BY ANDREA BOSCO + IAN MIKRUT
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIDGETT KAY PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
A snowstorm couldn’t halt the tradition or elegance on display at the Omni William Penn Hotel for the 88th Cinderella Ball, carried out by the Cinderella Women’s Committee (CWC). As the oldest charity event in Pittsburgh and the second longest-running debutante ball in the nation, this year’s Cinderella Ball benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA, represented by Executive Director Mike Hepler, raising copious funds! The 20 debutantes performed nearly 900 hours of volunteer work, too. Master of Ceremonies Leonard Marsico led the evening of presentations, cotillion-style; music by the Rick Purcell Big Band; floral arrangements by Bill Chisnell Productions, which helped everyone forget the frigid temps outside; and Chef Jacky Francois’s fantastic fare. Dinner and dessert included Tri Pepper Rub Filet Mignon with a caramelized blackberry glaze; sweet potato hash; a julienne of fine vegetables, yellow and red baby beets, and rapini; and Lemon Sabayon Mousse in an espresso chocolate cup with cranberry compote, chocolate raspberry-studded pâté, and coffee and tea. Choosing a name from the ceremonial pumpkin, 2014 Prince Charming Andy Michael Waldman selected first-generation debutante Olivia Stuart Cochran of Shady Side Academy as Cinderella. She danced with her father Rob before proceeding to the Grand March. This year’s scholarship was given to Haley Elizabeth Myer, who volunteered 140 hours of service, the highest in her class. The evening came to a close with the music of Finesse and the stroke of midnight. For all participants, the magic of the evening lasts a lifetime, beyond the last tick of the clock.