WHIRL Magazine: November 2014

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Features 51 Chef’s Best Dish We’re dishing out 35 delicious plates in our second annual Chef’s Best Dish! Peruse the beautiful spread for a taste of what you can expect at our event on November 18 at the Circuit Center & Ballroom.

73 whirl Nonprofit Giving Guide 2014 Give back to 45 nonprofits in need! Look no further for profiles of Pittsburgh’s charitable organizations, their largest projects, and how you can contribute to their causes.

100 Chain Reaction Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu and his wife, Theodora, get personal with us on giving back. We spend time with their family to see how it all comes full circle.


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42 Green Building Alliance’s Emerald Evening

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120 Animal Friends’ Black Tie & Tails

140 WHIRL Weddings

122 Hillman Cancer Center Gala

142 WHIRL Directory

124 10th Annual Voices Carry

144 one last whirl

126 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Gala

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/ PAGE Time to Dine On November 18, 40-plus chefs will present their favorite dishes at the Circuit Center & Ballroom on the South Side. With an evening planned for tasting, sampling, and nibbling, we are presenting our second annual Chef’s Best Dish event. Pittsburgh is one of the most important cities in the emerging food world, and it takes the efforts of many hands. Ask any of the featured chefs, and they will say that it all starts with great ingredients, a great vision, and a great team.

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At last year’s Chef’s Best Dish event, we noted how the chefs themselves interacted with the guests and other teams’ chefs. It was then that we realized the importance of giving those in the back of the kitchen the opportunity to shine before the community they feed. It is an honor to be giving that opportunity again this year. Come join us and see what we are talking about. Tickets are available at whirlmagazine.com/bestdish. A preview of all of those scrumptious efforts begins on page 51. Family values are at the heart of this issue with our feature on the Polamalu family on page 100. As parents, Troy and Theodora are aware of the role of service in keeping family bonds strong. With a focus on charities with a personal tie, they are finding ways to keep their family in focus while helping others. Here’s to your great team!

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Here in Pittsburgh, fall foods and foliage are plentiful — our Instagram feeds prove it! See what our 1. staff has been capturing this season, and then, follow WHIRL’s account @whirlmagazine. 1. E xecutive Editor Andrea Bosco paused to admire the elegant autumn leaves in her own backyard. 2. Advertising Production Manager Stephanie Flowers warmed up with a hearty bowl of homemade Autumn Squash Soup. 3. Senior Editor Rachel Jones treated herself, Pittsburgh-style, to the Braised Short Rib Pieorgies at Braddock’s. 4. Account Executive Meghan Milligan filled her basket with Soergel Orchards’ perfectly plump apples. 5. Graphic Designer Samantha Casale savored the brisk fall weather — almost as much as her Shetland Sheepdog, Berkley. 6. Style Editor Liz Petoniak snapped a photo of the famous, ever-photogenic rotunda at The Pennsylvanian.



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November Happenings This month, we’re highlighting the generous donors of prime events in town!

Co-sponsor Nicholas Payiavlas, event chair Sherree Goldstein, honorary chair Michael Lotenero, and event chair Mary Prezioso at Sunflower POWER, held at PerLora. The event featured delights from Altius and Square Café; and pillows, inspired by the beauty and resilience of women, designed by local artists for auction.

Anne Degre and Amy Scarvati at Aestique’s Girls Night Out, an evening of women’s health, fitness, and beauty. The event featured Q-and-A sessions with board-certified plastic surgeons, as well as cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and sweets.

Sarah York-Rubin, Richard Rauh, Tom Cangiano, and Henry and Elsie Hillman celebrated the 10th anniversary of Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center for Performing Arts at its showcase event, which included performances and an ice cream reception.

Donna Paszek, Nancy Roderick, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, and Arleen Stiehler at the Block House 250 Gala, held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Biographer and historian Nixon Eisenhower served as the keynote speaker at the event, which honored the 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Block House.

Owners Rick Stern and Brian Pekarcik celebrated the grand reopening of Willow in the North Hills. The famed restaurant and events space underwent renovations to both the interior and exterior of the building, and the menu has been redesigned to provide patrons with everyday gourmet dining options.

Co-chair Sandy Bettor and country singer Julie Roberts at the Women on the Move Luncheon, held at LeMont Restaurant. Roberts performed and shared the story of her diagnosis with MS at age 27.

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Walnut Capital and West Elm representatives launched the store’s first Western Pennsylvania location in Bakery Square with a ribboncutting. Local artwork and wares are being sold as part of the company’s LOCAL initiative.

Chamber Music Pittsburgh Executive Director Kristen Linfante, and Chamber Music Pittsburgh Board of Directors Frances DeBroff, Jill DeBroff, and Jane Macleod at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater for “Project Piñata,” featuring David Cutler.




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Co-chairs Debbie DePew and Tiffany Casarcia, with WTAE-TV’s Mike Clark, at unWINEd, A Toast to Hope for a Cure, which benefited the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

Joanne Pearson, Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce director of operations; Bill Arnold, Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation executive director; and Deborah Salopek, Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce Laurel Highlands Chapter manager, attended a luncheon at DeNunzio’s Italian Chophouse at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe.

Photographs from Joe Appel Photography, Mickey Miller, Missy Timko/Powder Blue Photography, Amy Fauth/Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce

Sports & Exhibition Authority Chairman Senator Wayne Fontana, Rivers Casino General Manager Craig Clark, Rivers Casino CEO Greg Carlin, and Pittsburgh Penguins COO Travis Williams celebrated the Rivers Casino’s fifth anniversary on the North Shore.

Congressman Mike Doyle and Congressman Tim Murphy at Candidates’ Comedy Night, which raised funds for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund.

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Singer Maura Elyse performed at Cindystock 11, an outdoor music festival to benefit local charities, including Adagio Health, Satchels of Caring, Hair Peace Charities, Obediah Cole Foundation, Cancer Caring Center, UPCI Colon Project, and the 4 Diamonds Fund.

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Senator John Heinz History Center President and CEO Andy Masich admired an antique with a visitor at the seventh annual Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures appraisal show.

The team at Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar and Osteria 2350 launched a restaurant-to-restaurant Ice Bucket Challenge via social media throughout Pittsburgh, raising more than $500 for ALS. Donato’s, Braddock’s, 3 Rivers Restaurant, and Monterey Bay Fish Grotto also took part. 18

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Photographs from Rebecca Whitlinger, senator John Heinz History Center, Leisa Anderson

Attendees gathered for the Night Celebration at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, benefiting the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh.

La Roche College officially opened its $2.7 million renovated athletic complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing of the turf field.

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Win-Pittsburgh Assistant Executive Director Lisa Freeman and Kelly Ventrice of Kelly’s Kollection in Brookline celebrated the boutique’s one-year anniversary.


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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and his wife, Cathy, and John and Cindy Paul of Allegheny Health Network, at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gala.

Singer-songwriter Jasmine Tate shared her album, The Life and Love, with fans in 10 cities, including her hometown of Pittsburgh.

Women for a Healthy Environment hosted its second annual Farm to Community Conference, where nationally recognized speakers Ron Finley and Doug Davis delivered the keynote addresses about implementing community gardening and farm-to-school initiatives.

WTAE-TV’s Mike Clark and co-chair Marian McCann at the TWS Silver Wings Flight Attendant National Convention, held at the Pittsburgh Marriott North. The event raised $2,500 for the Flight 800 memorial, bringing this year’s total to $11,000.


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Pet Age Magazine crowned Healthy Pet Products owner Toni Shelaske the 2014 “Business of the Year.”

Photographs from Larry Rippel/Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Ken Kerr, Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, Spellman Imaging, Healthy Pet Products

OUTDOOR SEATING Held at Double Wide Grill in Mars, the Mars/Cranberry Craft Beer Tap Fest featured bands, like Dizzy Woosh; more than 20 breweries; and more than 60 craft beers on tap.

MoZaic Boutique owner Nancy Gilmore, Margo Filippi, and Sue Gojsovich celebrated the first anniversary of MoZaic Boutique’s new location in Collier Town Square.



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A ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiled the new Children’s South, an ambulatory care facility opening in South Fayette Township. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC leadership team, state and county officials, and South Fayette council members were on hand for the event.

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Wednesdays & Fridays Cure Executive Chef Justin Severino and his wife, Hilary, at the inaugural Garden to Table Dinner at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, where Severino led the preparation of a delicious, five-course dinner.

Cancer Caring Center’s Stephanie Samolovitch and Panera Bread’s Natalie Mikula enjoyed the Bridesmaid Parade and Walk at the Waterfront to benefit the Cancer Caring Center.

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University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, and Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia Beeson joined Scott Morgensern, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, for the Center’s 50th anniversary.

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Five Pittsburgh-based artists — Kathleen Montgomery, Danny Bracken, and John Peña (standing); and Ryder Henry and Benjamin Sota (seated), celebrated at the “Pittsburgh: Artists In Residence” opening reception at The Mattress Factory.

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NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Morning Show co-hosts Larry Richert and John Shumway, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (center) showed their support for The Little Sisters of the Poor at the 31st Annual KDKA Spaghetti Breakfast.

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President and CEO Kevin McMahon, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dr. Jane Chu, Mayor Bill Peduto, and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council CEO Mitch Swain attended the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, hosted by the Arts Education Collaborative.

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Pittsburgh native and “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler walked the red carpet before the MTV Video Music Awards. Ziegler danced in the music video for Sia’s “Chandelier,” which took home the Moonman for Best Choreography.

La Roche College Professor Joshua David Bellin launched his debut young adult novel, “Survival Colony 9,” at Mystery Lovers Bookshop.

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Co-chairs Heather Chronis and Elaine Wertheim gathered at the Mt. Lebanon home of Jeff and Andrea Fitting for a brunch to benefit the Denis Theatre.


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Enchanted Reindeer Treats... Excela Health CEO Robert Rogalski, and his wife, Sharon, with sportscaster Bill Hillgrove at the Anchors Aweigh Gala at Westmoreland Country Club. The evening kicked off the campaign to raise funds for Westmoreland Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

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IN THE HEART OF REGENT SQUARE Co-chair Lynn Bainbridge and chair Edyce Rizzi at the St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind Vision of Hope Luncheon, held at St. Clair Country Club. “An Evening in Tuscany” featured a designer purse auction, Tuscan-tinis, and music by Rick Purcell.

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Student designers from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh: Melissa Burd, Anna Montano, Sammi Parrish, Leesa Kassler, and Khaleelah Ali Muhammad, pictured with Pittsburgh Fashion Week Founder Miyoshi Anderson, showed off their designs at the Back to Basics Fashion Show.


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To kick off Arts Days of Giving (ArtDOG) the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council hosted the Unleashed! Artist Party + Dog Fashion Show at the New Hazlett Theater. Pictured are Tracey Turner, WQED-FM Morning Show Host Jim Cunningham, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council CEO Mitch Swain, and Joe Thornton, with Mason from Animal Friends.

ACHIEVA President & CEO Marsha Blanco, First Lady of Pennsylvania Susan Corbett, and ACHIEVA Director of Communications Danielle Parson celebrated the conclusion of ACHIEVA’s capital campaign at the Reed Smith Centre, surpassing their $8 million goal. Photographs from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh/JanEy CinK, Jen Saffron, achIEVA


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Apple Box Studios team member Molly Fillone, Moving Day team volunteer Taylor Brown, National Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania (NPFWPA) board member Mike Wertz, and NPFWPA Executive Director Barbara Farrell at Moving Day, a fundraising walk that raised $121,000.

The Pure Barre studios of Pittsburgh raised funds for Susan G. Komen and Breast Cancer Awareness with a class at Point State Park.

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oAkLand’s Most uNiQue oAkLand’s dInIng dEsTinAtIon Rev. John Bachkay; emcee Tonia Caruso of WQED; Sr. Mary Parks, CSJ; and John DelSignore attended Setting a Place for My Sister. The Sisters Place’s annual fundraising breakfast raised $85,000.

Scott Roy, Marcellus Shale Coalition chairman and vice president of Regulatory and Government Affairs; Joe McGinn, Senior Manager of Public Affairs at Sunoco Logistics; and Bravo Group CEO Chris Bravacos sampled whiskey at Bravo Group’s tasting event at Ten Penny, following the Shale Insight conference.

Classic Game Room (CGR)’s Mark Bussler greets CGR fan, Brandon, at The Pittsburgh Comicon, held at the Monroeville Convention Center. 28

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Event planner Danielle Getty; Rolls Royce of Cleveland General Manager Mark Thomas; and Alex Duffy and Charissa Lauren of Pretty Living PR attended a Gatsby-themed fundraiser for MakeA-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia at Cavo.


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More than 1,700 visitors enjoyed a first-hand look at the everyday lives of 16th- and 18th-century American Indians, as part of the sixth annual American Indian Heritage Weekend at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.

Sarah Perry, McMurray Rotary Club Charity Gala chairwoman and organizer, and Ryan McGinley at Rolling Hills Country Club. The Caribbean-themed gala featured auctions, prizes, Caribbean cuisine, music, and a golf-ball-toss contest.

Photographs from Paul Falavolito Photography, Senator John Heinz History Center, Harry Funk

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Positively Posh!, Saint Vincent College, 724.537.1563 Tchaikovsky Festival, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000 The Twenty-Five Club’s 75th Anniversary Celebration: The Cradle Will Rock — A Platinum Affair, Omni William Penn Hotel, 412.641.8556 Noe’s Night of Light, DiSalvo’s Station Restaurant, 724.539.0500 A Night for the Kids, Without the Kids!, Cefalo’s, 412.276.5000

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Five-Course Wine & Pasta Dinner and Pasta-Making Demonstration, Osteria 2350, 412.281.6595

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Pointe in Time Ball: A Fairytale Evening, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.454.9138

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Boutique Bridal Show, LeMont Restaurant, pghbridalshowcase.com 24th Annual Slovak Heritage Festival, Commons Room of the Cathedral of Learning at University of Pittsburgh, 412.624.5906 Pittsburgh Kidney Walk, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 412.261.4115 x15

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The Salvation Army’s Garbage Bag Gala, Fairmont Pittsburgh, 412.446.1636

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A Taste of Independence, Renaissance Hotel, 412.281.7244 x229 or x272 Giant Oaks Garden Club’s Tinsel Time Luncheon, Hilton Garden Inn — Southpointe, 412.833.4461

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Holiday Healthy Eating, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 866.344.6957

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A Passion for Wine, PPG Wintergarden, 412.321.4422

Red Shoe Ball, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.246.1109

November // 9

Run 4 Forever 5K, North Park Boathouse, everychildinc.org/ run4forever University of Pittsburgh’s Polish Festival, Cathedral of Learning Commons Rooms, 412.624.6000

November // 11

Root Vegetables Cooking Class, notion, 412.361.1188

November // 18

WHIRL Magazine Presents Chef’s Best Dish, Circuit Center & Ballroom, 412.431.7888

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Autism Speaks Chefs Create Gala, Fairmont Hotel, 412.367.4571

The Backstage Bash in Celebration of WYEP’s 40th Anniversary, Renaissance Hotel & Byham Theater, wyep.org/backstagebash

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Sound Series: The Barr Brothers, The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300


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Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s Power of Work Awards, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 412.632.1934

November // 12

Go Red for Women Fashion Show, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.208.3605

Vegas on the Mon, LeMont Restaurant, 412.395.2889

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Veterans Day Breakfast, Duquesne University Student Union Ballroom, 412.481.8200

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze!, CONSOL Energy Center, 412.804.7904

Women’s Health Conversations, Westin Convention Center Hotel Ballroom, womenshealthconversations.com

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LHAS Annual Fall Luncheon, Duquesne Club, 412.648.6106

November // 14

Polamalu’s Polynesian Luau, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.956.0611 Art on Tap, Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt30, 724.837.1500

November // 14-15

The Mom Con, Marriott City Center, themomcon.com Holiday Premier Event, Beeghly & Company Jewelers, beeghlyandcompany.com

November // 15

7th Annual Hill of Hope Gala, Marriott City Center, 412.315.0994 JDRF T1D Symposium, Carnegie Science Center, westernpa.jdrf.org Cannon Ball Gala, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 412.621.4253 Pittsburgh Juice Fest, Pure Athletex Sportsplex, getorganicallysocial.com/juicefest

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“Occasional Oratorio” by G.F. Handel, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 412.241.4044

November // 16

3rd Annual Farm to Table Harvest Festival, Pittsburgh Public Market & Wigle Whiskey, 412.563.8800

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Black Veil Brides, Stage AE, 412.229.5483 Family Hospice Holiday Memorial Trees Appeal, Local Malls, 412.572.8812


Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Opening Night!, AMC Loews Waterfront Theatre, ccfa.org/ chapters/wpawv Doing the Most Good Dinner, Sheraton Station Square, 412.446.1644 Santa’s Arrival, Galleria of Mt. Lebanon, 412.561.4000

November // 21

Howard Hanna West Suburban Office’s Annual Chow Chow, Sheraton Moon Township, 412.262.5500

November // 21-22

Doves by Doron Paloma Trunk Show, Goldstock Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, 412.281.1789

November // 22

BNY Mellon Jazz Presents Jane Monheit, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, 412.322.1773

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McGuire Memorial’s Evening of Gratitude, LeMont Restaurant, 724.843.0365 Pittsburgh Symphony Association Shadyside Splendor, Mansions on Fifth, 412.392.3303

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Winter Flower Show and Light Garden, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 412.651.5281

November // 29

Pittsburgh Steelers Alumni Weekend Dinner Gala, Heinz Field, steelers.com Heather Moore Trunk Show, Orr’s Jewelers — Sewickley, 412.741.8080

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Holiday mART, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 412.741.4405 Anthony Jeselnik, Byham Theater, 412.456.6666

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Magee was the first in the region to offer 3D mammography, a technique that combines multiple images to give our physician radiologists the ability to find the smallest irregularities – in even the densest of breast tissue. Even better, Magee is the only provider to offer something just as special: More than 100 years of keeping women strong. Magee-Womens Imaging, part of Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program, has conveniently located imaging centers throughout the region. Call 412-641-4700, toll-free 1-800-649-4077 or visit UPMC.com/MageeMammo.

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Helping Hearts This season, support these nonprofits at their signature celebrations

Courageous Living At 16, Maryana Stern found care and comfort at the Holy Family Institute (HFI). Now, she is a freshman at Duquesne University and the recipient of the 2014 Courage House Award, which will be presented at the 22nd Annual Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Courage House Luncheon. Held at the Heinz Field East Club Lounge on November 4, this year’s luncheon with the Pittsburgh Steelers will also feature a silent auction, an autograph session, and a private reception for key-level sponsors. “The event aligns with our tagline of restoring hope and transforming lives,” says Loren Zdunek, campaigns and marketing manager for the Holy Family Institute. “To celebrate an individual who came to our care, now has a hopeful future, and is preparing for a meaningful life — HFI is proud of Maryana and her accomplishments, strength, and courage.” The luncheon will also honor Pittsburgh Steeler Sean Spence for his personal courage while overcoming injury. After hurting his knee in 2012, Spence has spent the last two years on the team’s injured reserve list. “He has always been positive with a solid work ethic,” says Head Athletic Trainer John Norwig. “Against the odds and with a strong will to overcome, Spence is currently one of the Steelers’ starting inside linebackers.” The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has designated the Holy Family Institute as one of 20 Courage Houses nationwide that is dedicated to improving the lives of neglected children, and works in partnership with the National Football League to raise awareness and funds for its continuing efforts. For more information, visit hfi-pgh.org/chl. 32

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is kicking off its 45th season with its annual black-tie gala, A Pointe in Time Ball: A Fairytale Evening, on November 1. The Westin Convention Center Hotel ballroom will be transformed into a setting from a tale as old as time, paying homage to the ballet’s premiere of Beauty and the Beast in February 2015. In addition to cocktail hour, a sit-down dinner, and a silent auction with luxury travel packages, guests will witness some of the beauty the event supports. “The highlight of the evening, hands down, will be the opportunity for our guests to experience a one-of-a-kind, tableside performance by our company dancers,” says Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Executive Director Harris Ferris. “This provides an up-close look at the artistry and athleticism of our dancers, and I think makes the ultimate statement about the art form that we are gathering to support.” The 2014-15 season marks a milestone year for PBT with an equally révolutionnaire repertoire, which includes two sensory friendly performances designed for patrons with autism and other special needs, productions with live performances by the orchestra, and its school studio expansion. “This is a chance for us to gather and celebrate how far we’ve come as a company — and a family of supporters — in 45 years,” says Ferris. “It also gathers the support that is essential to secure a strong future for PBT in Pittsburgh.” For ticketing, sponsorships, and event information, call 412.454.9138.

