DFA Celebrates 50 Years of Desert Debutantes at Desert Ball

Desert Foundation Auxiliary presents 13 young women to the community at holiday ball.

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.

DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

IMG_6487 Debutantes 10x8 crop

Top, left to right: Elizabeth Taylor, Ashley Hancock, Alexandria Fuenning and Logan Williams. Middle: Addison Stout, Haley Kroot, Allie Mashni, Blythe Nebeker and Haley Henne. Bottom: Samantha Singer, Roxanne Keeley, Madison Reimers and Kaitlyn Gage

DFA 15 DW Can (1175) crop

Allie and Andrea Smith with Althea Monson, three generations of DFA

DFA 15 DD (344) crop

Shannon, Allyson, Quinn and David Beckham

DFA 15 DD Can (783) crop

Desert Debutantes from the first ball Caren Cowie Redivo and Cay Cowie, daughters of a founding member. The 60 on the cake represents the decade in which they were debutantes.

DFA 15 DD (312) crop

Top row, left to right: Taven Rasor, James Ponte, Brandon Rasor, Cay Cowie, Ron Redivo, Rich Seminoff and Bob Seminoff. Bottom row: Liberty Rasor, Ali Bohannon, Cassandra Seminoff, Caren Cowie Redovo and Cindy Seminoff

DFA 15 DD (334) crop

Corrine, Oliver, Aimee and Elizabeth Smith

DFA 15 DF Can (887) crop

Pastor John Corpstein, Darcy Royal and Ronnie Kiefer

DFA 15 DF Can (919) crop

Julie and Andrew Kroot

DFA 15 DF Can (922) crop

Theresa and Jim Keeley

DFA 15 DW Can (1092) crop

Jim and Roxanne Keeley

DFA 15 DW Can (1173) crop

Maggie Argue and Wendy Arendt

DFA 15 DD (305) crop

Carol Schmidt and her daughter Kelly Eaton

 

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