Debutantes, escorts presented by Bachelors Club of Oklahoma City at 72nd annual Christmas Ball

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 71nd annual Bachelors Club Christmas Ball held on Thursday, Dec. 22, raised $35,000 for Hearts for Hearing, which addresses needs related to hearing loss in Oklahoma. Club President Sam McDonald selected this year’s beneficiary. Souled Out played the music for the evening, and after the debutante presentation, debs, escorts, their parents and guests danced around the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club’s floor-to-ceiling Christmas tree in the Great Hall and enjoyed a late-night breakfast of waffles, bacon, biscuits, sausage and fruits.

The Bachelors Club also honored retired U.S. District Judge Ralph G. Thompson with its highest award, the Walter Powell Award, traditionally given to an alumnus (or another individual) that has shown loyal support and exemplifies the ideals of the club.

According to tradition, a group of young women in college – numbering 25 this year – made their debut escorted by members of the Bachelors Club. Decorations included the Club’s wonderful decorations – including an array of gingerbread houses surrounding a train in the club’s foyer. Floral arrangements by The Fleuriste House of Botanical Chic in Oklahoma City included purple and red hydrangeas, roses and carnations in tall vases, a backdrop of hanging lights for the stage and a floral arc through which the debs and escorts walked when they started their presentation.

The Bachelors Club of Oklahoma City was founded in 1938 by a group of young men who wished to promote the social and philanthropic undertakings as well as leadership in the Oklahoma City area. The debutante presentation began in 1945 as a way to raise funds for various Oklahoma City charities. For more information visit

The 2017 Bachelors Club debutantes, listed with their escorts are:
Claire Bizzell Abbott, escorted by Chase Michael Skelton
Tillie Rist Allen, escorted by Stuart Henry Krous
Vivian Brooks Armitage, escorted by Warren Robert Hoover
Olivia Ashton Beall, escorted by Kyle Christian Cummings
Heidi Glee Brown, escorted by Coleman McHugh Moody
Abigail Elise Cain, escorted by Matthew Storm Rund
Claire Judith Cameron, escorted by Cole Patrick Terlip
Maren Amelia Cottrell, escorted by Jack Livingston
Katherine Jane Cox, escorted by Jacob Patrick Rainbolt
Hannah Elaine Cunningham, escorted by Kerian Raj
Salli Nicole Denner, escorted by Jennings Grayson Hammock
Dylan Sierra Dobson, escorted by Jennings Patterson Jarman
Lauren Taylor Dobson, escorted by William Thomas Milam III
Isabella Slayden Dunning, escorted by Cort Preston Hagan
Sydney Rachel Dye, escorted by Marcelo Lucas Puiggari
Grace Holly Griffin, escorted by Vijay Raj
Lauren Kathryn Hardberger, escorted by Marshall Lucas
Aubrey Jean Hermen, escorted by Stephen Bartlett Amalong
MacKenzie Ann Kenney, escorted by John Ditmars
Amanda Elise Lewis, escorted by Richard Bascum Pippin
Morgan Danielle Meacham, escorted by James Finley Bennett
Ann Marie Nordin, escorted by John Alexander Merrill
Hanna Beth Northcutt, escorted by Saxon Douglas Allton
Isabella Marguerite Ostrowe, escorted by Joseph Gregory Wheeler
Megan Hope Trachtenberg, escorted by Emory John Hood


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