A Night to Remember

By Gretchen Eichenberg

Nine junior debs to be presented at 86th annual Hedonia Club Ball

Hedonia Club of Waco will host a traditional gala for its 86th annual presentation ball at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 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 nine junior debutantes — Greer Bledsoe, Reagan Embry, Addison Guy, Hallie Luce, Victoria Schrader, Lauren Thomas, Gianna Turner, Noble Warner and Savannah Wickliff — whom will be presented to family and friends in their white gowns and gloves.

“Hedonia is the Greek word for ‘living a happy life,’” said Rusty Haferkamp, club president. “I can’t think of many things that make a father happier than seeing his daughters living their best life. As a father of two girls who have been junior debutantes, I have everlasting memories of their presentations and the father and daughter dance.”

Bottom Row, Left to Right: Miss Noble Ann Warner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Noble Warner; Miss Hallie Ann Luce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Derrel Luce; Miss Reagan Renee Embry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan James Embry; Miss Savannah Marie Wickliff, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Eliot Martin Wickliff; Miss Greer Elizabeth Bledsoe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Douglas Bledsoe. Top Row, Left to Right: Miss Gianna Vieve Turner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cody Ray Turner; Miss Addison Monroe Guy, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Walker Guy II; Miss Victoria Johnson Schrader, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Grant Schrader; Miss Lauren Kate Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Barrett Thomas.

This year’s junior debutantes are: Miss Greer Elizabeth Bledsoe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Douglas Bledsoe; Miss Reagan Renee Embry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan James Embry; Miss Addison Monroe Guy, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Walker Guy ll; Miss Hallie Ann Luce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Derrel Luce; Miss Victoria Johnson Schrader, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Grant Schrader; Miss Lauren Kate Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Barrett Thomas; Miss Gianna Vieve Turner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cody Ray Turner; Miss Noble Ann Warner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Noble Warner; and Miss Savannah Marie Wickliff, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Eliot Martin Wickliff.

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 curtsy to an adoring crowd. Two junior escorts will accompany the nine girls: Barrett Mastin Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cody Mastin Short and Colton Russell Louge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Daniel Louge.

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 Dallas-based band, The Wonderfuls. Before the presentation, Haferkamp will host a president’s reception, honoring the debutantes and their families. The ball will have a contemporary twist on timeless elegance featuring a black, white and gold color scheme accented with calla lilies — brought to life by Bricker Bruner Events and Wolfe Florist.

Friday, November 25, the evening before the presentation ball, a special patron dinner with wine pairings will be held at Art Center Waco’s downtown venue. Haferkamp said he and his wife, Carolyn, have been working with Vicky Parker and Waco’s Bestyett Catering to create an unforgettable dinner experience.

Left to Right: Barrett Mastin Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cody Mastin Short; Colton Russell Louge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Daniel Louge.

“Carolyn has been a big help planning the ball,” Haferkamp said. “She’s a diligent, committed volunteer coordinator who is both studious and strong.”

“Debutante season coordinator, Jennifer Heinz, has been an integral part of the planning process, Haferkamp said.

“We could not put on this event without Jennifer,” he said. “She is a very important part of the Hedonia experience.”

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

“Hedonia is not just a single event,” Haferkamp said. “In addition to our annual presentation ball, we spend time together at multiple social gatherings, like our annual poker tournament where Dr. Rich Haskett was the champion. This year, we had a pool party at Ridgewood and that was a big hit with our families.”

Hedonia Club comprises 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.

“We are a gentlemen’s organization with a history of cultivating a prestigious and committed membership of community leaders,” Haferkamp said.

The first officers were Charles Eubank, president; Walter G. Lacy Jr., vice president; and Frank L. Wilcox, secretary-treasurer. Dr. Carl Lovelace is credited with naming the club.

This year’s club officers are Rusty Haferkamp, president; Chris Kincaid, vice president; Chris DeCluitt, secretary-treasurer; Eddie Mazanec IV, past president. For more information, visit hedoniaclub.org.

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