Special to the PRESS
The Lower Rio Grande Valley Cotillion Club held its Annual Presentation Ball on Saturday, February 2, at the Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville.
The Cotillion Club was founded 59 years ago in September 1954 by Mrs. Byron Campbell of Raymondville as a social organization designed to bring together and present to society Lower Rio Grande Valley college-bound, civically and socially active girls. Many Rio Grande Valley women have fond memories of their own Cotillion presentation in years past. The Cotillion Club continues to be a two-year social club for selected junior and senior girls. The highlight of each year is the Presentation Ball.
The theme for the 2013 Presentation Ball was “Take My Breath Away.” The Jacob Brown Auditorium was transformed into a breathtaking ballroom filled with beautiful flowers for 143 debutantes. Each girl, wearing a traditional, long, white ball gown and carrying a long stemmed rose, was formally presented by her father as enchanting classical music played in the background. The first dance after the presentation was reserved for the fathers. They danced with their lovely daughters to the tune of “My Girl.” The fathers then relinquished their daughters to their escorts for the remainder of the evening. The young ladies and their escorts, as well as the senior members and their escorts, danced the remainder of the evening to the music of Pinchis Sound by Jose Antonio Treviño Cardenas.
Beautiful floral arrangements of blue curiosa roses, green hydrangeas, and bells of Ireland, adorned tables draped in deep purple surrounded by gold chivalry chairs. Wray & Company catered an elegant sit down dinner for the debutantes, senior members and their dates.
Masters of Ceremonies were Ms. Jerry Lee Berg and Mr. Polo Sandoval. Receiving guests for the evening were the Cotillion executive board officers: Mrs. Jaye Clinton, President; Mrs. Sherilyn Goad, President Elect; Mrs. Traci Forman, Secretary; Mrs. Sandra Tumberlinson, Treasurer and Mrs. Sonia Rodriguez, Historian.
New members are selected their junior year by an advisory board that considers leadership, community activities, college intentions and suggestions by their senior advisory members. They represent Harlingen, Port Isabel, San Benito, Rio Hondo, La Feria, Santa Rosa and Willacy County.
During their senior year, Cotillion members return to renew acquaintances at the fall luncheon and formal ball. At the spring luncheon, they are familiarized with college requirements and activities.
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