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Monday, November 20, 2000

By Patricia Sheridan, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

It was haute enough to melt snowflakes in Sewickley Saturday night as ladies in beguiling gowns and men in black tie began to arrive at Divinely Dior. In the spirit of the king of couture, Christian Dior, the Child Health Association of Sewickley's benefit ball was the epitome of elegance. Generous swags of the palest pink peaudesoie were draped over the Edgeworth Club's center hall entrance and contoured staircase, setting the stage for sophisticated socializing.

Amanda and John Dunn sing along with Rudy Zetz (Photos by Gabore Degre, Post-Gazette)

Fashioning that 1950s' peak of chic look were Linder's Bob Opfermann (with Joyce)and Bill McDowell and Jim Price of Cuttings in Sewickley. It was sometime in the 1950s when the first ball was held. Price played off the theme with centerpieces of pink roses tied with pearls resting in clear globes. And to enhance that healthy glow everyone has after a lively cocktail hour, the ballroom was bathed in candlelight.

Delicious down to the last detail (a chocolate gateau for dessert), Divinely Dior began with a champagne reception, which gave guests an opportunity to ponder the perfection while raising funds to support child-related organizations in Western Pennsylvania, which is the mission of the association.

Of all the association's fund-raisers, including the Three Rivers Cookbooks, the biannual Sewickley House Tour and the new Antiques Fair, this is the one that generates the most fun. No speeches or auctions interrupt the festivities. The exception was a basket of Dior perfumes donated by Kaufmann's at Robinson Towne Center, which was placed in the hall for bids.

Also in the hall were hand-sketched cutouts of Dior models done by Lynn Sopp. Less stiff and twice as lovely was ball chair Nan O'Connor (with Fabian) and co-chair Nicki Edwards (with Colin), who were welcoming guests along with committee members Lynn Popovich (with Robert), Christine Ruperto (with Rick) and Pam Kredel.

As the warning lights flickered, the guests sauntered into the ballroom and two adjoining rooms to dine on cream of artichoke and crab soup, a Rouquefort salad and beef au poivre with potatoes Dauphine.

Event chairs Nicki Edwards and Nan O'Connor

But before the soup cups were cleared, the Rudy Zetz Band took the stage, and the dancers were swirling. Zetz's talent for taking a party to that higher place is so coveted in Sewickley that he had to be booked two years in advance. As the evening wore on, he warmed up -- hopping off stage to serenade dancers. Among those in sync with the sound were John and Amanda Dunn, association president Susan Jones with Philip, Judy and Mark Scioscia, Dr. Tom and Melissa Doyle, May K. and Frank Fiorille, Trish and Sam Kinney, Kaisa and Chris Hall, Tom and Amy Mistick, Mary and Wayne Murphy and Susan and Peter Tedesko.

Other captivating couples included David and Marcia Gordon, Tim and Bonnie Moorhead, Jean and Tom MacMurray, Peter and Molly Lundquist, Jane and Gary Kovac, Larry and Lisa Deering, Glenn and Nancy Boland, Bonnie and Ron Casper, Dr. Tom and Laura Pangburn, Dr. John and Tamara Piccolo, John and Tory MacKey, Dr. Robert and Susan Nitzberg, John and Mary Beth Straka, Dr. Bill and Nan Somerset, Jeff and Betsy Boldt , Lisa and Mike Elchik, David M. and Lisa Oliver, Liz and Jeff Fecko, Jim and Julie Trovato, Elisabet and Wes Lucas, John and Linda Lednak, Ron and Carol Metzger, Gary and Karen Smith. The two women from the Edgeworth Club who kept things flowing as smooth as satin were Helen Duell and banquet manager Kathleen Lento. -- Patricia Sheridan

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