By Maggie McCauley | Photographs by Catherine Palladino

WHO: Over 700 guests, including honoree Jerry MacCleary, president of Covestro LLC; dinner chairs Jeff Broadhurst of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc., Randy Dearth of Calgon Carbon, Laura Ellsworth of Jones Day, Sy Holzer of PNC Bank Pittsburgh, David Malone of Gateway Financial, and Dennis Yablonsky of Allegheny Conference of Community Development

WHAT: Dressed in their most glamorous garb, attendees came out on Fat Tuesday to support the Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania (EFWCP) and honor Jerry MacCleary as the Mardi Gras King. Over $500,000 was raised to support the EFWCP’s mission to lead the fight to stop seizures, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created
by epilepsy.

WHERE: The Westin Convention Center Hotel Pittsburgh

HIGHLIGHTS: Over 6,500 balloons covered the ceiling of the cocktail reception as guests enjoyed chocolate martinis and a glass of bubbly from a stunning, strolling Champagne server. King MacCleary did not disappoint the crowd as he made his grand entrance, riding a blue Vespa through the pyrotechnics to the dance floor to receive his royal robe, crown, and scepter from 2013’s Mardi Gras King, Kim Tillotson Fleming. Following the three-course, sit-down dinner, King MacCleary commanded, “Let the good times roll!” as confetti flew, balloons dropped, and everyone danced to the sounds of the John Parker Band. Before the night ended, guests were encouraged to fill up a Covestro paint can with goodies from the candy and Pittsburgh Popcorn buffets. — M.M. 

“It is truly an honor to have so many community leaders celebrate Fat Tuesday with us each year. All of the money raised at this event stays in Pittsburgh and helps to support our family members, friends, and neighbors whose lives have been affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders.” — Peggy Beem Jelley, EFWCP president and CEO

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