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Presenting....The King, the debutantes and escorts of the 2009 Beaux Arts Ball

by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: May 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm •  Published: November 29, 2009

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2009 Beaux Arts Ball King Frederick Jones Hall and Ball Chairman Connell Branan. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).

There were beautiful young women in gorgeous white dresses.  There was a King. There were royal pages escorting the King. There were decorative crowns made out of flowers. There were flowers, flowers, flowers by Trochta’s. There were well mannered, well-dressed young men who were escorts. There were debonair fathers who were escorts. There were elegant dignitaries. There was a celebrity voice announcer. There were guests in elaborate long dresses. There were 16 former Kings.

All of this wonderfulness was under the direction of Beaux Arts Ball chairman Connell Branan and her co-chairman Bebe MacKellar. The Ball was at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. It is traditionally the Saturday night after Thanksgiving.

Tables held bouquets of hydrangeas and roses and there were colorful flower swags topped with crowns over the doorways. A crown created entirely from flowers was hung over the fireplace over the area where The King’s Chair was placed.

The 2009 Beaux Arts Ball King, Frederick Jones Hall, was introduced and it was noted that he was recognized for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the community. He was attended by Eric Thompson Abbott and Jack Joullian Story.

The 2009 Debutantes who were presented were Kelly Eileen Anthony, Lindsey Carlin Bevers, Blair Addison Bookman, Sarah Michelle Brown, Eleanor Duncan Covington, Eliza Ingraham Delaney, Christina Nicole Ellis, Kelsey Lynn Frederickson, Anna Grace Givens, Callan Lee Gordon, Alexis Yasmine Hefner, Elaine Gabrielle Joseph, Colbie Clairborne Magness, Madeline Stirling McCubbin, Mary Anne Morgan, Emma Ann Roush, Megan Calli Swisher, Claire Elizabeth Thetford, Laura Margaret Thompson, Blair Levesque Tyrrell.

Escorts were Jacob Browning Archer, Reed Anthony Arnold, Cole Barton Berry, Jay Russell Caston, Blake Reed Dahlgren, Matthew Chase Dawkins, Peter Samis Everest, James Edward Fox jr., Daniel Robert Gresham, Andrew Joseph Griffin, John Barnes Heatly jr., Robert Townsend Holmboe, Davis Riley Hudiburg, Benjamin David Huffman, James Andrew Lippert, George Stephen Mason III, Cameron Anthony Meyers, Matthew Whitfield Pierce, Matthew Henry Rooney, Reed Smart Roush, Jeffrey Laurence Semtner, Sim Kay Sims II, Ashford Ravenscroft Thomson, Anthony Miles Viele and Grayson Powell Walker.

Committee members were  Terri Benear, Mindy Balyeat Cunningham, Kathryn Crabb, Libby Denner, Shirley Everest, Tricia Everest, Mary FitzSimons, Elain Frogge,  Karen Raupe Hanstein, Aimee Harlow, Caroline Hendee, Anne Henderson, Linda James, Susan Jordan, Susan McPherson, Lee Murphy, Lisa Pierce, Dana Price, Leslie Russell, Karen Samis, Lauren Sullivan and  Margo Ward.

William Arthur Wallace was the announcer. The 64th annual Ball benefits the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

The King sat in this chair  during the presentation of the debutantes and escorts. Overhead was a crown created out of flowers.

While they were waiting to line up for the presentation, the debutantes practiced their deep curtseys.

Debutantes carried these beautiful nosegays of roses.

Place cards designated table seating for the formal dinner.

Flowers at the entrance of the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

More beautiful flowers at the King’s table.

More flowers.

Libby Denner and Connell Branan.

Jim Vallion at the Ball.

Lisa Pierce, Jim Vallion and Linda James were at the rehearsal the day before the Ball.

Tricia Everest, Connell Branan and Leslie Russell check on seating arrangements the day before the Ball.

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by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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