Great Night Gala benefits Children's Museum of Pittsburgh


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The Reason: To benefit The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Friday

The Revelry: "The Great Night Gala" was everything the name implied. Clear skies made for delightful alfresco dining under a tent set up in front of North Side museum. Inside the grand hall several bars and a silent auction were set up so guests could circulate while bidding and browsing during the cocktail hour. Once seated mobile bidding was set up to help bidders keep track of their status.

Revving it up: Event chairs Susan and Lee Baierl, of Baierl Automotive group. "Your generosity tonight goes way beyond these walls," said Mrs. Baierl, as she thanked everyone for their support and explained it will help the outreach programs and give 30,000 more people a chance to visit the museum for free. Auctioneer Tom Abbott of America's Auto Auction brought the gavel down with $10,500 bit on a Mexican getaway. After the live auction guests moved to the dance tent and the sounds of Jim Jimerson and Airborne.

Recognized: PNC Bank received the Great Friend of Children Award, accepted by Eva Tansky Blum, executive VP.

The Revelers: With 400 guests it was the second best attended party in the museum's history, only exceeded by 2004's expansion celebration. Helping to raise nearly $350,000 for the museum and its outreach programs were board president Jennifer Broadhurst (with Brooks), Karen and Jim Larrimer, director Jane Werner, Anne Lewis and James Zeszutek, Kelly and Jean Bley, Jamie Dixon, Mike Malone, Paul Gitnik and Gene Svrcek, Art II and Greta Rooney, and D. and Jessica Sculley.


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