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Rock, Rattle, and Roll

The Twenty-Five Club of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC will celebrate its 75th anniversary with The Cradle Will Rock, “A Platinum Affair,” on November 1 at the Omni William Penn Hotel! Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing to the Bobby Nicholas Band. One of a kind, hand-painted chairs — which were made by local artists and signed by celebrities and sports figures — will be available to purchase. Say chairpersons Debbie Barbarita, Jeanne Caliguiri, and Kathleen Hess, “We continue to champion funds for newborn medicine, both prenatal and neonatal, and provide research at Magee-Womens Research Institute and clinical care at Magee-Womens Hospital. We purchase state-of-the-art equipment, and support research studies, training, and technical assistance funding so to better understand neonatology diagnosis and treatment.” This year’s honorees are Charles “Corky” and Frances Cost. Tickets are available for $250 per person and can be purchased by calling Barbara Mendlowitz at 412.681.8182.

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Trash for Charity Show off your “trashy” side at The Salvation Army’s Family Caring Center Garbage Bag Gala! The 13th annual event, held on November 6 at the Fairmont Pittsburgh, features a silent auction and fashion show to support The Salvation Army’s Family Caring Center’s educational and recreational activities for homeless children and families. Designers from Anthropologie, Armani Nejor Designs, Karen Page, Lana Neumeyer, Pure Barre, So Me, Spool Fabric Shop, True Runner, White House Black Market, and students from CAPA and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh will craft chic ensembles from recycled materials — think plastic garbage bags, duct tape, pop tabs, newspapers, and more! “The Garbage Bag Gala was created from the idea that rather than spending money on expensive attire to attend a fundraising event, better use could be made of those resources by donating directly to the charity,” says Alyssa Baker, development coordinator for The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania. “Making and wearing something made of trash bags and recycled materials instead furthered the concept that everyone and everything deserves a second chance to be something great.” For tickets, visit garbagebaggala.org.


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Light up your holiday spirit and support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Shadyside Splendor, a Shadyside home tour! On November 23, from 12-5 p.m., experience the opulence of six bedecked, Gilded Age mansions — the holiday decorations generously underwritten by each homeowner. On the walking tour, musicians will play Christmas carols as the homes’ fireplaces roar. Says event chair Millie Ryan, “This first-ever fanfare tour, presented by Pittsburgh Symphony Association, will be the gold standard event of the season.” Adds member Jean Horne, “These homes are just glorious, and this fundraiser is a fabulous community effort.” Opt for even more tidings of comfort and joy with a festive brunch at Mansions on Fifth from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This option is priced at $25 per person for tour ticket holders. Tickets are tax-deductible, and $55 in advance and $65 at the door. On-street parking is free, and spaces will be available in the Rodef Shalom Temple’s lot. Sing it with us: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” For tickets, visit showclix.com or call 1.888.718.4253. For brunch reservations, call 412.381.5105. For more information, visit psa75.org or call 412.392.3303. — Andrea Bosco

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Ten In search of the best tribute acts in the world, AXS-TV found Ten, a local tribute to Pearl Jam, and quickly learned they can’t find a better band! Touring nationally since 2003, the group perfectly captures Pearl Jam’s emotionally fueled live performances. See for yourself on November 11 at 10 p.m., when AXS-TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” airs live from the Whiskey A Go Go stage in Los Angeles. “We’re completely grateful and psyched to represent our hometown of Pittsburgh and all of the Pearl Jam fans we’ve met over the years on this nationwide stage,” says Todd Kaczorowski, Ten’s founder. “After over 10 years of touring, it’s a really nice honor!” Ten, tenband.com. AXS-TV, axs.tv.

Hometown Highlights Check out local acts who are sharing their talents with audiences across the country and the world!

Backstage Pass Celebrating 40 years on the airwaves, WYEP’s Backstage Bash will be like having an all-access pass to the music party of the year. Local favorites Bill Deasy, Scott Blasey of The Clarks, and Jessica Bitsura will play acoustic sets at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on November 6 , as guests enjoy appetizers, carving stations, and select wines and beer. “This is the first event of its kind for WYEP,” says WYEP Marketing Director Elizabeth Baisley. “Because we are coming to the end of our 40th anniversary year, we thought a big party to benefit our independent music station would be a great way to cap off the year.” Guests can look forward to a silent auction, and top-ticket access to a private concert by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at the Byham Theater following the Bash. “We’ll be offering experiences, music memorabilia, and more,” says Baisley. “Who wouldn’t want to bid on a house concert by The Clarks?” We’re in! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit wyep.org/backstagebash. — Colleen Ferguson 34

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FRZy Known as the freestyle “King of the City,” local rapper Frzy is turning heads at a national level. His witty rhymes and determination have caught the eyes of Nelly, MGK, Wiz Khalifa, and others, earning him spots on their tours. Frzy is even featured in an episode of 50 Cent’s series, “16 or Better,” with Jack Thriller. When he’s not sharing his talents on stage or in the studio, he’s spreading a positive message in the community. His works include teaching children the importance of music education and supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — which made him the ideal candidate for Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Class of 2014. Pittsburgh is returning the support by listening to his newest song, “Witness,” on repeat! Frzy, thefrzy.com.

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Story Time Yinz like readin’ books n’at? Here’s one to add to the bookshelf in the good living room. “The Three Little Pigsburghers” tells the time-honored story of “The Three Little Pigs,” translated into Pittsburghese. Author and illustrator Joe Wos found inspiration for the book after performing at a storytelling festival, where each participant told a classic tale in their native languages. When Wos busted out phrases like, “Ahz ghanna huff, an ahz ghanna puff, and ahz ghanna blow yinz hahs dahn,” the crowd roared! Ten years later, Wos put the improv to print. “Stylistically, it is formatted as a children’s book,” Wos says. “But, it is written for anyone with a love of Pittsburgh and our native tongue.” Get your copy at local gift shops, bookstores, and pigsburgh.com.

Durty-1’s “Emerging from the Aurora Borealis”

Paint the town Inspired by hip-hop and his hometown of Pittsburgh, Durty-1 lets his spray paint do the talking. With layered creations that star everyone from Tupac to The Cat in the Hat, the urban artist packs a punch of color that brings a bold touch to your home’s décor. Find your new favorite piece from his collection at The Daily Bread. The East Liberty store will host a showcase on November 7 at 6 p.m. Durty-1, rawartists.org/durtyart. The Daily Bread, dailybreadpa.com. photographs from joe wos, adam bouska, bob freyer, consol energy center

It’s not a trap! Sci-fi fans can enjoy a musical journey through large and small screen classics like “Star Wars,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Star Trek,” “Somewhere in Time,” and more at Heinz Hall November 14-16. Presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, PNC Pops: Sci-Fi Spectacular is a stellar show, complete with special effects and costume changes. The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, conductor Jack Everly, and vocalist Kristen Plumley will be spearheading the voyage, while the beloved George Takei of “Star Trek” hosts it all. Get your tickets today and boldly go where no fan has gone before. Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900. pittsburghsymphony.org.

Sweet Baby James Even if you’ve gone to Carolina in your mind, come to CONSOL Energy Center on November 29 to see James Taylor. The elite artist has been honored throughout his career, recently with the prestigious Chevalier of the Order of the Arts and Letters, and the National Medal of Arts, awarded by the French government and President Obama, respectively. Taylor’s folksy guitar sets and comforting voice have inspired generations of singer-songwriters, and always made us feel like we’ve got a friend. CONSOL Energy Center, 412.642.1800. consolenergycenter.com. James Taylor, jamestaylor.com.

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The Need to Feed Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank CEO Lisa Scales shares her recipe for warming hearts this season At a time when many families are decking the halls for the holidays and children are making wish lists for Santa, we often forget about those who are unsure of their next meal. For Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank CEO Lisa Scales, it’s an imperative season — one filled with food drives, partnerships, and donations. “There is added pressure on families that are already struggling to put food on the table, at a time when the heating bills may be higher,” says Scales. “We encourage people to think of their neighbors during this very giving time of year.” Scales, who was named chief executive officer in August 2012, first joined the Food Bank in 1996 as supervisor of its Green Harvest program operations. Fighting hunger in Southwestern Pennsylvania for 34 years, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has fostered relationships with companies, such as PNC Bank and KDKA-TV — specifically through its tradition of the KDKA-TV Turkey Fund, which has provided more than $1 million in Thanksgiving Day meals.


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This month, PNC Bank will match every $50 donation made at any of its branches. “It’s a great opportunity for people to give,” says Scales. “They can also send a check to the KDKA-TV Turkey Fund.”

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Recently, the organization has established the Community Table Program, which pairs area restaurants with agencies that serve a prepared meal. Currently, 75 restaurants, universities, and caterers have signed on! Executive chefs, such as Cory Hughes of Six Penn Kitchen and Kevin Hermann of The Porch at Schenley, have partnered with Mercy Behavioral Health Renaissance Center and School 2 Career, respectively. “If a chef is particularly interested in helping with childhood hunger, we encourage them to choose an after-school program in their own neighborhood,” says Scales. “We work with the chefs to ensure that they’re providing not only great-tasting meals, but also nutritious.” The connections forged have produced meaningful friendships, and are, most importantly, administering essential meals for so many, from children to senior citizens. “It’s been a tremendous honor for our organization to partner with area restaurants and see how much they care about providing good, nutritious food to families in need.” Donations in all forms, from a low-sugar cereal to a sweet potato side dish, are appreciated — absolutely every bit helps. “What I love about this time of year — and really throughout the year — is seeing not only the resilience and the strength of the families we serve, but also how giving our community is,” says Scales. “The compassion and generosity of our community is very humbling for me. I know how much it is truly helping.” Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne. 412.460.3663. pittsburghfoodbank.org.

Make your contribution by attending our annual Chef’s Best Dish event on November 18! A portion of the profits will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Tickets are available at whirlmagazine.com/bestdish.

CONSOL Energy is fueling America’s energy future in many innovative ways. Like our collaboration with Greater Pittsburgh International Airport to drill for natural gas on 9,000 acres surrounding the airport. The property is part of the Marcellus Shale – which is proving to be the second largest gas field in the world. By drilling, we’ll help supply the nation’s natural gas needs for decades to come. As well as supply the region with jobs and a significant economic boost. Learn more at consolenergy.com.

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Chris Fennimore of “QED Cooks” will serve as the featured chef at the Signature Sensations banquet.

SOUL FOOD A mouthwatering, five-course meal, the pastoral beauty surrounding the Butler Country Club, and the boundless exploration of the region’s finest cuisine will meet attendees of the second annual Signature Sensations banquet. Held by the Community Health Clinic of Butler County on November 1, the banquet is focused on pleasing the palate and benefiting those in need of behavioral, medical, and dental assistance in Butler County.

Proceeds from Signature Sensations directly benefit the organization, which aims to ensure that all qualified Butler County residents have access to primary care. The clinic relies on a staff of medical volunteers who are trained to help the county’s uninsured residents, especially those with chronic or reoccurring symptoms. Since the clinic is not federally backed, it relies on fundraisers, such as the annual Signature Sensations event, for the majority of its funding.

This year’s Signature Sensations event, presented by Huntington Bank, will feature exquisite dishes, prepared by chefs from six of Butler County’s top restaurants, as well as homemade appetizers by Lisa King of Freedom Farms. Attendees will watch each chef prepare his or her signature dish live, enjoy spot-on wine pairings, and learn as WQED television personality Chris Fennimore, host of “QED Cooks,” gives a play-by-play of each course’s creation and presentation.

“Each day, the volunteer staff at the Community Health Clinic of Butler County works to meet the ubiquitous medical needs of the 11,000 uninsured people in the county,” says Heather Thomas, assistant vice president of business banking at Huntington Bank. “Huntington Bank is proud to support the clinic’s tireless efforts in meeting the medical, dental, and emotional needs of residents in the region.”

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Health Clinic of Butler County. “This year, our guests will be privileged to taste immaculate meals, prepared by local chefs from the historic Harmony Inn, Hangar 4-7-3, the Chop Shop, Natili North, Butler Country Club, and Dolce Mia’s.”

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KICKS FOR A CAUSE The Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) and QVC recently presented $240,000 for breast cancer research to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). Since its inception, QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” has sold more than 1.7 million pairs of shoes and generated more than $44 million to benefit leading breast cancer research and institutions. This particular grant will fund research led by principal investigators Adrian V. Lee, Ph.D., and Nancy E. Davidson, M.D.; and co-investigators Steffi Oesterreich, Ph.D., and Adam Brufsky, M.D. The study examines why breast cancer recurs and metastasizes. UPCI received additional funds from the FFANY gala last month. Says Davidson, director of UPCI and the UPMC CancerCenter, “With these funds, we can continue working toward finding altered genes that could be modulated to treat and ultimately prevent the recurrence of breast cancer.” University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, upci.upmc.edu.


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.

HELPING HAND After applying for grants and raising funds for several years, the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Angels’ Place has been granted its wish. PPG Industries has donated about $8,000 worth of glass for the installation of 142 new, energy-efficient windows at its Swissvale facility. Located on Woodstock Avenue, the building’s original windows were installed when the former elementary school was constructed more than 50 years ago. The upgrade helps Angels’ Place save energy by reducing the demand for artificial lighting and air conditioning. Pictured above are Sarah Dargay, Angels’ Place administrative assistant and a former client, with her daughter Audra; John Arch, president of Angels’ Place Board of Directors; and Len Weidner, PPG manager of inventory and planning, flat glass, who helped coordinate the donation. PPG Industries, corporate.ppg.com. Angels’ Place, angelsplacepgh.org. Photograph from Joe Renckly

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/ Sports talk Big Ben’s Top Ten It’s hard to pick just 10 great places in Pittsburgh, but Ben Roethlisberger rose to the occasion! Here are his favorite spots in the city:


6. Ichiban [Hibachi Steakhouse] in Wexford

2. Capital Grille

7. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

“We love to support the Pirates and the Pens.”

“It’s hands down one of my favorite spots in the ‘Burgh.”

3. JErgels

“Where my Foundation event is held – always fun.”

4. Treesdale [Golf & Country Club] and [The Club At] Nevillewood “I love to get out and play golf.”

“I eat there all too often.”

“A great place to spend time with the family. The people are great and the animals are amazing.”

8. Over the bar

“A fun new place in North Park.”

9. Off the Hook

“The best seafood around.”

10. Hyde Park

“For a good, quality steak.”

5. La Tavola

“If you want the best Italian food and great people, this is the place.”

Pittsburgh Steelers, steelers.com — Andrea Bosco

Special Agent “Imagine if your livelihood depended on your fantasy team, and you were personally invested in the hopes and dreams of each player and their families.” That’s how Ryan Tollner describes his job as a full-time sports agent at Rep 1 Sports. Representing Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger and Jordan Zumwalt, the agent keeps our city and his career close to heart.

Q & A

How did you get into the business?

Ryan Tollner: My cousin, Bruce Tollner, presented the idea of building a sports agency together, which I initially resisted because I didn’t like the perception of agents within sports. Bruce is an exceptional person, and I saw an opportunity for us to provide athletes the honest guidance they deserve. Our focus is the NFL, and we currently manage around 50 players.

ONE FOR THE BOOKS We like to think of the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler as the Goldilocks of local races — not too long, not too short, just right. Starting in Station Square, the November 9 race takes runners on an enchanting tour through five neighborhoods, finishing in the heart of Downtown. More than 5,000 runners are expected to hit the streets that morning, with professional American runners Sara and Ryan Hall headlining the elite athlete fields. This marks the first 10-mile race for Ryan, the U.S. halfmarathon record holder, and the second for his wife, a four-time world championship team member. If either spouse takes home the $2,500 championship prize — which would include a new, American-only bonus of $5,000 — it will certainly be a happy ending for the Halls. EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, pittsburgh10miler.org. 40

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What’s a typical day like for you?

RT: The role of an agent can be broken down into three facets: 1. Negotiating playing contracts and endorsement/appearance deals. 2. Managing the day to day needs of clients, from media requests and injury issues, to career and life guidance. 3. Recruiting prospective clients, which is probably as competitive and aggressive as any sales profession.

What’s the highlight of your job?

RT: The best part about our job is knowing what fulfills our clients, from success on the field to positively impacting lives off the field, and feeling like we assisted in that. We ride the emotion of great plays and have waited for a thumbs up when a player is carted off the field. If your heart is in the right place, this profession will constantly challenge you. Rep 1 Sports, rep1sports.com.

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By CHRIS MUELLER The names are different in many places. There is a new general manager and a new head coach. There are several new players, and several old ones have gone away. Yet, after an off-season filled with upheaval, one thing remains constant for the Pittsburgh Penguins: The expectations are championship or bust. Ray Shero had his chance to build a dynasty after some savvy trading in 2009 helped the franchise to its first Stanley Cup since 1992. Dan Bylsma had a chance to go from a mid-season replacement who won a title, to an elite coach in the sport. But, both men couldn’t get back to the rarefied air of 2009 and lost their jobs as a result. No one seemed too disappointed, either. Never mind that they had overseen tremendous regular season success and a run to the conference finals in 2013. They didn’t deliver a title, but with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the payroll, being “good” in the regular season isn’t nearly good enough.

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As long as Crosby and Malkin play in this city, it will scarcely matter whether or not the Penguins have a great team around them. The NHL’s best team, the Kings, are defined by their depth, physical size, and defensive tenacity. The Blackhawks, who are often compared to the Penguins, have better depth behind their two superstars. It isn’t necessarily fair to expect 87 and 71 to carry the team to a title, but that’s what the reality is in this city. The usual regular season storylines will continue to play out, with people analyzing stylistic changes and projecting how well-prepared the team is for the post-season. People much smarter than I will take a deep dive into the advanced statistics, and heated discussions about the lineup will ensue. The team will almost certainly make some sort of significant move at the trade deadline. It’s all window dressing, really. We already know that the Penguins will be in the playoffs. The stories that dominate the headlines during the regular season end up being footnotes compared with whatever happens come May. Most importantly for Johnston and Rutherford, whatever they do in the warmer months is what people remember, good or bad. Reducing the grind of a season down to lowest terms like that might seem joyless or even unfair. That’s the flip side of having great talent. Elite skill seduces people, sets expectations tremendously high, and leaves plenty of room for a letdown. It tricks people into thinking that titles are a foregone conclusion, not a hard-won prize. It makes whole seasons, full of meaningful events and memorable moments, shrink into the background.Yes, the Penguins’ faces have changed. But the expectations staring at those faces? They haven’t changed one bit. Hear more from Chris Mueller weekdays from 2-6 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan. Photograph by cayla zahoran

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Emerald Evening 2014

Joel & Mia Bernard, Richard Piacentini, Lucyna de Barbaro

What better venue to celebrate beautiful — and sustainable — architecture than Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland? Green Building Alliance (GBA) hosted its Emerald Evening 2014: Legacy and Luminary Awards, where more than 300 guests, including leading innovators in the green-building industries, gathered for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; a dinner gala; a dessert reception; and an awards ceremony. Green Building Alliance CEO Mike Schiller welcomed those in attendance, then introduced a captivating performance by Bodiography Contemporary Ballet. After dinner, guests were treated to a premium dessert and coffee bar. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Executive Director Richard Piacentini was honored with GBA’s Legacy Award and Erie School District’s Doreen Petri was honored with the “People’s Choice” Luminary Award. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the City of Pittsburgh’s Ray Gastil helped celebrate, along with GBA Board Chair Michael Kuhn, and honorary event chairs Dom Dozzi of Jendoco Construction and Scott Pollock of Oxford Development Company. Says GBA Communications Director Leslie Montgomery, “We were delighted to spend the evening with our friends and colleagues, celebrating the wonderful work being done to create healthy and high-performing spaces in our region!” — A.B.

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The Art of Aging

Ben Farrell, Delilah Picart, Todd Rosenfeld

The Jewish Association on Aging (JAA) proved that maturing is not only graceful, but artful as well. The Art of Aging, held at Senator John Heinz History Center, entertained 350 guests of JAA donors and care recipients alike with an exhilarating speed art performance by The 3Painters, artists who create large renderings of pop icons during the course of one single song. The eight speedy masterpieces of Elvis, John Lennon, and others created that night were auctioned off following the performance. “We were able to entertain our guests, but we also reached our goal of letting our community know we need to help our seniors,” says Director of Development & Community Engagement Beverly Brinn. “We were able to talk succinctly about what it’s like to age in our community and the care people need. This is something that affects everyone — there’s no age barrier. We all start aging from the time we’re born.” The event raised more than $150,000 to support for the Benevolent Care Fund, which offers supplemental funds for seniors in the JAA’s residential communities. Care services include home health and day services; Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW); personal care communities; and nursing and rehabilitation. “We have never asked someone to leave one of our residences for lack of ability to pay, thanks to the Benevolent Care Fund, and we never plan to in the future,” she says. — C.F.

