Fundraisers – Feb. 26

Published Feb 26, 2014 at 6:42 am (Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm)

Junior Women’s Club

The Unmasking Fear, Building Hope masquerade ball hosted by the Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club on March 1 will raise funds for A Child’s Place at Mercy’s new Child Advocacy Center in Washington County. The event takes place at Duquesne University’s Power Center Ballroom, and will feature Mardi Gras flair. Food stations, open bar, silent auction and a luxury basket raffle are all part of the $85 ticket price for the black-tie optional event. For more information, visit

Red Carpet Party

Hollywood glamour comes to the South Hills as The Denis Theatre Foundation holds its annual Red Carpet Party at the Walnut Grill in Mt. Lebanon March 2. The event is a must for film buffs and those who love a lively party.

The night promises to transport you from the cold of Western Pennsylvania to the heat of Hollywood. From 6-7 p.m., a $75 VIP pre-party will feature a complimentary flute of champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a Hollywood trivia game with prizes.

For $35, join the fun at 7 p.m. and enjoy signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Oscar bingo.

All funds raised will be donated to the Denis Theatre Foundation. Tickets are available at


National non-profit the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, in partnership with the UPMC Cancer Centers, is hosting the Fourth Annual “Cookies4Chris” on 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2, at South Hills Country Club.

The “world famous” Pittsburgh cookie table is a long time tradition at Pittsburgh weddings of offering homemade cookies lovingly baked by family and friends to each guest as a personal thank you. The Foundation is named after Christine “Chris” Sapienza, a Pittsburgh native, loving wife, mother, musician and small business owner who touched many lives and lost her battle with colon cancer. Chris’ son, Michael Sapienza, created the foundation. Chris was well known for sharing her specialty treats to many such occasions. Weeks leading up to the Cookies4Chris event, Pittsburgh residents of all ages spend countless hours baking, decorating and coordinating thousands of hand crafted treats that will create the elaborate cookie display.

The luncheon will also include local vendors, auctions, live entertainment and door prizes. The event will be emceed by Shelley Duffy, co-host of 100.7 Star Morning Show & KDKA Lifestyle Editor. Tickets are $35. Proceeds from will benefit the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation’s research fund that Chris4Life has set up with UPCI/UPMC Cancer Centers, as well as Patient Treatment & Care Programs. For more information, call 412-885-2374, or visit

Irish Night fundraiser

Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group Cherish the Ladies will return to Pittsburgh for the first time in more than a decade as the featured guests at the 18th annual Irish Night – Row On for Brendan, a evening of Irish music and dance set for 7:30 p.m. March 2 at Central Catholic High School, Oakland.

Irish Night – Row On for Brendan is an annual tribute to the memory of Brendan Foley, who died at age 15 in 1996 following a motor vehicle accident. Brendan was a popular member of the band and the rowing team at Central Catholic High School in Oakland. Brendan’s parents, Bruce Foley and Maggie Folan, began the annual concert as a way to keep their son’s memory alive. “He was a very special boy, and even though we’re sad he’s not here anymore, we’re so proud that we can honor him with this great tradition,” said Bruce Foley.

Irish Night benefits the Central Catholic and Oakland Catholic rowing teams.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for preferred seating, $20 for regular seating, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-888-71-TICKETS, or at the door.

Empty Bowls dinner

The 19th annual Empty Bowls dinner benefitting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will take place from 2-6 p.m. March 2 at Rodef Shalom Congregation, located on Fifth Avenue in Oakland.

This simple meal of soup and bread to fight hunger will include local personality soup-servers, live entertainment, children’s activities, soup-to-go, bake sale and silent auction of world-class ceramic art and celebrity-autographed bowls. Ticket holders may choose a hand-made bowl to take home.

Tickets at $20 may be obtained by calling 412-431-8960 or online at

Champions for Children

In a milestone year for the organization, The Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) will host its 15th annual Champions for Children Benefit 6-9 p.m. March 3. The awards program, which takes place at The Rivers Club, will recognize 13 local organizations as the 2014 Champion for Children honorees for their unwavering support since the early beginnings of the organization.

Guests are invited to dine, network and participate in silent auctions with all proceeds directly supporting HCEF educational programming. This year, the event will provide significant funding for the organization’s new scholarship program, which is designed for youth (who have experienced homelessness) during their pursuit of higher education.

For more information, call 412-562-0154, or visit

Larry’s Hometown Heroes

Larry Richert Honors our Hometown Heroes will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 6 at the Lexus Club at PNC Park. Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly will serve as the keynote speaker and Jason Braase, a member of Warriors Speak, a Wounded Warrior Project program, will also serve as a guest speaker. Tickets are $125 and proceeds benefit WWP.

Larry’s Heroes honors five ordinary individuals in the community who have done extraordinary things. Each hero will receive a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite. More information can be found at

Evening of Music

The South Fayette Foundation for Excellence will hold its annual “Evening of Music” with the Mansfield 5 and the Four Townsmen bands March 8 at the SNPJ, 540 Third Ave., Bridgeville. Doors open at 6 p.m. The first band performs at 7. Tickets at $20. For tickets or more information, call 724-693-9441.

JCC Big Night

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will hold its eighth annual fundraising event JCC Big Night: Game On March 8 at the JCC in Squirrel Hill.

The event will include music, dancing and food.

For more information, contact Marla Werner, Big Night team leader, at 412-521-8011 ext. 352, or

Picture This!

Ward Home, Pittsburgh’s leading provider of independent living programs for at-risk teenagers, is hosting its annual fundraising event, Picture This! from 6-9 p.m. March 29 at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. The event will help Ward Home enhance programming opportunities, improve living facilities and increase educational support.

Picture This! will feature art work created by Ward Home teens in the form of glass mosaics and photography.

Tickets are $75 and all teen photography and glass mosaics will be for sale the night of the event. For more information, visit

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