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(from left), YWCA Westmoreland County Executive Director, Kathy Raunikar, joins YWCA board president and event chair, Ellen Katter, guest emcee, Kiya Tomlin, and supporter, Lisa Tidwell, at the 'Fete a Paris', the annual YWCA Westmoreland County fashion show, held at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Monday evening, August 18, 2014.
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Were the models or spectators more fabulous at Fetéa Paris, the YWCA Westmoreland County's annual fashion show? It was a close call.

To borrow a phrase, “Le spectacle était formidable.”

The yearly event, which showcases chic styles from the YWCA Thrift Shop, was staged Aug. 18 at Rizzo's Banquet Hall in Crabtree.

Basic (but always de rigueur) black and white predominated among the guests, with splashes of vibrant color here and there. Femme fatale Barbara Ferrier went with the classic '60s French look of black slit skirt, black-and-white striped shirt and beret. Jill Briercheck also topped her black leggings and silky beige “frock coat” with a beret.

Show proceeds further the Y's endeavors in areas including adult literacy, racial justice and empowerment of women.

Appearing for the second year as special guest and emcee was Pittsburgh fashion designer Kiya Tomlin.

Fashion show chairwoman was Ellen Katter, with aides-de-camp Joelyn Aukerman, Diana Basick, Betty Hammer, Theresa Rusbosin, Sharon Sparks, Carol Thomassy, Lisa Tidwell, Tina Wodszinski and the Y's executive director, Kathy Raunikar.

Among models were Michael Basick, Pat Cummerick, Katie Donfrio, Matthew Kolbosky, Marcy Paul, Gabrielle Skillings, Ruth Tolbert, Linda Vucelich and Vince Zuchetti.

Enjoying the joie de vivre: Bonnie Lewis, Annie Urban, Rosine Dull, Judy Eans, Molly Robb Shimko, Jo Ellen Numerick, Linda Assard, Christine Black, Linda Austin, Barbara Davis, Faye Rosatti, Karen Struble Myers, Linda Gioia Simon, Louise Tilzey-Bates, Norma Skillings, Dorothy Skillings, Kay Rowe, Michele Hoffman, Dolores Panek, Joanne Snyder, Kim Kramer, Jo Rossi, Toni Ann Bielick, Carol Durco, Sylvia Detar, Paula Rendine, Jane Sibenaller, Rebecca Sexton, Mary Lou Hacker, Lana Booher andMegan Henson.

— Shirley McMarlin

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