Gen­tle­men’s Night Out on the North Shore

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Style & Seen - — Pa­tri­cia Sheri­dan

#Soar­ing: More than $500,000 has been raised for the Na­tional Aviary dur­ing the past five years of the Gen­tle­men’s Night Out on the North Shore. The ben­e­fit was held at the Heinz Field Cham­pi­ons Club Fri­day night. Aviary board pres­i­dent Michael Mas­caro once again hosted the party for nearly 200 guests. “We have done this for over 25 years,” he said. “My mom was an owl freak and my par­ents saw the aviary wasn’t do­ing well back in the early ’90s, so my dad started a fundraiser to help.”

The guys all broke out the tuxe­dos and cum­mer­bunds for the oc­ca­sion. A bag full of premium cigars, in­clud­ing Cubans, was handed to each per­son as they ar­rived. The smok­ing room was for the hard-core puffers fully em­brac­ing the evening’s theme. A raw bar along with passed hors d’oeu­vres made for an en­joy­able cock­tail hour. Birds in­clud­ing Mike the owl and a mag­nif­i­cent bald ea­gle were there to re­mind guests what it was all about. Sup­port­ers were also treated to a tour of the Steel­ers locker room lead by for­mer Steel­ers de­fen­sive end Arthur Moats and for­mer Steeler Dorin Dick­er­son. “This event means so much to the Na­tional Aviary,” said ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ch­eryl Tracy. “The money raised tonight goes to fund all of our im­por­tant pro­grams and con­ser­va­tion, and our breed­ing pro­grams that help to save an­i­mals from ex­tinc­tion.”

#SEEN: Aviary board mem­bers Yarone Zober, Mike Hart and Tom Wi­ley, Chris Hunter, John Mas­caro, County Ex­ec­u­tive Rich Fitzger­ald, Kevin Ack­lin, Bill Charles, Jon Machen, John Bar­sotti, Tony Pi­tassi, Grant Duffield, Ted Bartlett, Ray Ga­jski, Evan Michael­son, Neil Men­zies, Ryan Hudzak, Jim Scaltz, Chris­tian Spears and John Jor­dan.

Michael M. San­ti­ago/Post-Gazette pho­tos

Yarone Zober with a pen­guin.

From left: Ch­eryl Tracy, Danielle Mi­nakus hold­ing Mike the owl, and Michael Mas­caro dur­ing Gen­tle­men's Night Out Fri­day at the Heinz Field Cham­pi­ons Club on the North Shore.

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