126th Holly Ball debutante season begins

Debutantes from left are (front row) Hallie Elizabeth Shackleford, Laura Anne Passagaluppi, Virginia Erika-Lee DeMario, Jessica Lynn Haynie and Madeline Blair Jett; (next row) Sydney Belfield Byrd, Olivia Lynne Saunders, Autumn Paige Courtney, Adair Rawles Stanley and Elizabeth Madison Stanley. Hailey Dawn Moore also will be presented at the 126th Holly Ball.

The Holly Ball Committee recently released the names of 11 young ladies who will be presented at the 126th Tidewater Foundation Holly Ball. The ball will be held at 7 p.m. December 28 at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.

This Northern Neck yuletide gathering provides funding for charitable contributions by the Tidewater Foundation in support of worthy entities, programs and institutions promoting educational and cultural enrichment throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, reported Virginia Crowther Ritter.

The Holly Ball dates from 1895 and has been continuous, with the exception of a period during World War I and World War II. Likewise, in 2020, the ball was not held due to the pandemic. 2021 saw the presentation of 2020 and 2021 debutantes and proved to be one of the most festive and well-attended….

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