk about what I’ve endured in this industry, a little bit about behind the scenes of Hell’s Kitchen, and how my personal life has changed,” she explains. Now, she’s busy with NBC’s new cooking show, Food Fighters, which premiers on July 22, and spends any free minute she can find at the gym. The self-proclaimed fitness addict loves whipping up classic comfort foods with half the calories, like the Oven-Fried Chicken recipe, at right. “I want to show people that you can have your mac and cheese or your chicken Parmesan on 106

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3. Combine bread crumbs, cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and herbs in a Ziplock plastic bag. 4. Remove chicken from the marinade and place in the bag. Shake well, until chicken is evenly coated. Lay chicken on a lightly oiled baking sheet and chill uncovered for 30 minutes. 5. Lightly coat with spray oil. Bake 15-20 minutes. Turn and bake another 15-20 minutes or more until done.

your clean diet,” Wims says. “I just want people to be the best versions of themselves that they can be.” To mirror their inner confidence, the fabulous foodie also wants to help female chefs step up their work wardrobes. “Chefs spend about 85 percent of their lives in their chef uniforms, and I didn’t want to wear an ugly, boxy shirt,” Wims says. “I wanted to wear something I felt good in.” Her tailored, feminine line of chef’s jackets is comfortable in the kitchen, and stylish enough to wear out after work — something she feels women need in the male-dominated field. “Early on in my career, I was always told, ‘Don’t wear lipstick in my kitchen,’” Wims recalls. “You can still be girly and have manicures and toss pans. I’m making it cool for women to do that.” Elise Wims, By RACHEL JONES •

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Are You Ready? As president and CEO of The CRONS Brand, Pat Cavanaugh believes that athletes need to be mentally and physically prepared to do their best. To tackle the nutritional prep, the company launched Come Ready Nutrition, producing bars that fuel athletes and taste good. “If it doesn’t taste good, people won’t eat it again, no matter how good it is for you,” says the former University of Pittsburgh basketball player. Cavanaugh and his team nailed it with flavors like Caramel Pretzel Crunch and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel, and the 24 grams of whey protein pack a major punch. “Our bars have zero artificial sugar alcohols, so you won’t have that chalky taste or stomach cramping later,” he explains. Come Ready Kids Bars offer a nutritious-delicious combo for younger athletes, too. “It was important for us to make an all-natural, gluten-free bar for kids because so many have celiac disease,” Cavanaugh says. “But you’d be surprised how many moms eat them, too, because they’re only 140 calories!” Come Ready Nutrition,


Rock On To combat muscle pain while training, athletes stick to kinesiology tape. Cyclist Greg van den Dries created Rocktape as a stronger, stickier alternative to standard kinesiology tape. By lifting the skin away from the muscle, Rocktape promotes blood flow and relieves pressure on pain receptors. Plus, the tape helps stabilize muscles without hindering range of motion, so athletes can maintain form longer. The fatigue-battling tape comes in a variety of colors and patterns — including skulls, camo, and argyle — and pairs perfectly with Rocksauce. The heat-based lotion reduces muscle pain and joint soreness topically, so you can keep rocking on. Rocktape,

We’ve Got Spirit Celebrate the expansion of Sterling Yoga at the studio’s 4th Annual Spirit Fair on June 29. From 2-7 p.m., guests can enjoy discounted healing services, including massage, trigger point, reflexology, and Reiki; sessions with spiritual readers; and other fun activities. Don’t forget to grab a homemade popsicle from the Pop Stop! Sterling Yoga, 2889 Glenmore Ave., Dormont. 412.260.0533.

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1. Lauren stunned in a Maggie Sottero tulle and lace gown from One Enchanted Evening. 2. A photo booth, a Pittsburgh cookie table, a mini candy bar, and a popcorn machine for late-night snacks — an homage to the couple’s love of movies — showed off the newlyweds’ fun-loving personalities! 3. Lauren’s bouquet was filled with ivory orchids, her favorite flower, along with mini calla lilies and roses. 4. The groom selected the cake from Bethel Bakery — an almond torte and chocolate-layer cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing. 2


