Featured In: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By: Natalie Bencivenga
Published: October 5, 2015
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“I’m so excited! This has been in the works for two years now and it’s beyond what I thought it could be. We couldn’t have wished for better support,” said Greg Barrett, foundation president. The party took over Downtown’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center, with whimsical timepieces and surprises awaiting guests around every corner, including a pop-up dance performance by Point Park University that partygoers watched from the bridge. But the biggest crowd pleaser was honorary chair Pittsburgh native and actor Joe Manganiello, whose love for his hometown was only eclipsed by his passion for Children’s Hospital. Patrons settled in for dinner, gushing over the dazzling decor by Something New Events, which created a fantastical space with timepieces hanging from the ceiling, beautiful bouquets of red roses and fuchsia hydrangeas filling the tables, and glittering linens by Mosaic Inc. The always affable emcee Ken Rice (who joked that he was Mr. Manganiello’s workout partner), announced the total raised for Chidren’s was a staggering $12 million, to the applause of the crowd. To celebrate the achievement, dessert and dancing to the Cowling Band kept guests on their feet and smiles on their faces.