An Evening of Influence with the Alaquivas at Bar Marco
March 13, 2017 12:00 AM
#SEENPowerCouple: Patrice and Emmai Alaquiva.
From left: Sue and Scott Lammie with Jason Flowers and Brooke Parker.
From left: Shayla Hawkins and Alexis Allen.
Phil Kelley and Krista Voda.
From left: John McWilliams with Christina French and Mark Willson.
Scott and Sue Lammie.
Jason Flowers looks out the window.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
#SEENPowerCouple: Emmai and Patrice Alaquiva have become one of Pittsburgh’s young power couples. Using their influence, they hosted an event Thursday night at Bar Marco in the Strip District to raise awareness about a few of their favorite charities in the city, the East End Cooperative Ministries and Baptist Temple Church nursery education program. “Part of our commitment to each other is giving back. It’s natural for us to engage with our community in this way,” said Ms. Alaquiva, associate director of college counseling at Winchester Thurston upper school. Added her husband, founder and CEO of the multimedia company Ya Momz House, “We are committed to changing our city by stepping out of our comfort zone and taking Pittsburgh to the next level. We have a duty and responsibility. What good is a gift if we don’t use it?” East End Cooperative Ministries is a cause near and dear to Mr. Alaquiva, who was at one time homeless himself. “It’s good to give back to those who may have made some wrong decisions in the past. These are the ones we need to support. I want to change the narrative by building awareness and have these uncomfortable conversations,” he added. And why is the Baptist Temple Church important to Ms. Alaquiva? “We want to create an early childhood education center to engage and reshape Homewood.” Power couple? Try superheroes.
#SEEN: Sue Lammie who remarked, “Emmai’s filmmaking and community initiatives are wonderful.” Added her husband Scott, “They both do amazing work supporting several communities and standing out as great role models for others. Also #SEEN: Jason Flowers, Brooke Parker, Charlie and Latasha Batch, Will Allen, David Pugliano and Leigh Solomon Pugliano, John McWilliams, Christina French and Mark Willson, Phil Kelley and Krista Voda. The event was beautifully produced by Shayla Hawkins and Alexis Allen. Shout out to Hens and Chicks, which created a stunning cascade of red roses and orchids that elegantly fell from the mantle.
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