Les Pink & Green Strolling Dream Team performs. #SEENdanceoff
Claudette and the Rev. Harold Lewis with Peggy Harris.
Lee Robinson in the New Orleans-style parade.
Jackie Hunter and Chaz Kellem.
Carmen Anderson and Rich Riazzi.
Roseanne Wholey leads the parade.
Urban Ballroom Dancers perform.
Waverly Nesmith and Wilma McNeese.
Bob and Rosemarie Schuler with Art Babuscio and Sandra Bettor.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Details: Now in its 134th year, Three Rivers Youth has worked to assist disadvantaged children and their families overcome struggles. The Nellie Leadership Awards celebrated a “Taste of New Orleans” on Friday at the Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, by honoring individuals in the community.
What’s in a Name: The Nellie Awards are named after a young African-American girl found wandering the streets in 1880 with nowhere to go.
Something to Think About: “I didn’t grow up in a safe neighborhood,” said Roseanne Wholey, honorary co-chair. “I remember finding myself up against a wall being frisked by a cop who pulled a rosary out of my one pocket and a switchblade out the other. He asked me, “Did your mother give you the rosaries?’ ‘No,’ I said. ‘The switchblade.’ It was in that moment I realized I had to decide where I wanted my life to turn next.”
Dance Off: A creative way to raise funds, local dance groups Pink & Green Strolling Dream Team and Urban Ballroom Dancers faced off. Guests could text their votes ($10 per text) to support their favorites while raising funds. In the end, the Dream Team took home first place. Check out snippets of both dances on Natalie’s instagram account: NatalieBenci.
Quotable Moment: “We must take care of the last, least and the lost,” said honoree the Rev. Harold Lewis.
#SEEN: Bob and Rosemarie Schuler, Art Babuscio and Sandra Bettor, Waverly Nesmith and Wilma McNeese, Carmen Anderson, Rich Riazzi, Dan Drawbaugh and Sarah Thomas, Dave and Regina Busch, Bob Nelkin and Jackie Dixon.
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