The firstLamp Gala was held March 19 at Antonelli Event Center in North Huntingdon.
About 120 people attended the benefit for the Lamp Theatre, which reopened in August on Main Street in Irwin. Master of ceremonies was Al Bergman, and the evening consisted of dinner, dancing to the music of Dave Miklos, and the comedy act Halfway There Improv.
Gail Macioce served on the gala committee with Anne Liparulo, Judi Wooddy, Karen Glass, Tiffany Yurchison, Linda Kovach and Marty Adams.
Macioce said reopening the Lamp was a “labor of love.” She and theater manager John Cassandro, Lamp board members Nick Liparulo and Mike Strangis, borough engineer Lucien Bove and the Irwin Project chairman John Gdula reflected on the community’s effort to raise $150,000 to match grants. Irwin acquired the theater from the Westmoreland Cultural Trust in 2013.
“There were people saying it couldn’t be done,” Gdula said. “There’s nothing like watching a community rally around a project like this.”
Seen: State Sen. Kim Ward and Dr. Tom Ward, Irwin MayorBill Hawley with his wife, Tracy, borough manager Mary Benko, Rhonda Gdula, Tony and Renata Marino, John Noble, Bill and Donna Caruthers and Greg Antonelli, who provided gnocchi for the buffet from Woody’s Piazza Ristorante, which opened March 15 at Antonelli Event Center.
— Dawn Law