Cocktails and Conservation – November 5, 2020


The annual celebration of the Vanka Murals is virtual!

Presented on Zoom. Registration is required.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Before 6PM: Sponsors ($100 and above) — Pick up or delivery of your “Vanka-To-Go” Box with delicious appetizers & desserts from Sprezzatura and Tupelo Honey Teas as well as a tasty collaboration by Lucky Sign Spirits & the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails!

6PM — Pre-Event Entertainment

Digital Access: $10

Sponsors: $100 and above

Tune-in early to enjoy recorded commentary, performances and more by actors, artists, writers, singers, poets, storytellers, musicians and community change-makers from around the corner and across the pond including David Bennett, Oreen Cohen, David Conrad, Demareus Cooper, Wali Jamal, Jason Kendall, Charlie McCollester, Elena Pavlova, RaMa, Anna Singer, Mike Stout, Alisha Wormsley

Bidding opens on November 2nd and closes on November 19th

7PM — Main Program: 20/20 focus on the past and future of conservation and lighting + a new perspective on the Murals

Hosted by: Tonia Caruso & Rossilynne Skena Culgan

Reflections: Franjo Bertovic, David Conrad (letters from Father Zagar), Demareus Cooper, Heidi Granic, Zaheen Hussain, Zeljko Jergan, Marya Krpan, Peter Reder, Steve Rukavina, Mark Rylance, Rick Sebak & Mike Stivoric

Performances: David Bennett, cello; Damareus Cooper, mezzo soprano; Casey Deely, voice; Robert Frankenberry, keyboard accompanist; Jason Kendall, voice, keyboards; Elena Pavlova, bayan; Stari Drugovi

Panelists and Program Contributors

      • Anna Doering, Managing Director, Vanka Murals – Panelist
      • Matthew Falcone, President, Vanka Murals Board of Directors
      • Rikke Foulke, Foulke Fine Art Conservation & ACE Conservators – Panelist
      • Marya Halderman, granddaughter of Maxo Vanka
      • Rob Long, Clear Story
      • Chris Michaels, Clear Story – Panelist

Live Raffle Drawings curated by Rossilynne Skena Culgan (see below)

Live Performance by Stari Drugovi

Producer: Lynne Squilla 


(Actual items may change due to availability. Every effort will be made to update the listings before November 5th.)

Eat Pittsburgh 

Delight your taste buds with some of the best restaurants in the ‘Burgh, including Gaucho and Church Brew Works. What makes Gaucho even better? Not having to wait in line. Place your order online, then pick it up Downtown, and plate it for dinner (and if you want to tell your family that you made it, your secret’s safe with us). You’ve also got a gift certificate to Church Brew Works to redeem at your leisure. They’ve also got a handy online ordering system — and yes, you can order beer to-go. Looking to try some new spots? Redeem your gift card for a Burgh Bits and Bites food tour or get some fresh ideas with the book “Pittsburgh Food Crawls.”

Value: $175

Marvelous Millvale

There’s so much goodness packed into this tiny borough, from breweries to bakeries. Celebrate the home of the Vanka murals with the Marvelous Millvale basket. This basket unlocks the sights, sounds, and flavors of Millvale with gift cards you can redeem now or later. Featured Millvale businesses include Baby Loves Tacos, Duncan Street Sandwich Shop, Grist House Craft Brewery, and Lucky Sign Spirits.

Value: $125

Explore with a Pittsburgh Pro (redeemable post-pandemic)

Set aside an afternoon for a perfectly Pittsburgh adventure. 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. Then we’ll stroll the Strip’s shops while window shopping, savoring the aroma of local coffee shops, and snapping photos. Plus, learn something new as Rossilynne shares about the history of the neighborhood. We’ll end up at Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor to cap the day with a sweet treat.

Value: $125

Sponsors receive complimentary tickets but can increase their odds by purchasing additional raffle chances.

*Drawings will be live during the event. You do not need to be online to win. Only one winner per household. 


Digital Access: $10

Digital Access ($10) + (3) Raffle Chances: $20*

(5) Raffle Chances: $20*

Sponsorships begin at $100. “Vanka-To-Go” Box + Digital Access + Benefits

*One winner per household. You do not need to be online to win.

Click here to make your online reservation today!

Mail your ticket reservation or sponsorship to:

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