Pointe in Time draws more than 500 down to Westin
Leave it up to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre & Co. to throw the kind of party where the only thing we’re worried about is the fact that the night has to end eventually. Pointe in Time: A Gershwin Fantasy Ball drew more than 500 of us down to the Westin on Saturday, where co-chairs Denny and Colleen Travis joined a handful of tiny dancers and men in tights (responsible for most of the whiplash throughout the evening), although we couldn’t seem to find any guests who were willing to pirouette their way across the ballroom.
“That hasn’t been requested yet,” laughed Joe Salpietro with his plus-one, Kathie. “I’d need a big pair of tights!”
A piano lounge harking back to the 1920s and ’30s with authentic Gershwin memorabilia and vintage frocked mannequins a la Richard Parsakian had us yearning for our inner flapper and an era when everything roared.
“The guy stayed here all night … he pulled an all-nighter,” commented Colleen.
Cocktail hour began around 6 p.m. and lasted well until 1a.m., where our servers made sure we weren’t going to dehydrate anytime soon with white wine during the first course, two glasses of red simultaneously filled for the entree, and a shot (or two) of port with dessert as we got to the pointe with Bill and Vivian Benter, Rana and Chantell Ghosh, Robert and Meg Eberly, Dr. Michael and Norma Sobel, Clyde Jones and Robert Morris, George Miles, John and Dottie Bechtol, Hon. Robert and Violet Gallo, Peter Taglianetti and Dr. Vonda Wright, Jim (kudos for the custom-made tux) and Melanie Crockard, Terrence Orr, Harris Ferris, and our favorite self-proclaimed “man of the half-hour,” Richard Rauh , before Gary Racan and the studio-e band beckoned us out to the dancefloor.
Never a dull moment, some behind-the-scenes highlights included John “Firebug” Vandegrift keeping things hot when he accidentally lit a program on fire over at table 29, and we heard a rumor that one of the poor volunteers got KO’d by a swinging door and had to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency stitching.
“It’s a good thing she was wearing black,” one partygoer was overheard saying.
We came, we saw, we didn’t want to leave; a rousing standing “O” for another fabulous evening with the PBT that raised more than $330K and will undoubtedly keep us talking for weeks.
Pointe in Time
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Pointe in Time: A Gershwin Fantasy Ball held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel Ballroom, Saturday, November, 13, 2010.
The 25 Club-Fall Luncheon
The 25 Club-Fall Luncheon at the Duquesne Club on Friday, November 12, 2010.