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Monday, January 19, 2004

River Revelry

Boat people know how to have a good time. That was reason enough for more than 400 to flow into the Fox Chapel Yacht Club for its grand reopening. But the club's new owners, Janet Gualtieri and Epi Torres, are experienced river riders themselves, being longtime participants in Pittsburgh's boating community. They saw potential in the languishing club and decided to dive in and take a chance. The couple are the fourth owners of the riverfront property in O'Hara Township. "And hopefully the last for a long time," joked Torres as he warmly greeted old friends.

Epi and Janet Gualtieri Torres (Doreena Balestreire, Post-Gazette)

Also cruising the rooms at the Wednesday-night fete, which benefited the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, was partner and General Manager Kevin Reed (who opened Palomino here in Pittsburgh) and MS Society Executive Director Colleen McGuire. Don Mario's Steak & Seafood Restaurant, the Baja Bar & Grill and the banquet facilities (which are all open to the public) were lined with mini buffets, libations and desserts donated by a number of generous distributors. Among those sailing around the chocolate fountains were Jim and Judy Schwartz, Dr. Bill Pope, Nan Vrana, Barb Norris and Jeff Dorcik, Linda and Larry Newberg and David and Tracy Maxwell.

-- Patricia Sheridan

Dr. Edward Teeple, Jr. and G. Alan Yeasted (Bill Wade, Post-Gazette)

ACMS Installation

Dr. Edward Teeple, an anesthesiologist with UPMC, was sworn in as the 139th president of the Allegheny County Medical Society at a dinner Saturday at the Duquesne Club. Joining him were his wife, Dr. Christine Edelmann, and four other physicians who assumed leadership roles for 2004 -- president elect Dr. Mark Goodman, vice president Dr. Terrence Starz, secretary Dr. Krishnan Gopal and treasurer Dr. David Katz. Dr. G. Alan Yeasted became chairman, and special awards were presented to Dr. Elmer Holzinger, Dr. Carl Sirio, Dr. Richard Bruehlman, Ian Rawson and Dr. Dan Lattanzi, who received the Physician Volunteer Award. There were 26 physicians honored for 50 years of service to the medical profession, and in the midst of business there was also time for socializing. Raffle baskets created by ACMS Alliance members kept guests busy during cocktails, and then the crowd moved upstairs for a buffet dinner (just what the doctor ordered, Virginia spots!) and the presentations. Among those mingling were Dr. George Buerger Jr., Dr. Jitendra Desai, Dr. Nancy Neiland-Fisher, Dr. Paul Caplan with Gert, Dr. Safdar Chaudhary, Dr. Leo McCafferty, Dr. David Zorub and Congressman Tim Murphy.

Ellen Gozion, Julie Andrijeski, Scott Pauley, and Patricia Halverson. (John Heller, Post-Gazette)

Baroque Benefit

The sweet sound of music was enough to melt the snowflakes clinging to hats and coats Saturday night as guests unbundled in the vestibule of the Frick Art Museum. The siren song that pulled nearly 300 people out of their warm cocoons was Chatham Baroque's Twelfth Night Fundraising Gala. A silent and live auction, two concert performances (with new managing director Ellen Gozion adding her voice to the mix) and plenty of passed hors d'oeuvres and drinks gave the event that wonderful blend of mobility and magic. Slipping in a touch of the exotic was the Ottoman Empire exhibition. Among those wandering the galleries and gathering in the concert hall were board president Bruce Quayle, Susan Barclay, Paul and Carol Stockman, Jim Herbert, emcee Ted Sohier, Michael and Abigail Cook, Evelynn Hawkins, Dr. Sam Cho, Jon Mason, the Rev. Paul and Carolynn Schrading, Jay and Sue Canson and Marja and Tony Wilson.

-- Patricia Sheridan

Stephen Gross photographs A.Q. Shipley, Fred Bacco, Kevin Mathews, and Scott McKillop. (John Heller, Post-Gazette)

Paterno Forfeits

An angry defense or a deficit on the scoreboard doesn't faze legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno, but, unfortunately, Mother Nature's wintry mess did. It kept him from the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Saturday night, where he was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame. It was also the Third Annual PAA High School Football Player of the Year Dinner, so while he was missed, there was enough excitement to keep the players, coaches and their families happy. Paul Walsh III chaired the event, while Jim O'Brien emceed with help from John Majors. The dinner served as a benefit for research and treatment of traumatic spinal injuries. Named Player of the Year, Eugene Jarvis of Central Catholic was the first junior ever to win the award. The other players honored included A.Q. Shipley, Fred Bacco, Kevin Mathews, Scott McKillop and Devon Lyons. Players Adam DiMichele and Neil Walker were unable to attend.

-- Patricia Sheridan

Ross and Anita Dacal flank Miss Pennsylvania Candace Otto. (Bill Wade, Post-Gazette)

A Dinner for the Met

The bad weather kept the guest of honor away -- opera star Jessye Norman was stuck in New York Saturday, unable to fly out in a snow storm. But the show went on, with Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll presenting the Governor's Award that Norman was to have accepted on behalf of Howard Hook. Jr., founder of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The elegant black-tie dinner at the Duquesne Club celebrated the 50th anniversary of the organization, which holds auditions throughout the country for young opera singers. Norman won the Great Lakes Region auditions in 1968, and yesterday the finalists convened to see who would follow in her footsteps. Judges Edward Purrington and Elaine Bonazzi were joined at dinner by executive director Gayletha Nichols and Great Lakes Region chairman Ross Dacal (with wife Anita), who is a former opera singer. Current Miss Pennsylvania Candace Otto (who won her title with an opera performance) sang an aria from Verdi's "A Masked Ball" for guests including Mildred Posvar, Kathleen and David Elias, Connie Bernt, John and Nancy Traina, Tom and Marilyn Donnelly, Vivian and Rocco DiDomenico and music school deans Ed Kocher from Duquesne and Alan Fletcher from CMU.

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