Reindeer Ball held at the Westin Convention Center
December 9, 2013 9:41 PM
Charlotte Hong, Kate Sundy-Hong, Brian Edwards and Annie Sundy.
Eight-year-olds Ava Como, Lauren Rodgers and Cate Murray.
The Scarecrow performs "A Christmas in Oz" for children at the Reindeer Ball Sunday at the Westin Convention Center Downtown.
Ashton Porter, 2, gets some help from his mother, Stefi Porter, making a mask Sunday at the Reindeer Bal.
Saniah Edmunds, 9, and Alana Davidson, 8.
Camden Hoffman, 4.
Lisa and Joe Dejonckheere with their children, from left, Sarah, 6, Ava, 4 and Joseph, 8.
By Marylynn Uricchio / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Christmas in Oz" was the theme of this year's Reindeer Ball presented by the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Dec. 1 at the Westin Convention Center. More than 450 guests turned out for this annual holiday benefit geared to children -- one of the few events in town that gives kids an opportunity to dress up and show off their manners. Celebrating its 10th year, the ball is a blast even if you're a parent. From cookie decorating to face painting, art projects, balloon art, holiday portraits, dancing, life-sized storybook characters and musical performances of "A Christmas in Oz" by Emmy Award-winning RWS & Associates, there was something for everyone, every age. More than one adult crashed the kid's buffet stocked with pizza, french fries, chicken tenders and a sundae bar (there was roast turkey and caesar salad for the grown-ups). The ball benefits Pittsburgh Mercy Health System's child and adolescent services and has raised more than $700,000 to date. Following the yellow brick road were health system CEO Sister Susan Welsh, health system development director Connie Murray with husband Tom and daughter Cate, Kate Sundy Hong, Lisa and Joe Dejonckheere, Brenda and Rob Shema, Jocelyn and Victor Kimmel and Jennifer and Laszlo Bartos.
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