Karla Boos, Wendell Freeland and Rabbi James Gibson.
John Heller / Post-Gazette
Debbie Demchak and Ceci Sommers.
By Marylynn Uricchio / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This is an idea every neighborhood should share -- celebrate the people, places and things that make a community great. And so the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition honored its 2013 Squirrel Hill Treasures Thursday during a dinner at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. The evening was chaired by Ceci Sommers, Debbie Demchak and Francine Abraham (who was not able to attend), with Vivian and Rocco Didomenico and Robert Levin and Dr. Kerry Bron as honorary chairs. More than 200 guests paid tribute to Quantum Theatre founder and director Karla Boos, attorney and Tuskegee Airman Wendell Freeland, Rabbi James Gibson from Temple Sinai and the beloved WPA mural in the Squirrel Hill post office. When a postal representative couldn't be corralled to attend the dinner, Mr. McFeely himself stepped in to do the honors (with an assist from David Newell). And Joe Negri was there to lead the guests in "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood."
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