Red Cross Ball held at the Omni William Penn

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Amid the laughter and fun at the Red Cross Ball on Saturday, Judy Dulemba was crying — in gratitude. Ms. Dulemba, a math teacher and 16-year volunteer with the American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, was overwhelmed by the generosity of donors after the live auction at the Omni William Penn. “This is truly remarkable. The generosity of this room takes my breath away,” she said.

More than 350 guests enjoyed a fashionable cocktail hour and three-course dinner before the spirited auction and individual donations that helped raise $374,000 for the organization that provides disaster relief at home and abroad.

“We deal with one disaster a day. But since we’ve had such a terrible winter, our efforts have been doubled over the past six months,” said board chairman Jim Garraux.

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Shellie Hipsky wore a cape that belonged to her grandmother, a lieutenant nurse in the Red Cross and Bronze Star recipient during World War II. Clearly, this was a night to celebrate not only heroes of today, but also those of the past.

Seen enjoying the event were Scott and Sue Lammie, Jack and Lisa Barbour, Kathy and Lyle Humphrey, and Robert and Renee Denove.

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