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We hope you’re hungry! We’re thrilled to present 40 delicious and beautiful dishes prepared by the region’s top chefs. You can sample each one at our first-ever Chef’s Best Dish event at the Circuit Center & Ballroom on November 19!

83  WHIRL Nonprofit Giving Guide 2013 ‘Tis the season to give back! We’ve profiled 38 local nonprofits, along with all of the information you need to know about contributing to these worthy causes.

104 Elevation

By sharing his successes, both on and off the field, Pittsburgh Steeler Emmanuel Sanders is helping student athletes reach their highest potential through The Emmanuel Sanders Elev8 Foundation.


130 Explore Greensburg Get into the holiday spirit with this guide to Greensburg’s festive happenings!

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Hot Topic — As the temperatures drop, we’re heating things up stylewise. Warm up to trunk shows, weatherproof boots, and fashionable fêtes. Plus, we visit with the alwaysfashionable Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions.

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44 10-Minute Test Drive 136 Real Estate 138 WHIRL Wellness 140 WHIRL Weddings 142 WHIRL Directory 144 one last whirl

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47 Sunflower POWER Party at PerLora 48 Imani Christian Academy Gala 49  MINI of Pittsburgh’s 2014 Grand Prix Kickoff

50 Pittsburgh Fashion Story 51 Yelp Geeks Out 52  Flavors of Pittsburgh 53 New Hazlett Theater’s Salon 7 Deadly Sins Party

54 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Wines Under Glass

55 Fourth Annual Clemente Museum Fundraiser

56 St. Lucy’s Vision of Hope Luncheon 57 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Once Upon a Time Gala

58 2014 Porsche Panamera Premiere Event 59 Philip Pelusi’s Pink RunWay to RealWay 118 Carnegie International Gala

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120 Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Madness 122 Family House Polo Match 124 93.7 FM The Fan Smoker 126 Animal Friends’ Black Tie & Tails Gala 128  A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh


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Delicious Dish The Pittsburgh dining scene is on fire! With national attention from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal focusing on the emerging food trend, our chefs are getting the respect they deserve. We are in constant contact with our culinary maestros, who tell us that local sourcing from regional farms is what makes a difference in their culinary designs. Hearing this made us want to photograph the creations for our pages — which then made us want to taste them all! So, this year, we’re introducing WHIRL Magazine’s first-ever Chef’s Best Dish event, to be held on November 19 at the Circuit Center & Ballroom in the South Side from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to sample dishes from 40 different restaurant chefs, and to then vote on their favorites. The chefs themselves will be there, displaying the dishes you see here, starting on page 61. Chefs are magical beings, blessed with the talent to make delicious concoctions from simple ingredients, and then having the stamina to do it over and over again for all of us. Because they play the ultimate “behindthe-scenes” role, we are honored to bring Pittsburgh’s chefs into the limelight for a night of culinary exploration, and, of course, fun. The event benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, so get your ticket now at whirlmagazine.com/chefsbestdish. Count your blessings This Thanksgiving!

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United Way of Allegheny County President Bob Nelkin, vice chair Casey Ryan, keynote speaker Becky Aikman, and co-chair Mary Lou Gegick gathered to celebrate at the 12th Annual United Way of Allegheny County’s Women’s Leadership Council Reception, sponsored by Reed Smith. Held at the Wyndham Grand, guests convened after breakfast in Gateway Center to participate in volunteer projects.

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Clear Thoughts Foundation scientific advisors to the board Dr. Susan Catalano and Dr. Hank Safferstein; founder, board member, and president Hayley Jameson; board member and secretary Matthew Jameson; and board member and treasurer Sharon Sippel gathered at the nonprofit’s website launch party, which raised $30,000 for the fight against dementia.

Julie Rhyner, Carmel Vandale, Ed Amori, Rania Harris, and Sheila Weiner enjoyed each other’s company at the International Special Events Society’s chapter meeting. Held at Schenley Pavilion, 50 event professionals shared the fun and sun-filled networking opportunity.




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Family Hospice & Palliative Care hosted its first-ever teen bereavement camp, Triumph Over Loss, at Auberle’s Therapeutic Challenge Course in McKeesport. Counselors from Family Hospice and Auberle spent the day guiding participants through a series of activities designed to encourage healing, team building, and communication.

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Miles Against Melanoma PA presented Dr. John Kirkwood of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Melanoma Clinic a check for $20,000 at the University Club. On-hand were members of the Miles team, including Lauren Simko, Jessica Rogowicz, and Jayna VarleyIfft. In addition, $5,000 was donated to various community programs aimed at increasing the awareness of melanoma screening.

Greg Barrett, president of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, and 102.5 WDVE’s Bill Crawford and Randy Baumann showed their support for the ‘DVE Rocks for Children’s Radiothon. The sixth annual WDVE event raised more than $563,000 for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh! whi r l m aga z in e . c o m




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Dan Ragaller, Dave Frankowski, Rob Windhorst, and Bob Zimmerman portrayed soldiers from Wayne’s 4th Sub Legion during Whiskey Rebellion Day at Woodville Plantation.

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Grand Champion Paul Winkler, Caregiver Champion Dr. Ed Ricci, and Community Champion Gail Roddie-Hamlin at the 5th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction, presented by UPMC Senior Services. Held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, proceeds raised benefited the UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Fund.


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Sports writer and Master of Ceremonies Jim O’Brien, Art McAuley, Michelle, Stacey Kabula, and Dale Killmeyer at Southwinds, Inc.‘s annual charity golf outing, which raised $31,000 for its residential program! Held at Rolling Hills Country Club in Peters Township, the day came to a close with an auction and a delicious cookout.

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More than 900 women competed in the second annual TriColumbia Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon! Runners from Western Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states took part in a .5-mile swim, 16-mile bike ride, and 2.5-run at Rocky Gap State Park in Flinestone, Md., to benefit the Cumberland YMCA.

Pittsburgh Steelers DaMon Cromartie-Smith, Chris Carter, and Cameron Heyward helped senior citizens get active at the United Way of Allegheny County Exercise & Wellness Class — part of the Days of Caring Events to support children, struggling families, and seniors.

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The Rubber Duck Project made a pit stop in Pittsburgh! Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (PCT) CEO Kevin McMahon, artist Florentijn Hofman, and PCT Vice President Paul Organisak posed with the four-story-high work of art during its debut in the U.S.

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Teen pop female vocal group Fifth Harmony debuted its single at The Mall at Robinson among a sea of frenzied fans! The appearance included a meet-and-greet and donations of school supplies to benefit The Education Partnership’s Pack the Truck School Supply Drive.

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Marcus Piatt, Lucas B. Piatt, State Sen. Wayne Fontana, Jack Piatt, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Gov. Tom Corbett, City Council Member Daniel Lavelle, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Rep. Jake Wheatley, and Acting Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Robert Rubinstein broke ground on Millcraft Investments’ The Gardens at Market Square. The 125,000-square-foot development will consist of office space, a Hilton Garden Inn, and retail and restaurant space — scheduled to open in 2015.

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Paul Steigerwald, Dennis Gilfoyle, and Phil Bourque attended the Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania’s Young Professional Board Guest Bartender Event at The Rivers Club! Bourque and Steigerwald competed against members of the JAWPA board to earn the most tips in hopes of being crowned the ultimate guest bartender.

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Joe Moorhead, vocals and guitar; Jon Morrow, lead guitar; Justin Banks, drums; and Tyler Lovell, bass, rocked out for a performance at the Joe Moorhead Tides Are Rising album release party, held at The Beach Club in Station Square.

Garden Club of Munhall members welcomed its 2013-15 officers — Recording Secretary Lara Trbovich, Corresponding Secretary Susan Zippel, President Haddie Weber, Vice President Michael Sarriano, and Treasurer Elinor Lebeda (not pictured) — at an installation celebration. This year’s Youth Garden Club will sponsor 22 area Girl Scouts for the Native Plant Patch program. whi r l m aga z in e . c o m




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Celebrate During this year’s Observatory Hill House Tour, “Park in Your Back Yard,” Patrick Mullins posed with the Castle Window, created for the house in 1907 by the Rudy Brothers Glass Studio. The piece was lost for decades and restored by the home’s previous owners.

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Woodstock photographer Henry Diltz with Cindy Bandula-Yates at the 10th Annual Cindystock in Wexford. This year’s outdoor music festival benefited local cancer charities, including Adagio Health, Satchels of Caring, UPCI Colon Cancer, Obediah Cole Foundation, Hair Peace Charities, and the Cancer Caring Center.

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Pittsburgh Steeler William Gay put his American pride and appreciation for U.S. veterans on display at the annual Heroes at Heinz Field. The event offered veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the chance to relax and throw around the pigskin with some of their favorite players.

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River City Brass first chairman of the board, David F. Figgins, and his wife, Pearl, enjoyed musical compositions by Frederic B. Sargent, the honoree at River City Brass’s Black Cat Bash. Proceeds from the event benefited the RCB’s annual concert series, the Saturday Music Program, and the River City Youth Brass Band.

Gateway Rehab President and CEO Kenneth S. Ramsey, Ph.D.; The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, D.D., Bishop of Pittsburgh; and Gateway Rehab Chairman of the Board Paul Sweeney helped celebrate Gateway Rehab’s one-year anniversary of the Youth Services Center in Center Township. Named for the Bishop, the Serenity Room was blessed during Zubik’s visit.

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Renee Piechocki played cornhole, while Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership staffers, including Ellen Nash and Geof Comings, cheered her on at Project Pop Up: Patio. The patio space was created to support the National Park(ing) Day movement, which encourages people to consider the importance of public spaces.

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Director and producer Robert A. Miller, Point Park University President Paul Hennigan, and Vice President and Artistic Director Ronald Allan Lindblom at the Season Opening Party for the Pittsburgh Playhouse. The 2013-14 season kicked off with a production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” by The REP, Point Park University’s professional theater company, directed by Miller.

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Kevin Truffa presented a donation to Animal Friends from Club Julian. He celebrated with Kim Corrado, Krista Stachelek, Joy Weber, Megan Frenz, Pat Hargest, and these adorable kittens!

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Laura Ellsworth, partner at Jones Day and former United Way Women’s Leadership Council co-chair, and Chris Buffington of Jimmy Choo spent a fashionable day at the Jimmy Choo Fall 2013 Trunk Show. United Way, Jimmy Choo, and Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall partnered on the benefit shopping event, where 10 percent of purchases supported the United for Women initiative.

Local soccer players took to the Cathedral of Learning lawn to raise money for the Cameroon Football Development Program. The proceeds from the tournament went to support educational and empowerment programs in West Africa.

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Jim Scalo of Burns & Scalo Real Estate with Mike Smith, president of Goodwill, at the 2013 Burns & Scalo Golf for Goodwill event, which raised more than $180,000, making it the most successful fundraiser in the history of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania! Held at the Pittsburgh Field Club and Fox Chapel Golf Club, the event drew a sell-out field of 228 golfers.





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Author Joan Dinan with Nicole Veverka and her children Camden, Peyton, and Liam at The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon during a Senior Fair, hosted by state Sen. Matt Smith. Dinan introduced locals to her children’s book and activity kit, “Enchanted Reindeer Treats,” and for every gift box sold, a donation was made to Peters Township Public Library.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Hoke teamed up with Bernadette Santucci and Jen Kehm to kickoff Panera Bread’s “Pink Ribbon Bagel Campaign,” which benefits Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation, Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, and the Cancer Caring Center.

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The Pittsburgh Chick Lit Book Club hosted its fourth Literary Tea at Trax Farms. Director Kristy DeCola, and guest speaker and author Jennifer Vessells, and guests, enjoyed the nursery-rhyme-themed tables, Prestogeorge tea, and auction. One hundred percent of proceeds went toward the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council!

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Top Fundraising Couple Bob and Janine Fragasso raised $18,730 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! The pair, and the 2013 Pittsburgh’s Finest Couples class, which raised $47,000, were recognized at the Wine Opener. Held at the Grand Hall at the Priory, more than 200 guests sipped great wines from Pittsburgh Winery, Capital Wine & Spirits, and Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale — just to name a few.

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THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION FOR EVENTS & PARTIES Medallion Ball candidates Jordan Ryan, Keeley Carson, and Marissa Behun attended the Medallion Ball picnic at the home of Sherry Ryan, picnic chair. The 50th Medallion Ball to benefit St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind will be held at the Wyndham Grand Downtown on November 29.



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Cousins Jeff Coury and Andreo Coury with Make-A-Wish President and CEO Judi Stone (center) were proud to garner $5,000 for the organization during a special night for Wish Kids, held at CONSOL Energy Park during a Washington Wild Things game! The pair spear-headed the effort.



Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase producers Sal Richetti and Rebecca Komar at the Event Showcase & Expo at the Wyndham Grand Hotel. Attendees gathered in the King’s Ballroom to peruse vendor tables of the area’s top service providers, including caterers, lighting companies, planners, and resorts.

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Friends and family members of Noelle Richards, including grandparents Jim and Freda Richards, mother Cara Richards, George Chubboy, and Taetum the pit bull, gathered to celebrate her life and love for animals at the second annual Noelle Richards Memorial Walk to benefit animal rescue.

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University of Pittsburgh head basketball coach Jamie Dixon served as honorary chair and keynote speaker at the sixth annual Challenge the Champions Gala. Pictured with Jackie Dixon and Jesse McLean, executive director of Every Child, Jamie and gala attendees raised more than $25,000 for Every Child, Inc., which provides the opportunity for families to become self-sufficient.

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SMC members thanked federal, state, and local officials for their service at the SMC Business Councils’ Annual Legislative Reception. From left: Keith Jones, owner, RHJ Medical Center; Cindy Stein, owner, The Painted Grasshopper; and Brian Stein, president of S&S Refractories and vice chair of SMC Business Councils Board of Directors.

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Frances Patrick and Susan Dunhoff, owner of The Modern Matchmaker, at Redbeard’s Downtown for WHIRL Magazine + The Modern Matchmaker’s Perfect Match Party. Guests enjoyed fare from Redbeard’s, mingling, and making new connections!

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Daniel Catanzaro and Craig McDonald, pictured with Quantum Theatre Artistic Director Karla Boos, hosted 130 theater supporters at their Shadyside home for Brunch & Baroque, an afternoon of champagne, fare from Dorian’s Catering, and entertainment in the pair’s enchanting gardens. Quantum teamed up with Chatham Baroque to gear up for both companies’ 25th anniversaries!

Local science writer Chip Walter posed with Mary Frances Cooper at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Walter stopped by to discuss and read from his popular book, “Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived.”




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Celebrity guest host Tiffany Toth and event founder Michele Garris at the fourth annual Costumes for a Cause charity costume fashion show and cocktail party. Held at CAVO Night Club in the Strip District, all proceeds benefited the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign.

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Thurston Moore thrashed on stage at the Pittsburgh Station to Station event! The evening was part of a public art project, sponsored by Levi’s, in which a train traveled across the country, stopping in major cities along the way for a series of cultural happenings.

Britaini Watterson and Kelly Kravak volunteered at the Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, and presented by Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC and UPMC Passavant. More than 3,500 people attended the event that aimed to raise awareness, celebrate survivors, and remember those lost to ovarian cancer. whi r l m aga z in e . c o m




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Armani Exchange Grand Opening, Ross Park Mall, 412.369.4400

NCJW Designer Days Patron Event, Monroeville Convention Center,

WYEP Presents Dr. Dog, Stage AE,


Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.208.3605

LHAS One Handbag at a Time Fall Luncheon, LeMont Restaurant, 412.648.6106




Vegas on the Mon, LeMont Restaurant,

The Salvation Army’s Garbage Bag Gala, Fairmont Pittsburgh, 412.446.1644 The Children’s HOMEtown Hero Luncheon, Omni William Penn Hotel,


Legends of Past and Present: An Evening with Andrew McCutchen,

Larrimor’s Downtown, 412.471.5727

Clemente Museum, pittsburghhabitat.org


An Evening with Diane Rehm, Hillman

November 21-23

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, CONSOL Energy Center,

Center for Performing Arts, 412.968.3040



Mud on the Mountain, Seven Springs

Escada Spring 2014 Trunk Show,

Designer Wednesdays: Holiday Décor, Levin Furniture — Wexford, 724.940.1711



November 8-10


Saturday //


November 21-23

NCJW Designer Days, Monroeville Convention Center, 412.421.6118

November 14-17

Ann Hampton Callaway Presents The Streisand Songbook, Heinz Hall,

Mountain Resort, 800.452.2223

November 8-10

Westmoreland Symphony’s Opening Night, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000 Josh Groban, CONSOL Energy Center,

A Taste of Independence, Renaissance

Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss, The

Pittsburgh Hotel, 412.281.7244 x229

Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000


November 8-23

Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 412.454.9107

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, The

Downtown, 412.391.4144





Pittsburgh Kidney Walk, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 412.261.4115 x15

Boutique Bride Show, LeMont Restaurant, 412.377.2923


“Sip and Shop,” splurge, 412.252.2242


Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage House Luncheon, Heinz Field East Club Lounge,

Holiday Open House, The Songbird Sanctuary, 412.828.5393

Red Shoe Ball, Omni William Penn

Matt Nathanson and Joshua Radin, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills, Heinz Field, 412.323.1200


Salute to Soldiers Bridal Giveaway,

November 6-10

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents DRAGONS, CONSOL Energy

Koda Bridal, 412.343.3212

Center, 412.642.1800

Bonnie Raitt, Heinz Hall, 412.456.6666 In The Pocket with Charlie Batch,

“A Soiree of Style,” Izzazu Salon & Spa,

Latitude 40, 412.326.0119





November 7-9

Kinross Trunk Show, Larrimor’s Downtown, 412.471.5727 November 7-10 Knittreat, Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, 412.963.7030




Power of Work Awards, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.632.1934 Wine Tasting with Dreadnought Wines and Palate Partners, Rania’s Catering, 412.531.2222

Breakfast with Santa, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 866.344.6957



Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels, Heinz Field,

Donato’s of Fox Chapel’s Feast of the Seven Fishes, Rania’s Catering,

Marco Bicego Trunk Show, Orr’s









Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact, August Wilson Center,

2013 Cannon Ball, Soldiers & Sailors

The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

WYEP Presents City and Colour, Stage


Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Heinz Field,

Signature Chefs Auction, Wyndham

AE, 412.229.5483



412.766.9020 x439 Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 412.506.8609

Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

Hotel, 412.246.1109



Theater, 412.456.6666

Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, 800.624.2988



November 8-December 31 CRAFTED, Society for Contemporary Craft, 412.261.7003 November 8-January 5

Design Center Gala: Spotlight on Design, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 866.344.6957

La Roche College Presents Bodiography’s Multiplicity, Byham


Three Rivers Film Festival, 3rff.com

by Sheraton Pittsburgh North, 412.770.1818

Thanksgiving Holiday Brunch,

November 15-16



West Penn Allegheny Oncology Network Celebration of Survivorship, Four Points


Twenty-Five Club’s “Come to the Cabaret,” Long Vue Club, 412.877.8454 Light Up Night, Market Square,

Great Pumpkin Smash, Carnegie Science Center, 412.237.3400

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Young Adult Division Main Event, J. Verno Studios,

Memorial Hall & Museum, 412.621.4253 Jewelers Sewickley, 412.741.8080



Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Detroit Lions, Heinz Field, 412.323.1200



Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Anaheim Ducks, CONSOL Energy Center, 412.642.1800

Holiday Decorating with Mt. Lebanon Floral, Rania’s Catering, 412.531.2222



November 19-20

Women’s Guild Gallery of Gifts Holiday Vendor & Craft Show, Duquesne University, duq.edu


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




Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, CONSOL Energy Center, 412.642.1800






November 29-January 5

Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 412.441.4442

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Florida Hurricanes, Heinz Field, 412.323.1200 Medallion Ball, Wyndham Grand, 412.784.4277

Saturday //


Champagne & Shopping Holiday mART Preview Party, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 412.741.4405

“The City Game,” Duquesne Dukes vs. Pittsburgh Panthers, CONSOL Energy Center, 412.642.1800 Photographs by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC.


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Event preview By Liz Petoniak

golden year


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Medallion Ball! On November 29 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, St. Lucy’s Auxiliary for the Blind, along with the Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh, will recognize 107 young women who have volunteered a minimum of 150 hours to serve their communities. More than 1,200 people, including previous Medallion recipients, will attend this milestone, black-tie event where the girls, who will don elegant white gowns and gloves, will be presented to the Bishop in the traditional ceremony. Dinner and dancing — including a choreographed waltz — will follow, with music courtesy of the Rick Purcell Band. And, in concurrence with St. Lucy’s mission to advance volunteer service, all proceeds from the evening will benefit the Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh. Mary Lee Gannon, president of St. Lucy’s and a former Medallion girl herself, says, “It’s a fairy-tale night built on the premise of doing good for others!” For tickets and more information, visit stlucysauxiliary.org.

baby, look at us now!

Joy & Duane Woodruff model in last year’s show.