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Philip Pelusi Fashion Trend Runway Show Nearly 300 guests gathered at Diesel Club Lounge in South Side to support Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh at the Philip Pelusi Fashion Trend Runway Show. This is the seventh year Philip Pelusi has worked in collaboration with the organization. “Our fall fashion show is threefold,” explains Philip Pelusi Salons Marketing Manager Michele Pelusi. “It serves as our fall trend hair and makeup runway show for the Pittsburgh area and beyond; as an employee-centric event and annual party — hair and makeup models are prepared by designers from all 12 locations; and also as our annual fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh.” By night’s end, more than $10,000 was raised for breast cancer research! Hosted by Tall Cathy of 96.1 KISS and Sheri Van Dyke of 94.5 3WS, the evening featured food by Local Bar + Kitchen, hundreds of cupcakes by Tummy Treats, and specialty drinks by Clique Vodka. In addition, a raffle and silent auction took place alongside the show, which displayed the hair and makeup trends for the upcoming seasons as shown on 40 models. Guests had the opportunity to rock pink hair extensions and dance to the sounds of DJ B. Wood. An exclusive Pink After Party at Skybar closed the evening, which was certainly “a cut above the rest.” — I.M.

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2014 Event Showcase & Expo The 2014 Event Showcase + Expo, produced by Sal Richetti of Big Day Entertainment, was held at the Rivers Club. For nearly 10 years, the annual event has gathered the biggest industry leaders, including caterers; resorts; reception facilities; audio/visual companies; display companies; lighting; party rental and prop suppliers; planners; and transportation companies. This year’s honorees included Art Brown of All Occasions Party Rental, Rick Purcell of Purcell Entertainment, “The Planner” Deb Waterkotte, Nate Sherer of Nate Sherer Video, and Sheila Weiner of the Event Group and the Duquesne Club. Guest speakers included Rania Harris, Ed Traversari, Sheila Weiner, Christine Ferguson, Frank Murgia, and Autumn Edmiston. Says Big Day Entertainment owner Sal Richetti, “The awards honor people who have been in the business a long time, and recognize their longevity, expertise, and good will in the event planning industry.” Around 200 guests and 80 leaders gathered to talk branding, event management, catering trends, successful practices, and app use. There was great entertainment by vendors, too. “This event really brings out the best of the best within the industry as a networking event, and having guest speakers share their experiences is a bonus.” — I.M.

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explore sewickley grand opening

D. Zoe Shutka, Adam Gradek

To keep up with the impressive growth of the Sewickley community, the members of Village Green Partners unveiled a new welcome center for the town. Explore Sewickley is now open at 611 Beaver St., offering ground floor retail and the opportunity to connect with a greater number of people in the area. More than 130 guests attended the ribboncutting ceremony, toasting the celebration with White Diamond Vodka cocktails and wine. Appetizers from B Gourmet circulated the space, as attendees discussed ways to continue building up the neighborhood’s local businesses and positive atmosphere. “The highlight of the event was how many people in the community came out to support the efforts of Village Green Partners,” says Alex Lancianese, marketing director of Village Green Partners. “We are a nonprofit and have been working hard for almost five years now to make Sewickley a vibrant regional destination. We feel this new space is going to really help us with our efforts.” — R.J

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Party at the Pier

Kathleen Seibert, Jessica Seibert

Riverlife celebrated its 15th anniversary in style at its annual Party at the Pier. The “Gold & Glam”-themed bash, presented by PNC, brought a sold-out crowd of 750 guests in their finest gilded attire. Guests took a sunset walk along the North Shore to the riverfront Rivers Casino amphitheater, where Bill Chisnell Productions set a shimmering scene. The casino’s culinary team whipped up gold-colored cocktails, Champagne, and a menu of locally sourced dishes for the occasion. When guests needed a breather from dancing to the Elite Showband, they were invited to hop on the Gateway Clipper for 20-minute, romantic cruises. “Pittsburgh is experiencing a golden age of riverfront development,” says Riverlife President & CEO Lisa Schroeder. “And, the best is still yet to come.” A golden age, indeed! More than $200,000 was raised to benefit Riverlife and its efforts to reclaim, restore, and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. Schroeder explains, “We’re honored and humbled that so many people came to celebrate 15 years of Riverlife’s work to transform Pittsburgh’s riverfronts into the clean, green waterfronts everyone enjoys today.” — A.B. + I.M.

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Coaches Vs. Cancer Tip-Off Madness

Lee & Susan Baierl

With the fun and excitement of a university pep rally, the 7th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Madness scored major points with more than 450 guests. Held in the East Club Lounge of Heinz Field, the annual event fundraises for and spreads the word about Coaches vs. Cancer — a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Madness is possible because of the collaboration from Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University,” says American Cancer Society Specialist, Distinguished Events, Lia Stahl. The cocktail party kicked off with bands, cheerleaders, dance teams, and mascots. All six of Pittsburgh’s NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s basketball coaches — Jim Ferry, Dan Burt, Jamie Dixon, Suzie McConnell-Serio, Andrew Toole, and Sal Buscaglia — were in attendance. Emceed by Bob Pompeani, the “suits and sneakers” fundraising event also welcomed special guests Dr. Stanley Marks of UPMC, former Steeler and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mel Blount, and NBA legend George Karl. The live and silent auctions — which included the sneakers Dixon wore that night, took off, and autographed for bidders! — raised more than $240,000. Says Stahl, “It’s truly a one-of-a-kind event to ‘tip off’ the 2014-15 basketball season.” — I.M.

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Party with paart

Gail & Norman Childs

More than 500 guests, pilots, and animal lovers gathered at Allegheny County Airport’s main terminal in West Mifflin for Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team’s (PAART) largest fundraiser to date! The evening of flight-related fun raised nearly $45,000 in just three hours for the unique nonprofit. A VIP Champagne hour got the event ready for take off, followed by a Q-and-A with PAART pilots. Complementing the wine and beer bar, the PGH Taco Truck and the Mac & Gold Truck served fine fare while DJ Romah entertained the crowd. Guests enjoyed an “Unclaimed Luggage” auction, a paper airplane toss contest, a walk-through jet tour, and a live animal rescue hour. Notable attendees included Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Councilman Corey O’Connor, and special guest Alan Jennings. Says pilot and PAART co-founder Jonathan Plesset, “We continue to be amazed at and thankful for the generosity and support we receive from the Pittsburgh community. We are grateful that people have responded so positively to our organization.” Adds pilot and PAART co-founder Brad Childs, “The event was a huge success and we could not have done it without an army of volunteers, who knocked it out of the park for our team. See you all next year — same time, same place!” — I.M.

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Produced + Written by Andrea Bosco • Photographs by Michael Fornataro Styling + Art Direction by Samantha Casale + Jason Solak Assisted by Brianna PfluGh • illustrations by Cheney O’Neal We’re welcoming our second annual Chef’s Best Dish feature and event with open arms and appetites, as last year’s success proved extra special. Pittsburgh chefs are back at it, creating handpicked dishes with fresh, seasonal ingredients. We’ve changed up our tablescape to blue hues in Chinoiserie and toile, our original inspiration. These 20 pages will give you a taste of what to expect on November 18. Join WHIRL Magazine and hundreds of Pittsburgh foodies and chefs for a fall fest of cuisine. We’ll gather from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Circuit Center & Ballroom, where an array of samplings will be on-hand for tasting — then voting! Choose which dish belongs in the following categories: Best Seasonal, Best Presentation, Best Dessert, Best “Pittsburgh,” and Best Overall. Complimentary cocktails and a cash bar will be available, and a portion of the profits will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Come hungry, come all! Details in WHIRL Directory, page 142. Special thanks to Whitney Kevech of All Occasions Party Rental for the tableware; Susie Perelman and Gianni Scarpino of Mosaic, Inc., and John Gurman of LOOM Exquisite Textiles for the linens; and Bill Chisnell of Bill Chisnell Productions for the florals.

Altius In true whimsical fashion, Altius Executive Chef Jessica Bauer whips up the “Duck, Duck, Goose,” served with creamy polenta, wilted kale, and housemade brioche smeared with goose liver mousse. The witty entrée is prepared with duck breast, duck confit, and cherry duck jus. It’s the perfect playground for a creative palate.

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N a k a m a J a panese Steakhouse & Sushi B ar Famous for its innovative sushi rolls, Nakama serves up sushi in South Side, Wexford, Heinz Field, CONSOL Energy Center, PNC Park, Carnegie Mellon University, and via two food trucks. Here, Head Sushi Chef & Manager Sang Woo presents the Spicy Typhoon Roll, made with spicy tuna, jalapeño, shrimp tempura, salmon, avocado, and a spicy mango sauce. The Nakama maki is comprised of crab, avocado, and cucumber, and is topped with spicy tuna and fresh tuna. Next, the Red Dragon roll is made with spicy tuna, cucumber, fresh tuna, and avocado, and is topped with eel sauce. Lastly, the Green Dragon roll features seaweed salad, asparagus, fresh mango, and is topped with avocado and spicy mango sauce.

Ib iz a Ta pas & Wine Bar Head Chef Fernando DaSilva runs the kitchen at Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar, a next door neighbor to its sister restaurant, Mallorca. Here, he presents a bestseller on the Tapas Calientes menu. The Costillar de Cordero con Salsa de Soja Barbacoa y Guisantes Wasabi is a rack of lamb with hoisin soy barbecue sauce and wasabi peas. Bring on the heat!

M o n terey B ay Fish Grotto This “visually inspiring feature” at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is one of Sous Chef Joe Shandor’s favorites. The colorful dish showcases citrus-broiled Alaskan halibut, cider-braised kale, and roasted parsnip and butternut squash with sea salt, pepper, and sage. It’s finished with pickled onions and micro-greens. Beverage Director Nick Hayes suggests pairing it with a wine that would cut the dish’s acidic undertones, like Calera Viognier, Mt. Harlan, 2011.

T he Fluted Mushroom The Fluted Mushroom chefs Chris Snee and Tracy Edwards present a traditional Moroccan feast using tagines, or earthenware pots, which originated in North Africa. The curried lamb with cous cous is served with roasted tri-colored carrots, chanterelles, baby fennel, and olive oil-poached baby leeks. Colorful additions to the spread include a salad of butternut squash, purple fingerlings, chick peas, sweet peas, and potatoes; charred heirloom tomatoes with feta and extra-virgin olive oil; red and pink poached baby beets; caramelized quince; and spicy red pepper tapenade.

San L ore n zo Ristorante This dish is San Lorenzo Ristorante owner David Ariondo’s go-to during cooler months. He keeps it seasonal and “rustic, authentic Italian” with polenta, Cotechino sausage, a sunny-side-up egg, and Ricotta Salata — an aged Ricotta cheese, sliced and flaked, for a finishing touch. “This combination of ingredients makes for a heartier type of dish,” he says. The Lawrenceville locale finds its Cotechino sausage at Parma Sausage in the Strip District — an added bonus.

K AYA Kaya Executive Chef Benjamin Sloan loves playing with his food. Using stellar ingredients, Sloan crafts three unique tacos: The Tuna Poke Taco, made with raw, sushi-grade tuna, cucumber, scallions, sesame seeds, avocado, soy, citrus juice, ginger, garlic, radishes, and micro-greens; the Vegan Mushroom Taco, comprised of a variety of mushrooms, including Hen and Chicken of the Woods, and Chanterelles, oil, garlic, “a hit” of ancho chile, pea shoots, and pickled red onions; and the Steak Taco. While noshing, pair it with a Grapefruit Basil Margarita — guaranteed to put you on island time.

Bur g h Bites C a rt When picking the best ingredients for the Burgh Bites Cart menu, owner Ricci Minella often starts in his own garden. Here, he plates an array of ingredients — braised pork, pickled cucumber, red onion, dill sour cream, and fresh cilantro — on a sweet potato chip. Minella says he’s inspired by Pittsburgh’s ever-evolving food scene, and, in fact, this creation won Best “Pittsburgh” at last year’s Chef’s Best Dish event! In one crunchy bite, it all makes sense.

Cor n ersto n e Restaur ant & Bar Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar Executive Chef Jason Mooney sources his menu from six farmers and game rangers in Western Pennsylvania. Here, he presents venison sausage, wild boar chop, and elk strip loin over turnip, rutabaga, and sweet potato hash. Mooney tops it off with a juniper berry red wine reduction for “an earthier flavor that cuts into the gaminess of the meat itself.”

Commo n P le a Catering Common Plea Catering Executive Chef Tom Dunne and his team frequently change up the presentation of this versatile dish. The roasted, stuffed pork tenderloin is wrapped in applewoodsmoked bacon, filled with a grape and walnut stuffing, and served with Parmesan- and potato-layered strudel. Comprised of all local ingredients, the dish is plated with corn purée, a fall Brussels sprouts and cranberry medley, and a garnish of corn shoots.

Vallozzi’s P ittsburgh Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh Executive Chef Josiah Henry provides a dish oozing with comfort. The braised short rib is served with buffalo ricotta, egg raviolo, and flavorful Swiss chard. “This is one of those awesome comfort foods I love this cooking this time of year,” says Henry.

sh a dy g ro v e “This dish shows how Shady Grove takes bar food and elevates it to another level,” says owner Matt Turbiner. He serves the sushigrade ahi tuna on potato latkes with wasabi crème fraîche and Sriracha. Says Turbiner, “It’s heavier with the potato element, yet has the lightness of the ahi tuna.”

Bi g h a m Tav er n “I love food, so for me cooking is an offering. I’m giving some of myself to the public,” says Bigham Tavern Executive Chef Les D. Murphy. He cooks up the Big Hammy Mac ’n Cheese, a signature item, which features baked ham, cured ham, honey ham, housemade pulled pork, mesquite seasoning, chopped bacon, macaroni noodles, white cheddar, sharp cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese. Says Murphy, “The ability to create is why I do what I do.”

L i g o n ier Country Inn Ligonier Country Inn in the Laurel Highlands hosts a music series, a winemaking course, weddings, and much more. The restaurant, run by Executive Chef Maggie Nied, features “down home favorites,” such as Chicken Ligonier. Made with a boneless chicken breast, stuffed with Provolone and garlic butter, and rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs, it’s baked to a golden hue and served with rice, farm fresh vegetables, and flour pot bread — a Nied specialty.

A ng elo’s R estauran t Pasta Angelina is one of the most popular choices at Angelo’s Restaurant in Washington. Executive Chef George Austin combines Cavatappi macaroni; tomatoes; onions; and Fontinella, Romano, and Feta cheeses. Then, he sweetens it up with a colorful peck of peppers. “We call this our grown-up mac ’n cheese,” says Austin.

Gir a sole Girasole Executive Chef Jennifer Gerasole combines the Shadyside restaurant’s expertise in serving fresh seafood and its infinite love of seasonal dishes to create a fall crudo. The thinly sliced, raw sea scallop is plated with butternut squash and truffle cream. “I really like the idea of featuring raw fish at its freshest point, since we use such fresh fish daily,” says Gerasole.


S o n om a Inspired by the seasons, Sonoma Executive Chef Jeffrey Caulkins creates dishes “from earth to plate.” Utilizing local purveyors, he presents Kurobuta Tenderloin, wrapped in pancetta, and served with savory chorizo bread pudding, curry creamed kale, and cherry gastrique. “It’s very Pittsburgh,” Caulkins says. “It’s comfortable but refined.”

D o nato’s Donato’s owner and Executive Chef Donato Coluccio finds balance “between classic, traditional, and creative items” on his Fox Chapel restaurant’s menu. Here, he presents all-natural Piedmontese New York Strip; steak frites, made of organic fingerling potatoes; and a truffle aioli. “We stick to seasonal and local as much as possible,” says Coluccio. “I attribute our menu balance to the kitchen, too. We have seasoned, veteran chefs and rookies who complement each other well.”

E ddie M erlot’s “We hand select Greater Omaha, grain-fed beef and grill on an open flame using just sea salt and pepper to enhance, not mask, the great beef flavor,” says Eddie Merlot’s Executive Chef Raymond Dial. His 16-ounce filet is grilled to perfection and finished with whipped, unsalted butter, truffle shavings, truffle oil, and chives. It’s definitely decadent.

Mc Cormi c k & Sc hmic k’s McCormick & Schmick’s Executive Chef Ricky Kirsop builds a beautiful, deconstructed paella, a dish he first learned in culinary school. He uses Portuguese chorizo, smoked red pepper powder, saffron risotto, peas, tuna, mussels, clams, scallops, lobster, shrimp, and radish in a smoked saffron tomato sauce. “I always keep in mind execution,” says Kirsop. “I like a balance of something that’s easy to execute, but still maintains the integrity of how I created the dish to be.”

B RE A D WORKS Celebrating 35 years in business as Pittsburgh’s premier artisan bakery, BreadWorks, a North Side neighborhood staple, produces and delivers bread seven days a week (with its 24-year-old sourdough starter!), donating many loaves to those in need. Curbing our cravings, co-owner Fred Hartman presents the Mini Sour Boule, Sourdough Rustic, Walnut Raisin, Tuscan, and Eppi. This Thanksgiving season, pop in for a loaf of Sweet Egg Bread or Pumpkin.

so ba Soba Executive Chef Dustin Gardner whips up a tasty, buttery Chilean Sea Bass, plated with Brussels sprouts, Hen of the Woods wild mushrooms, and miso mustard. He adds extra aroma with his use of garlic and ginger. Says Gardner, “This dish represents what we do at Soba during the fall season.” Simply delicious.

S AV OY SAVOY Pastry Chef Ericka Idler is skilled in whipping up award-winning desserts. Last year, her Salted Caramel Torte triumphed, leading to the restaurant’s Best Overall win. Here, she serves up Apple Pie Cheesecake, comprised of a roasted Granny Smith apple, vanilla bean cheesecake, cinnamon sugar graham cracker sable, apple cider ice cream, and Tennessee honey whiskey caramel. Garnished with white chocolate pearls, the dessert won Best Dessert at Savor Pittsburgh and is the product of Idler’s quest “to think outside the box.”

B ELL A SER A Bella Sera owner Jason Capps and Executive Chef Giuseppe Di Gristina chose a fall favorite: Pollo Pavarotti. Made with tender chicken breast, lightly breaded and stuffed with sharp Fontina, prosciutto, and mint, the dish is served with a crimini mushroom sauce. Says Di Gristina, “Jason and I love to work with wild mushrooms, and the Pavarotti sauce is somewhat sweet with the anisette, Marsala, and brandy in there.” Bellissimo!

Br a ddo c k’s P ittsburgh Brasserie Braddock’s Executive Chef Jason Shaffer features his Bourbon Candied Pork Chop, a hit he introduced at this year’s Savor Pittsburgh. The People’s Choice awardwinning combination incorporates grits from Delta Grind in New Orleans, La.; bacon and onion confit; and whiskey barbecue glaze. This comforting meal is Southern, Pittsburgh, and a signature at the restaurant.

S ire na Tac o Joint & Bar Aside from nearly 20 taco choices at Sirena Taco Joint & Bar, the paella is a staple entrée. Executive Chef John Bingham, who hails from the U.S. Virgin Islands, personalizes this dish with yellow rice, seafood sofrito, shrimp, scallops, chorizo, and mussels. The Baja-inspired McMurray restaurant features favorites like Mexican Street Corn and Crispy Pork Belly, too.

Ma llor ca Mallorca Head Chef Fernando DaSilva shares with us his 2.5-pound lobster, stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp. Featuring fine dining from the heart of Spain, the 23-year-old South Side restaurant prides itself on its Spanish cuisine and award-winning wine list. We suggest pairing this seafood lover’s dream with a buttery Chardonnay!

WA L N UT G RILL Walnut Grill Corporate Chef Randy Simpson prepares a Burgundy-braised lamb shank with minted red onion compote; garlic, red-skin mashed potatoes; and grilled asparagus. Says Simpson, “I chose this dish based on its seasonality and flare for the fall. It brings together the ending of summer vegetables, braised with the wine to give an overwhelming fantastic feeling of rustic comfort food.”

