Ladies Hospital Aid Society hosts fundraiser at University Club
May 18, 2014 8:42 PM
Latasha Wilson-Batch with Snoop.
Laura Kronk, Debbie Henzes and Dolores Warwick.
Mary Ellen Wampler and Dee Dee Troutman.
Tim McVay and David Bush walk the runway.
Diana Doran and Ruby Kang.
Kwanita leads Douglas Tjelmeland, a Ralph Lauren model.
Samantha Sham, 2014 Miss Pittsburgh, with Sydney Jorden.
Model Kayla McKinney.
Alexandra "Ali" Good with Oscar.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When and Where: Thursday at the University Club, Oakland.
The Importance of Pups: The event, organized by the Ladies Hospital Aid Society, raised funds so that five individuals from Pittsburgh could be provided service dogs. These specially trained dogs assist people who have physical and psychological challenges with a wide variety of tasks.
Fashion and Fun: Local Pittsburghers such as Latasha Wilson-Batch, Dr. Lisa Cibik and daughter Ali Cibik, as well as Tim McVay and David Bush strutted down the runway with pups (including some with a bit of stage fright, like Dr. Cibik’s adorable pooch!). Then fashion models took their turn to tunes from Kesha and Carly Rae Jepsen, modeling designs from Charles Spiegel and Catherina’s of Oakmont.
Quotable Moment: Greg Traynor was in need of a service dog after a car accident in 1999 left him paralyzed from the chest down at age 31. “I felt people used to stare at me because I was that guy in the chair. Now, when I walk into a room with [service dog] Misty I think, ‘they are looking at me now because I have a cute dog,’ ” he said as others applauded.
#SEEN: Executive director Dee Dee Troutman, event co-chairs Laura Kronk and Debbie Henzes, Mary Ellen Wampler, event chair Dolores Warwick, Mark and Catherine Loevner, Mike Kiser, Ellen Roth, Jamie Latta, Ruby Kang, Diana Doran and Erik Wagner.
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