A Night to Remember

By Gretchen Eichenberg

79th annual Hedonia Presentation Ball introduces junior debutantes

Pictured: Photo by Doug Fitzjarrell, www.fitzjarrellphotography.com

Top row, left to right: Miss Juliet Elizabeth Indergard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Theodore Indergard; Miss Mabry Elizabeth Warren, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Scott Warren. Middle row, left to right: Miss Calista Elizabeth Lloyd, daughter of Mr. Wesley Lloyd and Ms. Becky Lloyd; Miss Margaret Jyl Steakley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zollie Carlton Steakley; Miss Dylan Payne McEachern, daughter of Mr. Robert Edward McEachern and Ms. Nancy Payne McEachern. Bottom row, left to right: Miss Rebecca Grace Badeaux, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Matthew Badeaux; Miss Charlotte Faye Livesay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Clarke Livesay; Miss Isabella Malé, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Perry Felton III; Miss Macie Lee Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Tyler Martin.

Hedonia Club of Waco will host an exceptionally traditional gala for its 79th annual presentation ball at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, at Ridgewood Country Club.

“We are looking forward to hosting a ball that goes back to the traditional elegance and the roots of Hedonia Club,” said Nick Keepers, club president.

Hedonia Club hosts a black tie ball every November in which college-aged debutantes are presented to their families, friends and club members — a time-honored tradition. This year the spotlight will be on nine junior debutantes who will be presented in the country club ballroom.

Junior debutantes include the following young ladies: Miss Rebecca Grace Badeaux, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Matthew Badeaux; Miss Juliet Elizabeth Indergard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Theodore Indergard; Miss Charlotte Faye Livesay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Clarke Livesay; Miss Calista Elizabeth Lloyd, daughter of Mr. Wesley Lloyd and Ms. Becky Lloyd; Miss Isabella Malé, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Perry Felton III; Miss Macie Lee Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Tyler Martin; Miss Dylan Payne McEachern, daughter of Mr. Robert Edward McEachern and Ms. Nancy Payne McEachern; Miss Margaret Jyl Steakley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zollie Carlton Steakley; and Miss Mabry Elizabeth Warren, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Scott Warren.

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. Eric Brigance Morrison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Bentley Morrison, will escort the nine young ladies. Dave Wild will perform music during the formal presentation.

Keepers describes the menu for the ball as traditional comfort food with an elegant twist. That means a customized macaroni and cheese bar with toppings such as lobster, chicken, caramelized onions and sun–dried tomatoes; a nacho bar with carne asada, fresh guacamole and pico de gallo; skewered chicken and waffles with maple sauce; artisan flatbread pizzas; candied bacon and cinnamon-sugar churros with chocolate sauce.

Before the presentation a special four-course patron dinner with wine pairings will be held in a downstairs space at Ridgewood.

“The patron dinner is going to be one of the highlights of the evening,” Keepers said. “We worked really hard on a menu that we think is something very special for our patron members.”

Later in the evening after the little girls have gone home, club members and their guests will dance to the music of Party Machine Band, an Emerald City band from Dallas covering tunes from the ‘50s through today’s hits.

“My wife, Brie, has done a phenomenal job helping me put this all together,” Keepers said. “And we are so grateful to have Debutante Season Coordinator Jennifer Heinz involved this year. This is her first year, and we appreciate her stepping into this role.”

Keepers said it’s been an all-around good year for Hedonia Club.

“We’ve had some fun and successful events, like our poker tournament last April and our dove hunt this fall,” he said. “We have these events not only to grow our membership, but also to enhance the opportunities for our current members so we can spend time together as a true men’s club.”

Hedonia Club is comprised of a group of civic-minded men who annually present their college-aged 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.”

The first officers were as follows: Charles Eubank, president; Walter G. Lacy Jr., vice president; and Frank L. Wilcox, secretary-treasurer. Dr. Carl Lovelace is credited with naming the club “Hedonia” after the Greek word meaning “pleasure — to live a happy, joyous life.”

This year’s club officers are Nicholas Andrew Keepers, president; John Tanner Moore, vice president; Charles Conrad Stewart, secretary-treasurer; and Glendon Dain Shelton, past president.

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