2013 Viennese Winter Ball Cotillion

WHEELING – Preparations are in place for the 32nd annual Viennese Winter Ball to be held in Glessner Auditorium of Wilson Lodge at Oglebay Park Saturday, Feb. 2.

The formal dinner-dance, organized by the Viennese Winter Ball committee, is staged as a fundraising event to benefit the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.

Continuing another tradition, the young members of the Cotillion will play an integral part in the ball styled after the grand formal occasions held in Vienna, Austria. Ten young women and 10 young men, all seniors at the high school level, have been chosen for the 2013 Cotillion, sponsored by Jane Dlesk of Wheeling.

Laura Andreini and Sarah Gompers, both of Wheeling, are serving as chairmen of the 2013 ball.

Other members of the ball committee are Wheeling residents Jean Bailey, printing and programs; Roanne Burech, treasurer; Jennifer Croft, transportation; Ellen Culler, ball decor; Betsy Delk and Vicky Musicaro, patron party; Hali Exley, pages; Judi Hendrickson, table decoration; Sherry Hennen, publicity; Gretchen Hooper, reservations, and Phyllis Sigal, desserts; West Liberty resident Saun Capehart, Intermezzo; Glen Dale resident Jane Helfer, Cotillion, and Triadelphia resident Paula McClure, sponsors.

Organizers said that a delicious menu is set for the ball. Three varieties of hors d’oeuvres are to be offered: roasted vegetable cheesecake, seared scallop cranberry balsamic gastric and pickled vegetable couscous cake.

The salad for the dinner features artisan lettuce, baked pears, toasted almonds and crumbled goat cheese with poppyseed vinaigrette. To cleanse guests’ palates, lime tangerine gelato is planned as the intermezzo.

The entree consists of espresso rubbed tenderloin (with a port wine reduction), spiced shrimp (mango concasse), roasted harvest vegetables and herbed potato stacks. The vegetarian option is roasted vegetable strudel tower with smoked tomato sauce. Wine selections are served during dinner.

Following a long-standing tradition, elegant Viennese pastries, prepared by Wheeling Symphony auxiliary members and community volunteers, are served for dessert.

The six area young women chosen as pages for the patron party and the ball are as follows:

  • Alexandra Buch, daughter of James and Samantha Buch of Triadelphia;
  • Emily Capehart, daughter of Robin and Saun Capehart of West Liberty;
  • Elizabeth Hooper, daughter of Mike and Gretchen Hooper of Wheeling;
  • AnneMarie Krall, daughter of Robert and Peggy Krall of Wheeling;
  • Karen Laska, daughter of Tadeusz and Mary Laska of Triadelphia;
  • Jackie McDermott, daughter of Greg and Laurie McDermott of Wheeling.

As part of their training, the Cotillion members are learning to waltz and to perform other dances under the direction of instructor Cheryl Pompeo, director of dance at Oglebay Institute. Pompeo said this is her 30th year of teaching the Cotillion members.

The Cotillion participants also have received instruction from Hendrickson in etiquette and decorum for the ball.

In another tradition, the 20 Cotillion members were to be introduced officially at the Viennese Winter Ball’s patron party at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling Saturday, Jan. 26. During the patron party, the young women were to be presented with tiaras and the young men were to receive special lapel pins to wear to the ball.

The young women selected for the Cotillion are as follows:

  • Taylor Brooke Cunningham, daughter of Brian and Penny Cunningham of Wheeling;
  • McKenna Leigh DeChiazza, daughter of Sharon and Fred DeChiazza of Wheeling;
  • Samantha Lynn Dodd, daughter of Matt and Christy Dodd of Triadelphia;
  • Mallory Renee Fischer, daughter of Mark and Cindy Fischer of Bridgeport:
  • Ashley Nicole Grove, daughter of Stephanie and Jeffrey Grove of Wheeling;
  • Meghan Emily Horan, daughter of J. Thomas Horan and MaryAnn Horan of Wheeling;
  • Christina Marie Klug, daughter of Stephanie Klug and Robert Klug of Wheeling;
  • Brett Lee Nanners, daughter of Dr. Ken Nanners and Stephanie Nanners of Wheeling;
  • Haley Marie Robb, daughter of Sharon Robb of Bethlehem;
  • Eleanor Mae Weaver, daughter of David and Beth Raimonde Weaver of Wheeling;

The young men participating in the Cotillion are as follows:

  • David Robert Brinsky, son of Dr. Mary Hammond and James Brinsky of Wheeling;
  • Scott Lloyd Burech, son of Harold and Roanne Burech of Wheeling;
  • Nikhil Madhusudan Dharawat, son of Dr. Madhu and Amy Dharawat of Glen Dale;
  • Randall John Dlesk Jr., son of Randy and Jane Dlesk of Wheeling;
  • Brock Stephen Earley, son of Dr. W. Jeffrey and Carrie Earley of Moundsville;
  • Marc Richmond Gittings, son of Brenda and Lawrence ” Marc” Gittings of Cameron;
  • Alexander Louis Gordon, son of Brian and Valleri Gordon of Wheeling;
  • Zachary Daniel Herron, son of Bob and Dina Herron of Wheeling;
  • Benjamin John Morano, son of Dr. Jessica Ybanez-Morano and Edgar B. Morano of Wheeling;
  • Correy Michael Ream, son of Dr. Thomas and Carolyn Ream of Wheeling.

