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St. Petersburg ball features 13 debutantes

12.27.2013

The tradition began in 1937, when the late Diana Rowell, the Times society editor, launched the annual debutante ball, a time for some of St. Petersburg's prominent families and their friends to gather and to introduce young women to society.

Since then, nearly 1,300 have made their debuts, master of ceremonies and former Mayor Bob Ulrich noted at the most recent iteration of the Presentation Ball, held in the Coliseum.

The St. Petersburg Debutante Club hosts the event, which features such traditional touches as signature songs, a profusion of red roses, a grand march and several celebratory dances.

The 2013 event featured 13 debutantes:

Annemarie Anders, daughter of John Anders and Maggi McQueen, presented by her father and escorted by Matt Bryant.

Laura Baran, daughter of Dr. Gregg and Cimmie Baran, presented by her father and escorted by her brother McLean Baran.

Emily Bennett, daughter of Phillip and Janice Bennett, presented by her father and escorted by Nick Quintessenza.

Rachel O'Connell Chase, daughter of Christina Babcock Morris, presented by her grandfather Dr. Huston Babcock and escorted by Rasa Zaidi.

Shane Crutchfield, daughter of George and Colleen Crutchfield, presented by her father and escorted by her brother Knox Crutchfield.

Kelly Doyle, daughter of Bob and Jillian Doyle, presented by her father and escorted by Taylor Wright.

Evan Brooke Hill, daughter of Paul and Jill Hill, presented by her father and escorted by Bradley Wallace.

Mansie Hough, daughter of Robb and Susan Hough, presented by her father and escorted by Emery Ellinger.

Simone Leeper, daughter of Dan and Silvia Leeper, presented by her father and escorted by her brother, Nicolas Leeper.

Theresa Macari, daughter of Claude and Mary Macari, presented by her father and escorted by her brother Claude Macari Jr.

Laura Peterson, daughter of Dr. Andy and Janet Peterson, presented by her father and escorted by Joe Saunders.

Mallory Posey, daughter of John and Lisa Posey, presented by her father and escorted by Elliott Orr.

Hannah Updegraff, daughter of Dr. Steve and Betsy Updegraff, presented by her father and escorted by Cody Clark.

St. Petersburg ball features 13 debutantes 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 2:29pm]

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