Party at the Pier raises funds for Riverlife


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Everything that Riverlife works so hard to achieve was on display Friday when 670 guests gathered at the Rivers Casino amphitheater for Party at the Pier.

Breathtaking views of the river and beyond, the Gateway Clipper waiting to take short trips upstream and down, past the Pirates mania at PNC Park and beyond the glowing casino that attracted its own crowd. Action, adventure, warm breezes, cold drinks and a "Neon & Nature" theme combined for the biggest and best benefit yet.

A tented dance floor with DJ Tommy J anchored the riverbank, but more guests opted to sit it out on the giant steps that led to the stage, savoring the people-watching that's especially fun when the crowd skews young and fashionable. Throw in colorful, starting with chairs Lucas and Renee Piatt, who was flashing a fiber optic wrap and hair ornament.

Michael Hogue opted for shocking pink hair, always a safe choice when the invitation encourages bright cocktail attire. He wasn't alone, but he did match the neon and white decor by Bill Chisnell that created an intimate space out in the open.

Savoring so many great foods and celebrating Riverlife's continuing efforts to enhance the beauty and usefulness of the riverfronts were its CEO Lisa Schroeder, board vice chair Tom Lamb of sponsor PNC with his wife Katie, Chuck and Kristen Hammel, Eva Blum, Dan and Nancy Fales, Caryn Rubinoff and Craig Dunham, Janet and Bill Hunt, Molly and Peter Blasier, Prentiss Orr, Dr. Helene Finegold and Chuck Gottschalk, David Orbison, Christine and Fred Thieman, Bill Perry, Bea and Don Carter, Sylvia Dallas and John Oliver, Mia and Joel Bernard, Jacqui and John Lazo, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and many more.

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First Published September 11, 2012 4:00 AM


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