EL PASO, Texas (Nov. 27, 2018) – The El Paso Heritage Cotillion Committee Members and the McCall Neighborhood Center will host the 2019 Bi-Annual Cotillion and Debutante Ball. Applications are being accepted for young women of African descent, ages 17-19 (16 if at least a High School Junior or Senior), or a college freshman, age 19 or younger, to participate. The organization will present young women to society during the black-tie event.
During the five-month rites of passage agenda, debutants are introduced to etiquette and educational opportunities through various empowerment and enrichment workshops facilitated by community leaders and experts. The workshops and activities scheduled prior to the official presentation covers topics which includes peer pressure, self-esteem, body image, social responsibility and academic excellence.
The Cotillion Debutante program affords young ladies the opportunity to raise funds for college, create lasting friendships and learn the importance of service to others. During the Ball, a young lady will be crowned Miss Debutante 2019 and will serve her time as a role model to other young ladies entering adulthood. Some of the signature events include a Parent-Daughter Tea, Health & Wellness Seminar and Scrapbook Workshop. Participants actively engage in community service projects such as the annual Thanksgiving Dinner for homeless El Pasoans. Parents and families are encouraged to attend and participate in the process leading up to the Debutante Ball.
The cotillion will be held at the Marriott Hotel Ballroom located at 1600 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX, 79925, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There is a fee for debutantes to register. Information and forms may be found online at heritagecotillion.org. The deadline for registration is March 1, 2019, but participants are encouraged to sign up now.
Organizations and businesses may serve as a sponsor or co-sponsor. The cost of sponsorship of $350. A minimum of 75% of all contributions will be given back to participating Senior Debutantes to assist in their educational endeavors. Contributions and sponsorship fees may be made out to Bi-Annual Heritage Cotillion and mailed to: Anna M. Harris-Howell, 4804 Apis Court, El Paso, TX 79924. All sponsors are recognized in the souvenir journal and honorably mentioned at the Debutante Ball. Souvenir journal advertising will be available February 2019.
Tickets for the cotillion are $45 per person, with a reduced price for youth ages 13 – 17 ($35.00), and 12 and below ($25.00). Tickets may be obtained from any Debutante, member of the Committee or the McCall Neighborhood Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Cotillion Chair, Anna M. Harris-Howell, at (915) 821-4267/474-4267.