Trumpet fanfares announced the presentation of each debutante, and former Mayor Bob Ulrich was master of ceremonies at the 2010 Presentation Ball presented by the Debutante Club of St. Petersburg. A tradition dating to the 1930s, the dance drew nearly 1,200 family and friends to the Coliseum. It is one of the most formal gatherings each year, with all of the debutantes in white, wearing long white gloves and carrying red roses.
The 2010 honorees:
Caroline Dolven Anderson, daughter of Dr. Stephen Carl and Kathy Anderson, presented by her father and escorted by Brandon Robert Whelan.
Stephanie Marie Farkas, daughter of Dr. Frank Stephen and Toni Farkas, presented by her father and escorted by her brother Brian Alexander Farkas.
Kristie Nicole Fisher, daughter of Steven Douglas and Dawn Fisher, presented by her father and escorted by John Michael Stephens.
Christine Elizabeth Foster, daughter of Mayor David William and Wendy Foster, presented by her father and escorted by Daniel Marshall Carvin Jr.
Andrea Leigh Mastry, daughter of Robert Donald and Iris Mastry, presented by her father and escorted by her brother Robert Donald Mastry Jr.
Emily Marie Miller, daughter of David Robert and Linda Punzak and Walter Clyde Miller, presented by her stepfather and escorted by Robert David Punzak.
Jacqueline Nicole Montanari, daughter of John Edmund and Pam Montanari, presented by her father and escorted by Mark Stroud Jr.
Mary Amanda Nickens, daughter of Timothy William and Bridget Nickens, presented by her father and escorted by Nicholas Vincent Vitrano.
Erin Kathryn O'Keeffe, daughter of Gregory Whitney and Linda O'Keeffe, presented by her father and escorted by her brother Colin Gregory O'Keeffe.
Farris Alexandria Rahall, daughter of Farris Jeffrey Rahall and Cary Thomas Rahall, presented by her father and escorted by Eric Paul Dornbush.
Mary Helen Rouse, daughter of Stephen Carl Rouse and Ann Margaret Coryn, presented by her uncle Edward Joseph Coryn and escorted by her brother Robert Anthony Rouse.
Melissa Jeanne Smith, daughter of Raymond Paul and Jeri Smith, presented by her father and escorted by her brother Gage Bradley Smith.
Alejandra Elena Sosa, daughter of Dr. Roberto Arturo and Ruth Sosa, presented by her father and escorted by her brother Philip Andres Sosa.
Emily Anne Updegraff, daughter of Dr. Stephen Ambrose and Betsy Updegraff, presented by her father and escorted by Ehren Douglas Minnich.
Caroline Elizabeth Vetter, daughter of David Rodman Vetter and Deborah Lee Vetter, presented by her father and escorted by her brother Christopher David Vetter.
Madeline Cole Walker, daughter of David Frank and Wendy Walker, presented by her father and escorted by John Thomas Thrapp.
The 2010 class took on a service project with All Children's Hospital through "Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness," creating inspirational greetings for children who have life-threatening illnesses. Meeting in the home of Deborah Vetter, they made the cards, then went to the hospital to participate in children's arts and crafts projects and deliver their handmade encouragements to individual patients.
During the holidays, the debs and their families were entertained with a flurry of events, starting with a Dec. 18 "Brunch in Paris" meal at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, hosted by Karen Hancock and Renee Meana.
To make sure there were no missteps on the dance floor, the debs, their fathers and escorts brushed up at an instructional dance party on Dec. 19, hosted at the Fred Astaire studio by Julie and Rick Bannon, Shirley and Dave DeGroot, Jane and David Ferguson, Kathleen and Harvey Ford, Lisa and Peter Wells, Lesli and Dave Williams and Pat and Witt Wilkerson.
A spa day at the Renaissance Vinoy was a pampering treat on Dec. 20; hostesses were Barbara Collins, Ashley Gairing, Kristie Helinger, Valery Warren Hendry, Judy Holland, Marian Yon Maguire, Connie Smith, Judy Stanton and Bonnie Strickland.
Susie Jesaitis and Lisa Fredrickson gave a Jingle Bell Mingle party on Dec. 21 at the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club; the next day, debutantes and their female relatives gathered in the home of Tim and Anje Bogott for a tea hosted by Cynthia Baran, Anje Bogott, Dr. Jody Cressman, Denise Degnan, Helen Feinberg, Terry Reid, Susan Wallace and Margaret Wood.
On Dec. 26, the debs, their fathers and grandfathers were guests at a Christmas Brunch at the yacht club; hosts were Terri and Vincent Shook, Betty Willis, Sally and Bob Willis, Lisa and David Meehan, Janet Raymond, Barbara and Bob Ulrich, Diane Husseman and Shawn and Dick Ulrich.