By Rachel Jones | Photographs by Charlie Magovern

WHO: Over 1,025 guests, including the Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest honorees and emcees Elena LaQuatra and Frank Murgia

WHAT: The Pittsburgh 50 Finest Gala thanked and recognized the elite group of individuals who spent four months raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Heather Hunter, a recent double-lung transplant recipient, served as the event’s special guest speaker. She shared her story and her gratitude for the Class of 2017’s efforts that will help extend lives in the cystic fibrosis community.

WHERE: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

HIGHLIGHTS: Jackie Ziemianski of People’s Natural Gas was the year’s top fundraiser, bringing in over $43,000! — R.J.

“Over $500,000 was raised, breaking the all-time 50 Finest record for teaming up to support the fight against cystic fibrosis!” — Mary Pat Joseph, Western PA Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Event photos are available for purchase in the WHIRL Photo Vault:

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