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O&A: Latrobe Art Center’s An Evening in the Neighborhood

November 20, 2017 GMT

Latrobe Art Center’s 10th annual An Evening in the Neighborhood fundraiser was held Nov. 15 at Latrobe Country Club.

The center was named Nonprofit of the Year by Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Chamber on Oct. 23, the same day center Director Gabrielle Nastuck, also known as “Miss Gabi,” announced her departure.

At the fundraiser, interim director Joe Bellack was busy managing the silent auction, but he agreed with board Treasurer Marty Singer’s comments about Nastuck.

“Gabi’s a sweetheart,” Singer said. “Gabi’s moved on. We wish her the best.”

According to the center’s website, since Nastuck started as director in 2010, the center has doubled in size, added a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, and added numerous programs and exhibitions.

The highlight of the evening was a live auction by Mark Ferry.

Kit Palmer, widow of Arnold Palmer, donated a print signed by the golf legend, “The Three Bridges of Latrobe.” In previous years, the Palmers provided auction items and attended the event.

Latrobe-area artist Sarah Hunter donated a mixed-media piece entitled, “The Secrets We Keep.” Attorney Sean Cassidy contributed a stay at Grand Bahia Principe Coba on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, worth $2,800.

Seen: Diana Kreiling, Stacey Pydynkowski, Bob d and Arlene Kendra, Linda Assard, Art d and Sheila Caramella, Dennis d and Kathy Rafferty, Rosie Wolford, Norma Samide, Linda McKenna Boxx, Bob d and Dawn Davoli, Steve d and Sandy Douds, Phil Dymond, Bob d and JoAnn Lightcap, John d and Dorris Parker, Janet Mason, Flo Palasta, Ann Nemanic, Hanna Nemanic, Anita Manoli, Allen Martello, Tim Brown d and John d and Sukey Jamison.

— Dawn Law