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68th Annual Presentation Ball

Seated Left to Right: Tiffany Garza, Jaycee Loredo, Leandra Fernandez, Madison Cano, Alaina Castillo. Standing Left to Right: Kaya Dickerson, Sabrina Azua, Seleah Martinez, Leslie Flores, Madison Granquist, Allison Garza. Not Shown: Carilynn Mendez

The 68th Annual Presentation Ball of the Lower Valley Cotillion Club was held at the South Padre Island Convention Center on Saturday, February 5, 2022.

The Cotillion Club was founded in September of 1954 by Mrs. Byron Campbell of Raymondville as a social organization designed to bring together and present to society Lower Rio Grande Valley college-bound, civically and socially active girls. Many Rio Grande Valley women have fond memories of their own Cotillion presentations in years past.

The Cotillion Club continues to be a two-year social club for select junior and senior girls. The highlight of each year is the Presentation Ball. For this special celebration, the presentation ball is normally transformed into a breathtaking ballroom filled with beautiful flowers. Each year the debutantes wear a traditional white gown and long white gloves. They carry a long stem rose while being presented alongside their fathers. The first dance after the presentation is reserved for their fathers. Then the fathers relinquish their daughters to their escorts for the remainder of the evening.

New members to the Cotillion Club are selected their junior year in high school by an advisory board that considers leadership, community activities, college intentions, and suggestions by their senior advisory members. Lower Valley Cotillion Club members represent the cities of Harlingen, Port Isabel, San Benito, Rio Hondo, La Feria, Santa Rosa and Willacy County. During their senior year, Cotillion members return to renew acquaintances at the Fall Luncheon and formal Presentation Ball; and at the Spring Luncheon, they are familiarized with college requirements and activities.

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