The historic Buell Mansion was the setting for the Fine Arts Foundation 2017 Debutante Announcement Reception held Aug. 28. Twenty-two high school seniors from 11 different schools along with their parents gathered with Foundation members and past Citizen of the Arts honorees to toast the new Debutante class. The class is comprised of accomplished athletes, scholars, vocalists, thespians and school and community leaders.
Among them are a Most National Charity League Philanthropy Hours recipient, a Student Athlete of the Year, several Loyola Award for Outstanding Leadership honorees, an accomplished thespian, a member of the Mandarin Chinese Honor Society, a state and nationally ranked horseback rider, a candidate for an International Baccalaureate Diploma, and recipients of many other academic and philanthropic awards.
The reception included a sumptuous buffet of appetizers, live music and the presentation of roses to each of the Debutantes by Linda Steiert, the 2017 Debutante Ball Chair.
Janet Granger, incoming president, welcomed the crowd and detailed the Fine Arts Foundation’s rich history and steadfast mission of raising funds to enrich life in Colorado by supporting the arts.
This year’s Debutantes are: Miss Rebecca Beaty, Miss Ashby Evans Bell, Miss Tara Glenn Butler, Miss Sarah Elizabeth Cowden, Miss Gabrielle Diecidue, Miss Audrey Hamond Groves, Miss Mary Elizabeth Harpole, Miss Riley LaCouture, Miss Gabriella Lorance, Miss Gabriella Therese McWilliams, Miss Emily Catherine Nelson, Miss Mary Newland, Miss Tiffany Elisabeth Parobek, Miss Jenna Renee Quirk, Miss Danielle Pompi Sanders, Miss Marissa Belle Smith, Miss Eleanor Kennedy Spinney, Miss Sara Marie Stavaski, Miss Catherine Stevinson, Miss Anne Marie Tobler, Miss Skylar Caroline Vaughn and Miss Katherine Susan Whittelsey.
The Debutante Ball will be held on the grounds of the University of Denver on the evening of Saturday, June 17, 2017.
CLICK HERE for the 2017 Debutante Announcement Party article in the The Villager