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Lauren Pintar and Kevin Brenzy met during a night out in Station Square, dancing with friends. At the end of the evening, they exchanged phone numbers, and Lauren was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from her crush the very next day. Five years later, Kevin was attending medical school in West Virginia, and the couple was dating long distance. While Kevin was away, Lauren made dinner plans at Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh with her friend, Julie. Once they were seated, Julie received a phone call and left the table. Lauren began looking through the menu and stopped when she saw a photo of herself and Kevin, accompanied by a heartfelt poem. The last line read: “Turn around so our journey can begin.” Lauren looked behind her to see Kevin, waiting to propose. The ceremony took place at Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Duquesne University, followed by a reception in the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott’s ballroom. There, the couple shared a special moment before the festivities began. “Kevin and I had the room to ourselves. It was magical to see the vision we had created in our heads for months come to life,” says Lauren. A color scheme of black and white accentuated the “modern vintage” theme. The couple’s monogram was projected on a backdrop behind the head table, purple and blue uplighting brightened the room, and Parkway Florist topped each table with an arrangement of purple orchids. As a prelude to their Jamaican honeymoon, steel drummers played during cocktail hour, and DJ Underdog rocked the party with a playlist handselected by the couple. In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to the American Cancer Society in honor of Lauren’s father. Details in WHIRL Directory, page 110. 108

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Courtney Elizabeth Collins & Gregory Benson << Courtney spotted this Maggie Sottero gown online and fell in love. She searched local stores for the one-shoulder ball gown, finally finding it at Mary’s Bride and Formal. “It was meant to be. It was the color I wanted and my size,” says Courtney.

Though Courtney Elizabeth Collins and Gregory Benson both grew up in Sewickley, and worked only a block away from each other in Downtown Pittsburgh, they never crossed paths until meeting at a mutual friend’s party in 2011. Five months later, while cheering on steeplechase races at My Lady’s Manor in Washington, D.C., Greg popped the question. “Between mint juleps and seersucker, he got on one knee and asked if I would be his wife. I immediately said yes!” says Courtney Elizabeth. Allegheny Country Club hosted their summer garden wedding, and although the bride wanted an outdoor celebration, the couple booked the ballroom just in case the weather did not cooperate. “Our wedding day turned out to be the hottest day of the year! The high was 97, and it was so humid,” she says. Instead, their 100 guests enjoyed air conditioning while dancing to music spun by DJ Pete Massella. A “preppy” color scheme of petal pink and Kelly green decorated the venue, and centerpieces of pink and green cabbage roses, hydrangeas, roses, berries, ferns, and twisted willow, designed by Flowerama Pittsburgh, graced the tables. The couple shared their first dance to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

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Cara Cambest and Rob Regner began their relationship as co-workers and soon realized they were meant to be much more than that. Three years later, Cara and Rob road-tripped to Columbus, Ohio, celebrating their anniversary. After dinner, Cara began to peruse the dessert menu, when, out of the corner of her eye, she saw Rob place something on the table. It was a ring box, and an overwhelmed Cara burst into tears of joy, so nervous that she forgot to say yes at first! After a beautiful ceremony in Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s Outdoor Garden, guests headed to the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom for a Pittsburgh-themed reception. Pictures of Pittsburgh landmarks and centerpieces of fuchsia spray roses and white calla lilies, designed by Donna Delestienne, topped each table. An ice sculpture in the shape of the Pittsburgh skyline served as a conversation starter during cocktail hour; mini Heinz ketchup bottles were handed out as favors; and Anne Lehman Designs created city-themed save the date cards, invitations, and programs. The couple wowed guests with a unique first dance, starting off slowly to the Rascal Flatts song, “God Bless the Broken Road,” before busting out into a choreographed dance to Chris Brown’s “Forever.” After dinner, guests enjoyed slices of the four-tier white batter and mango-filled Bethel Bakery cake. Says the bride, “The whole day was absolutely amazing.” Submit your wedding for WHIRL’s consideration at Photographs from David Kantz, Sean Davies

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Shopping Spree: Change of A Dress Ann Taylor, The Galleria, 1500

Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.561.4000. Ross Park Mall, 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, Ross Township. 412.369.4400. Ann Taylor LOFT at Premium Outlets at Grove City, 1911 Leesburg Grove • 412-275-3787 1597 Washington Pike • Collier Town Square Photography by Gina Wade Photography


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Magnets • T-shirts Mugs • Shot Glasses Key Chains • Caps Post Cards • Hoodies Snow Globes & more... visit us online

Station Square, Pittsburgh • 412-391-1404

City Road, Mercer. premiumoutlets. com/grovecity. e.b. Pepper, 5411 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.683.3815. Footloose, The Galleria, 1500 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.531.9663. shopfootloose. com. Kristi Boutique, 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. One Brilliant, 1 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443. The Picket Fence, 5425 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.246.0350. Pursuits, 740 Filbert St., Shadyside. 412.688.8822. Roberta Weissburg Leathers, 5415 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.681.8188. SouthSide Works, 527 S. 27th St., South Side. 412.488.8008. Complete your summer look with structured details, like a wide-leather belt, fedora, and strappy sandals. Halter sundress, $139, Ann Taylor.

