By Andrea Bosco + Katie Piscopio
Photography: Ben Petchel

Eighteen beautiful debutantes made their debut before 550 guests, each on the arm of her father or presenter, at the 89th Presentation of the Cinderella Ball. Held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, the event is Pittsburgh’s oldest fundraiser and the second longest-running debutante ball in the United States. Opened by Cinderella 2014 Olivia Cochran and Prince Charming 2014 Andrew Waldman, the evening celebrated the debutantes’ combined 600 hours of volunteer work to benefit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Lenny Marsico served as Master of Ceremonies, and entertainment was provided by The Rick Purcell Big Band and The John Parker Band. Guests delightfully dined on a savory, sit-down dinner, which included filet mignon in a Béarnaise sauce or Gorgonzola walnut butter, and Fontina risotto with leeks. Warm chocolate lava cake, vanilla bean ice cream, and a chocolate tulip cup, filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with fresh berries, finished the spread on a sweet note. Co-chairs Betsy Teti and Nancy Schaffer revealed Henry James Fiedler as 2015 Prince Charming. Fiedler then selected his Cinderella, debutante Mackenzie Lynn Haney, from the pumpkin. Says publicity chair Heather Chronis, “Miss Haney looked as if fairy dust had been sprinkled on her from the clouds — the hair, the gown, the impeccable posture all made for an indelible memory.” The magic returns in 2016 for the 90th Presentation, which will benefit Senator John Heinz History Center.

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