“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.
“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.
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!”
Chris Lugo, Event Chair
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
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:
Airheads Balloon Art
Alexis & Jeremy Tuckfelt
Allegro Hearth Bakery
Bravo! Cucina Italiana (PGH-McKnight)
Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
Cats & Dogs Coffee
City Theatre Company
Crystal Bead Bazaar
Deli on Butler Street
DNA Blue Collar Gallery
Dozen Bake Shop
E Properties & Development
Espresso A Mano
Gallery on 43rd Street
Goodwill of SW Pennsylvania
Isle of You Hair Color Studio
Jeffrey Smith Studio
K. Christine Scarpinatto
Kelly Custom Furniture & Cabinetry
Maximus Leather Works
Michael Devine (ZOMBO)
O’Bannon Oriental Carpets
Olive Garden (Greentree)
Penn Avenue Pottery
Prism Stained Glass
Ron Donoughe Studio & Gallery
Round Corner Cantina
Save a Lot
Shop ‘n Save
Steel City Framing
Sterling Pet Sitting Services
Stinky’s Bar & Grill
T’s Upholstery Studio
Techicuts Hair Design
The Cotton Factory
The Dog Stop
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Society for Contemporary Craft
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.
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.