St. Barnabas Charities Fashion Gala Slated for Oct. 19



St. Barnabas Charities to host annual fundraising event to benefit patient care

GIBSONIA, Pa. (Richland Twp), Sept. 5, 2013 – St. Barnabas Charities will host its annual fashion gala and luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 19 at The Washington Place and the Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road, Gibsonia.  Following the theme “Walk This Way,” guests will step into a fun-filled afternoon as local celebrities model the latest fall fashions.  Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch and shopping, 2 p.m. fashion show and 3 p.m. raffle prizes.  Serving as emcee will be WPXI-TV Traffic Anchor, Trisha Pittman.

Following a delicious luncheon in the elegant Mt. Vernon Restaurant, shoppers can purchase unique clothing, jewelry, gifts, cosmetics, house wares and gourmet fancies from more than 50 local specialty retailers and artisans.  Guests can also enter to win exciting raffle prizes, including designer purses and lavish gift baskets.  Tickets range from $17 to $32.   $32 includes lunch, shopping and the fashion show or $17 for shopping and fashion show only.  Groups of eight or more receive a $5 discount per luncheon ticket.  Reservations are available by calling 724-444-5521 or by visiting

Dozens of businesses, donors and volunteers have committed to the fundraiser for the St. Barnabas Charities Free Care Fund that provides $4.5 million in free care each year to St. Barnabas patients in need.  The Volunteer Committee organizing the event includes: Carmen Austin, The James Austin Company; Lindsay Berdell, Trib Total Media; Deborah Evans, First National Insurance Agency; Donna Herrle, Drawing Conclusions; Vicki Hinterberger, Butler Media Group; Marilyn Kane, Kane Modeling Agency; Cindy Parknavy, ClearChannel Media; Sarah Powers, ClearChannel Media; Arlene Pushcar, Benefits Network; Donna Bailey Sauers, DBS Productions; Aleyne Secor, Benefits Network; Susie Toma, WPXI-TV; Lou Ann White, St. Barnabas Auxiliary; Valerie Day Wilden, St. Barnabas Charities.

WPXI-TV is the event sponsor of the Fashion Gala. DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis Skinner & Berardinelliand MMC Land Management are the Luncheon co-sponsors. The following sponsors will also play a key role in the success of the fundraising event: James Austin Company, ESB Bank, Jim & Elin Roddey, Matoka & Sons Plumbing, Northern Connection Magazine, Pinnacle Financial Strategies, Reed & Witting Company, Kathy and Don Seaton RE/MAX Select Realty, SuperCuts and Trib Total Media.

About St. Barnabas:
St. Barnabas Health System is Pennsylvania’s largest health care concern of its kind.  In its 113th year, St. Barnabas is like no other – diverse and expansive – meeting the needs of young retirees through those who require hospice. St. Barnabas’ spectrum of care includes four retirement communities, three living assistance facilities, two skilled nursing homes, and a community outpatient medical center. Providing $4.5 million in free care annually, St. Barnabas engages in innovative methods to raise money for its Free Care Fund such as Kean Quest Talent Search, the Kean Theatre, Crystal Conservatories, Rudolph Auto Repair and Beautiful Buys Thrift Shoppes.  For more information visit


St. Barnabas Health System, Media Relations, 5850 Meridian Rd., Gibsonia, PA 15044-9667

Robin Taylor, Public Relations Director, 724-444-5580,

Shelli Sommariva, Marketing Communications Mgr., 724-443-0700, ext. 5244;

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