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The Play Date Gala – Having Fun for a Good Cause

10 May
On Friday, May 6th, 2011, a benefit was held at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Since the invitation said, “playful cocktail attire,” I knew I had to attend!

The event didn’t disappoint. It was a perfect mix of elegant meets “FUN” with fearless fashions, an acapella group, dancers, fun centerpieces, awesome live and silent auction items….and even a flash mob!

VIPs such as Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch and more enjoyed an evening of good food catered by famed chef Bob Sendall, great music, and lots of laughs – all for a great cause. Dance troupe, “Bodyography” provided a wow factor with their routines, while Pittsburgh’s only all-vocal band, “Double Shot” impressed with their collection of tunes ranging from Maroon 5 to the Brian Setzer Orchestra and beyond.

It was a swanky crowd, in a unique venue – and the vibe was perfect for the cause being supported, whose mission was, “Joy. Creativity, and Curiousity.”

Co-chairs of the event were Heather McBrier and Susan Baierl, and sponsors included Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shiled, Mascaro Construction, Schneider Downs, 77 Kids by American Eagle, Baierl Automotive, Children’s Hospital, Deloitte & Touche, Duquesne Light, KDKA, Pascale Communications, and many more. The Great Friend of Children Award was presented to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for their commitment to children, as guests looked on while dining on an exquisite menu which included vegetarian chilli, honey glazed roasted ballontine chicken with leeks, apricots, pistachios & a demi glaze, Chinese boxed salad, and citrus-scented brown rice, followed by a palette of delectable desserts.

The evening’s biggest delight was not the fabulous decor or the oh-so-tasty food, but rather, the flash mob that surprised the crowd, dancing in sync to PINK’s hit, “Raise Your Glass.”

Touted as, “the ultimate play-date for grown-ups” this event surely didn’t disappoint. Check out some photos below, courtesy of photographer Matthew Shuck.

Bodyology Dancers

Silent Auction Items
Silent Auction Items
Ashley Boynes & Allison Potter
Ashley Boynes & Allison Potter
Double Shot singers
Double Shot singers
Latasha Wilson-Batch, Charlie Batch, Lisa Simakas, Greg Simakas
Latasha Wilson-Batch, Charlie Batch, Lisa Simakas, Greg Simakas
Centerpieces
Centerpieces
Carleen Papa and Maria Caruso
Carleen Papa and Maria Caruso

Stand ↑ To Cancer – Don’t forget to tune in to SU2C tonight and stand up to cancer. #beatcancer

10 Sep

Stand ↑ To Cancer – Don’t forget to tune in to SU2C tonight and stand up to cancer. #beatcancer

The S↑2C  benefit concert and telethon fundraiser is a star-studded show bringing celebrities together to raise money and awareness for cancer.

According to the website,

“Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) one-hour, commercial-free telecast will air on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 8PM EST & PST / 7PM CT on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, Showtime, The Style Network and TV One and over 30 online streaming partners like AOL, Yahoo! and YouTube.

The SU2C broadcast is dedicated to the 12 million U.S. cancer survivors illustrating how groundbreaking research can change the tide in the fight against the disease.

This year’s event will feature Lady Antebellum, Green Day, Leona Lewis, Queen Latifah, Natasha Bedingfield, Martina McBride, Stevie Wonder, and more as musical guests, and will also feature other special guests such as Mandy Moore, Katie Couric, Ryan Seacrest, Rob Lowe, Sally Field, Vanessa Hudgens, Kathy Bates, Diane Sawyer, Dr. Oz, and more. Another special guest is Survivor reality star Ethan Zohn, who, interestingly, is a cancer survivor himself (and also dating hometown Survivor winner Jenna Morasca.)

Of course, a question on everyone’s minds is whether or not actor Michael Douglas will be in attendance following the news of his own cancer diagnosis.

Keep in mind that donations in ANY increment, large or small, help if you are able to contribute, and, you are actually able to start donating NOW. All donations are valid, legit, safe, and secure. You can give to Stand Up To Cancer, here:  Donate Now.

