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| Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Erin Sebastian joins her father Sean during the Debutante Presentation during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Erin Sebastian joins her father Sean during the Debutante Presentation during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Prince Charming David Whitehead Hobbs, Jr., waltzes with Cinderella Phoebe Thompson during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Prince Charming David Whitehead Hobbs, Jr., waltzes with Cinderella Phoebe Thompson during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Charlene Campbell and Heather Chronis co-chaired the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Charlene Campbell and Heather Chronis co-chaired the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Kara Flaherty, Maria Jovin and Lauren Kossman were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Kara Flaherty, Maria Jovin and Lauren Kossman were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Maeghan Parda, Julie Muhl and Gabrielle Pollock were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Maeghan Parda, Julie Muhl and Gabrielle Pollock were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Michael Napoleon, Eric Khalouf, Braxton Swann and Andrew Curran were among  the gentlemen in the ball floor committee during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Michael Napoleon, Eric Khalouf, Braxton Swann and Andrew Curran were among the gentlemen in the ball floor committee during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Caroline Certo, Maggie Aiken, Lauren Wholey and Emily Certo were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Caroline Certo, Maggie Aiken, Lauren Wholey and Emily Certo were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Phoebe Thompson, Julia Shelby and Corinne Tumpson were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Phoebe Thompson, Julia Shelby and Corinne Tumpson were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Caroline Colville, Holly Hoover and Sydney Jones were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Caroline Colville, Holly Hoover and Sydney Jones were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Olivia Muse and Madeline Lang were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Olivia Muse and Madeline Lang were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Erin Sebastian and Madeliene Braksick were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Erin Sebastian and Madeliene Braksick were among the debutates presented during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Fathers of the Debs Herky Pollock, Daniel Hoover and Dave Parda had plenty of reasons to smile during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Fathers of the Debs Herky Pollock, Daniel Hoover and Dave Parda had plenty of reasons to smile during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Jack Tumpson and Dr. Mark Wholey wait to present their daughters during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Jack Tumpson and Dr. Mark Wholey wait to present their daughters during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Magaret Aiken joined her father Scott during the Debutante Presentation during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Magaret Aiken joined her father Scott during the Debutante Presentation during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Judy Linaburg and Roseanne Wholey were among the guests attending the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Judy Linaburg and Roseanne Wholey were among the guests attending the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Ann Stone and John Gurman were among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Ann Stone and John Gurman were among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Teresa Anania, Susan Certo and Natalie Moritz were among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Teresa Anania, Susan Certo and Natalie Moritz were among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Elizabeth Lana was among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Elizabeth Lana was among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Emily Chalmers and Ryan Mitchell were among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Emily Chalmers and Ryan Mitchell were among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Sam Travaglino and his son Sam were among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Sam Travaglino and his son Sam were among the guests attending a cocktail reception during the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
Mary O'Brien and Bella Alampi were among the guests attending  the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.
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Mary O'Brien and Bella Alampi were among the guests attending the 90th Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Jan. 30, 2016.

Tradition and anticipation fused together Jan. 30 to create an unforgettable evening for 20 debutantes during the Cinderella Women's Committee's 90th annual Cinderella Ball.

“I've known about it for so long that I just knew I wanted to do it,” said third-generation deb Olivia Muse.

Co-chairwomen Heather Chronis and Charlene Campbell were at the helm this year, welcoming 550 guests to the ballroom of the Omni William Penn, Downtown, for the country's second-oldest debutante ball.

“Ninety is a big year. It's just been wonderful. We had a real vision for this, and that vision was unveiled tonight. But more importantly, it's about family tradition,” Chronis said.

Master of ceremonies Lenny Marsicoe_SNbS and the Rick Purcell Orchestra struck the right chord as each girl took her curtsy on the arm of her father before engaging in a waltz, two events that have been known to inspire a tradition of their own.

“I'm nervous about tripping,” LaurenWholey said.

From there, the “best-kept secret in Pittsburgh” was finally unveiled when David Whitehead “Whit” Hobbs Jr. was announced as this year's Prince Charming. Among his official duties? Randomly picking the name of this year's Cinderella — Phoebe Thompson — from an illuminated pumpkin.

Also presented were third-generation deb Madeline Lang, second-generation debsCaroline Colville, Holly Hoover, Sydney Jones, Julia Shelby andCorinne Tumpson, as well asMargaret Aiken, Madeleine Braksick, Emily and Caroline Certo, Kara Flaherty, Maria Jovin, Lauren Kossman, Maeghan Parda, Gabrielle Pollock andErin Sebastian.

Embracing the ball's focus on social and charitable responsibility, the girls collectively spent 700 hours volunteering at this year's beneficiary, the Senator John Heinz History Center.

“I think I'm going to keep on volunteering there. I love the archives,” said scholarship winner Julie Muhl.

Kate Benz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer. Send Fanfare notices to Fanfare@tribweb.com.

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