It was an evening of celebration in the Omni William Penn Hotel’s Grand Ballroom during the annual Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Gala! In its 18th year, 50 honorees celebrated raising $310,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — the second highest amount raised in program history. More than 600 guests gathered to support this year’s class of men and women, chosen based on their charitable involvement and leadership in the community. Each ambassador was awarded and recognized during the ceremony, and this year’s top fundraiser was Elena LaQuatra, a model and broadcasting student, who raised $12,305 for the organization. The Omni William Penn Hotel and Bella Sera Catering provided tasty bites for guests, while Coca-Cola, Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co., and Clique Vodka quenched their thirsts. David Kirven, “DJ Kruve,” had everyone dancing the night away! “At the end of the day, being a part of the 50 Finest experience is a great accomplishment,” says Executive Director Pat Joseph. “But, raising money to keep the search for a cure going is what this is all about. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our 2013 class, the program continues to grow and break records.”

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