By Matthew Hacke | Photographs by Frances Del Duca
WHO: Over 450 guests, including 17 debutantes and ball chairs Brette Gillman and Natalie Kelley
WHAT: The 92nd Annual Cinderella Ball presented and recognized 17 debutantes, escorted by their fathers, for their combined 724 volunteer hours for this year’s beneficiary, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. After the presentation, guests dined on delicious fare provided by Omni William Penn Hotel Executive Chef Michael Fischetti. Dinner was followed by dancing to music from The Move Makers. The evening concluded at the stroke of midnight with the debutantes, their friends, and family members singing along to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.’”
WHERE: Omni William Penn Hotel
HIGHLIGHTS: Kennedy Wilson was chosen as this year’s Cinderella, and Connor Jones served as Prince Charming. Megan Stafford received the Cinderella Women’s Committee Scholarship, which is presented to the debutante with the most community service hours. Stafford contributed over 70 hours to the volunteer effort at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. — M.H.
“My favorite part of the event each year is watching the reaction of the debutantes’ families to the beautiful presentation and waltz. As a committee member, it’s so gratifying to see multiple generations enjoying an evening together and living in the moment before the girls graduate high school.” — Christina Rath, publicity chair of the Cinderella Women’s Committee