Seventeen debutantes sponsored by the La Cañada Thursday Club presented at Saturday's Bal Blanc de Noel

December 29, 2012
  • These 17 young women, sponsored by the La Cañada Thursday Club, will be presented at the Bal Blanc de Noel at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 29.
These 17 young women, sponsored by the La Cañada… (Courtesy of Bronson…)

Following a tradition going back more than six decades, the La Cañada Thursday Club held its Bal Blanc de Noel on Saturday, presenting debutantes who have spent 16 months preparing for the occasion as part of the club's Les Fleurettes program. The young women have been immersed in social and community service activities, cultural education, personal development and etiquette instruction.

The black-tie gala will be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The presenter for the evening will be Mayor Pro Tem Laura Olhasso. Thursday Club President Gale Caswell will present the traditional camellia charm to each debutante. Following the presentation, the debutantes will dance the traditional first waltz with their fathers.

Jody Platisa is ball chairman, with Jeanie Kay serving as her co-chair. Kim Bartine-Ortiz is the group's provisional chair.

The 17 Les Fleurettes provisionals and their accomplishments follow:

Sara Bartine

Sarah Katherine Bartine is the daughter of Kimberly Bartine-Ortiz and Errol Wiley Bartine III. She is a senior at La Cañada High School, where she participated in the Associated Student Body.


She was named a prom commissioner in her junior year. This year, she serves as publicity chair and historian. Sarah played on the junior varsity tennis team her first three years of high school.

Sarah is on the Miss La Cañada Flintridge Court, serving as a community ambassador. She also enjoys her small group program at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

Sarah loves reading, playing tennis, traveling, learning about history and visiting museums. Her greatest joy comes from painting and sketching both at school and in her spare time. One of her art pieces won a local artistic competition sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

Sarah plans to attend a university and major in art or art history. She hopes to pursue a career using her love for travel and her creative art skills.

She is being presented by her father at the ball. Her escort is Sean Connor Mintie. Her presentation song selection is “Daughters.”

Kathryn Battaglia

Kathryn Grace Battaglia is the daughter of Julie and David Battaglia. She is a senior at La Cañada High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. She was a 2012 Les Tupper Award winner.

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