11 October 2018

Debutantes have a ball

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North Queensland Freemasons have welcomed an auspicious group of young ladies into society at the 84th Townsville Masonic Charity Debutante Ball while also raising funds for several local charities. 

In elegant white dresses, debutantes mastered the tradition of being presented, curtsying and performing two presentation dances in the company of Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill and District Grand Master Les Keane.

Secretary of the Townsville Masonic Charity Ball Committee Norm Souter-Smith said the event was a huge success and an important custom in the community.

“So many people enjoyed a tradition that has spanned decades in Townsville,” Norm said.

“It was a privilege for the Masons to form part of the official presentation ceremony, where young ladies walked through an honour guard highlighting the different orders and levels of Freemasonry.”

“The Ball is not only an opportunity for young ladies and their partners to present what they have been practising for weeks, but it is also a chance to support charities and initiatives who rely on financial donations.”

This year $4000 was raised and will be distributed between four local charities including, the Joyful Foundation, Townsville Junior Eisteddfod, the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal and the District Grand Master’s Christmas Appeal which will support Food Relief NQ.

“Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will match our donation to the Joyful Foundation, effectively doubling our impact,” he said. 

“We’d like to thank everyone involved in organising, supporting and attending this year’s Debutant Ball.”

Ladies aged 16 and above can participate in the next Townsville Masonic Charity Debutante Ball, which will be held mid-way through 2019.

Photo: Debutantes enjoyed a lovely evening at the Townsville Masonic Charity Debutante Ball and $4000 was raised for local charities.

Find out more about Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland