The theme of this year’s Catholic Ball was Swan Lake, a choice that worked perfectly alongside the white gowns of the 13 debutantes.
The flower girls, sweet in their feathered headdresses and fans, led the way.
A crowd of hundreds gathered at the Lithgow Civic Ballroom on Friday, May 12 for the celebration of the young women’s official presentation.
The 13 girls were Amy Thompson, partnered by Ben Cattermole; Jessica Bennett, partnered by Jackson Bostock; Mariah Godden, partnered by Ben Inzitari; Olivia Hamment, partnered by Dane Guffog; Hannah Kable, partnered by Ryley Dukes; Lillie Healey, partnered by Isaac Hogan; Kayla Nugent, partnered by Jayden Rhodes; Amber Quinn, partnered by Bill Cullen; Hayley Smith, partnered by Kaleb Mastro; Kristy-Lee Garland, partnered by Jake Durnford; Keely Millar, partnered by Kaden Ray; Caitlyn Ferguson, partnered by Patrick Sheather; and Paige McNamara, partnered by Zac Arkely-Smith.
A highlight of the evening was ballet dancer Georgina Wills’ performance as the Black Swan.
The matron for 2017 was Gloria Cooper. A registered nurse for many years, Mrs Cooper is known for her involvement with St Vincent de Paul and her active participation in the Eucharistic Ministry.
The young women were presented to Mrs Cooper and to special guest Terry Fitzpatrick.
Mr Fitzpatrick was introduced at the ball as “a top bloke, a loving husband, father and grandfather and overall a true gentlemen”. No one could ask for a better intro.
“I would encourage you to take every opportunity that presents itself to you,” he told the debutantes.
“God bless and may the good Lord travel with you.”