#LadyInRed: Nearly 450 supporters of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women fashion show and luncheon filed into the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown, Friday. Many of them wore red. This was the first year the event included the fashion show. “This is shaping up to be our most successful event of the year,” said Des Wienand, vice president of development of the American Heart Association of Greater Pittsburgh. “We expect to net approximately $700,000,” she added. The afternoon began with boutique shopping and a silent auction in the King’s Garden room. Ice and Elegance, Pretzel Crazy and Chloe’s Adornments were just a few of the shops set up for browsing and buying jewelry, sweets and clothing. Paramedics also offered CPR demonstrations.
#OpenHearts: Once the ballroom doors opened Susan Koeppen of KDKA-TV welcomed everyone along with AHA executive director Deb Banks. Event chair, Patti Darnley, CEO of Gateway Health, thanked all for their support. The Open Your Heart Appeal followed a testimony by Toni Conrad, a survivor of heart disease. The mother-daughter fashion show rounded out the afternoon as models, including 3-year-old Mia Linsenmeyer and her mother Allie, Tracy Travaglio and her mother Gay, Susan Guerrieie and her daugher Becky, and Lillian Dalton with her daughter Antoinette Martin, hit the runway. Among those enjoying the afternoon were AHA board chair Sandy Volpe, and Circle of Red members who give a minimum of $2,500 a year including Judy Wagner, William Ries, Amy Nartatez, Katie Maier, Shakita Trigg, Candice Komar and Julie Coletti.