Meet the Debutantes!
The Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc. 2016 Cotillion will certainly be unforgettable with fifteen of the most talented and scholarly young ladies from high schools throughout the Valley being presented to society. The 2016 Cotillion will be held at the Mesa Marriott, 200 W Centennial Way, on March 26, at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the website www.phoenixlinksinc.org
Providing the leadership for this year’s cotillion is president Linda Grooms Walton, along with the Cotillion chairperson, Lovie West. The event mistress and master of ceremonies are Ms. Susan Casper and Mr. Marion Kelley, and the honorary chairs are Julia C. Patrick and Cloves C. Campbell, Jr.
According to the cotillion chairperson Lovie West, “We continue the African village tradition of our ancestors in establishing a village rearing our children. And the Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc. has answered that call through a history of cotillions.” This is evidenced through the series of activities in which the debutantes have engaged. The cotillion season begins with members of the chapter interviewing prospective candidates. A set of activities is planned for the young ladies throughout the season.
The traditional mother-daughter tea is one of the first events. The festive affair provided the Links with an opportunity to become better acquainted with the debutantes and their mothers. The event is also a time for sharing an overview of the cotillion program, its goals, and objectives. Among other activities are a poise and etiquette luncheon, hosted this season at Dillard’s Scottsdale Fashion Square and a career and finance workshop that features a number of professional speakers in both areas.
Another highlight was the Annual Living History Program, which was held at the South Phoenix Kroc Center and was co-sponsored by the Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and The Gamma Mu Boule of Phoenix, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. For this event, the debutantes joined with the teens of Jack and Jill to form six teams, which had the task of interviewing and honoring six local noteworthy media individuals.
Other activities included the traditional fun-filled debutante-escort part and the debutantes attended the Arizona Black Rodeo held earlier this month. The debutantes also engaged in a community service project by participating in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, in conjunction with the Coalition of Blacks against Breast Cancer.
To conclude the activities, this year for the first time, the young ladies participated in a Rites of Passage ceremony a few days prior to the cotillion. The event acknowledged and celebrated their transition into womanhood by their mothers and the members of the Links. Scholarships and awards were presented at the conclusion of the event.
In addition to their scheduled activities, the debutantes also participated in a number of weekly rehearsals with choreographer Ms. Gina Stephens in preparation for the culminating event, The Unforgettable Princess Cotillion. The event is Saturday, March 26 and information and tickets are online at www. phoenixlinksinc.org.