Saturday, January 12, 2019

2018 Style, a Year in Review

March 4, 2018

This event is the major fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Film Office, created in 1990 to respond to the increase in film production in southwestern Pennsylvania. Hundred of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs in the film industry have been promoted by the Pittsburgh Film Office, adding to our local economy.
For me, the kickoff to the social season, this event is attended by more than 700 guests each year. A unique concept to the 2018 event, was the evening gown design competition, each incorporating the RATED PGH logo.
Designer included Lisa Marie Bruno, Eva Dixon, Gabriela Droz, Joshua Hodgson, Leesa Kassler, Kelly Long, Gerald Love, Brooke Mordaunt, Stephanie Moye, Bradford Mumpower, Christianna Murray, and Johnathon Robinson.  When the votes were tallied, Brooke Mordaunts gown, modeled by Heather Hubara won the vote.

The evening gown competition was just a small part of this amazing event.  Private tents housed the VIP and sponsors in comfort as they watch the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

Gerald Love's Hand Painted Gown Inspired by Spring!

Bradford Mumpowers incredible design

March 19, 2018

Capturing the drama of the epic "Game of Thrones" and the pageantry of the Pittsburgh Opera, the fashion show was a visual delight.  Elaborate costumes from the Opera's costume vault, were modeled by Opera Resident Artist, who also offered a sampling of their amazing talent.

Designs by Diana Misetic, were modeled by Daugherty Talent models, with looks ranging form simple elegance to fantasy creations.  Each of Ms. Misetic's  designs are available for purchase at her Shadyside studio, The Little Black Dress.

Following the success of last year's fashion show, Michele Fabrizi, Chair of the Pittsburgh Opera Board of Directors and President of MARC USA, delivered an astounding masterpiece.

Diana Misetic design on the runway

April 7, 2018

The couture fashion show, featured local designers incorporating the butterfly, a central motif associated with lupus. The interpretation of this concept resulted in an array of stunning creations with each designer's unique perspective.  Judged by Tom Michael of Larrimor's, Richard Parsakian of Eons Fashions, and Marcus Robinson of the Pittsburgh Bullets, Jamie Miller took home first prize at the competition, with second going to Bradford Mumpower, and Laurie Pascuzzi, third.

Affecting 1.5 million Americans, Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the body's immune system fails to protect normal functions and antibodies form which attack healthy tissue and organs.  The disease is more prevalent in Woman, with about 90% of those affected being young women. To learn more visit The Pennsylvania Lupus Foundation.

Jamyce Patterson with her model, Tamisha Thomas
Designer Leesa Kassler with her stunning design

Artist, David Connelly's mural creation

April 28, 2019

The Wyndham Grand Hotel, was the setting for the 26th Annual JDRF Promise Gala. The evenings 800 Guests were personally welcomed by Gala Chairs, Nancy Glynn and Kim Trinkala, who both have children affected by Type 1 Diabetes.   

Highmark Heath Systems dedication to improving health care was evident by  David L. Holmberg, Chief Executive Officer of Highmark Health,  being recognized for his commitment  to JDRF. Barbara Gray, serves the community not only as the Senior Vice President of Highmark, but also as the President of the JDRF Board of Directors.

Although great advancements have been made in the management and treatment of Type 1 diabetes, the ultimate goal of JDRF, is finding  a cure.   To donate and learn more, please visit:

Best dressed at the event, if not the entire season, Lisa Verszyla Cantalamessa 

Gala Chairs, Nancy Glynn and Kim Trinkala

May 5, 2018

Celebrating it's 20th anniversary, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat luncheon was a colorful sea of hats! Over 600 patrons celebrated the achievements of the Parks Conservancy. The organization has made major strides throughout the city parks, with continued renovations, construction, and beautification.

Our new Parks Conservancy CEO Jayne Miller,  greeted each guest as they arrived for the event.  Beautifully dressed  patrons sipped mimosa and strolled through  Highland Park, admiring the  orchids, foliage, flowers, as well as the hats!  The event was executed flawlessly due predominantly,  to the work and attention of the Parks Conservancy Staff. 

The event raised over $500,000 for our city's parks, with the 20 year total at over $100 Million.

Fred and Lana Neumeyer

Sophie Gage, Event Coordinator

Jenn Dailey, Director or Marketing and Communication

Stunning! Melanie Crockard

June 8, 2018

The exotic event, welcomed over 600 guests, who were treated to animal encounters, gourmet food stations, mood setting decor, and entertainment. 

The collective work of the zoo gala committee and the staff, resulted in a delightfully, unique zoo experience.

DJ Samuel Andres kicked off the dancing, where guests partied into the night. (Even the giraffe was dancing the night away! Turn up the volume and See the video below).

To learn more or donate to the Pittsburgh Zoo please visit:

Dr. Barbara Baker, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Carey Abdulovic and Dr. Joseph Gasparo

Honorary Chairs, Jerry and Diane Holder with Dr, Ginger Sturgeon with Laverne the Alligator

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