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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

Upcoming Children’s Event – Family Fun with Pittsburgh Author Mike Shuck of Numbers Elementary

29 Sep

Join Numbers Elementary author, South Fayette alum, and local 5th grade teacher, Mike Shuck, as he presents an author reading of his new children’s book, Numbers Elementary: Rounding at South Fayette Township Public Library in South Fayette (near Bridgeville/the South Hills of Pittsburgh, for those who may be unfamiliar!)

Stay after the reading to purchase a discounted copy of Numbers Elementary for just $10 that you can have personally signed by the author himself, as well as a fun and educational ‘color by rounding’ activity for the kids, and a question-and-answer session for all. You’ll also have opportunities to get photos with the author himself!

Numbers Elementary is the “math series with heart!”

This story introduces primary-aged students to the characters of Numbers Elementary School and showcases a lesson learned when a new student, Five, joins the class.

It not only presents the fundamental math concept of rounding in a fun and colorful way, but also teaches children the important moral lessons of kindness and respect to their peers.

JOIN THE FUN – a one-hour event appropriate for children and their families …. great for teachers, educators, and childcare professionals, too! 🙂

Get the new children’s book that all of Pittsburgh is buzzing about!

Pre-registration is requested, but not required. You can call SF Library at 412.257.8660 for more details, and email numberselementary@gmail.com with questions or to register.

Also, you can register online – FOR FREE – by using this link and scrolling to Oct. 9 –

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=SFAYETTE&curApp=events&curMonth=10&curYear=2010#10/9/2010

Upcoming Back to School Event featuring Local Teacher & Numbers Elementary Author Mike Shuck – 9/13 – Save the Date!

9 Aug

Mark your calendars for Monday September 13th, 2010!

Local teacher and author Mike Shuck will be reading his new book, Numbers Elementary: Rounding, to kids, parents, and friends at the Green Tree Public Library. This story introduces primary-aged students to the characters of Numbers Elementary School and showcases a lesson learned when a new student, Five, joins the class.

After the author reading, you will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at a discounted rate AND get it personally signed by the author himself! There will also be a kids’ activity!

This educational math book with heart is one that is a must-have for your child’s – or your classroom’s – library. It is a warmhearted tale that teaches both a math concept and a life lesson.

Please support this local born-and-raised Pittsburgh boy, dedicated teacher, and, now, published author, by attending this fun and family-friendly back-to-school event that is FREE and open to the public!

Email numberselementary@gmail.com for more information or register here:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=GREENTREE

To learn more about the author or the Numbers Elementary book series, please visit: http://www.numberselementary.com … order YOUR copy today! (Also available on Amazon!)

SAVE THE DATE – 9.13.10!