The cold of a Pittsburgh February was temporarily broken up by the heat of the Electric Circus. IDLCPA’s 9th annual Pure Party was held February 5th at the fabulous Warhol Museum. The Andy Warhol inspired 1960/70s club culture was recreated for one night only and enjoyed as much as possible by a group of responsible professionals on a Thursday night.
Over 270 guests came in out of the cold to attend the event, enjoying the museum, DJ, auction items and 50/50 raffle. The food was inspired by Andy Warhol’s art (tomato soup shooters with Campbell’s labels and a decadent chocolate dipped banana). A caricaturist captured faces on Clarus’s glass boards and a video ran on several screens depicting past events, sponsors, legislative information and Warhol inspired portraits of members of the industry.
A bitter sweat moment of the night occurred when we honored one of our own faithful volunteers, Jim D’Amato of Shaw Contract Group. Jim is retiring and will be going back full time to his home in New York. We will greatly miss Jim for his consistent support of our cause but wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life. And he better be back to visit us and celebrate when we get our bill passed!
This annual event raises almost half of the operating expenses for the state coalition and we couldn’t do it without our sponsors, auction donors and the industry members that attend the party.
Special thanks to this years planning committee: Fran Colby, Richard King, Amanda Bahn, Angie Petcash, Katie Nowak, Brian Fee and Nancy Drew. Special thanks to Ashley Mulkin, Natalie Harmon, Alicia Condie and Jennifer Bosack for their behind the scenes contributions.
This year’s auction included Pitt Basketball tickets, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tickets, Penguins tickets, wine baskets, restaurant gift cards, artwork, guest chairs, task chairs and tickets to the Warhol. The big ticket item was an elegant multi-course dinner personally prepared and served by the members of the committee. Thanks to the winning bidders Tom Garasic and Ed Eisaman who will each be enjoying one of these dinners.