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Debutantes for a cause: Ball honors girls, benefits Mills-Peninsula Foundation
February 07, 2014, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

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From left, Debutantes Amanda Berry, Kelsey Better, Dylan Myers and Caroline Delehanty, with Dr. Harriet Borofsky, then debutantes Jackie Siegler, Lexie Oswald and Claire Willig. Debutante Christina Beyer is not pictured.

Celebrating the achievements of young women and raising money for new medical technology are themes at the Mills-Peninsula Debutante Ball this Saturday, Feb. 8 at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame.
Kelsey Better, Christina Beyer, Amanda Berry, Brooke Butterworth, Caroline Delahanty, Dylan Meyers, Lexie Oswald, Jacqueline Siegler and Claire Willig will be presented as the nine young debutantes from the mid-Peninsula at the ball, formerly known as the Thanksgiving Cotillion and Debutante Ball. It benefits the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation.
“Young women are under so much pressure to be on the honor roll, to be star athletes and to get perfect SAT scores,” said ball chairwoman Melanie Davis Ryan. “The Mills-Peninsula Debutante Ball is a great way to celebrate everything these young ladies have achieved. It is also a wonderful way for them to give back to their community by supporting their local hospital.”
The event, which first begin in 2008, also allows for new ultrasound technology with 3-D imaging at the Women’s Center in San Mateo, which has a Breast Health Center. It became an annual event last year. In 2013, it raised more than $200,000 for upgrades to the current digital mammography facility with the addition of 3-D imaging.
“The Debutante Ball has made a wonderful impact on our ability to provide excellent health care for our community,” John Loder, president of the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, said in a statement. “By ensuring the latest technologies, we hope to make a marked improvement on breast cancer survivorship in San Mateo County.”
The idea for the ball began when a group of women discussing their various associations with the hospital and how they could help build a younger community of donors and develop a program that helps support the self-esteem of young women on the Peninsula. This year’s honorary chairs are Peggy Bort Jones and Sheila O’Connor Burns.
“The ball is a beautiful, intimate event with an average of eight to 10 young debutantes each year,” said Diane Kounalakis, who does public relations for the event. “This is a great event to introduce these outstanding young ladies and to raise money for a cause that needs our help and attention.”
Supporting a good local cause was the reason one debutante said she is participating.
“I wanted to be a part of this year’s ball because it’s a great way to give back to my community while supporting our local hospital,” said debutante Christina Beyer, whose older sister was also a debutante.
The Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation stewards local health care philanthropy by funding new equipment, facility improvements, nursing education and enhancements to patient comfort, safety, services and programs that exceed the hospital’s normal operating budget, providing a support for Mill-Peninsula Health Services patients.
The event will take place on 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at 2750 Adeline Drive on the grounds of Mercy High School. Tickets are $350 per adult and $150 for those under 21. For invitation information contact Melanie Davis Ryan at or (415) 699-7926.
(650) 344-5200 ext. 105



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