Come to the “cabaret” at Long Vue Club in Verona November 22 for an evening sponsored by The Twenty-Five Club of Magee-Womens Hospital! This year’s fall fundraiser for the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will feature fun cabaret songs, dances, skits, and other surprises performed by the Pittsburgh Opera’s resident artists, as well as cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and valet parking. Peggy Snavely, event chair, hopes that the entertainment will bring as much joy to guests as the sense of fulfillment they receive from contributing to an important cause. “Every baby deserves a healthy start in life, and through events such as this one, we’re able to fund new research projects that have a great impact on neonatal care,” she says. For tickets, contact Peggy Snavely at 412.877.8454. Magee-Womens Hospital, magee.upmc.com.

Garbage Bag Couture


Grab a garbage bag and go out on the town! The Salvation Army’s 12th Annual Garbage Bag Gala invites guests to use the money they would have spent on a gown or suit for the November 1 event and instead, donate it to The Salvation Army’s Family Caring Center. And what should partygoers wear? Garbage bag couture, of course! Guests are encouraged to get creative and make their own “trash-wear,” or arrive in business casual and allow on-site stylists to accessorize them! This year’s gala will once again take place at the Fairmont Pittsburgh where attendees will enjoy fabulous hors d’oeuvres, a wide range of silent auction items, and a “waste-basket dive” for prizes. “The highlight of the evening will be the fashion show featuring local celebrities, including WHIRL’s own Jack and Christine Tumpson, modeling trash-wear designed by local boutiques!” says Donna Fencik, The Salvation Army’s divisional director of fundraising. Last year’s gala raised nearly $40,000, and this year, The Salvation Army hopes to raise even more for families in need. You won’t want to miss out on this fun and fashionable event! For sponsorship, contact Donna_Fencik@use.salvationarmy.org. For tickets and more information, visit garbagebaggala.org.




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Photographs from Ron Richards Photography, The Salvation Army.


in the hot seat

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh (BBBS) will honor — and roast — Laura E. Ellsworth, partner-incharge at Jones Day, for her work in the community at the 34th annual Corporate Roast November 13. Master of Ceremonies Kimberly Gill of KDKA-TV will set the tone for the evening at the Senator John Heinz History Center, where more than 250 attendees will nosh on hors d’oeuvres and bid on live and silent auction items in anticipation of the main event: the roast and rebuttal. The spotlight will shine on Ellsworth, the second woman to ever be honored at the roast, as she sits in a director’s chair while colleagues and local leaders turn up the heat. “We are privileged to have Laura as this year’s honoree. Her sense of humor and commitment to the community’s at-risk children make her a perfect fit for this event,” says Jan Glick, CEO for BBBS of Greater Pittsburgh. We totally agree! Last year’s roast raised $160,000 for the one-to-one mentoring programs of BBBS in Allegheny, Washington, and Greene Counties. For tickets and more information, visit bbbspgh.org/corporateroast.

This year’s roastee, Laura E. Ellsworth.

LaTasha Wilson-Batch & Charlie Batch

Bowling With Batch


Have you ever dreamed of competing against your favorite Pittsburgh Steeler? You’ll have the chance this fall! Embrace your competitive spirit, and play ping pong, pool, poker, or bowling (new this year!) with the Steelers and other notable local and national celebrities at the Seventh Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch event on November 11 at Latitude 40 in Robinson. Last year’s popular event attracted more than 600 sports fans and supporters, and raised $120,000 for the Batch Foundation’s reading and computer literacy programs. “People enjoy the event because it’s a causal, fun-filled environment where you can take your tie off, relax, and also get competitive with some of your favorite players — all while raising money for a good cause,” says Batch. Buy your tickets soon, as the event is expected to sell out! For tickets, visit batchfoundation.org, or call 412.326.0119.

tune in! Diane Rehm, host of The Diane Rehm Show on NPR and a Peabody Award recipient for her term of 30 years in public broadcasting, will discuss her career on November 7 at The Hillman Center of Performing Arts at Shadyside Academy. Presented by 90.5 WESA, An Evening with Diane Rehm will feature the radio host’s experiences interviewing the likes of former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, then-senator Barack Obama, and Pittsburgh’s very own Fred Rogers. She’ll also discuss what goes into producing a daily, two-hour program that’s broadcast by more than 190 stations to 2.5 million listeners. Check out a preview of the event here! WHIRL: How did you first become interested in radio? Diane Rehm: I grew up listening up to radio, so it was sort of magical for me to get involved. I really had no schooling for it or preparation for it. I came to WAMU [American University Radio] as a volunteer, which turned into a part-time position, and then, in 1979, I became the host of this show, which was then called Kaleidoscope, and was changed to The Diane Rehm Show. I love radio, and so, [becoming a radio host] came to me easily and naturally. WHIRL: Who did you grow up listening to on the radio? DR: Oh, gosh. The Green Hornet, The Shadow — all of those wonderful shows. WHIRL: How has new technology affected your show? DR: I think we take into account Twitter and Facebook, and all Photograph from BBBS Pittsburgh, by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC, from WAMU.

the other means of communication and how it’s broadened our listenership. The listeners bring in so much to the program in so many ways because we hear from younger people and older persons who are dealing with a very different range of issues. So, I think that the changes have enhanced our ability to do our program. WHIRL: Any last words about the event? DR: I’m looking forward to being in Pittsburgh and seeing some great folks, learning about WESA, and seeing the city! Pittsburgh has become a very desirable and attractive place for people to live. For tickets, call the Shadyside Academy Box Office at 412.968.3040, or buy online at shadysideacademy.org. Tune in to The Diane Rehm Show Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.noon and Sundays 10-11 a.m. on Pittsburgh’s NPR station, 90.5 WESA, wesa.fm. whirlmagazine.com




CulturE page By Rachel Jones

Yeah, buddy! One of our favorite holiday movies has made its way from the screen to the stage! ELF, which stars Matt Kopec as Buddy, will be at the Benedum Center November 26December 1, as part of PNC Broadway Across America — Pittsburgh. Follow Buddy’s journey from his life as an elf at Santa’s workshop — even though he’s actually a human! — to finding his birth father in New York City. The show sticks to the same storyline as the film, starring Will Ferrell, but generous helpings of dance numbers and upbeat tunes have been sprinkled in, too. Because, after all, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Benedum Center, Downtown. 412.456.6666. TrustArts.org. ELF, elfmusical.com.






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Matt Kopec as Buddy

Light ‘em Up

Watching the bright, whimsical displays dancing through Oglebay Resort brings the magic and nostalgia of the holiday season to life. The Winter Festival of Lights, a Wheeling, W.Va., tradition since 1985, will ignite the spirit from November 8-January 5. Admire everything from playful “Peanuts” characters, to majestic poinsettias during the leisurely, six-mile cruise through the display. But the finish line doesn’t mean the end to an evening of shimmering lights. The Gardens of Light sets thousands of plants aglow to the beat of traditional holiday music, while The Light and Music Extravaganza at the Good Zoo features a model train display and holiday laser show. Knowing all of these displays are made with energyefficient, LED lights makes the experience even better! Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, Wheeling, W.Va. 304.243.4000. oglebay-resort.com.

Photographs from Joan Marcus, Oglebay Resort.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE After working as an Ask-Me Guide at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, author Kelcey Parker had plenty of inspiration to write “Liliane’s Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater.” The fiction novel tells the true story of Liliane Kaufmann, whom the house was built for in 1935. Intertwined with Liliane’s tale are personal stories from four tourists who came to visit the landmark. The excitement of racing through each character’s perspective — while jumping between past and present tense — left us breathless by the finish line. Purchase a copy of “Liliane’s Balcony” at rosemetalpress.com, spdbooks.org, amazon.com, or at one of Parker’s upcoming readings:

November 21, 7 p.m.

The New Yinzer Reading Series Modern Formations, 4019 Penn Ave., Garfield

November 23, 7 p.m.

East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Ave., East End

Make Your Mark

Every interaction in our lives can impact our outlook on the world. Inspired by that phenomenon, Jim Daniels has depicted his memories of Pittsburgh and Detroit in a book of 39 poems called “Birth Marks: An Unflinching Look at Urban Life Through Poetry.” “I have always been interested in ordinary people in ordinary circumstances and the small moments in their lives that create a subtle shift in perspective,” says Daniels, the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English in Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “I hope the title ‘Birth Marks’ reflects this — we are marked by the places we come from.” His honest descriptions of gritty dramas offer moments of strong emotions and self-reflection. Purchase a copy of “Birth Marks” at boaeditions.org



All the Right Moves

Chelsea Zimmer

Brilliant choreography, beautiful dance moves, and inspiring dance students are just a few of the many reasons to check out La Roche College as they present Bodiogarphy’s Multiplicity. Select dance majors from La Roche College will live their dreams at The Byham Theater, as they perform in works by Bodiography’s Kelly Basil, Jessica Borowczyk, Kirstie Corso, Amanda Fisher, Melissa Tyler, and Nicole Flasch. As Bodiography’s founding artistic director, Maria Caruso is also excited to unveil her most recent work, Lux Aeterna, and captivate the audience with her solo performance of Nancy Galbraith’s Ave Maria, accompanied by singer Thomas Octave. With shows on November 15-16, we’re glad we’ll be able to experience the artistic expression multiple times! The Byham Theater, Downtown. 412.456.6666. TrustArts.org. Bodiography, Squirrel Hill. 412.521.6094. bodiographycbc.com.

“Lilliane’s Balcony” cover design from Heather Butterfield, artwork from Fran Forman; “Birth Marks” cover design from Sandy Knight, photograph from Jae Roberto; Photographs from Drusky Entertainment; Eric Rosé.

Carey On

Come on down — Drew Carey is performing in Pittsburgh! The current host of “The Price is Right” will present his own showcase on November 22, with the fabulous prize being a night of laughs. First discovered as a stand-up stand-out on “Star Search” and “The Tonight Show,” Carey’s wit and charisma launched him into regular roles on TV. Simultaneously starring in “The Drew Carey Show” and “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” we’ve been inviting Carey into our homes for years. Catch up with the Cleveland comedian at the Carnegie Library Music Hall show, presented by Drusky Entertainment & Kirschner Concerts, this month. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall. 412.368.5225. LibraryMusicHall.com. whirlmagazine.com




finance report

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Edited by Liz Petoniak

show you care “Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC knows that parents face plenty of worries, and whether or not they can afford their child’s heath care should never be one of them,” says Susie Shipley, president, Huntington Bank Pittsburgh & Ohio Valley Region. “That’s why Huntington Bank is accepting donations to the hospital’s Free Care Fund at all of our branches.” In 2012, nearly 30,000 children benefited from the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital, which helps to ensure that children in our region receive the expert care they need and deserve, regardless of their families’ insurance or ability to pay. “While these numbers are astounding, what is even more impressive is the dedication, creativity, and spirit of giving from the community and corporate donors such as Huntington Bank, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Eat’n Park Hospitality, GNC Live Well Charities, Giant Eagle, and so many other generous supporters,” says Gregory Barrett, president, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. Children’s Hospital’s story began more than 120 years ago, when Kirk LeMoyne, the son of a local pediatrician, raised enough money to endow a cot at a local adult hospital. With continued community support, that cot soon became what is Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC today. “Kirk LeMoyne’s story shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of children. And, his generosity and determination are alive today with the Free Care Fund at Children’s. This is the 60th year for the Free Care Fund Benefit Show, an annual celebration of donations made throughout the year and hosted in partnership with KDKA-TV. To mark this anniversary, we hope to raise $2 million dollars during this year’s campaign, so that Children’s can continue providing quality care for all of this region’s children,” says Shipley. To make a donation to the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital, visit any Huntington Bank branch or visit givetochildrens.org/freecarefund to learn more about how you can help. Huntington Bank, huntington.com. — Kim Ravenda

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC was named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013–14 Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals, ranking 10th in the nation overall. 38



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Susie Shipley and Gregory Barrett at the Moulis Children’s Library at Children’s Hospital at the filming of Huntington’s community service spot to help raise donations for the Free Care Fund.

buccos by the numbers The Pittsburgh Pirates’ first winning season in 21 years has not only stirred excitement in fans at PNC Park — it’s also stimulated the local economy. Here’s the 411 on the bucks the Bucs have brought in: • 199,000,000: the estimated amount, in dollars, that Pirates ticket buyers spent on game-day tickets, concession stand items, hotel rooms, meals outside the park, Pirates swag, and other miscellaneous items and services during the regular season. • 15: the percentage of PNC Park patrons who traveled from a distance of 100 miles or more for a game. • 4,300,000: the estimated amount, in dollars, spent by the 40,000 fans who attended the Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Reds while in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit VisitPittsburgh at visitpittsburgh.com.

Photograph from Jason Demeck.

from city hall to capitol hill Joe Kuklis, former lobbyist, co-founder of Pittsburghbased GSP Consulting, and ultimate advocate for the underdog, is on a roll. Earlier this year, his company merged with the Duane Morris law firm to become Duane Morris Government Strategies, extending its reach to 20 cities in the U.S. and six cities internationally. Recently, Kuklis authored “The Robin Hood of D.C.,” which details his experience winning government funding for tech start-ups, small- to medium-sized businesses, and nonprofit Joe Kuklis organizations, such as the Mario Lemieux Foundation, and also offers readers a “DIY How-to” guide for securing government support for their business or nonprofits organization (NPO) on a federal, state, or local level. Get the scoop here! WHIRL: To what do you attribute your success? Joe Kuklis: You can make a good living providing a service no one else does at a reasonable price — you just have to identify it. And that’s what we did. We focused on a group that was under-served or not served at all and created a business model around them providing affordable services they needed. But, the real reason we were successful was because our staff shared our same vision. WHIRL: Why should small- to medium-sized businesses and NPOs seek government funding? JK: Government funding is non-dilutive, and you receive the support you’re seeking along with validation in working with a federal or state department agency. And in this tough economy, it can be helpful for raising money out of private hands as well when you can tell potential investors, “Yes, I’m working on a project with the U.S. Department of Defense.” WHIRL: What is the first step? JK: You need to have a clear and concise message as to what you want and what you want to do. For example, maybe you want a grant for a project or a contract to complete a pilot program. You can’t just say, “Give me money.” NPOs would also need to gather the metrics proving that their services have a significant impact on the community.

MAKING THE COMMUNITY BETTER TAKES HARD WORK, DEDICATION, AND MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU. At Huntington, we believe it’s important to do more for the community – whether it’s rolling up your sleeves and getting involved, or helping in other ways. That’s why we’re proud to support the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital and their tireless efforts to make a difference in the community.

WHIRL: What does the public need to know about lobbying? JK: Three things. First, that you should never be afraid to approach your legislators. They are there to serve you. Secondly, do not think that a political donation means you’ll get something from that person. And lastly, lobbyists are just like any other professional you would hire for help. If you go to court, you hire a lawyer; if your business or NPO has funding needs for a project or for growth, or if a tax is hurting your industry, you hire a lobbyist to help you because we understand how parliamentary procedures work, what’s possible, and what’s not possible. WHIRL: Why did you decide to write a book? JK: To memorialize my entrepreneurial journey — including its challenges — and to help those in the community who may never hire me, but still need help nonetheless. For more information, visit Duane Morris Government Strategies at dmgs.com and robinhoodofdc.com.

Photograph from Duane Morris Government Strategies.

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Corporate leaders

We are very appreciative of the hard work that all of our employees do for the company and grateful for the support our customers have given to us for the past 20 years.

Success Carries On By Andrea Bosco Photograph by Cayla Zahoran Shot on location at Mad Mex Shadyside


ith 16 restaurants and nearly 900 employees on its plate, it’s an exciting time for big Burrito Restaurant Group. Celebrating 20 years in business, the company operates 11 Mad Mex restaurants — seven in Pittsburgh, two in Philadelphia, one in State College, and a location in Columbus, Ohio — along with Casbah, Soba, Umi, Kaya, and Eleven. The brand’s success is no question under the leadership of CEO Cary Klein, who is the first to commend big Burrito employees and their diligence for said success. Innovative menu concepts, chic dining spaces, and revered chefs are just a few key components the brand boasts. Klein, a Squirrel Hill native who attended Allderdice High School, says he’s inspired “by people who have been fortunate in their careers to choose to offer resources to help others less fortunate,” which explains big Burrito’s community involvement in each restaurant’s respective neighborhood.




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As commander in chief, Klein’s business philosophy is “to offer a consistent and enjoyable dining experience every day in all of our restaurants,” he says. “We thank our great employees that make the difference to help us achieve this goal.” With a focus on the future, Klein is looking “to conservatively expand” in the next few years outside of the Pittsburgh market. And, currently, with premier dining destinations, it’s no doubt the company will achieve its ambition. To keep up with kitchen trends, Klein and his team travel to epicurean establishments across the country. “We are interested in serving what our customers want rather than telling our customers what we think they should have,” says Klein. “We want our menus to be interesting, but approachable.” The balance between comfort and creativity is constructed with fresh, ever-changing menus of seasonal and indigenous ingredients, led by Corporate Chef Bill Fuller. “Bill is amazing,”

Turn to page 61 for some of big Burrito’s best dishes in Chef’s Best Dish!

says Klein.“His passion for excellence shows in every dish we serve.” The James Beard Award semi-finalist and his crew of executive chefs showcase their inventive approach to cuisine, and knowledge of versatile, local farming daily with one impressive dish after the next — all structured to the restaurant’s exclusive motif. And, they listen. “Our chefs are always testing new ideas, but we only replace an old item when our customers tell us they prefer something else,” says Klein. A graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Klein joined big Burrito as CEO in 2001, after stepping down as CEO of Pennsylvania Fashions, Inc., a clothing retailer. Under its umbrella, he founded Rue 21 in 2000. His entrepreneurial expertise is second nature and an austere driving force. “I am inspired by different kinds of successful people, but particularly those who are entrepreneurial and develop products that change the way we do things,” says Klein. Enter big Catering — an opportunity for those who crave big Burrito at their next big gathering. The company offers full-service catering, drop-off catering, and space to host private events. “Our catering business allows us to offer our interesting menu options from the different restaurants at offsite locations,” says Klein. Full-service catering provides coordinators who assist with menu design, and everything from wine to linens to flowers. Like the catering business sector, Klein sees the big picture — it’s all about providing the best possible fare and service for the constant customer-base. With that, he simply says: “We love what we do!” Klein resides in Shadyside with his wife, Kathy, of 34 years. The couple has three children: Josh, 28; Julie, 26; and Andrew, 23. big Burrito Restaurant Group, 5740 Baum Blvd., Downtown. 412.361.3272. bigburrito.com. Mad Mex Shadyside, 220 S. Highland Ave., 412.345.0185. madmex.com.

Stack your calendar with these savory events: October 31, November 7, 14, 21

Fried Chicken Thursday Nights, Kaya, facebook.com/KayaPittsburgh

November 4

Diwali, Soba, 412.362.5656

November 7

Benefit Dinner Series, Casbah, 412.661.5656. bigburrito.com/community *Dine on winter greens, scallops, beet gnudi, squab, and pumpkin gingersnap tiramisu! Donation price is $100 per person, unless otherwise indicated. Proceeds benefit JDRF.

November 11

Benefit Dinner Series, Eleven, 412.201.5656

November 18-December 2

big Burrito Gift Card Promotion, bigburrito.com

November 19

Southern Tier Dinner, Mad Mex Shadyside, 412.345.0185

November 20

Vegetarian Prix Fixe Dinner, Kaya, 412.261.6565

November 21

Beaujolais Dinner, Casbah, 412.661.5656

November 28

Benefit Dinner Series, Casbah, 412.661.5656. bigburrito.com/community *Beneficiary TBD whirlmagazine.com




Sports talk


By Rachel Jones

PROMINENT Professional

5 Fun Facts with David DeCastro

pumpkin pie, pecan pie, turkey, gravy, stuffing, ham, rolls...I miss Thanksgiving. That’s the best. It’s my favorite holiday.

When he’s not rocking out to Pearl Jam, you might find Pittsburgh Steelers right guard David DeCastro daydreaming about the menu for his favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. Check out what the offensive guard and Stanford grad has cooking this month.

WHIRL: What piece of turkey do you go for?

WHIRL: What was your favorite part about your time at Stanford? David DeCastro: Probably my teammates, the friends that I made, and the special relationships that I’ll have for the rest of my life. It was a great campus as well; great people and great weather. WHIRL: What’s your favorite thing to eat at Thanksgiving dinner? DD: I like it all! I don’t really know where to start. Dinner to dessert,

DD: I’ll take the breast, and if I need to, I’ll eat the drumstick if no one else goes for it. I’d say the breast is probably my favorite. Mashed potatoes, gravy, and turkey breast with some cranberry sauce...perfect. WHIRL: What’s the best dish you can cook? DD: I don’t really cook at all, but I make salmon. Salmon is pretty easy to make, so I’ll make salmon and rice with some veggies. WHIRL: What’s something about you people would be surprised to hear? DD: I have dual citizenship. I have South African passports and South African citizenship.

