LHAS gala held at the Omni William Penn


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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who had the best party of all? The spell was cast Saturday night on more than 350 guests as the 115th Ladies Hospital Aid Society Gala got underway at the Omni William Penn. “An Evening of Enchantment” began with a VIP cocktail party for the honorees and their families and a phalanx of little fairies lined up to greet them. The late Dr. Charles Copeland was honored with the Visionary Legacy award. Accepting was his family, including his wife of 50 years, Margaret. Dr. Thomas Starzl (with Joy) was the 2013 Doctor of Distinction. The other awardees — Kirby Wilson and Drs. Jorg Gerlach, Alain Corcos and Arthur Levine — joined event chairs Judy Woffington and Bev Wukich in the Urban Room for cocktails, dancing and bidding on the silent auction. It was all to benefit the LHAS Enchanted Forest at the UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Center. LHAS president Carole Kamin welcomed all to the feast of the forest dinner and awards presentation in the ballroom. Following the repast it was back to the dance floor and the irresistible sounds of the studio-e Band. Among those making magic were LHAS director Dee Dee Troutman, UPMC Mercy Burn Center director Dr. Jenny Ziembicki, UPMC Mercy president Will Cook, honorary chair Dr. Andrew Peitzman, Joe and Lisa Gaydos, Jean Horne, Judy and Ron Linaburg, Dr. Jim and Ruby Kang, Dr. Loren and Ellen Roth, Mary Beth and Tom Hacke, Athena Sarris and Sandra Bettor.


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