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A Recipe for Hope, Hair Peace Charity

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The Mayernik Center in Ohio Township was the setting for A Recipe for Hope, Saturday February 22. The benefit, in its 9th year, raises money for Hair Peace Charity , which helps woman purchase wigs, while undergoing Chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

Pittsburgh Celebrities partnered with local chefs to prepare signature dishes for the sold out crowd to enjoy. Dave Crowley, of KDKA, partnered with Tom Reinsel of the Sewickley Oak Kitchen to serve Campobasso Crostin.

Cara Sapida of WPXI offered Buffalo Chicken Bites , and graciously searched for one with no blue cheese for a picky guest.

Johnny Angel served Atria's City Chicken, a delicious breaded pork tenderloin served on a stick, flash fried and baked.

Vinnie Richichi took a Pittsburgh tradition to a new level with Cop Out Pierogies, delicious sweets shaped like pierogies.

Dan and Rohn, The Raw Hogs, from Studio Raw, delighted with their personality and spring rolls.

Other celebrities volunteering , included Jennifer Antkowiak, Katherine Amenta, Joe Arena, Phil Bourque, Rick Dayton, Shelley Duffy, Lori Geiger, Dan Gigler, Scott Harbaugh, Robby Imcmikoski, John Chamberlin, Kelly Langenohl, Elista Burneisen, Gretchen Mckay, Doug Oster, Val Porter, Melanie Taylor, Sheri VanDyke, Chef Jason Capps, and of course Iceburg!

Morgan and Mark, The Mayrayz, performed throughout the evening with Morgan, a cancer survivor, offering a special song for Bonny Diver (the Founder of Hair Peach Charity) Etta James', At Last.

A highlight of the evening featured Johnny Angel taking the stage with Morgan and Mark!

The evening ended with a successful silent auction and guests winning prizes that ranged from signed Sports Memorabilia, exquisite Hunt Photographs by Ray Cordero (Mainline Photography), to a set of Tiffany Crystal Goblets engraved with the Steeler emblem and presented in a gigantic Tiffany blue box.

The event is orchestrated entirely by volunteers under the leadership of Bonny Diver. Bonny, a cancer survivor, has dedicated herself to helping other woman at this difficult time, “It is important to try and look normal for working women, mothers and girls in school, but it can be a financial hardship with co-pays and loss of work while in treatment. That is one reason I started Hair Peace Charities - to pay for wigs.” In 2014, over 400 woman will call Hair Peace Charity in need of assistance.

To donate to Hair Peace Charity, visit



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