Two local young ladies invited to North Carolina Debutante Ball

Published 10:38 am Monday, August 7, 2017

RALEIGH – William Hargrave McElroy, President of the Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh, announced Aug. 3 that invitations have been issued to the 91st annual North Carolina Debutante Ball. The event will be held in Raleigh on Sept. 7-9. The formal presentation of young ladies from across the state will highlight the weekend festivities.

Two young ladies from the Roanoke-Chowan area have been invited to the 2017 Debutante Ball. They are Laurel Frances Boone of Murfreesboro, the daughter of James Wood Boone, Jr. and Bonnie Britt Boone; and Taylor Randall Wilson of Windsor, the daughter of Randall Boyd Wilson and Catherine Everett Wilson.

The Terpsichorean Club, comprised of young gentlemen from the Raleigh area, was formed in the 1920s to sponsor an annual statewide Debutante Ball to present many of North Carolina’s prominent young ladies and to honor their families. The Ball has been held every year since 1923 with the exception of the World War II years.

Young ladies are selected by more than 200 nominators located throughout the state. The final approval of the Debutantes is made by the Terpsichorean Club members. The invitations are extended to the young ladies in recognition of the contributions their families have made to the economic, cultural, social and civic life of North Carolina.

The Leader of the Ball is chosen from Wake County’s Debutantes and young ladies from throughout the state are also honored by being named Assistant Leaders.

During the Ball weekend there will be eight functions held in honor of the Debutantes, their families and their escorts.

The formal presentation at Meymandi Concert Hall on Friday evening, Sept. 8, will be a focal point of the weekend.

John Douglas Merritt, Jr. is Chairman of the 2017 Ball. He leads a committee of Terpsichorean Club members who supervise all arrangements.

Mrs. Christopher Jason Stoecker is Chairman of the Girls Committee. The ladies on the committee plan and coordinate the functions of the Ball weekend.

Officers of the Terpsichorean Club, in addition to Mr. McElroy and Mr. Merritt are: James Curtis McCaskill, Vice President; Alexander Christopher Bean, Secretary-Treasurer; and Surry Cowper Wood, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.