Monday, October 27, 2008

2008 Madcap Masquerade Ball Fashion Show

2008 Madcap Masquerade Photos
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Madcap Masquerade benefits Pittsburgh Parks
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Forget ghoulish Halloween parties. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's Madcap Masquerade had a breathtaking new setting this year that was anything but dark and spooky. A giant clear tent was erected in Schenley Plaza, the jewel the conservancy carved from a parking lot. The newly restored fountain and the Festival of Lights projection on the Cathedral of Learning created a colorful backdrop for the fabulous bash inside. Imaginative costumes, wonderful fall fare by Bob Sendall's All in Good Taste, Bo Wagner's Tribute to Sinatra and the Latin sounds of Americas Latin Orchestra combined for a rollicking good time. Throw in the University of Pittsburgh's drum line and a Carousel Couture fashion show and no wonder the 485 guests stayed late!

Sponsoring UPMC Health Plan CEO Diane Holder served as honorary chair for the gala produced by Nancy Byrnes Events. Tori Mistick produced the related fashion show. The benefit raised $220,000.

Correction/Clarification: (Published Nov. 4, 2008) Nancy Byrnes of Nancy Byrnes Events produced the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Madcap Masquerade benefit on Oct. 25, 2008. Tori Mistick produced the fashion show that was part of the event. Ms. Mistick was credited in this report as originally published Nov. 1, 2008 with producing the entire event.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

The Singapore Grand Prix - The Big Picture -

The Singapore Grand Prix - The Big Picture -

"Formula One Racing held its 800th race on Sunday in Singapore,with the Singapore Grand Prix - also the first Formula One race held at night. Organizers built, then lined a 5 kilometer track with over 1,600 lamps, said to be four times brighter than those used at football stadiums. Twenty drivers drove 61 laps for a total of 309 kilometers at speeds sometimes approaching 300 kilometers per hour - in a country that once banned the sport, in part for promoting reckless driving. Driver Fernando Alonso of Renault won the race with a time of 1:57:16.304. (25 photos total)"

(Spanish driver Fernando Alonso of Renault reacts after his car developed problems during the qualifying session at the Singapore Grand Prix on September 27, 2008. (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

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