Presenting the 2013 Les Fleurettes

December 26, 2013
  • Some of the 2013 Les Fleurettes preparing for the Bal Blanc de Noel Saturday night are (front row, left to right) Shannon Ritter, Adelle Higley, Grace Vallen, Alessandra Koeppen, and Madelyn Merchant. (back row, left to right) Tracey Andrews, Charlotte Leddie, Galey Caverly and Haley Johnson.
Some of the 2013 Les Fleurettes preparing for the Bal Blanc… (Courtesy of Bronson…)

Seventeen young women will be presented to society on Saturday when the La Cañada Thursday Club holds its annual Bal Blanc de Noel at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees are Tracey Hill Andrews, Galey Kathryn Caverly, Jessica Anne Davidson, Laura Jane Emmons, Brenna Katherine Gay, Adelle Anne Higley, Haley Nicole Johnson, Madison Rose Johnson, Alessandra Theresa Koeppen, Charlotte Ann Robertson Leddie, Madelyn Louise Merchant, Margaret Ann Morton, Annette Marie Persson, Shannon Cleo Ritter, Lauren Drew Skarupa, and Grace Marie Vallen.

The debutantes have completed an 18-month program of social and community service and have been provided with cultural education, personal development training and etiquette instruction in a program that has a rich, 62-year-old tradition with the local women’s club.

Presenting the young women at the ball will be Anthony Portantino, a former La Cañada Flintridge mayor and state assemblyman. The president of the Thursday Club, Gale Caswell, will give a camellia charm to each debutante as a gift from the club and then the young women will dance the traditional first waltz of the evening with their fathers.


The 2013 Bal Blanc de Noel has been dedicated to the late Denise Greenawalt, who previously served as its chairman. This year’s Les Fleurettes have been led by Thursday Club member Jeanie Kay, with Jody Platisa serving as co-chair. Patti Wickersham was program chair and Gail Merchant is the group’s provisional chair.

More details about this year’s 17 Les Fleurettes follows.

Tracey Andrews

Tracey Hill Andrews is the daughter of Alison McQuay and Todd Andrews, and the granddaughter of Audrey and Clark McQuay.

Tracey is a senior at La Cañada High School where she is a member of the California Scholarship Federation, the National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society.

Tracey is president of the La Cañada High Marching Band. She plays trumpet in the Jazz Band and in the orchestra for the Spring Musicals. She has established a mentoring program where high school band members play alongside aspiring young musicians at local elementary and junior high schools.

Tracey earned her Girl Scout Gold Award last year. She has been chosen to be part of the Girl Scout Tournament of Roses Troop in the 2014 Rose Parade.

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