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November 7, 2012

Tea, purses raise funds for Pittsburgh Symphony Orechestra

NEW CASTLE — The third annual High Tea benefitting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orechestra took place last week at the New Castle Country Club.

The event, called “It’s in the Bag,” featured a high tea luncheonette with pastries and sandwiches,as well as: a silent auction during which guests bid on specialty baskets and decorative items; a Chinese auction for various gift baskets; and a raffle in which guests tried to win a special basket featuring more than $2,000 worth of tickets, ski weekends and various other visits.

The highlight of the event, though, was the designer purse auction.

Featuring purses by designers such as Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs New York, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Cole Haan, Coach and many more, the auction featured robust bidding and prices exceeding $500 in several cases.

All the proceeds from this event go to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its New Castle season, which kicks off Nov. 19 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral with “Classical Mystery Tour,” a tribute to the Beatles.

Other events include “Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky” on Feb.16 and “The Music of John Williams” on May 23.

Michael Bielski, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Pittsburgh Symphony, said that the relationship with New Castle has always been a strong one since its inception 12 years ago.

“We decided that the Pittsburgh Symphony, as great an orchestra as it is, needed to expand its reach,” Bielski said. “We spent a year looking for a community that would welcome us and had a theater and an audience that wanted to see us perform. We wanted to settle our outreach.

“We created a board and basically created a mini home. Twelve years later, we are thriving in New Castle. The community shows its support for us. We perform here. It grows every year. It has worked well for us and works well for the New Castle community, too. This is truly a relationship benefitting us both. It is a true two-way street.”


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