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Monday, October 13, 2003

Spicing it up with Variety

Jennifer and Tommy Maddox (Doreena Balestreire/Post-Gazette)

Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox didn't allow the memory of the Cleveland Browns to get him down. As recipient of the Catherine Variety Sheridan Humanitarian Award at Friday night's Variety the Children's Charity 76th Anniversary Gala, he and his wife, Jennifer, got into the spirit of the evening the minute they stepped off the elevator at the Omni William Penn. The circus theme, with bigger-than-life popcorn props, bright yellow, orange and pink spandex table covers and Dr. Seuss-ish palm trees for centerpieces, was as festive as it gets thanks to Creative Affairs. Waiters passed small bags of popcorn and soft pretzels as massive balloons bounced overhead. The room really rocked when Gary Racan and the Studio-E Band started jamming. Making "Magic Moments in the Sun" a night to remember were chairs Tom and Kris Kobus. Enjoying were John H. Harris Award recipient Patricia Seibel, board chair Dr. Ken Melani (with daughter Carrie), Kay Cupples, Bob and Joan Milsom, Steve and Eileen Brazinski, IKEA's Jim Anastos and executive director Celia Hindes with Stan.

-- Patricia Sheridan


Honoree Carol Brown and Rich DeYoung (John Heller/Post-Gazette)

Cure-A-Palooza isn't your mother's black-tie affair. The American Cancer Society's annual benefit felt more like your brother's, with Foosball, darts, basketball and other games to keep everyone entertained. House of Soul rocked the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Saturday night as guests bopped to the various buffet stations. During cocktails, party chair Joe DiVito Jr. (with Karen) made some very brief remarks and announced the Excellence in Oncology Award to End of Life Partnership of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. Savoring the silliness were ACS director Mike Neal (with Kim), Gary Pincock, Jim and Judy Schwartz, Tony and Gina Caliguire, Danny and Janet Nee, Lisa and Matt Dickun, Dr. Kathy Selvaggi with her husband, Don Vigliotti, board president Dr. Sig Petursson (with Cheryl), board chair Ron Hartman (with Leslie), Jackie Kaye, Dr. Marty and Lisa Earle, Bob and Marylou Stefanko, Dr. Gene Finley, Jim and Lisa Jordan, Rebecca Whitlinger with Philip Kontul and Josette Janczak.

-- Patricia Sheridan

Antique Attraction

Sewickley Academy was the venue once again for fine art, fabulous furniture and a fantastic time at the fourth annual Sewickley Valley Antique Show preview party. Presented by the Child Health Association of Sewickley, nearly 300 guests came out to survey the goods and socialize over passed hors d'oeuvres catered by the Sewickley Cooking Studio. Some serious buying was going on, too. An oil painting of Venice Italy's Grand Canal was off the wall and out the door for $2,200 before you could mumble, "Is that the best you can do?" Managing the marvelous show with 30 exhibitors was Jack Squires (with Bev). Among those doing booth-to-booth inspections were chairs Sandy Clem (with Andy) and Beth Rom (with Ken), Sewickley Mayor John Wise with Megan, Nancy Hansom, Nancy and Glenn Boland, Gaynor Grant, Ellen and Jay Brooks, Barbara Barry, Charlie Gross, John Means, George and Ada Davidson, Jan and Marc Pereira, Marjorie and Bruce Carlson, Carol and Kevin Weir, Doe and Tom Samuels, Erika and Helge Wehmeier, Ken Goldsmith and Mary Colonna.

-- Patricia Sheridan

Design Pittsburgh Gala

Carol Brown was the Gold Medal winner (and a handsome award it was, too) at this year's AIA Design Pittsburgh Gala Thursday. The former president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust was cited for her many achievements in the successful transformation of the Cultural District. The award was presented at the Westin during a champagne reception attended by most of the top architects in town. Afterward the group crossed the street for the gala in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, where some 400 architects, planners, builders and designers gathered to view the design entries and socialize as they grazed the buffets. Among the guests were AIA president Rich De_Young, AIA Foundation president Ed Shriver, AIA executive director Anne Swager, Design Pittsburgh chair Dan Rothschild, Al Filoni, Syl Damianos, Rebecca Henn, Chip Desmone, Mary Navarro, Rick Landesberg, Caryn Rubinoff, R.E. Crawford, Lisa and Howison Shroeder and Chris Klehm.

La Roche Presidential Dinner

Dolores Bold, chair Cookie Roberson and Anne Hanna (John Heller/Post-Gazette)

Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll was the keynote speaker at the eighth annual La Roche Presidential Scholarship Dinner held Thursday at the Omni William Penn. The dinner paid tribute to the college's 40th anniversary and its Catholic heritage under the guidance of the Sisters of Divine Providence (who taught Knoll in elementary school). Provincial director Sister Mary Joan Coultas served as honorary chair for the dinner, which Cookie Roberson (with Gary) chaired and WTAE's Mike Clark emceed. Among the guests perusing the silent auction items (Dolores Bold donated that terrific red handbag that all the ladies wanted) were La Roche president Monsignor William Kerr, board chair Peter Mulloney, Bobbi and Ralph Aiello, Anne and Howard Hanna, Dr. Elliott Kramer, Nancy and Dick Zappala, Ralph and Dottie Gilbert, Gina Oliphant and her mother, Sylvia DeMarco, Carol Leet, Sid and Ellen Zonn, Bill Kolano and Judge John Brosky.

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