Steel City Windfall

A gala fundraiser held to mark the opening of Pittsburgh’s new convention center has raised nearly $700,000 for area cultural groups, according to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Checks in the amount of $115,000 each were received yesterday by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Symphony and the Cultural Trust.” The amount raised is far in excess of what any of the arts groups had expected to receive from the event.