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Scribbles Scribbles for Monday, October 21, 2002

Monday, October 21, 2002

Beth Shalom's 85th Anniversary

More than 300 guests joined Rabbi Stephen Steindel, Rabbi Charles Diamond and Cantor Moshe Taube for Congregation Beth Shalom's 85th Anniversary Gala last Sunday at the synagogue. Dinner, dancing and historical photos were enjoyed by Councilman Bob O'Connor, congregation president Judy Kornblith (with Paul) and gala chairs Gloria Elbling, Ellaine Rosen (with Rick) and Debbie Resnick (with Josh). Joining them were Louisa and Jim Rudolph, Milton and Sarita Eisner and Esther Palkovitz with son Barry.

How to Murder a Millionaire

It wasn't really a how-to but a benefit for Beginning with Books Angel Tree when author Nancy Martin and Mystery Lovers Bookshop launched the first Blackbird Sisters mystery last Sunday. "How to Murder a Millionaire" (Signet) involves three impoverished heiresses (one of whom is a society editor) who solve crimes on the Main Line. Joining Martin, her husband, Jeffrey, and daughters Cassie and Sarah were Mystery Lovers' Mary Alice Gorman and Richard Goldman, Dr. Nancy Curry, Jeffrey and Tamar Myers, Kathy Sweeney, Edie Claire, Martin's mother, Barbara Aikman, and members of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Cinderella Prep Party

They weren't exactly trying on slippers, but this year's Cinderella Ball debutantes and their parents did meet for an information reception Tuesday night. The opulently decorated home of Hal and Dianne Waldman in Fox Chapel was the fairy-tale setting for a light buffet and desserts. Ball chairs Liz Sweeney (with Tom) and Carole Challinor went over what would be expected of the 17 young ladies. Catherine Louvner helped organize the meeting and enjoyed the evening with Jean Bongiovani, Delia Egan and Becky Keevican. Among the delightful debs were Marguerite Egan, Amanda Petrovich, Morgan Truter and Jill Douglass.

Patricia Sheridan

On Pointe

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre was on its toes Thursday night for the season kick-off cocktail party, "Pointe En Preview." Barbara and David Dick hosted the gathering in their exquisitely appointed Fox Chapel home. The ballet's managing director Steve Libman (with Keitha) and artistic director Terrence Orr (with Marianna Tcherkassy) were on hand to announce a new $2.5 million production of the classic "Nutcracker." Feeling tutu excited were board chair Hal Waldman (with Dianne), Jim and Sue Liken, Dr. Loren and Ellen Roth, Jim and Shelley Taylor, Hilary Tyson Porter, Ruthie King and, from New York City, the dramaturge for the "Nutcracker," Byham Stevens.


Dana Buchman Presents

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a lovely luncheon in the store Thursday with designer Dana Buchman, who presented her fabulous Fall 2002 Collection. After the fashion show, guests got to meet Buchman and try on the clothes, with a portion of the proceeds from Buchman sales going to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute/UPMC Cancer Centers. Joining Saks GM Alison Mayher and assistant GM Ed Fazio were guests including Donna Murtha, Ellen Marks, Angela Morrow, Cheryl Schwarzwaelder, Mary McVay and daughter Mary Zappala, Mary Novick, Sally Levin, Elaine Light, Carmelle Nickens and Greta Rooney.

Good Government Gathering

Promoting responsible citizenship and participation in local government, The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh recognizes those who go the extra mile in their communities. Being honored Thursday at this year's Good Government Award Dinner were Congressman Bill Coyne, Murry Gerber, Judith Horgan (with John), Marilyn Skolnick (with Herb) and The Pennsylvania Economy League (Karen Miller accepted). League president Jean Burke (with John) welcomed 200 guests to the red, white and blue bash at the Sheraton Station Square. Proud to participate were County Executive Jim Roddey with Elin, Clarke Thomas, David Matter, Judge Max Baer and Morton "Moe" Coleman.


Mon Valley Initiative Dinner

Mon Valley Initiative's 2002 Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held Friday at East Pittsburgh's Olympia Hall. Darieth Chisolm Tarpley (former anchor turned EtownSavings.com president) presented the awards to state Rep. Tom Michlovic, Ellen Kight, regional director of the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development, and Jonathan Cagan, among others. Guests included MVI president Larry Ukryn, MVI chair Tim Clougherty, NAACP Mon Valley president George Burroughs, East Pittsburgh Mayor Lou Payne, Homestead Mayor Betty Esper, Laura Zinski and Eric Sloss.

Drawn Toward the Avant-Garde

More than 420 guests turned out Friday for the opening of "Drawn Toward the Avant-Garde," an exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century French drawings at the Frick Art Museum. The drawings are on loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (represented by curator Kasper Monrad) and will be on view through Jan. 5. Joining Frick director Bill Bodine were board chair Betsy Watkins with Chuck, her mother, Madeline Frantz, with Burke Smith, Laura and Chet Fisher, Nancy and Dan Fakes, Greg and Rebecca Greenleaf, Lisa and Mark Laskow, the Frick's Tom Smart and artist Linn Meyers.

ZOA 57th Banquet

Drs. Tova and Joel Weinberg received the Israel Service Award at the 57th Annual American Zionist Fund Banquet of the Zionist Organization of America last night at the Omni William Penn. Honored with the Community Service Award were the Charles Morris Charitable Trust (accepted by Chuck Perlow) and Frieda Shapira. Listening to keynote speaker Frank Gaffney Jr. were ZOA national president Morton Klein, ZOA Pittsburgh president Zalman Shapiro with Evelyn, vice presidents Ken and Michele Solomon Fryncko and Seth Schanwald with Pam, Councilman Bob O'Connor, Dan Frankel, Bill and Lieba Rudolph and Ivan Itkin.

An Evening of Jazz

The late Michael Weber, former Provost of Duquense University, loved jazz as much as his friends loved him. And so they established a scholarship in his honor and gathered last night, more than 300 strong, to celebrate his life and raise funds through "An Evening of Jazz" at the university. Lots of local greats performed, including Joe Negri, Maureen Budway, Roger Humphries, Kenny Karsh and more. Tony Mowod emceed the cabaret for guests including Weber's widow, Patty, his sister Dani Grego, university president Charlie Dougherty, Chancellor John Murray, Terri Hastings, Judy Stalder, Judith Griggs, the Rev. Sean Hogan, Ed Kocher with Kamie, Mary McIntyre and John Connelly.

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