Animated and hard to silence -- that was the state of the ballroom at the Westin Convention Center Hotel Saturday night as the 22nd annual Rainbow Gala got underway.
After a cocktail hour of browsing, bidding and imbibing to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, most of the nearly 750 guests were in full party mode. It fell to emcee Larry Richert of KDKA radio to quiet everyone to get the program started.
Steelers president Art Rooney II was the honoree, which explains the energy level in the room. Whereever he and Greta go, fun seems to follow. Event chairs Maria Metro (with Dr. David) and Cindy Paul (with John) were delighted, as were their co-chairs Susan Phillips (with Dr. D.J.) and Cheryl Talerico (with Joe).
Setting the SEEN: Rainbow Gala, Dirty Ball, fashion and shoes
The PG's Natalie Bencivenga and Sara Bauknecht bring you up to date on the latest fashion trends and Pittsburgh's lively social scene. (Video by Melissa Tkach; 4/11/2014)
"Our goal is to cure type 1 diabetes," said board president Nan DeTurk. A silent auction with more than 300 items and a live auction helped raise funds to fight the condition. Live auction favorites included a private batting lesson with Pittsburgh Pirate Neil Walker for $14,000 and a glass mosaic of Heinz Field made by children with type 1 diabetes that went for $23,000.
Among those bopping to the sounds of Cityscape or enjoying the elegant purple haze event planner Shelly Tolo draped the ballroom in were corporate chairs Leo Gerard (with Susan) and David Malone (with Nancy), Ambassador Dan Rooney with Pat, Steeler Kendall Simmons with Celesta Henry and a massive Super Bowl ring, Steelers' kicker Shaun Suisham, Roseanne and Mark Wholey, Ed Beachler with Lois Wholey, Laura Drogowski, Judson Kroh, Dusty Elias Kirk and Bill Caroselli and development chair Dave Sharick.