The Oakland Bay Area Chapter of The Links, Inc., a group of women dedicated to philanthropy and volunteerism, held its 58th Annual Cotillion Ball on December 20, 2014, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel. The Links presented 17 debutantes with 18 escorts to an audience of some 600 family members and their guests. Each highly accomplished high school senior was formally introduced first by her father or guardian and then with her escort. The debutantes and their escorts then performed a series of intricate and classic ballroom dances.
Oakland Bay Area Chapter, The Links Cotillion Ball, 2014
Oakland Bay Area Chapter, The Links Cotillion Ball, 1957
Third generation Oakland Bay Area Links debutante Kaelyn Holmes with her mother, Kelli Holmes (1983), and her grandmother Rosalind Rhine (1957)
Oakland Bay Area Chapter, The Links Cotillion Ball, 2014 Debutantes, seated (l to r): Taylor Fields, Kaelyn Holmes, Megan Dulaney, Ania Smith, Sade’ Kammen, standing: Janae’ McFadden, Lyniece Hill, Tajii Thomas, Alyssa Stuckey, Nicole Mitchell, Sara Sloan, second row standing: Sydney Mays, Jaylyn Reynolds, Taryn Robinson, Raelene Parker, Kierstyn Taylor, Kira Carnegie
Debutante Ania Smith presented by Phillip Saddler
Oakland Bay Area Chapter, The Links Cotillion Ball, 2014 Escorts, first row standing (l to r):Tyler Waugh, Julius Stallworth, Jarred Edgerly, Payton Jones, Cameron McDonald, Alexander Estes, second row standing: Olusegun Sodipo, Roman Grace, Mark Anthony Jones, Langston Ramsey, Corey Wallace Jr., third row standing: Christian Ewing, Sonny Sowles Jr., Patrick Dawkins II, Thomas Riley, Dingane Gant-Kendricks, Marquis Chambers, Aren Ulmer
Sara Sloan and Marquis Chambers
Oakland Bay Area Chapter, The Links Debutantes 2014
Throughout the six months preceding the Cotillion, the debutantes and their escorts participated in a number of workshops including Financial Literacy, College Planning and Career Options, Social Etiquette and “What is Your Brand?” As part of the experience, they contributed their time and talents by refurbishing and painting the facility at Oakland’s St. Vincent de Paul Shelter, as well as serving meals to many of its residents.
Oakland Bay Area Chapter of The Links Debutantes, 2014: Kira Carnegie, Megan Dulaney, Taylor Fields, Lyniece Hill, Kaelyn Holmes, Sade’ Kammen, Sydney Mays, Janae’ McFadden, Nicole Mitchell, Raelene Parker, Jaylyn Reynolds, Taryn Robinson, Sara Sloan, Ania Smith, Alyssa Stuckey, Kierstyn Taylor, Tajii Thomas
Escorts: Marquis Chambers, Patrick Dawkins II, Jarred Edgerly, Alexander Estes, Christian Ewing, Dingane Gant-Kendricks, Roman Grace, Mark Anthony Jones, Payton Jones, Cameron McDonald, Langston Ramsey, Thomas Riley, Julius Stallworth, Olusegun Sodipo, Sonny Sowles Jr., Aren Ulmer, Corey Wallace Jr., Tyler Waugh
— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of more debutantes in the Bay Area