Cunningham is a student at Linsly School, where she is senior class president, a senior prefect, president of West Virginia Junior Classical League and captain of the soccer team. She is a member of Latin Honor Society, National Honor Society, yearbook staff and the Key, Classics, Invisible Children and Animal Shelter clubs.

She plans to attend college to study biology and become a doctor.

DeChiazza, a senior at Wheeling Park High School, lists her hobbies as reading, working, art and baking. She plans to attend beauty school in the fall, work and eventually take over Frederick’s Salon, her family’s business.

Dodd is a senior at Wheeling Park High School, where she is president of Key Club and Running for a Reason, secretary of National Honor Society and student council, vice president of Math Club, co-captain of the cross-country team, Geography Bowl participant and Easter Seals volunteer.

She intends to become an industrial engineer and form her own charity.

Fischer is a senior at Bridgeport High School, where she is involved in marching and concert band, chorus, girls’ ensemble, dance line, student council and National Honor Society.

She plans to attend college to major in musical theater or vocal performance.

Grove is a senior at Wheeling Park High School, where she is captain of the soccer team, a freshman mentor and member of the track team, Ski and Hi-Y clubs. She serves as a volunteer for Special Olympics, Safety Town instructor and participant in Wheeling Youth Leadership.

She plans to attend college and major in athletic training.

Horan also is a senior at Wheeling Park High School, where she participates in soccer, serves as a peer mediator and student ambassador and is a member of National Honor Society, student council and Key, Hearts at Park, American Cancer Society and Ski clubs.

She plans to attend college and major in physical therapy and athletic training.

Klug also is a senior at Wheeling Park High School, where she participates in soccer, serves as a freshman mentor and belongs to National Honor Society and Key and Hearts at Park clubs. She is a volunteer for Catholic Charities.

She plans to attend West Virginia University, with a major in biology, and then enroll in dental school.

Nanners is a senior at Linsly School, where she plays soccer and runs track. Her hobbies are snowboarding and reading. She intends to go to medical school and become a doctor.

Robb is a senior at Wheeling Park High School, where she participates in basketball. She enjoys reading and is a volunteer coach for basketball. Her goal is to attend law school.

Weaver is a senior at Linsly School, where she is captain of the volleyball team, plays tennis, is vice president of Classics Club and a member of National Honor Society, National Classic/Latin Honor Society, National Forensics League and Key and Animal Shelter clubs.

Her first choice of higher learning is Dickinson College. She wants to major in global studies.

Brinsky attends Linsly School, where he is cross-country captain, a baseball player, a senior prefect and a member of National Honor Society, German Honor Society, Key Club and pep band. A finalist in the International German Language Olympics, he has appeared in multiple school plays.

His goal is to attend college and study German to become a professor.

Burech is a senior at Wheeling Park High School, where he is a mentor, participates in cross country and swim teams and is a member of National Honor Society, student council and Spanish Club. He has partidipated in Wheeling Youth Leadership, Boys State and I Believe.

He plans to attend West Virginia University.

Dharawat is a senior at Linsly School, where he plays soccer and tennis and belongs to Spanish and Key clubs. He travels with People to People and participates in National Youth Leadership forums. He intends to attend college.

Dlesk also is a senior at Linsly School, where he plays soccer and runs cross-country. His interests are skateboarding, driving and guitar.

Earley is a senior at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, where he plays football, hockey and tennis. He participates in Science Bowl and Pontifical Crew and is a member of French Honor Society and Young Libertarians. He is a volunteer at Wheeling Hospital’s physical therapy department.

He wants to attend The Ohio State University, Virginia Military Institute or the University of Southern California. He would like to major in physics and neuroscience, with a minor in political science.

Gittings is a senior at Linsly School, where he is captain of the swim team, a senior prefect, student ambassador, participant in upper school plays and a member of the forensicsand lacrosse teams and Key, Children’s Museum and Declamation clubs. He is involved in tutoring and Easter Seals’ Ride With Pride. He belongs to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church and is involved in a mission trip.

He plans to attend college and wants to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering or physical therapy.

Gordon is home-schooled. He plays football and basketball and serves as a pianist and organist at multiple area churches. He intends to pursue a degree in music composition.

Herron is a senior at Linsly School, where he plays hockey, travel hockey and lacrosse. He works for the Wheeling Nailers. He wants to attend college and participate in athletics.

Morano also is a senior at Linsly School, where he plays soccer and lacrosse, serves as a prefect and is a member of National Honor Society, Key and German clubs. He is a volunteer at Wheeling Hospital. He plans to go to college.

Ream is a senior at Wheeling Park High School, where he is a former band member. He is employed by the Wheeling Park Commission, serves as a skating instructional assistant and is involved in mountain biking and snowboarding.

He has been accepted to Embry Riddle University and Kent State University. He will major in aeronautical science-flight technology and minor in aeronautical science-maintenance/ mechanics.