T he T err ac e R oom at the Omn i William Penn Hotel Fresh for fall, the Omni William Penn Hotel’s The Terrace Room has introduced a new, seasonal menu. Tempt your taste buds with the Skuna Bay Salmon. Sous Chef Mike Zawojski says the restaurant makes little alterations to it here and there, and that it’s a cross between a salad and an entrée. Beautifully plated, the dish is served over black “jeweled” rice, a lemon-frisé salad with a beet vinaigrette, beet strings, and crispy chives. It is as pretty as it is delicious.

D ’s S ix Pa x & D o g z Chef Corey Flesse of D’s Six Pax & Dogz brings back a crowd favorite. The Franksgiving Dog is all things Thanksgiving over turkey sausage on a poppy seed bun. The works include a bread-based stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, and a side of cranberry sauce. “It’s always a good prelude into the season,” says Flesse. Pair it with a pumpkin beer and, for that, you’ll be thankful.

Pa stitsio Pastitsio owner Matt Bournias awakens our senses with his spin on traditional baklava. Using walnuts, simple syrup, honey, cinnamon, cloves, and orange zest, he garnishes the Greek dessert with blackberry compote. “In Greece, we call them spoon sweets,” he says. “The compote gives it a homey, pie flavor. We add different berries to it, which makes it appealing during any season.”

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Cioppi n o R estaur ant & Cigar B ar “Pumpkin seems to be all the craze,” says Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar Pastry Chef Meghann Walsh. With that said, Walsh delivers, with her tasty pumpkin cheesecake, topped with graham cracker crumble, served with cinnamon liqueur-marinated cranberries and a cranberry crème fraîche mousse, and garnished with spun sugar. The dessert is so popular that Walsh says she cannot keep up with demand! I’ll have another, please.

S ix P e nn K it c he n Six Penn Kitchen Executive Chef Cory Hughes utilizes his rooftop garden to incorporate as many homegrown plants and herbs into his menu as possible. Here, he displays a new fall entrée, osso buco, made with Jamison Farm lamb and served over celery root purée, with cauliflower salad, chermoula, and a black currant jus. John Jamison provides specialty cuts of lamb just for Hughes, who is already planning winter dishes, which include local venison.

S l ate Bistro Slate Bistro owners Cheryl Tacka and Dave Sgro are celebrating the Bethel Park restaurant’s two-year anniversary with their go-to fall menu item: Flat Iron Sea Scallops. Grilled with a heavy sear, the scallops join pancetta, lentils, an apple cider reduction, and a garnish of grilled apples for a perfectly balanced plate. “It’s seasonal and really easy to make,” Tacka says.

S e v i c he We’re crazy for the Pato Loco, the barbecue duck confit taco on Seviche’s taco menu. “It’s different,” says Seviche Executive Chef James Rogers, who has revamped the taco menu to make it more “fun and playful, using cured and braised meats.” Served with avocado crema, pickled red cabbage, smoked pineapple, and Fresno chile hot sauce, Pato Loco won Dish of the Year at Savor Pittsburgh — an honor duly deserved.


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Nonprofit Giving Guide his Thanksgiving season, we’re giving to our city’s nonprofits and thanking the community members who brighten such worthy causes in our neighborhoods. With our third annual Nonprofit Giving Guide, we’re highlighting the noble causes that need our area’s continued support throughout the holidays. With 45 to choose from, we know you’ll find one dear to your heart and give its beneficiaries the help needed to achieve their goals.


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Animal Friends The Mission: To ensure the well-being of companion animals, while ending overpopulation, abuse, and unwarranted euthanasia. What It’s Doing: Animal Friends’ biggest concern right now is finding homes for more than 250 resident dogs, cats, and rabbits in its care. A summer full of humane confiscations, a flood of unwanted litters of kittens, and potential adopters who were busy with summertime activities have led to this desperate time. Who It’s Helping: By adopting an animal, you save the life of that shelter animal and the life of the animal that will fill its space in the shelter. Communities benefit, too, as each dog, cat, and rabbit at Animal Friends is spayed or neutered before it can be adopted, which helps to control the pet population. How to Help: Community members can adopt a pet, spread the word about eligible adoptable pets at Animal Friends, gift someone else’s adoption fees, or make a monetary donation. PLUS: Every year, Animal Friends adopts out 2,500 homeless pets, rescues 2,400 pets from abusive or neglectful situations, provides 10,000 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, and touches the lives of 21,000 pet-assisted therapy patients. Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, North Hills. 412.847.7000. ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

The Mission: To engage the community in literacy and learning.

The Mission: To improve the quality of life for children, young people, and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services that enable them to reach their potential.

What It’s Doing: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides innovative, after-school learning experiences for youth; cutting-edge technology and collaborative spaces for job creators and seekers; and programs and services that foster civic engagement and cultural awareness, and build a community of readers. Who It’s Helping: The library welcomes more than 2.2 million visitors every year. Every person in our community has access to ideas and information that support individual achievement and strengthen the power of the community. How to Help: Make a monetary donation online, by phone, in person, or through your workplace; or share your time as a volunteer. PLUS: Headquartered in Oakland, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh boasts 19 library locations throughout the city. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412.622.3114. carnegielibrary.org.

What It’s Doing: The Children’s Institute launches its Make an Amazing Difference Campaign on November 14. With $6 million received to date, the goal is to raise an additional $6 million in support of program expansion, capital improvements, and research. Who It’s Helping: More than 6,400 children who face major health challenges come to The Children’s Institute annually from across the region and around the world. How to Help: Make a monetary donation to the Make an Amazing Difference Campaign or the Amazing Kids Fund; participate in the Project STAR gift drive; volunteer; or help plan fundraising activities and events. PLUS: Don’t miss the annual Bright Spot on Shady community light-up event on November 14. Held in The Nimick Family Therapeutic Garden on The Children’s Institute Squirrel Hill campus, the free event features familyfriendly entertainment and light refreshments. The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, 1405 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.420.2400. amazingkids.org.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank The Mission: To feed people in need and mobilize our community to end hunger. What it’s Doing: The Peoples Natural Gas Holiday Market, held November 21-December 23 in Market Square, will allow shoppers the opportunity to exchange monetary or food donations to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for a photo with Santa. Who it’s Helping: The hungry families of Southwestern Pennsylvania benefit from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s collections. Food banking is a community-driven initiative, so our neighbors need to come together to make a difference, especially during this holiday season. How to Help: More than 500 volunteers are needed to collect the food and funds, hand out photo vouchers, and thank donors at the Peoples Natural Gas Holiday Market. Or, make a donation yourself while perusing the event. PLUS: Every $5 donation can provide 25 meals for children of struggling families throughout the region. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne. 412.460.3663. pittsburghfoodbank.org.


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Photographs from Animal Friends, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA The Mission: To stop seizures, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. What It’s Doing: November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. To spread the word, the nonprofit is launching a variety of programs, including a new respite care program. Its goal is to provide help for 150 families with children who have seizures and need short term or intermittent care. Who It’s Helping: Every year, approximately 2,500 families across Western and Central PA who are affected by epilepsy/ seizure disorders rely on the foundation. And, with one in 26 adults experiencing seizures in their lifetime, the group’s community education programs are crucial. How to Help: Make a monetary donation online, volunteer at a special event, or attend a social event. The 21st Annual Mardi Gras Gala takes place February 17 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. PLUS: The nonprofit’s other programs include Project School Alert, which provides free training for students and faculty members in schools; Camp Frog, a fully integrated, one-week camp for kids with epilepsy; and the Oscar Project, which provides help for those who want a seizure response dog. Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA, The Cardello Building, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 3002. North Shore. 412.322.5880. efwp.org.

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The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation provides bullying prevention grant opportunities for preschools, kindergartens and early elementary schools in Western Pennsylvania with financial need.

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McGuire Memorial Foundation

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Sweetwater Center for the Arts

The Mission: To provide comprehensive services to people with intellectual and physical disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum, that may also include complex medical conditions, and to additionally offer support services to their families and caregivers.

The Mission: To build a thriving, vibrant, and engaged Jewish community by raising and allocating funds and building communities locally, in Israel, and around the world.

The Mission: To enrich the lives of children and adults in the community by providing excellence in arts education and cultural programming.

What It’s Doing: Hosted by Larry Richert and Sister Mary Thaddeus, the 23rd Annual McGuire Memorial’s “Special Auction for Special People” takes place February 28 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel.

What It’s Doing: Mitzvah Day, held on December 25, is the Jewish Federation Volunteer Center’s annual event. More than 700 volunteers will support a variety of human service institutions, allowing regular staff members to celebrate the holidays with their families.

Who It’s Helping: Each year, 300 children and adults with complex physical and intellectual disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum, benefit from the event. Last year, guests raised more than $500,000 for the Entrusted Treasures, who are assisted daily by the caring McGuire Memorial staff.

Who It’s Helping: At last year’s event, volunteers worked at 60 sites across the city, doing everything from serving dinner to the homeless to making toys for hospitalized children. The nonprofit hopes to reach a larger community this year, offering a helping hand on a day that volunteers are greatly needed.

What It’s Doing: Every year, more than 1,500 people attend the annual Holiday mART fundraiser. Filled with handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, and two-dimensional works by local and national artisans, the nonprofit will celebrate the event’s 20th year on November 30-December 7 at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

How to Help: To surpass last year’s success, the nonprofit hopes to raise $550,000 at the event. Make a monetary donation by texting “McGuire” to 41444, donate prizes to the event’s auction, or attend the event as a guest or corporate sponsor to lend your support.

How to Help: Volunteer at Mitzvah Day! Many of the sites visited are family-friendly, so bring your children to share in the experience and learn the important value of volunteerism.

PLUS: A co-sponsored ministry of the Felician Sisters of North America and the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the nonprofit relies on events and community donations to continue to meet its members’ needs. McGuire Memorial Foundation, 2119 Mercer Road, New Brighton. 724.843.3400. mcguirememorial.org.

PLUS: If you are connected with a social service agency that needs help on Christmas Day or you want to donate goods for activities, contact Matt Cohen at 412.992.5229 or mcohen@jfedpgh.org. Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Place, Oakland. 412.681.8000. jfedpgh.org.

Who It’s Helping: Proceeds from Holiday mART support Sweetwater Center for the Arts’ 400 art classes for children and adults throughout the year, and the artists participating in the event. The funds also support scholarships that allow those with financial barriers to still enjoy the center’s programs. How to Help: Volunteer to help the fundraiser run smoothly; or donate food or grocery store gift certificates to provide hors d’oeuvres for guests. Monetary donations can also be made to the nonprofit at any time. PLUS: As part of the Holiday mART fun, enjoy a Champagne & Shopping Preview Party on November 29; Happy Hours on December 1-4; and Let the Men Cook, a dinner provided by an all-male volunteer team, on December 5. Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St., Sewickley. 412.741.4405. sweetwaterartcemter.org

CCAC Educational Foundation The Mission: To support the mission of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in alignment with the goals of the president and College Board of Trustees. What It’s Doing: The CCAC Educational Foundation creates awareness of CCAC; advocates on behalf of the institute; and raises, manages, and distributes funds in accordance with the board’s initiatives. The constant goal is to keep education affordable for all CCAC students. Who It’s Helping: Working to raise unrestricted funds to support the school’s programs and projects directly benefits CCAC students. It’s also beneficial to the Allegheny County employers who will work with them in the future. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, attend the Legends in Leadership event this spring, or donate silent auction and raffle prizes for the event. PLUS: Legends in Leadership honors individuals in the community who have made an impact on our region. Visit ccac.edu for updated event details. CCAC Educational Foundation, 808 Ridge Ave., Byers Hall, Room 102, North Side. 412.237.6510. ccac.edu.


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The Pittsburgh Glass Center The Mission: Glass Art: We teach it. We create it. We promote it. We support those who make it. What It’s Doing: The annual Art on Fire Celebration and Auction is the city’s only contemporary glass auction that benefits the Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC). Held in September, the event raises 10 percent of PGC’s annual operating funds. Who It’s Helping: Art on Fire and the Holiday Glass Sale both contribute to the Center’s educational programs, so people of all ages and skill levels can learn the craft. As one of the top public access glass art facilities in the U.S., PGC connects Pittsburgh’s glass making history to its creative, innovative future. How to Help: By supporting PGC, you’re nurturing the growth of the community’s glass artists and appreciators. Take a glass class, become a PGC member, purchase handmade glass art, or make a donation online. PLUS: Visit the Holiday Glass Sale, December 5-7, for handmade creations by local artists and your chance to make a blown or fused glass ornament yourself! The Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Garfield. 412.365.2145. pittsburghglasscenter.org.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania The Mission: To create caring communities where Pennsylvanians support each other’s mental, physical, spiritual, and social well-being. What It’s Doing: The nonprofit supports communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania through three programs: All of Us Care, an after-school and summer program that prevents crime and substance abuse among at-risk youth; Pittsburgh Disability Employment Project for Freedom, a competitive employment training program for people with disabilities; and Working Order, a small business incubator that serves people with disabilities, disadvantages, and other obstacles to traditional employment. Who It’s Helping: More than 28,000 people rely on Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania to maintain or return to self-sufficiency. How To Help: Make a monetary donation, or volunteer at one of the nonprofit’s three local programs. PLUS: The National Business Incubator Association named Working Order the Business Incubator of the Year for 2014! Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, 1650 Main St., Sharpsburg. 412.782.5344 x209. voapa.org. 78

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh The Mission: To bring people together to build and rehabilitate homes, support communities, and spread hope. What It’s Doing: The nonprofit’s biggest project this fall will be moving its 76th partner family into a new home. Betty Smith, a single mother of four who moved to Pittsburgh to escape an abusive relationship, will open the door to her family’s new home this month! Who It’s Helping: Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh has transformed the lives of more than 100 local families. How To Help: Make a monetary donation, or volunteer at one of the group’s job sites to do your part. Donating, shopping, and volunteering at the Habitat ReStore in Edgewood Towne Centre supports the mission, too. PLUS: Be on the lookout for this year’s annual fundraisers, including the Kids Triathlon, Night at the Fights, and the Legends of Past & Present Event. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, 212 Yost Blvd., Braddock. 412.351.0512.pittsburghhabitat.org.

Brother’s Brother Foundation The Mission: To promote international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural, and other resources. What It’s Doing: In the midst of one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history, the foundation remains dedicated to helping those in Liberia and Sierra Leone — the two countries experiencing the highest burden of suspected and confirmed cases. The nonprofit is constantly sending supplies to their hospitals and clinics to keep up with the medical demands. Who It’s Helping: The people of Western Africa who are affected by Ebola or risking infection to aid others are in dire need of the nonprofit’s support. How To Help: Make a monetary donation to Brother’s Brother Foundation’s Ebola Response Fund at brothersbrother.org. PLUS: Brother’s Brother Foundation has committed $100,000 of its financial resources to helping its international partners, in addition to the donations of medical supplies. Brother’s Brother Foundation, 1200 Galvestone Ave., North Shore. 412.321.3160. brothersbrother.org.

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The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation The Mission: To reach preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary-aged children in the Pittsburgh region with solutions that begin to prepare them to confront bullying behavior. What It’s Doing: To keep up with the alarmingly high rates of bullying at schools, The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation established the “Know What’s Right, Do What’s Right” campaign. The Foundation funds bullying prevention curriculum and assemblies for schools with financial need. Who It’s Helping: Through the nonprofit’s programs, the youngest children in our region are encouraged to be positive upstanders and to recognize and interrupt harmful behaviors. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, attend the annual fundraiser event, or suggest a school in need. PLUS: Watch for the nonprofit’s on-air announcements that reflect the “Know What’s Right, Do What’s Right” campaign on WQED Television during age-appropriate programming through May 2015. The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation, 350 Arona Road, New Stanton. 724.925.2034. ruscitto.org.




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Our Clubhouse The Mission: To create welcoming communities of support for everyone living with cancer — men, women, teens, and children — along with their families and friends.




What It’s Doing: Our Clubhouse provides free social and emotional support programs to everybody, including families and youth impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Parents receive the tools to keep their children appropriately informed and the resources to support the family’s psychosocial needs. Who It’s Helping: In addition to programs for individuals, the nonprofit provides family-based workshops, individual family consultations, and educational sessions for professionals on how to talk to families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Through the work of Our Clubhouse, cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers can all benefit. How to Help: Make a monetary donation to support its free programs at ourclubhouse.org/donate. PLUS: Approximately 1.58 million U.S. cancer survivors live with a child under the age of 18, showing us how crucial Our Clubhouse’s family program is to Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.338.1919. ourclubhouse.org.


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Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation The Mission: To create awareness that women under 40 can get breast cancer and to offer support. What It’s Doing: The Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation (YWBCAF) is sponsoring the Holiday Mingle Jingle at Robinson Mall on November 23. The festive, fun-filled event grants the opportunity to get great deals and tackle your holiday shopping. There’s even a special meet and greet with Spencer Boldman from Disney’s “Lab Rats.” Who It’s Helping: By raising funds for the YWBCAF, the event supports young women in the Pittsburgh area, the Cancer Caring Center, and other programs run by YWBCAF. How to Help: Community members can purchase tickets at ShopRobinsonMall. com and attend the event, or make a direct monetary donation. PLUS: YWBCAF is an exclusively Pittsburgh organization. All funds raised stay in the community to help women in Pittsburgh under 40 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, 412.490.9808 youngwomensbreastcancerfoundation.com.

St. Clair Hospital Foundation The Mission: To secure philanthropic support for St. Clair Hospital’s critical work of providing advanced, high-quality healthcare to residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania. What It’s Doing: The St. Clair Hospital Foundation funds initiatives, such as the patient Courtesy Transportation program, the Patient Assistance fund, and programs at the Family Birth Center and Breast Care Center, to name a few. Who It’s Helping: St. Clair Hospital cares for more than 500,000 residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Supporting the St. Clair Hospital Foundation allows the hospital to continuously enhance its services, programs, and technologies to meet the community’s health needs. How to Help: St. Clair is one of the few independent hospitals in the region. Its history is distinctive, having been founded by the philanthropic work of the community 60 years ago. Please help continue this legacy and make a monetary donation to support St. Clair at stclair.org/giving. PLUS: Summer Swing, the signature fundraising event, will be held on July 17 at St. Clair Country Club. St. Clair Hospital Foundation, 1000 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.942.2465. stclair.org.

Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center The Mission: To provide temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to all abandoned, neglected, and injured animals brought in by the community; to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for them; and to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation. What It’s Doing: Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center (ARL) will be hosting the B*tches Ball, celebrating World Spay Day, in late February. Who It’s Helping: The event will benefit animals in the care of ARL and raise community awareness of the importance of overpopulation control. How to Help: Community members can volunteer at ARL, give monetary donations, donate items from ARL’s wish list, or attend future events. PLUS: ARL is the official shelter of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the sole beneficiary of the Penguins and Paws calendars. Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center, 6620 Hamilton Ave., East End. 412.345.7300 animalrescue.org.

Beverly’s Birthdays The Mission: To provide birthday celebrations to homeless children living in shelters/group homes in the Pittsburgh region. What It’s Doing: Most homeless children’s birthdays are overlooked, due to personal or financial circumstances. To spread birthday cheer 365 days a year, the nonprofit throws birthday parties for these children. Its goal for 2014 is to celebrate 600 homeless children. Who It’s Helping: The nonprofit partners with 22 agencies across four counties in the Pittsburgh region. There are more than 3,000 school-aged homeless children in our area that could greatly benefit from the gift of a birthday smile. How To Help: Make a monetary donation or purchase a gift card to Giant Eagle or Five Below to fund supplies for these birthday parties. PLUS: Volunteers are always needed to plan the parties, bake cakes, purchase party supplies, and fundraise for future parties. Beverly’s Birthdays, 31 Robbins Station Road, North Huntingdon. 412.720.9737. beverlysbirthdays.org.


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Photographs from Young women’s breast cancer awareness foundation, St. Clair Hospital, Devin Toy, Megs Yunn

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Camden was only two and a half years old when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Suddenly, this little boy’s typical day included hospital visits, doctors, needles, chemotherapy, losing his hair and seeing the tears in his parents’ eyes. At Our Clubhouse, Camden and his parents have found a place that helps the entire family cope with his cancer diagnosis. They take advantage of educational lectures, cooking workshops for kids, crafts and social activities. Camden especially loves our free Camp Clubhouse, a camp for kids touched by cancer. Through activities like these and other support programs, Our Clubhouse provides families with the tools and resources they need to support their unique needs. At Our Clubhouse, Camden’s parents know that he is in caring, safe hands. Camden is still in active treatment and his prognosis is good. He looks forward to becoming a doctor so he can help kids like him.

