Desert Foundation Auxiliary Welcomes 26 Debutantes

Tradition marries technology to create festive tea

For the first time in its 55-year history, the Desert Foundation Auxiliary held its annual Mother Daughter Tea in cyberspace. Normally held in a member’s home, the traditional tea was brought to members, the 26 new Desert Debutantes and their mothers via Zoom.

During the meeting, Colleen Katz, 2020 president of DFA, welcomed the Debutantes and their mothers. The Tea is the first event of DFA’s season and serves to introduce the Debutantes to each other, along with their mothers, DFA members and the community. The history of DFA, which was founded in 1965, was presented along with the many traditions the organization still adheres to today.

Each of the 26 Debutantes were presented immediately prior to the meeting with a personalized basket filled with gift items along with a long-stemmed white rose with the DFA traditional turquoise ribbon to be presented to each of the mothers. Kelly Welty chaired the virtual occasion.

Jill Hegardt will chair the 2020 Desert Ball with Jenny Ellis as her co-chair. The Desert Ball is scheduled for Dec. 22 at The Phoenician. Proceeds will benefit Saving Amy.


2020 Desert Debutantes not pictured: Christine Arendt and her mother, Wendy; Gabrielle Odinet and her mother, Leigh Ann; Sophie Ohanian and her mother, Kathleen; Grace Psorske and her mother, Jennifer; Lindsley Gifford and her mother, Lorina; Kirsten Peterson and her mother, Kara; and Kenzie Riddell and her mother, Wendy

Caroline and her mother, Marianne

Megan Gage and her mother, Jennifer; Katherine Douglas and her mother, Lauri

Madison “Maddie” and her mother, Kim; Katie Weigel and her mother, Dominique

Samantha Maxwell and her mother, Michelle; Cassandra Seminoff and her mother, Cynthia

Megan Marty and her mother, Susan

Caroline Liebes and her mother, Christy; Cristina Glascock and her mother, Alexis

Katherine “Kit” Getz and her mother, Dyan; Erin Hannen and her mother, Linda

Caroline Hink and her mother, Megan; Zayla Jacobsen and her mother, Kimberly

Madelaine Feldman and her mother, Ashley

A welcome basket full of goodies

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