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| Sunday, November 2, 2014 9:00 p.m
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John Altdorfer
ALL FIRED UP Just because Kathy Fertig (left) and Christi Robinette (right) were keeping it in the family for the roast of their father, Bob Fragasso (center), their duties didn’t exactly come with a free pass. “They might be out of the will tomorrow,” joked Bob’s wife, Janine. Taking the hot seat as The Circus Saints and Sinners of America, Inc., Bob Prince Tent Pittsburgh Seat Chapter’s Man of the Year, the event benefitted Animal Friends and the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. It was held Oct. 27 at the Rivers Casino.
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GLIMMER OF HOPE Glimmer founder Diana Napper and her daughter, Amanda Huber, were on hand for Glimmer of Hope’s annual Bid for Hope soiree. Now in its 13th year, the Oct. 27 was a sell-out three weeks in advance. “I came here from Philadelphia specifically to attend this event,” said Jennifer Callahan, one of the breast cancer survivors in attendance. Held at Off the Hook in Warrendale, the evening included autograph sessions with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. The event was hosted by Heath Miller, with proceeds benefitting breast cancer research, patient care, and diagnostic education. .
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EQUALLY IMPORTANT Michael Quigley and Ryan Scott were among those being lauded during the Racial Justice Awards Luncheon presented by the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh on Oct. 29. Held at the Westin, the 23rd annual event recognized leaders blazing a trail for equality in education, government, health care, legal, public safety and community engagement.
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TIME WARP Barebones Productions, with co-founder Patrick Jordan and his fiancée, Eileen French, added its own legendary twist to cult classic 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' on Oct. 27, giving a live performance at Regent Square Theater that ran simultaneously with a showing of the film. The annual event benefitted Barebones’ mission to facilitate the growth of local thespian artists.
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3000 MILES TO A CURE Nathan Dowdy (from left), Maria Parker and Charlie Mulligan were part of 3,000 Miles to a Cure on Oct. 30. Rear Admiral Bruce and Dr. Theresa Newell welcomed guests to the event at Carnegie Science Center, a benefit held in memory of their daughter-in-law, Jenny Mulligan, who passed away in June from brain cancer. The evening featured a screening of 'Hope,' an inspiring documentary following Mulligan’s journey, as well as that of her sister, Maria Parker, who entered the 3,000 mile Race Across America bicycle competition to raise money for cancer research.
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WINES UNDER GLASS Event chairs Krishna and Om Sharma welcomed guests to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Oct. 30 for its Wines Under Glass benefit. The masquerade-themed event included a toast to the public garden’s Tropical Forest India India exhibit.
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SEASON OF THE WITCH Margie and Alan Baum were part of the Pict Classic Theatre’s Witches & Wizards gala on Oct. 30. Heeding advice from emcee Brian Edward to “bid recklessly” throughout the evening, an all-out war was brewing over a walk on-role for Pict’s 2015 production of “The Tempest,” while Bob Sendall of All In Good Taste Productions tempted everyone with a delectable spread. Co-chaired by Karen and Michael Burns and Karen and Richard Miller, honorees included Gene O’Sullivan, Joan Markert and Rich Fitzgerald. The event was held at J. Verno Studios, South Side.
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IDEAL: FOUND More than 300 guests of The Frick Art & Historical Center were swooning over the Oct. 29 opening of the gorgeously curated “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal” exhibit. Equally as delightful was the attendance of the artist’s granddaughter, Grace Dickerson, as well as that of Joe and Michele McCall (pictured). Joe’s great-aunt, Honor Woulfe, was the subject of one of Curran’s paintings. For years, her portrait (seen here in the background) sat largely unattended to at the home of a relative before the McCall’s discovered its value, although the nature of the painting is still shrouded in a bit of mystery. “No one knows how Honor and Curran met, what their relationship was, why he painted the portrait, or why he gave it to her,” McCall said. The exhibit can be seen through Feb. 1.
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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Global Links CEO and founder Kathleen Hower, Robin Sheldon, and Pete and Julie Laun were among the guests celebrating a Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party on Nov. 1. Touted as a 'wicked good fun celebration of life,' the party embodied the Mexican holiday that celebrates and remembers departed dear ones. With it's costume-themed atmosphere, sugar skull decorating, and up close and personal encounter with a live vulture from the National Aviary, the evening bid adieu to the common weekend. The event was held at Global Links headquarters in Green Tree and benefitted the organizations mission to provide international medical relief.
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ALL FIRED UP: Dean Hastings stands on the balcony overlooking the chandeliers above the Drum Bar at theRivers Casino on the North Shore during the Man of the Year Circus Saints and Sinners Club Roast honoring Bob Fragasso. Oct. 27, 2014.
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ALL FIRED UP: Len and Eric Saks ride the escalator to the main ballroom of the Rivers Casino on the North Shore before the Man of the Year Circus Saints and Sinners Club Roast honoring Bob Fragasso. Oct. 27, 2014.
