By Rachel Jones | Photographs by Sarah Collins
WHO: 340 guests, including event co-chairs David and Zach Malone, and honorary chair Dr. Stanley Marks
WHAT: In support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), community members took their chances at casino-style games, savored a delicious spread by LeMont Restaurant, and participated in a fabulous silent auction.
WHERE: LeMont Restaurant
HIGHLIGHTS: Bringing the glitz and gambling of Vegas to Pittsburgh, table games, slots, trivia, and horse races were set up throughout the restaurant. Attendees placed their bets with $10,000 of “Vegas money,” and took their winnings in the form of tickets for the chance auction. Members of the Salvaterra family spoke to the crowd about Jackie Salvaterra, who lost her battle with blood cancer at age 26, honoring her memory and raising awareness of blood cancer. The message reminded everyone of the event’s true purpose: “stacking the deck against cancer.” By night’s end, $200,000 was raised for LLS.
“LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. The sponsor dollars, event ticket sales, and silent auction winnings from this event help us get one step closer to a world without blood cancer.”
— Jen Miller of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Western PA &WV Chapter