Manuel Pihakis, Debi Wheeler, Athena Sarris, Sophia & Steve Heon
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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