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The Crowd: Celebrating the belles of the ball

National Charity League continues a tradition in Newport Beach.

December 05, 2013|By B.W. Cook
  • The 2013 National Charity League, Inc. Newport Beach Chapter debutantes were presented to society at the 53rd Debutante Ball Nov. 30 at the Hotel Irvine. Bottom row: Lauren Michelle Anderson, Lily James Anderson, Shannon O'Neil Barth, Megan Jean Bathen, Jordan Suzanne Castleton, Daniella Elsa Chila, Catherine Louise Connelly. Second row: Marguerite O'Toole Danner, Meredith Streeter Davin, Alexa Nicolle DeSantis, Sally Elizabeth Evans, Megan Elizabeth Farley, Kylie Rose Gaughan, Caroline Lane Graham. Third row: Hannah Grace Hall, Shelby Yvonne Perez, Emilie Darin Jajonie, Caitlyn Mardee Johnson, Jane Grace Layton, Katherine Marie Maddox, Paige Lauren Miller, Kylie Tamm Mulvaney. Back row: Ashlee Ann Queathem, Kari Michelle Hancock, Brenna Marie Van Hoogenstyn, Jamison Elizabeth Searles.
The 2013 National Charity League, Inc. Newport Beach… (C. Gilmore Studios )

In time-honored tradition, the National Charity League, Inc. presented its 53rd Debutante Ball, introducing 26 young ladies from the Newport Beach community to society. The debutantes were honored for six years of community service through National Charity League programs in Orange County, assisting more than 30 charities that benefit a wide range of important social causes. Nearly 500 guests in black tie converged Nov. 30 on the newly named Hotel Irvine (formerly the Hyatt Regency Irvine) for a Saturday night formal presentation.

Following the traditional decorum of the debutante process, the mothers of the young women were presented to the crowd and then seated in the ballroom by each of their daughters' escorts. The 2013 debutante ball director, Nancy Vaughan, and her husband John Vaughan were introduced and joined Kerry Barth, National Charity League Newport Chapter president. Barth is the mother of Shannon Barth, one of the 2013 debutantes. Then the spectacular parade of young women in beautiful flowing white gowns entered the ballroom and floated across the dance floor after taking their St. James bow and finally taking the arm of their father or sponsor escort.

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The rite of passage officially began with the opening waltz and the first Champagne toast. A spectacular three-course dinner featured a spring salad followed by an entrée of filet and salmon, and a decadent chocolate dessert. The debutantes and their families and guests danced until midnight, entertained by the Jay Sterling Orchestra.

The 2013 National Charity League debutantes are Lauren Michelle Anderson, Lily James Anderson, Shannon O'Neil Barth, Megan Jean Bathen, Jordan Suzanne Castleton, Daniella Elsa Chila, Catherine Louise Connelly, Marguerite O'Toole Danner, Meredith Streeter Davin, Alexa Nicolle DeSantis, Sally Elizabeth Evans, Megan Elizabeth Farley, Kylie Rose Gaughan, Caroline Lane Graham, Hannah Grace Hall, Kari Michelle Hancock, Emilie Darin Jajonie, Caitlyn Mardee Johnson, Jane Grace Layton, Katherine Marie Maddox, Paige Lauren Miller, Kylie Tamm Mulvaney, Shelby Yvonne Perez, Ashlee Ann Queathem, Jamison Elizabeth Searles and Brenna Marie Van Hoogenstyn.

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