By Abby Dudley + Andrea Bosco Stehle
Photographs by Catherine Palladino

The 90th celebration of the Cinderella Ball presented by the Cinderella Women’s Committee (CWC) unfolded magically at The Omni William Penn Hotel. Twenty debutantes, all poised in white gowns, were presented to a crowd of 500 guests by their fathers and recognized for achieving a combined number of over 700 volunteer hours for the Senator John Heinz History Center, this year’s beneficiary. Julie Muhl, who volunteered 90 hours of her time, was especially recognized with the CWC Scholarship for her outstanding contributions. Before the girls danced the Waltz of the Court, Phoebe Thompson was chosen as Cinderella by Prince Charming David Whitehead Hobbs, Jr., out of the ceremonial pumpkin, and announced by Master of Ceremonies Lenny Marsico. A decadent dinner of filet mignon with gorgonzola port wine, mushroom leek fontina risotto, and asparagus spears wrapped in daikon by Executive Chef Brian Riddle was served before all of the guests were invited to dance to the tunes of the Rick Purcell Big Band. A Breslin torte with a chocolate Cinderella coach was served with coffee and tea for dessert. Ball chairs Charlene Campbell and Heather Chronis planned a magnificent evening in celebration of all that the young women have accomplished. “We are so proud of the debutantes, and to see how much they have grown this year is pretty remarkable. One of the best aspects of the Cinderella Ball is the fact that there is a charitable beneficiary. It is a wonderful lesson for the debutantes to learn early — contributing to your community matters and is part of a mature adult life,” says Chronis. Next year, the enchanting evening will benefit the Carnegie Science Center. 

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