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Information night for Silver Rose debutante participants scheduled

Posted: July 31, 2010 4:41 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Since 1985, more than 300 Santa Clarita Valley high school senior girls have blossomed into confident young women ready to conquer the world as Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild Silver Rose Debutantes. Applications for the 2010-11 season are now being accepted.

Established to help raise funds for the hospital, the Silver Rose Debutante season fosters social and cultural awareness to benefit this or any future community in which the debutante resides, said Terrie Cipriano, program coordinator.

“The program is a wonderful opportunity for the girls to increase their confidence in handling social, academic and business encounters while contributing to the community and developing lasting friendships,” she said.

The first half of the debutante season involves the acquisition of new skills and knowledge while the second half offers opportunities for the young ladies to put everything they’ve learned into action.

A 2010 Silver Rose Debutante’s eventful social season consists of a Presentation Tea in September, the Fall Fashion Show in October, and a Mother/Daughter Tea in February.

The elegant white gowns, gloves, escorts and the infamous curtsy and waltz remain unwavering customs of the much anticipated Silver Rose Debutante Ball in March 2011, said Cipriano.

Along with learning about social responsibility, communication, and proper etiquette, debutantes are also now eligible for the Shelley L. Hann Education Scholarship. Awarded to one debutante at the Sunday Farewell Breakfast the morning following the Ball, the $2,500 scholarship is an opportunity for the graduating debutantes to receive support to further their education.

The Silver Rose Debutante program is open to all high school senior girls in the SCV with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Applicants must be willing to complete 50 hours of volunteer community service during the debutante season and commit to the rules and regulations set forth by Hospital Guild. A program fee and Grand Ball ticket sales commitment also apply.

Funds raised from the Debutante program benefit the hospital’s Laboratory Services.

Girls currently in their junior year of high school may participate in the Junior Debutante program and are also welcome to attend the information night.

Applications for the 2010 to 2011 Henry Mayo Guild Silver Rose Debutante program are currently being accepted. Along with their parents, girls interested in the program are invited to attend the Guild’s Debutante information night 7 p.m., Aug. 10, at the LaQuinta Inn, 25201 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Terrie Cipriano at (661) 253-8051.


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