Benefit co-chairs Mackenzie Varga and Lori Farnsworth flank club president Bethany Casagranda.
Kim and Chris Martin
Mary Carrasco, Sister Susan Welsh and Joan Mills
Pittsburgh, PA March 1, 2014 --- SEEN -- Mt. Lebanon Junior Women's Club and their Unmasking Fear Building Hope masquerade ball benefiting A Child's Place at Washington -- Robin Scibek, left, and Maria Fruscello
Dick Finley, chairman of the board of Pittsburgh Mercy Health, and emcee Susan Sarkis.
Matt Thomas, Patrick Palamara and Josh Beatty.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Post-Gazette
With the Pittsburgh skyline serving as a backdrop, the Junior Women’s Club of Mt. Lebanon held Unmasking Fear, Building Hope, a masquerade ball at Duquesne University Saturday. As 250 guests mingled, danced to Velvet Heat, and took selfies in their masks, one couple was overheard laughing about how it was starting to feel like the Tom Cruise movie “Eyes Wide Shut.”
Some couples relished a night away from the kids, while others looked forward to the auction. “Last year I got in trouble, so let’s just say I put myself on a budget so I could bid on jewelry this year,” said guest Tess Carter, as she glanced with a smile toward her husband.
The proceeds support A Child’s Place, which conducts forensic interviews and medical examinations for traumatized children. The masks served as a reminder that by encouraging children to remove the mask of fear and reach out for help, they can begin the healing process. “I see the most courageous children every day. We see real heroes in our office, and they just happen to be short, little people,” said Joan Mills, manager of A Child’s Place. Also attending was Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone.
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