District 111 Combined Masonic Lodges’ Debutante Ball
Saturday, 31 July 2010 00:00
On Saturday Evening, 31st July, District 111 held the Combined Masonic Lodges Debutante Ball at Campbelltown. This has become a regular event in District 111 and is held during the last year of the current DGIW’s tenure of office. The Chairman of the District 111 Debutante Ball Organising Committee was VW Bro Jack Munton, DGIW for District 111 for the term 2008-2010.

More than 270 guests and 15 debutantes and their partners attended the ball that was held in the tastefully decorated auditorium of the Campbelltown RSL Club.

Representatives of Lodges that currently compose District 111 were presented to the assembled guests. When this was completed, the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and the ACT made a ceremonial entrance accompanied by a Grand Lodge Delegation.

Each of the fifteen Debutantes, resplendent in their white ball gowns, were presented in turn to the Grand Master and his partner Judith Morrice by the Matron of Honour, Mrs Pam Beattie. Each Debutante then introduced their partner to the Grand Master and Judith. As the debutantes made their entrance, a brief biography of each Debutante was read out by the MC for the evening.

On the completion of the presentation, the Debutantes and their partners danced the Pride of Erin with the Grand Master and guests at the Ball joining in.

Later, after the tasty meal had been finished the Debutantes and their partners assembled. Judith then cut the Debutante cake on their behalf.

Each District 111 Debutante Ball has raised funds for a worthy cause in the District. On this occasion, it was for the Sara Hilt Foundation, set up to fund the ongoing medical care of a young lady in the district struck down by meningococcal disease. Her parents were present and gave a heart rending overview of the problems their daughter has had to face since contracting the disease having, among many other problems, had all her limbs amputated. A raffle conducted prior to and at the Ball in support of the Foundation raised a total of around $4000 for the Foundation and should, when matched by masoniCare  see the Foundation benefit by around $8,000 just from the raffle. More was expected to be donated to the Foundation from the Ball funds plus proceeds collected by the District “Masonelles”, the partners of Masons in the district.  In all, the Sarah Hilt Foundation could receive around $22,000 from these combined efforts.

More than 600 photographs were taken of the evening by a professional photographer. Any person requiring copies of the photographs should contact the Secretary of the Organising Committee, RW Brother Noel Stevens.

It was a wonderful evening, a credit to the Brethren of District 111 and an excellent example of what Freemasonry can achieve when Brethren work together.