BY ANDREA BOSCO
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIDGETT KAY PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
Transformed into a Vegas-style casino, LeMont Restaurant served as the place to be and be seen during Vegas on the Mon, an annual fundraiser supporting the mission to cure blood cancers. Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the evening raised $300,000 toward the fight! Upon entering, guests were greeted by 8-year-old Connor Vickers, a cancer survivor in remission, and made their way upstairs for cocktails; special remarks from honorees Greta and Art Rooney II; and games of roulette, poker, blackjack, slots, and craps! Entertainment by DJ Chris Barbarita, the Tony Janflone Duo, and the Yolanda Barber Duo ensued as betters switched from chips to tickets to put toward the auction and enjoyed the scrumptious buffet. A highlight was the Pittsburgh Hold’em Tournament, where the event’s major sponsors faced off to win a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society research grant — applause goes to Bill Wyrick of Reed Smith, LLP for winning! Serving as this year’s honorary chair was Dr. Stanley Marks, chairman, director of clinical services, and chief medical officer of UPMC CancerCenter. And, the annual Mark Unatin Winged Victory Award was presented to the Rooneys for their years of service and dedication to LLS — a royal flush indeed!