If the night of Oct. 17 was a song it would be “Oh What A Night.”

More than 200 guests entered the beautiful and exciting Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for the Second Annual Hill of Hope Gala. Guests were encouraged to wear masks. If they didn’t have one there was an opportunity to make one during the gala reception. After mixing and mingling and mask masking, it was on to the Pittsburgh version of the Moulin Rouge.

Steve Gamble and Joi Tindal worked their magic on colorful centerpieces and the ambiance of the room. The menu was beyond outstanding and consisted of an array of tasty dishes.

A PART OF SOMETHING GREAT—Peggy Harris, Margaret Burley and Rachel Riley-Lavelle.

Honor the past, define the present and shape the future was the theme of the celebration and honored one of the Hill District’s longstanding community servants, the Lavelle family of Lavelle Real Estate. For nearly six decades, Lavelle Real Estate provided service in real estate sales, property management and insurance to the residents of the Hill District Community.


The Hill of Hope Gala also benefits the renovation of the Centre Avenue YMCA and the building of the new Thelma Lovette Family YMCA.

Tom Burley, Centre Avenue YMCA, board of management chair, gave everyone a hearty welcome and introduced the emcee for the evening, editor and publisher of the New Pittsburgh Courier, Rod Doss. The fast moving program included greetings from honorary chairs, Harold and Denise Hayes and a special tribute to Lavelle Real Estate. Hill of Hope Gala chair Brenda Tate and Rod Doss presented a remarkable rendering of the Centre Avenue YMCA to the Lavelle family. The painting was the work of a former resident of the Centre Avenue YMCA. Adah Lavelle said, “This beautiful piece of art has a place in our home already.”

FAMILY AFFAIR— Robert R. and Adah Lavelle with sons, John F. and Robert M. Lavelle.

Jean Tate, a former employee of Lavelle Real Estate for 20 years, gave her tribute to the Lavelles in the form of a song. She performed a jazzy version of “Come Sunday.”

YMCA Executive Director Aaron Gibson, Lorina Wise (Centre Avenue YMCA board member) and Eric Mann (president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh) made special presentations and spoke of the legacy of the Centre Avenue YMCA and how they will continue to build on this wonderful tradition.

The evening ended with dancing to the Dwayne Dolphin and Piccolo Bass band and a great silent auction that consisted of spa packages, wine appreciation classes and the ultimate jazz experience, a song composed especially for the winner by trumpet master, Sean Jones. Oh, what a night.

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