Volume LIVFebruary 2007Number 1

Pittsburgh Jingle & Mingle Gala


Above - Sam Spanos, newly appointed District Deputy Grand Master for District 47, auctions off a two-week trip to Greece.

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to walk into a room filled with holiday music, elegant decorations, delicious food and good friends?

Bro. Raymond Dietz, District Deputy Grand Master for District 55, and his wife, Lynn, greeted each of the 94 attendees at the Pittsburgh Jingle & Mingle Gala on Dec. 15 with a warm welcome and a glass of champagne. The Shannopin Country Club in Ben Avon Heights overflowed with warmth, fellowship and fun.

One of the highlights of the evening was the Silent Auction, featuring fabulous donated items from individuals and businesses.

The gala raised over $20,500 for the Masonic Charities.

Pictured on the cover: R.W. Grand Master Aungst, center, accepts checks for the Masonic Charities totaling $6,500 from Bro. Larry Boyer, P.M., Infinity Lodge No. 546, right, and Robert F. Dunkle, District Deputy Grand Master for District 38, left.

Above - Ray Dietz, center, District Deputy Grand Master for District 55, who led the efforts to organize the gala, and his wife, Lynn, "mingle" with R.W. Grand Master Aungst.

Above - Dave Morgans, District Deputy Grand Master for District 57, and his wife, Leslie, enjoy the evening.

Above - Bro. Todd Ballenger and his wife, Kari, pose for a moment in front of the Christmas tree.

Above - Bro. James A. West, Jr., Lodge No. 45, and his wife, Jill, toast to the season

Above - Bro. Mario DeBlasio, Lodge No. 45, and his wife, Linda, spread some holiday cheer with Bro. William J. Magnotti, Jr., Pleasant Hills-Guthrie Lodge No. 759, and his wife, Barbara.

Above - Thomas K. Sturgeon, R.W. Senior Grand Warden, counts money to pay for the numerous silent auction items he and his wife, Joan, bid on and won, with proceeds benefiting Masonic Charities.

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