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.