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Beaux Arts Ball Debutantes were presented at the Ball


The 70th annual Beaux Arts Ball was a showstopper. Outside the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, glistening ice covered the trees, the lawn and surrounding homes and gardens and inside the Country Club there was a veritable blooming garden featuring 5,000 garden roses and other beautiful flowers.

Chairman Laura Kirkpatrick and co-chairman Kristen Bohanon greeted guests at the front door of the Great Hall.


 The presentation of 19 debutantes and 17 escorts went off without a hitch as did the crowning of the new King of the Beaux Arts Ball Christian Keesee. The King received a standing ovation when he was introduced as his name had been a well- kept secret. The young pages, Nathan Thomas Currie and Samis Knox Kirkpatrick, accompanied the King as he walked down the aisle and performed their royal duties very seriously.


The debutantes: Debutantes, wearing very traditional, very beautiful long white ball gowns and long white gloves, were Liza Anne Cameron, Carly Fornof Collins, Monica Nichole Elkins, Hannah Lyn Frogge, Katherine Browne Hanstein, Anna Kristina Harlow, Gabrielle Coury Hefner, Abigail Jane Johnston, Callie Quinn Kumler, Catherine Elizabeth Lewis, Olivia Ann Metzer, Asha Devi Nanda, Natalie Ann Robinson, Caroline Anne Say, Dana Stone Silver, Caroline Lee Sullivan, Taylor Lynne Trachtenberg, Grace Vose Williams, Katherine Keegan Wolf.


The escorts: Escorts dressed in formal evening attire were John Mark Downs, Davis Doyle English, Harbour Stewart Foltz, Garrett Haskell Fraley, Brent Joseph Gawey, Mark Conner Harris, David Allan Henderson, Clark Richard Higganbotham, Ty William Lopez, David Michael Love, Tyler Jackson Lucas, Michael Howorth Parry, Richard Bascum Pippin, Robert Trenton Saunders, Cameron Mason Scott, Bryce Thomas Stevenson and John Allee Switzer.

 Genea Vallion and Jim Vallion and Trochtas Florist’s staff members featured flower bouquets and archways and swags with cream and white garden roses, hydrangeas, peonies, snow berries and hypericum. Gold compotes held the flowers, gold magnolia leaves, and sometimes a pear or an artichoke tucked in for a whimsical touch. Gold -dusted magnolia trees lined the entryway of the Country Club. The fireplace in the Great Hall where the King was seated for the presentation featured a 90 ft. garland of gold leaf magnolias and gold finials. Fern green tablecloths and gold chairs were used. The debutantes carried bouquets of ivory, white roses and white berries tied with French velvet ribbons.

 The special Beaux Arts Ball flag was placed at the front door and greeted guests as they arrived. Former kings also flew the flag at their homes during the weekend.


Monarch’s menu: Dinner was Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Tail, vegetables and a Kale and Arugula Salad. Dessert was a chocolate parfait.






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