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July 17, 2004 - Denver Debs are Belles of the Ball

What: The Fine Arts Foundation Summer Debutante Ball "Venetian Garden"

Where: University of Denver on the Margery Reed Terrace and Graduation Green

When: July 17, 2004

Beneficiary: Fine Arts Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Charles William Tate, III

Honoree(s): The Debutantes of 2004 and Chancellor Dan Ritchie, 2004 Citizens of the Arts

Gala Chairperson(s): Mrs. D'Wayn Stone, escorted by her husband David Stone

Founders: Mrs. Robert Green, Mrs. W.S. "Bing" Law, Mrs. Douglas Macomber, Mrs. Charles William Tate, Jr.

Co-Chair(s): Mrs. Cindi Burge, escorted by her husband Keith Burge

Catering: Le Petit Gourmet Catering

Music: New Society

Of note: Receiving Line Escorts: Mr. Christopher Blackett and Mr. Devin Stone; Tiara Mistresses: Miss Brittany Cohen, Miss Kendall Dunn, Miss Sophia Lattes and Miss Rachel Robinson

Attendance: 560

Attire: White ballgowns for the Debutantes and blacktie

Florist: Bouquets®

Decor/Rental Company: Distinctive Tent Rental and Butler Rents

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 With the tolling of the bells in the Buchtel Tower, one for each of the debs, the traditional father-daughter waltz began
With the tolling of the bells in the Buchtel Tower, one for each of the debs, the traditional father-daughter waltz began

Elizabeth Byrnes

Armed with umbrellas, the 2004 Fine Arts Foundation Summer Debutante Ball “Venetian Garden” started at the stroke of six o’clock in the evening of July 17th. Since the annual Summer Debutante Ball moved to the Margery Reed Terrace at the University of Denver four years ago, the skies have threaten to rain on the breathtaking debutante presentation; however, with the exception of a few raindrops, the umbrellas have simply become colorful “accessories.”

Heavy spring snows and recent rains lent a helping hand in creating the breathtaking backdrop of emerald-green grass, lush, ivy-covered terrace and an abundance of brilliant blossoms. Hundreds of family and friends took their places on lawn for the grand march and presentation of the 36th Annual Summer Debutantes.

Trumpets rang out, announcing the opening ceremony, and Master of Ceremonies Charles William Tate III began the introductions. Chairman of the Ball Mrs. D’Wayn Stone, escorted by her husband Mr. David Stone and Co-Chairman Mrs. Cindi Burge, escorted by her husband Mr. Keith Burge started the procession. Followed by Chancellor Dan Ritchie, the 2004 Citizens of the Arts recipient, the Receiving Line Escorts Mr. Christopher Blackett and Mr. Devin Stone, the Tiara Mistresses Miss Brittany Cohen, Miss Kendall Dunn, Miss Sophia Lattes and Miss Rachel Robinson and the Post Debutantes Miss Taryn Elliott, Miss Catherine Griffin and Miss Mary Kuhlke.

The thirty debutantes, dressed in elegant, floor-length white ball gowns and over-the-elbow gloves and carrying bouquets of white lilies, roses and iris hand-tied with black and platinum plaid ribbon, made their way down the walkway, escorted by their fathers. Gracefully, they curtsied to accept the tiara placed on their crown of curls and then faced the guests to be presented.

“The ladies of the Summer Debutante Ball committee deeply appreciate your support, enthusiasm and generosity to the arts of our community,” said Tate, at the finish of the presentation. “You have made it possible for them to provide support to the many and varied arts organizations in the Denver area.”

Before the party could commence in the grand white tent, there is a tradition that was started when the Summer Debutante Ball first moved to the DU campus, the tolling of the bells in the Buchtel Tower, one for each of the debs, announcing the start of the father-daughter waltz.

The smell of lilies greeted the guests as they made their way to their seats. The elegant “Venetian Garden" theme was carried through in the all-white arrangements of roses, Oriental lilies, iris, anthuriums and dendrobium orchids, arranged in square black containers. Every other table was draped in black or sheer black and white plaid tablecloths. Tiny white votives created a soft ambience and flickered gently in the cool breeze when the sides of the tents were opened. Le Petite Gourmet Catering catered the dinner and guests danced the night away to the sounds of New Society.

The 2004 Debutantes include: Miss Jayne Barcheski, Miss Lauryn Beaver, Miss Megan Bell, Miss Lauren Blood, Miss Mary Boyle, Miss Hannah Dalke, Miss Elizabeth Davis, Miss Jessica Dueck, Miss Brianna Ferrara, Miss Rachel Frost, Miss Kathryn Gash, Miss Kelsey Green, Miss Michelle Hemstad, Miss Allison Ingalls, Miss Katharyn Jankovsky, Miss Kathryn Lingle, Miss Holly Marshall, Miss Lauren Martin, Miss Madeleine Oakes, Miss Alexandra O'Neill, Miss Meaghan Osa, Miss Emily Ostenberg, Miss Kathryn Ostenberg, Miss Jennifer Phelps, Miss Lauren Prendergast, Miss Anna Scheibel, Miss Meghan Scholbe, Miss Kristin Sievers, and Miss Rachel Walker.

Beneficiaries of the Fine Arts Foundation include ArtReach, Inc., Central City Opera House Association, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Colorado Children's Chorale, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Englewood Cultural Arts Center Association, Friends of Denver School of the Arts, Golden Eagle Brass Band, Historic Denver, Inc., Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, Opera Colorado, Paragon Theatre Group, Rocky Mountain PBS, The Denver Art Museum, The Denver Brass, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, University of Denver, Up Close and Musical, Wick School of Irish Stepdancers, Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado, and Young Voices of Colorado.

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