Pittsburgh Film Office's 'Lights! Glamour! Action!' event rolls out red carpet at Convention Center
February 27, 2017 12:00 AM
Director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, Dawn Keezer, left, with Divauna Taravella.
#SEENBestGlam: Renee Piatt.
#SEENBestSparkle: Casey Pratkanis.
Co-emcees Sally Wiggin and Michelle Wright.
Alora Chateaux invites the crowd into the main room.
Bubbles the Champagne Goddess, Jordan Streussnig, lounges in a champagne glass.
Jay and Bonnie Mangold.
Richard Bubin pours dry ice in the ice "smokestacks" at the Pittsburgh Film Office's "Lights! Glamour! Action!"
Navin Bhambhwani with his mother, Neeta.
Craig Zinger plays piano as a young performer belts some popular songs reimagined with Pittsburgh movie-based lyrics.
Leslie Wertheimer, Bebe Beretta, Georgia Bea Cummings, Gisele Fetterman and Bobby Maggio.
The red carpet leading to the Pittsburgh Film Office's "Lights! Glamour! Action!"
100.7 Star's Bubba interviews Anne Stone on the red carpet with the help of Emilio Cornacchione.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When and where: Sunday night at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.
#LetsGoToTheMovies: The Pittsburgh Film Office’s party just keeps getting better! Here were some highlights from this one enchanted evening:
Red Carpet Magic: This year’s red carpet clocked in at 515 feet — longer than the one in Hollywood! Lining the red carpet were glamorous drag queens like Bebe Beretta, Tootsie Snyder, Bambi Deerest and others channeling the movie stars from yesteryear. Izzazu’s Glam Cam caught all the action with Bubba from 100.7 and Emilio Cornachione interviewing guests as they strutted their stuff for the camera.
Bubbles, anyone? The drinks were flowing and at the center of it all was an 8-foot-high champagne glass complete with Bubbles the Champagne Goddess lounging for all to see (and admire).
#RatedPGH: Once the doors to the ballroom opened, the party kicked off with an original opening number by the Craig Zinger singers as guests enjoyed signature drinks in honor of “Outsiders,” filmed in Pittsburgh. Ever tasted a Li’l Foster, a cranberry moonshine cosmo? “It’s sentimental to have all of these Pittsburgh big-screen moments here with us tonight,” said PFO director Dawn Keezer, who was dripping in diamonds (naturally!) from Brilliant Nuevo Diamonds. “We are so thrilled to have such support here to keep producing films and television shows in our city.”
#LetsParty: Guests noshed on a Dunkin’ Donuts doughnut wall, Millies Ice Cream, dessert-themed waffles from Waffleonia and savory treats from Levy Restaurants before dancing to the Totally 80s band and playing retro games like Atari. It was a night to remember!
#SEEN: Co-emcees Sally Wiggin and Michelle Wright, Gino Chiodo, honorary co-chairs Pete and Lori Schoonmaker, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Lt. Governor Mike Stack, Jay and Bonnie Mangold, Ed Amori with daughter Brittany, Alan and Diane Perer, Jon and Casey Pratkanis, Lucas and Renee Piatt, Rich and Cindy Engler, Gisele Fetterman, Adnan Pehlivan, Louis LaRose, Navin Bhambhwani and mom Neeta, Lisa Freeman, Anne Stone and the ladies behind the magic, Theresa Kaufman and Shari Zatman.
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