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Out & About: YWCA Westmoreland County's annual Girls in Pearls Fashion Show

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

The mission of the YWCA Westmoreland County is to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, strengthen communities ... and look fabulous while doing it!

OK, the last thing might be a stretch, but it's certainly the mission of the Y's annual Girls in Pearls Fashion Show, which showcases models wearing beautiful bargains from the YWCA Thrift Shop in downtown Greensburg.

The theme for this year's event, on Aug. 21 at Rizzo's in Crabtree, was "Rhapsody in Blue," reflected in various hues worn by attendees and in remarks by special guest Patricia Prattis Jennings, former principal keyboardist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Jennings said "Rhapsody in Blue" was her most frequently played piece, once even played with jazz legend Benny Goodman.

While models strutted their stuff, emcee Jennifer Miele played "The Price Is Right" with the crowd, encouraging them to guess the cost of each outfit before revealing the true price.

The low was $16 for Y maintenance director Matt Kolbosky's jeans, casual shirt and Tom's shoes, with the high at $51 for Y member Joanne Snyder's shimmery Tommy Hilfiger dress and white fun-fur coat from Worthington (both donated with tags still attached).

The last model of the evening was Lyndsay Burrik, recipient of the 2017 YWCA Rising Star Award.

Seen: Y executive director Kathy Raunikar, board president Norma Skillings, Molly Robb Shimko, Ruth Tolbert, Julie Donovan, Jill Briercheck, Jan Taylor-Condo, Theresa Rusbosin, Mary Catherine Motchar, Barbara Ferrier, Linda Austin, Annie Urban, Erica Nuckles, Linda Assard, Joelyn Aukerman, Rebecca Sexton, Megan Henson, Michele Bononi, Bonnie Lewis and JoEllen Numerick.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

(from left), Norma Skillings, YWCA board president, and Kathy Rauniker, YWCA executive director, joins the 2017 YWCA Rising Star recipient, Lyndsay Burrik, for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Norma Skillings, YWCA board president, and Kathy Rauniker, YWCA executive director, joins the 2017 YWCA Rising Star recipient, Lyndsay Burrik, for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Linda Bennett won the award for 'prettiest pearls', during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Linda Bennett won the award for 'prettiest pearls', during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
(from left), Event co-chair, Nicolina Kelly, emcee, Jennifer Miele, vice president of marketing and communications at Excela Health, and co-chair Carlene Williams, gather for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Event co-chair, Nicolina Kelly, emcee, Jennifer Miele, vice president of marketing and communications at Excela Health, and co-chair Carlene Williams, gather for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
(from left), Karen Struble-Myers and Christine Hudson, pose for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Karen Struble-Myers and Christine Hudson, pose for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Event sponsors, (from left), Erin Jack, representing Excela Health, Sharon Nies, representing First Commonwealth Bank, and Jessica Rafferty, representing QuatriniRafferty, gather for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Event sponsors, (from left), Erin Jack, representing Excela Health, Sharon Nies, representing First Commonwealth Bank, and Jessica Rafferty, representing QuatriniRafferty, gather for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
(from left), Sherrie Dunlap, Anne-Marie Welty and Carolyn Tlumack, gather for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Sherrie Dunlap, Anne-Marie Welty and Carolyn Tlumack, gather for a photo during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Quinn Cioffi, models a dress from the YWCA Thrift Shop, during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Quinn Cioffi, models a dress from the YWCA Thrift Shop, during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Isabella Larosiliere, models a denim dress from the YWCA Thrift Shop, during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Isabella Larosiliere, models a denim dress from the YWCA Thrift Shop, during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Karol Hartman models an outfit from the YWCA Thrift Shop, during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Karol Hartman models an outfit from the YWCA Thrift Shop, during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Rosin Rivera-Bretana, models a dress from the YWCA Thrift Shop, during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Rosin Rivera-Bretana, models a dress from the YWCA Thrift Shop, during the 'Rhapsody in Blue' YWCA Westmoreland County 'Girls in Pearls' Annual Fashion Show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 21, 2017.
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