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Guests sit down for dinner during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Marc Giosa and Valeris Williams attended the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Richard Rauh and Kate Colligan attended the the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Dancers perform an excerpt from 'Beauty and the Beast' during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Dr. Norman Wolmark and Eva Blum were among the guests at the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Christine Popovich strikes a pose during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Mary McKinney poses during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Casey Taylor and Danielle Downey attended the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Peggy McKnight was among the guests at the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Melanie Crockard models a gown during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Vivian Benter takes a stroll on the catwalk as her husband, Bill, looks on during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Dancer Ashley Canupp performs during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Ann and LeRoy Metz dance during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Dancers Alejandro Diaz and Hannah Carter join Blake Ragghianti during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Janet and Harris Ferris hit the dance floor during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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A Fairytale Evening was the theme of the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Justin Steel and Caitlin Peabody exchange smiles during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Bill and Carol Byham were among the guests at the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Dancers perform an excerpt from 'The Beauty and the Beast' during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Dancers perform an excerpt from 'The Beauty and the Beast' during the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.
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Towering candelabra decorated tables at the PIttsburgh Ballet Theatre A Pointe in Time Ball at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown. Nov. 1, 2014.

Anticipation had been running high in the weeks preceding Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Pointe in Time Ball as500-plus guests set their hopes on a fairy tale evening.

That promise was delivered Nov. 1 with a flawlessly executed event that ushered the record-setting crowd out of reality and into a decadent fantasy land.

Inside the ballroom of the Westin, event producer Martin Potoczny of Luxe Lighting + Atmospheres had created a hauntingly romantic scene using moody reds and lush blooms from Mt. Lebanon Floral to embrace the “Beauty and the Beast” theme. As the champagne began to flow, four courses of mouth-watering delectable’s were served by a staff who seemed intent on catering to every whim.

From there, it took two seconds for company dancers to own the spotlight with passionate teasers from “Sandpaper Ballet,” “La Bayadère” and “Beauty and the Beast” that had everyone talking.

“I think that program was spectacular,” said Kevin McMahon, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust prez.

Without skipping a beat, Jim Roddey led the charge on a quick and painless four-item live auction, dramatically presented via videos narrated by the renowned Robin Leach and sprinkled with Roddey’s legendary zingers.

“This is starting to look like the cheap side of the room,” he joked, egging on bids.

With City Heat Band successfully warming up the dance floor, the evening had just kicked into high gear when the reviews began pouring in.

“This is one of the best parties of the year,” said Jim Taylor.

VIPs included Eva Tansky Blum and Dr. Norman Wolmark, Bill and Vivian Benter, Mary McKinney andRandy McCombs, Dawn andChris Fleischner, Barbara andGerald Chait, Andrea Carelli and Mike Toretti, Peggy andSteve McKnight, Bill andSandy Lambert, Becky andHerb Torbin, Tom and Betsy Teti, Melanie andJim Crockard, Bill and Carol Byham, Tim McVay andDavid Bush, and Dr. Helene Finegold.

Kate Benz, the social columnist for Trib Total Media, can be reached at [email protected], 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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