70th Annual Helping Hand Society Crystal Ball Presentation and Brunch Wows

By Rose Betty Williams
Photography by Janet Scott and Rose Betty Williams

Recently the Helping Hand Society hosted its 70th annual Crystal Ball at Palmer Events Center in Austin where 35 lovely debutantes took their bows, accompanied by their escorts and junior escorts. The festivities were comprised of the brunch with an elaborate Julian Gold fashion show produced by Sue Webber of Webber Productions and attended by 1300 guests. The black tie presentation gala at night, themed Blue Danube, was attended by 1900 guests who bid on a wide variety of silent auction items, danced to the music of Suede and enjoyed the debutante presentation with dinner served by Catering by Rosemary.

The 2013 Helping Hand Crystal Ball debutantes presented were: Shelby Madison Albrecht, Katerina Blaire Barnes, Sarah Jane Bible, Elizabeth Ann Black, Sarah Caroline Brown, Emily Patricia Bury, Sarah Burke Butler, Caroline Francis Campbell, Anne Francis Clark, Tess Anne Coates, Hannah Katherine Coon, Elizabeth Hollins Crowley, Elizabeth Markley Ehrlich, Louisa Simms Ehrlich, Caroline McLean Furst, Emily Paige Gaston, Ella Grayson Glade, Ryleigh Helene Gorman, Velda Kathryn Harvey, Baker Nicole Howry, Elizabeth Painter Hur, Katherine Frances Klein, Callie Ann McConnico, Catherine Anne Prideaux, Sallie Gayle Saunders, Mary Claire Brumley Sayers, Claire Leslie Smith, Kendall Barnes Smith, Charlotte Elizabeth Talley, Alexandra Leah Timmerman, Sarah Elizabeth Vollman, Morgan Elizabeth Wenske, Caitlin Ann Whiteley, Kendle Marie Windham and Anna Elizabeth Zodin. One-hundred 9th grade Helping Hand Girls and Boys and 33 first grade Helping Hand Princesses also participated.

Co-chairs Carrie Brown and Vanessa Wolfe announced that proceeds, expected to surpass $1million, will benefit the Helping Hand Home for Children and will specifically support therapeutic treatment services, education and enrichment activities for the children living at the Home. Laura McBride, President of the Helping Hand Home, pointed out that the gala provides funding for a residential treatment center for abused children who are severely emotionally disturbed; a Charter School for these children that is managed by the University of Texas; and a foster care program for abused children who are able to function in a family setting.. Thanking the Crystal Ball chairs, committee, HH Society and community volunteers, patrons, and Helping Hand Home for Children professionals and staff, she highlighted the Home’s mission, “Hope Happens Here”.


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