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University Update

A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP The amount of training and stress a college athlete’s body goes through can be pretty intense. But knowing that a solid health system is there for support can help ease the pain. Robert Morris University has teamed up with Allegheny Health Network, making it an official sponsor of the athletics program and making Allegheny Sports Medicine the exclusive healthcare provider for all of the school’s NCAA Division I sports teams. Orthopedic physicians and physical therapists are on-site, providing injury clinics, running evaluations, assessing concussions, and administrating baseline testing for the university’s 560 student athletes. “It speaks to Robert Morris University’s athletic successes that this great organization wanted to sponsor us,” says Jonathan Potts, senior director of public relations at Robert Morris University, of the five-year agreement. “This partnership will provide benefits like more scholarships, improved facilities, and an enhanced overall experience for our students. We’ve already seen fantastic services with Allegheny Sports Medicine.” Robert Morris University, rmu.edu. Allegheny Health Network, alleghenyhealthnetwork.com.




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high school highlight

Know a student athlete who is making the grade, on and off the field? Hines Ward’s Positive Athlete Pittsburgh works to shine a light on outstanding local high school athletes — but “this isn’t about finding the best athlete,” says Positive Athlete Executive Director Scott Pederson. “It’s about finding athletes who have remained positive in negative situations, bring a positive attitude to every practice and every game, and have already learned the importance of giving back to their community.” Coaches, teachers, parents, and fans are encouraged to nominate high school athletes they feel meet the criteria outlined on the Positive Athlete Pittsburgh website before March 28. Ward, Roberto Clemente, Jr., and other Pittsburgh professional athletes will honor the winners at the C. Harper Positive High School Athlete Awards on May 3. “We hope this program focuses the spotlight on how important a positive attitude is not only in sports, but in life as well,” Ward says. “Positivity is a life skill that will help any young person deal with relationships, obstacles, and opportunities.” Positive Athlete Pittsburgh, pittsburgh.positiveathlete.org. Photograph from Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers, Christopher Milne/RMU, by Cayla Zahoran.

Rant & Rave with

Jim Colony

I love sports movies and Root for the good guys, but I Kind of like the bad guys better. Here are my Top 12:

12. “Bosco” in All the Right Moves. After Tom Cruise (rightfully) rips his coach postloss, he is kicked off the team and catches a ride home from Bosco. But Bosco and his crew then trash the coach’s home, making things worse for Cruise. I’m still convinced Bosco trashed Tommy Maddox’s house after the 2005 Jacksonville game. 11. “Racki” in Youngblood. When the Hamilton Mustangs opt for Rob Lowe’s skills over Racki’s thuggery, he comes back in the playoffs to knock out Hamilton’s star player, Patrick Swayze. Lowe gets his justice by scoring the championship goal and wasting Racki in a post-game fight. 10. “Anita McCambridge” in Slapshot. Sure, most would go with any number of Syracuse Bulldogs players — Tim “Dr. Hook” McCracken, Ogie Oglethorpe, etc. — but the Chiefs’ owner is the real villain here. Even if, like Coach Reggie Dunlop, most of us don’t understand finance. 9. “Shooter McGavin” in Happy Gilmore. The insecure tour prima donna tries his best to thwart Happy’s ascension to PGA supremacy with mixed success. Eventually, Shooter gets left in the “Lurch.” 8. “Judge Smails” in Caddyshack. Wonder if he ever paid Moose and Rocco... 7. “George” in Hoosiers. Passed over at Hickory High, George tells Gene Hackman that if he messes up, “I will personally hide-strap your ass to a pine rail and send you down the Monon line.” And when Hackman does make a mess, Jimmy Chitwood zings George at the town meeting, and George’s coaching career was derailed. He cheers in the end like everyone else. 6. “White Goodman” in Dodgeball. Ben Stiller is hilariously despicable as White Goodman. I have no doubt that he arranged for that sign at the casino to fall on Patches O’ Houlihan. 5. “Happy” in Blue Chips. He lines up the best recruiting class ever for Nick Nolte by giving Shaquille O’Neal a (fully loaded) Lexus, Penny Hardaway’s mom a house and job, and Matt Nover a tractor. In real life, Nover is probably the only one to receive less to attend college.

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4. “Rachel Phelps” in Major League. She wasn’t even that hot. 3. “Ivan Drago” in Rocky 4. He’s usually higher on similar lists because he killed Apollo Creed. But think about it: Drago’s loss to Rocky started to bring down the Iron Curtain four years before the Berlin Wall actually came down. So, he can’t be that bad. 2. “Bud Kilmer” in Varsity Blues. He had 22 District Titles and two Texas State Championships...then, he makes Billy Bob cry. Of course, Billy Bob cries...and he cries after he scores the winning touchdown as Kilmer cleans out his office. 1. “John Kreese” in Karate Kid. Kreese’s Cobra Kai Dojo produced perhaps the most impressive Villian Tree of any sports movie. Johnny Lawrence and Terry Silver are both worthy of a top-five status, but they bow in the presence of Sensei Kreese. Got any feedback on this Top 12 list? Email Jim Colony at jim.colony@cbsradio.com. Photograph from CBS Radio.





10-minute test drive

LET’S HAVE SOME FUN We let the games begin with the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT8 By Rachel Jones Photographs by Cayla Zahoran

Delivery Specialist Matt Metzger


s we wait in the lobby of Diehl Automotive Group, almost every employee asks me and WHIRL staff photographer Cayla Zahoran which car we’re going to test drive. When they hear it’s the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT8, they flash us a wide smile. “We’re gonna have some fun,” says Matt Metzger, delivery specialist at Diehl Automotive, as we head out the door. Sitting in the smooth, caramel leather seats — which look striking against the dark charcoal exterior — Metzger shows us all of the features on the main screen. And when he says all, he means every feature you could ever imagine a car could have. Heated seats. Cooled seats. Forward Collision with Active Braking. Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection. Hill-start Assistance. Even how the car responds to being locked — in terms of how many times it beeps and how the lights flash — is at your fingertips. Or your beck and call. Changing the radio station, taking a phone call via Bluetooth, finding directions, or choosing a song on an iPod can all be done with Voice Command. And if your phone supports the technology, it will read text messages to you, too. Flipping through the pages of settings, which are also visible on the dashboard, we land on a section that looks like it belongs in an arcade, not a car. The SRT Performance Page tracks the G-Force, basic gauges, and how your speed ranks. Records of 0-60 mph, braking times, and more are collected, too. We didn’t try to set any records on our test drive, but the Launch Control — which literally throws the car down the road, Back to the Future style — certainly could have given us the gold. As we coast through Robinson, Metzger turns the dial in front of the main console to send us into Sport Mode. A green flag glows on the dashboard, signaling the shift and waving us on to continue the cruise. Zahoran adjusts the gears via the Paddle Shifts above the steering wheel, making the engine’s roar match the power we feel handling the beast of an SUV. Then, we gracefully glide into the parking lot, not setting any high scores, but now flashing our own wide smiles. Diehl Automotive Group, 6181 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. 412.722.1800. 258 Pittsburgh Road, Butler. 724.282.8898. diehlauto.com.




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Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris Preview

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November 2013

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The first-ever retrospective of Pittsburgh native and international artist Burton Morris’ career is on display — with more than 100 works! — at Senator John Heinz History Center. Through February 23, 2014, the public can experience the exhibit, which features Morris’ early childhood art, sculptural work, signature items — such as pieces for Absolut Vodka and Kellogg’s Pop Tarts — and product lines with Pittsburgh ties, including H.J. Heinz. Presented by Dollar Bank, the 3,000-square-foot display also features interactive works of art developed in conjunction with the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Morris’ alma mater. During a special preview, 125 guests enjoyed cocktails, wine, and cheese, as they admired Morris’ masterpieces. Morris, who was accompanied by his wife, Sara, and his parents, says he’s forever grateful to the City of Pittsburgh for its support. “I could never have reached this point as a living artist without the people of Pittsburgh,” he says. “Every connection has always been from someone who has supported and stood behind me. Pittsburgh is my home and my heart.” — M.K.

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Sunflower POWER Party at PerLora

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Joe King, Sherree Goldstein, Sheldon Ingram

A gathering of 200 guests popped into PerLora in the South Side for the Sunflower POWER Party to benefit POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery). The annual event, in its fifth year, raised more than $10,000! Those attending enjoyed light fare from Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique, Bistro 19, Ibiza, and Square Cafe. Co-hosted by WTAE-TV’s Sheldon Ingram and Equal Magazine’s Joe King, the event welcomed an art auction, entitled “Room to Grow.” Building on the success of last year’s auction, paintings, prints, and photographs were created for the room, along with one artist’s painted coffee table creation and a leather sofa, donated by PerLora. Participating artists included Stephanie Armbruster, Alexis Covato, Mia Tarducci Henry, Michael Lotenero, Tom Mosser, Keith Schmiedlin, and Nina Sowiski. The sunflower models were styled by Izzazu Salon, Spa & Serata, Norman Childs Eyewear by Eyetique, and Roberta Weissburg Leathers. Revive Marketing Group partner Jack Bellas served as honorary chair, with Sherree Goldstein and Mary Prezioso as event co-chairs. “Millions of people in the U.S. are living in recovery,” says POWER Development & Communications Associate Emily Stimmel. “Sunflower POWER is a celebration of recovery and National Recovery Month.” — M.D.

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Imani Christian Academy Gala


David & Gina Pferdehirt


Kara Guerin, Kayla Guerin

Imani Christian Academy’s 11th Annual Gala gathered more than 400 guests in the East Club Lounge at Heinz Field for a night of cocktails, dinner, and inspirational testimonials from Imani students. Honorary chairs John and Becky Surma, Morgan and Kathy O’Brien, and Billy and Kara Guerin invited guests to support the event, which was themed “Change a Child...Change the World.” Fabulous prizes were auctioned off, including exclusive ticket packages to Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins games; a progressive, gourmet dinner in Sewickley; and a week-long golf getaway to Scotland. The impressive $650,000 raised at this year’s gala will go toward back-toschool supplies; scholarships; interactive tools and staffing for the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) curriculum; playground, sports, and fitness equipment; and nutrition and health programs. “Imani is a place where you can actually see lives changing right in front of your eyes,” says Laura Ellsworth, vice chair of the Imani Christian Academy’s board of directors. “Seeing the power of education, love, and faith teamed together to transform the future of these kids has changed my life as well.” — M.D.

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MINI of Pittsburgh’s 2014 Grand Prix Kickoff

Leon Dixon, Dan DelBianco, Chris Lasko

To celebrate its role as the featured marque for the 2014 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, MINI of Pittsburgh hosted a dinner party. More than 125 guests and MINI Cooper enthusiasts convened at SAVOY Restaurant & Lounge. Car-themed drinks, such as Golden Cadillacs and Sidecars, were served at the bar, along with food favorites, including chicken satay and hot pretzels dipped in chocolate. Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Executive Director Dan DelBianco says the early marque announcement celebration is a sign of grand things to come in the upcoming year. “The 2013 Grand Prix was a record-breaking year in every way,” he says. “Next year, we expect hundreds of MINIs to parade into Schenley Park on race day — July 20, 2014 — for a lap as Marque of the Year.” As for the kickoff event, “it was tremendous,” says DelBianco. “Chris Lasko and MINI of Pittsburgh really do things first class,” he says. One hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds benefited the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities: Autism Society of Pittsburgh and NHS Allegheny Valley School. The night opened and closed with the sight of more than a dozen MINIs parked in front of the Strip District locale. — M.K.


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10th Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story


Carol Shriber, Chuck Snyder


Tom Czarny, Charles Spiegel, Mark Javens, Ahmad Nelson

A crowd of 300 fashion lovers shimmied over to the Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University for the 10th Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story. This year’s jazz-inspired celebration featured a swanky cocktail party and live performances by Etta Cox and Silencio. Bedecked in 1920s attire, guests were serenaded as they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and dessert. The fashion show, coordinated by Tori Mistick, showcased styles from local boutiques, including e.b. Pepper, Eons Fashion Antique, glitteR & gRit, Kristi Boutique, Charles Spiegel for Men, Threadz Boutique, and Roberta Weissburg Leathers. The accompanying soundtrack was custom made for the show by Dean McAffee of Pittsburgh DJ Company. Izzazu Salon, Spa & Serata provided hair and makeup for the show. The fashionable fête was presented by Partners for Quality Foundation, and proceeds of $40,000 will benefit the organization’s services and support for children experiencing mental health challenges. The evening was emceed by Paul Steigerwald, and John Lamberson and Douglas Tjelmeland served as co-chairs, along with honorary chairs Carol Shriber and Chuck Snyder. “The show is truly a team effort, and we’re grateful to everyone who supported it,” says Mary Mitchell, director of Partners For Quality Foundation. “The children and families served by Allegheny Children’s Initiative, which is a subsidiary of Partners For Quality, were the big winners. The planning has already started for next year’s show!” — M.D.

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Tammie Walsh, Kristi Moss, Tori Mistick

Yelp Geeks OuT


Rob Stinogle, Rebecca Mix, George Jones, Lauren Gray


Michelle Cassidy, Rachel Carlson, Tara Lewis

Yelp Pittsburgh teamed up with TechShop to throw Yelp Geeks Out!, a great, geeky gathering, celebrating local businesses and gathering $1,000 in donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. A capacity crowd of 365 guests attended the free gathering at the community-based workshop and prototyping studio in Bakery Square, and 21 sponsors helped make the soirée a success. “It was an absolute hit — such a good party and a great way to introduce people to local businesses,” says Rachel Carlson, community manager for Yelp Pittsburgh. Guests noshed on snacks and sweets, including bruschetta from The Burgh Bites Cart, crostini from The Livermore, homemade Snickers candy from Bluebird Kitchen, whoopie pies from Six Penn Kitchen, and gelato from Mercurio’s. Wigle Whiskey poured delicious punch, Pittsburgh Winery debuted its delicious new Petite Sirah, and Natrona Bottling Company kept things fizzy with its soda samples. Music by DJD PGH filled the space as partygoers had some tech-y fun with Commonweath Press, Carnegie Science Center, and Pittsburgh Glass Center, carving glass, crafting metal flower boxes, and screen printing. Stay tuned for Yelp’s next event, Yelp Helps on December 2 at Pittsburgh Public Theater! — M.K.

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Flavors of Pittsburgh


Ericka Idler, Todd Ramnanan, Alexander Meshcheryakov, Kevin Watson, Ty Kerstetter


Vinny Iadanza, Chris Corimski, Patti Girasole

The Westin Convention Center Hotel ballroom was filled with 260 guests for the 10th Annual Flavors of Pittsburgh Culinary Gala. Honorary hosts Dr. Shahid Malik and his wife, Rafia Khan, joined with Masters of Ceremonies WPXI-TV’s Cara Sapida and Vince Simms to welcome supporters to the tasty happening. Presented by UPMC Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, 20 renowned restaurants and their chefs were in the spotlight, including Cioppino Restaurant and Cigar Bar, Girasole, Six Penn Kitchen, Alla Famiglia, and Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille. Themed “Chefs of the Round Table,” the evening raised $100,000 to benefit the Allegheny Division of the American Liver Foundation. Each table was matched with its own personal chef who created a five-course meal with custom wine pairings. “We thank our committee, led by Vanessa Partridge and Molly Sweet, as well as the many volunteers who made our event a huge success,” says American Liver Foundation Executive Director Suzanna Masartis. “We have raised nearly $750,000 over the last decade through Flavors — the region’s most unique culinary gala!” — M.D.

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November 2013

Suzanna & Scott Masartis

New Hazlett Theater’s Salon 7 Deadly Sins Party


Jason & Stacy Seltzer


Richard Parsakian, Karla Boos

The New Hazlett Theater welcomed 135 guests to celebrate its seventh anniversary at the Salon 7 Deadly Sins Party. By evening’s end, $43,000 was raised for the nonprofit organization, which “strives to cultivate the arts through dynamic and eclectic programming and performances.” Colors associated with the seven deadly sins were researched and incorporated into the event’s design — everything from the invitations to lighting. “Inspiration, innovation, and art” were toasted with cocktails and light fare from E2. Seven was also significant in the number of performances! Internationally acclaimed violinist Daniel Roumain, who combines funk, rock, hip-hop, and classical music, returned by popular demand; and other performers included Kelli Stevens Kane, Miniature Curiosa, Continuum Dance Theater, Dan Wilcox the Space Cowboy, ELCO, and Maree ReMalia | merrygogo. The party wrapped with desserts and tunes by jazz artist Mark Flaherty. “A highlight was when [Daniel] Roumain was joined by the rest of the performers for one final song,” says New Hazlett Theater Marketing Coordinator Josh Storey. — M.D.

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Wines Under Glass

Bill Fetter, Bernita Buncher

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Summer Flower Show, “Glass in the Gardens,” served as a beautiful backdrop for this year’s Wines Under Glass celebration. The annual gala and wine tasting had a special theme of “Phipps at 120” to celebrate the conservatory’s 120th anniversary. Guests raised their glasses to toast “tradition and transformation” as they enjoyed fine wines and hors d’oeuvres. Music filled the room as more than 300 attendees danced under the shimmering glass creations. This landmark garden party raised more than $200,000 for the conservatory. Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Simmons served as honorary event chairs, joined by Honorary Host Committee chair Athena Sarris. “Wines Under Glass was quite a landmark event this year, as we celebrated 120 years of achievements with the dedicated community members who have enabled our great tradition to thrive,” says Phipps Conservatory Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini. “Together, we are not only preserving a vital piece of Pittsburgh history, but also forging a brighter future for our region as we offer our conservatory, not only as a place of beauty and respite, but also as a center for green-minded inspiration and changecreating growth.” — M.D.


Bill Sarris, Athena Sarris, Jamie Sarris


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Dorothy & Richard P. Simmons

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Katie Leyland, Karla & Clint Hurdle


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Clemente Museum supporters mingled with the Clemente family in Lawrenceville for the fourth annual fundraiser, which was its “best ever,” says Executive Director Duane Rieder. More than 200 guests, including Vera Clemente, Roberto Clemente, Jr. and his wife Melissa, Jason Grilli, Steve Blass, Clint Hurdle, Thurman Thomas, and Hines Ward, gathered for hors d’oeuvres from Pittsburgh Premiere Catering, Sausalido, big Burrito, Alchemy Catering, and Il Pizzaiolo, and on-site Engine House 25 Wines. Former all-star Pittsburgh Pirate and close friend of Clemente’s, Manny Sanguillen, assisted in a ribboncutting to unveil his namesake wing. “It was an honor to open the Manny Sanguillen wing,” says Rieder. “He had a tremendous amount of love and respect for Roberto, and we are so grateful to have him as a part of the museum.” Newly published, the family’s first book, “Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero,” was on-hand, as were Ricky and Luis, brothers to Clemente, Jr. “I am so pleased with the turnout, and it was even more special having Ricky there and in Pittsburgh after 21 years,” says Clemente, Jr. “We appreciate the people of Pittsburgh — ‘our family’ — for their support. I am proud of the Pirates season, but next year is our year!” The night was truly a celebration of Roberto Clemente’s life, the museum, and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ winning season! — A.B.

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St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind Vision of Hope Luncheon


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St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind Vision of Hope Luncheon welcomed 243 guests to the Pittsburgh Field Club for an elegant afternoon in anticipation of this year’s 50th Annual Medallion Ball, taking place on November 29. A classic color scheme of black and white, highlighted by red Gerbera daisies and gold organza ribbon, decorated the space. The event, chaired by Diana Bills and K.C. Henninger Sokol, featured the presentation of the Anne Freyvogel Hanna Scholarship. A special dessert honoring Anne Howard W. Hanna, one of the original founders of the Medallion Ball, was also a highlight. “This momentous year, we are honored to celebrate the 50th Medallion Ball and all of the hours of volunteer service done by Medallion girls over the years that have helped the people of this region,” says Roseanne Wholey, events publicity chair for the Medallion Ball and St. Lucy board member. “The mission of St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind is to encourage and inspire a lifetime commitment of volunteer service in young women and to raise funds for the visually impaired. In the last 49 years, St. Lucy’s has contributed more than $3 million to the blind and visually impaired who live in our community.” — M.K.

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Eileen Meade, Kelly Bumgarner, Kate McGrady, Laura Buerger


Jill & Craig Tillotson, Carol Hefren Tillotson, Sharon Tillotson Gallagher, Bob Gallagher, Kim Tillotson Fleming & Curt Fleming

As if it were right out of a storybook, Mother Nature provided the perfect weather for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Once Upon A Time Gala. This year’s fourth consecutive sold-out event featured 15-time Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The famed musician joined forces with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Manfred Honeck to perform a spectacular, season-opening concert for a packed house of 2,700 people at Heinz Hall. “Yo-Yo Ma is such an incredible musician and person,” says Jodi Weisfield, PSO vice president of development. “He performs at such a high level and makes it look effortless. He really is a superstar!” Following the show, 550 guests stayed at Heinz Hall to enjoy dinner, catered by the Duquesne Club, and a dessert reception, hosted by Honeck. Then, 350 guests went to a magical soiree at the Fairmont Pittsburgh, featuring live music by City Heat, cocktails, and dancing. In total, the attendees raised a record-setting $1.1 million for PSO’s numerous education and community engagement activities. — L.P.

