Originally created 01/18/98

Families present daughters at cotillion ball



About 20 debutantes and their escorts swirled to the music of the Dick Goodwin Orchestra at the Augusta Symphony Guild Cotillion Friday, Nov. 28, at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel.

The young women carried bouquets of cream, white and pink roses against their long white gowns. Roses in the same colors were used for table centerpieces.

"It's an old-fashioned anachronism," said Mary Moretz, chairwoman. Families once presented their 17- or 18-year-old daughters to society to signal that they were eligible to marry. Though the balls are less formal and the debutantes tend to be older -- 20 or 21 -- the events are still popular.

Proceeds from the cotillion help support the symphony.