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Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 Event at the Rivers Ballroom

7 Nov

Friday night boasted some of Pittsburgh’s young emerging leaders, forward-thinkers, do-gooders, and trendsetters at the 40 Under 40 Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party held at the Rivers Casino Grand Ballroom in downtown Pittsburgh.

A full list of winners can be seen, here.

Photos from this swanky event, courtesy of WPXI See and Be Seen and also Ray Miles Photography, can be viewed by clicking here and here, respectively.

Enjoy!

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

Justice Through Journalism and John Grisham in the ‘Burgh!

25 Mar

Last night, I attended a lovely event held by Point Park University.  It was called, “the Justice Through Journalism Gala.”

To be honest with you, as an aspiring author, I only attended in the first place to listen to the special guest speaker, and get an autographed copy of his book. He’s already been a successful lawyer and best-selling fiction author who has had countless novels turned into films and who has recently forayed into the world of nonfiction. That man is John Grisham.

I got an autographed copy of his book, “The Innocent Man” and was enthralled by his speech. I was hoping that I’d get thechance to meet him, speak with him about his writing career, about my writing career, and also wanted to snap a photo with him. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to talk to him, but was excited to get a signed copy of his book for my personal library.

However, that being said, I was surprised that the night contained more than just this phenomonal writer standing at a podium. I learned about the Innocence Institute and the thousands of people – locally, nationally – who are wrongly convicted of heinous crimes. Some of these people even end up with life sentences or on death row. I had the pleasure of listening to a number of them speak about their personal trials and tribulations with the justice system, and also heard about how the Point Park Innocence Institute is helping to get innocent people exonorated through their investigative journalism skills. It was all so eye-opening.

It is sad that these people were wronged by our justice system, but also refreshing that justice prevailed after all, and that we live in a country where they were able to be exonerated. It was sad to hear their bittersweet stories but opened my eyes to a problem whose existence I never really thought about

At any rate, it was a lovely evening from the wine and h’orderves to the live band and silent auction. It was great to mingle, hear these stories, and to listen to the great John Grisham. A+, Point Park! Way to stay classy.