By Colleen Ferguson
Photography: Lindsay Dill
LeMont Restaurant on Mt. Washington was transformed into a Vegas casino, complete with gaming tables, endless buffets, Vegas-style entertainment, and silent and Chinese auctions to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. While no money was exchanged between the hands of the 340 guests at the gaming tables, winners were awarded tickets to bid on items during the auctions. The big game of the night was a “Pittsburgh” Hold ‘Em tournament, where the winner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, will have one of the society’s grants to support medical research this year named after them. The event also honored the Bob O’Connor Foundation with the Mark Unatin Winged Victory Award for support of patients and families, as well as 11-year-old Mario Noro as the event’s Patient Hero for his courageous fight against leukemia. “While we were gaming and having fun, we also had the opportunity to honor the families and companies contributing to the cause,” says Tina Thompson, executive director of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. “It was great to give the escape, a chance for a family to be carefree, and enjoy the evening and not worry about their tests or treatments in the morning.” And what happened at Vegas on the Mon didn’t stay at Vegas on the Mon, as the event raised more than $250,000 to support the society’s mission to find a cure and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.