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18 debutantes carry on tradition at Pittsburgh's Cinderella Ball

| Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Faith Cochran, Shae Minter, Angela Fazio and Chloe Zack pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Faith Cochran, Shae Minter, Angela Fazio and Chloe Zack pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
'Cinderella' Mackenzie Haney dances with her Prince Charming, Henry James Fiedler , during the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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'Cinderella' Mackenzie Haney dances with her Prince Charming, Henry James Fiedler , during the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Kyra Ganzy, escorted by her father Dr. Alexander Ganzy, is introduced during the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Kyra Ganzy, escorted by her father Dr. Alexander Ganzy, is introduced during the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Breeden Tesone and Isabella Nairn relax before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Breeden Tesone and Isabella Nairn relax before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Ashley McIlroy and Clyde Munroe pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Ashley McIlroy and Clyde Munroe pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Margaret Slevin and Kathryn Donnelly relax before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Margaret Slevin and Kathryn Donnelly relax before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Beatrice King, Mackenzie Haney, Marjorie Crimmins and Alison Thai pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Beatrice King, Mackenzie Haney, Marjorie Crimmins and Alison Thai pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Lucy Alexander and Katharine Bohlmann relax before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Lucy Alexander and Katharine Bohlmann relax before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Hilary Fingeret poses in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Hilary Fingeret poses in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Guests gathered for a cocktail reception in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Guests gathered for a cocktail reception in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Christine Astorino joins her daughter Sophia Del Sole and mother Jean Astorino in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Christine Astorino joins her daughter Sophia Del Sole and mother Jean Astorino in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Chloe Zack strikes an elegant pose before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Chloe Zack strikes an elegant pose before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Lucy Alexander rests before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Lucy Alexander rests before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Max Jaffe, Connor Jones and Brad Jamilokowski served on the floor committee for the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Max Jaffe, Connor Jones and Brad Jamilokowski served on the floor committee for the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Tim Komen and Damian Ruyechan in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Tim Komen and Damian Ruyechan in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Sallyann Bensur was among the guests at the the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Sallyann Bensur was among the guests at the the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Faith Cochran and Kyra Ganzy pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Faith Cochran and Kyra Ganzy pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Kate Berger-Acheson, Isabella Nairn and Breeden Tesone pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Kate Berger-Acheson, Isabella Nairn and Breeden Tesone pose for a photo before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Mike Lyons with Brian Halloran and Lou Astorino in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Mike Lyons with Brian Halloran and Lou Astorino in the lobby of the Westin William Penn Hotel before the 89th Cinderella Ball in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Michael Kann, Josh Raj, Cooper Kann and Eric Grubbs served on the floor committee for the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Michael Kann, Josh Raj, Cooper Kann and Eric Grubbs served on the floor committee for the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
Christina Cochran poses before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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Christina Cochran poses before the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
'Cinderella' Mackenzie Haney joins her Prince Charming, Henry Joseph Fiedler, during the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.
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'Cinderella' Mackenzie Haney joins her Prince Charming, Henry Joseph Fiedler, during the 89th Cinderella Ball at the Westin William Penn Hotel in Downtown. Jan. 24, 2015.

Carrying on a storied tradition established in 1924, 18 debutantes made their debut to society on the evening of Jan. 24 during the 89th annual Cinderella Ball.

With the historic Omni William Penn as the perfect backdrop, guests were treated to a cocktail hour behind the velvet ropes in the opulent lobby. There, co-chairwomen Nancy Schaffer and Betsy Teti were greeted with wide-eyed adoration.

“These four little girls came up to me and said, ‘Are you the fairy godmother?' and I said, ‘Just for tonight,' ” Betsy said.

Sequestered upstairs, the debutantes were awaiting their big moment as another tradition continued without fail — curtsy anxiety. “I started practicing as a joke because I have family from Texas,” said Shea Minter, who opted for the difficult and dramatic Texas Dip.

Once in the ballroom, Master of Ceremonies Lenny Marsico and the Rick Purcell Orchestra welcomed Catherine Loevner to the stage to present the Cinderella Women's Committee scholarship to Kyra Ganzy (daughter of Dr. Alexander and Kerry Ganzy) for having completed 50 hours of volunteer service to this year's beneficiary, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

“It's a lot of hard work she put into volunteering. I'm very proud of her,” her father said.

From there, perhaps the biggest moment of the evening came when Penn State sophomore Henry James Fiedler (son of Craig and Alyce, who presented herself in 1984), performed his official duty of randomly picking the name of this year's Cinderella — Mackenzie Haney — from an illuminated pumpkin.

Presenting this year were third-generation debs Clyde Munroe and Ashley McIlroy, and second-generation debs Katharine Bohlmann, Alison Thai and Beatrice King. Also, Lucy Alexander, Katherine Berger-Acheson, Faith Cochran, Marjorie Crimmins, Kathryn Donnelly, Angela Fazio, Isabella Nairn, Margaret Slevin, Breeden Tesone and Chloe Zack. As a collective, the girls donated 600 hours of their time volunteering at Phipps.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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