Your gift to Our Clubhouse helps Camden and other families in western PA continue to move forward through their cancer journey.

www.ourclubhouse.org/donate 2816 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 | P: 412.338.1919 F: 412.338.1920

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre The Mission: To perpetuate excellence in the art of ballet through performances, superior training of student dancers, and community engagement initiatives. What It’s Doing: The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) is advancing key accessibility initiatives geared toward both audience members and aspiring artists. Last year, PBT became the first professional ballet company in the country to present a sensory-friendly performance of “The Nutcracker” for patrons with autism and other special needs. The nonprofit will continue the tradition with sensory-friendly performances of “The Nutcracker” on December 23 and “Beauty and the Beast” on February 13. Who It’s Helping: Audience members with special needs can now enjoy the ballet, find inspiration in the art, and take away a positive experience. How To Help: Make a monetary donation at pbt.org/support to elevate the PBT’s repertory with new commissions, fund live orchestra accompaniment, and strengthen educational programs within the community. PLUS: Get tickets for this season’s shows, and celebrate the company’s 45th anniversary! Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 2900 Liberty Ave., Strip District. 412.281.0360. pbt.org.

Rukmini Foundation The Mission: To empower underprivileged girls in Nepal through a program of quality education, mentoring, and health and wellness services. What It’s Doing: The Rukmini Foundation is currently striving to develop a new arts program for the upcoming school year. Not only will the students be able to stay in school, but they will also be able to explore their creative sides and learn in fun, innovative ways. Who It’s Helping: This program will not only help the 30-plus young girls in the program, but it will also benefit the entire community from the improved quality of education. How To Help: For as little as $1 a day, the Rukmini Foundation can keep a girl in school. Foster the cause with a monetary donation. PLUS: Nine of the 10 girls who joined the program during the inaugural year recently graduated from high school. Without the support of the Rukmini Foundation, they would not have such bright futures. Rukmini Foundation, 305 34th St., Lawrenceville. rukminifoundation.org. 84

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The Propel Schools Foundation The Mission: To catalyze the transformation of public education so that all children have access to high performing public schools. What It’s Doing: The annual spring event on May 6 at Propel Hazelwood is designed to raise awareness of the nonprofit’s mission and generate financial support for its academic enrichment experiences. Guests will enjoy student performances, children’s artwork, and the opportunity to “be” a Propel student through teacher- and studentled mini-classes. Who It’s Helping: More than 3,500 children, grades K-12, attend the 10 Propel schools in Allegheny County. How To Help: Attend the spring event, donate a prize to the silent auction, or make a monetary donation on an individual or corporate level. PLUS: About 75 percent of Propel students are eligible for free/reduced lunches, 73 percent are members of a minority group, and 14 percent have special needs. Supporting The Propel Schools Foundation ensures that Propel students receive the best education possible. The Propel Schools Foundation, 3447 E. Carson St., Suite 200, South Side. 412.325.7305. propelschools.org. Photograph from Propel Schools

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CASA of Westmoreland, Inc.

The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Mission: To promote the health and wellbeing of infants and children through services, which establish and strengthen the family.

The Mission: To provide a voice in the courts on behalf of abused and neglected children in Westmoreland County and ensure the child is placed in a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.

What It’s Doing: Adoption Program provides domestic infant adoption placements and a range of support services; Child’s Way® provides specialized day care to medically fragile children; and Pediatric Specialty Hospital offers a transitional setting between the hospital and home for infants, children, and families.

What It’s Doing: The Annual Fund Membership Drive is taking place now through December. Membership gifts can be made in one lump sum or in monthly, automatic installments. These gifts can be made in memory or honor of someone, or as a holiday gift.

The Mission: To improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.

Who It’s Helping: The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center serves infants, children, and their families in the Pittsburgh area and across the region.

Who It’s Helping: The children CASA advocates for are victims of abuse and/or neglect by their parents and were removed from their homes. Donations and fundraising endeavors give these children a better life.

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center

How To Help: Organize a special event to support the nonprofit, become a “Patient Care” volunteer, or make a monetary donation. PLUS: The nonprofit’s signature gala, Shake Your Booties, celebrates its 14th year on March 21 at Stage AE. The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center, 5324 Penn Ave., Friendship. 412.441.4884. childrenshomepgh.org.

How to Help: Donations go a long way, but so do volunteer work, internships, and fundraiser/ event attendance. PLUS: The next volunteer training session begins in March. Get your application in soon, so you can be an advocate for a child who needs a superhero to fight for them! CASA of Westmoreland, Inc., 2 North Main St., Greensburg. 724.850.6874. westmorelandcasa.org

What It’s Doing: The Pittsburgh Foundation will conduct a three-week public campaign to address the issue of homelessness in our community, starting December 8. Who It’s Helping: Organizations that serve Pittsburgh’s homeless population will benefit from all donations and be better able to reach out to those in need. How to Help: Community members can help by making donations at PittsburghGives.org PLUS: Online donations of $25 or more will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $100,000, by the Foundation, then distributed to area nonprofit organizations that serve Pittsburgh’s homeless population. The Pittsburgh Foundation, 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, Downtown. 412.391.5122. pittsburghfoundation.org.

St. Barnabas Charities The Mission: To provide care to those in need and make life better for patients at St. Barnabas. What It’s Doing: The Presents for Patients® holiday campaign touches the lives of nursing home patients in the Greater Pittsburgh region by creating smiles during what can be a lonely time of year. Who It’s Helping: Every year, St. Barnabas Charities and the Free Care Fund provide more than $6 million in medical care and rehabilitation therapy to patients at St. Barnabas. How To Help: Contribute a monetary donation, in-kind gift, planned gift, or corporate sponsorship; volunteer; or attend an annual fundraising event. PLUS: Dr. Charles Krauthammer will be the guest speaker and Hance Award recipient at the 115th Annual St. Barnabas Founder’s Day Fundraising Gala, held April 30 at the Marriott Pittsburgh North. St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. 724.625.3770. StBarnabasCharities.com. @stbfreecarefund.


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Photographs from The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center, CASA of Westmoreland, Inc., The Pittsburgh Foundation, Ray Cordero

Celebrate the mission with us… Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS) delivers support with compassion for the educational, financial, and health needs of our diverse communities.

Laughlin Children’s Center The Mission: To provide educational services — including tutoring in language arts, math and study skills, small group programs, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and child and family counseling — as well as an array of evaluations, screenings and assessments for children ages 2-18.

For more Information please contact us: 3459 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Phone: 412-648-6106 Fax: 412-692-2682

What It’s Doing: Laughlin Children’s Center is launching a major expansion that will contain new therapeutic spaces for occupational therapy, counseling, and parent-child interaction therapy sessions.

www.lhas.net .

Who It’s Helping: The added therapeutic space will allow Laughlin to help more children become successful learners, and will also house state-of-the-art amenities for those in need of occupational therapy. How to Help: Monetary donations can be made to help the Center meet the $50,000 challenge grant issued by the Laughlin Board of Trustees. PLUS: Laughlin needs to raise $450,000 to fully fund the project with the hope of having the new spaces available for use in late spring 2015.

Sign up now for Fall 2014 & Winter 2015 classes.

Laughlin Children’s Center, 424 Frederick Ave., Sewickley. 412.741.4087 laughlincenter.org Photograph from Laughlin Children’s Center

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Urban Impact The Mission: To serve Pittsburgh’s North Side by investing in the lives of at-risk children, youth, and their families, in order to develop productive and responsible members of society and the community. What It’s Doing: Urban Impact is partnering with Allegheny Center Alliance Church for “Light the Night,” a free concert and Christmas celebration. The event features several performing arts groups, student choirs, and the story of Christ’s birth.


Who It’s Helping: “Light the Night” benefits the children and youth of Urban Impact — up to 1,400 each year. How To Help: Donate musical instruments or sports equipment; make a monetary donation; or attend an event to support Urban Impact.


PLUS: Community members are also invited to become charity runners for Urban Impact in the DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Visit crowdrise.com/urbanimpact for more details. Urban Impact, 801 Union Ave., North Side. 412.321.3811. uifpgh.org.


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“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” - Twyla Tharp Run away with us. Give today.

Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS) The Mission: To deliver support with compassion for the educational, financial, and health needs of our diverse communities. What It’s Doing: LHAS fundraises to create and support programs that respond to the evolving needs of the community. LHAS significantly contributes to the following programs: the Orchid Fund, which provides funding and resources for non-surgical hair replacement for individuals experiencing hair loss; Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Program, educating students and parents regarding the warning signs of dating violence/abuse through weekly middle and high school assemblies; and Pups with Purpose, which works to increase the number of certified therapy dogs and medical service dogs for those in need.

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Who It’s Helping: In addition to supporting the programs’ targeted groups, the nonprofit works to benefit individuals and families needing an extra helping hand throughout Western Pennsylvania. How to Help: Make a monetary donation or volunteer for one of their social service initiatives by assembling bags containing items that provide diversion to the families of a dying patient, or packing clothing and footwear for discharged trauma patients. PLUS: Since its inception in 1898, LHAS has contributed more than $16 million to the Western Pennsylvania community. Ladies Hospital Aid Society, 3459 Fifth Ave., Suite N709, Oakland. 412.648.6106. lhas.net. Photograph from LHAS

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The Watson Institute

90.5 WESA

Adagio Health

The Mission: To provide programs that serve the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder, neurological impairments, or serious emotional challenges.

The Mission: To work for the public and inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialogue about community issues and stories.

What It’s Doing: The Watson Institute developed Watson LIFE Resources, an online resource to complement their services to teachers, trainers, and caregivers who teach and support children with autism and other needs. Ask about a concern for your child, and it will provide an accurate answer with strategies, based on data Watson consultants have collected over 15 years.

What It’s Doing: The station provides informative content and profiles local standouts through a variety of programs. For example, 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference highlights local community leaders, and Art from the Ground Up features small arts organizations.

The Mission: To promote the reproductive health and overall well-being of women of all ages, their families, and their communities by providing healthcare services and educational programs that are responsive and creative.

Who It’s Helping: Caregivers and educators rely on Watson LIFE Resources to provide the best solutions for children with special needs. How To Help: Make a monetary donation to The Watson Institute to support the maintenance of Watson LIFE Resources. PLUS: Don’t miss the 35th Annual Watson Institute/First National Bank Pro-Am Golf Tournament at the Allegheny Country Club on June 5. The Watson Institute, 301 Camp Meeting Road, Sewickley. 412.741.1800.thewatsoninstitute.org.

Who It’s Helping: WESA’s local listeners use the programs to learn more about community issues and how they can work to improve the region. How To Help: Make a monetary donation, attend an event, or simply send support over the airwaves.

What It’s Doing: Adagio Health’s annual appeal takes place in November and benefits all of its programs. The nonprofit provides healthcare, preventative health education, and nutrition programs to more than 150,000 people in Western Pennsylvania every year. Who It’s Helping: The organization plays a vital role in educating teens about a healthy future, offers nutrition advice to new mothers, screens uninsured women for breast cancer, and more. How To Help: Make a monetary donation or attend an upcoming event.

PLUS: In its three years on air, the station’s journalists have won 15 Pennsylvania Associated Press News Awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and 11 Western Pennsylvania Press Association “Golden Quill” Awards!

PLUS: The Trés Chic event, held February 28 at Macy’s Downtown, will be filled with fashion, flavor, and fun. Ticket sales directly assist the group’s dietetic internship students in developing their skills and knowledge of nutrition science through practical experience.

90.5 WESA, 67 Bedford St., South Side. 412.381.9131. wesa.fm.

Adagio Health, 960 Penn Ave., Suite 600, Downtown. 412.253.8163. adagiohealth.org.

Girls on the Run at MageeWomens Hospital of UPMC The Mission: To inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident through a fun and experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. What It’s Doing: Half of Girls on the Run participants rely on scholarships to participate in the program. Your donation will help inspire lower-income girls to be to be joyful, healthy, and confident! Who It’s Helping: More than half of the 1,500 participating girls and their families will benefit from financial donations to the scholarship program. How To Help: Follow the “Support” link on the program’s website for details on volunteering and making monetary donations. PLUS: The 2nd Annual Fall Girls on the Run 5K takes off December 7 at North Park. Girls on the Run at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, 3380 Blvd. of the Allies, Suite 315, Oakland. 412.641.5353. gotrmagee.org.


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Photographs from Matt Mead Photography, Jim Judkins, Adagio Health, Girls on the Run

Providing opportunities for children with disabilities to discover the possibilities for their lives…

“The bike will give her a sense of belonging with other children. Also, because of her height she is too short for most bikes and her motor skills are not the best, so for her to steer a bike is literally impossible. This is going to be transformative for her.“ - Jessica, mother Sophia (pictured above) Variety the Children’s Charity’s “My Bike” Program provides adaptive bikes that are individually customized to eligible children with disabilities, so they can experience the joy, freedom and belonging that comes with riding a bike.



11279 Perry Highway, Suite 512 Wexford, PA 15090 * 724-933-0460 (office) * 724-933-0466 (fax) * www.varietypittsburgh.org

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Mission: To cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatments, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. What It’s Doing: The next foundation event is the 65 Roses Sports Auction on December 9 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh in Station Square. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation partners with the Pittsburgh Steelers to host a one of a kind sports extravaganza. Steelers Brett Keisel and Cameron Heyward bring their fellow teammates out for an autograph session. Visit wpa.cff.org/ sportsauction for more information. Who It’s Helping: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis patients by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. How to Help: Make a monetary donation or attend one of many events throughout the year. Follow @CFF_WP on Twitter for up-to-date event information. PLUS: The Western PA Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recently broke national records with its Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest program, netting proceeds in excess of $360,000. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 810 River Ave., North Shore. 412.321.4422. cff.org. 92

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ACHIEVA Supports and Empowers Individuals with Disabilities and their Families. We provide supports and services in the following areas: Advocacy & Family Supports Early Intervention Home Care Preschool Readiness Residential Special Needs Trusts Vocational


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Light of Life Rescue Mission The Mission: To provide life-changing programs, food, and shelter to Pittsburgh’s poor and homeless. What It’s Doing: During the winter season, the nonprofit collects warm coats, winter hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets for those in need. Volunteers distribute the winter clothing from tents outside the Mission to those who attend the Great Thanksgiving Banquet and the Christmas Banquet. Who It’s Helping: Poor and homeless men, women, and children who come to the Mission for meals or long-term programs will receive the comforting donations. Light of Life Rescue Mission also partners with local churches and nonprofits to give to their members, too. How To Help: Its primary source of funding comes from individuals, businesses, and private grants throughout the year. To make a monetary donation, follow the “Donate Now” tab at lightoflife.org. PLUS: To arrange dropping off winter coats, contact Bri Feindt at bfeindt@ lightoflight.org or 412.803.4160. Light of Life Rescue, P.O. Box 6823, 10 E. North Ave., North Side. 412.258.6100. lightoflife.org.

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Waldorf School of Pittsburgh

Catholic Charities

The Mission: To foster each child’s capacity to become an independentthinking, compassionate, and purposeful human being.

The Mission: To serve all, regardless of religious affiliation, at their time of great need.

What It’s Doing: The school provides the capacities required for a successful, purposeful, and joyful life; ingrates an intrinsic passion for learning; and inspires responsibility for self, community, and the world.

What It’s Doing: As the primary social service agency of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Catholic Charities assists neighbors who need help with housing, health, hunger, training and employment, and economic security and stability. Through 25 programs, the nonprofit strives to provide direct assistance, as well as a path to greater stability.

Who It’s Helping: Students at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh receive an education that’s joyful, creative, thorough, and advanced. The curriculum prepares children to graduate with a love of learning; reverence for the beauty and wonder of the world; and an ability to think flexibly, analytically, and creatively. The school truly educates head, heart, and hands. How To Help: Make a monetary donation or attend the annual gala on March 7. Community members are invited to celebrate, raise funds for the nonprofit, and become a corporate sponsor, if able.

Who It’s Helping: Neighbors and families across six counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania benefit from the nonprofit’s good works. How To Help: Make a monetary donation, volunteer to increase the impact of the nonprofit’s mission, or attend an event.

PLUS: Every year, 100 percent of the Annual Fund supports the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh’s students.

PLUS: Don’t miss the Vintage Christmas Experience at Stage AE on December 13 (12.13.14!) The holiday bash includes dancing to the grooves of the 60s, 70s, and 80s; a 12 Days of Christmas auction; Christmas fare; and a Christmas Giving Tree.

Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, 201 S. Winebiddle St., Bloomfield. 412.441.5792. waldorfpittsburgh.org.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, 212 Ninth St., Downtown. 412.456.6950. ccpgh.org.


Vincentian Collaborative System

The Mission: To support and empower individuals with disabilities and their families.

The Mission: Compelled by the love of Christ, Vincentian Collaborative System nurtures and sustains a ministry of compassionate care that preserves the human dignity of persons within a diverse and changing society.

What It’s Doing: ACHIEVA is implementing innovative programming to better serve adults and children with disabilities and/or development delays. Its current projects include reducing the waiting lists for services for individuals with disabilities, providing job training and employment opportunities, enhancing the opportunities for families to secure their financial futures, and increasing energy efficiency throughout the organizations’ more than 100 facilities.

What It’s Doing: Vincentian Collaborative System’s annual fundraiser, Affair of the Heart, takes place February 21 at LeMont on Mt. Washington. The signature event raised more than $120,000 last year, as attendees enjoyed entertainment, fine dining, and breathtaking views of Pittsburgh — all for a good cause!

Who It’s Helping: More than 14,500 individuals with disabilities and their families benefit from ACHIEVA’s services.

Who It’s Helping: All funds raised at the event directly benefit residents of Vincentian de Marillac in Pittsburgh and Marian Manor in the South Hills, two of Vincentian’s senior communities.

How To Help: ACHIEVA is able to provide some support services to families free of charge. Make a monetary donation to directly fund those services

How to Help: Registration and corporate sponsorship opportunities for Affair of the Heart opens in early 2015. Please call 412.548.4056 for more information.

PLUS: Support the nonprofit at ACHIEVA’s Pittsburgh Promenade Auction on March 21 and ACHIEVA’s 17th Million Dollar Golf Outing on August 17.

PLUS: Vincentian Collaborative System is part of the worldwide Sisters of Charity of Nazareth congregation.

ACHIEVA, 711 Bingham St., South Side. 412.995.5000. achieva.info.

Vincentian Collaborative System, 412.630.9980. vcs.org.


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If you could help make an amazing difference, would you?

Some kids face challenges that would overwhelm the toughest adults. They come to The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh from across the region — sometimes across the country or around the world — and that’s when the amazing differences begin. Your contribution to The Children’s Institute can keep the amazing differences happening. Won’t you help change the future for the kids and families who so greatly deserve it? To learn more, visit www.amazingkids.org/giving

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh The Mission: To serve as a catalyst and source of growth and knowledge; offer a home to thinking and inquisitive children and adults; act as a collector, guardian, and interactive presenter of cultural and scientific treasures and ideas; and support the community by attracting visitors and promoting economic development. What It’s Doing: As the region’s largest and most far-reaching cultural organization, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh offers more than 130 special exhibitions, films, theater shows, and live performances; 341 kids’ classes and camps, attended by 19,000 children; and 100 adults’ classes, attended by 4,300 people. Who It’s Helping: In 2013, the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh reached 1.3 million people through onsite visits, educational programming, community outreach, and special events. How To Help: Become a Carnegie Museums Member, give a gift membership, make a donation to Carnegie Museums’ Annual Fund; or volunteer your talents at one of the four museums. PLUS: Don’t miss the world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village®’s reopening at Carnegie Science Center on November 28; Neapolitan presepio at Carnegie Museum of Art from November 28-January 15 (closed December 1-3); Carnegie Trees at Carnegie Museum of Art from December 5-January 5; and MessFest at Carnegie Science Center on January 1. Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412.622.3131. cmoa.org. carnegiemnh.org. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Ave., North Shore. 412.237.3400. carnegiesciencecenter.org. The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Shore. 412.237.8300. warhol.org.


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Food. Shelter. Hope.


Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh The Mission: To support people through life changes and challenges in the Greater Pittsburgh community by providing psychological, employment, and social services. What It’s Doing: The Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry (SHCFP) is a division of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh (JF&CS) that provides food assistance to all qualified families without discrimination, as well as those in need of emergency food in surrounding communities. Who It’s Helping: More than 1,700 clients who struggle with food insecurity and hunger in the 15217 zip code and those outside of the area who keep kosher homes benefit from its programs. How To Help: Make a monetary donation, or volunteer at the SHCFP. Volunteers can sort donations, deliver groceries to homebound clients, or assist clients in shopping. PLUS: The nonprofit as a whole supports more than 8,000 people who experience a crisis or serious life challenge annually. Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, 5743 Bartlett St., Squirrel Hill.412.422.7200. jfcspgh.org. Photograph from Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh

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The Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation fund

91.3 WYEP

The Mission: To make meaningful grants to charities that are creating tangible positivity in the communities they serve.

What It’s Doing: WYEP is hosting its annual Holiday Hootenanny on December 11. Held at Stage AE, the festive concert begins at 7 p.m. with a family-friendly Yule Kids sing-along and Pajama Jam. At 8 p.m., an all-star lineup of local musicians — including Mark Dignam, Billy Price, Chet Vincent, and more — will perform classic and contemporary holiday hits.

What It’s Doing: The foundation’s biggest event is the Polamalu’s Polynesian Luau. Held November 14 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, the high-energy event features live performances, traditional fare, and specialty cocktails. Who It’s Helping: Supporting the Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund and the Harry Pans Fund for Veterans, the event benefits groups like Operation Once in a Lifetime, which grants wishes to members of the U.S. military, and The Fa’a Samoa Initiative, which implements sports and academic programs and scholarships. How To Help: Visit polamalufoundation.org to learn how to make a monetary donation and support the nonprofit’s goals. PLUS: The Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund and the Harry Panos Fund for Veterans are held at the Pittsburgh Foundation, allowing the freedom to support a variety of charities through the grants made by their funds. The Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund, polamalufoundation.org.

The Mission: To enrich the community through musical discovery, expression, and education.

Who It’s Helping: The event benefits WYEP’s programs and The Pajama Project, an organization that’s dedicated to providing “a million good nights” to children and families in need. How To Help: Attend the Holiday Hootenanny, and bring a new pair of pajamas or a book to donate to The Pajama Project. Monetary donations can be made to WYEP at any time. PLUS: Tickets go on sale November 10 for $15 and are $20 at the door. 91.3 WYEP, 67 Bedford Square, South Side. 412.381.9900. wyep.org.

The Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming The Mission: To raise the standard and promote the appreciation of bagpipe music in the U.S. by providing world-class instruction, cultivating excellence in youth, presenting innovative musical events, and fostering tradition. What It’s Doing: The Balmoral Classic, one of the nonprofit’s biggest fundraisers, will be held November 21-22. Attend The Gathering, a fundraiser with a live auction and Scottish entertainment and food, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association on Friday. On Saturday, The U.S. Junior Solo Piping and Snare Drumming Championship competition, and an evening concert by Battlefield Band, will take place at Oakland Catholic’s McGonigle Theatre. Who It’s Helping: Proceeds from The Balmoral Classic will go toward scholarships and programs for students at The Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming. How To Help: Make a monetary or in-kind donation, or attend an upcoming concert. PLUS: The nonprofit works to establish itself as the national leader in the support and training of young American pipers and drummers. In fact, the only Americans to win major solo bagpiping competitions in Scotland have been students of The Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming! The Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming, 1414 Pennsylvania Ave., North Side. 412.323.2707. bagpiping.org.

Variety the Children’s Charity The Mission: To enable children with disabilities to live life to the fullest with a focus on mobility, communication, and social inclusion/interaction. What It’s Doing: Celebrating the two-year anniversary of Variety’s “My Bike” program, the nonprofit will launch a “My Bike” Christmas Campaign. More than 650 adaptive bikes for disabled children have been sponsored since the program launched. Its goal is to have 1,000 total by this Christmas. Who It’s Helping: The nonprofit benefits children with disabilities, ages 4 to 21, throughout 26 counties in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. How To Help: Sponsor a bike for the “My Bike” Christmas Campaign for $1,800, and give a child a greater sense of independence and the joy of riding a bike. PLUS: If you know a child who is eligible to receive a bike from the program, please call 724.933.0460 or apply at varietypittsburgh.org/bikeapplication.asp. Variety the Children’s Charity, 11279 Perry Hwy., Suite 512, Wexford. 724.933.0460.varietypittsburgh.org.


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Photographs from Cayla Zahoran and Andrew Buda, Gary Dotterweich, Lynette Castelucci, Variety the Children’s Charity

T H E P O W ER TO DO G RE A T T H I N G S Starts here

What will your story be? What impact will you make on the community? For nearly 70 years, The Pittsburgh Foundation has been helping individuals and families set up charitable funds that make a powerful difference in the lives of others. Whether it’s supplying musical instruments to schools, feeding the hungry and homeless, or funding the next breakthrough research, we can help you discover the lasting rewards of philanthropy.

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Visit pittsburghfoundation.org or call 412-391-5122.



ChaiN REACTION Troy and Theodora Polamalu share how their pasts have affected their lives today, and how they’re determined to create a positive future for others By Rachel Jones Photographs by Michael Fornataro Art Direction by Samantha Casale + Jason Solak Assisted by Brianna PfluGh


roy Polamalu stands on the field at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, his target in sight. He steps right. He cuts left. He lunges down. And scoops up his son, Paisios. The Pittsburgh Steelers Safety makes his way over to his wife, Theodora, and younger son, Ephraim, completing the Polamalu family portrait. A few flashes from WHIRL Staff Photographer Michael Fornataro’s camera later, and the boys are back to their game of tag. Mom and dad stick around for a few more poses, but time is limited. Final details for the Polamalu’s Polynesian Luau need to be confirmed in a few hours, and the Polamalu gentlemen haven’t had their post-practice/post-school meals yet. We head inside for some solo shots of Troy, and he throws an intense gaze into Fornataro’s lens. A few feet below, Ephraim is hugging his dad’s leg and asking if they can have fish tacos for dinner. Even as he reaches down to tousle his son’s curls, Troy’s eyes remain locked, focused — perfectly exemplifying how he balances his energy between his three loves: his family, his NFL career, and his dedication to helping others.


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f course, family is always first. As the power couple zips between hosting and attending charity fundraisers, they make sure Paisios and Ephraim take notes. “It’s important to show them different perspectives on life, so they understand their life experience is not the only life experience,” Troy explains. “They need to try to understand and sympathize with different people and their daily struggles. They’ve definitely had a different upbringing than I had.” For Troy, life began with his mother, in an inner city and on welfare. His aunt and uncle adopted him years later, relocating his childhood to a blue-collar town in Oregon. “I’ve been able to see the struggle on both ends,” Troy says. “To have those humble beginnings has been a blessing and has given me a different perspective on life. Times when you think there’s nowhere you can look for help, then you find that little bit to push you forward — it makes such a difference. I’ll never forget those feelings I’ve had and those people who’ve helped me. I think that’s why it’s really important to not forget your roots.” His cultural roots are firmly planted in the soil of American Samoa, an island where NFL futures come to fruition as often as MLB careers flourish from the Dominican Republic. To nurture those dreams, the Polamalus launched the Fa’a Samoa Initiative. “We call it a camp, but it’s not really a camp,” Troy explains. “We do have a football aspect to it, and we do have a volleyball aspect to it. But, it’s really about education.” Samoans endure a constant tug of war battle between trying to maintain their traditional culture, while also seeing what it takes to be successful in this century’s Westernized world. The lack of access to a solid education complicates things further. But, the programs the Polamalus have established for the youth in its inner cities has lessened the burden. “It’s really amazing that we’re able to have such an influence on an entire country,” Troy says, in awe of their own impact. “That really doesn’t happen these days.” It’s all thanks to The Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund. Through the Pittsburgh Foundation, the generous nonprofit seeks out organizations that need an extra boost. From humanitarian groups in American Samoa to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, the foundation casts its net of generosity across the globe. “We want to highlight charities that are operating with the utmost care and concern for the people they serve,” Theodora says. The family also looks out for those who have served — in the U.S. military. Named for Theodora’s grandfather, who served in World War II, The Harry Panos Fund for Veterans benefits military-focused charitable opportunities. “We got tired of seeing our country’s heroes not receive the benefits we believe they should have. We wanted to help them and their family members out because we know their struggles directly,” Troy says, speaking of the Polamalus’ friends and family members who are veterans. By contributing to groups like Operation Once in a Lifetime, which works to provide the financial and moral support necessary to make the dreams of U.S. soldiers and their families come true, the Polamalus are on their way to having that mission accomplished. Both foundations reflect the defensive captain’s philanthropic passion, a refreshing feature that’s present across the team’s roster. The players regularly volunteer as a unit — running


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everything from youth clinics to food drives — but several Steelers have launched individual charities and projects, too. “My wife and I are directly involved with and affected by American Samoa because of our culture, and veterans because of our families’ experiences,” Troy says. “But, a lot of my teammates support wonderful causes, like education, domestic violence awareness, and the local police.” By picking specific missions that personally affect their lives, the Steelers can positively impact the lives of local community members. See, Steeler fans are a rare breed. They will pack even the most snow-covered seats at Heinz Field, and travel cross-country just to bring some black and gold






to the opponents’ stands. Gracious for the dedication, Troy says the team strives to give back to the city that has given the Steelers so much. It all comes full circle. “I haven’t been a part of any other NFL team, but I will say this about the Steelers,” Troy says, his soft voice growing more passionate with every word. “I can’t imagine any football team that is more integrated within their city than the Steelers are. Not just the Steelers, but the Penguins and the Pirates, too. I don’t see any other professional teams that really support the city and try to help its people as much as they can.”

Meet the Polamalus: Paisios, 6; Troy; Theodora; and Ephraim, 4.

Linked in a chain of people helping people, the Polamalus continue to spread the brightness of their “pay it forward” attitude. After our photo shoot wraps, we watch Paisios and Ephraim literally follow their father’s footsteps down the hall. Someday, they will do so figuratively, too, carrying on the tradition of giving and causing future waves of generosity to ripple throughout society. The grants made by both foundations have already impacted so many lives already, and Theodora knows this is just the beginning. “We are grateful to all who support our efforts in creating a more compassionate and aware society for future generations.” To donate to or learn more about The Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund and The Harry Panos Fund for Veterans, visit troy43.com/giving. Pittsburgh Steelers, steelers.com.

Not only do the Polamalus love supporting this city, they also love exploring its historic locales! See the family’s favorite places in Pittsburgh at whirlmagazine.com.


The best way to support The Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund and The Harry Panos Fund for Veterans? “Come to our luau!” Troy exclaims. The Polamalu’s Polynesian Luau, held November 14 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, transports guests to a tropical paradise. Peruse the strolling dinner, complete with traditional fare; sip an exotic cocktail; and be amazed by the talented singers and dancers who will entertain and astound. “There aren’t too many Polynesians in Western Pennsylvania,” Troy says. “To be able to share my culture with people who are unfamiliar with it is a joy.”

General admission tickets, $250 each, include a door prize entry to win two tickets to a Steelers game and a post-game meet and greet with Troy. VIP tickets, $500 each, include a pre-event VIP cocktail reception, a private preview of auction items, and a photo with Troy. Tack a VIP souvenir package onto the VIP ticket for $200 more, and you’re guaranteed one souvenir from the Troy Polamalu/Steelers Memorabilia Collection. And, one lucky souvenir includes two seats to a Steelers home game in the Polamalu suite and a post-game meet and greet with Troy! For tickets, visit polamalufoundation.org.

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Campomaggi nero gemstone chain link clutch, $588.


rom hot handbags and sparkling bijoux, to cozy coats and F layers of cashmere, discover unique accessories that will accentuate your own sense of personal style this month!




We’re swooning over the newest arrivals from Campomaggi handbags at Kristi Boutique! Owner Kristi Moss says shipments barely last 24 hours in her shop, and we understand why — Campomaggi achieves the perfect balance of casual luxury. Handmade in Teodorano, Italy, “part of a small world where the passage of time enhances instead of taking away,” no two bags are the same. Each purse features unique distressed elements that enhance the feel of the leather and give off distinct bohemian flair. Plus, studs and embellishments make the swift transition from day to night, so you can show off your newest buddy all day long. Kristi Boutique, 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. kristiboutique.com.

Campomaggi origino cowhide messenger, $728.


Campomaggi calf hair bi-fold wallet, $188.


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Campomaggi militare flapfront crossbody, $478.

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CONSCIOUS luxury Ever pack up your purse for work, or carry-on luggage before heading to the airport, and wonder where all that space went? Motivated by the lack of utility in women’s luxury accessories, Squirrel Hill-based entrepreneur Rohini Shah recently launched Blu Salt, a new design company focused on combining form, function, and fashion. Starting small, the brand currently produces two styles available for pre-order, the “Rama” wallet and the “Sharon” clutch, which maximize utility and versatility. (Seriously, we are still impressed by how much these bags fit!) Much like popular online retailer Everlane, Blu Salt will sell its products exclusively online to keep the cost down for customers. For Blu Salt, sustainability is key in its products. Says Shah, “It’s not so much a selling point, but rather how I want my business to be. The world doesn’t necessarily need another luxury product. It needs a product that has a form and function, and uses recycled things that would otherwise be sitting in the environment.” It took Shah and her California-based designer (who has previously worked for Michael Kors and Patagonia) almost two years to complete the highly functional bags and to find the correct natural and recycled materials, like up-cycled silk and organic cotton sourced from India. And, the attention to detail shows. Next up for the budding brand? Shah envisions men’s styles and an expanded selection of silhouettes on the horizon. Blu Salt, blusalt.com.



Blu Salt Sharon Clutch, $165, and the Blu Salt Rama Wallet, $125.



One of the biggest hits on the runways this fall? Colorful outerwear. Head to one of Highland Park’s most unique boutiques, Bryant St. Limited, to try on the trend! Be daring in a bright orange, quilted jacket by contemporary label Montanaco, or embrace a funkier vibe in a fun sweater coat by New York City-based brand, La-El Couture. With the chilly months ahead, bundling up in brightness will certainly boost our spirits! Bryant St. Limited, 5910 Bryant St., Highland Park. 412.362.2200. Montanaco down quilted jacket, $143.

{ La-El Couture sweater coat, $152.


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Photographs from Blu Salt, BY MICHAEL FORNATARO

{ Doves by Doron Paloma, Ivory Sky Collection 18K white gold and diamond ring, price available upon request, Goldstock Jewelers.

JEWEL tones Savor hors d’oeuvres and beverages while browsing hundreds of captivating jewelry pieces from Doves by Doron Paloma during the brand’s trunk show at Goldstock Jewelers. Held November 21-22, the trunk show will spotlight 18 feet of case space filled with Doves’ newest gemstone and diamond necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets, including the St. Barths Blue collection, inspired by one of Pantone’s fashion color report predictions for Spring 2015, “Scuba Blue.” Also on-trend, we predict handmade pieces combining white, black, and chocolate diamonds will be a hit with your special someone this holiday season. Enjoy the special deals, and enter the drawing to win one of two stunning Doves pieces! Goldstock Jewelers, 717 Liberty Ave., Suite 203, Downtown. 412.281.1789. goldstockjewelers.com.

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Doves by Doron Paloma, White Orchid Collection 18K yellow gold and diamond earrings, price available upon request, Goldstock Jewelers.

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Photographs from Goldstock Jewelers

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glossy GLAM Rouge Allure Gloss, the newest in lip color from CHANEL, provides such intense color and shine, it will convert even the most loyal lipstick lovers. Apply gloss from the ultra sleek, one-click pack, and go for the statement lip in bold colors, like Pirate. Or, try your hand at fall’s hottest hue for lips, plum, in the appropriately named color, Controversy. Rouge Allure Gloss comes in 10 shades and registers in at $34. CHANEL products are available at Macy’s, Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall, and online at chanel.com.




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Pendants from the Stephen Webster Seven Deadly Sins Collection.


to die for

Through November, Orr’s Jewelers will feature the newest fine and sterling silver jewelry collections from British jewelry designer Stephen Webster! The London-based jeweler has been crafting innovative, edgy designs for more than 40 years, becoming a favorite amongst celebs like Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, and Victoria Beckham. Stop in for special deals and to see the beautiful, gothic-inspired designs that have Hollywood abuzz. Orr’s Jewelers, 5857 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.421.6777. orrsrocks.com.

consignments FOR A cause The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Pittsburgh Section will host its 44th annual NCJW Designer Days Sale at a new location this year — the Designer Annex at the organization’s Home Consignments store in Swissvale! On November 6-9, shop the sale attended by more than 5,000 patrons each year for high-end furniture and home goods, in addition to a generous selection of new and gently worn designer clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids. This year’s sale will feature designers like Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, St. John, and Tory Burch, and furs from Carl Herrmann! Says NCJW Executive Director Andrea Kline Glickman, “This year’s event is about bringing Designer Days home to NCJW’s space. Our Designer Annex at the Home Consignments store offers a wonderful opportunity for our loyal shoppers to connect with NCJW’s staff and mission in a way that feels like a shopping party in a cozier, boutique space.” Proceeds will support NCJW’s efforts to develop programs and services that improve the quality of life for women, children, and families in the Pittsburgh community. National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section, ncjwpgh.org. Home Consignments, 1913 Monongahela Ave., Swissvale. 412.271.3274. ncjwhome.com.

Photographs from Orr’s Jewelers

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Shop this season’s cashmere essentials for both men and women at the Kinross Cashmere trunk show November 6-8 at Larrimor’s! Crafted with adherence to the strict Scottish cashmere production standards, Kinross’ luxurious, modern pieces — from sweaters and wraps, to gloves, hats, and scarves — are cozy, welcome additions to our winter wardrobes. Larrimor’s, One PNC Plaza, 249 Fifth Ave., Downtown.412.471.5727. larrimors.com.

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{ Dogwood earrings, $425.



The repoussé, or “pushed from the back” style of silver artistry, most popular during America’s gilded age at the turn of the century, is making a major comeback. Repoussé Jewelry, a new collection by longtime Tiffany & Co. artisan Michael Galmer, utilizes old-world silver making techniques to create highly detailed sterling silver cuff bracelets, earrings, and pendants that have caught the attention of Louis Anthony Jewelers. “For many area families, repoussé has been collected for generations in silver table pieces and estate jewelry,” says Louis Guarino, president of Louis Anthony Jewelers. “This collection has all of the romance and artistic expertise of a fine antique, but offers elegance in new, highly wearable luxury silver jewelry.” The fine jewelry retailer is one of only a handful of stores across the country carrying this unique line, so head over to discover treasures you won’t find anywhere else! Louis Anthony Jewelers, 1775 N. Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.854.0310. louisanthony.com. The Peony Cuff, $695.

{ The Abbey Cuff with sparkling green Topaz, $825.


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Mark your calendars for November’s most stylish events! November 5 Grand Opening Soiree @ Samuel Baron Clothiers

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We Specialize in Chanel, St. John, Escada & Bridal Gowns

Celebrate the opening of the new Samuel Baron Clothiers showroom at 201 South Highland Ave. in Shadyside while perusing the new fall fabric selections and savoring bites from Capital Grille! The party goes from 6-8:30 p.m. and valet parking is complimentary.

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November 11-15 One Year Anniversary Event @ Kizmit Boutique by Venetia Shop Kizmit Boutique’s extended hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during its week-long anniversary celebration, which will feature trunk shows by Sondra Roberts Handbags, Tesoro Moda Clothing, and L George Designs jewelry, in addition to gift certificate raffles and drawings for discounts on purchases made during the week. Plus, receive an L George Swarovski crystal and brass bracelet with all major purchases as a thankyou gift!

November 29 Small Business Saturday Stroll the streets of Shadyside and support local businesses while crossing items off your holiday shopping list!

Sloane Davidson and Tori Mistick, director of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce, at Small Business Saturday 2013 in Shadyside.


