An Arctic blast had a chilly wind on Dec. 22, but it was warm and festive inside the Broadmoor International Center for the 2022 Colorado Springs Debutante Ball.
It was the 55th year of the traditional formal social event, in 2022 celebrating 15 young women and their families, often multi-generational.
Debutantes were named when they graduated from high school, with a formal presentation in December. They were selected for volunteer work in their community and schools, along with their families’ community contributions.
The debutantes wore snow-white dresses, long gloves and pearl necklaces while carrying bouquets of white roses.
In the arms of their fathers, stepfathers or chosen surrogates and accompanied by two male chaperones, often their brothers, they walked up a red carpet to the stage as master of ceremonies Bill Kurtz introduced them.
Deep Bowing Receiving Line: Prom Chairwoman Diane Glaser, Honorary Prom Chairwoman Kay Klunder and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Alan Winslow. Then followed deep bows to the family and guests.
The 2022 Debutante Ball was dedicated in memory of 1997-1998 Ball Chair, longtime supporter and committee member Carolyn Jolstad.
Since its inception, the local Debutante Ball has made philanthropic donations, over the years more than $700,000 for the acquisition fund at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
The 2022 recipient will be selected by the event board.
Colorado Springs 2022 Debutantes:
Donnie Lee Athey, daughter of Bob and Nikki Athey; granddaughter of Valerie Jean Holt and the late William Whiting Holt and Mrs. Donald Lee Chilsen and the late Mr. Chilsen. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends Savannah College of Art and Design.
Elizabeth Anne Burkett, daughter of Khale and Missy Burkett; granddaughter of Mrs. James Clark Burkett and the late Dr. Burkett and William Wiley Poleson and the late Mrs. Poleson. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends the University of Colorado — Leeds Business School.
Grace Lola-Pearl Calvin, daughter of Tom and Catherine Calvin; granddaughter of the late husband Richard Wallace Calvin and the late husband Theodore Gustave Coulter. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Ella Louise Chura, daughter of Ric and Megan Chura; granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore James Chura of Duluth, Minn. and Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Douglas Grant of Silver Lake, Ohio. She graduated from Air Academy High School and attends Purdue University.
Ariel Delany Edwards, daughter of retired Army Lt. Col. Kimball and Stephanie Edwards; granddaughter of Mrs. John Roy Edwards of Clifton, Va. and the late Army Col. John Roy Edwards and the late Mr. and Mrs. Larry Farris Dillon. She graduated from Fountain Valley School and attends Colgate University.
Audra Grace Frickey, daughter of Derek and Debbie Frickey; granddaughter of Dr. of Paul Henry Frickey and the late Mrs. Frickey and Mrs. John Clarence Fischer of Tulsa, Okla., and the late Mr. Fischer. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends Lafayette College.
Sofia Maria Gagliardi, daughter of Nick and Hilary Gagliardi; granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Ralph Gagliardi of Pueblo and Mrs. Laurence Gilbert Blea of Santa Fe and the late Mr. Blea. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Grace Jenson, daughter of Dr. Colleen Jenson and the late James Howard Everett Jenson; granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Saxton Jenson and Dr.
Zoe Emily Lachnidt is the daughter of John and Tiffany Lachnidt; granddaughter of Frederic Herman Lachnidt and Mrs. Janet Legore of Cañon City and Conrad Arthur Brevillier and the late Mrs. Brevillier. She graduated from Air Academy High School.
Grace Marie LaJoie, daughter of Mark and Panna LaJoie; granddaughter of Mrs. Francis LaJoie Thomas and the late Dr. of William Joseph LaJoie and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Bernard Keller. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mary Kathleen Lowery, daughter of Dr. Matthew and Kristen Lowery; granddaughter of Dr. Brian Douglas Lowery of Spencertown, N.Y., and Mary Austin Lowery of Cumberland, Maine, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Edward Gaukler of Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Palmer High School and attends Chapman University.
Kingsley McCarthy Mason, daughter of Rod and Marianne Mason; granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Irvin Mason and Mrs. Joseph Adam Reich and the late Navy Capt. Joseph Adam Reich. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends Orange Coast College.
Christina Elizabeth Matteson, daughter of Ian and Joy Matteson; granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Matteson and Dr. and Mrs. Robert Alexander Brooks of Rogers, Ark. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends the University of California San Diego.
Dorothea Furey Peloso, daughter of Frank Pelos and Monica Furey; granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ole Anthony Peloso of Denver and Joseph Patrick Furey of Pine Bush, N.Y., and Mrs. Bridget Ann Baxter of Fayetteville, Ark. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends the University of Puget Sound.
Madeline Stark’s Hope, daughter of Brad and Carey Stark; granddaughter of Mrs. Larry Lee Stark and the late Mr. Stark and Richard Allen Wall of Los Angeles, California and Mrs. Jocelyn Colvin Wall. She graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and attends the University of California, Los Angeles.
Returning as 2022 debutantes are Erin Elizabeth Berson, Meghan Foster Bodman, Kristyn Virginia Cameron, Delaney Rose Marsden-Loetscher, Emma Patricia Kennemor Ross, Brenna Marie Sanchez, Regan Elizabeth Sanchez, Zoe Jean Vaughan and Morgan Elizabeth Willard.