Fourteen Texas Women Take Their Bow At 62nd International Debutante Ball
By Jake Gaines Photography by Elaine and Chichi Ubina
THE SCENE: New York’s chic Pierre Hotel was recently the scene of the 62nd International Debutante Ball and Dinner Dance, the ultimate debutante presentation gala. Featuring 46 young women of distinction from nine countries on three continents, fourteen debutantes represented Texas with distinction: Melody Merrick Bradford, Elizabeth Anne Carl, Claire Wilson Chlebowski, AnnaRiley Crenshaw, Sophie Aliece Falvey Garland Hollis, Caroline Jean Jahr, Caroline Chambers Jones, Cathlyn Sorrel Jones, Kittsie Ann Klaes, Blaise Elizabeth Miller, Brindley Elizabeth Mize, Anastasia Christina Moss, Anne Wayland Plowman and Isabelle Terry. A colorful and patriotic event, the International Debutante Ball is a lovely and enjoyable family occasion during the New York social season. The Ball provides a social stage where young women and men from all over the world meet one another, have a wonderful time, and form lasting friendships.
THE VIBE: The evening began in the Regency Room as guests made their way through the receiving line, making their acquaintance with this year’s debs. At promptly 9 o’clock, guests made their way to the Grand Ballroom where they dined on scrumptious cuisine and engaged in lively conversation. At 11 o’clock the presentation of the women in white dresses began, where this year’s debutantes represented England, France, Scotland, China, Canada and thirteen American states. Each debutante was accompanied by her own escort in white tie and tails while a military escort carried a flag of the country or state she represented, displaying the international flair of this historic event. After the presentation, guests danced the night away on the ballroom floor, capping off an amazing night that will be remembered by the evening’s patrons for years to come.
THE CAUSE: The Bachelors’ Brunch at PJ Clarke’s kicked off the festivities early in the season. This year’s Honorary Chairmen were Ms. Anne Eisenhower, Mrs. David Hamilton and Ms. Julia Irene Kaufman. The Director and General Chairman is Mrs. Gregory S. Hedberg and the Chairmen include Mrs. Andrew Beer, Mrs. Spencer Neville Brown, Mrs. Ryland Chase, Ms. Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Ms. Susan Eisenhower and Ivan Obolensky. Proceeds from the ball benefit The International Debutante Ball Foundation Charities which supports numerous charities including The Solders’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club of New York City.