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Luau benefits Children’s Hospital

Grass skirts, colorful leis and bamboo torches were just part of the fun at the Hawaiian luau held at Twin Lakes Park, near Greensburg, on Saturday.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, which ensures that all patients at the hospital receive the medical care they need regardless of their families’ ability to pay. Festivities included limbo dancing and a pig roast. Entertainment was provided by Gashouse Annie .

The band includes vocalist Shirley Dragovich , with Mark Smith on drums, Carlo Vohl on guitar, Tom Huchel on bass and Denny Moffa on keyboard.

Making a special appearance was Christopher Feliciani , who joined the band on guitar and vocals and performed a few tunes, including “Johnny B. Good.”

Feliciani is a Westmoreland County judicial candidate, and served as luau co-chairman with Lou Domenick .

Domenick said raising money for the hospital fund was a good way to give back.

“The way things are today, it’s nice to help people out — people who need the help.”

Other luau committee members were Westmoreland County Commissioners Tom Balya and Tom Ceraso ; Brian Domenick ; Michele Domenick ; Ruth Gray ; Linda Harvey ; Robin Finley ; Cindy Porterfield ; and Josephine Provance .

Seen at the event: state Rep. Tom Tangretti ; Jeannette councilman Carmen Pedicone ; Eugene Porterfield and Jim Gebicki , both candidates for Westmoreland County commissioner; Kris Feliciani , with children, Meghan , Pamela and Sam ; Gary Bardine ; Kevin Guidas ; the Rev. Ray Provance ; Shirley Zavage ; Rachel Pollard ; Sondra Madill ; Mike and Melanie Wisniewski , with children, Mike Jr. and Sarah ; Bill and Ada Peters , celebrating their 62nd anniversary; Joann Bushyager and fiance, Clarence Reese ; Cody Domenick ; Colby Domenick ; Caleb Domenick ; Johanna Jones ; Amy Ghrist ; Brianne Mellon ; Barb Iapalucci ; Douglas and Lugene Woods , with sons, Devin , Kevin and Eric ; Brian and Kelly Grubbs , with son, Noah ; and Maryann Rakaczky .

‘Beautiful’ exhibit at St. Vincent


Boniface Wimmer , founder of St. Vincent Archabbey and College, believed that students needed a well-rounded education.

Along with what is “necessary” and “useful,” Wimmer said students should learn about “that which is beautiful.”

Chances are, the late Wimmer would have been pleased with the attendance at the opening reception of “That Which is Beautiful,” on Thursday.

More than 140 people, including students, attended.

The free exhibit is located in St. Vincent Gallery on campus, and runs through December 7th.

It contains work collected by the college over 150 years — from Roman artifacts to contemporary art.

Art major Marian Day , 21, a senior at St. Vincent, chose a painting by Greensburg native Michael Defazio , as her favorite.

It is an eye-catching 1991 acrylic on panel, entitled, “Tree with Stream and Path.”

“I love that color blue,” Day said. “It just looks happy to me.”

Day said the exhibit’s theme is rich in religion and heritage.

“I think we have a wonderful collection,” she said. “It’s representative of Western Pennsylvania.”

Brother Nathan Cochran is director of the St. Vincent Gallery, and collection curator.

“I’d like to increase awareness of the arts on campus,” Cochran said. “Perhaps our students would go to more museums and support the arts — and the arts on campus.”

Seen at the reception: the Rev. Nathan Munsch ; the Rev. Cyprian Constantine ; Becki Gazda ; Theresa Adams ; Mallory Morgan ; Lydia Doyle ; Anne Carroll ; Sarah Faith ; Natalie Baverso ; Melissa Olds ; George Kacenga ; Matthew Houser ; Jamie Lee ; and Frank Kurtik .


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