By Andrea Bosco
Photography: Ben Petchel
The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel ballroom glistened in white hues for the 51st Annual Medallion Ball, themed “Winter Wonderland.” This year, 122 candidates were presented — all of whom have dedicated a total of 23,000 hours of volunteer service! The ball raised funds for St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind and the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh. “The purpose of the Medallion Ball is to honor the selfless efforts of the young candidates who have made the commitment to volunteer 150 hours or more to help the disadvantaged in our region,” says Publicity Chair Roseanne Wholey. “They could have spent their time sleeping in during the summer and on the weekends, but they chose to put others before themselves. It is our privilege to recognize these young ladies with a magical evening at the magnificent Medallion Ball.” Co-chairs Rebecca Freyvogel Mousseau and Sarah Hanna White welcomed guests to a fantastic dinner, which included a duo of crusted petit filet and saffron-Parmesan risotto. A white chocolate tulip cup with berries, milk chocolate mousse, sabayon sauce, and vanilla whipped cream served as a sweet finish! Beautiful blooms by Allison McGeary Florist decked the ballroom, as the candidates and their escorts took to the dance floor for the waltz. In just two practices, the honorees learned waltzes to “Edelweiss” and “Somewhere My Love,” choreographed by CeCe Kapron. What a magical moment in an already amazing evening!