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2014 Porsche Panamera Premiere Event To celebrate the launch of the 2014 Porsche Panamera, Auto Palace Porsche in Shadyside hosted a premiere party for its car-loving customers. A crowd of 100 guests gathered in the dealership for the “Thrilling Contradictions” party, named in honor of the car that’s considered the “master of contradiction” — not only is it a dreamy, coveted sports car, it’s also suitable for everyday driving. Highland Park restaurant E2 catered the event, with a spread that included a fresh bread bar and seasonal antipasto platters. Guests also enjoyed wine from Engine House 25 and craft beers provided by Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale. “The event was fantastic,” says Aaron Comstock, general manager of Auto Palace Porsche. “The 2014 Panamera is a must-see — and drive.” Porsche is introducing two new Executive versions: the Panamera 4S and Turbo models, which feature an extended wheelbase for added rear seating comfort, and a completely redesigned 3.0 twin-turbo V6 engine for greater performance and efficiency. Also new is the S E-Hybrid, the first plug-in hybrid from the luxury car brand. — M.K.

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Philip Pelusi’s annual fall fashion show hosted 250 guests for this year’s Pink RunWay to RealWay at WHIM in Station Square. The evening kicked off with a Pink Party, where guests mixed and mingled to the sounds of DJs Enn Era and Bromeo, while enjoying cocktails from Clique Vodka, food from Bella Sera, and cupcakes from Tummy Treats. A raffle and silent auction invited partygoers to win prizes from the night’s donors, including Macy’s, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sabika Jewelry, Vera Bradley, and Windgate Vineyards and Winery. The fashion show, hosted by Philip Pelusi, Art DeConcilis, 96.1 KISS FM’s Tall Cathy, and 94.5 3WS FM’s Sheri Van Dyke, featured more than 40 models decked out in what’s hot for hair and makeup this year. Since 2007, the event has raised a total of $50,000 for Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh. “Philip Pelusi Salons continue to be honored to be part of the fight against breast cancer with Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh,” says Michele Pelusi, marketing manager. “Everyone knows someone who has been impacted by cancer. The Philip Pelusi staff, clients, and vendors are certainly no exception. The fall show is a celebratory evening for our own staff, as so many employees also attend and support the cause.” — M.D.

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Chef’s Best Dish Forty dishes by forty food connoisseurs who are transforming what’s on the table, one bite at a time Produced + written by Andrea Bosco Photographed + styled by Cayla Zahoran and Jason Solak Assisted by Michael Fornataro


ittsburgh was the pure inspiration behind Chef’s Best Dish. When it comes to palates and cuisine, we’ve championed a new level of sophistication, easily competitive with cities nationwide. This movement, which includes farm-to-table, even permaculture, is attributed to the city’s award-winning chefs, new restaurant concepts, and the suppliers. As we know, culinarians speak through their menus, so we cooked up the idea for Chef’s Best Dish, a showcase of presentations by the city’s top viand establishments and their ingenious leaders. During our four-day photo shoot, chefs spilled their knowledge and passion for doing what they do best: create. “My job is half done because I start with great ingredients,” says The Supper Club Executive Chef Greg Andrews. “We want to present food in a memorable way. If I can do everything to utilize things from my part of the state, then I feel I’ve accomplished a farm-to-table meal.” Relationships in the kitchen are just as important, especially for chef-owned restaurants, which are continuing to sprout here as quick as the seasons change. “Chefs are driving other chefs,” says Casbah Executive Chef Eli

Wahl. This was evident in the number of cuisiniers who reacquainted in our studio, following years of intertwined paths working in the dynamic Pittsburgh market. Approachable dining is something to be cherished, and, in Pittsburgh, in recent years, au courant new and veteran restaurants have made a fear of dining out become nonexistent, given chefs’ dedication to quality food sourcing, clean cooking, and incredible presentation. In the next 19 pages, you’ll observe the hottest of haute plates — 40 in total — guaranteed to make your mouth water and heart flutter. You can taste these chefs’ creations at our Chef’s Best Dish event on November 19 from 5:308:30 p.m. at the Circuit Center & Ballroom. Sponsored by Giant Eagle Market District, the event includes voting in each of the following categories: Best Dessert, Best Iconic Pittsburgh, Best Seasonal, Best Presentation, and Best Overall. Complimentary cocktails and a cash bar will be available, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Let your refined tastebuds do the choosing. Details in WHIRL Directory, page 142.

Special thanks to Allison Miller and Andrea Verosko of All Occasions Party Rental for the tableware; Susie Perelman of Mosaic, Inc. for the linens; and Bill Chisnell of Bill Chisnell Productions for the florals.

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This time of year, the most popular dish at Girasole is pumpkin ravioli. Executive Chef Jennifer Gerasole decided “to do something a little different.” Here, she presents Savory Napoleon, layers of roasted pumpkin polenta with a Neapolitan ragu, wild mushrooms, and a kale garnish. “It has received the best reaction from our customers,” says Gerasole. “It’s comfort food. We use dried porcini — it really brings out the richness of the sauce.” Rest assured, “different” is magnificent.

Walnut Grill Corporate Executive Chef Randy Simpson serves up a potato and horseradish-crusted cod loin, topped with an Old Bay and caper remoulade, and a lump crab and rosemary relish. “It represents the fresh ingredients we use and the combination of flavors and textures,” says Simpson. “It’s a fall item based on the warmth of the potato crust and the mixture of color and flavors.”

How’s this for comfort? Two all-beef Vienna hot dogs, topped with a Southwestern-style, bean-less pulled pork chili, and Wisconsin sharp cheddar. D’s Six Pax & Dogz Executive Chef Corey Flesse wanted to do something “complex, yet simple.” “It’s a classic idea, like the chili cheese dog, with a chef’s spin — beerbraised pork shoulder,” he says. “We mix modern fusion with classic American fare.”





Omni William Penn Hotel Executive Chef Jacky Francois presents a pan-seared Atlantic salmon, with piquillo orzo, sautéed spinach, feta, and an olive-oregano tapenade. New on the fall and winter menus, Francois says he and his team were pulling inspiration from a mixture of culinary talents and backgrounds, and content on keeping the dish refreshing and colorful. Note: The hotel restaurant features specials daily.

Slate Bistro owners Dave Sgro, executive chef, and Cheryl Tacka demonstrate innovative American cuisine with Chilean Sea Bass. The hearty piece of fish is plated with mashed maple and brown sugar butternut squash, broken-walnut citrus glaze and balsamic drizzle reduction, tasty maple leaves, and candied zest. The fall menu at Savory Hill features fresh mahi with ground pecans and Dijon mustard, served on butternut squash risotto. Executive Chef Tom Langan serves it with seasonal vegetables and an amaretto butter sauce. The Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts graduate says he’s sticking with staples, like the ever-popular short ribs and fried chicken, year-round.

It’s Pittsburgh — of course there are fries on it. “Artfully, simply, and fresh from Iovino’s” are the favored fish tacos, which feature tempura-battered flounder, house-made spicy mayonnaise, hand-cut French fries, and a slaw of Napa cabbage, red onions, and red peppers. Served year-round, the fish tacos complement a seasonal fall menu using “squash, pumpkin, and heavier fall flavors,” says Cafe io owner Jeff Iovino.

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owner Ricci Minella says he “fell into the food truck business,” but it’s obvious he grew up in the kitchen. Here, he presents a Cubano Steak Sandwich, on a toasted French roll, comprised of thinly sliced beef loin, Monterey Jack cheese, charred corn and mango salsa, and a fire-roasted chili pepper aioli. Minella garnishes with homegrown cilantro. The Scott Township native scours markets for fresh ingredients, not to mention his own personal garden.

Kaya Executive Chef Ben Sloan gives us a glimpse at his picturesque pan-seared sea scallop dish, with avocado purée, orange, jalapeño, Parma chorizo, and fresh basil. It bursts with freshness and bright, rich flavors, and was one of the first dishes Sloan presented on the tasting menu at Eleven while he was sous chef. “Young, talented chefs are making fun, delicious food,” he says. “Food that people aren’t afraid to try.”




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Opening next door in November is Cafe io’s to-go spot, styled after a healthy New York deli. Curb your lunch cravings with soups, and fresh grain and bean salads.

Minella’s Burgh Bites Cart is a family affair — his mother and neighbor assist in the baking, growing, and operating.

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Pastry Chef Brittany Rall’s Banana Cream Pie is “not too sweet, not too big,” and a dessert must. Homemade vanilla wafers, banana pudding, dulce de leche sauce, dulce de leche mousse, caramelized bananas, and brown sugar meringues are stacked daintily and deliciously. Other flavors on the fall confection carte are apple, pear, pumpkin, and spice, but fear not — the Banana Cream Pie is here all year.

A seasonal favorite, Tortelloni Alla Romana never fails to satisfy. Bella Sera

Catering, Venue, Bistro & BBQ owner Jason Capps and Executive Chef Giuseppe Di Gristina of Sicily show fresh pasta, stuffed with braised short rib, and tossed with peas in a wild mushroom sauce. For garnish, tomatoes and shaved Pecorino delight. “We like the rich, hearty, and earthy elements of the mushrooms, and how they complement the braised beef,” says Capps.

Latitude 40’s grill 360 Executive Chef Matt Stover warms up the fall menu with a cornflake-encrusted jumbo shrimp, served with andouille sausage, mascarpone creamy polenta, and a creole cream sauce. Originally from Northwest Ohio, Stover says in the 17 years he’s lived in Pittsburgh, he’s noticed local palates have “changed immensely.” “People have upgraded their tastes and flavors, and are much more educated on food,” he says.





Barbecue pork shank, sweet potato purée, Brussels sprouts, pickled red onion, and toasted pecans scream fall, right? Industry Public House Executive Chef Daniel Vosler says the restaurant’s mission is to create home-style foods using specific techniques. “It’s high-quality food without the pretension,” says Vosler. He proposes this pick and one of the many craft beers on tap for a delicious evening.

McCormick & Schmick’s Chef Ricky Kirsop feels Pittsburgh easily competes with East Coast cities, like New York and Philadelphia, when it comes to dining out. Here, he presents a seared scallop with butternut squash mash, cherry bacon compote, and a honey-saffron gastrique.

Jimmy Wan’s General Manager Jimmy Wan made the switch from finance in California to restaurants in Pittsburgh, contributing to the expansion of the family business started by his father. Here, we see an array of beautiful sushi by Chef Alex Tang. Top row, left to right: Bigeyed tuna, topped with guacamole and tomato; Kama toro, tuna collar toro with fried garlic chips; Amberjack, lemon, lime zest, and black sea salt. Bottom row, left to right: seared scallop, fried sushi rice cake, spicy aioli, and Osetra caviar; Escolar, topped with Mexican salsa verde and cilantro; avocado, topped with chopped freshwater eel.

The Steelhead Brasserie & Wine Bar’s Executive Chef Steve Rechtorik is featuring a roasted chicken breast and hash, comprised of yams, broccolini, cippolini onions, and pancetta. “It’s a comfortable fall dish,” says Rechtorik. “With the jalapeño sauce, it has a different edge.” Housed in the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, Steelhead has a new look and a fresh fall menu. “Our crab cakes, we would contend, are some of the best in the city,” say David and Joe Lamatrice. The brothers of Bistecca present Surf and Turf Bistecca: A 100-percent, all-natural, hormone-free bone-in ribeye; jumbo lump colossal crab meat and remoulade sauce; and spring mix with Champagne vinaigrette and cherry tomatoes. “People in Pittsburgh are more educated on food now; however, deep down, we’re still a meat-and-potato kind of town.” Chef Max Arenas of Mallorca presents Paella Valencia, which features assorted fresh seafood, chicken, and Spanish sausage served in saffron-infused rice. The prismatic platter is available vegetarian, and is recommended paired with the restaurant’s sangria. “This dish best represents us because it showcases the consistency in the freshness of our meat and seafood, not to mention our generous portions,” says Arenas.




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An arch element in French parfum, chamomile was Executive Chef Frank Lacille’s go-to when creating this dish. Representing Paris 66, he presents sea scallops in a hazelnut crust, which sit atop spicy red wine beets, and a mussel and chamomile sauce. “Fresh chamomile adds sweetness to the mussels,” he says. Born in Versailles, France, Lacille first learned to cook at Alpin-Capucines, his parents’ restaurant in the Alps.

On running the rustic kitchen, Merante says: “My main job is to educate, maintain quality and freshness, and introduce people to the true Italian food culture.”

The Savor Pittsburgh award-winning Salted Caramel Torte at SAVOY Restaurant & Lounge is actually gluten-free; it’s made with rice flour, chickpea flour, and an egg white meringue base. Pastry Chef Ericka Idler pleases with milk chocolate mousse, dark chocolate hazelnut bark, blackberry sauce, and Maldon sea salt. “The cake stays the same, but the components change seasonally,” says Idler. She says customers love the fact that it’s gooey, and continuously say it’s “overwhelmingly delicious.”

Executive Chef Domenica Merante of Bar

antonio at Merante Brothers Market mixes up a fire-roasted Panzanella salad with beefsteak tomatoes; red, orange, and yellow bell peppers; Thai basil; elephant basil; Italian flat-leaf parsley; salt; coarse black pepper; extra-virgin olive oil; vin cotto — aged red wine; red onion; stale bread; shaved Parmigiano Reggiano; crisp pancetta; wine-soaked Alfonso olives; and French sorrel leaf. This dish is served in a homemade pizza dough shell of Antico Molino Caputo flour, sea salt, and honey, and is garnished with orange nasturtium — edible watercresses.





Gluten-free and peanut-free, Sunny Bridge Natural Foods’ Grand Marnier Chocolate Cheesecake has a bottom layer of gingerbread cookie and is immersed in a chocolate shell. It’s the creation of Pastry Chef Anastasia Smyda, who says she, under the leadership of owner Gina Snyder, strives to provide “the same kind of desserts everyone else has,” but health-focused and dedicated gluten-free. Ask Gaucho Chef Kurt Diederich the secret to his skirt steak and he’ll say he doesn’t have one — simply wood, olive oil, salt, and pepper. He preps finely sliced skirt steak; Gaucho chimichurri sauce; wood-fired, roasted, caramelized onions; and roasted peppers on toasted, salted Ciabatta bread. “I never get tired of hearing, ‘It’s the best sandwich I’ve ever had in my life,’” says Diederich.

Braddock’s American Brasserie Executive Chef Jason Shaffer is showcasing pan-seared diver scallops, heritage red pepper polenta, scorched peppers, and corn and sweet cream purée. “It’s fun, it’s seasonal,” says Shaffer, who returns to Pittsburgh with an extensive résumé, featuring experience pioneering the revitalization of New Orleans’ Beau Rivage Casino to Vegas’ Mandalay Bay and Bellagio. “We like to play around with our food,” he says of his team’s creations. “I’m always researching new vendors and open-air shopping.”

Restaurant Echo’s Chef de Cuisine Chris O’Brien prepares a pan-roasted duck breast, root vegetable and white bean cassoulet, served with pumpkin seed vinaigrette, and roasted cauliflower. New on the menu, O’Brien dubs it “comfort food at its best” and says it’s “a nice and hearty, new interpretation.”

“I start with the basics, choose the vegetables, and work up to the fish,” says The Original Fish Market Restaurant Executive Chef Jason Huzzard. He features pecan-crusted Lake Ontario walleye, sautéed Brussels sprouts, kabocha squash purée, and spicy apple chutney. He uses a community-supported agriculture program through Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance for local, seasonal ingredients.

Feast your eyes on Habitat Executive Chef Jason Dalling’s take on bacon and eggs, made with slowbraised, local pork belly, applewood-smoked bacon jam, a poached egg, bean salad, and fall vegetables. “This dish represents our overall approach to cuisine,” says Dalling of the Fairmont Pittsburgh hot spot. “It’s a great comfort food dish, perfect for the cooler weather, but it’s also sophisticated, and, of course, features local ingredients.”




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Sunny Bridge Natural Foods caters for weddings and birthdays. In fact, Smyda recently constructed a dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free three-tier wedding cake.

Dalling recommends when cooking, you begin with local and seasonal. “If you start with that, it’s hard to go wrong,” he says.

New to Willow, Mottinger says he’s excited to bring the well-respected restaurant, celebrating its 10th year, “into a new place it hasn’t been in a while.”

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“We give guests what they want,” says Willow Executive Chef John Mottinger. He assembles crispy duck breast, pickled golden beets, cassoulet of duck leg confit, lentils, pork belly, arugula salad with red beet and black pepper vinaigrette, and duck skin cracklings. “Our customers are giving us the opportunity to make more exotic, fun things.” As for cooking with beets, he says: “They can be kept for a long time in the cellar to store for your lonely winter nights.”

The new “casual, American/ethnic street food” restaurant on the scene is Grit & Grace. Chef de Cuisine Curtis Gamble showcases a seared scallop noodle bowl of Togarashi-roasted pork, forest mushrooms, hot and sour mushroom broth, a poached egg, and chili aioli. Owned by Spoon proprietors Rick Stern and Brian Pekarcik, the Downtown locale features Americanized bánh mì, noodle bowls, and dim sum.

Simply titled “Antipasto” on the menu, Executive Chef Eli Wahl blends savory ingredients, representative of the restaurant and the season. Starting with maple ricotta, Wahl assembles harissa-roasted kabocha squash, roasted beets, arugula, L8 late harvest vinegar, olive oil, herbs, and toasted hazelnuts. “The kabocha squash has a meatier quality than butternut with its sustainable flesh texture,” says Wahl. As for the city’s food scene, he says: “It’s awesome. Restaurants of quality are continuing to open and to be recognized, and for good reason.”






Giant Eagle Market District Executive Development Chef John Gruver pours a pumpkin beer to complement his dish of perennial favorites. He’s featuring his personal favorite, beef brisket, dry rubbed with sugar, salt, spices, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika; roasted butternut squash with fresh minced sage and dried cranberries, tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper; and apple fennel coleslaw. Gruver spends much of his time creating recipes for the brand’s products, including Market District Signature BBQ Sauce. “I helped work on that recipe, and it’s really tasty,” he says. “We’re really proud of the brisket. It’s smoked for at least 12 hours, which gives it that nice bark.” Danielle Cain, executive chef of Soba, displays seared sea scallops with tat soi; apple raisin compote; Chicken of the Woods mushrooms; radish; and tsume, a sweet eel sauce. The menu changes as per farmer’s bounty. “We work with a mushroom forager and local farms for produce,” she says. As for Pittsburgh, “It’s nice to see so many chef-owned restaurants,” says Cain. “They’re cuttingedge because the chefs can drive the menu completely.”

The Supper Club Executive Chef Greg Andrews, who hails from Texas, says because the restaurant is all about utilizing local ingredients, this dish is a good showcase of local produce and proteins. He prepares a Jamison Farm lamb pastrami and Natrona root beer-braised riblets with a squash relish and pepper jelly sauce. “We try to meet as many expectations as possible with our farm-to-table restaurant, as well as our gastropub,” says Andrews.

“It’s busy season,” says BreadWorks partner Fred Hartman. “We service Pittsburgh’s finest hotels, restaurants, country clubs, and establishments seven days a week.” BreadWorks’ bakery provides baked breads to schools and restaurants in a 45-mile radius. Shown clockwise is the French Baguette, Pumpernickle, and Traditional Ciabatta. Established 34 years ago, the company serves banquets and weddings, too. Lee Deiseroth, owner of The Fluted Mushroom, presents paella, made with arborio rice, seafood, chicken, and chorizo sausage. “The key component is the use of saffron spice,” says Deiseroth. “We chose to feature this dish because of its presentation, taste, and it serves the masses.” This colossal palate-pleaser will suffice any appetite and please the eye.

Common Plea Catering Executive Chef Tom Dunne’s creations are a trifecta of “dinner by the bite” — a delectable and artsy dinner at that. Dunne, who hails from Ireland, presents a pumpkin and ginger soup, complete with an edible spoon and goat cheese mousse, and a poached pear and rosemary caramel; olive oil braised leeks with butternut squash, sage, and dolce latte ravioli, topped with a fig balsamic jus; and a fall apricot skillet pie, a candied baby apple; and fall pumpkin mousse with cinnamon cream. “We cover everything — from Ben Roethlisberger’s wedding to boxed lunch,” says Dunne.




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Ibiza owner Antonio Pereira and general manager and Executive Chef Fernando Nunez present filet mignon, topped with Serrano ham, a sautéed egg, and asparagus in a garlic wine sauce. This entree “is a Portuguese favorite.” Contributing to the city’s diverse offerings, Ibiza offers dishes that originated in Spain, South America, Portugal, and the Mediterranean.

“My idea was to have it look like it was resting on a rock in Greece,” says Pastitsio executive chef and owner Matt Bournias of his octopus dish. He does so using a whole wheat salad, or tabouli, with chickpeas and black-eyed peas. He garnishes the plate with orange zest and green olives. “The key is poaching the octopus in some liquid,” he says. Here, he uses red wine, sprinkled with oregano. “It must be the right temperature to achieve the right texture.”

