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Monday, September 29, 2003

New Day Dawning

Sally Childs. (Darrell Sapp, Post-Gazette)

In so many ways, Tuesday's "New Day Dawning" was the breakfast of champions. The annual benefit for Lydia's Place recognized individuals who champion a positive change. As a faith-based nonprofit that helps female offenders build productive lives, the organization depends on the generosity of those willing to donate time and money. Getting early-morning accolades with their eggs at the Omni William Penn were honorees Judge Maurice Cohill Jr. (founder of the Pittsburgh-based National Center for Juvenile Justice), Karen Mack (from the chaplain's office of Allegheny County Jail), Ardelle Hopson (a volunteer) and Carena Pope (Career Workforce and Development Center). Of course, without co-founder Sally Childs there would be no Lydia's Place, which is why she received a special plaque and heartfelt applause. Honorary chairs Bill and Rose Strickland mingled with other early risers including emcee Brenda Waters, event chair Mary Harwick, board president Mary Ellen Leigh, Audrey and Tom Hilliard, Jean Robinson, Euphemia Steffey, John Lovelace and judges Kim Clark, Chris Ward and Jill Rangos.

-- Patricia Sheridan

McFashion Moments

Tricia Deems, one of Pittsburgh's most seasoned fashion-show coordinators, introduced nearly 500 guests to the fall lines during the first annual fashion show to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities last Sunday. Celebrity models adding their own spin to the catwalk in the Omni William Penn's Grand Ballroom included U.S. Rep. Melissa Hart, Judge Cheryl Allen, Bob O'Connor, Hoddy Hanna and, of course, Ronald McDonald. "The Fashionably Yours Fashion Show" was the centerpiece of a luncheon designed to bring awareness to the charity, which provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children being treated in local hospitals. Among the 14 stores participating were Larrimor's, Carabella, One Enchanted Evening and Roberta Weissburg Leathers. Enjoying the boutique shopping were chairwoman Joyce O'Connor, emcee Yvonne Zanos, Dolores Bold, Judy Linaburg, Keith Martin, Paula Daily, Bonnie Anton, Kate Flores, Kate Laffey and Ellie Delligatti.

-- P.S.

UCP Heroes

As the retired associate dean of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, Grady Roberts Jr. was lauded for his commitment to education and the community. He was honored with the Gertrude Labowitz Lifetime Achievement Award Wednesday during the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation's 11th annual Community Heroes benefit event. Guests had a chance to catch up over cocktails before the official program and dinner, which included five other awards and a welcome by Robert Morris University president Edward Nicholson, who served as honorary co-chair with his wife, Kathie. WTAE-TV's Scott Baker emceed and was proud to announce colleague Sally Wiggin as the Humanitarian honoree. Other heroes were Matthew Sembrat (Volunteer Award), Rabbi Richard Rheins (Community Hero Award), The Pittsburgh Visitability Campaign, accepted by Paul O'Hanlon (Advocacy and Awareness Award), and Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, accepted by County Chief Executive Jim Roddey (Benefactor Award).

-- P.S

Planned Parenthood

Dr. Helene Blodgett and Dr. Lissa Hazel. (Doreena Balestreire, Post-Gazette)

The nip in the air probably indicated that Thursday's Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania's Fall Benefit was the last outdoor soiree of the season. But the warmth of the evening's guests of honor, Liz and Tom Sweeney, was enough to keep everyone feeling cozy. The well-stocked bar, lavish buffet and passed hors d'oeuvres provided by the Fluted Mushroom didn't hurt either. Dr. Helene Blodgett, who chaired the event with her husband, Todd (he was out of the country on business), took a moment to thank everyone who came and paid tribute to the Sweeneys' dedication. Doing their part to help were committee members including the talented Tim Condron with Glenn Charest, Audrey Fisher, Betsy and Lee Deiseroth and Diane and Hal Waldman. The memorable evening was special for Dr. Lissa Hazel, who recalled the parties her mother once threw for Planned Parenthood. Hazel and her husband, Tim, hosted the fall affair at their awesome Fox Chapel home designed by architect Benno Janssen. The home's former owners, Reanette and Steve Frobouck, were among the invited, as were board chair Donna Bauman, president Kim Evert, Jamini and Greg Davies, Betsy and Stephen Magley, Jean Bongiovanni, Tricia Kassling, Carol Caroselli, Carole Challinor with David Cummings, Catherine and Mark Loevner and Tim McVay.

-- Patricia Sheridan

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