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Monday, February 02, 2004

Book of Lists

It's a tome of almost biblical proportions for members of Pittsburgh's professional community. The Pittsburgh Business Times 2004 "Book of Lists" celebrated another year of rankings and numbers when more than 1,000 guests headed to the Rivers Club last Monday night.

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Eric K. Mann, left, checks out new technology of electronic outdoor advertising from Zack Laughery.
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Pixman, a flat LCD screen made portable by being attached to a man, was debuted as a unique walking billboard. Sponsoring the party were PNC Bank and R.E. Crawford Construction. A generous buffet and open bars were the kind of executive perks everyone appreciated. Among those indulging were PBT's Richard Cerilli, Jack Horner, Judge Larry Kaplan with Natalie, city Councilman Doug Shields, Amy and Tony Dias, Chris Fletcher, Pittsburgh Opera's Mark Weinstein, Bob O'Connor, Rod Doss, Jeanne Hammerstrom, Tyrone Davis, Connie and Peter Sukernek, Peter Wolf, Philip Kontul with Rebecca Whitlinger, Dotti Bechtol, Mac McIltrath, Pam Cromer and Roy Powell. -- Patricia Sheridan

Singles Soriee

Matt Freed, Post-Gazette
Gary Mosenfelder, Rachel Kessler and Chris Clark

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When the bars become banal and blind dates dry up, some find giving back can have a positive impact on their social life. Pittsburgh Singles Volunteer Network held its first birthday party Friday at the top of the Regional Enterprise Tower and 300 came to celebrate. But that was just a fraction of the organization's membership of 1,300. "By our estimation we are the fastest growing organization in Pittsburgh," boasted founder and executive director Julie Ransom. When they aren't socializing, they are volunteering. It's estimated that members have contributed 3,574 hours of service to more than 50 charities. Looking for love in all the right places were board president Greg Christoff, Jerome Brown, Kelli McElhinny, Jennifer Behun, Connie Bier, James Irwin, Laura Fingeret, Tricia Johnston and Karen Javaruski. -- Patricia Sheridan

Outreach to Chicago

Lisa Kyle
Linda Smartschan, Lauren Friedman and Diane Dreifus
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Roxie Hart and Velma Kelley would have been as comfortable as gin in a bathtub during "Chicago ... and All That Jazz!" Saturday night at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. The event to benefit Outreach Teen and Family Services had as much shake and shimmy as any hot spot in the Windy City. The chairing trio -- Diane Dreifuss (with Frank), Lauren Friedman and Linda Smartschan (with Glenn) choreographed the perfect party, including food stations and plenty of libations. A live and silent auction and the irresistible music of Dreamscape kept guests on the move and motivated to mingle. With its reputation growing as one of Pittsburgh's most enjoyable evenings, so is the guest list. "This is our biggest one yet, with nearly 300," noted new board president Barry Friedman. Enjoying the fun-raising were executive director Ken Kaleida, Jon Donner, Mike and Kate Linn, Tom Ogden, Cyndi and Don Stewart, Laurie Vota and Ken Fair, David and Maureen Wohleber, Secretary of Community & Economic Development Dennis Yablonsky (with Ronnie) and Secretary of Revenue Greg Fajt. -- Patricia Sheridan

A World of Flavors

Steve Mellon, Post-Gazette
Newland Archinal, Bill Fuller and chair Paula Daily

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Morel-dusted Walleye Pike in a Ginger-Habanero Nage with Grilled Pineapple and sesame-wilted Greens? Bill Fuller, corporate chef for Big Burrito Restaurant Group (that's Casbah, Umi, Kaya, Mad Mex and others), made it look easy Friday when he whipped up the dish for the Women's Board of Pittsburgh. The onus was on the kitchen at the Fox Chapel Golf Club to re-create the same menu for more than 300 guests at "A World of Flavors," the annual benefit luncheon that features one of Pittsburgh's finest chefs each year in a cooking demonstration. There's also informal modeling (courtesy of Kaufmann's, which unveiled its new Calvin Klein line), raffle and popular teacup auction that gave honorary chair Newlin Archinal of WPXI the chance to draw many winners. Paula Daily chaired the luncheon, with proceeds going to Pittsburgh Action Against Rape's services for deaf children who are victims of sexual abuse. Guests included co-chair Loraine Murphey, Women's Board president Connie Phillips, Diane Siddons, Sally Horsman, Gail Gilliland, Mary Beth Smith, Judy Goehring, DJ Hammerschmidt, Shirley Sawyer, PAAR's BJ Horn and Karen McCalpin and Nancy Henne with daughter Anne.

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