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owner Fabien Moreau defines joie de vivre with a traditional fraisier cake. Served at the Lawrenceville pâtisserie year-round, the classic French cake, made with buttercream, two layers of almond sponge cake, fresh strawberries, and pistachios, is typically served for French weddings, birthdays, and celebrations. “It’s a speciality in our shop,” says Moreau. “It’s really pretty.” We snagged a slice — no celebration necessary.





Not your average grilled cheese sandwich, Monterey Bay Pastry Chef Eugene Kanar presents his Angel Food Grilled Cheese Sandwich, sweetly made of caramelized angel food cake, filled with cream cheese icing, served with seasonal berry compote and vanilla bean ice cream, and topped with toasted sweet-and-salty almonds. “I try to make desserts new — serving a spin on American classics, giving them an artistic look,” says Kanar.

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Nonprofit Giving Guide


Your guide to giving back in Western Pennsylvania

Dig in! The Pittsburgh Foundation is always growing.

ailing from one of the most charitable cities in the country, the people of Pittsburgh are always looking for ways to give back. With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to support our local nonprofits and donate to those in need. Our second annual Nonprofit Giving Guide has more groups than ever — 38 to be exact! — with each one working to improve our community and relying on our generous neighbors to reach their goals.


By Rachel Jones Photograph From Josh Franzos whirlmagazine.com




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

The Mission: To build the community around compelling music and content through listener support.

The Biggest Project: The station works to build programs that enhance visibility in the community. Regular public forums bring expert panels together to discuss a variety of topics that impact the region.

The Biggest Project: The independent media organization has been working to support the local music-loving community for the past 40 years. All of WYEP’s weekend and evening on-air hosts are volunteers, so its biggest project is getting the manpower to keep Pittsburgh in tune.

The Beneficiaries: Listeners benefit from the increased interaction and awareness of local events and issues. Listeners can also participate in the car donation program that turns vehicles into a tax donation for them and money for the station.

The Beneficiaries: Members of WYEP are often invited to the station’s Live & Direct studio sessions, which are private, in-studio performances and interviews with national recording artists.

How to Help: Make a monetary donation, or volunteer to help with member campaigns, events, and daily office tasks.

How to Help: Make a monetary donation, or volunteer to help with member campaigns, events, and daily office tasks.

Plus: Supporters are invited to the annual Holiday Open House/Holiday All-Request program at the Community Broadcast Center. Come tour the station, enjoy holiday treats, and make song requests during the live broadcast. Date TBA.

Plus: The annual Holiday Hootenanny will be December 12 at Stage AE. Guests are asked to bring a new pair of pajamas, sizes 0-6, to be donated to the crisis nursery Jeremiah’s Place. They are welcome to wear their own PJs to the event, too!

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

91.3 WYEP, 67 Bedford Square, South Side. 412.381.9900. wyep.org.

ACHIEVA The Mission: To commit to excellence in lifelong services for people with disabilities and their families. The Biggest Project: Innovation in Support of People with Disabilities: ACHIEVA’s Commitment to the Community is the nonprofit’s current $8 million campaign. Its four priorities are: developing a public-private partnership to reduce the waiting list for services, helping families secure their financial future through ACHIEVA Family Trust, increasing job opportunities and production at ACHIEVA’s successful pallet manufacturing plant, and increasing energy efficiency and reducing long-term operating costs at ACHIEVA’s facilities.




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The Beneficiaries: ACHIEVA serves more than 14,500 individuals with disabilities and their families. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, volunteer at ACHIEVA offices, or help plan fundraising activities and events. Plus: ACHIEVA’s Pittsburgh Promenade Auction will be held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on March 22, 2014. ACHIEVA, 711 Bingham St., South Side. 412.995.5000. achieva.info.

Photographs from Jim Judkis, Gary Dotterweich, ACHIEVA.

Auberle The Mission: To help troubled children and families heal themselves. The Biggest Project: The Alliance for Children and Families named Auberle the Agency of the Year in the U.S. for its focus on high-quality, positive outcomes through 16 program areas. These programs cover everything from addiction and mental health support, to foster care and in-home services. The Beneficiaries: More then 3,000 at-risk children and families in eight Southwestern Pennsylvania counties partake in Auberle’s programs. Sixty percent of clients are served in their home, school, or community. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, volunteer at a program, or attend an event. The biggest fundraising events are Voices Carry and the All Star Banquet. Plus: The annual Special Santa event collects toys for Auberle’s children and families. Contact Margaret Haselhoff at margareth@auberle.org for more information. Auberle, 1101 Hartman St., McKeesport. 412.673.5800. auberle.org.

Brother’S Brother Foundation Bodiography The Mission: To bring the beauty of ballet to new dance audiences in Pittsburgh and beyond through Maria Caruso’s multi-genre movement vocabulary and popular, contemporary music. The Biggest Project: Caruso’s passion is raising awareness of medical, scientific, and educational innovation through full-length ballets with strong narratives. This season’s project is Left Leg, Right Brain (The Frank Ferraro Story), which is about a local artist’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

The Mission: To promote international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural, and other resources. The Biggest Project: BBF’s Africa Medical Initiative delivers requested medical items to hospitals and clinics in Africa. The items are mostly simple medical equipment and supplies. The Beneficiaries: Since 2011, donations have been made to more than 100 medical facilities in 14 African countries.

How to Help: The organization welcomes monetary donations, in-kind contributions, and volunteers.

How to Help: Make a monetary or medical supply donation. Used equipment (i.e. walkers, canes, wheelchairs, and shower chairs) and new supplies (i.e. unopened bandages, gauze, syringes, and tubing) can be donated. Feeding supplements and over-the-counter medicines/vitamins with at least seven to nine months remaining before the expiration date can also be donated. No prescription medications, please.

Plus: Left Leg, Right Brain (The Frank Ferraro Story) will be on stage at the Byham Theater February 21-22, 2014.

Plus: Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Columbia Flute Choir at the historic Northside Calvary United Methodist Church on April 3, 2014.

Bodiography, 5824 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.6094. bodiographycbc.com.

Brother’s Brother Foundation, 1200 Galveston Ave., North Side. 412.321.3160. brothersbrother.org.

The Beneficiaries: The area’s dancers, art enthusiasts, academia, and members of the medical community benefit from Bodiography’s vision.

Photographs from Auberle, Eric Rosé, Brother’s Brother Foundation.





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. The support creates awareness; advocates on behalf of the institute; and raises, manages, and distributes funds in accordance with the board’s initiatives. The Biggest Project: The organization works to keep education affordable for CCAC students. The comprehensive gifts campaign raised nearly $41,666,035 from June 2009-2013. The Beneficiaries: CCAC students benefit the most from the funds raised, as do the Allegheny County employers who can work with them in the future. How to Help: Monetary donations help provide scholarships for students. Local community members can also show support by attending events. Plus: Attend the Legends in Leadership Event in the East Club at Heinz Field on April 24, 2014. CCAC Educational Foundation, 808 Ridge Ave., North Side. 412.237.6510. ccac.edu.

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center The Mission: To promote the health and well-being of infants and children through services, which establish and strengthen the family. The Biggest Project: The Adoption Program supports birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons through all stages of the adoption process and beyond; Child’s Way® is a Pediatric Extended Care Center that supports parents and caregivers of medically fragile children in a medical day care setting; and the Pediatric Specialty Hospital offers a home-like setting for families as they learn how to care for their children’s medical needs on their own. The Lemieux Family Center provides the amenities of home while families stay with their children. The Beneficiaries: Monetary donations provide counseling, supplies, services, and charitable care for the children and families served through the nonprofit. How to Help: Supporters can donate money, in-kind contributions, or gift cards for clothing or grocery stores. Volunteers can also interact with patients or help with an event. Plus: The 13th Annual Shake Your Booties event will be held at Heinz Field on March 29, 2014. The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center, 5324 Penn Ave., Friendship. 412.441.4884. childrenshomepgh.org.

Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. The Mission: To provide quality programs for children with sickle cell disease and their families; to help them face the educational, social, and economic challenges caused by sickle cell disease. The Biggest Project: The CSCF’s Educational Advocacy and Support Program provide educational advocates to work with the families, schools, and hospitals to keep children from falling behind when they miss school due to frequent hospitalizations and illnesses caused by complications of sickle cell disease. The Beneficiaries: Approximately 250 children in the Greater Pittsburgh area are living with sickle cell disease. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, volunteer to help with weekly/monthly programs and annual events, or inquire about board membership. Plus: The annual Season2Give Program sets up a “Santa’s Workshop” where CSCFKids and their siblings can secretly select gifts to give to each other in the foundation, which will be wrapped and opened during the holiday season. The December 21 event will be held at the Children’s Institute in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of UPMC. Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc., Gove Business Center, 225 Paul St., Suite 102, Mt. Washington. 412.488.2723. cscfkids.org.




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Photographs from Annie O’Neill Photography, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center, Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.

Cribs for Kids® The Mission: To educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers on the best practices of safe infant sleep. The Biggest Project: The organization provides free Graco Pack ‘n Play portable cribs to families who cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep. Families who have suffered an infant sleep-related loss can turn to Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Resources for support groups and counseling. The Beneficiaries: Since 1998, the program has grown to have more than 420 partners that promote safe sleep throughout the U.S. How to Help: Every $50 donation can help save a baby’s life. Individuals can also volunteer at events or the Cribs for Kids® Resource Center, become a Safe Sleep Ambassador to educate others, or make an in-kind contribution. Plus: Lexus of North Hills will host the 6th Annual Diamond Gala, which will honor Bob Ford and benefit Cribs for Kids®, on December 7 at the Wexford dealership. Cribs for Kids®, 810 River Ave., Suite 250, North Side. 888.721.2742. cribsforkids.org.

The Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central PA The Mission: To lead the fight to stop seizures, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. The Biggest Project: Education and awareness are central to the foundation’s mission. The organization works to make sure that children and teachers in local schools learn about seizure recognition and proper first aid. Individuals with epilepsy and their families can find the information they need at the Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central PA’s Resource Library. The Beneficiaries: Children and adults who suffer from epilepsy, as well as their families, can find support and educational materials through the Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central PA. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, or take part in a fundraising or social event. Volunteers and participants are always welcome.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Mission: To assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis (CF) and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Biggest Project: The Western Pennsylvania Chapter’s largest event is Great Strides — A Walk to Cure CF, which will have multiple walk locations throughout the area in May 2014. The Beneficiaries: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization. It has fueled dramatic improvements in research and care, helping people with CF live longer, healthier lives. How to Help: Community members can create a walk or cycle team, join the volunteer leadership team, join a committee for a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation event, volunteer in the office or at events, or become an advocate for the fight against CF. Plus: Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel will host the 65 Roses Sports Auction at McFadden’s on December 5. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 810 River Ave., North Side. 412.321.4422. cff.org.

Family Hospice & Palliative Care The Mission: To provide compassionate, quality comfort care that enhances the lives of people with life-limiting illness and their families. The Biggest Project: The organization works to remain Western Pennsylvania’s leading hospice of choice and continue earning the support of donors and benefactors to ensure the level of care stays the same. By educating the public and health care community, Family Hospice & Palliative Care helps families make informed choices about end-of-life care. The Beneficiaries: The nonprofit serves 3,800 patients in nine Western Pennsylvania counties annually, providing the highest quality programs and services. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, volunteer to do office work, staff special events, help care for patients’ pets, visit patients, and more.

Plus: The Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central PA’s 20th Annual Mardi Gras Gala will be held on March 4, 2014 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel.

Plus: The annual Memorial Trees campaign takes place in November and December. For a $25 donation, anyone can honor the memory of someone who has passed away by having the name displayed on a white dove, which will hang on a holiday tree in one of six local malls.

The Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central PA, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 3002, North Shore. 412.322.5880. efwp.org.

Family Hospice & Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Mt. Lebanon. 412.572.8812. FamilyHospice.com.

Photographs from Cribs for Kids®, by Cayla Zahoran, from Mary Jane Bent, Liz McKenna.





Gateway Rehab Family Resources The Mission: To prevent and treat child abuse by strengthening families and neighborhoods. The Biggest Project: Prevention and treatment of trauma is the broad goal of the services provided. To provide trauma-informed care for its clients, Family Resources begins by working within the organization in a traumainformed way, thus building an environment that supports healing, growth, and change. The Beneficiaries: Children and families who are struggling with the experience of chronic stress, trauma, or adversity. How to Help: Individuals can donate directly to Family Resources or through the United Way of Allegheny County (#631). Family Resources is also seeking volunteers for the after-school program.

The Mission: To help all people affected by addictive diseases become healthy in body, mind, and spirit. The Biggest Project: A much-needed inpatient Youth Services Center for young adults, ages 13-20, opened last year. The Kenneth S. Ramsey, Ph.D. Research and Training Institute also opened recently, bringing evidencebased practices to the organization and others in the field. The Beneficiaries: Nearly 1,700 patients benefit from the organization’s detox program, inpatient care, outpatient care, halfway house, youth services, employee assistance program, and corrections division every day. These patients have the option of choosing from more than 20 centers in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. How to Help: Show support by making a monetary donation or attending an event.

Plus: The Annual Fundraiser event will take place in April 2014, during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Plus: The 2013 Hope has a Home Gala celebrates Gateway Rehab’s services in Pennsylvania and Ohio on December 11 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. Bob Carter, president and CEO of Bob Carter Companies, will be featured as a guest speaker.

Family Resources, 141 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.363.1702. familyresourcesofpa.org.

Gateway Rehab, 311 Rouser Road, Moon Township. 412.604.8900. gatewayrehab.org.

Gemini Theater Company The Mission: To cultivate creativity, imagination, and originality through the performing arts. The Biggest Project: Through various programs and productions, youth are able to work with local actors in developing their interest and skills in theater arts. The company works to provide a space where children have the opportunity to participate, regardless of financial need. The Beneficiaries: Children who participate in the classes, productions, Educational Outreach Program, or as audience members benefit from the company’s unique, hands-on experience. How to Help: The company relies heavily on ticket income and tuition to fund day-to-day operation. Make a monetary donation; attend a show; join a program; or donate supplies for costumes, appliances, and cleaning supplies. Plus: See the original production, Sleeping Beauty Holiday, on Saturdays and Sundays, November 23-December 22. Gemini Theater Company, 7501 Penn Ave, Verona. 412.243.6464. geminitheater.org.




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Photographs from Family Resources, Roy Engelbrecht, Gemini Theater Company.





Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank The Mission: To feed the hungry in Southwestern Pennsylvania through a network of partners; and to mobilize the region to end hunger. The Biggest Project: The Second Annual Peoples Natural Gas Holiday Market will be held at Market Square from November 23-December 23. The event features handmade ornaments, live performances, and a full-sized Santa’s house. A suggested donation of $5 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank or a bag of nonperishable foods will get you and your family a free photo with Santa! The Beneficiaries: The nonprofit distributes more than 2 million pounds of groceries each month to more than 120,000 hungry Southwestern Pennsylvania residents.

Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund The Mission: To assure a better quality of life to less fortunate children; and to assure that children are never denied the best medical care available by helping children without insurance pay for treatment or cutting edge care that insurance may not cover. The Biggest Project: Since 1988, all Howard Hanna offices hold seasonal ChooChoo ChowChow fundraising events to support Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund. The Beneficiaries: The Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund partners with 13 Children’s Hospitals in markets where Howard Hanna Real Estate Services does business to help children with medical needs.

How to Help: Donate a nonperishable food item or volunteer to collect/ distribute donations.

How to Help: Attend or sponsor Howard Hanna offices’ ChooChoo ChowChow events, or donate an auction item that will entice high bidding, such as restaurant gift cards and hotel stays.

Plus: More than 400 volunteers are needed to collect food and funds at the Second Annual Peoples Natural Gas Holiday Market. Call 412.460.3663 x301 or visit pittsburghfoodbank.org/volunteer to sign up and find more volunteer opportunities.

Plus: The nonprofit will be hosting several ChowChow events throughout November and December. Find one in your neighborhood at howardhanna.com/event or Facebook.com/HowardHannaChildrensFreeCareFund.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne. 412.460.3663. pittsburghfoodbank.org.

Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund, 412.967.9000. howardhanna.com.

Jamie’s Dream Team The Mission: To lift the spirits of those suffering from, and ease the burden caused by, serious illness, injury, disability, or trauma. The Biggest Project: The biggest project to date has been Alissa’s Dream Wedding. Waynesburg University nursing student Alissa Boyle and a classmate sustained life-altering injuries while assisting a driver in a car accident on I-79. She was told she only had a one-percent chance of being able to walk again. Jamie’s Dream Team threw a dream wedding for Boyle and her fiancé, Nathan Grimes, during which the bride walked down the aisle. The Beneficiaries: Qualifying individuals who are handicapped; disabled; terminally ill; severely injured; or suffering from a serious medical condition, disease, or trauma can benefit. How to Help: Donate office supplies, gift cards, or frequent flyer miles to help others’ dreams come true. Plus: Support Jamie’s Dream Team Bowling Fundraiser at the Main Bowling Center in Greensburg on November 24. Jamie’s Dream Team, P.O. Box 694, McKeesport. 412.377.3898. jamiesdreamteam.myfastsite.net.




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Photographs from Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Debbie Donahue, Jamie’s Dream Team.

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Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh The Mission: To improve the quality of life of individuals and families in the Greater Pittsburgh community by providing psychological, employment, and social services. The Biggest Project: The Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry (SHCFP) is a division of JF&CS that provides food assistance for qualified families without discrimination in the 15217 zip code, and kosher food assistance for kosher households throughout the region. More than 1,200 clients who struggle with food insecurity or hunger in the area benefit from the services. The Beneficiaries: JF&CS helps more than 8,000 people annually through challenging transitions, ranging from poverty and unemployment, to illness and other abrupt life changes. How to Help: Volunteers at the SHCFP sort donated goods, stock shelves, unload delivery trucks, deliver groceries to homebound clients, and more. Volunteers can also visit refugee families resettled by JF&CS to help them adjust to life in the U.S. Plus: Donations of cash to JF&CS, and clothing and household items for refugee clients are greatly appreciated. Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, 5743 Bartlett St., Squirrel Hill. 412.422.7200. jfcspgh.org.

Laughlin Children’s Center Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh The Mission: To build a thriving, vibrant, and engaged Jewish community. The work provides needed services and programming to support the vulnerable, enrich lives, and play a role in strengthening the community. The Biggest Project: Its financial resource development work incorporates an annual campaign, endowed giving through the Jewish Community Foundation, and organizes sponsorships and fundraisers. The Beneficiaries: The nonprofit has ten local partner agencies and two primary overseas partners who receive funding. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supports organizations that provide direct services to countless families, helping to build a better community. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, attend an event, or volunteer. The Jewish Federation Volunteer Center provides a centralized network of opportunities to connect volunteers to the people and organizations that need help. Volunteer options are available at jfedvolunteer.org. Plus: Shalom Pittsburgh’s Eighth Annual Vodka/Latke Party will be held at CAVO on December 7. Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Place, Oakland. 412.992.5225. jfedpgh.org.




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The Mission: To help children build a bridge to successful learning. The Biggest Project: Laughlin Children’s Center works with 1,200 children from Allegheny and surrounding counties, offering multidisciplinary education support services. The Village Preschool on campus also offers families of 3, 4, and 5-year-olds a NAEYC-accredited, mixed-age classroom that’s appropriate for their development. The Beneficiaries: Children from preschool through high school can participate in academic services, psychology services, and speech services for comprehensive improvement. How to Help: Make a monetary donation or attend an event. Check out “Success is Written in the Stars” in April. Guests will receive a campus map, marked with stations to meet clinicians, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and learn more about the newly renovated center. Stop by every station to win a prize! Plus: The center accepts most insurance plans and annually awards financial aid in excess of $65,000. Laughlin Children’s Center, 424 Frederick Ave., Sewickley. 412.741.4087. laughlincenter.org. Photographs from Elizabeth Waickman, Josh Franzos, Annie Gensheimer Photography.





Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Youth & Arts The Mission: To educate and inspire urban youth through the arts. The Biggest Project: The nationally recognized after-school programs offer a safe environment to nurture creative expression. Students can take courses in digital art, ceramics, design, or photography, while improving critical thinking and service learning skills. College preparatory help is also available to high school students of all levels throughout the year. The Beneficiaries: Mostly high school-aged urban youth participate in the after-school, arts-based educational engagements, but adults can participate in evening ceramic, digital art, and photography courses, too. How to Help: Aside from making a monetary donation, individuals can volunteer at the studios, donate visual arts materials, and attend the free public artist talks and receptions. Plus: The MCG Invitational will be held May 8, 2014. The annual juried arts exhibition will offer $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to the region’s talented young artists. Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, 1815 Metropolitan St., North Shore. 412.323.4000. mcgyouthandarts.org.

