Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Harvest Celebration

Friday, September 15, guests enjoyed a perfect evening at the Frick Environment Center, Harvest Celebration.

The sell out crowd began the evening with a tour of the "From Slavery to Freedom Garden", narrated by Camila Rivera-Tinsley, parks director of education. The garden showcases plants that were used for food and medicinal purposes as black Americans  made their way North seeking sovereignty.  The freed slaves brought to our region a wealth of knowledge and skills including horticulture and agriculture.

The building and grounds provided a beautiful backdrop for the occasion, as guests enjoyed their strolling dinner created by area chefs, each using an ingredient provided by the garden.  The balconies and walkways provided picturesque views of the fountain and landscape.

The building itself, is on track to be the greenest building in the world. The new center runs entirely from energy provided by the sun and earth. Geothermal walls heat and cool the building, and solar panels provide energy.  Since opening in 2016, the center has welcomed over 65,000 people.

The Harvest Celebration raised funds for the educational programs. Over 2500 children have been through the center's program since opening in September 2016.  To donate and learn more about the Center and garden visit:

*On a side note to area brides, this beautiful facility will be available for weddings starting in July of 2018.  This is an amazing addition to Pittsburgh, and I would urge you to come out and see the Frick Environment Center, it is truly a great place to spend the day!

Vivian Benter, at the Harvest Celebration

Sophie Gage, Event Coordinator , Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Kathleen Gaines, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Senior Developement Manager with Dawn Fleischner,

Natalie Bencivenga in a Black Vintage Sheath


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wine, Woman, and Shoes to benefit the Creative & Expressive Art Therapy of Children's Hospital

Wine, Woman, and Shoes, what woman wouldn't love that combination?  Hundreds of guest convened
at the Fairmont Hotel for the 2nd annual event on September 8.

The evening gave women an opportunity to mingle, shop, and sip on premium wines.  The market place featured designer shoes, handbags, artisan jewelry, and sumptuous fur accessories by Carl Herrmann Furs.

The event was orchestrated perfectly by the evenings co chairs, Deb Wheeler, Ralene DeBord, Melissa Dellovade, Creig Fitzpatrick, Lisa Gaydos, Laura Penrod-Kronk, Dee Dee Troutman, and Latasha Wilson-Batch

Dr. Vonda Wright and Melanie Crockard
Dolores Warwick was honored as the 2017 "Queen of Sole" for her on going impact to Pittsburgh.  Mrs. Warwick has devoted her time to charitable fashion shows, through her company Folio Productions.

Proceeds from Wine, Women, and Shoes benefit Creative Expressive Art Therapy at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

RAMP Foundation hosts Fashion for a Cause

The 2nd Annual Fashion for a Cause, brought together a diverse crowd, including Realtors, models, and members of the Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, to create a runway fashion show and High Tea at St. Clair Country Club.  Held on Preakness Stakes day, hats were everywhere.

 Hosted by the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh Foundation, the event welcomed over 250 guest, who spent the afternoon shopping, watching the fashions, and sipping on the Preakness Stakes signature cocktail, the Black Eyed Susan.

Fashions provided by  Wight Elephant (, Vintage Valet, H. Baskin Clothier, Bethany Salmen's Matilda Jane, Cylcetique, and Sheda's Fashion, graced the runway.

 At the core of the event, raising money for Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh. For more than 20 years, Emmaus has provided permanent homes, respite care, in-home services, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities and autism. A non-profit organization built on a vision of people with and without disabilities sharing their lives.


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