Many celebrities are trying to spread the word about cancer awareness. Check out this very eye-opening PSA for young people, below…and don’t forget to set your DVRs and TiVos for tonight’s special Stand Up To Cancer event. It touches us all in some way.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwC87ZKF1dQ


The Humanitarian Artists of Pittsburgh present “Faces and Places of the Black & Gold” event this Sunday at LaRoche! Benefits Homeless Children’s Education Fun – Art Auction, Steelers, Jane Orie, and More!

5 Aug

This Sunday, join the The Humanitarian Artists of Pittsburgh for a charity event featuring fine art, esteemed guests, and all-around fun! Come out for a great cause!

The Humanitarian Artists of Pittsburgh will host the “Faces and Places of the Black & Gold” event that will benefit the Homeless Children’s Education fund of Pittsburgh.

This family-friendly event is open to all fans of the Black & Gold, and will take places from 3pm-8pm at the Zappala College Center of LaRoche College in McCandless.

Guests will include Pittsburgh Steelers, Rocky Bleier, Franco Harris, John ‘Frenchy’ Fuqua, James Farrior, Nick Eason, Ted Toles (Pittsburgh Crawfords Negro Baseball League), along with keynote speaker, Senator Jane Clare Orie.

The Humanitarian Artists of Pittsburgh is a foundation that wishes to generate funds for local & regional non-profit charities in Pittsburgh and throughout western Pennsylvania.  At the event, the 4 artists that make up the coalition – Larry Klukaszewski (New Kensington, PA), Willie Hobbs (Butler, PA), Denny Karchner (formerly of Clearfield, PA) and, Charles Ott of Pittsburgh (“Steel City Artist) will be auctioning off their original and fine art prints that they hope greatly benefit the Homeless Children’s Fund of Pittsburgh. The mission of their foundation is to help as many organizations as possible to continue to fulfill their missions, starting with this one!

So come one, come all, and support this great cause! Join other Pittsburghers, art collectors with discriminating taste, fellow do-gooders, and, of course, prominent guests such as Pittsburgh athletes and other public figures.

Come enjoy yourselves for a lovely afternoon surrounded by beautiful pieces of Pittsburgh-centric art, legendary athletes, friends, and family …… and be sure to spread the word, too!

If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets for the event you may contact Larry Klukaszewski (724) 882-0756 or Willie Hobbs (724) 968-2474.

For more information:

http://humanitarianartistsofpittsburghmyblog.wordpress.com/

http://steelcityartist.com/?page_id=355

http://www.homelessfund.org/

Also, don’t forget to follow Friend of Glitzburgh @STEELCITYARTIST on Twitter!

Saturday: A Night in the Tropics Benefit ~ A Fun and Fabulous Summer Evening at the Pittsburgh Aviary (Also: Chance to WIN TICKETS here!)

14 Jul

This Saturday, July 17th, 2010, join the National Aviary in Pittsburgh for the BNY-Mellon Hosted “Night in the Tropics!”

This fabulous summer event will be a carefree celebration that is sure to be a memorable occasion and a fun evening for all who attend!

Come to the National Aviary, located in Pittsburgh’s historic North Side alongside the gorgeous Allegheny Commons Park, where you can relax to the Freedom Band, enjoy lovely food and drinks, dance, mix, and mingle in America’s one and only “bird zoo!”

At the Aviary’s Night at the Tropics event, you can enjoy the work of muralist Ashley Hodder as she paints live, all while in the company of 600+ colorful, beautiful, and exotic birds, and will also have the opportunity to enter a silent auction to win one of Ashley’s paintings on-site that night!

All Night in the Tropics benefits the Aviary’s education and wildlife conservation programs! This is for a GREAT cause. This is a ONE OF A KIND facility, a rare and precious gem that we have right here in Pittsburgh benefitting these beautiful animals, some of which are endangered species, all of which are magnificent creatures! Come out, have fun, relax, and contribute to a good cause this weekend 🙂

Tickets $50; VIP tickets $100. (VIP tickets include free valet parking, a special VIP reception,and access to VIP-only bars and restaurants in the BNY Mellon Hospitality Tent.)