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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Gala: For Your Eyes Only engaged a fashionable crowd of guests of grandeur. Guests decorated the Duquesne Club’s cocktail hour in a sea of glittering black-tie favorites. Our chosen few accessorized flawlessly, with sparkle, pattern, texture — and chic accessories, too! These darlings have revived the meaning of evening elegance in grand style. — Andrea Bosco

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CHARACTER STUDY Meet Meryl Franzos, local fashion blogger whose distinguishing style reflects elements of the unexpected Writer Meryl Franzos’ love for characters is reflected in her own distinctive fashion sense — she’s self-diagnosed it as “multiple personal-style disorder.” She utilizes the space on her blog, Mrs. Franzos, to hash out all of its elements, from the edgy, to the vintage, to the pieces that combine all of those aspects (she cites her grandfather’s bell bottoms from his Navy days as a wintertime favorite). An exploratory collaboration with her husband, photographer Joshua Franzos, whom she married last May, the blog’s title serves as a tribute to her late mother-in-law. She says, “When you get married, there’s this expectation, overt or whatever. It’s a new role, and how do you dress around that? What happens to your personal style when you add somebody else into that equation? It’s experimental for me. Not that I’m dressing for men. But, I like his opinion, and I like to look nice around him. I also have my own opinions, so the meshing of the two is complicated.” Though Franzos is new to the blogosphere, she’s happy to have already received a great response from her audience. In her deliberate, yet gentle voice, she offers this advice for other bloggers just starting out: “Write on a schedule, so that your readers know what to expect from you. And, pictures drive everything. They’re so important, more so than the writing — well, some people think so. The writing is paramount to me.” As beautiful as her husband’s photos of her are, Franzos’ witty posts demonstrate fashion’s integral role in culture by marrying each outfit with engaging and informative (bet you weren’t aware of the history of the bed jacket!) writing. Up next, she’s completing a novel based on her seven-year stint working at a Pittsburgh auction house. We’re hanging on to her every word — and ensemble! Meryl Franzos, mrsfranzos.blogspot.com.

A FEW OF HER FAVORITE THINGS Sarah Loertscher earrings. “I bought these at the Carnegie Museum of Art gift shop and I love the architectural quality,” says Franzos.

Vintage Furla envelope clutch. Franzos says, “I found this for $1 at an estate sale and cut off the straps.”


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Stubbs & Wootton smoking slipper with rabbit embellishment. “I’m always looking for white rabbits. They’re rare, but not as rare as you would think. I’m obsessed with them.”

Alexander McQueen skull print scarf.

By LIZ PETONIAK • Photographs by Michael Fornataro

Q & A How would you describe your personal style?

Meryl Franzos: How about I give you a recipe for chip dip instead? [Laughs] I don’t know what to say to that. I consider my personal style to be a “multiple personal-style disorder.” It tends to be on the darker side — I’m drawn to black clothing, leather, and edgy stuff. In the summer, I’ll go nautical. My dad was a sailor, so I’ll get out the gold boat shoes. Then there’s the writing that comes into play a little bit because I want to be this protagonist — a strong character in my own story, and you have to dress for that.

What inspires your fashion sense?

MF: Oh, everything! I would say a lot of music, film, architecture, furniture, and just interesting characters. I like [architect] Frank Gehry.

Who ARE your style icons?

MF: This is obscure, but there was this television show called La Femme Nikita in the late ‘90s. Peta Wilson, she was this covert agent, Nikita, and she’s always dressing up for something. She’s this tall, blonde, stunning Australian, and all of her outfits on that show have been inspiring me still to this day. Then, there’s Garrison Keillor and his seersucker suits, Hunter S. Thompson, and Jenna Lyons of J. Crew. Also, Isabella Blow. She’s the one who actually found Alexander McQueen. I love the hats she wore — she’s amazing.


What are your favorite brands?

MF: I really like Rick Owens, AllSaints — I just discovered AllSaints when I was traveling in Miami. It’s like they took everything out of my brain and put it in a store. I liked Alexander McQueen when he was designing. And, Maison [Martin] Margiela, Helmut Lang...

What are your wardrobe essentials?

MF: I have a lot of black ankle boots and cardigans. Writing has done terrible things to the elbows of my cardigans. I have lost seven or eight these past two years — it’s incredible. So I have the old elbow patches for real, not for cute. The closest thing to a uniform for me would be ankle boots, cropped pants, and a cardigan. But, I tend to put my best face forward on the blog.

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FACE TIME Pamper your skin with these hydrating and rejuvenating face cleansers, creams, serums, and masks Whether you’re concerned about crow’s feet or simply in need of a cure for dry skin, our faces could all use little more tender, loving care in the chilly months ahead. In search of a solution, we rounded up a few of our favorite products (many of which are made locally!) with a range of purposes and price points. Find the key to revitalizing your skincare routine and put your best face forward! Details in WHIRL Directory, page 142.

2 A breakthrough in skin care, this concentrate removes damaging toxins to promote renewal, and firmer, more radiant skin. As a bonus, the golden bottle looks très chic on a vanity.

1 We love the silky texture of this cream that intensely hydrates without being too heavy.

3 A WHIRL staffer favorite, we think this is the perfect cream to keep our skin from drying out in the winter.

4 Aimed at bringing balance to “normal” skin types, smooth this serum on morning and night for amplified radiance.

6 We love the refreshing scent of this extra-gentle cleanser, suitable for sensitive skin.


This dermatologistgrade hydrating gel is like a “big drink of water for the skin.”

5 The newest product from Nerium International is actually a body lotion, but we couldn’t resist! This cream targets cellulite and smooths, tightens, and firms the appearance of loose skin with amazing results.

1. VU Skin System Anti-Aging Replenishing Night Creme, $22.50, available at Vujevich Dermatology Associates, Giant Eagle, and Giant Eagle Market District. 2. CHANEL Sublimage L’Essence Ultimate Revitalizing and Light-Activating Concentrate, $425, available at Nordstrom. 3. Una Biologicals Luxe Face Cream, $25, available at the Una Biologicals kiosk at Ross Park Mall, East End Food Co-op, and Sunny Bridge Natural Foods. 4. Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiance Fluid, $43, available at Stonewater Salon and Spa. 5. NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream, $98, available at Jeffrey Smith Salon. 6. P2 Skincare by Philip Pelusi Limu Facial Cleanser, $17.97, available at Philip Pelusi Salons. 7. Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $78, available at Sognatoré Salon and Spa.


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By LIZ PETONIAK • Photographs by Michael Fornataro

9 This serum supports new cell growth with an eight-hour time release of retinol and generates tighter, more radiant skin.

10 The final element in a fourstep skin kit, this creme shines on its own for visibly reducing dark spots.


With an impressive line-up of highpowered antioxidants, like blueberry, cocoa seed, coffee bean, grape, papaya enzyme, and resveratrol, this cleansing lotion leaves our skin smoother and more radiant.

11 This treatment brings a new meaning to “beauty sleep.” Rub in to the skin before bed time, and wake up with a more luminous complexion!

12 Natural red clay from Arizona serves as the base for this mask, providing necessary hydration to keep signs of aging at bay.


The newest anti-wrinkle treatment from CHANEL lifts and re-contours the skin for 12 hours following application, utilizing patented, intuitive ingredients that adapt to the skin.


Apply a thick layer of this mineral-rich, cleansing mask, let it dry, and peel away dirt and oil from the pores.

15 The unique pump on this moisturizer allows for easy application. And, we feel good knowing that our skin is soaking in tons of all-natural vitamins and essential oils.

8. P2 Skincare by Philip Pelusi Blueberry & Coffee Bean Exfoliating Cleanser, $19.97, available at Philip Pelusi Salons. 9. VU Skin System Anti-Aging Serum, $25.95, available at Vujevich Dermatology Associates, Giant Eagle, and Giant Eagle Market District. 10. Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening correcting Creme, $58, available at Stonewater Salon and Spa. 11. Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, $48, available at Sephora. 12. P2 Skincare by Philip Pelusi Natural Revitalizing Red Clay Masque, $39.97, available at Philip Pelusi Salons. 13. CHANEL Le Lift Firming AntiWrinkle Serum, $175, available at Nordstrom and Macy’s. 14. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, $34, available at Sephora. 15. Rutz Skincare Freeze Frame Age-Halting Moisturizer, $50, available at rutzskincare.com.

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f we were to define this year by its most prominent beauty trend, 2014 would be the year of the statement eyebrow. Modernday eyebrow muse and model Cara Delevingne has almost single-handedly ushered in a new era of obsession with the bold brow. Contrary to popular belief, almost everyone, even those not blessed with bushy brows, can attain the look. “A thick brow doesn’t necessarily need to be a big brow,” says Larry McDonald, Aveda advisor and esthetician at La Pomponnée Salon and Spa. “Eyebrows should accent the shape of your face and who you are. They shouldn’t feel like they’re coming at you.” The best part about the au naturel look? “It’s low maintenance,” says McDonald. “And, it only takes a minute to create.” Before grooming, stock your arsenal with the following items: tweezers, small scissors (stainless steel reigns supreme), matte eyebrow powder and pencil in the appropriate color, an angled brush, and a lash brush. Read on as McDonald shares his simple steps and tips to fuller brows! La Pomponnée Salon and Spa, 659 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.563.3990. 4137 Washington Road, McMurray. 724.941.8226. lapomponnee.com. 118

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STEP 1: MEASURE “The very first thing I do with every client is measure the eyebrows to see where they’re at,” says McDonald. For perfectly proportional eyebrows, measure at home using only a pencil. To find where the eyebrows should start, rest the pencil on the side of the nostril, facing straight up. Next, place one end of the pencil at the corner of the nose, and direct the opposite end to the outer corner of the eye. This is where the eyebrow should end. Measure where the arch should fall by angling the pencil from the middle of the nostril to the end of the iris.

STEP 2: TWEEZE To maintain a fuller look, only tweeze the “flyaways.” Hold the skin tight, and tweeze in the direction of the hair growth. McDonald also recommends periodically looking at yourself at an arm’s length away from the mirror while tweezing. “People can lose focus very quickly, and then you can end up on a slippery slope straight to brow rehab!” he says.

STEP 3: TRIM Brush the hairs up, and cut any hairs that fall over the brow’s natural line. McDonald says, “This gives the brow a wellgroomed appearance and a fuller look.”

STEP 4: FILL IN Filling in the brows’ shape will require either a matte powder or a pencil. “A powder is what you want to use to amplify the color or shape,” says McDonald. “Using a pencil will extend the brow and fill in disconnected areas.” Apply powder with the angled brush along the brow line, above and below. Diffuse the powder or pencil with the brow brush for a beautifully enhanced, natural look.


+ AVOID THESE COMMON MISTAKES! Over-tweezing McDonald estimates that 80 percent of his clients are guilty of overtweezing. “Women say, ‘I have these hairs that grow straight up at the beginning of my brow and I don’t like that, so I tweeze them out.’ Then, they’re left with unbalanced brows. They hate that it seems so unruly, but it’s actually very natural and can be very sexy.”

Incorrect tweezing

McDonald says, “People complain that it hurts so bad when they tweeze.” Pulling the hair straight out will cause discomfort and will irritate the skin. Be sure to keep tweezers angled with the hair growth.

Incorrect Trimming

“A lot of women brush their eyebrow hairs down and trim off what doesn’t stay in line. That’s how you end up with holes and disconnected brows,” says McDonald.

Taking Outdated Advice

“In the ‘50s and ‘60s, people used to say that the arch should fall right above your pupil, but that’s so unnatural,” says McDonald. “Nobody’s arch pops up right above their pupil! So many people directly go with these rules that aren’t in play anymore.”

Fearing the Fill- in

McDonald cites the worry of “looking like grandma” as the main reason why women shy away from filling in their brows with powder or pencil. “That’s not the case,” he says. “It’s all about being the best you. There isn’t a celebrity out there right now that doesn’t fill their eyebrows in. Shouldn’t we all be photo ready?” wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl


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Black Tie & Tails

Whether you’re out for dinner and a show or a night on the town, Carl W. Herrmann Furs has a variety of furs and other fine outerwear that let you conquer the night.

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There’s no place like home! Animal Friends’ Black Tie & Tails two-night celebration was held at the organization’s Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center in the North Hills. The inaugural evening, “Running at Large,” required “shpunky” cocktail attire and featured custom-brewed craft beer, heavenly hors d’oeuvres, and the radiant sounds of No Bad Ju Ju. The Doug Edgell Band played for a relaxed crowd on the back patio, as guests took part in an auction, wine pull, and designer purse giveaway. “Collared and Tagged” was the theme of the second night’s festivities, which showcased a formal dinner with special wine pairings, complemented by the Joe Negri Quartet. Furry, four-legged friends took part in the festivities, too, as they enjoyed the company of guests! This year, world-renowned illustrator and Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell, and his wife, Karen O’Connell, served as honorary chairs. Says Animal Friends Chief Operating Officer Kathleen Beaver, “Patrick McDonnell and his quirky Mutts characters not only helped us create a fun and swanky party, they were also the perfect partners as we celebrated Pittsburgh’s biggest party animals of all — our residents!” This year’s gala raised a record-setting $540,000 and hosted more than 600 guests! “Without funding and assistance from our community, none of the lifesaving work that goes on each day would be possible,” says Beaver. It’s safe to say the gala was the cat’s meow! — A.B. Photographs by Ben Petchel

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HILLMAN CANCER CENTER GALA CONSOL Energy Center radiated with positivity at The 2014 Hillman Cancer Center Gala, “Words of Hope: A Future Without Cancer,” as the event raised $3.4 million for cancer research and patient care at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and UPMC CancerCenter! Presented by PNC, the annual gala was co-chaired by Rebecca Cost Synder, and Debbie and Frankie Coonelly, while Elsie and Henry Hillman, and Cathy and Sy Holzer served as honorary chairs. More than 750 generous attendees kicked off the evening with cocktail hour on the upper level before heading down to main floor covering the ice rink, to enjoy a three-course fall menu, which included braised short ribs and mini-apple pies topped with vanilla ice cream and bourbon caramel. Silhouette dance troupe, Le Ombre, delivered two hypnotizing performances and local artist Vanessa German shared an inspiring and “spectacular” spoken word piece that she created exclusively for the event. Clyde Jones, UPMC Medical and Health Sciences Foundation President, says, “The most moving moment of the evening was when former UPCI patient Terry George shared his experience and his triumph over cancer.” Considering the gala’s success, the supporters and donors share the feeling of triumph! —L.P. Photographs by Ben Petchel

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10th Annual Voices Carry More than 540 guests convened at Stage AE for the 10th annual Voices Carry concert to benefit Auberle. Presented by Huntington Bank, the concert supported the nonprofit, which offers preventative and communitybased services for at-risk children and families in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Says Auberle CEO John Lydon, “Voices Carry is a unique, high-energy event with performances by 20 of the city’s top musicians, [DVE Morning Show’s] Randy Baumann, and a host of other Auberle volunteers who donate their time and talent to raise awareness about the life-changing work Auberle does.” Baumann emceed once again, and the hometown lineup included Pittsburgh’s own Vanessa Campagna, Rick Witkowski, Sandy Dowe, Jeff Jimerson, Mark and Sabrina Matteo, Kelsey Friday, Sputzy, Etta Cox, and Bill Deasy. Additional all-star rockers included Donnie Iris, Tony Janflone Jr., Scott Blasey of The Clarks, Zig Daniels of The Delaneys, and Melinda Colaizzi. Sixty volunteers made the night possible, and the evening raised more than $130,000! “For the last decade, Voices Carry has raised needed funds and, equally important, introduced new people to our agency,” Lydon says. “We would not be able to serve over 3,250 children and families a year at the level we achieve without this invaluable assistance.” — I.M. PHOTOGRAPHS BY BEN PETCHEL

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Pittsburgh Symphony Gala: For Your Eyes Only The Duquesne Club set the scene as the start of this year’s Pittsburgh Symphony Gala: For Your Eyes Only. Gorgeous florals by Hen & Chicks adorned the space, as guests sipped cocktails and savored hors d’oeuvres before the show. Fabulously dressed guests made their way to Heinz Hall for a very special Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert, as conducted by Manfred Honeck. World-renowned violinist AnneSophie Mutter performed an energetic finale with the Orchestra, making multiple encores! Following the grand performance, the blacktie-clad attendees chose to stay for a sit-down dinner or venture to Fairmont Pittsburgh for the burlesque-style soirée. Presented by the Duquesne Club, dinner featured smoked shrimp and horseradish-cured salmon with seasonal greens in an orange-hibiscus vinaigrette; grilled asparagus, watermelon radish, gooseberry, pickled beet, and black garlic aioli; oven-roasted chicken breast with Fontina cheese, sun-dried tomato and spinach stuffing, and basil poultry jus; medley of broccolini, baby carrot, spaghetti squash, and oven-roasted tomato; and roasted shallot polenta. The colorful spread preceded an amazing dessert reception and coffee bar. The 930 guests in attendance contributed to the more than $1 million raised for education and community engagement programs at the Symphony! Says honorary chair Dick Simmons, “The prestige and the popularity of the gala grows every year. Save the date for next year’s gala September 12 — Ann and Chris Donahue will serve as chairs.” Noted without question! — A.B. Photographs by Ben Petchel

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GREENSBURG Take a walk through Downtown Greensburg, and check out four culinary hot spots along the way! Treat your senses to an evening of mouth-watering food and fall ambience with a walking foodie tour of Downtown Greensburg. Park in one location, and stop at four unique restaurants — all within a three-block radius — for drinks, an appetizer, dinner, and dessert. We asked the restaurants’ owners to choose items for this progressive dinner’s menu that were full of fall flavors. Grab your friends, and enjoy some of the best dining the city has to offer!

The SUPPER CLUB The Farmers Plate appetizer features local, seasonal fare from Pennsylvanian farms. Nibble on Hidden Hills Old Gold Gouda, Goot Essa house-smoked camembert, house-smoked Maple Leaf Farms duck breast, and toasted house-made whole wheat buttermilk honey bread. Complementing these snacks are pickled vegetables and condiments, including herb grain mustard, summer squash relish, spicy tomato jam, pickled radishes, hot and sweet green beans, and smoked paprika okra (or “smokra”). The Pickled Chef — a local canning and preserving company run by The Supper Club’s Chef Greg Andrews — prepared all of the pickled vegetables and condiments. Wash it down with a 2011 Vermentino by Peltier Station, per Andrews’ recommendation. A flavorful, citrus-driven wine with vibrant aromas of lime and green apple, one sip leaves your taste buds bursting with crisp flavors and bright acidity. The Supper Club, 101 Ehalt St., Greensburg. 724.691.0536. supperclubgreensburg.com.

The Rialto Café As the oldest and longest-running bar in the city, The Rialto Café is a definite fan favorite. Located in one of the original stone buildings in Greensburg, built in 1796, the building was sold to the Montuori Family in 1933 and turned into a neighborhood bar and Italian restaurant. Still owned by fourth-generation proprietors, the Rullo family, the business has continued to grow in size and popularity. Expanding to include Baldy’s Pizza, and a modern bar and private party facility in the adjoining building, The Rialto Café offers the perfect place to relax after work or on the weekends. Ask the welcoming staff for the perfect pour or specialty cocktail to start your night off right! The Rialto Café, 25 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. 724.834.8010.


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Photographs from Greensburg Community Development Corporation

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ONE ELEVEN Warm up with the spicy beef goulash at One Eleven. The dish starts with short ribs, slowly braised in a rich stock of sweet and hot paprika, tomato paste, and aromatic vegetables. The secret ingredient? Caraway seed — giving the meat more depth. Just before plating, a dash of vinegar brightens the savory dish. Homemade spaetzle and crispy Brussel sprouts — mixed with golden raisins, crunchy walnuts, and salty bacon — join the star on the plate, rounding out the hearty meal. Lighten this dinner with the Fall Mist cocktail. The mix Private Label One Eleven Vodka, sage liquor, maraschino, and fresh lemon juice makes for a noteworthy experience. One Eleven, 113 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. 724.420.5711. oneelevengreensburg.com.

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The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has imagined what is possible and is working to turn it into reality with a major renovation and expansion project that will result in an architecturally dynamic new building, a transformed experience for visitors, and a welcoming community gathering space.

The White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie End your night on a sweet note, with The White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie’s Cranberry Bourbon Cremeux and Cappuccino. Sweet and crumbly pecan sablée establishes a nice, textured base, followed by a silky layer of white chocolate cremeux. The soft and creamy pudding picks up a butterscotch flavor in the caramelization process — perfect for fall! A beautiful topping of cranberry compote brings hints of orange and bourbon, and completes the decadent dessert. In between bites, sip a traditional cappuccino. Made with an espresso bean that carries a bold, chocolate-like body, the drink’s robust flavors balance the sweetness of the dessert. Taking a second cup for the road is never a bad idea! The White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie, 113 N. Main St., Greensburg. 724.216.5229. thewhiterabbitcafe.com.

Tied to the renovation and expansion is the Imagine What's Possible capital and endowment campaign to which the Richard King Mellon Foundation has pledged $2 million as a challenge grant. Thanks to this generous grant any campaign donation up to $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. To learn how you can be part of The Westmoreland's transformation, please visit wmuseumaa.org/imagine. Donate today to double the impact of your gift!

