The annual Townsville Masonic Charity Debutante Ball has wrapped up for another year, ushering in a new cohort of young ladies into society and raising vital funds for five local North Queensland charities.
The event which has been a staple in Townsville’s social calendar for over 80 years, has seen generations of young ladies following in the footsteps of their mothers and grandmothers – keeping the age-old tradition alive.
Prior to their big day, the debutantes and their partners practiced for six weeks, learning how to curtsey, the custom of being presented and perfecting the steps to two presentation dances including the Pride of Erin and the Gypsy Tap.
President of the Townsville Masonic Charity Ball Committee, Bob Griffiths said this year’s event didn’t disappoint.
“The evening was a great mix of old and new, a real celebration of the youth in our community,” Bob said.
“The Masons added a Masonic touch to the Ball, by forming an honour guard representing different orders and degrees on Freemasonry, which the debutantes walked through before being presented to Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill and the District Grand Master Les Keane and his wife Irene.”
“Whether we’re putting on a memorable event for our youth or donating funds to various local causes, that community spirit has always been important to us as Freemason,” he said.
Five local charities including the Townsville Eisteddfod, Monkey in my Chair, Joyful Foundation, the District Grand Master’s and Mayor’s Christmas Appeal will be the beneficiaries of the event with funds expected to be handed over soon.
“These organisations in our eyes are making a lifechanging difference in the region, making it a better place for us all, whether they’re working with the disadvantaged, ill, elderly and so on,” he said.
“I’d like to thank our small committee for all the hard work that has been put in to make the event a success. We hope to be back bigger and better next year,” Bob said.
Hand Heart Pocket was a sponsor of the event and provided marketing support which included the design and printing of the tickets and funding of the promotional banners.
Photo: The annual Townsville Masonic Charity Debutante Ball has wrapped up for another year.
07 September 2017