52nd Annual Desert Ball

12 young women presented to the community

The Desert Foundation Auxiliary held its annual Desert Ball at The Phoenician on Dec. 22. Families and friends gathered to celebrate the 12 young women from Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Carefree who were presented to the community. The debutantes wore traditional long white gowns.

Scott Kusy and Annalise Kusy

Angelic Grove created the décor, which featured soft neutrals with a touch of turquoise and chandeliers of greenery and candlelight. Floral bouquets included hydrangeas splashed with pink and black roses and a touch of greenery added with a combination of orchids.

In addition to the presentation, guests enjoyed dinner and dancing to the music of The Hamptons.

Wendy Arendt chaired the evening, with Gina Forster as her co-chair. Thomas Reahard presented the debutantes.

Proceeds from the 2017 Desert Ball will be distributed to Maddie’s Daddy Foundation and Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS).


Analyse Fuenning, Kathryn Eaton, Kyla Christifulli, Emily Weigel, Sarah Neil and Annalise Kusy

Pearl and Bo Woodring

William and Analyse Fuenning

David Lane; Molly, Doug, Kate, Kelly and Lindsey Eaton; and Adam Pitts

Paula and Rachel MacWilliam, Kathleen McClain, and Beth and Michael Pryor

Alison Getz, Streator Bates, and Julie and Stephen Jorgenson

Guests admiring the father-daughter waltz

Front row: Gabriella Vatistas, Kathryn Eaton, Jordan Craft, Reilly Whittington and Kyla Christifulli. Middle row: Annalise Kusy, Claire Folger, Analyse Fuenning and Sarah Neil Top row: Alexandra Gburek, Emily Weigel and Alexandra Meyer PHOTO BY DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

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