The St. Petersburg Debutante Club honors 13 young women and their families on Dec. 27 at its annual black-tie Presentation Ball, a tradition since the late 1930s. ¶ The 2013 class, which will be celebrated at the Coliseum, is as follows:
Annemarie Nicole Anders, daughter of John Arlan Anders and Margaret Anne McQueen, education major at St. Petersburg College.
Laura Catherine Baran, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gregg Anthony Baran, fine arts major at 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 Mrs. Christina Babcock Morris, University of South Florida.
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, marine science major at the University of Florida.
Mansie Rose Hough, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Robb Hough Jr., mass communications major at Washington and Lee University.
Simone Tyler Leeper, daughter of Mr. Daniel James Leeper and Mrs. Silvia Jiminez 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, psychology major at Harvard College.
Mallory Blair Posey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Anthony 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.
The hour was early, but several hundred guests packed the Coliseum for CASA's 17th annual Peace Breakfast, where executive director Linda Osmundson announced the launch of a "Sunshine & Hope" campaign to raise money for a new 100-bed shelter. Community Action Stops Abuse hopes the building will open around midyear in 2015.
Domestic abuse survivor Melissa Dohme, whose former boyfriend stabbed her 32 times in January 2012, received the John E. Stross "Victory over Violence Award."
Supporters at the event included St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, City Council members Charlie Gerdes and Jim Kennedy, Pinellas County Commission chairman Ken Welch and state Rep. Kathleen Peters.
Sugar and spice make for a nice way to raise money for a good cause. And the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation's second annual "Sprinkles!" interactive cookie-decorating class was a great way to inspire a holiday mood at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg.
Pastry chef Michael Morlan was on hand to direct the decoration of gingerbread and sugar cookies, and patrons went home with a dozen treats.
The St. Anthony's Auxiliary sponsored a number of children from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County program who participated.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center at St. Anthony's.