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

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

THE SCENE: The Helping Hand Society recently hosted its 73nd annual Crystal Ball as the Palmer Events was transformed with Old World classic décor. The prominent stage and runway presented 30 debutantes, their escorts and junior escorts as well as 78 Helping Hand Girls, 70 Helping Hand Boys and 39 First Grade Princesses. The capacity crowd enjoyed a champagne brunch by Catering by Rosemary and admired a spectacular fashion show presented by Julian Gold and Webber Productions. The black tie gala commenced later that evening with cocktails and a silent auction followed by the debutante presentation, dinner, a cigar bar and dancing to blind date.

THE VIBE:  The 2016 Helping Hand Crystal Ball stunning debutantes presented were: Audrey Sophia Abbott, Brady Kathryn Anderson, Mary Morgan Baker, Lillian Margaret Brown, Alex Courtney Cameron, Abigail Erwinna Coon, Morgan Alexandrea Cumby, Madeline Lea Durrett, Jenna May Dwyer, Elizabeth Lange Ernst, Elisabeth Rachel Foster, Kaitlee Elizabeth Haralson, Elisabeth Lane Howard, Lucy Jones, Rachel Alexander Kessler, Barbara Nicole Laughlin, Emily Michelle Mansour, Caroline Mays McCaul, Caroline Black McFarland, Grace Frazer Moore, Hailey Dea Nelsen, Madeline Elise Odom, Catherine Anne Powell, Nancy Elizabeth Prickett, Lauren Kathryn Schwartz, Alexandra Hudson Sherwood, Claudia Anne Taylor, Mary Catherine Walters, Sarah Virginia Wells and Marietta Merritt Wise.

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 Kelly Goulding and Gayla Stuart, raised more than $1 million in support of the Helping Hand Home’s mission to heal and transform the lives of children in need by providing nurturing and residential treatment services, therapeutic foster case, adoption services, family support services and an on-site charter school to the children it serves. In keeping with the Helping Hand Home’s motto “Hope Happens Here,” the organization helps children whose young lives were once filled with fear, pain and chaos learn to trust adults to take care of them and to reclaim their childhood.

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