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‘Grand’ fun and fashions

November 29, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

A "Grand Night for Holiday Fashion" held Nov. 17 at the Center of Music and Art in Wintersville raised more than $7,000 and was hailed successful as the second-annual fashion show, silent auction and such looked to generate funds to continue the work of the Grand Theater Restoration Project.

There were a number of men, women and children modeling some beautiful fashions from Macy's, including yours truly, with Carrie Porter, Macy's sales manager, getting everyone lined up and ready to show off some great looks. She and the always-styling Francesca Carinci, an event committee member, introduced everyone to the audience and gave a little description of the outfits.

But even before that, a crew of four makeup artists wielded their magic with Elizabeth Arden products to make us all look our best. For me, this was the first time I've ever had my makeup done, so to speak, and I went to the event early, "naked faced" as ordered. As I left the house feeling weird because of that, my son commented in his innocent yet sincere kind of way, "Mom, you look like you always do."

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Francesca Carinci and James Smith, Elizabeth Arden
counter manager, Macy’s
-- Janice r. Kiaski

He meant that as a reassurance, but I had to laugh.

It was another good-time event I was happy to be a part of, and it was fun to see what everyone was wearing. I can't remember all the outfits but some stuck with me. Among the local models were Billy and Nikki Petrella; Gloria Popp always in black; Patricia Fletcher in this really great chartreuse coat; Deena Riley in cobalt blue; Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci; Steubenville City Manager Cathy Davison and her son John; Jennifer Cesta; first-time model Susan Adams; Judge David Scarpone and his daughter Zoe; Kathy Musso; Ame Taggart; Natalie Herbick, WTOV 9 anchor; Michelle Miller; Melanie Van Nuys; Robbie Martin; sisters Olivia, Victoria and Cecilla Shepherd; Kris and Christina Haught and children Xander and Brady; Edie Boyde; and Kay Sedgmer and her daughter Elisabeth Bittinger with children Hunter, Hayden and Hensley.

I think that's everybody.

The restoration project got two shots in the arm, one a $1,000 check from the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild, presented by Barb Wilinski, its treasurer, and the other a $1,000 check from WTOV 9, presented by Herbick.

The event was sponsored by Macy's, the Center of Music and Art, the Herald-Star, Team Automotive Group, WTOV 9, the Women's Club of Steubenville, Nelson Fine Arts & Crafts, Two Brothers Dry Cleaners and Froehlich's Classic Corner.

"This event will be helping us reach our match requirement for the Ohio Clean Funds Grant to complete the cleanout of the Grand. Funds will also be used to pay our engineering firm," said Scott Dressel, president of the board of directors of the Grand Theater Restoration Project, in a preview story about this event.

In addition to Dressel, the event committee, included Carinci, Jan Glaub Rainbolt, Mark Nelson, Greg Froehlich, Tim McCoy, Ed Stanislaw, Beth Wood, Tony Corella and Donna Keagler along with assistance from board and event sponsors.

Next up you can check out what restoration work has been done at the Grand and be part of a photo contest. Check out the details of this on the story on today's page 1A.

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