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Bringing your LBD on this date night? Dress it up with popular pieces from Beeghly and Company Jewelers. “Of course, diamonds rule the night,” says owner Amy Beeghly. “And the day, for that matter!” Dripping with dazzling jewels, these bold earrings can hold their own without a necklace. But, add this fun ring, just for good measure! Beeghly and Company Jewelers, 401 S. Main St., Greensburg. 724.832.1500. beeghlyandcompany.com.



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Greensburg Garden & Civic Center 5:30 pm

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Visit our websites for information on these and other exciting events or to purchase tickets Trust Office 724-836-1123 Greensburg Garden & Civic Center The Palace Theatre 724-836-8000 westmorelandculturaltrust.org 724-836-8000 ggccevents.org thepalacetheatre.org Proceeds benefit programs of Westmoreland Cultural Trust • The Palace Theatre • PNC Station at Greensburg • Greensburg Garden & Civic Center • Stark/James Building • Union Trust Building • Greensburg Area Cultural Council


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A beautiful homage to autumn, this chic Debbie Brooks handbag easily transitions from day to night. Meet Debbie Brooks and shop more of her fabulous creations at the Beeghly and Company Jewelers’ Holiday Premier Event on November 14-15! Photographs from Beeghly and Company Jewelers





Winning Wardrobe While touring the city’s diverse culinary offerings, opt for an outfit that’s just as versatile. “Wear something casual that can easily be dressed up,” explains Kevin Miscik of Lapels, A Fine Men’s Clothier. No-fuss, must-haves include a pair of Agave jeans and a Bugatchi Uomo knit pullover — fine as is, or topped with a Jack Victor sports coat for a more sophisticated look. Or, swap the pullover for a Robert Graham shirt. The tops can take you from a day at the office to an evening event, with just the flip of its decorative cuffs! Lapels, A Fine Men’s Clothier, 106 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. 724.853.7145. lapelsmensstore.com.

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+ PLUS! Stock up for your next dinner party with key pieces from Shalimar Bazaar! Gold and crystal accents mirror the glitz of the holiday season while bringing extra warmth to the table. Set the mood with glowing Crystal Candles, $28.95 each; circulate appetizers on a Gold Leaf Tray, $32.95; and toast to good friends and family with Crystal Champagne Flutes, $45 per pair. Cheers! Shalimar Bazaar, 159 E. Otterman St., Greensburg. 724.836.4740. myshalimarbazaar.com.


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+ While the two-year renovation project is underway, friends can visit the museum’s temporary site, dubbed Westmoreland @rt 30. The new space’s grand reopening is slated for September 13, 2015. We can’t wait!

Moving On Up Since its opening in 1949, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has brought a breath of artistic air to the City of Greensburg. To match the beauty of the pieces inside the museum, the space is undergoing an extreme makeover. Existing galleries, education areas, and gathering spaces are being renovated; a new wing to feature cantilevered design is being added; and a lush, outdoor space is being landscaped. By completion in September 2015, the renovations and expansions will leave the LEED Gold Certified space sustainable on every level. The nonprofit has set a goal of $38 million to cover the construction, endowment, and sustaining operations during the project. So far, its supports have netted nearly $22 million! The public fundraising started in May 2014 and received a major boost from The Richard King Mellon Foundation in the form of a $2 million challenge grant.

The challenge grant was part of a larger $8 million gift from the Foundation, and it will match all gifts of $25,000 or less. Due to the museum’s annual economic impact of approximately $3 million, it also received an Economic Growth Initiative grant from the state, as announced by Governor Tom Corbett last December. When community members contribute to the museum, they do more than pay the museum’s bills. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is the only museum in Western Pennsylvania dedicated to works by American artists and one of three in the state. By continuing to support its mission, we can nurture that pride in the arts and further the education of the thousands of visitors it receives each year. For more information on how to donate, visit wmuseumaa.org. Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30, 4764 State Route 30, Greensburg. 724.837.1500.

calendar of eVENTS November 1 Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents Tchaikovsky Festival, The Palace Theatre, 724.837.1850 Noe’s Night of Light, DiSalvo’s Station Restaurant, 724.539.0500 Soup for a Claus, Downtown Greensburg, 724.689.0040.

Holiday Market Preview, The Shop at Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt30, 724.837.1500 November 6 Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s 10th Annual Runway Fashion Show, Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 724.836.1123 x10

19th Annual Westmoreland County Sports Dinner & Auction, Farrante’s Lakeview, 412.322.5880 Educators Night, Museum of American Art, 724.837.1500 x119 November 14 Art on Tap, Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt30, 724.837.1500

Stamped Art Class, Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt30, 724.837.1500 x110

November 7 Elko Concerts Presents Don McLean, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

(14-22) Seton Hill University’s Theatre and Dance Program Presents “Tartuffe” by Moliere, William Granger Ryan Theatre, 724.552.2900.

November 2 Break the Floor Presents Shaping Sound, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

November 8 River City Brass Presents American Heroes, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

November 15 Elko Concerts Presents Ace Frehley, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

November 4 The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University Presents Kristallnacht Remembrance Interfaith Service, St. Joseph Chapel, 724.830.1033 November 5 The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University Presents A Lecture by Dr. Alan Rosen, Reeves Theatre, 724.830.1033


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Putt Putt Party, Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt30, 724.837.1500 November 9 Seton Hill University’s Music Program Presents “Two Masses: Mozart and Schubert,” Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall, 724.552.2900 November 13 Seton Hill University’s Music Program Presents the Composition Students Concert, Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall, 724.552.2900

November 16 Seton Hill University’s Jazz Ensembles, Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Combo Concert, Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall, 724.552.2900 November 18 Seton Hill University’s Guitar Ensemble Concert, Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall, 724.552.2900 November 19 Pop-Up Studio with Francis Crisafio, Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt30, 724.837.1500 x110

November 21 Seton Hill University’s Opera Workshop Concert, Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall, 724.552.2900 (21-23) StageRight! Presents Fiddler on the Roof, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000 November 22 Seton Hill University’s Westmoreland Symphonic Winds Concert, Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall, 724.552.2929 Greensburg Holiday Parade, Main Street, 724.689.0040.\ November 23 Seton Hill University’s Chamber Orchestra Concert, Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall, 724.552.2900 November 28 Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000 November 29 Family Day, Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt30, 724.837.1500

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Listed at $1,599,000 5315 Lakemont Court, Murrysville

BEST CELLARS Explore luxurious homes with enough wine storage to satisfy the taste buds of even the most worldly vino enthusiasts

OPULENT TASTE From the 1,000-bottle wine cellar to the 10-person onyx dining table, this Mediterranean-style estate exudes luxury. The governor’s driveway and fountain welcome family and friends, and lead into the dramatic foyer and living room, with soaring ceilings, full-length windows, and the ornately detailed fireplace and columns. The grandeur of the four-bedroom, three full- and two-half-bath home continues outside, with more than two acres of private grounds. Take a dip in the heated pool, complemented by two cabanas; stroll the walking trails around the pond; or overlook it all from an upper piazza. For more information, contact Deborah E. Kane of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.856.8800. howardhanna.com.

Listed at $1,090,000 1351 Redfern Drive, Upper St. Clair

GRAND CRU Pop open a bottle of bubbly, chilled to perfection in the kitchen’s state-of-the-art wine cooler, and savor the beautiful details of this six-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath abode. Redesigned in 2014, the spacious home boasts crown molding, new hardwood floors, spa-like bathrooms, and three fireplaces. A separate entryway leads to a lower level in-law suite, and outside, an expansive deck provides a spectacular view of the private, landscaped yard — complete with a cozy fire pit! For more information, contact Mary Rhodes of Northwood Realty Services at 412.595.3051. northwood.com. 136

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TEMPTING TERRoIR This Scholz-designed, Paragon-built estate brings a little bit of Napa, Calif., to Western Pennsylvania. Situated on more than seven acres of secluded, gated grounds, this wine lover’s haven features five bedrooms; four full- and two half-baths; high-end granite; hardwood floors; custom painting and woodwork; and, most importantly, a 700-bottle wine cellar. The warm and inviting two-story living and dining rooms serve as the perfect spaces for family gatherings, while the lower level features fun elements, such as a theater room, a game room, exercise facilities, and a cigar room. Outside, the patio provides a scenic view of the stocked pond and a serene place to unwind. For more information, please contact Doug Miller of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.512.2466. howardhanna.com.

Listed at $1,785,000 110 Cambridge Drive, McMurray

WINE DINING The wine cellar and tasting room in this four-bedroom, four-anda-half-bath dwelling is like a little taste of Italy! Gourmands can also find bliss in the spacious eat-in kitchen, featuring granite countertops, a butler’s pantry, and top-of-the-line Jenn-Air appliances. Enjoy a gourmet meal with the family in the formal dining room and let the flow of the open floor plan lead to a relaxing evening in the two-story living room, or the finished basement entertainment area. For more information, contact Anne K. Skweres of Howard Hanna Real Estate at 724.934.3400. howardhanna.com.

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Smarter Snacking These vitamin-rich foods fulfill our daily requirements for health and taste We’re pretty good at multitasking. And, so are the meals that we eat. “Food provides not only vitamins and minerals, but other nutrients and phytonutrients,” says Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. It’s important to meet our daily requirements of these vitamins and minerals, without going overboard on any one in particular. Bonci’s solution? Reach for ingredients from each of the categories below to make a colorful and healthful dish. Then, feel the rush of crossing multiple things off your to-do list in one bite! UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, upmc.com/sportsmedicine. 2

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1. B VITAMINS What you need: 400 micrograms of Folate, 1416 milligrams of Niacin, 2.4 micrograms of B12, and 1.3-1.6 milligrams of B6 How you get it: Chickpeas Peanut Butter Spinach Whole Grain Bread


2. VITAMIN C What you need: 75-90 milligrams How you get it: Broccoli Citrus Fruits Red Peppers

3. VITAMIN A What you need: 3-6 milligrams How you get it: Carrots Sweet Potatoes

4. VITAMIN D What you need: 600-800 IU How you get it: Egg Yolks Fatty Fish (especially Swordfish!) Fortified Milk

5. VITAMIN E What you need: 15 milligrams How you get it: Sunflower Seeds Wheat Germ

6. VITAMIN K What you need: 90-120 micrograms How you get it: Chard Kale Spinach

7. CALCIUM What you need: 1000-1500 milligrams How you get it: Low Fat Yogurt Milk

8. IRON What you need: 8-18 milligrams How you get it: Lentils Red Meat

9. MAGNESIUM What you need: 310-420 milligrams How you get it: Nuts (especially Almonds!)

10. SELENIUM What you need: 55 micrograms How you get it: Brazil Nuts Sesame Seeds

11. ZINC What you need: 8-11 milligrams How you get it: Red Meat Whole Grains

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Photographs by michael fornataro, from upmc

HEALTHY HEARTS Give back from your yoga mat! BYS Yoga offers donation-based classes every Friday, each one benefiting local charities. “Since the beginning, 10 years ago, we wanted to provide classes that anyone could come to, regardless of their financial situations,” explains Kristi Rogers, owner/director of BYS Yoga. Students pay what they’re able to for these 90-minute classes, then 50 to 100 percent of the collection is donated to a different charity, chosen by the students or the instructor. On Thanksgiving Day, the South Side studio will host a special class to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Rogers feels the timing is perfect, especially since the need for donations has risen. “‘Seva’ is a yoga term that means ‘service to others,’” Rogers explains. “This is our chance to put that yoga philosophy into action.”

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+ Take a donation-based class this month! November 7 6:30-8 p.m. taught by Levana Melamed, benefiting La Escuelita Arcoiris November 14 6:30-8 p.m. taught by Ashley O’Hara, benefiting Jameson’s Army November 21 6:30-8 p.m. YogaRhythmics taught by Nicole Zellie Lann, beneficiary TBD November 27 9-10:30 a.m. taught by Julie Menge, benefiting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank BYS Yoga, 1113 E. Carson St., South Side. 412.481.9642. bys-yoga.com.

Fun fact: More than 80 percent of the U.S.’s family health care decisions are made by women. To lead the national movement in women’s health, Dr. Vonda Wright will host Women’s Health Conversations on November 6. Join 1,000 women and 50 health savvy speakers at The Westin Convention Center Ballroom from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seminars and workshops will educate and empower women, helping them make the ideal decisions for their health and the health of those closest to them. “We’ll give women access to tools and resources to move them to their best lives,” says Dr. Wright, an orthopedic surgeon and author of several health help books. “Women will learn the skills they need to transform from surviving to thriving.” Tickets are $140. To purchase, visit Women’s Health Conversations, 412.406.8117. WomensHealthConversations.com. Dr. Vonda Wright, drvondawright. com. The Westin Convention Center Ballroom, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.281.3700. WestinPittsburgh.com.

YOGI ON BOARD If you’re going through withdrawal from this summer’s Pool Paddle Fitness classes at the Dormont Pool, you’re in luck! Owner and Yoga Works Certified Teacher Jodi Doyle will be taking her Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga (SUP Yoga) classes indoors this month. Starting November 5, students can get on board with SUP Yoga classes at Chartiers Valley High School and the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center. Combining the poses of a yoga class with the instability of a paddleboard session, the fun fusion is making a splash in the ever-growing world of yoga. “SUP Yoga is known for its emphasis on technique, core strength, and balance,” Doyle explains. “If you love water and yoga, and have a playful mindset, you have to try SUP Yoga!” Pool Paddle Fitness, 412.576.4769. poolpaddlefitness.com. Chartiers Valley High School, 50 Thomas Run Road, Bridgeville. Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, 240 Wellness Way, Washington.

Classes at Chartiers Valley High School: Wednesdays 7-8:15 p.m.

Classes at Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center: Thursdays and Sundays time TBD

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1. Though Kristina’s day wound up perfect, she had a few mishaps to laugh about. After an unplanned stop to pick up a forgotten cake-cutting set, Kristina lost another 45 minutes struggling to bustle her dress. “All the silly little things have to happen, after you try to prevent them from happening for a year and a half,” she laughs. 2. Rania’s Catering crafted a chocolate-almond cake with chocolate mousse and raspberry fillings, sprinkled with jeweled roses of icing to match Kristina’s dress. 3. Kristina’s biggest tip for other brides is to “make those trips to the florist and to the caterer and to the rental place, just to see how everything looks all together. You think some things will look great, and then when you get them all together, they don’t.” 4. “He just looked so happy,” Kristina remembers from their ceremony at Epiphany Catholic Church. “My husband does not cry at all, and I could tell he was trying to hold it in the whole time.”



Kristina Pryzbylski & joe Urban Working at a local law firm, Kristina Pryzbylski’s former boss tried to pair her up with Joe Urban. They passed on the chance to meet at first. But, two years later, they were ready to follow their matchmaker’s advice. “Our first date was at Light Up Night,” says Kristina. “It was love at first sight. It sounds very cliché, but you just know when you know.” After two years of dating long distance, Joe planned a weekend getaway at Kelleys Island in Ohio. He took his unsuspecting future bride out to dinner, and then to a dock on Lake Erie near their hotel. As they talked about their families, Joe said, “I think we would make a great family,” and pulled out a ring! Kristina planned a stunning October wedding at The Pennsylvanian, dressing her bridesmaids in chocolate brown and using neutrals in the décor. Hepatica Florist arranged white hydrangeas, roses, and magnolia leaves to create a clean, modern atmosphere. “He used a lot of candlelight and mirrors to make everything pop,” Kristina says. Looking to make an elegant statement, Kristina chose a strapless, dropwaist ball gown at Anne Gregory for the Bride. The full skirt was made of silk taffeta flowers, which sparkled with rhinestones sewn into the bud of each flower. She set the frock off with a cathedral-length veil and sparkling, crystal-covered heels. Details in WHIRL Directory, page 94.


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Kelly Knable & Nic Kennedy << Kelly’s custom-made Stephen Yearick gown from Anne Gregory for the Bride featured a beaded bodice and flared bottom for a stunning silhouette. Nic wore a custom-tailored tux made by Tom James.

After spending a year in a higher education course at Duquesne University, Kelly Knable and Nic Kennedy knew they wanted to be more than just friends. After just one year of dating, Nic was ready to make it official. He planned the perfect evening, which included dinner at Kaya, where they shared their first date; a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the city; and, finally, a touching proposal in Market Square. Kelly walked down the aisle at Ingomar United Methodist Church, carrying a bouquet of white roses, calla lilies, hydrangeas, and peonies from Mocha Rose Floral Designs. “I loved seeing Nic’s face at the end of the aisle and sharing those last few moments with my dad beforehand,” Kelly says of her favorite memory. Following the traditional ceremony, the couple celebrated with 240 friends and family at the Omni William Penn Hotel. “We hired The Three Waiters to give a 20-minute performance during the entree,” Kelly says. “They dress up as waiters and serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks during cocktail hour. Then, after they serve the salads for dinner, they sing for everyone.” The surprise show set the mood for a fun, dance-filled reception in the Grand Ballroom, which incorporated elegant touches of navy and pink. Guests kept the dancing going at an after-party in the Urban Room — complete with music, milkshakes, and pizza! — Rachel Jones

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Amy Dorn & Darrell Abbott << The couple spent a few days after the wedding celebrating with family before jetting to Cozumel for their honeymoon. “It all goes by so fast,” Amy says. “You spend so much time planning, it was nice to have that time to enjoy what just happened.”

Luck brought Amy Dorn and Darrell Abbott together, when they crossed paths at a Hartwood Acres bar. And, after Darrell’s surprise proposal at The Melting Pot in Station Square, their lucky streak continued! “If you’re planning it yourself, take all of the help you can get,” Amy says. “So many things were given to us, just out of sheer luck.” It started with Amy’s friend gifting her a Maggie Sottero gown, after she purchased two dresses for her own wedding. The sweetheart, tiered gown didn’t even need to be altered. “It was just like Cinderella!” Amy gushes. A family friend even offered to make their raspberry cream and almond cake — how sweet! Amy and Darrell tied the knot in her backyard, complete with “country charm” elements like hay bale seating, and touches of burlap and lace. When the couple left to take photos in Hartwood Acres, attendees worked to make the space reception-ready. “We had the centerpieces prepared, but left the rest of the decorating up to our guests,” Amy says. “It was a fun surprise to come back and see what they had created.” Despite the day’s forecast for rain, the party stayed dry among the fall’s fabulous, vibrant foliage, which matched the orange and brown color scheme. The refreshments reflected the theme, too, with a prime rib dinner from L’eglise Fine Catering, pumpkin rolls on the cookie table, and homemade caramel apples for favors. — Colleen Ferguson Submit your wedding for WHIRL’s consideration at whirlmagazine.com. Photographs from Life’s Highlights, simply couture wedding photography

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Based on the success of her new album, Carla Bianco was invited to open for Kenny Loggins! Presented by Rich Engler, the beautiful showcase takes over Heinz Hall on November 6. For tickets, visit heinzhall.org.

Q & A How did you get started in music?

Carla Bianco: I guess my first unofficial gig was when I was 4 years old. I would always sing for my next door neighbor in exchange for chocolate brownies. One day, at a graduation party, my neighbor was there and asked me to sing. My go-to song was always “Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John. So, thinking I might land another brownie, I belted it out. After singing, the guests passed around a Styrofoam cup and filled it with money. I was elated! My first official regular gig was as a teenager, singing on the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

WHIRL: What do you like best about performing in Pittsburgh?

CB: I think Pittsburghers really appreciate good music. They are down to earth, and can easily approach you after a show and talk about everything under the sun. I like that about our city; we are real like that.

perfect timing Local singer Carla Bianco shares how she went from playing for desserts, to playing before legends Singer-songwriters endure the beautiful burden of constantly having a batch of lyrics in their minds. For Carla Bianco, the time to release these musical memories is now! “This album [All This Time] has been inside of me since I was a kid, and it’s finally out there,” the Center Township native says. The deeply personal record covers everything from achieving goals and chasing dreams, to tributes to Bianco’s mother and son. “If you love real singer-songwriter music with no frills — true, honest, soulful music — you’ll love the record,” Bianco says, proving the record’s anticipation was worth waiting all this time.


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WHIRL: Who are your musical influences?

CB: I have a wide variety of influences, which mainly began with my older sister’s record collections: Carole King, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Nora Jones, Diana Krall, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Karen Carpenter, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Chaka Khan. I also love funk/soul music, like Earth Wind and Fire, and The Gap Band.

WHIRL: What can fans expect from your album, All This Time?

CB: All of the songs are mainly piano-driven, with the arrangements complementing the vocals and lyrics. It’s a great album to put on for dinner or for a drive — when you want to relax and feel a bit inspired. Carla Bianco, carlabianco.com.


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