American Ireland Fund hosts event at Heinz Field Club East Lounge

When and where: Tuesday at Heinz Field East Club Lounge, North Shore.

Welcome to the Pub: Jared Cohon (former Carnegie Mellon University president) and Mark Nordenberg (former University of Pittsburgh chancellor) were both honored. “It means so much to me to be a part of such a prestigious group,” said Mr. Nordenberg, with wife Nikki.

The brilliant shades of green linens (from Mosaic Inc.) elegantly captured the essence of St. Patrick’s Day, while the colorful arrangements of roses (courtesy of Allison McGeary Florist) were nestled in chemistry beakers or “computer-chip” style vases to pay homage to CMU and the University of Pittsburgh.

“We wanted to create an Irish college town to celebrate Oakland,” said event planner Theresa Kaufman, who worked closely with Cayce Little Pastoor and the Heinz Field team to pull off the fabulous gala.

Guests like Jon and Jessica Lear stopped to play ping-pong, while others like Andrea Carelli (#SEENBestSparkle) and Michael Toretti enjoyed watching the Burke Conroy Irish Dancers. (Check out a clip of their dances on Natalie’s Instagram: @NatalieBenci).

Luck of the Irish: This year marked the 39th anniversary of the Ireland Fund, which focuses on programs of peace, education, arts and culture, as well as community development throughout Ireland. So, what Irish wisdom did Dan Rooney discover after being a part of the organization since its inception? “Get along with everyone. It isn’t hard to do,” he said smiling with wife, Patricia.


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