Pittsburgh Happenings

By Rachel Jones and Maggie McCauley

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

Megan Bracken and KDKA-TV’s Kristine Sorensen celebrated The Mall at Robinson’s 15th anniversary with an afternoon of free live music from The Brighton Boys and No Bad JuJu, specialty food trucks and beer, and $1,500 in giveaways.
Photograph from Mall at Robinson

Leila Sleiman and Natalie Fristick, organizers of Pittsburgh VegFEAST and Pittsburgh VegFest, welcomed 250 guests to Pittsburgh VegFEAST 2016. The sold-out crowd enjoyed music by Rachel B.; a vegan spread prepared by Amazing Cafe, Allegro Hearth Bakery, Chip and Kale, Onion Maiden, and Randita’s Cafe; and a vegan cookie table put together by Whole Foods Pittsburgh. Photograph from Splice Photography


A luncheon was held at The University Club to honor Propel Schools’ backpack feeding program for winning the 2016 Outstanding Community Leadership Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. From left: Ashley M. Jones, cultivation associate, Propel Schools; Eric Ewell, community specialist, Propel Schools; Shaina Walker, HR specialist, Propel Schools; Dr. Tina Chekan, CEO and superintendent, Propel Schools; and Jeremy Resnick, executive director, Propel Schools Foundation. Photograph from Kristen Macintosh Photography


Over 300 guests gathered at the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the 2016 Leading Ladies, all in support of Oakland Catholic High School and the Leading Ladies of tomorrow. Top row, from left: Ayisha Morgan-Lee, Penny McKenna, and Colleen Fedor. Bottom Row, from left: Jan Brimmeier, Sister Brycelyn Eyler, SC, Veronica Morgan-Lee, Ph.D., and Carol Massaro. Photograph from Simply Sisters Photography


The Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc. hosted its 13th Annual Rhythms of Life concert at The Meadows Casino. The celebration raised funds for the Memorial’s flagship program, Music Smiles — Live Music in Caring Places, and honored local jazz legend Etta Cox for her achievements in music. Pictured are four of the many concert performers, from left: Judi Figel, Katie Simone, and Stevee Wellons with honoree Etta Cox. Photograph from Chuck Morreale


Pennsylvania Women Work’s 16th Annual Circle of Hope Gala honored Vicki Henn as the Circle of Hope Award winner; Mary Lee Gannon as the Honorary Woman of Courage; and Yolanda Henry, Linda Portis, Aleesha Glover, and Gera Turner as the 2016 Women of Courage. From left: Henn, Henry, Portis, Glover, and Gannon. Photograph from Pennsylvania Women Work


The Artists’ Gallery Weekend Event Series presented “America Squared!” featuring photos of all things “ridiculous and sublime,” taken by local photographer Jeff Schneider. From left: Mark Perrott, Joan Britten, Jeff Schneider, Meredith Cohen, and Cliff Cohen. Photograph from Arne Hansen


Alan Stanford, PICT Classic Theatre artistic and executive director, joined event chairs Kerry Bron and Robert Levin at the Royal Regale, benefiting PICT Classic Theatre. Photograph from Suellen Fitzsimmons


Neil Resnick, M.D., Thomas Detre professor and chief of the division of geriatric medicine and gerontology, was honored as the 2016 Grand Champion at UPMC Senior Services “Celebrating Senior Champions” Dinner and Auction. This is the highest honor awarded by UPMC Senior Services. From left: James S. Withers, M.D.; Elaine H. Berkowitz, D.M.D.; Neil Resnick, M.D.; and Deborah Brodine. Photograph from Ron Fontana


Leanne Nagle and Chris Shovlin celebrated the 10th Anniversary Gala at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, punctuated by a special performance of The Phantom of the Opera at the MainStage Theater. Photograph from Zac Cageao


The Foundation of HOPE’s Evening of HOPE fundraiser honored Mary Harwick for her dedication to teaching parenting classes to female offenders in the Allegheny County Jail and Dan Bull for founding Zero Six Eight, a for-profit business incubator that promotes the potential of ex-offenders pursuing employment, entrepreneurship, and independence. The event also raised $30,000 for the Foundation! From left: Foundation of HOPE board president Dan Kunz, honoree Mary Harwick, Foundation of HOPE executive director Susan Orr, and honorary chair Dan Bull.  Photograph from Scott Smathers


Inductees Bob Ford, John Birmingham, Marino Parascenzo, and Frank Fuhrer III shared their love of golf at the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Champions Dinner at Oakmont Country Club. Also honored were the 2016 champions and members of the Men’s, Senior, and Junior Honor Rolls. Photograph from Murphy Lee Moschetta


For the last 30 years, Dr. Freddie Fu has served as the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh’s athletic department and the lead physician for the Pitt Panthers’ football team. In honor of the monumental anniversary, Dr. Fu was honored during the third quarter of the Pitt vs. Virginia Tech game at Heinz Field with a video tribute and the traditional singing of “Sweet Caroline” with the crowd. From left: Elizabeth Yerecic, Sarah Quinn, Dr. Freddie Fu, Janae Butler, and Kylie Rush. Photograph from Tim Betler/UPMC


The Arc of the United States, the national organization affiliated with ACHIEVA and its family of organizations, presented the Catalyst Award to Giant Eagle for contributing to the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Giant Eagle received the Regional Business Employer of the Year Award for its commitment to hiring those with intellectual and development disabilities at the company’s 423 retail locations. From left: Marisa Niwa, Giant Eagle employee; Jeremy Shapira, Special Projects in Inclusion & Diversity, Giant Eagle; and Marsha Blanco, president and CEO of ACHIEVA.  Photograph from ACHIEVA


Alaina Sullivan; Courtney Sullivan, event co-chair; and Dr. Darcy Tannehill, event chair, represented three generations fighting for a cure for amyloidosis at the 2016 Pittsburgh Amyloidosis Research Benefit at the Montour Heights Country Club. Photograph from Kelly Pacifico-Loush


Chatham University welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker to serve as a special guest panelist during the Pittsburgh premier of the documentary “Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil.” From left: Dr. Jessie Ramey,  Alice Walker, and Dr. David Finegold, President of Chatham University. Photograph from David Lee Bennefield


Chefs from the Smallman Galley — Chef Stephen Eldridge of Provision PGH, Chef Jessica Lewis of Carota Cafe, Chef Rafael Vencio of Aubergine Bistro, and Chef Jacqueline Wardle of Josephine’s Toast — teamed up for A Toast to Pittsburgh. Each chef created a custom dish for the event, complete with two local beer pairings. Photograph from Toast


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