Seen: Dominion hosts VITA Awards at Convention Center
October 13, 2014 12:00 AM
Anne Burnham and Mike Potemra.
Karla Boos and Mary Murrin.
Michael D. Moyta, James Mesloh and Laura Gordon.
Janet Sarbaugh, Darryl Ford-Williams and Ceci Sommers.
Debra Caplan, Deb Acklin and Bill Caroselli.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When and Where: Friday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.
Celebrating 26 Years: Dominion has underwritten the event from its inception and provides grants to the organizations that the awardees represent. “A commitment to the arts is not a luxury. It is a necessity,” said Jim Mesloh, Dominion’s senior philanthropy manager.
#ItsGoodToGive: “I was fortunate enough to be raised in Pittsburgh surrounded by art, music and culture. It enriched my life, and I want to give back, be a part of that world for others to enjoy,” said awardee Mary Murrin, who attended the luncheon with her mother, Evelyn.
#SEEN: WQED president and CEO Deb Acklin, awardees Anne Burnham of Autumn House Press, Michael D. Moyta of East Winds Symphonic Band, Mary Murrin of Quantum Theater, Mike Potemra of The Strand Theater Initiative and Laura Gordon of Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company, who was surprised to be Volunteer of the Year. Also #seen were Darryl Ford Williams, Debra Caplan, Bill Caroselli, Karla Boos, Janet Sarbaugh, Jim Cunningham, Lorrie Cote, Dina Clark, Jim Singer, John Glaneman and VITA Awards founder Ceci Sommers, who said: “Pittsburgh is a great city for the arts, and this is something that I am so proud of.”
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