BY IAN MIKRUT
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIDGETT KAY PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
The Cummerbund Society’s annual pool tournament serves as a throwback to billiard days of old, and this year, it was unmatched! Participation was at its max as 41 competitors, sporting fancy tuxedos, chalked up their pool sticks at the Duquesne Club before battling it out to be the last suit standing. Colorful cummerbunds were not only encouraged, but required. The black-tie tournament, which benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Magee-Womens Hospital, has raised more than $200,000 over the last 26 years. Started by members of Magee’s Twenty-Five Club after a game of pool during the Twenty-Five Club’s annual holiday ball, the society has grown to 25 active members, including 12 associate members and seven lifetime members. Founder Mac McIlrath, and other original members, “thought it would be nice to start a pool tournament as a fundraiser for Magee,” especially in a venue such as the Duquesne Club. Championing this year’s festivities was Greg Slavik of Graphic Support Services, and Bob Beynon of Beynon & Company Real Estate finished as runner-up. The event has staked its claim as one of the most different, off-beat fundraisers in town, while consistently raising money for an excellent cause.