Thirteen young women were introduced at the St. Petersburg Debutante Club's annual coffee, held at the home of Brooke and Dr. Chris Nelson Jr. The yearly event offers an occasion for generations of women to get to know each other and to welcome the current debs, who will be presented in December.
The 2013 debutantes are:
Annemarie Nicole Anders, daughter of John Arlan Anders and Margaret Anne McQueen, nursing major at St. Petersburg College.
Laura Catherine Baran, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gregg Anthony Baran, drawing major at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Emily Marie Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Craig Bennett, St. Petersburg College.
Rachel O'Connell Chase, daughter of Christine Babcock Chase, Sewanee: the University of the South.
Shane Keller Crutchfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Knox Crutchfield IV, business major at Xavier University.
Kelly Margaret Doyle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kenneth Doyle, Kenyon College.
Evan Brooke Hill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hill, management major at the University of Florida.
Mansie Rose Hough, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Robb Hough Jr., journalism major at Washington and Lee University.
Simone Tyler Leeper, daughter of Daniel James Leeper and Silvia Jimenez Leeper, theater and political science major at Columbia University.
Theresa Rosemarie Macari, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Joseph Macari, education major at the University of Florida.
Laura Ann Peterson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. Andrew Peterson, linguistics major at Harvard College.
Mallory Blair Posey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Posey, University of Miami.
Hannah Katherine Updegraff, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Ambrose Updegraff, fashion design major at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Michael Lynche, the former St. Petersburg resident who became known to America as "Big Mike" on American Idol, performed at Resurrection House's annual New Beginnings breakfast, held in the Coliseum.
A Gibbs High alumnus, Lynche graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Central Florida but returned home after his mother, the late Michele Lynche, became ill. During that time, he bought a guitar.
He performed at a friend's wedding in New York and later moved there, eventually appearing on Idol and launching a recording career. (Lynche recently signed with Big3 Records and CEO Bill Edwards.)
His story of challenges, second chances and dreams realized was an appropriate segue into describing the mission of Resurrection House, a faith-based organization that focuses on education and workforce development, said board of directors chairman Bronson Alexander.
The Eva and Russell Striplin Family Foundation was the presenting sponsor, represented by sisters Betty Shamas and Jane Beam. Other major sponsors were Highway Safety Devices, Doyle Wealth Management, Hennessy Construction Services, Morgan Auto Group, Beverly and Carlos Yepes, Raymond James Bank and LS and Co.