Summer Blues II ‘hauter’ than July

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Summer Blues made a return appearance to the list of summer soirees July 25 at the Three Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills. Guests pulled out their favorite shade of blue and noshed on hors d’oeuvres from Hofstott’s Café Monaco. The man behind the Blues, LaMont Jones Jr. welcomed the guests and thanked the participants of this year’s event. “I conceived Summer Blues as a way to put a fresh twist on a familiar concept. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a relaxing and entertaining summer afternoon with some very good friends.”

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ENJOYING THE EVENT—LaMont Jones Jr. (event creator), Anna Hollis (executive director, Amachi Pittsburgh), Keith Bloom II (artist), Sarah and Jerry Fand (auction winners).

The signature segment of Summer Blues is the fashion show. This year’s fashions were courtesy of Spoiled Chicks The Boutique in Sewickley and Joseph Orlando in Downtown Pittsburgh. The fashion show was all about the details, the accessories. Beautiful straw hats in unexpected combinations, pocket squares for men from the Frederick LaMont Collection and handbags by Mary Frances stole the show.

After the show it was time to auction off a one of a kind piece of art in blue by Keith Bloom II. Bloom is the official artist of the upcoming Pittsburgh Fashion Week. A portion of the art auction and art sale went to Amachi Pittsburgh.

Amachi Pittsburgh began in 2003 and is modeled after Philadelphia’s initiative, relying on a broad partnership of faith-based nonprofit agencies and other community organizations working with prison inmates. Caring men and women are carefully screened and matched with children of incarcerated parents within their local communities to help build trust, self-esteem, better school attendance and study habits simply by being a good friend to these children of promise. Since 2003, Amachi Pittsburgh has partnered with more than 30 congregations/organizations and has matched 400 children.

The afternoon ended with sweet treats and a promise of Summer Blues III.

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