SEEN: Mardi Gras Gala

February 28, 2012 12:00 am
  • Mardi Gras King 2012 Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steel Workers.
    Mardi Gras King 2012 Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steel Workers.
  • Mardi Gras Gala vice chairs George Stewart II, left, and Sy Holzer.
    Mardi Gras Gala vice chairs George Stewart II, left, and Sy Holzer.
  • Judy Painter, executive director, and Jim Roddey.
    Judy Painter, executive director, and Jim Roddey.
  • Dr. Freddie and Hilda Fu, last year's Mardi Gras king and queen.
    Dr. Freddie and Hilda Fu, last year's Mardi Gras king and queen.
  • Cindy and Jerry Richey, board chair.
    Cindy and Jerry Richey, board chair.
  • Duffy and Dana Hanna.
    Duffy and Dana Hanna.
  • Dennis and Diane Unkovic.
    Dennis and Diane Unkovic.
  • Dr. E.J. and Lou Donnelly
    Dr. E.J. and Lou Donnelly
  • Dusty Kirk and Bill Caroselli
    Dusty Kirk and Bill Caroselli
  • Kathy and Lou Testoni and Mary Alice Cooper, right.
    Kathy and Lou Testoni and Mary Alice Cooper, right.
  • Eugenia and Dr. Robert Friedlander
    Eugenia and Dr. Robert Friedlander
  • Andrea Ehrenreich, left, Amanda Olar and Sarah Hanna White.
    Andrea Ehrenreich, left, Amanda Olar and Sarah Hanna White.
  • Susan Marcinko
    Susan Marcinko
  • Massy and Alex Paul
    Massy and Alex Paul
  • Kellie Middleton
    Kellie Middleton
  • Dr. Lawrence and Phyllis Wechsler,  and Diane and Jerry Holder
    Dr. Lawrence and Phyllis Wechsler, and Diane and Jerry Holder
  • Dick Barton
    Dick Barton
  • Mardi Gras King Leo Gerard's entrance was heralded by dancing Mounties, a reference to his Canadian heritage.
    Mardi Gras King Leo Gerard's entrance was heralded by dancing Mounties, a reference to his Canadian heritage.
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Now in its 18th year and much imitated by other chapters of the Epilepsy Foundation, Western/Central Pennsylvania's Mardi Gras Gala on Fat Tuesday still manages to pack them in. This year, an expanded candy buffet, complete with make-your-own s'mores, offered yet another way to party hearty, which is the draw of this sold-out event. With more than 750 guests, a Bourbon Street parade and enough bling, baubles and boas to fill the Westin Convention Center ballroom, the good times rolled and rolled. A highlight is always the crowning of the king, and Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steel Workers, didn't disappoint. His entrance was heralded by dancing Mounties -- a reference to his Canadian heritage -- and his sparkler scepter set off other sparklers in the centerpieces. It was a rousing beginning to his reign after last year's king and queen, Dr. Freddie and Hilda Fu, passed the crown. Dinner vice chairs Sy Holzer, president of PNC Pittsburgh, and George Stewart II, managing partner of Reed Smith Pittsburgh, were on hand along with emcee Jim Roddey. Welcoming guests was EFWCP board chair Jerry Richey, along with executive director Judy Painter (resplendent in yet another fabulous costume). There was dancing to the John Parker Band as well as a wonderful dinner, moving remarks by epilepsy advocate Kaitlyn Slomski and more dancing. By evening's end, $325,000 had been raised to support those with epilepsy/seizure disorders and their families.


First Published 2012-02-27 23:07:58

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