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'Wine and Roses' theme is elegantly realized at Heart and Stroke Ball

| Sunday, March 2, 2014, 11:10 p.m.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review
(from right), American Heart Association Westmoreland County Board of Directors Chairman, Rich DeBone, and wife, Patty, join board members, Robin Ryan and Deb Trevellini, at the 2014 Heart & Stroke Ball, held at a prestigious private club near Ligonier on Saturday evening, March 1, 2014.

An elegant event should have an elegant theme, and so it was for the 2014 Westmoreland County Heart and Stroke Ball, held March 1 at a private club near Ligonier.

The familiar phrase “Wine and Roses” set the tone, as dinner tables were dressed with deep red bouquets and attendees shared in “raising a toast to progress — raising funds to build a better future.”

Relating her survivor story was Heart Hero Mandi Brown of Stahlstown, who had surgery 11 years ago to repair congenital aortic valve stenosis. Prior to the procedure, Brown said she “couldn't have walked a mile.” Now she is a triathlete who also runs half-marathons, skis and snowshoes.

On the arm of husband Brent, she displayed another talent by modeling a deep blue, floor-length taffeta gown of her own creation, featuring a pleated skirt, back bow and jeweled sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps.

Special guest was Miss Pennsylvania Annie Rosellini of Butler, accompanied by her mother, Lou Ann. The young beauty picked the American Heart Association as the platform for her reign in memory of her father, who died in 2010 at age 51 of cardiac arrest.

Festivities included dinner, live and silent auctions and a wine scavenger hunt, followed by dancing the night away to music by Jeff Jimerson and Airborne and Frank Sinatra classics by Bo Wagner.

Cheers for the ball's success go to event chairman Dr.Larry DeNino, executive leadership team membersJane Sapone and Bud Smail, and committee chairs Rich DeBone, Debra Trevellini, Paul Nickoloff and Wendy Anton.

Seen: Bonnie DeNino, Megan White, David and Linda Assard, Diane Nickoloff, Rana Ziadeh, Patty DeBone, Darlene Nagrosky, Barbara Roth, June Anton, Erica Shaffer and Joe Beaman, Muriel Robbins, Tom and Karen Kohut, Michel Franklin, Pat Condo and Jan Taylor-Condo, Mud andPhyllis Kluska, Tom and Dolores Arendas, David andJanet Theis, Matt and Kari Taylor, David Sapone, Sam Sapone and Lauren Weaver, Danni Hale Pettit andShannon Spisak, Paul Zavarella andJacqueline Kusenko, Jim Sandell and Barb Bambino, Kelly Mullen and another Heart Hero,Lance Frye, with momBetsy.

— Shirley McMarlin

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