The 19th Assistance League of Newport-Mesa Medallion Debutante Ball presented 10 exceptional young women to local society July 18.
More than 200 family members and close friends joined hands applauding the accomplishments of the debutantes at an elegant Sunday evening coming-of-age ceremony held at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach.
A celebration that caps four years of community service that begins in the ninth grade, the debutantes first take their path as members of the "Assisteens Auxiliary." The program was inaugurated in 1962, the first such teen volunteer program of its kind in Orange County.
During their high school years, the girls participate in Assistance League philanthropic endeavors, including working at the Cheri Harris Children's Dental Health Center, Costa Mesa, along with many community outreach programs, such as Operation School Bell, which provides school supplies and clothing for children and families in need.
Additionally, the girls volunteer in the League Thrift Shop and Consignment Store in Costa Mesa, helping to raise funds that are used to support charitable outreach.