The Memphis Junior Cotillion Club held its revamped Presentation and Holiday Ball Sunday night at The Peabody.
The evening was a success; the new additions were a hit with guests and participants.
A total of 102 young women took part in the presentation, which dates to the late 1920s or earlier. The members are 11th- and 12th-grade students from St. Mary's Episcopal School and Hutchison School, or legacies of former members.
In years past, the women were presented and walked down the aisle with their escorts. Following the presentation, daughters danced with their dads. Chairs then were removed, and a dance took place for members and their escorts. The parents went home.
This year, the couples walked down a long, raised runway instead of the aisle. Following the presentation, the young women again walked down the runway, but this time they were led by saxophonist Lanny McMillan. They followed Lanny from the Continental Ballroom to the Venetian Ballroom between two lines of tuxedoed escorts. Dancing to Party Planet and DJ Mark Anderson and a buffet dinner and door prizes followed. Instead of going home, parents were served dinner at Capriccio Grill and The Corner Bar at The Peabody.
The young women did continue the tradition of dancing with their dads. Songs included the appropriate "My Girl."
Grace Peters, a senior at Hutchison and the daughter of Joan and Tommy Peters, is Memphis Junior Cotillion Club president. Margaret McClintock, a senior at St. Mary's and the daughter of Kirk and Murry McClintock, is vice president. Grace was escorted by John Riggins, and Margaret was escorted by Sam Law.
Proceeds from the party benefited the Ronald McDonald House.
To see a video of the Memphis Junior Cotillion Club Presentation and Holiday Ball, go to gomemphis.com.
The Links Inc. Cotillion
Eleven young women were presented at the Memphis Chapter, The Links Inc. 21st Holiday Cotillion Saturday evening at The Peabody.
Presented were Billene La Chelle Miracle Durham, Bethany D'Evan Goodloe, Alana Gabri Hudson, Alexis Brionne Hudson, Sarah Lillian Jones, Taevin Symone Lewis, Robyn Haleigh Peete, Ariel Danielle Staples, Kayla La'Velle Sweeten, Chloe Avis Truitt and Jeania D'Esther Ware.
The Holiday Cotillion culminates a year of preparing young ladies to become role models and future leaders. They participate in leadership programs and community service projects throughout the year. The Holiday Cotillion funds projects and programs supported by the Memphis Chapter.
Patrice J. Robinson was event chairwoman, and Lois H. Stockton and Marianne Walter were vice chairwomen. Jozelle Luster Booker is chapter president. Frances Griffin-Brown is public relations chairwoman.
Hoteliers' Christmas party
Melvin Bledsoe wore a Santa hat to the Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association Christmas party Wednesday night at the Hilton Memphis.
"It's cold outside," explained Melvin, who is with Blues City Tours.
He also felt the hat suited his purpose. "I said, 'Hey, I'm going to a Christmas party.'"
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event -- $1,716 -- went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"We wanted to have something that would be beneficial," said Mary Calorio, association president and general manager of Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel for Elvis Presley Enterprises. "We have worked with St. Jude in the past this year. So we thought this would be good."
Parade of Trees
Carestone Assisted Living at Bartlett held its Parade of Trees Holiday Dinner and Wine Tasting on Dec. 13 to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. Guests bid on decorated trees donated by businesses and dined on a turkey dinner. Desserts were provided by The Peabody and Eclectic Catering Memphis.
Mark Lewis on saxophone and Ronnie & Friends provided the live music.
-- Michael Donahue: 529-2797; firstname.lastname@example.org