WHIRL Weddings Lauren Pintar & Kevin Brenzy

Fresh Fabrics Daily!

American Cancer Society — Allegheny County, 320 Bilmar Drive, Moon Township, 412.919.1100. Bethel Bakery,

5200 Brightwood Road, Bethel Park. 412.835.6658. Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Duquesne University,

LOOM Exquisite Textiles 2124 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-586-4346 •

600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. 412.396.6000. Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8800. Jenni Grace Photography, 412.266.6770. One Enchanted Evening, 11269 U.S. 19, Wexford. 724.934.4330. oneenchantedeveningonline. com. Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, 777 Aten Road, Coraopolis. 412.788.8800. Parkway Florist, 600 Greentree Road, Green Tree. 412.937.1100.

Bride Lauren Pintar accessorized with “modern-vintage” touches.

Courtney Collins & Gregory Benson Allegheny Country Club, 250 Country Club Road, Sewickley. 412.741.7500. David Kantz Photography, 197 Shenot Road, Wexford. 724.935.6287. kantzphotography. com. Flowerama Pittsburgh, 4776 McKnight Road, North Hills. 412.364.9035. Mary’s Bride and Formal, 1514 7th Ave., Monaca. 866.998.0948. 110

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Photographs from Ann Taylor, Jenni Grace Photography

Cara Cambest & Rob Regner Anne Lehman Designs, 724.272.0513. Bethel Bakery, 5200 Brightwood Road, Bethel Park. 412.835.6658. Donna Delestienne, 300 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon. 724.941.2832. Duquesne Power Center Ballroom, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. 412.396.3516. Lethal DJ, 359 Waynesburg Road, Washington. 724.255.6501. MB Bride, 123 South Urania Ave., Greensburg. 724.836.6626. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens,

One Schenley Drive, Oakland. 412.622.6914.

Jeannine Ferrie • 412-215-2391 Client-Centric Weight Management Scientific Blood Analysis Personalized Nutrition Plan Personal Coaching

"Your food shall be your medicine and your medicine shall be your food."

Think pink! Bride Cara Cambest rocked fuchsia pumps.

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The couple served a mango-filled confection from Bethel Bakery.

Photographs from Sean Davies

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CHVRCHES will play Stage AE on June 11. Tickets are available at

“We’re very aware that without the Internet, our band would not have done so much so soon, or indeed, at all, so the fact that it was blogs and people on social networks who were passing our music around definitely put us in a more powerful position when we were finding a label.”

Doherty, Mayberry, and Cook

IT’S ELECTRIC Watch as our latest musical obsession, electro-pop trio CHVRCHES, lights up Stage AE CHVRCHES is a band that was “born on the Internet.” That’s lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s description, and it’s fitting, to the letter. The Glasgow, Scotland trio chose to spell CHVRCHES with a “V” (it’s pronounced “Churches”) in order to make it more easily searchable on Google. Mayberry, along with bandmates Martin Doherty and Iain Cook, began writing their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, in autumn of 2011, penning the 12 tracks over the course of 18 months in “an old basement studio in Glasgow.” The writing and recording process was an insular one. “We had written almost three-quarters of the album before anybody had heard any of our songs, and I think that gave us a good sense that the only opinions are those of the three people writing the songs,” says Mayberry. “You’re not operating on a reactionary basis.” From there, CHVRCHES began releasing singles exclusively online, including “The Mother We Share,” “Lies,” and “Recover,” resulting in tremendous attention and anticipation from fans, months before Bones dropped in its entirety. Says Mayberry, 112

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When it was released in September 2013, the album was met with critical raves, including the label of “Best New Music” from Pitchfork and a four out of five star rating from Rolling Stone. On the surface, The Bones of What You Believe is a bubbly journey through a synth-filled landscape, the tracks lit by Mayberry’s bright vocals. Upon closer inspection (full disclosure: I’ve now listened more times than I can count), the lyrics spark and barb, each track characterized by visceral, biting emotion. For listeners trying to discern just what those lyrics mean, Mayberry prefers to leave more to the imagination. “It’s interesting talking to people about how they’ve interpreted the songs because oftentimes, it’s really different from what we meant,” she says. “So, I guess the things that people think are there are more important than what we could have in the CliffsNotes.” As CHVRCHES’ popularity grows, Mayberry does her best to remain connected with fans, from Facebook to Reddit, while still trying to “wear my sensible hat” and avoid the dreaded overshare. “I don’t share pictures of my dinner on Instagram,” she says with a laugh. Though, if she were cooking, what could we expect to see on our newsfeed? “There’s nothing better than a good home-cooked curry, I don’t think.” CHVRCHES, By NICOLE BARLEY •

Photographs from Glassnote Music



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