The board of directors and membership of the St. Simons Cotillion recently announced the members of the 2017 Cotillion Debutante Club and the Marshals who will serve as their escorts. The formal presentation of the newly elected young ladies will take place at the Plantation Ball on Sea Island on Nov 25. The black-tie event continues the tradition established by the St. Simons Cotillion in 1988.

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 weekend festivities will begin with an afternoon reception on Nov. 24. The reception will be hosted by the Cotillion board of directors and the debutante advisory board, honors the debutantes, their mothers, and the mothers of the Marshals.

The debutantes are Sarah Bishop; Lennox Boggs; Caroline Butler; Caroline Carter; Sophia de Sola; Hanna Esserman; Katherine Graham; Eleanor Gunn; Katherine Lane; Felder Martin; Frances Maupin; Manning Mercer; Simms O’Quinn; Anna Redderson; Holloway Rule; Clara Seymour; Elizabeth Smith; Michael Stogner; Emily Stroud; Sallie Tolleson; Juila Toscano; Sarah Trowbridge; Ann Udell; and Taylor Zito.

The Marshals to serve as escorts to the debutantes are Cameron Atwood; John Barrett; Fraser Bowen; William Brunson IV; Jackson Capes; Scott Ferrell; Matthew Hicks; Christopher Holt; Hampton Jenrette; Mark Johnson; Ryan Johnston; Grant Langford; Patrick Lewis; Mark Love; Will MacArthur; Joseph Owens IV; Morris Pickens; Robert Prater III; Taylor Rule; William Rule; Richard Stroud; and Jonathan Sweat.

On Nov. 25, 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 with the formal presentation of the 2017 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 courtesy to those attending the ball. The presentation concludes with the time-honored father-daughter waltz. An dinner dance follows the presentation. Forrest Watt Brown will serve as Grand Marshal of the Ball.