People & Places: Opera Ball slated for April 6
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Sunday, December 09, 2012
12/09/12 at 4:54 AM
Memories made at the Tulsa Opera Debutante and Squire Ball are ones that bring smiles and last a lifetime.
The 53rd annual ball, which will be held April 6 at Southern Hills Country Club, will be another evening of family tradition, elegance and beauty.
Ball co-chairwomen Cindy Wheeler and Kristen Kenneally say they envision a family event where parents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, as well as grandparents can take part in the occasion, which is marked by formal presentation of the debutantes and squires, a group of high school seniors whose parents are Tulsa Opera supporters.
"This is the most elegant family event in Tulsa before these young adults depart for college," Wheeler and Kenneally agreed.
The evening's entertainment will be provided by SquadLive from Norman.
Box Talent states: "Since 2009, SquadLive has become one of the most sought after party bands in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa markets. It is an eight-piece band comprised of degreed musicians and professional entertainers who live to perform."
The young men and women who will be honored at the ball take part in a series of parties and activities leading up to the event.
The debutantes and squires joined their parents at a recent welcome party at The Summit Club, where they enjoyed a delicious dinner and received an invitation in a silver frame with an elegant ribbon engraved with Tulsa Opera Ball 2013. Opera singer Alex Belliott and pianist Whitney Hollis performed the repertoire "Largo and Joey."
The high school seniors have also attended a video scavenger hunt at Girouard Vines Urban Winery, where they toured in limousines and filmed iconic Tulsa locations.
In December, they will bowl at the downtown Dust Bowl and be in the audience for Cirque du Soleil in a suite hosted by the Eric Davis Family at the BOK Center.
Other activities include a fathers-and-squires/mothers-and-debs dinner hosted by Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, attendance at Tulsa Opera's "The Most Happy Fella" and waltz lessons.
For years, Bruce G. Weber Jewelry has presented each of the debutantes with a pearl necklace, which is worn at the ball. Each squire will receive engraved cuff links courtesy of Moody's Fine Jewelry, and they will wear them at the presentation.
Debutantes and squires and their parents include Madeleine Auffenberg, Jan and Dan Auffenberg; Taylor Davis, Tricia and Eric Davis; Aubrey Downing, Kim and David Downing; Connor Doyle, Karlyn and Kevin Doyle; Hannah Frizzell, Kelly and Greg Frizzell; Katie Girouard, Jan and Chris Girouard; Abby Jordan, Shawn and Patrick Jordan; Dominic Kenneally, Kristen and Timothy Kenneally.
Also, Lauren Langholz, Alyson and Larry Langholz; Matthew Marra, Cinda and Mark Marra; Grant Murphy, Cheryl and Steve Murphy; Philipp Piplits, Barbara and Martin Piplits; Reid Stinson, Sherry and Charlie Stinson; Cameron Taylor, Lee and Dr. Jordan Taylor; Richard Allen Williford II, Louise Williford and Richard Allen Williford Jr.; and Margaux Wheeler, Cindy and Larry Wheeler.
For more, call Tulsa Opera, 918-582-4035.
Original Print Headline: Opera Ball slated for April 6
Debutante Margaux Wheeler, 18, and squires Philipp Piplits, 18 (left), and Dominic Kenneally, 18, prepare for the Tulsa Opera Debutante and Squire Ball. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World