McGuire Memorial The Mission: To provide comprehensive services to individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities; and to offer supportive services to their families and caregivers. The Biggest Project: The School at McGuire Memorial serves children, ages 3-21, with autism spectrum disorders, and, those with physical or developmental disabilities. McGuire Memorial’s Employment Option Center offers vocational training and paid employment opportunities for autistic or moderately disabled adults. The Beneficiaries: Approximately 300 children and adults benefit daily from McGuire Memorial’s state of the art campus, highly effective staff, and technologically advanced facilities. How to Help: Make a monetary donation to support the nonprofit’s Intermediate Care Facility, Adult Training Program, and other initiatives by visiting mcguirememorial.org or calling 724.843.0365.

Mario Lemieux Foundation The Mission: To raise funds for cancer research, patient care, and Austin’s Playroom Project. The initiative creates playrooms for siblings and families of children in medical facilities. The Biggest Project: The Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers is now located at the Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. The state-of-the-art center provides comprehensive care for patients with blood diseases and focuses on a personalized treatment experience. The Beneficiaries: Families and communities in Western Pennsylvania benefit from the center and research, as do the active duty military, veterans, wounded warriors, and families who benefit from the military Austin’s Playroom. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, donate new toys to Austin’s Playroom Project, or attend an event.

Plus: McGuire Memorial is a co-sponsored ministry of the Felician Sisters of North America, Our Lady of Hope Province, and the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It has been dedicated to helping all individuals achieve a “Fullness of Life” since 1963.

Plus: The second military Austin’s Playroom is set to open in January 2014 at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif.

McGuire Memorial, 2119 Mercer Road, New Brighton. 724.843.3400. mcguirememorial.org.

Mario Lemieux Foundation, 816 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.281.3466. mariolemieux.org.




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Photographs from Martha Rial, McGuire Memorial, by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC.

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The Noah Angelici Hope Foundation The Mission: To honor the life and memory of Noah Angelici by supporting families affected by Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) by raising awareness of the disease, diagnosis, and treatment. The Biggest Project: The annual Follow the Star Gala, to be held January 11, 2014, and the 7th Annual Noah Angelici Golf Event, to be held June 23, 2014, are the foundation’s biggest fundraising events. The Beneficiaries: The money raised at these events benefit Noah’s House of Hope, which supports Dr. Stephen P. Emery’s work at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC and The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center. How to Help: Corporate and personal sponsors, as well as volunteers and attendees, are welcome to support the foundation’s events. Plus: TTTS is a disease where twins share one placenta, causing abnormal blood vessels to connect the babies together and, eventually, complications in both babies. The Noah Angelici Hope Foundation, 262 Scott Lane, Venetia. 724.350.2940. noahshouseofhope.com.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre The Mission: To perpetuate excellence in the art of ballet through performances, superior training of student dancers, and community engagement initiatives. The Biggest Project: In addition to raising $3.5 million annually in contributions and grants, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has expanded the school campus, purchased real estate, and embarked on a building campaign.




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The Beneficiaries: The programs and performances impact the Southwestern Pennsylvania audiences; local, national, and international dancers; and local children who benefit from and participate in performances. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, attend a performance or event, or enroll in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Plus: Don’t miss The Nutcracker from December 6-29 at the Benedum Center. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 2900 Liberty Ave., Strip District. 412.281.0360. pbt.org. This page: Photographs from The Noah Angelici Hope Foundation, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Opposite Page: Photograph from Josh Franzos.

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The Pittsburgh Foundation The Mission: To work 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. The Biggest Project: The organization comprises more than 1,800 individual funds to support other nonprofits that advocate for arts, education, the environment, economic development, and more. The most recent, signature initiatives are the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Program for the students of Pittsburgh Public Schools and a new grantmaking program that will fund breakthrough scientific research. The Beneficiaries: The region’s nonprofit organizations directly receive the grants, which provides an array of charitable programs to support the community overall. How to Help: Leave a legacy for the community by establishing a fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation. You can also give someone the chance to be a philanthropist by purchasing a Charitable Gift Card. The cards allow recipients to support the organization of their choice and can be purchased at givingcard.pittsburghgives.org. Plus: The Pittsburgh Foundation is the 14th largest community foundation in the U.S. with assets totaling more than $900 million. The Pittsburgh Foundation, 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, Downtown. 412.391.5122. pittsburghfoundation.org.

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Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh supports national breast cancer research and local education, screening and treatment initiatives, with 75% of all funds raised benefiting programs in our 34-county service area across Western and Central Pennsylvania.

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Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy The Mission: To improve the quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the How to Help: The nonprofit holds four volunteer days every spring and fall to plant trees, remove invasive plant species and garbage, and park system to excellence, in partnership with government and community partners. help improve overall ecological health of the parks. Join in the cause on November 2, 9, and 16. The Biggest Project: The organization is restoring Mellon Square in Downtown and creating a new Environmental Center in Frick Park, which will meet the highest standards of Plus: The annual PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat sustainable building while providing an expanded resource for environmental education. Luncheon is held the first Saturday in May. The Beneficiaries: Everyone in Pittsburgh! Recent studies have shown that proximity to user-friendly, safe parks benefits the overall wellness of the community, while simultaneously raising property values.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, 2000 Technology Drive, Suite 300. Downtown. 412.682.7275. pittsburghparks.org.

The Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division The Mission: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet the human needs in His name without discrimination. The Biggest Project: The Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division Red Christmas Kettle Campaign is comprised of mini campaigns put on by the community’s 39 facilities to fund Christmas assistance and human service support throughout the year. The Beneficiaries: The organization runs 38 Worship and Service Centers, 10 Service Centers, and 104 Service Units to support families in 28 counties in Western Pennsylvania. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, or volunteer to visit shut-ins through Community Care Ministries, ring the bell at a Christmas kettle, shop with a child or senior at Project Bundle-Up, “adopt” a family at Christmas, and more. Plus: Pittsburgh Pirate announcer Steve Blass will serve as the keynote speaker at the Allegheny County Doing the Most Good Dinner on December 3 at the Sheraton Station Square. The Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division, P.O. Box 742, 700 N. Bell Ave., Carnegie. 412.446.1642. salvationarmywpa.org.




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This page: Photographs from John Altdorfer, The Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division. Opposite page: Photograph from Ben Filio.

The Sprout Fund The Mission: To support innovative ideas that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh and making the community a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. The Biggest Project: “Sprout Seed Awards” are modest financial awards that support community-based projects and strategic initiatives; “Spark” supports projects that help local children, ages birth-10 years, develop hands-on skills and digital literacies; and “Hive” supports connected learning experiences in the area that prepare tweens, teens, and young adults for college, a career, or civic participation. The Beneficiaries: The children and young adults who participate in the “Spark” and “Hive” projects, as well as the creative minds behind “Sprout Seed Award”-supported initiatives, all benefit from The Sprout Fund. How to Help: Make a monetary donation or volunteer at a program. Plus: Catch a screening of locally produced short films and videos at the Melwood Screening Room on November 25. Audience voting will help decide which film wins $10,000. The Sprout Fund, 5423 Penn Ave., Garfield. 412.325.0646. sproutfund.org. whirlmagazine.com




St. Barnabas Charities The Mission: To provide care for those in need, regardless of their ability to pay. The Biggest Project: The PRESENTS FOR PATIENTS® holiday campaign invites the community to “adopt” local nursing home patients. Last year, 30,829 patients received a gift and a warm visit from participants. The Beneficiaries: Through St. Barnabas Charities and the Free Care Fund, more than $4.5 million in medical and rehabilitation services each year is raised for needy patients at St. Barnabas Health System. How to Help: Donors can show support with monetary contributions, in-kind gifts, planned gifts, and sponsorships. Volunteers are invited to visit patients and help run annual events, which also welcome community members’ attendance.

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Plus: The annual Founder’s Day Gala will be held May 1, 2014 at Pittsburgh Marriott North. The Hance Award will be presented to Mike Huckabee, in honor of St. Barnabas founder Gouveneur P. Hance. St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. 724.625.3770. stbarnabascharities.com.

Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh The Mission: To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures.

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The Biggest Project: Along with year-round fundraisers, the biggest event is the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure, which is held on Mother’s Day. The Celebration of the Promise Dinner and the Paws for the Cure Dog Walk are also major events. The Beneficiaries: Since 1993, more than $33 million has been raised to help serve 34 counties in Western and Central Pennsylvania. Seventy-five percent of those funds support local education, screening, and treatment initiatives, and the rest funds national breast cancer research. How to Help: Make a monetary donation or participate in an upcoming event. Volunteers and participants are invited to the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure on May 11, 2014 at Schenley Park. Plus: Thousands of local supporters participate in Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh’s events every year. Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh, 1133 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. 412.342.0500. komenpittsburgh.org.

Urban Impact The Mission: To fulfill a part in serving 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. The Biggest Project: The Education Department partners with North Side Public Schools to boost literacy among elementary school students. The department’s Summer Day Camp program also helps these students retain reading and writing skills during summer months. The Beneficiaries: Children and youth, predominantly in the North Side, can benefit from these programs. How to Help: Musical instruments, dance class equipment, and sports equipment can be donated. Individuals can also sponsor sports teams or events, be a charity runner for Urban Impact in the DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, or attend an upcoming event. Plus: Attend the Steals Classic Gala at the August Wilson Center on November 9. Urban Impact, 801 Union Ave., North Side. 412.321.3811. urbanimpactpittsburgh.org.




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This page: Photographs from St. Barnabas Charities, Josh Franzos, Urban Impact. Opposite page: Photograph from Hannah Ufnar.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania The Mission: To create caring communities where Pennsylvanians support each other’s mental, physical, spiritual, and social well-being. The Biggest Project: The three local programs are: All of Us Care, an after-school and summer program for children and youth to prevent drug and alcohol abuse; Pittsburgh Disability Employment Project for Freedom, a competitive employment training program for people with disabilities; and Working Order, a small business incubator that supports and develops entrepreneurship as a best fit alternative to traditional employment. The Beneficiaries: More than 28,000 people are helped through the nonprofit’s 30 programs throughout the state. How to Help: Make a cash or in-kind donation, volunteer your time, or support scholarships/sponsorships for participants. Plus: The Major Donor Luncheon will honor those who help Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania on November 14 at LeMont Restaurant. Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, 1650 Main St., Downtown. 412.782.5344. voapa.org.

YELP HELPS More than 20 nonprofits will be gathered for Yelp Helps to showcase their missions and educate Pittsburghers on how they can volunteer and support. The event will be held at the Pittsburgh Public Theater on December 2 from 6-9 p.m. Guests can enjoy light fare and drinks, provided by a variety of great local vendors. RSVP for the event at yelp.com/events.

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The Watson Institute The Mission: To help children and youth with special needs to achieve their fullest potential in all aspects of their lives.

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The Biggest Project: Watson LIFE Resources is an online web application to complement the organization’s services to teachers, trainers, and caregivers who teach and support children with autism and other special needs. The site features frequent questions and answers developed by Watson consultants. The Beneficiaries: The site will assist caregivers and educators of children with special needs, anytime and anywhere. By keeping the site free, subscribers can comment, rate, and help the content grow. How to Help: Make a monetary donation or attend an event. The 34th Annual Watson Institute/First National Pro-Am Golf Tournament will take place at the Allegheny Country Club on June 6, 2014. Plus: Educational consultants at The Watson Institute have been working with special education professionals, sharing the best practice strategies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and New Jersey schools for more than 15 years. The Watson Institute, 301 Camp Meeting Road, Sewickley. 412.365.3800. thewatsoninstitute.org.

Western PA Humane Society The Mission: To provide the most comprehensive, compassionate, and educational services to enhance the lives of companion animals for families and the community; and to prevent cruel treatment of all animals in the region.

VolOps@gpcfb.org | 412.460.3633 x301 |@FBVolOps

The Biggest Project: The open-door shelter will never turn an animal away, so it focuses on: preventing cruelty to animals, enforcing laws designated for the protection of animals, securing the arrest and conviction of those who violate such laws, promoting responsible pet ownership, accepting all animals surrendered by the public, and placing all animals in loving homes. The Beneficiaries: More than 10,000 animals are cared for and placed for adoption every year. How to Help: Make a monetary donation to support the animals and provide for the nonprofit’s programs. Individuals can also volunteer at the shelter, foster a pet, or donate to Ellie’s Pet Pantry. Plus: WPHS receives no government funding and relies solely on the support of the community’s pet lovers. Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., North Side. 412.321.4625. wpahumane.com.




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Photographs from The Watson Institute, Western PA Humane Society. Opposite page: Photograph from Christina Shields.


Join Pittsburgh Steelers Brett Keisel and some of his fellow Steelers to raise funds to fight cystic fibrosis. Walk away with one-of-a-kind memorabilia and meet some of Pittsburgh’s greats! A commemorative football, complimentary stationed buffet, silent acution, live auction, lots of surprises and great fun are included.

Tickets - $200 | VIP $400 Date - 12.5.13 Time - VIP Reception: 5:30-6:30 Main Event: 6:30-10:30 Location - McFadden’s on the North Shore Purchase Tickets at wpa.cff.org/sportsauction or Call 412-321-4422 x15 For more info: Sarah Steele Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 412.321.4422 or ssteele@cff.org

Zachary’s Mission The Mission: To help families who endure hardships due to their child’s repeated and long-term hospitalization. The Biggest Project: The four major parts of their programming are financial assistance; home-cooked meals; support of hospital programs; and “Zack Packs,” which are backpacks filled with basic toiletry items and snacks to enjoy during and after hospital stays. The Beneficiaries: Zachary’s Mission supports families and children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center, West Penn NICU, and The Children’s Institute. How to Help: Make a monetary donation, host a toiletry drive, serve or sponsor a meal, or attend an event. Plus: Zachary’s Mission Gala, the premiere fundraising event, will be at Longue Vue Club on November 9. Zachary’s Mission, P.O. Box 841, Greensburg. 724.832.2207. zacharysmission.org.

Sleeping Beauty Holiday


Volunteer Your Time! Looking for more ways to contribute to the community? Visit whirlmagazine.com/volunteer for WHIRL’s Volunteer Guide, covering even more opportunities to give back.

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feature “The purpose of The Emmanuel Sanders Elev8 Foundation is to help children and young adults rise above adversity. By providing support through community outreach programs, Emmanuel’s foundation strives to give young people opportunities that encourage and empower them to be the best that they can be by elevating their expectations.” Sanders is teaming up with Team Pouncey, The LaMarr Woodley Foundation, and Antonio Brown for “Jingle Bell Blitz,” a holiday gift-giving program for underprivileged children at Century III Mall during the first weekend of December. A preselected group of children and their families will enjoy a day of holiday fun, including pizza and snacks, cookie decorating, games, Christmas carols, a Secret Santa shop, and a visit from Santa. Every child will receive a gift and a ride on the Children’s Train. Help support Jingle Bell Blitz by donating new, unwrapped toys at the Century III Mall Management Office and both Hometowne Sports locations in the mall starting November 1. Jingle Bell Blitz, info@acepayitforward.org.




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This positive player works to bring struggling student athletes up to his level Chatting with Emmanuel Sanders is a mind-opening, uplifting experience. With a pool of wisdom as deep as he is, the 26-year-old offers advice that goes beyond the football field. Every sentence the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver says has enough power to stand alone on an inspirational calendar or fortune cookie’s prize. Through The Emmanuel Sanders Elev8 Foundation, he hopes to help student athletes “rise above adversity and elevate their expectations.” The strong leader will have no troubles motivating the youth, as we at WHIRL felt empowered after just one meeting. From work ethic and goals, to wardrobe and golf, here are some of the gems from our conversation.

By Rachel Jones Photograph by Duane Rieder “Everyone knows their destiny. I’ve known my destiny since I was 8. I took my God-given ability and knew what God had in store for me.” “A lot of people have talent, but they don’t work at it. I firmly believe that everyone has a talent, in order to survive this world. But it’s on you to continue to work on that craft and continue to perfect that craft. That’s what it’s about.” “Nobody in my family went to college. Nobody even heard of college. I was the first one to go to college. Then, my sisters went, and my cousins. There’s no more, ‘I graduated from high school, now what am I going to do?’ It’s, ‘I see Emmanuel and what a college education does.’” “I’ve always seen it as I was the chosen one to better my family. I don’t know why I still believe that.” “I knew, in the end, that this wasn’t what I wanted, living paycheck to paycheck and struggling. So, I just put my head down and started working.” “Opportunity only comes when you work at it.” “People always ask me, ‘Is it crazy to be in the National Football League?’ It’s not crazy because I’ve always believed it and worked to be here. It’s where I’m supposed to be right now.” “The reason why you are confident is because of all of the hard work you put in, and you know you deserve it. If you don’t put in the hard work, you’re going to ask, ‘Do I really deserve this?’ You’re going to second-guess yourself. [Think] of all of the blood, sweat, tears, and all of the struggles you went through. When that moment comes, you know that you deserve it. Once you realize you deserve it, nobody can take it away from you.” “I know that I’m blessed and why wouldn’t I bless other people? I came, I can say, from the bottom. I don’t know if I’m at the top, but I feel good. There’s a lot of people here who just need guidance, and I feel like I’m able to provide that for a lot people.” “The idea of The Emmanuel Sanders Elev8 Foundation is elevating people, whether it’s mentally or physically. You’re elevating their expectations to help them do better and want to do better.”

“My parents didn’t have enough money for me to play sports, and I had other people giving me money so I could play sports. [The Emmanuel Sanders Elev8 Foundation is] creating the opportunity for young kids to play sports and be active and get out of the streets.” “I personally feel sports build your personality. It forces you to learn team building, time management, and responsibility. It helps you out overall as a human being.” “That’s the most important thing about the foundation is that education will be more important than sports. You’re a student athlete, not an athlete student. I want to stress that to all of these kids. If anything bad happens to you, like an injury, what do you have to fall back on? I got my degree at Southern Methodist University in sociology, and I played more comfortably knowing that if I get hurt, I have a degree to fall back on.” “When a guy puts on a suit, it’s a professional look. You have a professional mindset. A lot of guys are different, but I like to get dressed up and put on a suit. Now, it’s no longer a football game that we’re playing. This is a job. This is a business. I have to go in and handle my business.” “Golf is my second girlfriend. It’s my way of relaxing. It keeps the competitive nature that I have during the season when I’m in the off-season. I try to stay out of the malls and the car dealerships [laughs].” “I’m going to continue to be me, make plays, work hard, and stay focused. I can be my best self. No one else can be me like me. Why should I try to be more than I am?” “You can achieve anything with the right mindset. A lot of people are so negative. You are your biggest critic. The moment you start doubting yourself or putting negative ideas in your head, you’re already in trouble. Everyone has negative thoughts in their heads. Sometimes, you just have to tell yourself, ‘Shut up!’ Think positive; it’s all going to work out. Time heals all wounds, no matter what.” Emmanuel Sanders, emmanuelsanders.com. Pittsburgh Steelers, steelers.com. whirlmagazine.com




Style news

See here! We’ve got the details on the Lindberg Eyewear trunk show taking place at Eyetique this month. Get the details on the next page!

Hot Topic Edited by Nicole Barley

There may be a chill in the air, but inside Pittsburgh’s boutiques, it’s hot, hot, hot. Countless events, covetable new arrivals (like all things cashmere), and cute must-haves for the season are swirling all around. We’re here to help you cozy up to all things fashionable this month!

Must-See Sale We look forward to this super sale every year! Eyetique’s annual holiday sale kicks off November 29 and runs through December 31, and features 40 percent off all in-stock frames and non-prescription sunglasses. Two trunk show dates are scheduled for November as well. Shop styles from Lindberg Eyewear — a collection of Danish frames and sunglasses for men, women, and children — at the Wexford location on November 15 and at the Norman Childs Eyewear store in Shadyside on November 16. The minimalist-inspired line is characterized by its lightweight design, free of screws, rivets, and weld. Instead, they’re customized to each customer’s liking. What’s not to like about that? Eyetique, 800.422.5320. eyetique.com.

Time For Tudor The time has come for Tudor Watches to re-enter the U.S. market. The Swiss watch brand, created by parent company Rolex, but priced more affordably, was launched in the late 1940s. The watches haven’t been sold in America since the early 2000s, but now, they’re back, and better yet, available in Pittsburgh, exclusively at Henne Jewelers. These highly creative men’s timepieces include touches of bold color and luxurious leather, combining form and function with technology and timeless design. “The new Tudor line of watches is inspired by the retro chic design of the 1950s and 1960s,” says John Henne, president and owner of Henne Jewelers. “Classic refinement with a modern twist, where attention to detail and clean lines emphasizes timeless style.” Recently featured in GQ and Esquire magazines, the latter pub lauds the line of watches as “really damn good-looking.” We agree! Henne Jewelers, 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.0226. hennejewelers.com. — Michelle Dickson

Winter Ready Indulge in cashmere in the form of winter essentials — sweaters, gloves, hats, scarves, and wraps for men and women — from the Scottish luxury brand Kinross during a trunk show at Larrimor’s, November 7-9. Larrimor’s will also host a J Brand Jeans trunk show on November 7, offering the latest in men’s and women’s denim. For those looking ahead to next season, the Escada Spring 2014 line brings sophisticated, feminine styles to the store with a trunk show on November 21-23. Larrimor’s, One PNC Plaza, 249 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.471.5727. larrimors.com.

