The Grand runway

A “Grand Night for Holiday Fashion” held Nov. 16 at the Center of Music and Art in Wintersville boasted some great models wearing some great Macy’s fashion.

The third-annual event to benefit the Grand Theater Restoration Project included nearly 30 models; music provided by Three’s Company, a local trio comprised of Kelly Camarote, vocals; Linda Hilty, bass; and Kevin Dennis, on guitar; refreshments; the makeup magic of Elizabeth Arden representatives; mystery boxes; and a silent auction boasting a variety of items, including some fabulous olden day but mint condition furs.

The fashion show – moderated by Francesca Carinci, event coordinator, and Macy’s Carrie Porter – ended with two presentations – a $1,000 check from the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild, presented by its president, Mary Jo Rinaldi, and a $1,000 check from Franciscan University by Anita Jackson, its director of community relations.

Money from this gala – it raised $7,000 – is earmarked for windows in the front of the theater, an undertaking estimated to cost $20,000.

Next up?

Check out the Grand’s float in the upcoming Steubenville Christmas Parade that begins at noon on Dec. 7.

Also, the Grand Theater lobby will be open free of charge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day with one tour and one tour only of the entire theater restoration at precisely 2 p.m. for a $25 per person donation. The tour is free for members of Friends of the Grand, according to the Grand’s Facebook page.

Scott Dressel, president of the restoration project, will lead the guided tour, providing background and what will be happening in the future to each space.