Bringing the glitz and gambling of Vegas to Pittsburgh, table games, slots, trivia, and horse races were set up throughout the restaurant.
Art lovers and National Aviary supporters alike perused original works, prints, and handmade gifts created by 40 talented wildlife artists.
Designers of Philip Pelusi donated their time and talent to members of Our Clubhouse Pittsburgh by providing them with complimentary makeovers, including haircuts and makeup applications.
Nearly 30 performers and nearly 50 volunteers executed a rock concert, a pre-concert reception for VIP guests, a delectable three-course dinner, and several auctions and raffles for attendees.
The event began boldly as the sponsors of The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation ran out of the Steeler tunnel and onto the field, surrounded by smoke and followed by a fantastic display of fireworks.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious — mainly vegan and vegetarian — meal and an open bar featuring two signature drinks: the “Spay” Breeze and “Mosc-Owl” Mule. Jonny Hartwell, a DJ at 3WS, provided the evening’s playlist, as attendees bid on live and silent auctions.
The fifth annual Chef’s Best Dish brought together foodies from across the city to enjoy delicious dishes crafted by 20 of the area’s most talented chefs and vote on their favorites.
This year’s gala took on a more serious tone. When guests arrived, they were taken through an art instillation called Eye of the Needle, created by local artists to raise awareness and education about homelessness and the opioid epidemic in Pittsburgh.