Cocktails and Conservation 2020


The annual celebration of the

Maxo Vanka Murals

Delicious Bites, Creative Cocktails, Live Music, Art

Action & the Art of Social Justice Art Auction

hosted by Rossilynne Skena Culgan

Author, 100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die & Director, TheIncline

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Cocktail Reception: 6:00PM


Roaming sounds of Stari Drugovi and inspiring images from Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative will inspire your Art Action.

Just announced! Only available at Cocktails & Conservation:

Raffle – Choose Your Own Pittsburgh Adventure. Get your ticket or tickets to win this basket full of opportunities to experience some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic places. So grab a friend and get your chances to make Pittsburgh memories all summer. They’re all featured in the book 100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die (and you’ll get a copy of that, too!), so here’s a chance to check some items off your Pittsburgh bucket list.

Auction – Explore with a Pittsburgh Pro. Bid on the chance to join Rossilynne Culgan, our event host and author of 100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die, to explore the Strip District and check some things off your Pittsburgh bucket list. We’ll start with lunch at the iconic S&D Polish Deli for some of the best pierogies in Pittsburgh. Learn something new about the neighborhood and cap the day at Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor.

Program: 7:30PM

Rediscovery to Preservation: 1991 – 2018

Rediscover Vanka’s Gift to America and the origins of the community commitment to their preservation that has helped to restore and increase public appreciation for their national and international significance, inspire thousands of visits, and fund cutting-edge conservation and lighting.

Enjoy — and maybe contribute to — new discoveries in the history of St. Nicholas Church, Maxo Vanka and the Vanka Murals.

Written and produced by Lynne Squilla

Lighting by Clear Story


Dessert Reception follows the program.

featuring the St. Nicholas Bakers’ famous cookie table

St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, Millvale, PA

Sponsorships & Tickets

General Admission: $100

All tickets include: Cocktail Reception, Program, Dessert Reception

Be a Sponsor!

Sponsorships begin at $250 and include multiple admissions,

valet parking and special benefits.

Click here for a full list of Sponsorship Opportunities.


Lead Sponsor ($5,000) – 16 Admissions/8 Valet Passes

Preservationist ($2,500) – 12 Admissions/6 Valet Passes

Benefactor ($1,000) – 6 Admissions/3 Valet Passes

Patron ($500) – 4 Admissions/2 Valet Passes

Aficionado ($250) – 2 Admissions/1 Valet Pass

Click here to make your online reservation today!

You may also mail a completed sponsorship form to:

Vanka Murals, 24 Maryland Ave, Millvale, PA  15209.

General Admission ($100) tickets go on sale on March 6th.