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Close to 200 friends of Sisters Place donned masks on Friday for a night of mysterious fun at Hotel Monaco, Downtown. The second annual Friends at the Tables Event, a casino-themed fundraiser driven by the young professionals’ board gave generously to support homeless, single-parent families in southwestern Pennsylvania.

By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Sheila Coquet, Melissa Ferraro and Rebecca Parise were just some of the caped crusaders enjoying a Masquerade at the Monaco on July 10 hosted by the Friends of Sisters Place young professionals board.

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More than 500 tickets were pre-sold for the March 5 event co-chaired by Meg Gleason and Robert Barth Jr. Between the record attendance and food vendors who donated their bites, the happiness went on for hours at Wintergarden at PPG Place.

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Our Issues Pittsburgh-Community Affairs Program host, Shelley Duffy, interviews Sr. Mary Parks, CSJ (Executive Director) and Melissa Ferraro (Development Director).

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“It’s important for young people to get involved in these organizations because we can really make a difference when we work together.”

Mary Pat Stahler, Friends of Sisters Place Co-Chair


“We’ve helped a lot of people in 20 years,” said executive director Sister Mary Parks. “It’s a labor of love for the sisters.”





This annual friend-raiser and fundraiser benefited homeless single parents and children at Sisters Place and raised over $11,000.

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View photos by Beth Insalaco Photography from Crushed Grapes 2014.

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It was an evening any wine lover would have enjoyed.

View complete story and all photos by Jill Kummer.