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Pittsburgh’s Red Shoe Ball’s guests enjoy Monte Carlo theme

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Board president Mark Giaquinto joins his wife and event co-chair, Leslie, at the craps table at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown during Monte Carlo Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Nov. 8, 2014.
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Chelsie Palmeri, Erena Lanza and Megan Acthzehn served up a retro look at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown during Monte Carlo Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Nov. 8, 2014.
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Joby Cantalamessa stands with his wife, Kim, an event co-chair, at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown during Monte Carlo Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Nov. 8, 2014.
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Veronique Fluery and organization executive director Eleanor Reigel stand in front of silent auctions items at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown during Monte Carlo Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Nov. 8, 2014.
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Master of ceremonies and former Pirates pitcher Steve Blass joins his daughter-in-law and son, Lisa and Chris Blass, at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown during Monte Carlo Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Nov. 8, 2014.
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Kim Cicmansky and Jessica Kennedy stand in the main ballroom of the Westin Convention Center in Downtown during Monte Carlo Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Nov. 8, 2014.
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John Altdorfer
Ronald McDonald clowns around at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown during Monte Carlo Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Nov. 8, 2014.
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Sarris candies were a winning bet as dinner settings at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown during Monte Carlo Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Nov. 8, 2014.

“It’s one of those charities that has no negatives, and there are so many negatives in this world,” said Pirates pitching legend Steve Blass during the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh’s Red Shoe Ball.

With some good-hearted stakes set on making the most of the Monte Carlo theme, guests also enjoyed hedging their bets with the occasional bold fashion statement.

“Well, it is the Red Shoe Ball!” laughed John Putzier (with Loriann), pointing to his red kicks.

The Nov. 8 event marked the organization’s 34th year of supporting tens of thousands of families while their children undergo medical treatment.

“We really provide a home away from home there,” said co-chair Kim Cantalamessa (with Joby).

VIPs at the Westin included co-chair Leslie Giaquinto and her husband, Mark (also board prez), executive director Eleanor Reigel, Veronique Fleury, Lisa and Chris Blass, Jessica Kennedy and Pan Potetz, and Kim Cicmansky.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at [email protected], 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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