There may have been a few glitches — like the guests who showed up 24 hours early, or the gardener who accidentally cut through the Butlers’ main electricity line the day before — but no tents were necessary as the rain stayed away, conferring a lovely night under the stars for the 22nd Annual NCSY Garden Sizzler, hosted by Nina and Dan Butler.
More than 300 people came out to devour 364.79 pounds of meat (ribs, steak, turkey, brisket, chicken, hot dogs and ground beef) last Wednesday, including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, his wife Catherine, Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Peduto, Democratic city council nominee Dan Gilman, Councilman Corey O’Connor, and Common Pleas Judge Bill Ward. They joined with scores of Jewish Pittsburghers in support of NSCY, the Orthodox youth group headed in Pittsburgh by Rabbi Ari Goldberg.
Scholarships to two Israel summer programs were awarded to local teens. Sam Neft was awarded a scholarship to attend the NCSY Kollel in Israel. Eliana Halley was awarded a scholarship to attend the NCSY GIVE (Girls Israel Volunteer Experience) Program.
Sam Maizlich, a senior at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School was awarded $32,000 to attend Touro College.