For questions about Night at the Tropics, or to order Night at the Tropics tickets by phone, call the National Aviary ticket line at 412-323-7235 x213 and tell them that you were referred by the Glitzburgh blog!

PS: WANT TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE EVENT?   Glitzburgh is giving away TWO Pairs of Tickets!

Here’s what you have to do!

1)    Tweet a link to this blog post along with hashtags #aviarytropics #glitzburgh

2) Email your name and contact information to glitzburgh@gmail.com

3) Leave a comment on this blog post.

Winners will be announced on Friday, July 16th, 2010.

Ready, Set, Go! GOOD LUCK!

LOVE YOUR PET? Stop by this Fab Event, Today! – Dog-Friendly “Street Party at the Works” in Pittsburgh!

19 Jun

If you love your pet, today’s event at the Southside Works is a Must!

Get out there and enjoy this bright, sunshiney day with your favorite four-legged friend!

Your fabulous fur child with thank you with lots of wags and kisses if you take them to this special South Side Works “Street Party at the Works” beginning at 5pm.

Join other dog owners and animal lovers on Cinema Drive for this FREE and pet-friendly event complete with live music. Bands and artists featured include the Sun Kings, Mercury, and Dan Dabber. Your pooch can enjoy FREE nail trimmings from Pinky’s Pet Parlour, as well as homemade doggie treats!

There will also be special pet-related giveaways, Cold Cow Creamery samples, and Vitamin Water samples.

The event is open to the public, so no need to register or RSVP – just stop on by and enjoy this fabulous weather with man’s – or woman’s – best friend where you can learn more about Subaru, the title sponsor, and their “pet” charity, the ASPCA – the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals!

A fun event for a great cause – they’d surely “woof” to see you there!

Puttin’ On the GLITZ – Glitzburgh: Glamour Meets Giving ~ A Black & Gold Affair – TONIGHT!

23 May

Tonight is the first annual Glitzburgh Glamour Meets Giving Fundraiser Event benefitting the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The event will be held at the new FATE Lounge in the Strip District and will surely prove to be a “who’s who” of Pittsburgh. Local athletes, celebrities, and performers will take the stage at 8:30 for a fashion show, hosted by DJ Mike Ryan of 96.1 KISS fm, and featuring designs from the hottest local designers and boutiques including Sew Addicted, Shop.412 and Decade Pittsburgh.

Singer Danielle Barbe is expected to perform, Miss Pennsylvania Gina Cerilli and Miss Teen Pennsylvania Elena LaQuatra will be walking in the fashion show alongside some of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gladys Magazine and Whirl Magazine will be in attendance, as well as appearances from Ashley Elmore from The Bachelor, Kellee Maize, Anthony Jardine, other local performers and celebrities, and more.

The desirable silent auction will include not only a LADY GAGA prize pack but also prizes from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, the Las Velas restaurant, Serendipity, Friends of the Riverfront, and many others.

Guests are encouraged to enjoy the remainder of the evening at FATE following the runway show and silent auction winner announcements.

Proceeds from the evening benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh which is consistently ranked among the best pedatric hospitals in the nation, and, even the world.

I’ll be live-tweeting from the event @Glitzburgh and will post a follow-up review of the evening in the coming days, so, stay tuned!

For a video about the event check out: http://kdka.com/video/?id=72290@kdka.dayport.com

You can come to the event, too! Tickets can be purchased at the door tonight for $25.00 tonight! Come to FATE – 1650 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Doors Open at 7!

Dress to IMPRESS! Put on Ritz, Glitz, and Glam……and keep it Black and Gold!

Glitzburgh – where Glamour Meets Giving – a Black and Gold Affair! Presented by Celtic Charities, Orion Management Group, Sports Legends Group, and FATE Lounge!