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July 16, 2005 - Summer Debutantes Blossom at "Le Jardin de L'Amour"

What: Fine Arts Foundation Summer Debutante Ball, Presentation of 26 debutantes, followed by dinner and dancing

Where: University of Denver, Graduation Green

When: July 16, 2005

Time: 7PM until the end of the evening

Beneficiary: Fine Arts Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Charles William Tate, III

Honoree(s): 2005 Recipient of the Fine Arts Foundation Citizens of the Arts event, Mrs. John Howard Stamper

Co-Chair(s): Mrs. Keith Verne Burge, and Mrs. John Henry Bell, Jr.

Catering: Le Petit Gourmet Catering

Entertainment: Moments Notice Orchestra

Sponsors: Summer Debutante Ball- Angels: The Charles McKenney Irrevocable Trust; Donors: Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Joseph Boryla, d'Anelli Bridals, Mr. and Mrs. M Alan Frank, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hower, Mister Neats Formal Wear, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott Nycum, Jr., Patrons: Mrs. Gordon Netzorg, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stevenson Watt. Fine Arts Foundation Citizen of the Arts Jubilee- Diamond Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. John Howard Stamper; Pearl Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Winfield Gregg, and Mr. Daniel Lee Richie, University of Denver.

Menu: Pommeray Salad in a Rice Paper Cup, Tossed with Champagne Vinaigrette, Assorted Petit Rolls and Cheese Straws, Medallions of Beef Tenderloin with Potato Royale in Puff Pastry and Asparagus Bundles with Red Pepper Rings, For Dessert: Poached Pear stuffed with Chocolate Mousse or Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie garnished with a Chocolate Eiffel Tower

Attendance: 550+

Special Thanks: To all the Debutante families for their generous support of the Fine Arts Foundation

Florist: Bouquets

Board of Directors: Mrs. Donald Winfield Fregg, President; Mrs. Steven Ray Hinkle, President-Elect; Mrs. James Alan Wiltshire, Past President; Mrs. Philip Barnes Nash, Vice President; Mrs. James Michael Dunn, Assistant Vice President; Mrs. Robert Conn Melland, Vice President of Grants; Mrs. Richard Lee Breaver, Vice President of Membership; Mrs. William J. Wise, Recording Secretary; Mrs. Scott Lourie Blackett, Treasurer; Mrs. Malcom Lloyd Shannon Jr., Assistant Treasurer; Mrs. Christopher Philip Elliott, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. Keith Verne Burge, Ball Chair; Mrs. John Henry Bell, Jr., Ball Co-Chair; Mrs. Charles William Tate, Jr. and Mrs. Richard Eugene Hartman, Advisors; Mrs. Thomas Kevin McNicholas, Fine Arts Foundation Jubilee Chair; Mrs. Michael James Pushchak, Fine Arts Foundation Jubilee Co-Chair; Mrs. RIchard Stevenson Watt, Nominating Committee Chair and Corporate Committee Chair; Mrs. M. Allan Frank, Foundation Fund Chair; Mrs. John Edward Fitzgibbons, Foundation Fund Co-Chair, Mrs. Joseph H. Franzgrote, Publicity Chair; Mrs. Jack Wells Greenley, Newsletter Chair; Mrs. Gerald William Wischmeyer, Assistant Newsletter Chair; Mrs. Marc Sanford Naiman and Mrs. Robert Frederick Phelps, Jr., Hospitality Chairs; Mrs. David Alan Frawley, Parliamentarian; Ms. Janet Ann McCusker, Historian; Mrs. Don Dean Schlup, Strategic Planning Committee Chair; Mrs. James Alan Wiltshire, Honors Selection Committee Chair and Marketing Committee Chair; Mrs. Bertha Bjorke Haugen, Education Chair; Mrs. Jeffrey Sage Smith, DU Liaison Committee Chair; Mr. Stephen Anthony Edwards, DU Liaison Committee Co-Chair; Mrs. Patrick Thomas Prendergast, Mailing Chair; Ms. Cynthia Tyler Gregg, Webmaster; Honorary Chairs: Ms. Sherrye Sigman Berger, Ms. Margaret Howell Cunningham, Mrs. Marlis Earl Smith, Mrs. John Howard Stamper, and Ms. Judy Diehl Tucker

Blacktie Photos by: Chelsea Wyatt

 Mrs. Keith Verne Burge, Chairman, The Summer Debutante Ball, escorted by Mr. Keith Burge
Mrs. Keith Verne Burge, Chairman, The Summer Debutante Ball, escorted by Mr. Keith Burge

Chelsea Wyatt

The scene was almost a European fairy tale: 26 beautiful young women wearing tiaras and white satin gowns made their formal entrance into society against a backdrop of lush landscaping and summer flowers at the University of Denver campus on July 16.

