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Picnic with a purpose

| Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
John Altdorfer
Medallion Ball co-chair Julia Gleason with event host Sherry Ryan and Medallion Ball chair Mary Frances Johnson during a Picnic for Medallion Ball Candidates in Upper St. Clair. Nearly 110 people attended the event.

Co-chairwoman Julia Gleason, event host Sherry Ryan and chairwoman Mary Frances Johnson enjoy a picnic in honor of candidates for St. Lucy's Auxiliary to the Blind's Medallion Ball at Ryan's Fox Chapel home Aug. 17. During the event, the young ladies brought a nonperishable grocery item to be donated to South Hills Interfaith Ministries, a service organization that provides resources for struggling families to help them achieve self-sufficiency, and also decorated holiday cards for veterans at Pittsburgh Veterans Hospital.

Annually, no more than 130 girls are chosen to be candidates. From eighth grade to her senior year of high school, each girl is required to fulfill a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer service per year, in keeping with the auxiliary's mission to inspire and encourage a lifetime of volunteer service in young women.

The 50th annual Medallion Ball, during which the girls will be presented with the Joan of Arc Medallion, will take place on Nov. 29.

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