The 21st annual Medallion Debutante Ball sponsored by the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa introduced 10 young ladies to Orange County society.
The June 30 gala unfolded at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and was chaired by Kathryn Schlesinger. Dale Johnston served as emcee for the presentation, which he has done for more than a decade. Joining Schlesinger producing the event were Assistance League Past Presidents Marie-France Lefebvre and Joanne Johnston.
Dressed in traditional wedding-white, the young women wore long gloves and carried a pomander of pink and red roses as they made their formal entrance under a floral gazebo. Taking the St. James bow, the debutantes left the arm of their fathers and other significant escorts, taking a moment to present a long-stemmed red rose to their mothers — a significant gesture indeed, given the sacrifices made by the mothers raising their children.
Following the rose ceremony was the first dance, a traditional waltz as the young women swept across the ballroom floor in the arms of proud fathers. Soon the dads were interrupted by the young ladies' escorts for the finale of the presentation dance.