Deb Diaries

Dallas debutantes pack in posh parties to prep for 28th annual Presentation Ball

Dallas debutantes pack in posh parties to prep for Presentation Ball

 Charlotte and Haley Anderson, hostess Gene Jones, and Jordan and Karen Jones
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Haley Anderson, Gene Jones, Jordan Jones, Karen Jones Photo by James French
Michelle, Roger and Chloie Johnson, january deb parties
Michelle Johnson, Roger Johnson, Chloie Johnson Photo by James French
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Haley Anderson, January Deb Parties
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Haley Anderson Photo by James French
Missy, David, and Lauren Boone, january deb parties
Missy Boone, David Boone, Lauren Boone Photo by James French
Lauren Allday, Rachel Buddrus, Virginia Bentley, and Mattie Berry, january deb parties
Lauren Allday, Rachel Buddrus, Virginia Bentley, Mattie Berry Photo by James French
Alicia Ingram with Drew and Natalie Dossett, january deb parties
Alicia Ingram, Drew Dossett, Natalie Dossett Photo by James French
Maggie, Robert and Katherine Murchison, january deb parties
Maggie Murchison, Robert Murchison, Katherine Murchison Photo by James French
Robinson Pittet and debutante Kelly Gillespie, january deb parties
Robinson Pittet, Kelly Gillespie Photo by James French
Pat, Maura, Megan and Patrick Neligan, january deb parties
Pat Neligan, Maura Neligan, Megan Neligan, Patrick Neligan Photo by James French
Ginger Sager, Drs. Linda Burk and John Gilmore, Dixey Arterburn, deb parties january
Ginger Sager, Dr. Linda Burk, Dr. John Gilmore, Dixey Arterburn Photo by James French
Vickie, Meredith and George Bayoud, january deb parties
Vickie Bayoud, Meredith Bayoud, George Bayoud Photo by James French
Stephan Pyles, San Salvaje, Causa Limeña Classico
The Debs enjoying their afternoon at the Holiday Tea hosted by Gene and Jerry Jones. Photo courtesy of San Salvaje
Knife, salad
Michelle Duncan, Allison Duncan Photo by Marc Lee
Vickie and Meredith Bayoud
Vickie Bayoud, Meredith Bayoud Photo by James French
Donna and Elizabeth Dorsey, gene and jerry jones holiday tea
Donna Dorsey, Elizabeth Dorsey Photo by James French
 Charlotte and Haley Anderson, hostess Gene Jones, and Jordan and Karen Jones
Michelle, Roger and Chloie Johnson, january deb parties
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Haley Anderson, January Deb Parties
Missy, David, and Lauren Boone, january deb parties
Lauren Allday, Rachel Buddrus, Virginia Bentley, and Mattie Berry, january deb parties
Alicia Ingram with Drew and Natalie Dossett, january deb parties
Maggie, Robert and Katherine Murchison, january deb parties
Robinson Pittet and debutante Kelly Gillespie, january deb parties
Pat, Maura, Megan and Patrick Neligan, january deb parties
Ginger Sager, Drs. Linda Burk and John Gilmore, Dixey Arterburn, deb parties january
Vickie, Meredith and George Bayoud, january deb parties
Stephan Pyles, San Salvaje, Causa Limeña Classico
Knife, salad
Vickie and Meredith Bayoud
Donna and Elizabeth Dorsey, gene and jerry jones holiday tea

As the Dallas debs hit the home stretch to the 28th annual Presentation Ball on February 8 at Meyerson Symphony Center, chairperson Dixey Arterburn and her committee made sure the girls had plenty of activities to attend during winter break from their respective colleges.

First, Gene and Jerry Jones hosted a mother-daughter holiday tea at their home. Then Drs. Linda Burk and John Gilmore opened their elegant home for a posh party for the debs, honor guard and families.

Many familiar faces were there — including Haley Anderson, Megan Neligan, Meredith Bayoud, Chloie Johnson, Perry Locke and Fallon Schneider. The girls began this process last May as mere acquaintances but will end it with friends who feel more like family.

Speaking of family, these debs were often accompanied by their parents — including Charlotte Jones Anderson, Michelle and Allan Duncan, Vickie and George Bayoud, and Lois and Edwin Cartwright — who have been by the girls’ sides throughout the whole process.

In addition to all the winter fetes, the debs had to make time for some serious preparation, including a bow boot camp to practice the famous “Texas Dip” and formal portrait sittings, which they squeezed in before they returned to school.

“For the past 28 years, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball has brought generations of families together for the elegant presentation of their daughters and granddaughters,” said DSOL president Ginger Sager. “The Ball provides an opportunity for these young debutantes and their honor guard escorts to experience the excitement and beauty of our world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and become our city’s next generation of symphony and arts supporters.”