The Board of Directors and membership of the St. Simons Cotillion recently announced the members of the 2019 Cotillion Debutante Club and the marshals who will serve as their escorts. The formal presentation will take place Nov. 30 at the Plantation Ball on Sea Island. The black-tie event continues the elegant tradition established by the St. Simons Cotillion in 1988.
“The St. Simons Cotillion is delighted to present this outstanding group of young women and the gentlemen chosen as their escorts” stated Mrs. Peter Feininger, who, with Mrs. Patrick Godbey, is the 2019 co-chair of the Debutante Advisory Board. Mrs. Richard Altman serves as advisor, and Mrs. Dwight Sweat serves as the reservations chairman. The debutantes, as tradition dictates, will be presented in formal white gowns with elbow-length gloves and carry a dozen long-stemmed roses. Marshals will be attired in black-tie, and those presenting the debutantes in white tie and tails with gloves.
The holiday weekend festivities will begin with an afternoon reception on Nov. 29 in the Spanish Lounge at The Cloister on Sea Island. The reception, hosted by the Cotillion Board of Directors and the Debutante Advisory Board, honors the debutantes, their mothers and the mothers of the marshals.
On Saturday evening, a black-tie reception hosted by the St. Simons Cotillion will honor the debutantes and marshals prior to the Plantation Ball. The ball will begin at 7 p.m. with the formal presentation of the 2019 Cotillion Debutante Club. Each debutante, escorted by a marshal, is announced by the grand marshal following a trumpet fanfare. She is then presented by her father or other family member and completes a traditional low curtsy to those attending the ball. The presentation concludes with a father-daughter waltz. A dinner dance follows the presentation. Mr. Richard Berlin Altman will serve as grand marshal of the ball.
Mrs. Brad Watkins, chairman, and Mrs. Stephen Barrett, vice chairman of St. Simons Cotillion, promise an evening from which many wonderful memories will be made.
The 2019 debutantes are Mary Frances Carrillo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gage Carrillo; Madison Brooke Carroll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael James Carroll; Meghan Chelsea Chitty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Clements Chitty Jr.; Alana Michelle Daniel, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Darryl Dale Daniel; Missouri Macall Dyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nevon Dyer Jr.; Emily Catherine Harrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenton Charles Harrison; Elizabeth Stewart Lee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walton Spencer Lee; Mary Caroline Lewis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Adam Lewis; Elizabeth Vann Love, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Perrin Lowrey Love; Mary Lee McQuigg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McQuigg; Piper Lee O’Quinn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Brantley O’Quinn; Sarah Parker Peyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeLoach III; Mary Janet Scarlett, daughter of The Hon. and Mrs. Stephen Gray Scarlett; Madison Mary Steilen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Karl Steilen; Vivian Davis Swift, daughter of Ms. Paige Martin Swift and Mr. George Parker Swift VI; Madison Elizabeth Veal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Dorsey Veal; Hollyn Elizabeth Watkins, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas Watkins; Bailey Marie Wiggins, daughter of Mrs. Erika Arras Horn and Mr. Donald Shawn Wiggins; Ansley Caitlin Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Leslie Wood.
The 2019 marshals are Robert Griffin Bates, son of Dr. and Mrs. David Carlson Whitehead and the late Stephen Potts Bates; John Mitchell Brock, son of Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell Vernon Brock; Adam Michael Cudd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lynn Cudd; Andrew Wallis Delaney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Matthew Delaney; James Bennett Delaney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Matthew Delaney; Thomas Banks Entwistle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Steven Entwistle; Evan Bruce Harper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Derrell Harper; Hill Benedict Hartman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Benedict Hartman; Graham Hodges Johnston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry James Johnston Jr.; Bankston Ellis Knight, son of Mrs. Karen Bankston Knight and the late Jeffrey Lindsey Knight; Joseph Robert Levitan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Levitan; Joseph Bentley Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Markland Long; John Wilbur McKeown Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilbur McKeown; Gilbert Brinson Meredith III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Brinson Meredith Jr.; William Taylor Owens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lawrence Owens III; Jackson Mile Parker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Blake Parker; William Calvin Smith IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Calvin Smith III; Ryan Scott Steilen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Karl Steilen; William Elliott Stroud, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frederick Stroud; Seiler Burnette Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Shannon Thompson.