When Rich Engler sat in with the All Star Band on drums at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square, the place erupted with whoops, cheers and applause. He was honored as the first inductee into the Pittsburgh Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame Thursday night. It was a blow-out bash with more than 300 braving sub-freezing temps to be there for the musician and concert promoter, formerly of DiCesare-Engler and now author of "Behind the Stage Door."
Pittsburgh native Joel Peresman, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, flew in from New York to present Mr. Engler with a guitar-shaped award made by Wendell August Forge. The event to benefit the Cancer Caring Center was dubbed "Rock 'n Rolling Over Cancer" and marked the center's 25th anniversary. With food and drink plentiful, guests were grooving the night away in between bidding on the silent and live auctions and rocking out. Mary Ann Miller (with Terry Mohr) and Theresa Kaufman chaired the event and Larry Richert was auctioneer. Among the revelers and rockers were Cancer Caring director Rebecca Whitlinger, Donnie Iris, Pat DiCesare, Joe Grushecky, Art Nardini, Susie Franklin, B.E. Taylor, Frank Czuri, Robin Beruh, Joe and Rosemary Mendel, Dave and Mary Beth Johnson, Christina O'Toole, Holly Planin.