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Christianpalooza

Christianpalooza is an annual event held in memory of wish kid Christian Connelly to benefit Make-A-Wish®. Guests enjoyed great food and fun at the 5th Annual Christianpalooza, held on Saturday, September 27, 2014,
at Father Quinn Hall at Resurrection Church in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. The fundraiser raised $6,903. Kids enjoyed dancing with the Make-A-Wish mascot Stella! the Star, guests purchased Chinese auction tickets for the many items given away and a wonderful meal of spaghetti was served with lots of desserts to try. Other activities included performances by the Brookline Youth Dance Studio, Logan Smith and John Mollick (local performers), balloon art and massages. DJ entertainment was provided by Steve Maffei Company. A special thanks to Avalotis and the George Mervosh Family for their sponsorships.

  • Registration table

  • A big crowd supports Make-A-Wish at Christianpalooza 5

  • Young cowboy dancing with Stella

  • Dancing

  • More dancing

  • Dancing for wishes

  • Jail time

  • Stella is a big hit with the kids

  • Kid and Stella

  • Stella waves to a baby

I love being able to use his [Christian's] memory to help other kids. ”

— Maria Vondas, Christian's mom, in Dormont-Brookline Patch article

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