The Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles held its 52nd June Debutante Ball on Saturday, June 15th in the Ballroom of the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Over 450 members and guests celebrated the presentation of 29 young women who together with their families have supported the important work of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Proceeds from the June Ball will support the Pasadena Guild’s current project, “The Pasadena Guild Endowment for Program Enhancement and Faculty Retention in Developmental Biology”.
This year the Guild is celebrating its 66th year. Established in 1947 by a small group of dedicated hospital volunteers, the Pasadena Guild has raised over $25 million throughout the years, successfully completing six Guild endowments in Pediatric Eye Cancer, Pediatric Surgery, Adolescent Medicine, Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Research as well as Developmental Biology endowments in partnership with the Saban Research Institute, and one capital campaign.
Guild President, Mrs. James Jerry Hawk (Corinne) and Ball Chairmen, Mrs. Roger Norman Andrews (Denise) and Mrs. Bradley Alan Ball (Sue), along with their husbands greeted guests prior to the Ball. The presentation began at 8:00 p.m. with welcome remarks by Mrs. Hawk and by Dr. David Warburton who oversees the current Guild funded project in Developmental Biology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The Langham Huntington Ballroom was transformed into a beautiful floral extravaganza by Jacob Maarse Florist, and was designed with flowers in shades of peach, orange, cream, and pale greens. The centerpieces were on top of crystal pedestals and were made of peach eremurus, cream hydrangea, peach hypericum, cherry brandy, crème de la crème, versillia and jade roses, along with peach stock. At the base of each pedestal were groupings of green grapes and roses. The room was surrounded with spiral cypress adorned with tiny twinkle lights.
The stage was architecturally designed with cream wooded columns crafted to match the ballroom perfectly. Hydrangea, roses, and ivy flowed gracefully down from the top of the columns. There were eight foot tall eugenia hedges along the back of the stage; In front of the hedges an eight foot lavish curved archway was placed. Detailed floral hedges rounded out the beautiful display of florals.
Mr. Schuyler Hollingsworth, Jr. presented each debutante as she appeared under the arch. After each young lady was presented and escorted on the arm of her father, she returned to the center of the Ballroom with all fellow debutantes to curtsy in unison to the applause and acceptance of Guild members and guests. The debutantes’ fathers then joined them on the dance floor for the first waltz to the music of the band for the evening, Rembrandt.
The following debutantes were presented: Caroline Fay Arnold, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Lee Arnold (Tali) of Pasadena; Emily Alexandra Atzen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Furman Atzen (Terese), of Pasadena; Emily Simone Balfour, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Thomas Balfour (Elita) of Pasadena; Sarah Hughes Beardsley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Grenville Beardsley, IV (Karen) of San Marino; Eleanor Clara Margaret Debreu, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanislas Lucien Debreu (Elizabeth) of Pasadena; Alexandra Jane Delahooke, daughter of Doctor Mona Maarse Delahooke and Mr. Scott Douglas Delahooke of San Marino; Abigail Teasdale Duckett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Clayton Duckett, III (Kristin) of Palo Alto and granddaughter of Sustaining Guild member Patricia Duckett; Claire Canfield Duckett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell Duckett (Marjorie) of Del Mar and granddaughter of Sustaining Guild member Patricia Duckett; Katherine Turner Flynn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson Flynn (Peggy) of San Marino; Sarah Williamson Hancock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lea Hancock (Emily) of Pasadena; Caroline Anne Larsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Christian Larsen (Sarah) of Newport Beach and granddaughter of Sustaining Guild member Martha Nasser; Julia Anne McCrimlisk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Higgins McCrimlisk (Kathleen) of Pasadena; Danielle Monique Moss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Edward Moss, Jr. (Anne Marie) of San Marino; Kimberly Victoria Ostiller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven James Ostiller (Patricia) of Altadena; Catherine Morgan Philo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Alexander Philo (Kimberly) of San Marino; Eda Gretchen Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Chenoweth Reed (Gretchen) of Pasadena; Katherine Tracy Rouse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ledlie Rouse (Kelly) of Pasadena (Katherine’s mother is a Guild member); Ashley Marie Schammel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Michael Schammel (Mary) of Pasadena; Emily Elizabeth Schreck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Charles Schreck (Cheryl) of La Canada; Grace Chapman Shelton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Nelson Shelton, II (Sarah) of Pasadena (Grace’s mother is a Guild member); Kathleen Elizabeth Sloan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy John Sloan (Elise), of San Marino; Dorothy Kathryn Caldwell Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Stanwood Smith, junior (Candace) of Pasadena; Lauren Victoria Torres, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Torres (Ellen) of South Pasadena; Lauren Marie Valdes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Valdes (Renee) of Pasadena; Tryphena Emma Wardlaw, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Cunningham Wardlaw (Louise) of San Marino; Elizabeth Emery Williamson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Tebbetts Williamson (Shannon) of Pasadena and granddaughter of Associate Guild member Linda Seiter. The following debutantes were presented in absentia, Brittany Paige Beljak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boris Ivan Beljak, junior (Tiffany) of Pasadena; Elizabeth Anne Buckingham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs James Otis Buckingham (Mary) of Newport Beach; and Monica Christine Pernecky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Emmett Pernecky (Kathleen) of La Canada.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. The hospital is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
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