The Holly Ball Committee has announced the names of 18 young ladies who will be presented at the 121st Holly Ball to be held at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club on Friday, December 30, beginning at 7 p.m.
The annual Holly Ball is the fund-raising charitable arm supporting The Tidewater Foundation, which was pleased to make a variety of contributions in 2016 to many worthy entities in and around the Northern Neck and Tidewater areas.
The Holly Ball Committee delights in observing these young ladies embrace a time honored tradition and mission of preserving a philanthropic legacy of giving back. The events hosted by the debutantes during the festive holiday season unite these young women and foster a spirit of altruistic advocacy. They also inspire the formation of new and genuine lifelong friendships among like-minded women who wholeheartedly endorse returning gifts bestowed upon them to charitable organizations.
Miss Susan Elizabeth Haynie of Kilmarnock will reign as Queen of the Holly Realm. Miss Haynie, a student at Rappahannock Community College, is the daughter of Mr. John Willard Haynie Jr. of Reedville and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Chilton Kelley of Kilmarnock.
The debutantes to be presented this year are Miss Caroline Julia Beck, a student at University of Mary Washington, daughter of Ms. Valerie Lee Beck of Weems and the late Mr. Brian Wayne Beck; Miss Emily Shillington Carden, a student at Washington and Lee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor Carden Jr. of Charlottesville; Miss Alexandra Nicolle Clayton, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Leveron Clayton of Weems; Miss Skylar Naomi Dixon, a student at Virginia Tech, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Edward Dixon Jr. of Irvington; Miss Virginia Elizabeth Eanes, a student at Radford University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Clifton Eanes of Locust Hill; Miss Burgess VanLoan Edson, a student at Christopher Newport University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hurst Harvey Edson of Lynchburg; and Miss Elizabeth Baylor Ellis, a student at Christopher Newport University, daughter of Mrs. Keren Slack Ellis of Tappahannock and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Baird Ellis Jr. of Champlain.
Other 2016 debutantes to be presented are Miss AnnGardner Eubank, a student at Ferrum College, daughter of Ms. Nancy Travers of White Stone and Mr. David Cary Eubank of Nags Head, North Carolina; Miss Mary Kathryn Hall, a student at Christopher Newport University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Randolph Hall of Reedville; Miss Elizabeth Yoer Hyde, a student at Longwood University, daughter of Mrs. Joanna Adams Hyde of Lively and the late Honorable Tristram Tupper Hyde IV; Miss Tyler Noelle Martin, a student at Saint Andrews University, daughter of Mr. William Wallace Martin III of Norfolk and Ms. Jennifer Lee Benson of Lancaster; Miss Abby Augustyn Nelson, a student at James Madison University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Arthur Nelson of Weems; and Miss Lauren Leigh Shores, a student at Radford University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lance Scott Shores of Urbanna.
Also making their debut this year are Miss Korty Beynton Swift, a student at Christopher Newport University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Scott Swift of Reedville; Miss Macy Stuart Swift, a student at James Madison University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Keith Swift of Reedville; Miss Brittney Rochelle Warwick, a student at Rappahannock Community College, daughter of Mrs. Laura Duryea Warwick of Weems and the late Mr. Garland Wayne Warwick; Miss Kayleigh Rose Webster, a student at William and Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carter Paul Webster of Lively, and Miss Micaela Ann Wilson, a student at Christopher Newport University, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Keith Wilson of Heathsville.