Share This Page

All Service Academies Ball held Friday

Talk about a splendid sortie! Awash in brass buttons and braided epaulets, Friday's charge of the bright brigade stormed the Westin Convention Center hotel, Downtown, for the all-American, All Service Academies Ball that was feted by the Western Pa. Service Academies Parents Clubs. Parents of the United States Coast Guard Academy were ball hosts, and a portion of its proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Home for the holidays from West Point (USMA); Annapolis (USNA); Merchant Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard academies, they are America's brightest and best since the knights of the round table ... area cadets whose beaming faces were even more poignant this year as wars rage and we learn of their extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty.

Now in its 13th year, the ball was equal parts pomp, romp and button-popping. Two by two, 31 cadets and midis were presented with their escorts by toastmaster Mike Harvey of WTAE-TV to roaring applause from 165 black ties.

After tucking into a delightful menu, these gorgeous young things commanded the dance floor and boogied to spins by DJ Red Hot Chameleon.

Present and accounted for among the proud families and friends were ball chair Jenifer Ashner with Rick and USCGA; co-chair Jillian Dugger with Butch; guest speaker, USCG CDR Richard Timme; Connie and John Atkinson with their USAFA cadets Jeep, Shelby and Royce; Kathy and Grant Foley with USNA Brigade CDR Jordan and escort Katie Miller; and Ann and Gene Gatty with USMA son Evan Kowalski.

Officers, ladies and gentlemen, a truly grateful nation salutes you.

-- Jean Horne

?

(LEAD - MM FF Service 07) Semper Paratus: Guest speaker USCG CDR Richard Timme with USCGA cadets Ben Lesniak & Adrian Karas

(MM FF Service 02) Rick & ball chair Jenifer Ashner with USCG son Ian & escort Terri Jozsa

(MM FF Service 05) USAFA sibling cadets Royce, Shelby & Jeep Atkinson

**(FOR GREENSBURG PAPER - or both if space permits - it would work as a lead pix for Greensburg -

MM FF Service 16) Escort Sarah Ellenberger & USNA midi Jacob Long with parents Mary & Mark Long of Ligonier)

(MM FF Service 14) Ashleigh Chicko & Marine 2nd LT Larry Seiler

(MM FF Service 19) USMA cadets Scott Gross, Daniel Shaffer & Scott McClelland

(MM FF Service 11 or 12) USNA Brigade CDR Jordan Foley & escort Katie Miller

(Space permitting or on line - MM FF Service 18) Escort Samantha Maley & USMA cadet Zachary Macurak at presentation ceremony

Photo Galleries

All Service Academies Ball

All Service Academies Ball

The All Service Academies Ball at the Westin, on Friday, December 30, 2011.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.