Updated:GIBSONIA, Pa.,None - It was an afternoon of fashion, food and shopping at the annual St. Barnabas gala benefiting its Free Care Fund. Held at Washington Place, this year's theme, "Shades of Freedom," saluted Pittsburgh's hometown heroes for their outstanding effort to better Pittsburgh.
Before the fashion show, attendees were able to browse the nearly 40 vendors who sold everything from jewelry to food. In the midst of the shopping frenzy, guests could take a chance at the wonderful raffle baskets that were a part of the Chinese auction. Prizes included sporting tickets, gift certificates and also a chance to be in the audience of WPXI's Jerome Bettis Show. An art auction also took place.
Channel 11 traffic reporter Trisha Pittman was the Mistress of Ceremonies of the fashion show. Pittman, husband Kevin and son Quinn modeled various styles. Singer Donna Bailey and Doreen Welsh, "Miracle on the Hudson" Flight Attendant, gave commentary while the models strutted their stuff on stage.
Models of the fashion show included hometown heroes such as U.S. Army Capt. Charles Querriera and Pittsburgh songbird Jack Hunt from Johnny Angel & The Halos.
Fashion was provided by the Mall at Robinson.
In 2009, St. Barnabas' Free Care Fund helped provide $4.2 million to patients in need.