Orchids in the Moonlight event held at the Fairmont
August 25, 2014 12:00 AM
Bill Wade/Post-Gazette photos
Dr. Stanley and Nikol Marks.
Emily Roman and Chelsea Pampena.
Co-chairs Marcia Weiss, Mary Novick, Laura Kronk and June Yonas.
Mark and Deborah Henzes.
Laura Kronk, far left, joins the dancers.
Charlene and Dr. John Innocenti.
Billy Hartung, left, and Gary Racan of the Studio E Band, sing to Nadine Bognar.
La'Tasha Wilson-Batch and Charlie Batch.
Melanie Crockard. #SEENBestSparkle
Dee Dee Troutman.
Dr. Kathleen Hartford with husband, Dr. William Donaldson.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Orchids in the Moonlight
The cause: On Saturday at the Fairmont, Downtown, the Ladies Hospital Aid Society raised roughly $100,000 with the support of more than 260 guests for its Orchid Fund, which helps those dealing with hair loss due to chemotherapy or other causes. “Our hair often identifies who we are, and to be able to give people their sense of dignity back is a wonderful feeling,” said Compassion Award recipient Deborah Mancuso. Added Dr. Vonda Wright, who was named LHAS Doctor of Distinction: “I started my career as a nurse who sat at the bedside of those going through cancer, the giants of whose shoulders I stand on tonight. This night is for them.”
Petal power: “Being that the proceeds were benefiting the LHAS Orchid Fund, I wanted to include orchids in the mix. Then I thought, let’s make orchids the only flowers,” said event planner Tim Komen, who worked with Hens and Chicks and Mosaic Linens to create an ethereal, moonlit moment. “I like the mix of romance with a modern element to keep it fresh and a bit unexpected.” Meanwhile, the Studio E Band had guests like Mark and Debbie Henzes dancing all night long.
#SEEN: Honorary chair Dr. Stanley Marks, who thanked his wife, Nikol, for her unwavering support, co-chairs Marcia Weiss, Mary Novick, Laura Kronk, June Yonas, LHAS president Carole Kamin, executive director Dee Dee Troutman, Nadine Bognar, Dennis and Linda Hurwitz, Jim and Melanie Crockard, Jim and Ruby Kang, Allan and Mary Ellen Wampler, Dr. John and Charlene Innocenti, Charlie and La’Tasha Batch, Peter Taglitelli, Erik Wagner, Tony and Linda Lacenere, and Gina Pferdehirt.
To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to
email@example.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner.