BY EMILY BASTAROLI
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLIE WYNANDS
Station Square’s Hard Rock Cafe was filled with local rockers as the Cancer Caring Center launched Pittsburgh’s Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame, inducting Rich Engler! The former co-owner of DiCesare-Engler Productions and author of “Behind the Stage Door,” Engler was among 300 guests to attend the music-filled event. Musicians such as Joe Grushecky, Joffo Simmons, Art Nardini, Donnie Iris, Hermie Granati, B.E. Taylor, Danny Gochnour, Frank Czuri, and Scott Blasey performed, and Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President and CEO Joel Peresman presented the inaugural award to Engler. The event, a part of the Cancer Caring Center’s 25th anniversary celebration, went “beyond our wildest expectations,” says Executive Director Rebecca Whitlinger. “Pittsburgh has a rich music history and it’s time to honor the talented individuals who have contributed to the Pittsburgh music scene. There’s a lot to be recognized.” As guests dined on Tuscan food, pierogies, and mini desserts, and sipped on Smoking Back Stage Pass Punch Vodka, a permanent display was unveiled. Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame honorees will be listed on the display designed by Wendell August Forge and artist Johno Prascak. Planned by Mary Ann Miller and Theresa Kaufman, the evening also included an exhibition of rock music memorabilia and a silent auction. Rock on, Pittsburgh!