The Ballet Women’s Committee and Poinsettia Men’s Club hosted the 51st Annual Poinsettia Debutante Ball on Dec. 27 at Vestavia Country Club.
Thirty-four debutantes were dressed in white gowns and carried bouquets of red poinsettias. They were presented at 8 p.m. in the ballroom to an overflowing crowd. These young ladies were nominated in the spring of their sophomore years in college and are presented in their junior years.
Twenty-five junior debutantes were presented in red gowns and carried bouquets of white roses. The junior debutantes are seniors in high school.
Guests entered the ballroom to be greeted by Christmas greenery, white lights and sparkling gold ribbons, all designed by Rick Whitley.
The evening began with a private presentation of the debutantes at the Benefactor’s Dinner, sponsored by the Poinsettia Men’s Club. The dinner was coordinated by Sue Ellen Summers.
Following the dinner, the debutantes were presented in the ballroom by the master of ceremony, Don Mosley of Sounds of Birmingham. Judith Hicks played the harp during the presentation of the debutantes. The girls then danced their first waltzes with their fathers or escorts.
AZ Izz provided the musical entertainment.
The evening’s festivities were coordinated by Poinsettia Ball board President Liz Phillips-Guest with support from Melissa McMurray, ball chairman, and Kelley Brown, debutante social chairman.
Other members helping with the event were Sarah Bryan, Erin Burton, Cathy Donze, Lianne Hand, Ann Marie Harvey, Sandy Johnson, Carla Nesbitt, Leigh Ann Smyth, Shannon Stewart, Ashley Stockard, Tammy Towns, Kelly Troiano and Stephanie Whisenhunt.
Aiding in the festivities were Sharon Maddox, president of the Ballet Women’s Committee, and Clint Beasely, president of the Poinsettia Men’s Club.