Cookies for a cause: The 22nd annual Bob O’Connor Cookie Cruise set sail from the Gateway Clipper Docks on Wednesday. The late mayor launched this summer happening as a political fundraiser, and after his death, the O’Connor family revived it as a way to support Pittsburgh’s charitable projects and artistic initiatives. Proceeds now go to the Bob O’Connor Foundation Memorial Fund, which supports local charities.
It’s a ’Burgh thing: A highlight of the event is the “cookie table,” a Pittsburgh tradition found at weddings, graduations and many other celebrations in the city. Councilman Corey O’Connor, son of the late mayor, said: “My dad wanted people to get together and enjoy the city he loved, and for everybody to have a fun night, celebrate one another and, of course, eat some cookies.”