Pittsburgh Happenings

By Rachel Jones and Maggie McCauley

From honoring achievements to supporting great causes, Pittsburgh is always a happening place! 

Ronnie Savion; Harry Siebert, director of restaurant operations, Ember & Vine; Executive Chef Sam Castrale; John Gaughan; and Jeff Esswein were all smiles at Ember & Vine’s Winter Warmer holiday celebration.
Photograph from Ember & Vine

After collecting donations during the Carriage Rides with Santa at Settlers Ridge shopping center, Inland Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC, presented a check for $929 to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. From left: Joseph Warren, associate director, Corporate and Community Giving Program Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, and Bill Luconti, Settlers Ridge.
Photograph from Bill Luconti

Chatham University hosted Thinking Bigger Than Ever: Women in 2016, a three-day conference featuring speakers and networking opportunities with a focus on women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, and gender equality. From left: Anne Flynn Schlicht, director, Chatham’s Women’s Business Center; Dr. Kelly Hunt; Julie Hera DeStefano, filmmaker, Journey to Normal; and Rebecca U. Harris, executive director, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University.
Photographs from Aminata Dieng

This season marked the 15th year of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s performance of The Nutcracker. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield presented the company with a $50,000 check to support its Student Matinee performance, which hosted more than 1,300 students and educators. Pictured from left: Terrence S. Orr, PBT artistic director; Candace Baranski, Highmark Senior Project Management Analyst; Neil Parham, Highmark Senior Community Initiatives Specialist; and Harris Ferris, PBT executive director.
Photographs from Rich Sofranko

Pittsburgh Steeler Cameron Heyward surprised members of Steelers Nation Unite with color block Steelers jerseys and pre-game field passes to an upcoming Steelers game! From left: Heyward, Kim Dove, Debbie Chappel, and Zain Siddiqui.
Photograph from Taylor Ollason/Pittsburgh Steelers

Eat’n Park Restaurants’ annual Caring for Kids Campaign raised $364,844 for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, taking the total netted since the campaign began in 1979 over $10 million! From left: Heather Hibala, Diann Samoda, Trina DeMarco, Jeff Broadhurst, Linda Mayou, Cole Nickolls, Kathy Welch, Veronica Smiddle, Molly Spinos, Caitlin Schweighardt, Kevin O’Connell, and Smiley.
Photograph from Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

The Rivers Casino Community Champions brought holiday cheer to the Southwestern Veterans’ Center by caroling and handing out holiday cards and gifts to local veterans as a part of the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces program. The Southwestern Veterans’ Center caters to veterans who face disability, chronic illness, or are in need of specialized care by providing a wide range of health care services and resources for functional independence. From left: John Ayers, Director of Volunteer Resources at Southwestern Veterans’ Center; Pauline Duncan, Manager of the American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Program; Rahmon Hart, Director of Community Relations for Rivers Casino; Commandant Rich Adams, Southwestern Veterans’ Center; and Connie Cavrich, Major Gift Officer for American Red Cross Corporate Relations.

Hines and Lindsey Ward teamed up with Major Deborah Seldar of The Salvation Army’s Western PA Division to host a holiday party, complete with presents, for 10 Salvation Army at Table 86 by Hines Ward.
Photographs from The Salvation Army’s Western PA Division

Crossroads development director Elvira Hoff and Cody Hartley, senior portfolio advisor at Zalewski & Associates, joined Crossroads Foundation scholars, donors, and young professionals at Crossroads’ Thanks Fest, where they created felt pencil cases and collected school supplies to be donated to Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy in Wilkinsburg.
Photographs from Jennifer Haselrig

Katherine Bantleon, Trees Installation co-chair; Heather Chronis, Carnegie Trees 2016 chairman; and Elizabeth Windsor, Trees Party co-chair, beamed at the annual Carnegie Trees Party, hosted by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Photographs from Mary Mervis

University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Professor Neepa Majumdar hosted an interactive Q-and-A with Vetri Maaran, director of India’s 2017 Oscar-entry film, “Interrogation,” following a screening of the film at the Carnegie Mellon international Film Festival. Photographs from Devon Forward

Pittsburgh native and award-winning singer-songwriter Melinda Colaizzi headlined a performance at James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy Ballroom. She performed with guitarist and producer Kristian Habenicht and her band.
Photographs from Kelli Beavers Photography

Event Chairs Jim and Rosemary O’Neill sampled fine wine and exquisite creations by Pittsburgh’s top chefs at the Passion for Wine Gala. Held at the PPG Wintergarden, the event raised $187,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Western PA Chapter.
Photographs from Cystic Fibrosis Western PA Chapter

The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) unveiled its new medical center, strengthening its commitment to support and empower those living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent the spread of the disease. From left: Pamela Smith, PATF; Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto; Congressman Mike Doyle; Sean DeYoung, CEO of PATF; Erin Molchany, SWPA Regional Director for the Office of the Governor; Brian Balonick, PATF board president; Dr. Sarah McBeth, PATF medical director; and Matt Ometz, PATF.
Photographs from Pittsburgh Aids Task Force.

Bryan McNamara, senior project manager, KaBOOM!, and Bryan Ulishney, senior executive vice president of operations and finance, A Second Chance, Inc., helped organizers from KaBOOM! and over 200 volunteers build a playground on the grounds of A Second Chance, Inc., in Homewood.
Photographs from Jay Kadash

Ricardo J. Williams, Brad Carvellas, John Thompson, Gretchen McEachern, and Deepa Malhotra were among the group of alumni, students, faculty, and staff who attended the Executive MBA Summer Send-Off, Career Takeoff, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
Photographs from Monica Synett

Hundreds shopped their way through Splurge’s annual Sip and Splurge event, enjoying great products, catering from Cornerstone Restaurant, and a trunk show preview, too!
Photographs from Splurge

Beyond Spots & Dots celebrated 10 years in business with a “Beyond Fun” party at the PPG Paints Arena, complete with casino games, great prizes, tours of the arena, and a surprise visit from Iceburgh. From left: Tim and Lisa Gregorius of PRS Pharmacy Services, and Beyond Spots and Dots owners Melanie Querry Beck and Andreas Beck.
Photographs from Beyond Spots and Dots

Touchstone Center for Crafts’ board members Helen Perilloux, Eben Myers, Mary Len Hajduk, Colleen Ramsay Hoesch, and Darryl Hutson kicked off their year-long 45th anniversary celebration at the annual membership meeting in the Blaney Lodge on Touchstone’s campus.
Photographs from Diane DeNardo

Shari Shaprio, head of Public Affairs, Pennsylvania and Delaware, for Uber Technologies, Inc., spoke at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Insight Series featuring Uber, its operations in Pennsylvania, and future Uber innovations. From left: Stacey Brodak of Noble Energy and Shari Shapiro.
Photograph from Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Presbyterian SeniorCare Network welcomed over 350 guests for its annual Your Holiday Home event at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe. The Your Holiday Home committee entertained guests with a breakfast buffet, gift and basket raffle, and holiday presentations, while raising funds for the SeniorCARE FUND. From left, front row: Connie Simon, Christine O’Brien, Betty Courson, Betty Robinson, and Gayle March. From left, back row: Lucy Johnson, Carolyn Campbell, Hila Saxer, Debbie O’Dell-Seneca, Bracken Burns, Christine McMurray, Donna Lukich, and Pamela Stewart.
Photographs from Presbyterian SeniorCare Network

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