History Makers ... and the week in review

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History Makers Dinner

For the 14th year, the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center honored the people whose achievements in various fields have made a remarkable difference not just in our community, but in the global community. Recognized as History Makers Friday evening were Dr. Albert Ferguson (Medicine and Health), Thomas McConomy (Business and Industry), Herbert Douglas Jr. (Leadership), Esther Barazzone (Education), Joe Paterno (Sports) and Stephen Flaherty (Arts and Letters).

A record crowd of 500 attended the affair chaired by Ralph Papa (with Ruth Anne) at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. History Center president Andrew Masich welcomed the crowd and cleverly morphed into a video that chronicled the greatness that has emanated from Pittsburgh. The list of contributions was so impressive it made you want to move here! Special recognition was given to Marty McGuinn by board chair Terrence Murphy, who celebrated his longtime commitment to the history center. Among the guests were many former History Makers including Paul O'Neill, Dr. Doreen Boyce, Carol Semple Thompson, Frank Cahouet and Franco Harris.

Red Tie Affair

Kevin McClatchy was honored for his community leadership during Saturday night's American Red Cross Gala at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. The Red Tie Affair opened its doors to more than 350 guests who perused the auction items and sipped cocktails before entering the red and white decorated ball room. Among the those who started early at the VIP reception were board chair Larry Blair with Phyl, CEO Tim Tassone with Ilona and head of Red Cross Services Phil Hansen with Linda.

70th Annual Dapper Dan

The Pittsburgh Hilton ballroom was packed last night for one of the biggest events in sports. The score will come later, when proceeds from the 70th annual Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction are tallied and donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. Presented by Dapper Dan Charities, the largest division of PG Charities, the charitable arm of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the evening pays tribute to the region's finest sports figures.

This year Steeler Jerome Bettis and Pitt women's basketball coach Agnus Berenato were honored as sportsman and sportswoman of the year. Penn State football legend Joe Paterno received the Lifetime Achievement Award before guests including Boys & Girls Club CEO Mike Hepler, Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, the Pirates' Kevin McClatchy and Dave Littlefield, Post-Gazette president Dave Beihoff, GM Diana Block and editor David Shribman, Hines Ward, Frank and Athena Sarris, Dr. Freddie Fu, Steve Blass and Dapper Dan president Jayne Adair with husband Basil Cox.

John Heller, Post-Gazette
History Makers Stephen Flaherty, Esther Barazzone, Thomas McConomy (on bottom) and Joe Paterno, Dr. Albert Ferguson and Herbert Douglas Jr. (top row).
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John Heller, Post-Gazette
Red Tie Affair honorary chair Kevin McClatchy
Click photo for larger image.Annie O'Neill, Post-Gazette
Bruno Sammartino with Jerome Bettis
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