By Andrea Bosco Stehle + Rebecca Torchia
Photography: Catherine Palladino

The 2015 Celebrity Care Fest, produced and hosted by the HM3 Partners Independence Fund, brought together more than 500 guests to raise funds for veterans, first responder organizations, and The Shyne Awards. The second annual event kicked off with the national anthem and a presentation of colors at a private home in Gibsonia. A large, multi-acre suburban backyard provided a luxurious setting to accommodate the extensive guest list, which included retired Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu, and his wife, Theodora; U.S. Congressman Keith Rothfus; Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald; and PA State Rep. Mike Turzai. Attendees were treated to a strolling dinner, catered by NPL Catering, which featured smoked salmon, crab cakes, and lamb chops. An elaborate 40×40 stage featured outstanding entertainment by local band Billy The Kid & The Regulators, along with national recording artist Kool & The Gang. While KDKA-AM’s Shelley Duffy and Robert Mangino conducted a live broadcast, KDKA-AM’s Larry Richert entertained as the Master of Ceremonies. From sports memorabilia to a trip to Italy, the event featured a silent auction with unique items raising money for local organizations involved in community, country, and caring causes!

Event photos are available for purchase in the WHIRL Photo Vault:

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