Bal Blanc de Noel presents Les Fleurettes

In a tradition reaching back to the early 1950s, the La Cañada Thursday Club on Sunday evening presented its Bal Blanc de Noel to present this year’s nine-member Les Fleurettes debutante class. The black-tie gala was held at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles.

Andrew Blumenfeld, who himself once served as a debutante’s escort to the annual affair, took to the podium as the evening’s presenter this weekend. A teacher and the co-founder of Students for Education Reform, Blumenfeld recently stepped down from the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, for which he served a term as president.

Taking their bows to society were La Cañada High School students Alaina Anna Kalb, Ashley Suzette Lawrence, Savannah Lynn Mackey, Ashley Rose Morrison, Gareen Simone Puglia and Rashi Shashin Shah; Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy senior Ella Elizabeth Gmelich and Flintridge Preparatory School students Alexandra Aliah Tutwiler and Erika Karen Winter.

After each was introduced, Thursday Club President Jeanie Kay presented her with a camellia charm as a memento of the occasion and of the 16 months they prepared for it by participating in social and community service, cultural education, personal development and etiquette lessons.

Kay was chairman of the Bal Blanc de Noel. Thursday Club members Jody Platisa and Patti Wickersham co-chair the debutante program and Rosanne Morrison is the group’s provisional chair.


A reigning Winter

This social season has been a particular whirl for Flintridge Preparatory School senior Erika Winter, who was nearing completion of her 16-month Les Fleurettes debutante class this fall when she learned she would reign over the New Year’s Day 2016 Tournament of Roses wearing the coveted Rose Queen crown. So, in addition to her duties as president of the Les Fleurettes, she has been engaged in a host of activities related to her royal title.

The daughter of Pasadena residents Kristine and Tim Winter, Erika is an assistant teacher for dance classes at Lineage Performing Arts Center. She enjoys spending time with friends and family; she and her father share a love of watching L.A. Kings games. As to her future, she plans to study marketing and communications in college, followed by a possible career in the fashion industry.


Carol Cormaci,

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