Sunday Morning: Dec. 8, 2019; Helen Ford Wallace
BEAUX ARTS BALL
Royal occasion: The 74th annual Beaux Arts Ball featured 17 debutantes in long, white ballgowns, 12 escorts in formal attire, and a special king. The event was at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. The women, college sophomores, and men, college juniors, were introduced to family and friends in a presentation preceded by the introduction of the king, David Augustus Huffman, an Oklahoma City community leader. Two young pages, Pierce Daniel Ward, son of Margo and Harper Ward, and Duncan Beck, son of Burke and Jonathan Beck, got the event started by ringing the traditional gong.
Take a bow: Former kings were introduced, as well as escorts for the ball. Debutantes were presented by their fathers and they made a deep formal curtsy to the King. They carried garden nosegays of phlox, tweedia, white ranunculus and gomphrena. Fathers and escorts wore white ranunculus boutonnieres.
Standing ovation: When David Augustus Huffman was introduced as King of the Ball, everyone stood and applauded. No one knew this year's king's identity until Huffman appeared dressed in formal tails with a Beaux Arts Ball medallion and purple sash. He was escorted by the pages.
Pageantry: The elegant, classical and romantic theme for the ball was created by The Fleuriste. Table centerpieces featured garden flowers of tulips, phlox, ranunculus, tweedier, anemones and gomphrena. Debutantes and escorts made their entrance under a ceiling of draped chiffon and dangling lights. The stage for the king, debutantes and escorts featured a floral and candle background and placed throughout the country club were large, exquisite floral arrangements.
Fanfare: Dave and The Wavetones Band played during the evening.
In charge: Margo Ward was chairman of the ball and Aimee Harlow was co-chairman. Nick Bentley was the announcer.
The Debutantes: Debutantes were Katherine Brooke Abernathy, daughter of Celina Abernathy and Rob Abernathy; Sarah Nicole Bozalis, daughter of Theresa Bozalis and David Bozalis; Langley Bennett Branan, daughter of Connell and Cliff Branan; Chloe Bea Brown, daughter of Liz Muckleroy and Paul Brown; Sarah Catherine Crain, daughter of Laura and Jeff Crain; Reagan Elizabeth Dahlgren, daughter of Jamie Dahlgren and Eric Dahlgren; Ellen Thompson DeGiusti, daughter of Elaine and Tim DeGiusti and MaryKatherine Heaven Downs, daughter of Debbie and Greg Downs. Also Ashley Catherine Gawey, daughter of Liz and Brad Gawey; Natalie Elizabeth Hugos, daughter of Wiley and Bill Hugos; Lyvia Lee Lauderdale, daughter of Mary Jane and Mike Lauderdale; Raylee D'Ann Lewis, daughter of Patti and Rob Lewis; Anna Marie Medley, daughter of Diane and Daniel Medley; Margaret Rose Naifeh, daughter of Libby and Todd Naifeh; Ashley Elaine Raupe, daughter of Lana Raupe and Steve Raupe; Merry Katheryne Reynolds, daughter of Angela and Brian Ferguson; and Caroline Merson Silver, daughter of Susan and Marc Silver
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The Escorts: Escorts were Luther Andrew Bohanon, son of Kristen and David Bohanon; Joshua Caleb Britt, son of Carla and Matt Britt; John Jeffrey Cloud, son of Trish and Jeff Cloud; Edward Alexander Cohn, son of Brooke Cohn and Tim Cohn; Andrew Thomas Crain, son of Laura and Jeff Crain; Zeke Walden Downs, son of Debbie and Greg Downs; Reid Dulaney Fisher, son of Lisa Dobbs and Eric Fisher; Michael Davis Lauderdale, son of Mary Jane and Mike Lauderdale; Mason James McClintock, son of Niki and Michael McClintock; William Alden O'Connor, son of Kim and Joe O'Connor; Angus McLennan Ogilvie, son of Marran and Ian Ogilvie; William Reid Richardson, son of Lisa and Brad Richardson.