Essential Footwear Looking for that perfect black boot? We’re talking about a winter essential that is both stylish and functional, foot-warming and versatile. These waterproof, leather Blondo boots, equipped with a natural rubber outsole, satisfy our search. Find them at Littles Shoes, along with other offerings from the Canadian footwear line. Littles Shoes, 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3530. littlesshoes.com.

Pelagos Heritage Chromo Blue

Funkadelic Fun! Get your hands on one of the season’s most fun and funky trends — colored and iridescent metallic accessories — at Spoiled Chics the Boutique. The Sewickley store recently added Clutch! to its offerings. Designed by Jeremy Bassan, the founder of Big Buddha bags, the pieces are “spiced up with iridescent, electric colors, and quilting for added effect,” says Spoiled Chics co-owner Carina Perrone. “It’s a full line (including clutches, totes, crossbodies, and wristlets) featuring fun materials, great colors, and trendy designs.” On November 8, join the Chics for Blast Off into the Space Age with Clutch!, a giveaway-with-purchase event. With any purchase over $100 from the Clutch! collection, shoppers will receive a free iridescent wristlet, valued at $30. One per customer, while supplies last. P.S. Starting in December, Spoiled Chics will host extended holiday shopping hours, keeping the store open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the month. Spoiled Chics the Boutique, 350 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.0977. spoiledchics.com. Opposite page: Photograph from Lindberg. This page: Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, from Henne Jewelers, Kinross, Clutch!

Get this “Kelsey” wristlet free with a $100 purchase.





Shop styles from Sibilia at MoZaic Boutique.

We “Art” It MoZaic Boutique, located in Bridgeville, is thrilled to announce the introduction of two new lines! Both add perfectly to the art-meets-fashion aesthetic of the boutique, curated by owner Nancy Gilmore. The first, Sibilia, comes straight from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Many different metals and a rainbow of patinas are handcrafted to create this truly unique jewelry. Gilmore describes the Sibilia pieces as, “bold and edgy, yet sophisticated,” and says that they are versatile enough to be worn with jeans or even a cocktail dress. Equally exciting is the arrival of Desigual, a line of clothing and accessories with an international, almost cult-like following. The bags, scarves, apparel, and other accessories are all bright and textural, a “visual cornucopia of colors,” as Gilmore describes it. Customers seeking new eye-catching, affordable, and, of course, artistic designs will not be disappointed! MoZaic Boutique, 1597 Washington Pike A-13, Bridgeville. 412.275.3787. mozaicboutique.com. — M.D.

Wrap Party Wrap up in warmth and luxury — and contribute to charity — at One Brilliant! Take part in the store’s Wrap Up event, November 14-16! Purchase any wrap, sweater, or ruana from the store, including cozy styles by Minnie Rose, and enjoy 25 percent off the purchase. You’ll feel good about it, too, as a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Janey L. Waldman Ovarian Cancer Fund. Talk about warm fuzzy feelings! One Brilliant, 1 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443. onebrilliant.com.

Fine Jewelry, Online Joden World Resources, the globally renowned fine jewelry company based in Grove City, recently launched a new online store at joden.com, offering one-of-a-kind antique, estate, and museum-quality pieces, along with high-quality modern jewelry. The new-and-improved site aims to educate both amateurs and connoisseurs on how to shop for this type of jewelry, providing an authoritative and accessible online resource. Joden has been collecting pieces throughout its 43-year history, which has allowed the jeweler to acquire rare pieces not available anywhere Find pieces like else. Available exclusively online is a portion of owner Joe Murawski’s this Giuliano Amy personal collection. The online store also features rare Art Deco, Art Bracelet in the Nouveau, Edwardian, Victorian, and Georgian period jewelry. “We love store and online! to see our fine antique and vintage jewelry come under ownership of true antique lovers,” says Ariana Wood, head of the online division of Joden World Resources. “The online store gives us a way to accomplish this on a broader scale than ever.” Joden World Resources, 144 S. Broad St., Grove City. 800.747.7552. joden.com. — M.D.

Hot Must-Have: Beautiful Boots Colorful boots are brightening this fall’s footwear options, and we think we’ve found a favorite pair to wear! “Attilio Giusti Leombruni/AGL’s luxe stacked heel boot exudes the season’s rich color palette in supple plum leather!” says Footloose Shadyside owner Jill Rubinstein. Walk on over to get booted up soon! Prefer to shop online? Peruse the newly redesigned footlooseshadyside.com, and buy with a few simple clicks of the mouse. Footloose Shadyside, Bellefonte St., Shadyside. footlooseshadyside.com.




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Be Dazzled As part of Goldstock Jewelers’ ongoing fall event, Dare to Be Dazzled, taking place now through December 31, the Downtown jeweler will welcome renowned jewelry designer Simon Ghanimian for a Simon G trunk show, November 15-16. Ghanimian’s artistic collection draws from two sources of inspiration: nature and the love between two people, and the versatile designs often incorporate three different colors of metal. During the event, customers will enjoy special discounts and can enter a raffle to win a white gold Simon G diamond pendant. Dazzling! Goldstock Jewelers, 717 Liberty Ave., Clark Building, Ste. 203, Downtown. 412.281.1789. goldstockjewelers.com/fall2013.

Photographs from Minnie Rose, MoZaic Boutique, Joden World Resources, Dave Brown/Footloose Shadyside, Simon G.

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Fashion Fantasy

It was a fashion wonderland at the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Once Upon a Time Gala at Heinz Hall! These imaginative, princess-worthy frocks are fairy-tale appropriate. Want to see even more whimsical looks? Look no further than whirlmagazine.com, where we’ve gathered a group of swoon-inducing fashions from this and other recent events!



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Eileen Meade

Dedra Rantovich

Kiersten Wilson

Christine Bennett whirlmagazine.com




Holiday Cheer

Check out the latest styles from John Hardy at Louis Anthony Jewelers on November 7.

Time to Shine Grab a group of girlfriends, and head to Louis Anthony Jewelers on November 7 for Ladies Night! The fashionable evening will feature a John Hardy trunk show, complimentary custom John Hardy manicures, wine, food, and a can’t-miss giveaway. Then, on November 15-16, the latest collections of handcrafted artisan pieces from Armenta will be in the spotlight, along with designs by Lauren K, which feature one-of-a-kind exotic stones. And, mark your calendar for November 22-23 when Louis Anthony Jewelers hosts a multi-designer event with Phillips House, Pleve, and Antonini. Phillips House offers stylish, timeless gold and diamond pieces at affordable price points. Pleve, the newest addition to the store, features truly unique pieces, highlighted by diamonds in various colors and shapes that are set in cured ceramic. Fine, elegant pieces from Italian jeweler Antonini will add the final touches to the weekend. Louis Anthony Jewelers, 1775 N. Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.854.0310. louisanthony.com. — M.D.

Ring in the season with The Songbird Sanctuary! The Blawnox boutique will host its annual Holiday Open House on November 9. Fly by to peruse a plethora of nature-themed products, including bird feeders suited for the winter months; mahogany birdhouses; Christmas ornaments featuring local flora and fauna; and lamps decorated with winter tableaus. “We’re bursting at the seams with unique, tastefully chosen treasures that celebrate the wonder of nature and the magic of the holiday season,” says owner Janet Bronder. “Complimentary refreshments will be served, and much good cheer will be on hand. All are welcome!” The Songbird Sanctuary, 311 Freeport Road, Blawnox. 412.828.5393. thesongbirdsanctuary.com.

Change It Up “Fall is a time for change, especially for cell renewal in your skincare routine,” says Jennifer Blodgett, owner of Spa Jema, which is why we’re ready to indulge in the spa’s new treatments aimed at reducing signs of aging, and leaving complexions smooth and vibrant. She recommends the Eminence Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, “a delicious purée of yams and pumpkins used to accelerate exfoliation, stimulate collagen production, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Ripe with antioxidants, this active peel restores a youthful radiance, aiding in age-defying beauty. Glycolic and lactic acids assist in lightening hyper-pigmented areas. Perfect for all skin types, except in active acne areas.” Spa Jema, 117 1st Ave., Downtown. 412.281.3336. spajema.com.

Style Events Sip and Shop

Planning those holiday shopping sprees? Add the Champagne & Shopping Holiday mART Preview Party to your list! Taking place November 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, the party will preview the seasonal marketplace, featuring finely crafted, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. Guests will be entertained with live music by Rick Gallagher, and can toast to their unique purchases with Champagne and wine provided by The Naked Grape and hors d’oeuvres from B Gourmet. Proceeds support Sweetwater’s art programs for children and adults, in addition to providing support to participating artists. For more information, visit sweetwaterartcenter.org. — M.D.

Fashion Love

The Modern Matchmaker couples with Izzazu Salon, Spa, & Serata to host “A Soirée of Style” on November 6. The invite-only event, held at the salon, will be an evening of matchmaking and makeovers. Izzazu stylists and owners, Emilio and Gino, will offer personal consults and discounted first-time bookings for new clients. Matchmakers will be on-hand offering expert advice, and guests will have the chance to win a complimentary three-month membership to The Modern Matchmaker. The Perfect Date Contest will also be up for grabs and includes a grand prize of two tickets to one of Pittsburgh’s cultural venues, dinner at The Capital Grille, and limo service to and from the date provided by Exceptional Limo. Experts from local retailers will present the latest style trends and date outfit ideas, and attendees who RSVP will receive a swag bag filled with product samples, coupons, and gift certificates from Acqua Blu Medical Spa, Doncaster, Charles Spiegel for Men (who will present his first ever private showing during the event!), Eyetique, and more. Absolut Vodka is also set to debut its new, sparkling wine, Absolut Tune. Love! For more information, visit themodernmatchmaker.com. — M.D.

Purse Party The Ladies Hospital Aid Society will host its annual Fall Luncheon on November 20 at LeMont Restaurant.

This year’s event, themed “One Handbag at a Time,” will feature a silent auction featuring new and vintage bags. All proceeds will benefit the LHAS Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Program, an initiative started last year that has since been shared with 55,000 students in 50 local schools. More than 20,000 of the signature T-shirts, reading “xoshove≠love” (kiss, hug, shove does not equal love) have been distributed, along with wristbands and resources for teens and parents, with the goal of raising awareness of and preventing teen dating violence. Support the cause over lunch, and you may walk away with a fabulous new bag! For more information, call 412.648.6106 or visit lhas.net. — M.D.

Get Red-y

The American Heart Association will host the 8th Annual Go Red For Women Fashion Show at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, November 20. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., but this fashion-forward fête, featuring looks from Macy’s and sponsored locally by Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, is one way to support the cause and raise awareness. Guests are sure to be inspired, as all of the models are women who have survived a heart attack or stroke. Not just that, but “at the fashion show, women will receive the knowledge they need to take a few simple steps to strengthen their hearts to live longer and stronger lives,” says Go Red For Women Director Shannon Lesnock. A holiday shopping mart filled with local vendors will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m. Be sure to wear a pop of red — ruby shoes encouraged! For more information, call 412.208.3605.




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Photograph from John Hardy.





Style file

GREAT TASTE By Nicole Barley Photographs by Cayla Zahoran

Having great style doesn’t solely refer to what someone wears — style is an attitude, a way of life. And who better to illustrate that fact than chefchocolatier-caterer and all-around host with the most Bob Sendall? This year marks the 25th anniversary of All in Good Taste Productions, Sendall’s event planning company, and through the years, he and his team have developed a signature, omnipresent style — Sendall Style, if you will. It infuses everything he produces, from the food that’s served to the way it’s displayed, and of course, the sweet manner in which every event planned by Sendall ends — with a helping of Toffee Taboo. Now, the man who was once a personal chef to the Heinz family is endeavoring to host his own TV show, encompassing cooking, styling, serving, and planning a memorable event. One thing we know for certain — invite Bob to your party, and it’s sure to be tons of fun. Cheers to 25 years! All in Good Taste Productions, 1520 Monterey St., North Side. 412.321.6869. allingoodtasteproductions.com.

Taboo For You After producing Burton Morris and Sara Firestone’s wedding at the Omni William Penn Hotel in 2008, Sendall received this custom painting as a gift from Morris, a piece of art that Sendall considers the perfect artistic interpretation of his oh-sodelicious chocolate line.

Sendall Style in Three Words: “Creative. Fun. Elegant.” Signature Clothing Colors: Royal purple and lime green. Signature Serving Style: Sendall is known for serving food from giant copper paella pans. We promise, if you go to an event produced by All in Good Taste, you’re sure to spot one of these striking skillets filled with something delicious, for example, green curry. Another favorite? Ladling soup into miniature, hollowed pumpkins. The Perfect Pizza: Caramelized onions, Taleggio cheese, ParmigianoReggiano, and roasted red peppers atop a buttery, pastry-inspired crust. “I’ve been making this pizza for 30 years,” says Sendall.




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Lights, Camera, Action! Taping recently wrapped on three pilot episodes of “Sendall Style” on WQED — check out the “Paella Party” and “Farm Fresh” episodes at WQED.org/tv/sendallstyle, and tune into the station on November 21 for the premiere of the “No Bones About It Thanksgiving” episode. We got a behind-the-scenes peek at the planning, which included a 14-seat dining room table topped with Chihuly-inspired glass pumpkins, a 16-pound turkey with all the fixings, Absolut Citron-infused Appletinis, and plenty of good cheer, served up at Sendall’s art-filled home on the North Side.

Closet Envy Sendall’s cedar-lined clothing closet displays his diverse collection of fun and funky collared shirts. A companion shoe closet is positioned adjacent and to be honest, we’re pretty jealous of the setup. Where does a guy with such eclectic taste shop? Everywhere from Emphatics in One Oxford Center to Palm Springs, Calif., to Italy. “I travel a lot — that’s when I buy,” he says. Pack light, says Sendall with a smile. “That way, you can buy when you’re there.”

Experience Comfortable Elegance 724-260-5376 3328 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317 whirlmagazine.com




shopping spree

dinner companions by Nicole Barley | Photographs by Cayla Zahoran + Michael Fornataro

There is so much to savor in the pages of this month’s magazine. If you’re now aspiring to serve your own “Chef’s Best Dish,” stocking the kitchen is a smart place to start — and we’re not talking about groceries. We browsed local shops to find functional kitchen décor (like a beautiful stand for propping up a cookbook or iPad — brilliant!), along with a few items that are just downright adorable (see the bluebird salt and pepper shakers). After all, presentation is everything! Details in WHIRL Directory, page 142.






1. A RTIFACTS Copper Kettle, $500.


2. L oom Exquisite Textiles Vintage linen


napkins, $6 for each.

3. SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home Emenee cabinet handles in warm pewter, aged brass, gun metal, and old world copper finishes, $16.95 each.

4. SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home Atlas 8

Housewares Grapevines knob in bright nickel finish, other finishes available, $7-$17 each.

5. A ntiquarian Shop Match “Convivio” pewter place setting, including charger, $38, dinner plate, $110, and salad plate, $100.

6. splurge Lafco New York Cilantro Orange “Kitchen” Candle, $55.

7. Loom Exquisite Textiles Vintage salt and pepper three-piece shaker set, including “tree branch” display, $29.

8. Artifacts Multicolor napkin rings, $20 for


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9. splurge Europe2You iPad/cookbook holder, made from reclaimed wood and galvanized steel, $90.

10. House 15143 Customized framed kitchen print, $59.

11. More Than Words Fine Papers Maude


Asbury Recipe Cards, $7 for 25 lined cards and 9 tabbed dividers.

12. House 15143 Cheese serving set, $34. 13. Antiquarian Shop Match “Convivio” Pewter Mug, $74.

14. The Songbird Sanctuary Acorn pie serving set, $33.

15. More Than Words Fine Papers Rag & Bone Bindery “Green Garden” Handmade Recipe Journal, $48.

This and opposite page: Photographs from Lafco, Europe2You.





LAUNCH PARTY A new denim line with local ties arrives in Pittsburgh By Christine Tumpson | Photographs from Julien Leballister When e.b. Pepper calls on her cell saying you’ve got to come in to her Shadyside store to see the latest line of denim jeans she’s carrying, you pay attention. An hour later, it’s easy to understand Pepper’s excitement about this new launch — from the fit to the fabric to the unique design, the jeans bring a new feel to a traditional closet staple. The fact that the latest label to enter the denim world has a Pittsburgh tie gives any local fashionista more of a reason to slip them on. Ström Brand is named after Erika Strömqvist, an intelligent model turned designer with a cool back story. Discovered as a teen in Sweden, Strömqvist walked the runway for every influential European fashion house, including Chanel, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Miu Miu, learning attitude, style, fit, and technique from fashion’s elite. Along the way, she met and married Matthew Hillman Fisher of Shadyside, who grew up just blocks away from the Walnut Street store. Together, they have developed and launched Ström Brand in a creative collaboration combining his business acumen and her passion for fashion. A West Coast retailer located at Fred Segal shared a story with them about a woman buying three pairs — one for her, one for her daughter, and one for her granddaughter. They loved hearing that. For Pepper, it’s already a hit. “The designs I’ve seen so far have been impressive. I especially like the extended cuff on one of the first pairs I saw.” A run of the hand along the jeans reveals the tiny stitching and attention to detail that is a mark of clothing destined to last long enough to become a favorite. And isn’t that the hallmark of any great pair of jeans? e.b. Pepper, 5411 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.683.3815. Ström Brand, strombrand.com.

Join us for a WHIRL Shop Talk event! Wednesday, October 30 from 1-3 p.m. at e.b. Pepper. Meet Erika Strömqvist and Matthew Fisher of Ström Brand.

Erika Strömqvist

TIO Skinny in “Storm” wash




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NIO High Rise Selvedge in “Street“ wash

Selvedge Skinny in “Milk” wash

D -Termined Local, creative seamstress debuts an inspired line of formal fashions

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By Andrea Bosco A third-generation seamstress, Denielle DeSantis launched Exhibit-D with years of priming in her past. Her high-fashion, formalwear designs are inspirited by a constant craving to create. A dancer of 15 years, DeSantis spent hours adjacent her mother, Lina, perched at the sewing machine tailoring performance attire. “I get most of my inspiration from fine arts,” says DeSantis, a Penn State graduate with a dual degree in Fine Arts and Advertising. “My painting has inspired me in a way where the pieces I like to make involve layering, especially with chiffon — all really organic, moving materials.” The Jefferson Hills native interned as an assistant to Creative and Textiles for Donna Karan New York, creating graphic patterns for garments exhibited in the 2010 fall fashion line, and has worked for Norma Kamali. Her design process functions as such: research; sketch; purchase fabrics; and consult and fit client. As for the groundwork, DeSantis looks to her ever-growing “accordion folder” of magazine clippings for a collection of her favorites. “I like to mix and match ideas, and pull from the great masters around me.” Additionally, the 24-yearold designs prom dresses and dancewear. “Dance has taught me what moves well and what doesn’t, and how to design for all body types,” says DeSantis. “It’s taught me how to design smart. My knowledge of color theory also plays a huge role in costume design.” The self-described foodie and American Horror Story addict is currently working toward a new goal: she’s completing a master’s program in art education at Carlow University, while student teaching at Canon-McMillan School District and freelancing at Strategic Images. She also works for Namrata Exports, creating textiles and prints for European rugs. “My ideal scenario would be to teach fine arts at the collegiate level, and in tandem, design formal bridalwear for my client base in Pittsburgh,” she says. You can catch her latest cut at Watchful Shepherd’s Dancing for a Cause on October 25 where I’ll be donning a custom ballroom ensemble!

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Carnegie International Gala Benefit and Preview Party The 2013 Carnegie International Premiere and Opening Night drew a crowd of 1,600 guests to Carnegie Museum of Art to celebrate the longest-running international survey of contemporary art at any museum. The fundraiser started with a VIP Reception and Gala Premiere, including cocktails, a private viewing, and strolling dinner. Guests were then entertained by performer Sharon Needles and DJ Total Freedom in a special collaboration with the VIA Festival. Gala Planning Committee chairs Nancy Byrnes, Kitty Hillman, and Jessica O’Brien were joined by co-chairs of the Friends of the 2013 Carnegie International Sheila and Milton Fine, Jill and Peter Kraus, Maja Oeri, and Hans Bodenmann. Co-curated by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski, this year’s exhibition, which runs through March 2014, is described as a conversation among four parts: new international art by 35 artists from 19 countries; the Playground Project, which includes a history of post-war playground architecture; the reinstallation of Carnegie Museum of Art’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art; and an engagement with the City of Pittsburgh through the Apartment Talks series in Lawrenceville. “We are all extremely grateful to the founders and supporters who made it possible for us to realize an ambitious, unique, and world-class exhibition in the 2013 Carnegie International,” says Jonathan Gaugler, media relations manager. “The museum’s Women’s Committee created an extraordinary atmosphere in which to welcome the world to Pittsburgh.”— M.D.



