A Night to Remember

By Gretchen Eichenberg

Ten junior debs to be presented at 81st annual Hedonia Club Ball

Top row, left to right: Miss Landry Rose Stewart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Conrad Stewart; Miss Ava Ryan Brock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Ryan Brock. Middle row, left to right: Miss Adelaide Paisley Bauer, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Brent Bauer; Miss Caitlyn Grace Gerick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Scott Gerick; Miss Piper Noel Starling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Alexander Starling. Bottom row, left to right: Miss Margaret Elaine Morrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Bentley Morrison; Miss Kylee Layne Gooch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Mayes Gooch; Miss Emma Ainsley Haferkamp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Keith Haferkamp; Miss Sophia Marie Louge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Daniel Louge; Miss Scarlett Elaine Holey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lee Holey II.

Hedonia Club of Waco will host a “Southern Charm” gala for its 81st annual presentation ball at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, at Ridgewood Country Club.

Hedonia Club hosts a black tie ball every November in which college-age debutantes are presented to their families, friends and club members — a time-honored tradition. But this year the spotlight will be on 10 junior debutantes who will be presented to family and friends in their delicate white gowns.

Junior debutantes include the following young ladies: Adelaide Paisley Bauer, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Brent Bauer; Ava Ryan Brock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Ryan Brock; Caitlyn Grace Gerick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Scott Gerick; Kylee Layne Gooch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Mayes Gooch; Emma Ainsley Haferkamp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Keith Haferkamp; Scarlett Elaine Holey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lee Holey II; Sophia Marie Louge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Daniel Louge; Margaret Elaine Morrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Bentley Morrison; Piper Noel Starling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Alexander Starling; and Landry Rose Stewart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Conrad Stewart.

The 9- and 10-year-old girls will wear floor-length white dresses with short gloves and carry a small nosegay of roses as they curtsey to an adoring crowd. Greyson Garet Bathurst, son of Dr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Bathurst, and Andrew Donovan Omo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Omo, will escort the 10 young ladies. Dave Wild will perform music during the formal presentation. Later in the evening after the little girls have gone home, club members and their guests will dance to the music of the Party Machine Band.

Before the presentation, a four-course patron dinner with wine pairings will be held in Tillinghast Lounge at Ridgewood.

“My wife, Heather, has done a spectacular job of bringing her vision of classic Southern style to life,” Board President Chuck Stewart said. “Everything from the four-course patron dinner to the floral arrangements to the junior debutante dresses embodies Heather’s vision.”

Stewart says Debutante Season Coordinator Jennifer Heinz has been an integral part of the planning process.

“Jennifer continues to play such an important role in Hedonia Club’s success,” he said. “She leads with grace and with a deep understanding of what it means to bring elegance to life each year.”

He adds that it’s been an all-around good year for Hedonia Club.

“Hedonia Club continues to thrive and grow upon the 81 years of history that came before us,” Stewart said. “I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by men of honor and distinction in this community who are committed to honoring Hedonia’s past and ensuring its bright future. We continue to welcome new members who embrace this commitment to Waco’s past, present and future.”

Hedonia Club is comprised of a group of civic-minded men who annually present their college-age daughters as debutantes. The club was founded in 1937 with a charter membership of 200 and a mission “to enrich our community and bring families together through the preservation, tradition and elegance of presenting member daughters to society.”

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