Spaghetti Dinner


“An overwhelming success for the Bernard Dog Run Community Initiative” — Chris Lugo, Event Chair

The Lawrenceville Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner marked its successful return on Friday, March 2, 2012, to benefit the Bernard Dog Run, a community initiative to build an off-leash dog park for the residents of Lawrenceville.

Held at the Teamster’s Temple in Lawrenceville, approximately 450 neighbors and friends showed up in force to express their excitement and support — and of course enjoy a hearty spaghetti dinner. The evening’s entertainment included DJs Michael Devine (ZOMBO) and Brian Mendelssohn, as well as Tone/Overtone: an instrumental duo featuring Rachel Rue on flute and Keith Cochran on accordion.

Photo by Larry Rippel

“The 2012 Lawrenceville Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner was, by all accounts, an overwhelming success for the Bernard Dog Run Initiative,” said event chair Chris Lugo. “It was truly special to see this incredibly passionate community rally for the dog park effort and in memory of Jay Bernard.”

The Bernard Dog Run initiative was named in honor of the late Jay Bernard — a Lawrenceville resident, entrepreneur and abandoned dog advocate. Bernard founded The Boys of Lawrenceville and created its Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner fund-raiser in 2004 to benefit local families and organizations. In 2012, the dinner became the major annual fund-raiser for the Bernard Dog Run initiative.

Photo by Larry Rippel

Special thanks go out to the event’s 2012 Signature Sponsors Lawrenceville United, The Dog Stop, Wylie Holdings, L.P., and Urban Dog. “We would not have had near the success without the wonderful backing of our Signature Sponsors and event donors,” added Lugo. In addition to the event attendees, more than 85 local companies and individuals contributed financial and/or in-kind gifts to ensure the spaghetti dinner’s positive impact.

With the proceeds raised, the Bernard Dog Run Initiative is now enters the final stages of breaking ground and opening the gates at the proposed 40th street location. Next steps include facilitating additional site preparations, procuring fencing and installation products and selecting local licensed contractor(s) for fencing and lighting installation.

“Thanks to the Lawrenceville community and local supporters, we are closer than ever to making this dream a reality!”


CONTACT

Chris Lugo, Event Chair
Chris.Lugo@BernardDogRun.org 


2012 LAWRENCEVILLE GOURMET SPAGHETTI DINNER – SIGNATURE SPONSORS

The Bernard Dog Run Initiative would like to thank the following Signature Sponsors of the 2012 Lawrenceville Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner:


Lawrenceville United – lunited.org

thedogstop.net

Wylie Holdings – wylieholdings.com


Urban Dog – urbandogusa.com



2012 Lawrenceville Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner – Event Donors

The Bernard Dog Run Initiative would like to thank the following Event Donors of the Lawrenceville Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner:

720 Music, Clothing & Café
Airheads Balloon Art
Alexis & Jeremy Tuckfelt
Allegro Hearth Bakery
Andrew Maietta
Arsenal Bowl
Artemis Environmental
Atticus Adams
Barb Costa
Big Easy
Bravo! Cucina Italiana (PGH-McKnight)
Breadworks
Brian Mendelssohn
Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
Cats & Dogs Coffee
Cattivo
City Theatre Company
Crystal Bead Bazaar
Cutitta Chiropractic
Dandelions
Deli on Butler Street
DNA Blue Collar Gallery
Dozen Bake Shop
E Properties & Development
Eclipse Lounge
Espresso A Mano
FW Chocolatier
Gallery on 43rd Street
Goodwill of SW Pennsylvania
In-Vision Studio
Isle of You Hair Color Studio
Jay Design
Jay Ressler
Jeffrey Smith Studio
John Jankowski
K. Christine Scarpinatto
Kaleidoscope Café
Karen Ruhloff
Kelly Custom Furniture & Cabinetry
La Gourmandine
Lynne Flavin
Marlene Acton
Marty Ressler
Maximus Leather Works
Michael Devine (ZOMBO)
Michael Uhrin
Mike Stuhldreher
Modcloth
Nied’s Hotel
Niki Penberg
O’Bannon Oriental Carpets
Olive Garden (Greentree)
Pavement
Penn Avenue Pottery
Pittsburgh CLO
Prism Stained Glass
Pusadee’s Garden
Re/Max Realty Brokers
Rieder Photography
Ron Donoughe Studio & Gallery
Round Corner Cantina
Salon Christine
Sandy Grentz
Save a Lot
Schifino Design
Shop ‘n Save
Sinful Sweets
Steel City Framing
Sterling Pet Sitting Services
Stinky’s Bar & Grill
Susan Banahasky
Susan Englert
Susan Rafkal
Susan VanAlstine
T’s Upholstery Studio
Techicuts Hair Design
The Cotton Factory
The Dog Stop
The Framery
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Society for Contemporary Craft
Tone/Overtone
Trinity Gallery
Urban Dog
Wildcard
Wylie Holdings


About the Bernard Dog Run and Lawrenceville Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner

The Bernard Dog Run initiative started in 2008 with the sole mission of establishing a community off-leash dog park that is well-maintained, safe and enjoyable for the dogs and dog owners of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Read more about the Bernard Dog Run and Proposal

The initiative was named in honor of the late Jay Bernard–a Lawrenceville resident, entrepreneur and abandoned dog advocate. Mr. Bernard pioneered neighborhood involvement in Lawrenceville, serving as a catalyst for community activities including Art All Night, the Joy of Cookies Tour and the Lawrenceville House Tour.

Bernard founded The Boys of Lawrenceville and created its Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner fund-raiser in 2004 to benefit local families and organizations. In 2012, the dinner became the major annual fund-raiser for the Bernard Dog Run initiative.