Desert Foundation Auxiliary, an organization long on tradition and community service, presented 13 young women from Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Carefree on Dec. 22 at the Phoenician. The Desert Ball is a 50-year tradition, dating back to Dec. 29, 1966, when the first group of debutantes was presented at the Safari Hotel in Scottsdale.
Attendees at this year’s event included Caren Cowie Redivo and Cay Cowie, who were debutantes at that first ball and are daughters of a founding member. Also among those present were Allie and Andrea Smith with Althea Monson – daughter, mother and grandmother, representing three generations of DFA members.
Over the 50 years, DFA has presented more than 1,000 Desert Debutantes and supported more than 130 charities in Maricopa County. This year’s ball benefits the Phoenix Dream Center and GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix.
Pastor John Corpstein presented the debutantes. Darcy Royal was the ball chair, and Ronnie Kiefer the co-chair.