By Andrea Bosco
Photography: Ben Petchel
Nearly 40 gentlemen met at The Duquesne Club for the Cummerbund Society’s annual Pool Tournament to benefit Magee-Womens Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The tuxedo-clad crew raised more than $13,000 while shooting pool and noshing on potato chips, pretzels, and cold cuts, “a fun twist on a unique fundraiser,” says Cummerbund Society President Mac McIlrath. For the past 27 years, the group has convened for a cause, while developing extra-special friendships along the way. This year, Dr. Jon Watchko, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine professor of Pediatrics and of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Magee-Womens Research Institute senior scientist; and Gary Silverman, UPMC Newborn Medicine Program chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Training Program director, and Twenty-Five Club professor of Pediatrics, were on hand to give speeches and partake in the philanthropic fun. Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar General Manager Christian Tripodi took home a first-place victory and Jim Collins, Compu-Site Technologies, Inc., vice president, earned the runner-up title.