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The Twenty-Five Club marks 75 years of aiding neonatal research in Pittsburgh

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Co-chairs Kathleen Hess, Debbie Barbarita and Jeanne Caliguiri were among the guests at the Twenty-Five Club Gala to benefit the neonatal care unit at Magee Womens Hospital at the William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Corky and Frances Cost were the guests of honor at the Twenty-Five Club Gala to benefit the neonatal care unit at Magee Womens Hospital at the William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Kathe Patrinos and honoree Carol Massaro were among the guests at the Twenty-Five Club Gala to benefit the neonatal care unit at Magee Womens Hospital at the William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Barbara Norris and honoree Doris Shepherd were among the guests at the Twenty-Five Club Gala at the William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Laura Wehar and Lou Guarino joined nearly 300 guests at the Twenty-Five Club Gala to benefit the neonatal care unit at Magee Womens Hospital at the William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Tim Komen and Damian Ruyechan were among the guests at the Twenty-Five Club Gala to benefit the neonatal care unit at Magee Womens Hospital at the William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Amie Guarino and Jim Pitschke were among the guests at the Twenty-Five Club Gala to benefit the neonatal care unit at Magee Womens Hospital at the William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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KDKA-TV news anchor Susan Koeppen was among the guests at the Twenty-Five Club Gala to benefit the neonatal care unit at Magee Womens Hospital at the William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.

On Nov. 1, more than 300 guests toasted an intrepid group of women who, 75 years earlier, had banded together to form a charity they dubbed The Twenty-Five Club of Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC.

The Cradle Will Rock: A Platinum Affair carried on an unwavering dedication to supporting pre-natal and neonatal research and clinical care, a tireless effort by committee members including prexy Susan Fitzsimmons, Veronica Guarino, Heather Hillier, Barb Mendlowitz, Kathe Patrinos, Judy Woffington, plus Lillian Reese AwardeesCarol Massaro and Doris Shepherd, the club’s only active lifetime member.

The evening, emceed by KDKA’s Susan Koeppen, recognized Frances and Corky Cost for their longtime support and included an announcement that the club was giving $500K to Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC and Magee-Women’s Research Institute.

“It’s the legacy of the original women. We just think, ‘How can we not keep that going after 75 years?’ ” said Kathleen Hess, co-chairwoman with Debbie Barbarita and Jeanne Caliguiri.

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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