500 guests fill ballroom for 88th Cinderella Ball

| Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

“I tell everyone I've been waiting for this for 18 years,” said Scott Sanford III as he waited to prese nt his daughter,Caroline Sanford, to a ballroom filled with 500 guests of the 88th Cinderella Ball.

On the evening of Jan. 25, the Omni William Penn was buzzing with the arrival of 20 young ladies who were participating in the second longest-running debutante ball in America. Marking their formal entrance into society, many were carrying on a family tradition that spans two and three generations.

“It's exciting because you get to have your little moment,” said Megan Hollingsworth.

Embracing the Ball's mission of supporting local charitable organizations both financially and through the debutante's volunteer efforts, this year, it was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania that benefited from a whopping 886 total hours of service. Haley Myer (daughter of Richard and Jill Myer) was awarded the Cinderella Women's Committee scholarship for accumulating more than 140 hours of volunteer work.

As the evening officially got under way, the namesake of Bill Chisnell Productions was held responsible for a collective jaw-drop thanks to 750 gorgeous orchid centerpieces that included two, 15-foot-tall dragonwoods delicately draped with the blooms. A hint of pink light illuminated the space, making the entire ballroom glimmer.

With chairwomen Jamie Lanier and Dr. Janet Summers at the helm, either side of the ballroom was flanked by tuxed and tailed young gents who waited on bended knee as the debs were announced by Lenny Marsico. Amid much excitement, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania's Andy Waldman (son of Hal and Diane Waldman) made his entrance as Prince Charming, choosing at random from a gilded pumpkin the name card of this year's Cinderella,Olivia Cochran (daughter of Rob and Christina Cochran).

Curtseying alphabetically wereJulia Bozzone, Lucy Buckman, Sarah Deiseroth, Dominique DeRubeis, Caroline Ellis, Julia Granito, Adelaide Jones, Margot Kelley, Campbell Konrad, Madison Mordoh, Amanda Murphy, Anna Muse and Ellington Muse (both third-generation debs), Lindsay Myer, Taylor Patrick and Francesca Pellegrini.

Contact Kate Benz at KBenz@tribweb.com.

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