The Fine Arts Foundation has held its Summer Debutante Presentation at the University of Denver since 2001, but this year held it in the middle of campus at Graduation Green, and the venue turned out to be ideal.

This year's Debutante Ball theme was "Le Jardin de L'Amour" (The Garden of Love). Bouquets' co-owners BJ Dyer and Guenther Vogt chose to flank the presentation stage with two long floral hedges of pink snapdragons, lilies, asters, hydrangeas, ginger, anthuriums and Italian ruscus foliage. Twenty-six debutantes dressed in billowing white satin gowns carried Biedermeier round hand tied bouquets in assorted hues of pink dahlias, nerine lilies, and Moscow roses, all grown in California especially for this event. Bouquets decided to deliver the flowers as late as possible so that the delicate blossoms would look their freshest during the record setting 102-degree temperature.

The garden theme was carried through the tent, set for dinner and dancing, where Bouquets decorated the 57 guest tables. Floral arrangements were placed into silver containers, both table top and aerial on candelabrum, which further emphasized the romantic theme throughout the evening. Bouquets selected a delicate pink mix of dahlias, nerine lilies, gerbera daisies, roses, and hydrangeas for the table, which blended with the blush, pink eternity stripe tablecloth linens accented by pink votive candles.

The Debutante's flowing, white satin gowns sparkled, contrasting with the stormy evening sky, and making them even more stunning against the backdrop. The clouds seemed to know who important this evening was for the young ladies and their families, however, and the storm blew right past the crowd gathered at Graduation Green. The sky opened up to reveal a patch of sun that beamed down on the gathering, just as the ladies were receiving their tiaras. The balmy weather stayed through the rest of the evening, lighting the crowd through the traditional waltz, and even as the group ducked underneath the tents for dinner.

Each of these Debutantes will go off in many directions for colleges all over the country next year, but each of them will remember this evening. They will carry the beauty and significance of it with them into the next step of their lives.

Beneficiaries of the grants from Fine Art Foundation, made possible by this event and others, are: ArtReach, Inc., Central City Opera House Association, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Colorado Children's Chorale, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver Art Museum, Denver Bach Society, Denver Center for the Peforming Arts, Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Englewood Cultural Arts Center Association, Friends of Denver School of the Arts, Golden Eagle Brass Band, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Paragon Theatre Company, Rocky Mountain PBS, St. Martin's Chamber Choir, The Denver Brass, University of Denver, Up Close and Musical, Young Audiences., Inc., Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado, and Young Voices of Colorado. The 2005 Debutantes Included: Miss Mary Joyce Barcheski, Miss Amelia Lauren Bowman, Miss Corrinee Morgan Cahen, Miss Hayley-Chloe Campbell, Miss Erin Nicole Cassidy, Miss Jessica Jane Fox, Miss Megan Marie George, Miss Allissa Danette Goldstein, Miss Carolyn Elizabeth Healey, Miss Alexandrea Jo Kaiser, Miss Katharine Wray Lamb, Miss Carolyn Leigh Luppens, Miss Kathryn Whitlock McKenney, Miss Stephanie Ann Moore, Miss April Claire Oldenburg, Miss Briana Lynn Overgaard, Miss Kelly Nicole Parker, Miss Katharine Kerr Rundles, Miss Andrea Jean Sepenzis, Miss Christine Marie Sexton, Miss Allison Beth Shpall, Miss Kelsey Barlow Smith, Miss Katherine Olivia Thomas, Miss Genevieve Lynn Turner, Miss Erin Frances Wylie, and Miss Jaclyn Claire Wylie

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