The Winter Ball, always rife with fab furs and glam gowns, wasn’t a disappointment this year, as the over-the-top Carnevale di Venezia-themed gala took over the ballroom of Downtown’s Hilton Americas hotel.
With artful masks and scenes of Italian waterways as backdrops, the evening was a beautiful tribute to this year’s Women of Distinction: Jane Page Crump, Winell Herron, Penny Loyd, Joella Mach, Beth Madison, Bobbie Nau, Roz Pactor, Rachel Regan, Lisa Simon, Nancy Strohmer and Beth Wolff. Event chairs Denise Monteleone and Franelle Rogers, along with honorary chairs Betty and Jess Tutor, were thrilled with the turnout of 600-plus.
Rose Cullen received the honor of La Patronessa Straordinaria, the Italian-inspired title for this year’s Ambassador. And thanks to a successful auction—including items like a Mercedes-Benz 2014 S-Class sedan—proceeds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation topped $800,000. –Photos by John Pembroke