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Amy Scherzer's diary

Gasparilla debutantes debut in style

Many dads' eyes tear up at the sight of their daughters in their white gowns.

By Amy Scherzer
Published December 1, 2006


Pirate Tom and Pat Daley, from left, proudly hug their granddaughter and daughter, Julianne and Cindy Coney, at Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla's Debutante Ball on Nov. 22 at the Marriott Waterside.
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[Times photo: Keri Wiginton]
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The sight of a daughter in a white wedding gown drove more than one Gasparilla pirate to tears at Ye Mystic Krewe's annual King's Debutante Ball on Thanksgiving Eve at the Marriott Waterside.

"Dad's been talking about this since I was 3," said Liz Cordell. "He's crying because he thinks this dress makes me look like I'm getting married."

Preston Farrior, captain of the pirates, and emcee Philip Dingle introduced 23 debs as each curtseyed to her mother and to King Michael Annis and Queen Katherine Dobbins. Their biographies are loaded with honor societies, sorority work and krewe connections, the latter the key to speculating who future queens might be. All are college sophomores, except for junior Julianne Coney and M.J. Logan, who works for Bush Ross law firm.

The ballroom emptied quickly when the debs and their dates headed to another wing of the hotel to dance until 1 a.m. with their friends.

Meet the Gasparilla debs:

Katherine Leigh Bohannon, daughter of Patty and Pirate Robert E. Bohannon. Kayleigh is a graduate of the Academy of the Holy Names and attends the College of Charleston. Her escort was Kirk Stander.

Kathryn O'Leary Carroll, daughter of Pirate Philip R. Carroll and Janet O'Leary Carroll. She's a graduate of H.B. Plant High and attends the University of Georgia. Her escort was Tyler McCrary.

Julianne Coney, daughter of Cynthia and Pirate Anthony J. Coney. She's a graduate of Plant High and attends Florida State University. Her escort was Dorian Carli-Jones.

Allyson Elizabeth Cooper, stepdaughter of King Richard A. (Red) Pittman and daughter of Kate Carroll Pittman and William J. Cooper. She is a graduate of Plant High and attends the University of Florida. Her escort was Preston Puryear.

Elizabeth Wood Cordell, daughter of Christine and Pirate Joe B. Cordell, Jr. Liz is a graduate of Plant High and attends the University of Florida. Her escort was William Roddy Jr.

Kendall Ann Dillon, daughter of Cheryl and Pirate Mark S. Dillon. A graduate of Plant High, Kendall attends Auburn University. Her escort was James Williams Goodwin III.

Kate Ramsey Gruetzmacher, daughter of Jan and Pirate Mark DeVane Gruetzmacher. Kate is a graduate of Plant High and attends Florida State University. Her escort was Charles Joughin.

Holly Katherine Hall, daughter of Gretchen and Wynton L. Hall Jr. She's a graduate of Plant High and attends the University of Florida. Her escort was George Carter.

Hillary Harrod, daughter of Margo and Pirate Gary Harrod. Hillary is a graduate of Berkeley Preparatory and attends Texas Christian University. Her escort was Tyler Bannon.

Martha Jean Logan, daughter of Nannette and Pirate Brightman Skinner Logan. M.J. is a graduate of Wesley Chapel High, attended Western Carolina University and works for Bush Ross law firm. Her escort was Pirate Wayne Thomas.

Kristen Lubrano, daughter of Debbie and the late Andrew J. Lubrano. Kristen is a graduate of Academy of the Holy Names and attends Furman University. Her escort was William Richardson.

Lauren Christie McClurg, daughter of Christie and the late Douglas Paul McClurg Sr. Lauren is a graduate of Plant High and attends Florida State University. Her escort was Michael Barna.

Presley Anne Pizzo, daughter of Julie and Pirate Anthony Pizzo. Presley is a graduate of H.B. Plant and attends Emory University. Her escort was Xan Stevenson.

Christina Brooke Price, daughter of Karen and John Dale Price II. Christie is a graduate of Plant High and attends Florida State University. Christie's escort was William Bowers.

Mallory Jane Ramos, daughter of Daryn and Wilfred Ramos Jr. Mallory is a graduate of Plant High School and attends the University of Florida. Her escort was Andrew Brannan.

Miss Caitlin Phillips Ratchford, daughter of Eryn Thomas and Pirate Patrick J. Ratchford. Caitlin is a graduate of Plant High and attends the University of Florida, Her escort was David Williams.

Margaret McLean Rorebeck, daughter of B.A. and Pirate Curtis Gantt Rorebeck III. McLean is a graduate of Plant High and attends Furman University. Her escort was Matthew Murphy.

Kasey Marie Sherrick, daughter of Janice and Paul Jacob (Jake) Sherrick. Kasey is a graduate of Academy of the Holy Names and attends Washington & Lee University. Her escort was William H. Miller.

Virginia Austin Smith, daughter of Virginia Wilson Proctor and Robert Hill Smith. She is a graduate of Leon High School and attends Auburn University, Her escort is Allen Hunt.

Josie Avant Taylor, daughter of Barbara and Pirate J. Scott Taylor. She is a graduate of Plant High and attends the University of South Florida. Her escort was L. B. Sierra Jr.

Sarah Lenora Tyler, daughter of Gilman R. (Chip) Tyler Jr. and the late Karen Smith Tyler. She is a graduate of Academy of the Holy Names and attends Auburn University. Her escort was William Sievers.

Amanda Jane Von Thron, daughter of Ann and Pirate James C. Von Thron. Amanda is a graduate of Plant High and attends St. Mary's College of Notre Dame. Her escort was Bryn Leonard.

Megan Carol Winn, daughter of Nancy and George Winn. Megan is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and attends University of Rochester. Her escort was Pirate Thomas Fluharty.

[Last modified November 30, 2006, 07:37:31]


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