This article was originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Patricia Sheridan| March 30, 2022
A night of disco dancing and dinner greeted supporters of Wesley Family Services during its gala Saturday at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown. It was the nonprofit’s first in-person benefit in three years and drew 350 exuberant guests.
“It’s great to see everyone here unmasked,” said board member and event chair Richard Beynon.
The evening began with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. WTAE’s Shannon Perrine emceed the event, which raised $190,000. Wesley Family Services operates in five counties, providing foster care, autism support and programs that address intellectual and developmental issues in adults with disabilities.
“This event is all about the family and kids of Wesley and the tremendous work the staff does for all the kids and adults in this region,” said Beynon.
After dinner, Giant Eagle’s Jim Faccenda (with his wife, Cheri) was honored for his generosity and understanding of the mission of WFS.
“This is truly an honor,” he said. “I embraced the Wesley culture many years ago because the work they do is always inspirational.”
Among the guests enjoying dancing under the disco ball were board chair Benjamin Ciocco, Drew Schauble, Beverly Moore, Danny Brown, Richard Zahren, Leonard Corton, Laura Miller, Shanicka Kennedy, Amy Herschell, Kellie Charles and Len Corton, Art Cipriani, Bevin Baker, Tom Walenchok and Alec Stone.
Patricia Sheridan: email@example.com.
First Published March 30, 2022, 6:00am