If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Family Ball fills our hearts with LOVE!

Almost 200 people filled the ballroom for Saturday's St. Valentine's Day Family Ball at the Edgeworth Club! You can find some preliminary event photos on the Busy Bee boutique photography website: http://www.busybeephoto.com/blog/?p=623. Family portraits will be posted soon, so check it out!

Besides the lovely photos that Robin Pesa and Bruce Erik Steffine took, families spent time with Animal Friends' Reading with Rover dogs; indulged in tattooes and balloon art; created beautiful photo frames; danced and carried on with the cast of QV's "SEUSSICAL The Musical"; and ooh'ed and aah'ed over the five-table-long auction! Dozens of items were displayed (and bid on, and proudly taken home!), all from local merchants and other business partners. In the spirit of generosity, please frequent these establishments whenever possible. The businesses listed below enrich the fabric of our lives!

You Look Like a Million Bucks: An individual or group portrait session with the owner of Annie Gensheimer Photography, along with an 8” by 10” print--and a lovely frame.

A Kid’s Day Out! Kid-sized gift certificates from Sewickley favorites: Breuggers, Fun Buy the Pound, Kidding Around, Party Ants, Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley Confectionary, and Village Candy.

A Cook’s Paradise: Child Health Association of Sewickley cookbooks, gift cards to Safran’s and Giant Eagle, and assorted kitchen accoutrements. Dig in!

A Family Fun Pack: Tickets to events, attractions, and more, courtesy of Clearview Federal Credit Union.

Hair’s the Thing… A Craig Allen haircut certificate, along with shampoo and conditioner.

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose: A gorgeous ceramic urn and a gift certificate for floral filler from cuttings, Locust Place in Sewickley..

Go Green and Get Clean: Friends of the Planet and Mrs. Meyers provide all the supplies a clean freak could want.

Have a Bouncy Good Time: A Hopper Ball Horse for your favorite cowgirl or boy. Courtesy of Gift Corner, Broad Street.

Meow Meow MEOW Meow: The Jewel Thief steals our hearts with Hello Kitty and Turquoise big girl/little girl earring and necklace sets. Purrfect!

No More Dirty Dog! Larry’s Laundromutt provides a certificate for a full-service grooming at its Ohio River Boulevard laundromutt.

Diamonds and Watches and Pearls--Oh My! Our friends at Orr’s Jewelers provide a gift certificate good for whatever your heart desires. Sewickley and Squirrel Hill.

Tea for Two: And make mine green, please. An earth-friendly plastic tea set for the junior set. From Party Ants, Broad Street, Sewickley. Plus some Belly Pop for the teapot!

My Fine, Feathered Friends: Robinsons Hardware donated this lovely and oh-so-eco-chic bird feeder. Your avian guests will love you for it.

The Ladies (or Lads) Who Lunch: A certificate for lunch with three of your closest friends at The Sewickley Café, Beaver Street. Yum-Oh!

You Make My Heart Bead… Your pulse will race when you wear this beautiful necklace from Soho, Beaver Street.

Oh So Chic, Chick! A gift certificate and hilarious Village tee from a Sewickley landmark—Spoiled Chics, Beaver Street.

The Good Life: There’s nothing finer than fine linens. Discover for yourself with this beautiful pillow (and free monogramming!) and powder room accessories. St. Michele Linens, Beaver Street.

The Art of Learning: A Sweetwater Center for the Arts gift certificate towards any of their many classes; a catalog is included.

Relaxation Technique: A well-stocked gift bag of skin care products and a gift certificate toward manicure & pedicure services at Van Salon, Broad & Beaver Streets, Sewickley. $125 Value.

Hair for Life: A lovely Hair & Skin Care collection and a gift card for services at Vita Salon, 421 Walnut Street, Sewickley.

Blinded by the Light: A gift certificate towards any of Blinds 2 U service or product. Your windows will be dressed for success!

Drew Brees or Peyton Manning? Neither—It’s Big Ben all the way! Try out for the NFL with this Steeler Football, courtesy of Party Ants, and then quench your thirst with Belly Pops.

Ugly is the New Beautiful: A face only a mother (or father) could love. Your very own Ugly Doll. What could be lovelier? Maybe some Belly Pop to share? From Party Ants and the Marlovits Family.

Kiddie Mad Money: A gift certificate for Monday’s Child, Broad and Beaver Streets in Sewickley, along with a furry friend to share the moment with.

Time to Go: A Kennedy School of Driving certificate for four hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction—ask your insurance provider about reductions in premiums!

Viva Mexico! A gift certificate for a culinary escape south of the border, at Azul, Broad Street in Leetsdale.

Fun in the Sun: A gift certificate toward the purchase of all-weather polywood furniture, another certificate good for pool supplies at Hopewell Pools, and a whole beach-blanket full of warm weather goodies.

Motorheads, Unite! Cool-weather gear for you or your favorite luxury-car lover. An Audi vest, Porsche jacket, and Audi ball cap, courtesy of The Sewickley Car Store.
$150 Value.

Explore all FIVE: Family fun in sets of four! Tickets to Carnegie Museum of Art, Natural History, Science Center (and Omnimax Theater), Andy Warhol Museum, and Carmike Theaters. A great package from Renda Broadcasting’s WISH 99.7 FM

Better than a Crew Cut: A summer tote in lavender, a gift card and a complimentary personal shopping appointment, all from J. Crew.

Ah, The Great Outdoors: Silk poodle scarf, classic charcoal men’s tee, double deck of cards, and note cards, perfect for a lazy weekend at the cabin! Pendleton, Beaver Street.

Four tickets to the Pittsburgh Penguins v. The Dallas Stars on Saturday, 6 March 2010 at Mellon Area, courtesy of Dennis Morgan, ICE Service Group.

Four field-level tickets to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, courtesy of Renda Broadcasting of Indiana.

Best-seller Twilight signed by Ashley Greene and Kristen Stewart, actors from hit movies, Twilight and New Moon. Courtesy of Penguin Bookshop.

Summer Stanley by Kevin Shea, signed by Sidney Crosby, “…chronicles the travels with each of the Pittsburgh Penguins through the summer of 2009, from the locker room to the victory parade, from Canada to Russia and beyond.” -- kevinsheahockey.com

Special thanks to the evening's corporate sponsor, First National Bank and its wealth management and private banking divisions, as well as to the Echavarria, Johnson, Mangan, Meakem, and Tsudis families. The event's chairperson is Wayneen Driscoll.

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