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Explore Greensburg By Emily Johnston and Steve Gifford Edited by Rachel Jones It’s the holiday season, and the shops of Greensburg are getting ready to glow, decking their stores with beautiful displays and offering perfect presents for everyone on your list. We’ve got the scoop on gift ideas, from gorgeous jewelry, to tickets to can’t-miss entertainment. And, at the end of a full day of shopping, we suggest you treat yourself to a delicious meal. After all, you are on the nice list this year, right?

Visions of Sugarplums Continue — or start! — the family tradition of seeing The Laurel Ballet perform The Nutcracker, December 14-15. For 20 years, the company has been showing its beautiful interpretation of the book “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Though the stage production varies slightly, the main plot about a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince who fiercely battles a Mouse King remains. Combined with the music of the Westmoreland Symphony, the talented dancers of The Laurel Ballet School bring a whimsical whirlwind that warms your spirit. The elaborate stage elements and visual effects bring the Palace Theatre to life. From the moments the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place, filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing (and growing) Christmas tree, mischievous mice, waltzing snowflakes, and The Land of Sweets. For tickets, visit thepalacetheatre.org or call 724.836.8000.

A Very Country Christmas For the country music lover on your holiday shopping list, tickets to the Palace Theatre will make concert memories the perfect present when Trace Adkins is unveiling his first-ever tour of “The Christmas Show.” The roughand-ready singer is bringing a 12-piece ensemble for a reverent theatrical and musical production on November 17. Plus, fans of five-time Grammywinner Michael McDonald will love “Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits.” The December 6 show mixes holiday favorites with McDonald’s hits, including “I Keep Forgettin’,” “Sweet Freedom,” and “On My Own.” Make a night of it with dinner reservations in Downtown Greensburg, too! For tickets, visit thepalacetheatre.org or call 724.836.8000.




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Ring of Fire When exploring the restaurant scene in Greensburg, we suggest taking the adventurous route. Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse is the area’s first and only Japanese restaurant, offering authentic hibachi and sushi creations that are as visually appealing as they are delicious. Owners Roy and Natty Bodnar built the Teppanyaki wonder in a historic farmhouse, updating it with modern décor, a 40-foot dragon sculpture that hangs from the ceiling, and a 3,000-square-foot patio. (Keep the outdoor bar in mind for a scenic night out when the weather warms up!) Inside the dining area, guests gather around Teppan tables for traditional hibachi dishes. The spatulas fly and flames scorch as the talented chefs quickly and creatively prepare each meal in front of the diners. “I want the customer to have delicious food and an enjoyable time, while being entertained by the show,” says Juan Gonzales, head hibachi chef at Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse. “With my 24 years as a hibachi chef, food quality is my top priority. We are always practicing and tweaking our shows.” The

Crown Jewels As the time for holiday shopping and celebrating draws near, we’re relying on some extra sparkle to help us stand out in a crowd. As Westmoreland County’s trusted jeweler since 1997, Beeghly and Company Jewelers is always up on the latest trends. Alison Beeghly says these are the top three to look for this season.

dramatic, live entertainment and spacious seating around the grill make it the ultimate spot for group outings. For a more private setting, the lounge serves up innovative sushi combinations, along with creative cocktails and, of course, sake. With access to the freshest seafood and the finest ingredients, Head Sushi Chef David Spade has free range to dream up a variety of rolls. We recommend the Day Dream, Mr. Crab, or Spicy California Roll. “There’s a sushi roll on my menu for everyone, whether you’re adventurous or timid,” Spade says. “I make all of the sushi sauces from scratch, so I’m able to infuse crazy spices and fruits to create unique and flavorful sauces that aren’t available at any other restaurant.” While the sauces are unique to Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse, fans of the flavor can enjoy the “Top Secret Ginger Dressing” at boutique grocery stores and Whole Foods Market in Pittsburgh. Look for more products to hit the shelves by 2015! Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse, 117 Toll House Road, Greensburg. 724.834.7423. robokyo.com. MAKE A STATEMENT

Stand out this season with strong colors and striking cuts. Designer Galatea takes Tahitian pearls and carves through the nacre by hand to reveal the turquoise nucleus at the core. Set in white gold, the contrasting colors make for gorgeous earrings that can dazzle at a dinner date or office party. A&D Gems’ 18K gold and ruby slice ring features a cut as unique as the snowflakes outside. The key element is the subtle, floral design, revealed by the transparency of the gemstone. Pair it with a simple, lacy top for a real pop of color.



Vintage pieces with an estate-find feel continue to be popular in fine jewelry. The timeless vibe ensures this icing will stay in style for years to come. Simon G’s new collection sticks to the classics with blue sapphires set in 18K white gold. The owner of the ring even has the option to add in a diamond as the center stone, which could turn the gorgeous piece from an everyday favorite into an engagement ring.

By using different styles of metal and jewels together, designers are crafting stylish pieces that are versatile for women of all ages and budgets. Sophia by Design mixes diamonds, topaz, and blue sapphires in a rose gold windowpane pendant for an elegant and icy combo that’s perfect for winter. Gents, stick to the mixing concept if you have a holiday proposal in mind. Engagement rings by Gabriel & Co. twist white gold and rose gold for a modern band that every chic bride will love.

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Holiday Events:

There are holiday happenings galore in Greensburg — mark your calendar now!

November 17, 7 p.m.

November 30, 2 p.m.

December 8, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.

Trace Adkins’ “The Christmas Show,” The Palace Theatre, Orchestra:

Branson on the Road Christmas Style, The Palace Theatre, Orchestra:

Seton Hill University Annual Christmas Concert, St. Joseph’s Chapel,

$75-$85, Loge: $75, Balcony: $45-$65

$35-30, Loge: $35, Balcony: $25

November 22-January 1, 5:30 p.m.

December 5, 5-9 p.m.

Performed by Seton Hill Choirs, directed by Mark A. Boyle. Free admission

Overly’s Country Christmas,

Westmoreland Fairgrounds, MondayThursday: $12/vehicle, Friday-Sunday: $15/vehicle $20/commercial vehicle

November 23, 12 p.m. Downtown Greensburg Holiday Parade, Main Street, Parking is free;

shops open at 10 a.m.

November 24, 12-5 p.m. Holiday Open House and Cookie Walk, The Shopping District,

Downtown Greensburg. Enjoy a cookie while admiring the decorated storefronts.

November 29, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents Theatre IV’s The Shoemaker & Christmas Elves, The

Palace Theatre, Orchestra and Loge: $9, Balcony: $8

Luminary Night, Downtown

Greensburg. Downtown merchants line the streets with candles for a beautiful night.

December 5, 8 p.m. The Temptations Christmas and Hits, The Palace Theatre, Orchestra:

$48-$68, Loge: $58, Balcony: $38-$48

December 6, 8 p.m. Michael McDonald “Christmas: An Evening of Holiday & Hits”, The

Palace Theatre, Orchestra: $65-$85, Loge: $65-$75, Balcony: $45-$55

December 10, 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Christmas Memories with Latshaw Pops Orchestra, The Palace Theatre, Orchestra:

$30-$35, Loge: $30, Balcony: $25

December 14, 2 p.m., 7 p.m., and December 15, 2 p.m. 20th Anniversary of The Nutcracker,

The Palace Theatre, Performed by Laurel Ballet and Westmoreland Symphony, Orchestra: $17-$24, Loge: $34, Balcony: $10-$26

December 21, 7:30 p.m.

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December 6, 7:30 p.m., and December 7, 1 p.m., 4 p.m.

Palace Theatre Performed by the Westmoreland Symphony, Orchestra: $19-$26, Loge: $39, Balcony: $10-$27

Greensburg Greasepaint Players Presents “Twas the Night Before Christmas” , Greensburg Civic Center,

December 20-21, 7:30 p.m., and December 22, 2 p.m.

$6 in advanced, $8 at the door

StageRight! Presents La Befana: A Christmas Musical, The Palace

Theatre, Adults: $18, Students and children 12 and under: $15

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REAL estate By Liz Petoniak Whether you consider yourself a culinary mastermind or a reluctant host of Thanksgiving dinner, your home’s kitchen ought to be both functional and beautiful. In these homes, you’ll find

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This Spagnolo-designed Hampton home eliminates the problem of too many cooks in the kitchen with its open floor plan, allowing a natural flow from room to room. Cooking and entertaining are a breeze when your kitchen boasts two sinks, a Wolf gas stove, double ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a walk-in pantry, and a butler’s pantry complete with a wine fridge — perfect for chilling the Chablis. And, hardwood floors, granite countertops, 10-foot ceilings, and Tuscan-inspired tile and cabinetry ensure you’ll be surrounded by style. No matter how large your family is, you’ll never feel cramped in this six-bedroom, five full and two half-bath home, seated on 1.8 acres in the Estates at the Villa. It’s the perfect spot for every family gathering! For more information, contact Linda Miller or Jaclyn Miller-Mihm of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services at 412.478.0500. homesbymillerteam.com.

Smart Stove The hardworking cook deserves a hardworking stove! The new Jenn-Air induction cooktop is one of the most intelligent appliances on the market with functions for optimum melting, simmering, boiling, and maintaining a stable temperature, which is essential for cooking delicate sauces. And though this stove heats up in a pinch, because the energy conducts straight into the pots and pans, its surface remains cool, leaving you with a safer kitchen environment. Don’s Appliances, donsappliances.com. Hillmon Appliance Distributors, hillmonappliance.com.




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Gather ‘round this posh and cozy kitchen! A stately granite island with seating for five is at the heart of the room, allowing space for great conversation as well as functionality. Other convenient features include walls of smooth Cherry cabinets — ideal for storing cooking essentials — and a breakfast nook overlooking the sunken family room. With six bedrooms, six full and two half-baths, a grand foyer with granite flooring, and a spacious patio overlooking a 2.66-acre yard, your family will easily settle in. Truly, this two-story colonial home, fully renovated by Pittsburgh architect Tony Stillson, epitomizes the marriage of art and comfort. For more information, contact Bunny Wolff and Julie Rost of Prudential Preferred Realty at 412.855.9213 or 412.370.3711. prudentialpreferred.com.

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Now here are two kitchens you’ll never want to leave! Contemporary lighting fixtures, Caesar stone and granite countertops, terra cotta tile flooring, and rustic cabinets exude warmth and elegance and invite the eye in. This oversized, gourmet eat-in kitchen also sports new stainless steel appliances, two sinks, and breakfast and office nooks, making it a functional, stylish space where your family will love to pass time. The rest of the home won’t disappoint, either. Every room in this five bedroom, four full and two half-bath Murdoch Farms masterpiece has been renovated extensively, including the luxurious master suite complete with a sitting room, dressing room, and spa. And, on a sunny day, sit back and relax outside in your own personal oasis — a gorgeous patio, complete with a built-in outdoor kitchen and a Fire Magic stainless steel girl, overlooking lush gardens. For more information, contact Andrea Ehrenreich and Jill Bolner of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.421.9120. howardhanna.com. Photographs from Prudential Preferred Realty, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.





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By Stephanie Penrose Photographs by Cayla Zahoran

Having just completed my fourth marathon and with close to 4,000 miles clocked on my two-year-old Garmin, I’m comfortable with calling myself a die-hard runner. Nothing short of a freak Pittsburgh “Snowpocalypse” will keep me from my morning run. Now that the air has turned brisk and clouds threaten with a chance of snow flakes, many runners have abandoned the streets and trails, and have taken their daily runs to the treadmills. I, on the other hand, welcome the cold weather and use it as an excuse to stock my closet with all of the latest winter running gear. I’ve also gathered a few of my food must-haves for fueling up before and recovering after. Pictured here with me is my co-worker and running buddy, Meghan Milligan. Meghan and I recently trained for fall marathons together and plan to follow the Fleet Feet marathon training program as we prepare for the 2014 DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon! Ready to join us? Let’s go!

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Run With Me Ear Warmer in Hyper Stripe Angel Wing, $26, Lululemon.

Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve in Heathered Cornflower, $68, Lululemon.

Windproof, water-resistant, and breathable, the Utopia Softshell II offers 360 degrees of retro-reflectivity to keep you visible during early morning or evening runs. It comes equipped with an internal media pocket to hold gadgets and, my personal favorite detail, flip-mitts to keep your fingers warm!

How are you supposed to focus on your pace and form when your poor ears are about to freeze off? Lululemon saves the day with the Run With me Ear Warmer. Made with the cozy Rulu fabric, this reversible ear warmer wicks sweat away and is perfect for layering under hoods on the really cold days.

The Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve is a top you will wear all winter long and even into spring. The seamless body makes it suitable for layering under vests and jackets on cold blistery mornings, and the lightweight, Silverescent anti-odor fabric makes it ideal to wear on its own — without the fear of scaring off your running buddies.

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Gone are the days of basic gloves! We decorate our feet in the most joyful — and practical — shoes out there. Why not do the same for our hands? Say hello to the Manzella Tie Dye TouchTip Runner Glove. Specifically tailored to women’s hands, this glove has TouchTip pads on the index finger and thumb for use with touch screen devices and a burst of colors that will go with any outfit.

Looking good on the outside means nothing if you don’t feel good on the inside. Fuel your body right with carbohydrates and protein both before and after your workouts to keep running strong!



Manzella Tie Dye TouchTip Runner in Tie Dye, $30, Fleet Feet.

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Star Runner Pullover in Hyper Stripe Plum, $108, Lululemon.

Brooks Women’s Adapt Vest in Heather Gray, $110, Fleet Feet.

The Star Runner Pullover is the most thoughtful running buddy you will ever have. Made of Lululemon’s signature super-soft and breathable Rulu fabric, this top is equipped with thoughtfully placed lace mesh that keeps you cool in high-sweat zones (underarms, back, and below your bra). A secret pocket on the back holds gadgets and keys, while thumbholes and fold-over “cuffins” keep fingers warm if you forget your gloves!

This Thermacool-filled pullover vest gives runners extra warmth without the extra bulk. Made with highly water- and wind-resistant shell fabric, this vest has is equipped with front and back retro-reflectivity to keep you visible (read: safe), and a secure media pocket inside to keep valuables safe, too.

Brooks Equilibrium Base LS in Bright Pink, $75, Fleet Feet. We all want to “Run Happy,” and the Equilibrium Base LS helps runners do so in any temperature! This base layer is designed with mesh “pockets” that create an insulating effect when teamed with a top layer, creating optimal conditions for the body. The polypropylene fabric also repels sweat away from the body, keeping you nice and dry.

Speed Tight Luxtreme in Black, $98, Lululemon. It’s almost like running was invented just so that we could wear these Speed Tight Luxtreme tights. Made of Power Luxtreme — Lululemon’s fastest sweat-wicking material — these tights are silky smooth and breathable. The ruching on the calves allows you to easily tuck socks inside the tights, while the deep side-pockets and three waistband pockets are perfect for storing running essentials such as chapstick, keys, and gels.

Brooks Women’s Infiniti Tight III in Black/Black Hatch, $75, Fleet Feet. The Infiniti Tight III provides style and substance Composed of moisture-wicking compression fabric, these bottoms are so comfortable and durable, you’ll never want to take them off! They’re available in simple solids, as well as eye-catching prints. Fleet Feet, 1751 North Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.851.9100. fleetfeetpittsburgh.com. Lululemon, 5520 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.687.3592. 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, North Hills. 412.358.9538. lululemon.com.

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Parkhurst Dining crafted a simple, four-tier cake with fondant bows and rhinestone embellishments.

Maria Paola Loffreda-Mancinelli + Dr. Fernando Manalac By Rachel Jones Photographs from Araujo Photography


aria Paola Loffreda-Mancinelli’s love for her family’s homeland inspired Fernando Manalac’s perfect proposal. While walking up the Spanish Steps in Rome, Fernando handed his Italian ragazza a rose with an engagement ring sparkling near the bud. Everyone around them cheered when Maria Paola gave her tearful acceptance. “It’s one of my favorite spots in Italy, and he knew that,” Maria Paola says. “That made it extra special.” Back in the states, the sweethearts wed at St. Paul Cathedral, then hosted their reception at Carnegie Music Hall. The Carnegie Mellon University graduates wanted to celebrate at the museum because of their connection to the locale and Maria Paola’s love of the venue. “I just knew that was going to be our venue, hands down,” says the former museum intern. Classic Italian elements — including a traditional, multi-course dinner; imported chocolates; Bomboniere favors; and the Tarantella dance — made the day unique, especially for 15 family members who flew in from Italy. But those who couldn’t make the trip didn’t miss out! The newlyweds brought the celebration to Italy with a second reception during their honeymoon. Pete Donati & Sons arranged white roses and orchids to decorate the already-elaborate Carnegie Music Hall.




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Maria Paola glammed up her Monique Lhuillier gown with a Badgley Mischka belt. “As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one,” she says. “I felt like a princess.”

One of Lisa’s favorite memories from the big day was the couple’s first dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley. “It explained our story perfectly.”

Lisa Persang + Rick Hoffman by liz petoniak Photographs from Jen Mcken Photography Sometimes, the greatest moments in our lives occur when we least expect them. For Lisa Persang, that’s exactly what happened. “My younger brother said that he had the perfect guy for me, but at that point, I was finally content being on my own,” she says. Luckily, it turned out that he was right! Lisa met Rick Hoffman one snowy evening during 2010’s “Snowpocalypse,” and they quickly knew that they were onto something special. The following year, in July, he surprised her by proposing in front of a huge crowd — including their families and close

friends — while a band played in Town Square at SouthSide Works. “The band stopped [playing] to congratulate us, and the whole audience applauded,” Lisa says. Lisa and Rick were married at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Bethel Park, and celebrated at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with an icy, blue-hued reception. Lisa says, “It had the ambiance we wanted — open, airy, and elegant, but not too done-up.” Lisa looked beautiful in a Kitty Chen gown from Bridal Beginning with peek-a-boo tulle hem and touches of sparkle. Also shimmering were the sparklers that the crowd of more than 200 lit to send off the newlyweds at night’s end. The wedding party ventured along the River Walk and the West End Lookout for scenic shots, and even had the opportunity to take photos inside the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room.

Cydnee Traversari + Patrick Bickar by madison kramer Photographs from Kellie Cope photography Neighbors Cydnee Traversari and Patrick Bickar grew up together as children and grew closer as adults. After 10 months of dating, Patrick, a U.S. Marine, wrote a letter to Cydnee’s parents, asking for permission to propose to their daughter upon his return from bootcamp. Cydnee was pleasantly Details in WHIRL Directory, page 142.

surprised by a welcome home proposal on the street she grew up on. At their Heinz Field wedding, the non-traditional bride rocked a gown from Alfred Angelo Bridal, gray-and-yellow-striped socks, and gray Chuck Taylors. The ceremony featured beautiful music by Jimmy Faiello and the North Allegheny School District String Quartet, while Verna Crichlow’s Caribbean Vibes steel band and a DJ kept the reception rocking. Everyone enjoyed a sweets table of yellow and gray cupcakes, baked by Lindsey Santora of Sweets N’at!, as well as penny candy and cookies. The 200-plus guests continued the celebration at Hyatt Place over the weekend, taking in fireworks at PNC Park, too! Cydnee recommends other brides focus on having fun, not over-planning. “Try not to plan too far out in advance,” she says. “More than six months, and you will just plan over and over again!”

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412.281.0660. savoypgh.com. Steelhead Brasserie & Wine Bar, 112 Washington Place, Downtown. 412.394.3474. thesteelhead. com. Soba, 5847 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. 412.362.5656. bigburrito.com/soba. Sunny Bridge Natural Foods, 130 Gallery Drive, McMurray. 724.942.5800. sunnybridgenaturalfoods.com. The Supper Club, 101 Ehalt St., Greensburg, 724.691.0536. supperclubgreensburg.com. The Original Fish Market, 1001 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412.227.3657. originalfishmarketpgh. com. Walnut Grill, 12599 Perry Hwy., Wexford. 724.933.8410. 911 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.782.4768. 660 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.668.0951. walnutgroverestaurant.com.


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Fall Florals By Andrea Bosco Photograph by Cayla Zahoran When translating your tablescape as one cohesive design, the perfect fusion of scent and sustenance is essential. Mix in florals, and less scent is more, says Bill Chisnell of Bill Chisnell Productions. “Most of my arrangements for any kind of dinner are done with scentless flowers,” he says. “It’s the biggest rule of thumb. Scented flowers can change your palate and actually ruin your meal.” Responsible for the beautiful florals you see on pages 61-80 in Chef’s Best Dish, Chisnell lends his expertise with “fall harvest flowers that have little to no scent.” Shown here, clockwise, are rose petals, Red Sox Calla Lilies, Hypericum, Pee Gee Hydrangea, Leucadendron, Freedom Rose, and White Cymbidium Orchid (center). “Any of these work with hearty, harvest meals,” says Chisnell. If you’re looking to soup up your spread, Chisnell suggests using herbs, fruits, and vegetables. “The idea is to enhance the palate with a neutral or complementary element,” he says. “If you’re making a pork dish, use rosemary in your arrangement.” Other recommendations are basil, thyme, chamomile, and lavender. Adopt these tips for your next dinner party as the finishing touch to your best dish. Bill Chisnell Productions, 1111 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.251.5601. billchisnellproductions.com.




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