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Looks for Love

When and where: Aug. 17 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

The Cause: Founded by Tom Slivka, a stylist at Capristo Salon and Wellness Spa in Shadyside, Looks for Love was an opportunity for the salon community to come together to help one of their own, Anita Martinelli-Land, a stylist at Capristo. Her son Jake needed a service dog, so Looks For Love partnered with Perfect Fit Canines, a local non-profit dedicated to providing service dogs specifically trained to meet the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. More than $20,000 was raised at this first-time event, enough for Jake’s dog with some left to help other kids.

#SEEN: Salons participating in the show of hair fashions included Capristo, Salon 5844, Pure and Jeffrey Smith Studio. Guests included Laura Penrod Kronk, Carole Kamin and June Yonas representing the Ladies Hospital Aid Society and their Pups with Purpose program; Lisa Martinelli from Highmark; Dr. Maryanne Hugo; Roman Capristo and his mother, Cheech; Brenda Yurick; Susan and Jim Wagner from Perfect Fit Canines.

Cindystock 11

When and where: A perfect summer day was the backdrop for Cindystock 11 on Aug. 16; an outdoor music festival at the 3-acre Franklin Park home of founders Cindy and Ted Yates.

Party for a purpose: Performers included Toronto’s Suzie Vinnick, Nashville’s Caitlin Canty and local favorites Shari Richards, Norm Nardini and Maura Elyse. 2014 beneficiaries included Adagio Health, Satchels of Caring, Obediah Cole Foundation, UPCI Colon Project, Hair Peace Charities and the Cancer Caring Center. Most popular (besides the full picnic feast) was the twilight candlelight ceremony honoring celebrating strength and cancer survivorship.

Medallion Ball Picnic

The place: The St. Lucy’s Auxiliary Medallion Picnic was held Aug. 16 in Fox Chapel. The Medallion Ball candidates enjoyed the event hosted by Annie Engel, Mollie Lang and Kelly Riley.

Picnic with a purpose: The community project this year was packaging personal care products to be distributed at the Bethlehem Haven adult shelter for women. This organization provides a number of services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, meals, medical and mental health services, to women in the Pittsburgh area.

PGH Biennial

The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts was hopping on Aug. 15 with a spill-over crowd nearing 680 people to celebrate the opening of the expanded 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition, which first began in 1994. The Lee Robinson Quartet played jazz on the patio as art enthusiasts poured into the Marshall House galleries to see the work of more than 20 artists.

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