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Grab A Trash Bag and Get Ready To Party - 12th Annual Salvation Army Garbage Bag Gala Slated - Margot Perot Special Guest

CARNEGIE, Pa., Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some of fall's latest fashions are in the bag – the garbage bag! Join Pittsburgh's classiest guys and girls for this season's trashiest event, "The 12th Annual Garbage Bag Gala."  This most stylish crowd will be decked out in their dumpster duds to raise valuable dollars for homeless moms, dads and kids living in The Salvation Army's East Liberty Family Caring Center.  These generous partygoers are creating fashions from garbage bags, taking the money they would normally spend on an outfit and donating it to benefit these deserving homeless families. This year, The Salvation Army is pleased to present nationally recognized community leader and philanthropist, Margot Perot, as keynote speaker. Mrs. Perot is also a member of The Salvation Army's National Advisory Board.

Sponsored by the Fairmont Pittsburgh; Nordstrom; Peoples Natural Gas, CindyLeeBee Stamping; and Imperial Jewelry  and slated for Thursday, November 1st  at the Pittsburgh Fairmont, this year's event will again feature the Garbage Bag Gala Fashion Show, featuring  Pittsburgh celebrity models wearing designs from local cutting edge boutiques, including: SoMe; Cajoli; Christy Boutique; One Brilliant; Rosebud; Kiya Tomlin Fashions; Hip'Tique of Shadyside; Zipper Blues; Dina Ellen; Anthropologie; Carabella; and Rosewood. Handling the 2012 master of ceremonies duties is WTAE TV Channel 4's own Wendy Bell. 

Participants will be treated to a bevy of hors d'oeuvres and delectable desserts, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Fairmont. An exciting array of items is also available for raffle, including:  unique sports paraphernalia, cultural outings, martial arts lessons; fabulous jewelry; and not-to-be-missed specialty items and excursions to be unveiled at the event. Exciting prizes can be won in the unique "Dumpster Dive."

"The Salvation Army's Family Caring Center is a vital part of this community," said Pamela Abdalla, Garbage Bag Gala's founder and chair. Abdalla continued, "The FCC is unique in its dedication to providing an enriching environment focused on keeping families together.  Dollars raised from the Garbage Bag Gala help to ensure that these people in crisis continue to have a safe haven."

For reservations, information or to purchase custom-made "Trash Wear," log on to or  You can also follow us on Twitter at @garbagebaggala.  A limited amount of "Trash Wear" accessories will also be available at the door.  Tickets may be purchased online for $75 or $100 to include the VIP meet and greet reception with Mrs. Perot. Complimentary valet parking is provided.  For other event information, contact GBG Chair, Pamela Abdalla @ 412-737-2516 or e-mail Deadline is October 26th

"With the recent financial downturn, our Family Caring Center is almost always at full capacity," said Major Asenath Clarke, The Salvation Army's Family Caring Administrator.  Clarke continued, "With more and more families turning to us every day, the funds raised from Garbage Bag Gala will play an even greater role in providing a safe haven for our families. We are deeply grateful to these dedicated committee members for their support."

The Salvation Army's 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of diverse support programs.  The East Liberty Family Caring Center is unique to Western Pennsylvania because it houses moms, dads and children.  Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865.  Today, it provides critical services in 125 countries worldwide.  To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto The Salvation Army...Doing the most good...for the most the most need.

SOURCE Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division