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On Friday, September 9, 2011, “The Eighth Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story” fashion show and fundraising event will be held at J. Verno Studio on the South Side at 7 PM. The show benefits Partners For Quality, an organization that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and children with behavioral health challenges.

The 350 guests that are expected will get an exclusive look at fall’s hottest trends from a selection of local boutiques.  Featured stores are: Carabella, Crazy Hot Clothes, The Garage at Charles Spiegel, Jupe Boutique and Shop.412.  Brett James Salon will feature high-fashion hair and make-up looks. “We were inspired by this year’s chairperson Carl Kurlander, Executive Producer of the Steeltown Entertainment Project, to give the show a film theme.   Five diverse local boutiques will showcase their creative and film inspired looks for Fall 2011.  Also, be sure to visit the Pittsburgh Fashion Story Fan Page on Facebook to enter our ‘Pittsburgh Look’ Contest.  The winner will receive two free tickets.” says Fashion Coordinator Tori Mistick.

Mr. Kurlander says “From being home to the world’s first movie theater to this summer playing the backdrop for Hollywood’s biggest franchise “Batman,” this seems to be a great time to celebrate Pittsburgh’s unique contribution to film and style. I can’t wait to see this year’s fashion show, supporting the great cause of Allegheny Children’s Initiative, as it pays tribute to everything from the classic style of Gene Kelly to the ripped sweatshirts of “Flashdance”, with maybe a few fashionable zombies strutting their stuff on the catwalk.  I know this event has sold out each year, so I hope that Pittsburgh will get their tickets early to this great event.”

Mary Mitchell, Director of Partners For Quality Foundation, states, “We are looking forward to a great party and a premier show to benefit the children supported by Partners for Quality and Allegheny Children’s Initiative. The proceeds will be used to maintain an Emergency Fund that was established in our inaugural year. The fund, needed now more than ever, is used to provide one-time subsidies for families who find themselves in an emergency situation that would threaten their child’s home placement.” Proceeds since our inaugural year have exceeded $150,000! 

The show is the brainchild of co-chairmen John Lamberson and Douglas Tjelmeland who recall, “What we started eight years ago has become one of Pittsburgh’s premier events raising tens of thousands of dollars for troubled children.  Every year we try to add something new.  This year’s event will highlight film and fashion.  We are delighted to announce that Paul Steigerwald will again serve as Emcee and that Carl Kurlander will be joining us as our Honorary Chairperson.”  

  • WHEN: Friday, September 9 – 7 PM, Fashion Show at 8:30 PM 
  • WHAT: Pittsburgh Fashion Story (fashion show and cocktail party) 
  • BENEFITING: Partners For Quality Foundation 
  • WHERE: J. Verno Studio (on the South Side) 
  • FASHION BY:  Carabella, Crazy Hot Clothes, The Garage at Charles Spiegel, Jupe Boutique and Shop.412. (At press time.)
  • HAIR AND MAKE-UP BY:  Brett James Salon 

TIX: $75 in advance and $85 at the door. (Includes hors d’oeuvres and open bar)

Call 412.390.3808 or log on to:


HealthAmerica, Berger Investment Group, Community Care Behavioral Health and First Niagara.  (At press time.)

Pittsburgh Fashion Story Host Committee:

Carl Kurlander (Honorary Chair), Paul Steigerwald (Emcee), Robyn Bracco, Cindy Casteel, Chelsea Danley, Dr. Alyssa Groom, Racheallee Lacek, Joseph Lappa, Sarah Lolley, Dean McAfee, Mary McVay, Darren Morningstar, Sarah Sudar, Tom Watson and Stacy Weiss 

Pittsburgh Fashion Story Planning Committee: 

John Lamberson, Douglas Tjelmeland (Event Chairmen), Tori Mistick (Fashion Coordinator) Justin Bombach, David Bush, Marcy Fraley, Kylee Gavlik, Amit Grover, Emily Ludovici, Robert McGinnis, Tim McVay, Tara Rieland, Jena-Anne Sabom, Tolga Sevdik, and staff members Bobbi Reidenbach, Doug Spencer, Marie Manzella and Mary Mitchell.

Partners For Quality is a private, nonprofit organization committed to providing outcome-based services and supports to people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and to children who experience behavioral health challenges through its subsidiaries: Allegheny Children’s Initiative, Citizen Care and Exceptional Adventures. Partners for Quality Foundation, another subsidiary, exists to further enhance the lives of the people supported by the Agency.

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