Helping Hand Home Debs Presented At Gala, Honored At Brunch & Fashion Show

 By Rose Betty Williams
Photography by Jennifer Perez, Janet Scott and Rose Betty Williams

THE SCENE: The Helping Hand Society hosted its 72nd annual Crystal Ball, themed “A Black & White Affair,” at Palmer Events Center in Austin. It was a day and evening gala to remember with timeless, classic elegance and black and white décor. The capacity crowd of thousands, many representing multi-generations of their families, dressed in black and white tie. Thirty-two debutantes, all college freshmen, took their bows, accompanied by their escorts and junior escorts. The festivities began in the morning with mimosas and a champagne brunch by Catering by Rosemary; the presentation of 41 First Grade Princesses; the spectacular runway fashion show by Julian Gold and Webber Productions; and the introduction of the Ninth Grade Helping Hand Girls and the Crystal Ball Debutantes. The gala started with cocktails and a silent auction, then the presentation of the debutantes, escorts, junior escorts and Helping Hand Girls and Boys. After dinner, guests danced to the music of Memphis Train Revue.

THE VIBE: The 2015 Helping Hand Crystal Ball stunning debutantes presented were: Charlotte Mignonette Brigham, Madison Kay Bunner, Margaret Deane Cardwell, Claire Wilson Chlebowski, Campbell Elizabeth Chupik, Kathleen Elizabeth Cooke, Parker Elizabeth Davis, Sofia Alexis Dieck, Zoë LeGate Dobson, Emily Anne Edelman, Avery Ann Ferguson, Callan Ashley Fowler, Sara Linnea Greaves, Winborne Leigh Hamlin, Julia Elizabeth Harris, Holly Michelle Hubenak, Cathlyn Sorrel Jones, Carter Clementine Kyle, Madison Elizabeth Lauderback, Kristyn Irene Loeffel, Zoe Madalyn Luechauer, Jennifer Rebecca Prideaux, Peyton Elizabeth Reynolds, Stephanie Lynne Settle, Emory Elizabeth Sharplin, Hallie Hamilton Smith, Molly Mae Smith, Molly Katharine Suttle, Abigail Marie Thompson, Hayden Elizabeth Waugh, Mary Patricia Wehmeyer, and Catherine Elizabeth Wendlandt.

THE CAUSE: The Crystal Ball event is the largest fundraiser for the Helping Hand Home for Children, and this year’s gala, co-chaired by Marla Kiger and Julie Ballard, raised more than $1 million to support their mission. The Helping Hand Home has provided a place to heal for abused, neglected and abandoned children for more than 120 years. “Hope Happens Here” is the motto, and it aptly describes their programs, which include residential treatment services, therapeutic foster care, adoption services, educational and enrichment activities, and an on-site charter school.

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