Community prepares to celebrate Holly Ball

From left, Northumberland debutantes to be presented include Micaela Ann Wilson, Macy Stuart Swift, Korty Beynton Swift and Mary Kathryn Hall.

The 121st Holly Ball will be celebrated Friday, December 30, at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club near Kilmarnock. Festivities will begin at 7 p.m.

This gala will be celebrated by the debutantes, their families and friends, reported publicity chairman Patricia Gallagher.

Originating in 1895 by Mr. John Armistead Palmer whose vision it was to honor a local belle as the “Queen of Holly,” the Holly Ball enjoys a long-honored tradition of supporting many financial needs of neighboring localities, said Gallagher. The Tidewater Foundation, the arm of local philanthropy for the Holly Ball, distributes proceeds to many local civic, educational and charitable groups.

The presentation of the debutantes will begin at 8 p.m. Rep. Rob Wittman will speak, followed by a figure performed by the debutantes and their escorts. At 9 p.m., guests pay tribute to former debutantes. At 10 p.m., Rep. Wittman will crown the Queen of the Holly Realm. Music will be provided by The Kings of Swing until the ball concludes at midnight.

The success of the Holly Ball’s mission is attributable to the dedication and generosity of commercial and private entities as well as the many volunteer service hours. The Committee for the Holly Ball expresses its sincere gratitude to all persons who make this worthwhile charity a successful endeavor, said Gallagher.

Tickets are available in advance and not sold at the door. For tickets, call 761-0401.