“Autumn in Spring": From left, Ann and Marty McGuinn and Tom and Jamee Todd.
"Autumn in Spring": From left, Robert Levin, editor-in-chief Christine Stroud and Jim Cunningham of WQED-FM
"Autumn in Spring": From left, Peggy Finnegan, Jo Ellen Parker and Mayor Bill Peduto.
"Autumn in Spring": Peggy and Max King of the Pittsburgh Foundation.
African American Chamber of Commerce Luncheon: Chauncey Smith and Peggy Harris.
African American Chamber of Commerce Luncheon: From left, David Holmberg and Patrick Gallagher.
African American Chamber of Commerce Luncheon: From left, Samuel Stephenson, Harold Hayes and Doris Carson Williams.
Nellie Leadership Awards Gala: From left, Peggy B. Harris, Katie “Peachie” Wimbush-Polk, Kathy Humphrey, Sylvia Hill Fields, Latasha and Charlie Batch and Chauncey W. Smith.
Rights to Realities: Cathy Raphael, Sue Frietsche, Carol E. Tracy and Joann Mitchell.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Autumn in Spring”
On May 2 the Duquesne Club, Downtown, became a book club of sorts as notable Pittsburghers such as Mayor Bill Peduto, Jo Ellen Parker, Jim Cunningham, Peggy Finnegan and Robert Levin read their favorite poems at the Autumn House Press benefit “Autumn in Spring.” Autumn House Press is a not-for-profit literary publisher.
#SEEN: Poetry lovers Ann and Marty McGuinn, Debby and Dan Booker, Jim and Anne Burnham, Simon Curtis, Cecile Springer, Elsa Limbach, Jamee and Tom Todd, Meg and George Cheever, Michelle and Andrew Aloe, Ellie and Joe Wymard and David Conrad.
African American Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
The annual meeting and luncheon for the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA was held on Tuesday at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, and welcomed 370 guests. President Doris Carson Williams presented an overview of programs from the past year. Mayor William Peduto and Allegheny Couny Executive Rich Fitzgerald brought greetings from their respective offices. Retiring reporter Harold Hayes of KDKA-TV was presented a gift in recognition of his 37 years of service.
#SEEN: State treasurer Timothy Reese, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle and State Sen. Jay Costa, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, chairman Samuel Stephenson, Blayre Britton and Suresh Ramanathan.
Nellie Leadership Awards Gala
When and where: Friday night at the Twentieth Century Club, Oakland.
All the party details: A wall of boxwoods lined the entrance of an oasis of hope as more than 180 guests arrived to support Three Rivers Youth. The third floor dining room was transformed into an English garden with a starry sky, a live statue and flowers galore. The Kenny Blake Trio and guitarist John Marcinizyn played to guests as they enjoyed a menu of potato coins with creme fraiche with caviar, Welsh meatballs, tarragon chicken tea sandwiches and other treats.The event’s inspiration came from former first lady Lady Bird Johnson, who said: “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” The event raised $100,000.
The purpose: Serving youth and family since 1880, Three Rivers Youth works to unite families, combat homelessness, enhance educational opportunities and build life skills for at-risk youth.
#SEEN: President and CEO of Three Rivers Youth, Peggy B. Harris; board chair Chauncey W. Smith; event co-chairs Charlie and Latasha Batch; Nellie Leadership awards honorees: Executive director Eden Hall Foundation Sylvia Hill Fields; University of Pittsburgh’s senior vice chancellor chief of staff Kathy Humphrey; Air Force veteran Katie “Peachie” Wimbush-Polk; emcee Lynne Hayes-Freeland; host committee members Nancy Cohen, Debbie Demchak, Shaina Schachter, Cecile and Eric Springer, Colleen and Denny Travis, Roseanne and Mark Wholey.
Rights to Realities
#HerStory: The Pittsburgh office of the Women’s Law Project, a public interest legal organization devoted to advancing the rights of women and girls, opened in 2002 to directly serve and support the women and girls of Western Pennsylvania. The annual spring Rights to Realities event held on Friday evening at the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown, is always a great party with a festive spirit that defies the deeply serious business of the organization's work. Erin Molchany, southwest Pennsylvania regional director for Gov. Tom Wolf, took a hilarious turn as guest auctioneer shortly before the presentation of the annual “Say What?” contest, where partygoers voted on the worst thing said about women by a public person in the past year, complete with boisterous booing. This year’s Rights to Realities was themed “Voices for Justice,” and honored Pittsburgh’s own Cathy Raphael, an advocate, writer and artist whose inspirational vision, humor and kindness have buoyed countless women’s rights and progressive causes.
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