Meagan Dwyer (front, left), Abigail Zingelman; Kora Beth Whitzenman (second row, left), Hannah White, Christina Landers, Lily Davis, Messa Smith; Kayley Dwyer (third row, left), Ava Collins, Leah Pardue, Annabelle Taylor, Mary Fogleman, Lauren Scott; Olivia Rand (back, left) Lillie Allen and Sydney Timmi

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10-31

On Saturday, April 18, 16 beautiful young ladies were honored at the first-ever “Princess Night: The City Gate Ceremony” held at the Longleaf Country Club, in Pinehurst.

The “Rubies,” as they are called, are a group of girls ages 8 to 18 who attend regular summer camps and monthly meetings during the year to learn cooking, sewing, crafts, gardening, decorating, canning vegetables, fashion and even how to be an entrepreneur.

The event started with “Prince” Nathan Fogleman escorting the girls from their car to the door.

Visitors had the opportunity to view the girls’ displays before the dinner was served. After the dinner, the program began with two speakers, Marie Rudolph of MHR Designs, in Fayetteville, and Kelly Smith, a professional Long Arm Quilter, of Raeford.

After the speakers, the program moved into the ceremonial portion of the evening. Yvonne Haskins, the Rubies’ leader, read about each girl and their accomplishments as their dads escorted them down the aisle to the front of the room to receive their Rubies sash.

These 16 girls are the charter members of the Rubies Club of Southern Pines.

The beauty queen-type sash had the Proverbs 31:10-31 verses listed, and girls receive ruby stones on each verse that they have completed a requirement in. Each year they will have stones added to their sashes for their work that year. They also received pins for each year that they have been a Rubie Girl. Nine of the girls received their three-year pins, and Lily Davis, of Southern Pines, received her five-year pin.

Each girl had to set up a three-foot wide display of what they had made that year and what they thought depicted the life of a Busy Proverbs 31 woman to be. The displays were judged by Marie Rudolph, one of the evening’s speakers, who is known for her Swarovski crystal jewelry.

First place went to Annabelle Taylor, of Raleigh; second to Lily Davis, of Southern Pines, and third to Christina Landers, of Pinehurst.

To learn more about the Rubies Girls Clubs visit

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