Great Futures Gala benefit Boys & Girls Club of Western Pa.
March 28, 2016 12:00 AM
Nola with Lauren and Chris Miladinovich
Hunter Smutney, left, and Zaire Teagle.
Mike Hepler, left, and Don Michel.
From left, Ionie Banner, with parents Mark and Nicole Banner.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When and where: Thursday night on the Gateway Clipper at Station Square.
Would you raise money for a chance to kiss a pig? You would if it was as cute of a pig as Nola. For the second year in a row, candidates from across the city puckered up for one of the most unique fundraisers of the year. The Great Futures Gala raised more than $64,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, and who were the lucky top three finalists that snuggled up to Nola? In first place, raising $17,305 was Jim Barry, the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pa. and director of the LaRosa Club. In second place was Tim Faller, who raised $13,955 for the club, and in third place, raising more than $13,000 was Chris Miladinovich of ProspHire (and Nola’s dad!). Smooches all around!
#ItsGoodToGive: Volunteer of the Year Zaire Teagle, 16, and a student at Carlynton High School, feels inspired to volunteer and give back to his community because of his involvement with the Boys & Girls Club. “It teaches you to bond, to be a part of something bigger than yourself and how to build good social skills. Plus I love working with kids and helping them out,” he said.
#SEEN: Emcee Don Michel, Hunter Smutney, Mark and Nicole Banner with daughter Ionie (Dapper Dan Youth Sportsperson of the Year), and Mike Hepler, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, who said: “I’ve been associated with this place for 47 years. It is what pulled me off the streets and gave me a wonderful place to learn and grow and realize that there are adults who care about you.”
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