And So Does The Wadsworth!

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What with planning one of the biggest galas in the Hartford area and keeping her  business going and participating in a slew of other volunteer projects along the way, it’s no wonder Karen Cronin Wheat didn’t have a new dress for the ball.

But she didn’t want a new one. Wheat wowed them with something old at the Wadsworth “Splendor” Gala Saturday.  Her wedding dress.

Wheat, who co-chaired the event with Jay Morton, decided that since the ball was the night before her wedding anniversary, she would wear her wedding dress for sentimental reasons.

And the best part was the almond –colored  full-length sheath still fit like a glove.

And how did the groom, John Wheat, feel about it all, other than the savings of course?

“She looked as beautiful tonight coming down the stairs as she did in 1994 when she wore it the first time in San Francisco,” he said.

The Wheats weren’t the only ones doing the romantic dance at the gala at the Connecticut Convention Center.

So were Hartford resident Lisa Subrize and date, Chris Pagano, who works at Travelers.

“This is our third date,” said Subrize in merlot satin strapless, admitting she was pretty impressed by the black tie affair and the fact that she was part of one of the city’s most prestigious events.

But was it good enough?

“I want to know if there will be a fourth date,” Pagano said shyly.

“Oh yes,” she replied with a nod of the head and a smile.

They say they moved to Key West, but Peter and Sally Shapiro were at the party, touting their downtown Hartford digs to former Coleco president and one of the city’s well-known “bishops,” Arnold Greenberg.

As one of the renowned power players that have graced Hartford, Greenberg said he is excited about its future.

“The city is getting ready for a Renaissance,” he said. “And the I-Quilt project,” he said referring to the urban design plan for Hartford, “is going to make the city very exciting.”

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