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Some parting thoughts on ‘Jazzy Jeans’

February 5, 2014
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Herald-Star community editor (jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

If you caught Tuesday's community page, it showcased photos from Saturday's "Jazzy Jeans and Jewels," a first-time fundraiser to benefit the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center.

I didn't want to sacrifice pictures for commentary, so I'm using the space on today's page to mention a few things.

Co-chaired by Janet Sharpe and Patricia Fletcher, the fundraiser was held at the Hellenic Hall at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Steubenville, a really nice venue for the outing that attracted approximately 200 people.

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A blinging couple — Janet and LeRoy Sharpe. LeRoy was the lone male contender in the ‘jazziest jeans’ contest and served as a celebrity chef, too.
-- Janice Kiaski

The good turnout was probably due in part to the break in what has been a l-o-n-g nasty stretch of winter weather - last Saturday actually was pretty pleasant - coupled with area residents looking for a little respite from cabin fever and having something fun to do.

The goal was to raise $5,000, and that was accomplished with the final tally being $5,501. All proceeds from Saturday's event will benefit the center, which come spring hopes to open a dental clinic. The center's mission, by the way, is to provide quality health care to the uninsured and underinsured of Jefferson County.

The fundraiser included 17 celebrity 'chefs' who donned chef's hats and lined up with a buffet that offered quite a variety of food and desserts they served to guests. They were Laura Meeks, representing James Baber; Dr. Tom Brown; Dr. John Hyland; Joe Ighnat; Jonathan Littlejohn; Mary Lynch; Dr. Patrick Macedonia; Judy Manfred; Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci; Keith Murdock; Matt Parise; Todd Phillipson; John Rocchi; the Rev. Clint Quillen; Jackie Quillen representing Dr. Pervaiz Rahman; LeRoy Sharpe; and Steubenville 6th Ward Councilman Bob Villamagna.

Music was provided courtesy of disc jockey Ross Ivkovich.

Patrons were invited to wear their "jazziest jeans" and accessories for the event that featured a "jazzy jeans" contest in which the winner got a "Red Carpet package" makeover courtesy of Legal Hair and Day Spa in Steubenville.

That honor went to Gretchen Heizler of New Cumberland, who works at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center. At $367, Heizler raised the most money in votes.

The way the contest worked is that a panel of judges - Francesca Carinci, Bryan Felmet, Phyllis Riccadonna and Rich Wilinski - scoped the hall, checked out what people were wearing and picked eight people with sparkly outfits to be the contestants. They each were given a container in which to collect votes at a dollar a pop.

In addition to Heizler, who even had her hair sparkling with glittery accessories, the contestants were Soundra Palmer (her jean jacket she did herself); Michelle Miller; Juliet Wolfe; Nancy Hukill; Roseann Trimmer, a nurse practitioner and volunteer at the health center who spelled out Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center in bling on one of her pant legs; and Barb Wilinski, who wore purple as she always does, and while the outfit had jazziness to it, her boots were something else - silver ones bought on sale and with a little purple Magic Marker decorating, made to complement her duds.

And there was one male in the mix - LeRoy Sharpe, who doubled as a chef, as well. I didn't get his photo on Tuesday's page so here it is today with his wife, Janet.

Janet and Patricia, incidentally, had great outfits on themselves, not to mention Fran Carinci.

There was indeed a lot of shimmering and sparkling going on in the hall - and that wasn't just in what people were wearing, but the table centerpieces were glimmering as well.

Decorators Frances Hughes and her daughter Cheryl DeFrank used blingy jeans, many of them donated by Carinci, and jewels to make very creative table decorations.

In addition to the co-chairs, other committee members for the event included Anita Jackson, Christine Sterling, Suzanne Brown, Chris Hyland and Holly Minch-Hick.

Sharpe told me she's gotten lots of positive feedback on the event, which promises to make a return next year.

 
 

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