Alexander Christopher Bean, president of the Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh, announces that invitations have been extended to the 93rd annual North Carolina Debutante Ball, which will be held in Raleigh Sept. 5-7. The formal presentation of young ladies from across the state will highlight the weekend festivities.
Local debutantes include Pinehurst residents Emma Gentry Landy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Lawless Landry, and Evie Williams Kirkpatrick Sugg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Russell Sugg Jr. as well as Southern Pines residents Signs Linnea Healy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Albert Healy Jr.; Elizabeth Avis Henry, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Thomas Henry; and Kennon Chester Later, daughter of Stephen Fredericks Later and Mary Bryan Morgan.
The Terpsichorean Club, comprised of young gentlemen from the Raleigh area, was formed in the 1920s to sponsor an annual statewide Debutante Ball to present many of North Carolina's prominent young ladies and to honor their families. The Ball has been held every year since 1923 with the exception of the World War II years.
Young ladies are selected by more than 200 nominators from across the state. The final selection of the Debutantes is made by the Terpsichorean Club members. The invitations are extended to the young ladies in recognition of the contributions their families have made to the economic, cultural, social and civic life of North Carolina. The Leader of the Ball is chosen from Wake County's Debutantes and other young ladies from throughout the state are also honored by being named Assistant Leaders.
During the Ball weekend there will be eight functions held in honor of the Debutantes, their families and their escorts. The formal presentation at Meymandi Concert Hall on Friday evening, September 6th, will be the focal point of the weekend.
James Curtis McCaskill is chairman of the 2019 Ball. He leads a committee of Terpsichorean Club members who plan and oversee all arrangements associated with the events of the Ball weekend.
Officers of the Terpsichorean Club, in addition to Bean and McCaskill are: Surry Cowper Wood, vice president; Christopher Lee Woody II, secretary-treasurer; and John Frederick Nash Jr., assistant secretary-treasurer.