Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverlife's Riviera Dolce

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverlife's Riviera Dolce

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When and where: Friday night at the Rivers Casino, North Shore.

#ComeRainOrShine: Nothing could dampen the spirits of the loyal supporters of the Riverlife's Party at the Pier. Not even the threat of hail and torrential downpours that forced the party indoors. "Rivers and rain are in Pittsburgh's DNA," said Stephan Bontrager, vice president of communications and outreach at Riverlife as he welcomed a sold-out crowd of 900 guests to the Italian-inspired festa. "This is a festive crew and it doesn't bother us. Rain or shine we are here to party and support Riverlife." Festive was an understatement. This fashionable crowd came dressed to kill as stand outs like Laura Miller, Dr. Lisa Cibik and Bernie Kobosky, Ali Good and Brian Linville, Dr. Elie Aoun and Justin Matase turned the Casino into their own catwalk. "I have been looking forward to this party for months, I love to see what everyone is wearing," added a very stylish Cindy Engler with husband Rich. The inspiration of the Amalfi Coast seemed to enchant guests as they sipped locally produced limoncello "floats," and dined on a buffet of Mediterranean-styled bites while enjoying romantic Italian music. "This event holds a special place for us. We were engaged in Positano and thought it would be fun to bring the spirit of Italy to this event," said co-chair Megan Quatrini with husband Michael. He added: "Beyond this wonderful party, Riverlife is an organization that helps bring something back to the people, by making the waterways of this city accessible to all. We really just appreciate that mission and wanted to be a part of beautifying the city that we love."

#AccessForAll: Riverlife has many coming projects, but one near and dear to the organization that is finally coming into fruition is the completion of the Mon Wharf switchback: The Switchback is a key missing link in Pittsburgh's riverfront trail system and a capital project on which Riverlife has been working for almost 10 years. …

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