Bachelors Club presents 29 Debutantes

Bachelors Club debutantes and escorts gather for a group photo at the 74th Annual Bachelors Club Christmas Ball. - Photos by Fran Kozakowski
The 74th annual Bachelors Club Christmas Ball held on Sunday, Dec. 22, presented 29 debutantes and raised $35,000 for Citizens Caring for Children, a nonprofit chosen by Bachelors Club President Sam Jackson.
For more than 30 years, the organization has served children in central Oklahoma, providing clothing, resources and support for children in foster care.
The Bachelors Club honored longtime supporter Kyle Anderson with its highest award, the Walter Powell Award, traditionally given to an alumnus (or another individual) that has shown loyal support and exemplifies the ideals of the club. Anderson owns a successful catering and event-planning business in Oklahoma City, including serving as staff chef for KFOR, appearing weekly on the segment “Cooking With Kyle.” He grew up in Oklahoma City, attended Casady School and the University of Oklahoma and serves on multiple nonprofit and academic boards. He also has assisted with the Bachelors Club Ball the last several years.
The Bachelors Club also honored Judy Lehmbeck who has coordinated the Ball for the last 28 years. Lehmbeck thanked the club for donating $10,000 each to the National MS Society and Transitions House in her honor for her long tenure as ball coordinator.
Souled Out played the music for the evening, and after the debutante presentation, debs, escorts, their parents and guests danced around the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club’s floor-to-ceiling Christmas tree in the Great Hall and enjoyed a late-night breakfast of powdered sugar beignets, French toast sticks, bacon, chicken and biscuits, mini breakfast burritos, pigs in a blanket and fresh fruit.
According to tradition, a group of young women in college – numbering 29 this year – made their debut escorted by members of the Bachelors Club. Decorations included the Club’s wonderful decorations – the floor-to-ceiling Christmas tree in the Great Hall and a gingerbread playhouse, colorful presents and more trees in the foyer.
Floral arrangements by Fleuriste in Oklahoma City included an arch of flowers over the doorway into the ballroom that the debutantes and escorts walked through when they started the presentation. The arrangements also included festive high and low dramatic centerpieces that featured roses and hydrangeas in silver pots and vases that incorporated this year’s colors – silver, charcoal, wine, white and pink incorporating a lot of greenery as well. A boxwood wall accented with roses served as a backdrop for the stage. Escorts wore a boutonniere of white ranunculus; debutantes carried petite bouquets of nude, white and champagne roses.
The Bachelors Club of Oklahoma City was founded in 1938 by a group of young men who wished to promote the social and philanthropic undertakings as well as leadership in the Oklahoma City area. The debutante presentation began in 1945 as a way to raise funds for various Oklahoma City charities.
The 2019 Bachelors Club debutantes, listed with their escorts are:
Ellie Suzanne Baze, escorted by Zachary Ryan Segell; Elizabeth Catelin Beall, escorted by Rubell Antonio Go; Langley Bennett Branan, escorted by Samuel Hunter Kakis; Chloe Bea Brown, escorted by Robert Henry Nayf; Natalie Margaret Chansolme, escorted by Camden Thomas Pierce; Claire Alexander Chesher, escorted by Grant Sterling Mettenbrin; Claire Ansley Corley, escorted by Grayson James Katigan; Ellen Thompson DeGiusti, escorted by Matthew David Chancellor; Madeline Lane Gee, escorted by Joshua Raymond Cohlmia; Megan Kathleen Gold, escorted by Philip Louis Pippin; and Lilly Ann Hansing, escorted by Mason James McClintock.
Also, Claire Virginia Jackson, escorted by John Jeffrey Cloud; Haley Rose Karchmer, escorted by Jakob Alex Trachtenberg; Chandler Lynn Keller, escorted by Nicholas Lee Kerrihard; Jillian Park Kim, escorted by James David Bozalis; Lyvia Lee Lauderdale, escorted by Cole Thomas McDaniel; Sophia Louise McCasland, escorted by Ian Lindsey Self; Anna Marie Medley, escorted by Evan Stewart Griffith; Carlotta Jacqueline Maria Melton, escorted by Hamilton Lee Spicer; Caroline Noël Moock, escorted by Logan Philip-Lee Haney; and Victoria Ann Murphy, escorted by Jacob Andrew Mullins.
Also, Margaret Rose Naifeh, escorted by Jacob Michael Ellis; Ashton Riley Niemann, escorted by Clay Collins Morris; Katelyn Anne Parkinson, escorted by William Reid Richardson; Ashley Elaine Raupe, escorted by Michael Davis Lauderdale; Anne Kathryn Remondino, escorted by Andrew Cook McDonald; Reina Vestina Ruffin, escorted by Cooper Michael Larson; Olivia Grace Utz, escorted by Riley Scott Stayton; and Anne Alley Watts, escorted by Glenn Marks Harris.

Langley Branan, Annie Remondino and Lilly Hansing.

Grayson Katigan, Robert Nayfa, Jack Ellis and Jay Bozalis.

Margaret Naifeh is escorted by Jacob Ellis.

Chloe Brown, Anna Medley and Maddie Gee prepare for the presentation.