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Fanfare: Children’s Museum hosts Harley Davidson-themed Gala

John Altdorfer
Jessica and Coty Franklin, Great Night Gala, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Northside. June 2, 2017.
John Altdorfer
James Elsen, Great Night Gala, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Northside. June 2, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Jordan Robinson, Great Night Gala, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Northside. June 2, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Kenny Lehman, Great Night Gala, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Northside. June 2, 2017.

Proving right the adage that you can't judge a book by its cover, the most unlikely of motorcycle enthusiasts emerged triumphantly from a crowd of 400 during the Children's Museum's Harley-Davidson-themed Great Night Gala on June 2.

“I have a Vespa. I got it for my 70th birthday,” said Mardi Isler. “My husband (Bill) bought it for me.”

Promising “An Evening of Leather, Chrome, and the Open Road,” the event served as a nod to the museum's latest exhibit, “Hands On Harley-Davidson” and naturally, led to question who amongst the crowd of 400 had arrived on one.

“No, we did not,” said Sue Lammie, co-chair with her husband, Scott. “The last time I rode was on a friend's motorcycle in college. That was another lifetime ago. But we do ride bicycles. I'm a wind-in-my-hair kind of gal.”

A row of the iconic motorcycles lined the sidewalks which inspired a social media posting. Halfway through cocktail hour, whispers indicated that executive director Jane Werner would be quietly slipping away so she could make a grand re-entrance after dinner.

“There's a little specialness coming up,” she teased, which later turned out to be her riding into the tents with “Big Tom,” the father-in-law of one of the museum employees.

“She's such a good sport,” said director of marketing Bill Schlageter. “She's very adventurous.”

The event raised $300K.

On the list: committee members Melissa and Matt Bizyak, Jen and Brooks Broadhurst, board president Michael Duckworth and Tracy Howe, Peter and Marcie Eberhart, Heather and Jim McBrier, Matt and Eileen Meade, Jodie and Bill Welge, Evan Rosenberg, Jenny and Ryan Will, Penny Zacharias and Kirk Burkley. Also, emcee Bob Pompeani, Anne Lewis and Jim Zeszutek, Karen and Jim Larrimer, Betsy Teti and her daughter, Julia, and Three River Harley Davidson owner George Gatto, whose shop provided the various motorcycle parts to be used as centerpieces. Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions created the menu. Jeff Jimerson & Airborne got people on the dance floor.

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