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ALL FIRED UP: Mark and Christy Gillece enjoy the view from the outdoor mezzanine of the Rivers Casino on the North Shore during the Man of the Year Circus Saints and Sinners Club Roast honoring Bob Fragasso. Oct. 27, 2014.
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GLIMMER OF HOPE: Steelers tight end Heath Miller stands with Justin Napper at the Off The Hook seafood restaurant in Warrendale, Pa., during the Bid for Hope XII event to benefit the Glimmer of Hope Foundation to support breast cancer research . Oct. 27,2014.
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GLIMMER OF HOPE: Jennifer Callahan and Kimberly Love were among the guests at the Off The Hook seafood restaurant in Warrendale, Pa., during the Bid for Hope XII event to benefit the Glimmer of Hope Foundation to support breast cancer research . Oct. 27,2014.
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GLIMMER OF HOPE: Drs. Kim Lopez and Emilia Diego were among the guests at the Off The Hook seafood restaurant in Warrendale, Pa., during the Bid for Hope XII event to benefit the Glimmer of Hope Foundation to support breast cancer research . Oct. 27,2014.
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GLIMMER OF HOPE: Drs. Albert and Vera Donnenberg were among the guests at the Off The Hook seafood restaurant in Warrendale, Pa., during the Bid for Hope XII event to benefit the Glimmer of Hope Foundation to support breast cancer research . Oct. 27,2014.
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GLIMMER OF HOPE: Rachel Dreveniak and Danny Murphy were among the guests at the Off The Hook seafood restaurant in Warrendale, Pa., during the Bid for Hope XII event to benefit the Glimmer of Hope Foundation to support breast cancer research . Oct. 27,2014.
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EQUALLY IMPORTANT: Point Park University police chief Jeffrey Besong and Edward Scott were among the honorees at the Racial Justice Awards Luncheon presented by the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Oct. 29, 2014.
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3,000 MILES: Carly Redfearn with Allison and Gene Freeman during 3,000 Miles to the Cure Gala at the Carnegie Science Center on Thursday, October 30, 2014.
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3,000 MILES: Bruce and Theresa Newell with Dr. Frank Lieberman during 3,000 Miles to the Cure Gala at the Carnegie Science Center on Thursday, October 30, 2014.
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IDEAL FOUND: Grace Dickerson, granddaughter of Charles Courtney Curran, stands in front of one his paintings during the preview party of the Charles Courtney Curran 'Seeking the Ideal' exhibit at the Frick Art Center in Point Breeze. Oct. 29, 2014.
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IDEAL FOUND: Cary Reed, Frick Art Center director Robin Nicholson and Sarah Hall during the preview party of the Charles Courtney Curran 'Seeking the Ideal' exhibit at the Frick Art Center in Point Breeze. Oct. 29, 2014.
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IDEAL FOUND: Moria Vainstein and Marsha Simonds read the exhibit catalog during the preview party of the Charles Courtney Curran 'Seeking the Ideal' exhibit at the Frick Art Center in Point Breeze. Oct. 29, 2014.
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IDEAL FOUND: Al and Pat Mature browse the exhibit catalog during the preview party of the Charles Courtney Curran 'Seeking the Ideal' exhibit at the Frick Art Center in Point Breeze. Oct. 29, 2014.
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SEASON OF THE WITCH: Joan Markert and Gene O'Sullivan were honored for their contributions to the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre during the Witches and Wizards Gala to benefit the PICT at J. Verno Studios on the Southside. Oct. 30, 2014.
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SEASON OF THE WITCH: Chef Bob Sendell of All In Good Taste catering treated guests to vegetarian chili served in tiny pumpkins during the Witches and Wizards Gala to benefit the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre at J. Verno Studios on the Southside. Oct. 30, 2014.
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SEASON OF THE WITCH: Singer Dessa Toljak put a spell on the audience as Title Town performed during the Witches and Wizards Gala to benefit the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre at J. Verno Studios on the Southside. Oct. 30, 2014.
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TIME WARP: Sarah Siplak, Phat Mandee and Regina Wilderman during The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Barebones Productions at Regent Square Theater on Monday, October 27, 2014. Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review
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TIME WARP: Brad Stephenson. Daina Griffith, Abby Krizner and Justin Lonesome during The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Barebones Productions at Regent Square Theater on Monday, October 27, 2014. Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review
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TIME WARP: Jessica Winghart with Jeff Dawless during The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Barebones Productions at Regent Square Theater on Monday, October 27, 2014. Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review
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TIME WARP: Andrea Weinzierl and Tad Cooley during The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Barebones Productions at Regent Square Theater on Monday, October 27, 2014. Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review
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TIME WARP: Liz Adams during The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Barebones Productions at Regent Square Theater on Monday, October 27, 2014. Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review
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WINES UNDER GLASS: Robert and Joan Pierce with Richard Piacentini during Wines Under Glass – Phipps Conservatory on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review
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WINES UNDER GLASS: Phipps Conservatory on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review

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