Miss Macy Stuart Swift of Reedville was crowned Queen of the Holly Realm on Friday December 30, at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club in Kilmarnock.
Miss Swift was chosen to serve as queen at the 121st Holly Ball, the Tidewater Foundation’s fundraising arm. Eighteen Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area debutantes were presented at the annual Holly Ball.
Rep. Rob Wittman of Montross provided an eloquent oration for the gala event and crowned Miss Swift with the traditional crown worn by former queens, reported Amy Humphreys. Miss Swift succeeds reigning Queen Miss Susan Elizabeth Haynie of Reedville, the daughter of Mr. John Willard Haynie Jr. of Reedville and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Chilton Kelley of Kilmarnock.
Miss Swift is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Keith Swift of Reedville. She was presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Kyle Shaun McNamee. Miss Swift chose as her attendants Miss Elizabeth Baylor Ellis, the daughter of Mrs. Keren Slack Ellis of Tappahannock and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Baird Ellis Jr. of Champlain, and Miss Korty Beynton Swift, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Scott Swift of Reedville. Miss Ellis was presented by her father and escorted by Mr. Noah Christopher Newman. Miss Swift was presented by her father and escorted by Mr. William Andrew Smith.
Mr. Richard Aubrey Farmar III served as master of ceremonies.
The debutantes were Miss Caroline Julia Beck, the daughter of Ms. Valerie Lee Beck of Weems and the late Mr. Brian Wayne Beck, presented by Mr. John Wayne Reynolds, escorted by Mr. Jordan Christian Hodges; Miss Emily Shillington Carden, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor Carden Jr. of Charlottesville, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. John Gibson Schotta; Miss Alexandra Nicolle Clayton, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Levern Clayton of Weems, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Tanner Michael Steensma; Miss Skylar Naomi Dixon, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Edward Dixon Jr. of Weems, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Daniel Tyler Thomas; Miss Virginia Elizabeth Eanes, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Clifton Eanes of Locust Hill, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Benjamin Ashby Eanes; and Miss Burgess VanLoan Edson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hurst Harvey Edson of Lynchburg, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Karl Philip Gerlich.
Continuing the list of 2016 debutantes presented, Miss AnnGardner Eubank, the daughter of Ms. Nancy Travers of White Stone and Mr. David Cary Eubank of Nags Head, N.C., presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Steven Tyler Barksdale; Miss Mary Kathryn Hall, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Randolph Hall of Reedville, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. David Keith Fisher Jr.; Miss Elizabeth Yoer Hyde, the daughter of Mrs. Joanna Adams Hyde of Lively and the late Hon. Tristram Tupper Hyde IV, presented by Mr. Christopher Smith, escorted by Mr. Thomas Tilden Hyde; Miss Tyler Noelle Martin, the daughter of Mr. William Wallace Martin II of Williamsburg and Ms. Jennifer Lee Benson of Lancaster, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Roy Ashton Berry; Miss Abby Augustyn Nelson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Arthur Nelson of Weems, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Alexander Joseph Nelson; and Miss Lauren Leigh Shores, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lance Scott Shores of Urbanna, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Mason Michael Kelley Phillips.
Also making their debut this year were Miss Brittney Rochelle Warwick, the daughter of Mrs. Laura Duryea Warwick of Weems and the late Mr. Garland Wayne Warwick, presented by Mr. Sandy Burdette Warwick, escorted by Mr. Cole Donald-George Schomer; Miss Kayleigh Rose Webster, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carter Paul Webster of Lively, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Louis Benjamin Shelton; and Miss Micaela Ann Wilson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Keith Wilson of Heathsville, presented by her father, escorted by Mr. Samuel David Radecki.
Ushers were Mr. Noah Wayland Booth of Kilmarnock, Mr. William Logan Cooke of Tappahannock, Mr. Ashton Coles Hollingsworth of Irvington, Mr. William Chase Kitchen of Heathsville, Mr. Peyton Robert Smith of White Stone and Mr. Parker Dean Smith of White Stone.
Proceeds from the Holly Ball are dispersed by the Tidewater Foundation to a variety of charitable organizations supporting education and youth in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. During the last decade, the Tidewater Foundation has contributed approximately a quarter of a million dollars to local entities. In early 2016, the Tidewater Foundation made contributions to a variety of worthy causes, made possible by the proceeds of the 120th Holly Ball in 2015.
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