By Matthew Guerry
Photography: Ben Petchel
Outreach Teen & Family Services hosted its largest fundraising event of the year, the annual gala, at Sienna Mercato. More than 150 guests arrived in Gatsby-esque garb, playing to the theme: “A Night at the Speakeasy.” According to Outreach board member and gala chair Ginger Majeski, the speakeasy theme was “developed for two reasons: One is that Outreach creates an easy and comfortable environment for youth and their families to communicate, and the second is that it fits the venue.” In keeping with the theme, attendees entered the venue through a secret door after making use of the password “Outreach.” Once inside, they were treated to live and silent auctions, as well as an appearance by former Pittsburgh Pirate Steve Blass. KDKA-TV’s Ken Rice served as the event’s guest emcee, and his friendly banter with Blass was among the evening’s highlights. This year, Stephen Darcangelo was selected as the gala’s honorary chairperson. Darcangelo spent more than 16 years as the fire chief of the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department before retiring in 2006, and formerly served as a president of Outreach’s board of directors. Conversation and good cheer flowed, as pasta, house-cut French fries, and salad, as well as Sienna Mercato’s famous meatballs, made their way to the table. House mixologist Rob Hirst crafted “Wigle Giggle Juice,” as the event’s signature drink, using Spiced Landlocked whiskey, donated by Wigle Whiskey. Guests toasted the evening with smiles, as they raised $48,500 for Outreach’s mission of providing care and counseling to youth and families in need.