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Riverlife’s Party at the Pier: War of the Roses is Friday, August 25 on the North Shore

By July 25, 2017October 26th, 2017Blog
Party at the Pier War of the Roses

Party at the Pier is presented by PNC

Party at the Pier War of the Roses illustrationIs it War of the Roses or War of the Rosés? We’ll let you decide as you sample dueling sips of rosé, summertime’s favorite wine, while donning your finest rose-colored party attire.

Party at the Pier: War of the Roses is Riverlife’s annual fundraiser gala, celebrating our good fight to make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts cleaner, safer and more fun for everyone!

Friday, August 25 at the North Shore Amphitheater at Rivers Casino
6:30-7:30 pm VIP Royal Reception (Exclusive to VIP ticketholders)
7:30-11:00 pm The Main Event for all ticketholders

  • Featuring rosé tastings and rosé-inspired food and cocktails
  • Vote for your favorites throughout the night as our culinary teams and bartenders battle it out
  • Enjoy romantic voyages on the Gateway Clipper Fleet and royally entertaining music and surprises

What to Wear:

The suggested dress code is semi-formal attire appropriate for an outdoor cocktail party. We encourage everyone to dress in shades of pink to match the “War of the Roses” theme, which is a nod to the noble fight to reclaim, restore and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts…and the Rosé wine tastings throughout the evening.

(And yes: should you choose to wear them, high heels are acceptable since most of the event takes place on solid ground!)

Tickets on sale now at

Party at the Pier takes place at the outdoor amphitheater at Rivers Casino on the North Shore. Valet drop off and outdoor event entrance are located at 777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh 15212.

Valet drop-off (included in VIP, general admission and sponsor tickets; please show ticket to attendant) is located under the portico at the Rivers Casino front entrance along Casino Drive. Self-parking may be available in the Rivers Casino garage. Don’t forget ride sharing services and carpooling as an option to reduce the number of vehicles on the road!

Coming from Downtown, take the T (RED Line-North Shore/Allegheny Station) from any of the downtown T stations. Get off at the Allegheny Station; walk one block south on Allegheny Ave and turn right on Casino Drive. Walk one block to the event entrance located outside the east end of the Rivers Casino building.

The Rivers Casino property is located right on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail/North Shore Riverfront Trail. Trail and riverwalk access on the Rivers Casino property will remain open throughout the event, though users are urged to exercise caution. Limited bicycle rack space may be available near the front of the casino building along Casino Drive.

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

TABLE Magazine has written an enticing preview of the food and drink at Party at the Pier. Guests will receive a ballot upon arrival and can choose to sample three rosés and three rosé-inspired cocktails. Guests will mark their favorites and return their ballots to the box near the dancefloor by 10:30 pm.

VIP Rosé spotlight: JCB No. 5 Rosé, Côtes de Provence, 2014. Presented exclusively during our VIP Royal Reception, VIP ticketholders will enjoy this delicious selection from the renowned Jean-Charles Boisset. Featuring delicate scents of red berries, citrus and spicy white blossoms, JCB No. 5 also pays tribute to the classic Chanel No. 5 fragrance with the look and shape of its distinctive bottle.

Your kingdom awaits.

Doors open for the VIP Royal Reception at 6:30 pm; doors open for The Main Event (all ticketholders) at 7:30 pm.

The ticket check-in tent and entrance to Party at the Pier are located outside on the eastern end of the Rivers Casino building near the valet drop-off. Guests self-parking in the garage who take the building’s elevators down to the casino gaming floor will exit the casino through the front doors and follow the sidewalk to the right.

Please be advised that traffic on the North Shore may be heavy near Casino Drive as you approach the Rivers Casino building. Please allow extra time to arrive and enjoy strolling the North Shore before the event doors open!

Once you have your ticket scanned at the check-in tent near the valet drop-off, you will walk across the sidewalk across the grassy area to the east of the casino to the top of the riverfront ramp and down to the boat dock where the party begins.  Please use caution on this sidewalk – it is part of an active trail system used by many cyclists and pedestrians.

Guests with wheelchairs and/or mobility considerations: please inform a volunteer at check-in and you will be shown to an accessible entrance.

What to Expect

Host Committee (as of 6-15)

Event Chairs
Lynn and Chip Desmone

2017 Host Committee
Elie Aoun and Justin Matase
Peg McCormick Barron and Bill Barron
Vivian and Bill Benter
John Bonaccorsi
Maris Bondi and Robert Dauer, Jr.
Diana Bucco and Mark Chutko
Kathy Buechel and Fred Egler
Amy and Mark Broadhurst
Tim Cummings
Jonathan Davis
Cindy and Doug Donohoe
Dale Dorlin
Michelle and Greg Faist
Mimi and Ralph Falbo
Nancy and Dan Fales
Gisele and John Fetterman
Cathy and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Ray Gastil
Andrea Geraghty
Kristen and Chuck Hammel
Diane and Jerry Holder
Brittany Holzer
Judy Horgan and Steve Pavsner

Abass B. Kamara
Melissa and Dallas Kawai
Dusty Elias Kirk and and Bill Caroselli
Katie and Tom Lamb
Jeremy Leventhal
Jennifer and Brian Liptak
Ramsey and Michael Lyons
Holly and John Mascaro
Libby and Mike Mascaro
Mary Lou McLaughlin
Erin Molchany
Milena and Kamal Nigam
Kathy and Morgan O’Brien
Celine and Paul O’Neill
Aradhna and Grant Oliphant
Shelly and Dan Onorato
Katherine and Eric Osth
William Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Renee and Lucas Piatt
Megan and Michael Quatrini
Carly Reed and Liam Carstens
Sandra and Sam Reiman
Hannah and Brad Roth
Caryn Rubinoff and Craig Dunham
Edie Shapira and Mark Schmidhofer
Bridget and Brandon Snyder
Bayh Sullivan and Matt Pekar
Sara and Larry Walsh
Pam and Terry Wirginis

Riverlife Staff

Vivien Li, President and CEO
Stephan Bontrager
Deborah Cerminara
Nina Chase
Rhonda Madden
Jay Sukernek
PJ Williamson

More Details, Old Chap.

Tickets are available at Tickets are non-refundable, and the party takes place rain or shine.

The official registration and financial information of Riverlife may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.

Is your company interested in being a Party at the Pier sponsor? To find out more about this great marketing opportunity with terrific perks like VIP tickets to the event, please email Stephan Bontrager,