PITTSBURGH’S FIFTY FINEST HONOREE ELENA LAQUATRA HOSTS ‘STARS SHINE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS’

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DATE: JULY 20, 2013

TIME: 7:00-11:00 PM

WHERE: THE SMART HOUSE

PITTSBURGH’S FIFTY FINEST HONOREE ELENA LAQUATRA HOSTS ‘STARS SHINE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS’

We invite Pittsburgh Press to join Pittsburgh 50 Finest 2013 honoree Elena LaQuatra for an evening of fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 20th beginning at 7:00 pm. Enjoy delicious food catered by "Three Little Birds", cocktails, and dancing while mingling and networking with local celebrities, news anchors, radio personalities, performers, politicians, entrepreneurs, and socialites (soon-to-be-announced). Stars Shine for Cystic Fibrosis will take place at the hottest venue in Pittsburgh, The Smart House, located in Mt. Washington. With breathtaking views of the city, an extensive silent auction table that includes items appealing to everyone, food, drinks, and entertainment, this is one event you don't want to miss.

SPONSORS:

Dickie, McCamey, & Chilcote P.C.

The Hampton Inn - Pittsburgh/West Mifflin

Coast 2 Coast Communications - Frank Catroppa, CEO & Dennis Asvestas, VP

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION: Cystic fibrosis is a devastating genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. More than ten million Americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene. Advances continue to be made in finding a cure, but your help is needed now -- more than ever -- to help keep up the momentum of this life-saving research. When the Foundation began in 1955, most children with CF did not live to see their first day of elementary school. Today, the median predicted age of survival for a person with CF is in the mid-30s. This is remarkable progress, but not good enough. We continue to lose precious lives to CF every day.

ABOUT ELENA: Although bacterial meningitis took 100% of Elena LaQuatra’s hearing and balance at age 4, she didn’t let that hold her back. After extreme rehabilitative measures, including numerous surgeries, to put her life back on track, Elena now hears with a Cochlear Implant. She spent her teenage years competing in pageants, winning the prestigious titles of Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen in 2007 under The Miss America Scholarship Organization, placing 2nd runner-up at nationals, and Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA in 2010 under the Donald Trump owned Miss Universe Organization. She also danced her entire life, winning numerous awards for choreography as a member of the Mt. Lebanon High School Dance Company, performed as a member of the Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Ensemble, appeared on Greece’s Next Top Model, and more recently had a pivotal role as a pageant consultant on MTV’s “Made.” Today, she is a ‘Broadcasting on Camera’ student at Point Park University in hopes of one day becoming the first deaf anchor on a national entertainment network, like E! News. She is the emcee and red carpet host for many Pittsburgh events, a spokesmodel for various organizations and companies, owns a pageant consultant business, and works as an agency signed model for major companies. Her greatest passions include traveling, volunteering, eating, and helping others.

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