JCC's Love Boat party held at the Jewish Community Center

March 6, 2012 12:00 am
  • David Horvitz, Teddi Jacobson, Mike Gordon and Darcy Gordon.
    David Horvitz, Teddi Jacobson, Mike Gordon and Darcy Gordon.
  • Molly Quinlin and Kevin O'Brien.
    Molly Quinlin and Kevin O'Brien.
  • Jeff Markel, Cathy Samuels and Brian Schreiber.
    Jeff Markel, Cathy Samuels and Brian Schreiber.
  • Dan Gilman and Bill Peduto.
    Dan Gilman and Bill Peduto.
  • Katie Stohlberg, left, with Corey O'Connor and his mother Judy O'Connor.
    Katie Stohlberg, left, with Corey O'Connor and his mother Judy O'Connor.
  • James and Sara Guttman.
    James and Sara Guttman.
  • Merris Groff and Dr. Yram Groff.
    Merris Groff and Dr. Yram Groff.
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In light of recent headlines, the cruise industry may need some emergency PR. Helping the cause was the JCC's Love Boat party at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill on Saturday. The JCC's annual Big Night benefit set sail with nearly 900 on board. The Steel Band, which played guests into the building, could be heard for blocks. Inside, the siren call of the not-so-silent auction had everyone checking their smartphones to see if they had been outbid. "We are one of the first to use electronic bidding," noted an energetic Cathy Samuels, JCC director of marketing. Auction items included vacations and a signed Jefferson Starship guitar, with raffles for a two-year lease on a BMW and a Henne Jewelry package with a Rolex watch. Co-chair cruise directors Dr. Yram and Merris Groff made sure there was ample entertainment. MVP had them bouncing to the beat in the gym, while the dueling pianos of Sing, Sing kept things lively off the lobby. Food stations were from three ports of call: Russia, Mexico and Israel. Looking ship-shape were local politicians County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Bill Peduto, Dan Gilman and Corey O'Conner as well as JCC director Brian Schreiber and board president Jeff Markel.


First Published 2012-03-05 23:15:31

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