Nineteen local young women—including five from San Marino—were presented at the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital’s 55th Annual June Debutante Ball.
Nearly 350 guests celebrated the presentation of the debutantes at the event held on Saturday, June 18 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.
San Marino debutantes presented were Miss Katherine Grenville Beardsley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Grenville Beardsley IV (Karen) and Miss Brooke Elizabeth McCloskey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin John McCloskey (Joanne). City residents presented in absentia were Miss Natalie Anne Alford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Allman Alford (Anne); Miss Katherine GaLok Cheng, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Wai Kwan Cheng (Abby); and Miss Olivia Clare Tayback, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Tayback (Clare).
Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital President Mrs. George Harris Bristol (Rita) and Ball Chairwomen, Ms. Ruth Kokka and Mrs. James Terrile (Trevessa), and their husbands greeted guests as they arrived to the ball. There were welcome remarks made by Mrs. Bristol and Dr. David Warburton, who oversees the current guild-funded project in Developmental Biology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Jacob Maarse Florist transformed the Langham Huntington Hotel Ballroom into a fragrant floral wonderland featuring a variety of succulents along with internationally and locally grown flowers and plants.
Mr. Alan King Steinbrecher presented each debutante as she appeared at the top of the staircase. After each young lady was presented and escorted on the arm of her father, she returned to the center of the ballroom with her fellow debutantes to curtsy in unison to the applause and acceptance of guild members and guests. The debutantes’ fathers then joined them on the dance floor for the first waltz of the evening to the music of the band, Rembrandt.
Proceeds from the ball will benefit the guild’s current project, The Pasadena Guild Endowed Chair in Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Established in 1947 by a small group of dedicated hospital volunteers, the Pasadena Guild has raised more than $28 million throughout the years, successfully completing seven guild endowments in the areas of Pediatric Eye Cancer, Pediatric Surgery, Adolescent Medicine, Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Research; Additionally, the guild has made Developmental Biology endowments in partnership with the Saban Research Institute and funded one capital campaign.
Other debutantes presented included: Miss Amelia Janis Babcock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Harold Babcock III (Deborah) of Pasadena; Miss Emily Elizabeth Beljak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boris Ivan Beljak (Tiffany) of Pasadena; Miss Alexandra Campbell Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Adair Clark (Angelica) of Pasadena; Miss Emma Elizabeth Hausler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Victor Hausler (Lisa) of Pasadena; Miss Reagan Julia Major, daughter of Ms. Teresa Lynn Major of Nashville, Tenn.; Miss MacRae Flora Katherine Martinez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Patton Mann (Sally) of Pasadena; Miss Maureen Mary McConnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Britton John McConnell (Mary) of Pasadena; Miss Christine Tuonglan Nguyen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Nguyen (Diemlan) of Arcadia; Miss Laura Brooke Olson, daughter of Mrs. Ann Cramblit Olson and Mr. Stanley Lynn Olson of Altadena; Miss Jessica Ellen Sarni, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Patrick Sarni (Rebecca) of Pasadena; Miss Catherine Wynn Shelton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Nelson Shelton (Sarah) of Pasadena and Miss Marjory Madeline Zuk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Steven Zuk (Penny) of Monrovia. Other debutantes were presented in absentia: Miss Catherine Miller Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Berne Holbrook Evans IV (Courtney) of Pasadena and Miss Diedra Alston Logan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Harrison Logan III (Lucia) of La Cañada.