Families and friends of Community Day School partied as if they were on a beach vacation on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Sun and Schmooze: A Tropical Gala, which was the perfect escape from the winter blues.
The August Wilson Center was transformed into a lush tropical paradise, where more than 400 guests celebrated Community Leadership Award winners State Rep. Dan and Debbie Frankel and Volunteer of the Year Dana Himmel, all three CDS alumni parents.
There were aloha shirts galore and plenty of flip-flops, and even a shark and mermaid floated around the party. Live tropical fish were on every table, and party-goers enjoyed fruity concoctions at the tiki bar, tropical bites such as Hawaiian meatballs and jerk chicken and dancing to the island beats of DJ Sosa.
More than $190,000 was raised to support the academic programs at CDS and to expand access to a day school education for more of Pittsburgh’s Jewish children.