Two nights of dancing for the Tully Catholic Debutante Balls


People from Tully and the surrounding areas dressed up and came out on Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26, to celebrate the annual Tully Catholic Debutante Balls at the MPC building in Tully. 

Due to sheer numbers of Debutantes, coupled with Covid restrictions, the celebrations were split into two separate Deb balls. The theme for Friday night was “’le bon ton’ with the Tully Ton”, followed by Saturday’s theme of “Saturday Soiree.” Festivities began at 7pm, with the official presentations of the beautiful debutantes and their partners beginning at 8:30pm. Fourteen Debutantes were presented on Friday night, and thirty Debutantes on Saturday. 

Chandeliers, flowers, a giant flower arch, and, of course, the red carpet, transported guests to another world as they cheered on the Debutantes and their partners through the presentations and dances. “I think it went well,” said Tania Gilbert who was the Event Coordinator for this year’s Deb balls. 

Friday night saw 370 guests, and in the Official party were Father Jobe Hose, Cassowary Coast Mayor Mark Nolan and his wife Marsha Nolan, Lou and Gabrielle Crema, Mr Richard Graham, his wife, and Mrs Annette Luxford. The Matrons of Honour for the evening were Mrs Leonie Morris and Mrs Kerrie Waters. Junior Attendants were Lexie and Basil, and Leah and Patrick. 

Saturday night had 410 guests, and the official party included Father Jobe Hose, Rick and Kathleen Chappel, MP Shane Knuth, MP Nick Dametto and his wife Alicia Dametto, and Annette Luxford. Matrons of Honour were Mrs Marie Vipiana and Mrs Stephanie Grimaz. The Junior Attendants were Miss Ambor Dore and Master Clay Chappel, and Miss Annika Duiker and Master David Aspinall. Master of Ceremonies for both events was Mr Chris McHugh. 

The four dances performed at the 2021 Deb balls were Neon Moon, Blue Rose Saunter, Evening Maree Step, and Progressive Jive. The 44 young Debutantes and their partners did exceptionally well, under the tutelage of dance instructors, Mr and Mrs Raymond and Carla Evans, Mr and Mrs Mario and Franca Raccanello, and Mr and Mrs Derrick and Wendy Finlayson. “I think they did well both nights. You could see that after their first two presentation dances, they relaxed and enjoyed the evening,” said Gilbert. 

Another big thank you goes out to Belle Events, Igguldens Menswear, and to all of the hardworking volunteers who made the night happen. 

This year was Gilbert’s first year organizing the balls, since in 2020 it was cancelled due to COVID. She did an incredible job, and they were both nights to remember. 

FRIDAY NIGHT ‘le bon ton’ with the Tully Ton

Debutantes and Partners:

Miss Kate Louise Macqueen and Jomen Cachia 

Miss Keyana (Keyarna) Ivey and Manny Guligo. 

Miss Eloise Burton and Jerome Ketchell. 

Miss Elissa Quagliata and Ben Smith. 

Miss Mimi Neal and Kohl Macare. 

Miss Piper Camilleri and Daniel Brant. 

Miss Alyssa Sinclair and Mr Tim Maher. 

Miss Madison Deloryn and Harry Raiti. 

Miss Blaze Morandan and Mr Tareke Peach. 

Miss Stephanie Sutton and Jonas Gumbleton. 

Miss Kate Crema and Wilson Flegler. 

Miss Isabella Papadimitriou and Mr Rohan Crema.

Miss Aislinn Bice and Arky Rose

Miss Jasmine Sichter and Logan Guiffrida 

Saturday night ‘Saturday Soiree’ 

Debutants and Partners:

Lacey Matthew and Max Rowe

Fiona Giblin and Seth Harris

 Zoe Bailey and Matthew Gough 

Shanequa Wiremu and Lamida Ru 

Prudence McClymont and Taj Gudopp 

Grace Van Niekerk and Eli Kraushaar 

Rebecca Irwin and Kyle Hall 

Amali Renfrey and Cody Bainbridge 

Isabelle Maher and William Hilder 

Tana Allison and Jai Hawkins 

Ella Fowler and Connor Austin 

Cienna Haines and Davey Toogood

Abbigale Hutchison and Garry Galletta

Abbey Walton and Shannon Simmons 

Alieda Nona and Gilmore Auda 

Michaela Adams and Thomas Herbert 

Charlotte Mackay and Morgan Black 

Phoebe Crowe and Jack Watson 

Ava Kinsella and Kyle Jackson 

Darcie Griffin and Thain Hansen 

Madelyn Jones and Jack Carmen 

Isabella Slater and Jordan Walker 

Ella Heathwood and Ryan Lantzakis 

Kayley Machan and Kade Nash 

Robin Uitenweerde and Christo Van Vuuren 

Tehgan Gee and Luke Magnanini 

Piper Zammit and James Brescansin 

Hunter Richtsfeld and Camryn Columbini 

Chloe Johnston and Flynn Crema 

Melody Smith and Liam Johnson

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