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