9 debutantes will bow at annual White Rose Ball

Dressed in elegant floorlength white gowns, nine young women will make their bows to the Hungarian community Feb. 6 at the Hungarian Arts Club’s annual “Feher Rozsa Bal” (White Rose Ball) at the Dearborn Inn.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to be followed by dinner and the introductions of the club’s guest of honor and the winner of the organization’s annual scholarship.

The blacktie ball will officially open at 8:30 p.m. with the performance of a traditional Hungarian court dance, the Palotas, and the introduction of the debutantes. A performance by the scholarship winner and ballroom dancing will conclude the evening.

Women are requested to wear floor-length gowns.

Making their bows will be Rebecca Marie Gallagher of Allen Park, Ashley Ann Haas of Lincoln Park, Gina Cianfarani and Elizabeth Gross of Riverview, Christina Mari Marchelletta of Dearborn, Tori Antal of Dearborn Heights, Brigitte Alma Hutter of Plymouth, Brianna Marie Warren of Port Huron and Sarah Demeter of Jackson.

The honored guest will be Barbara House, vice president of the William Penn Association. She and her husband, Tom, live in Brownstown Township.

Lara Semetko of Grosse Ile is the winner of the club’s annual scholarship.

A student at Central Michigan University, she is studying music education and vocal performance. Lara plans to teach at the high school level and sing opera. She will perform for the guests after accepting the scholarship.

The organization has sponsored and awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to students of Hungarian descent who are pursuing fine arts degrees in the performing and visual arts.

The Hungarian Arts Club was formed in 1958 with a focus on preserving the Hungarian arts and culture.

Among the organization’s many philanthropic en-deavors are the establishment of the Hungarian Room at Alex Manoogian Hall at Wayne State Uni-versity and donation of a bust of Franz Liszt sculpted by a Hungarian artist to Ford Auditorium in honor of Antal Dorati, then director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Thomas Markovits of Ypsilanti is president of the club. Members of the board include Kathy Verona, Dave Branham and Elizabeth McCourt, all of Wyan-dotte, and Diane Kroll of Dearborn.

Tickets, $65, are available by calling Jana John-son at (734) 459-5253 or e-mailing hungari-anartsclub@hotmail.com.

Trivia contest to aid groups
Proceeds from a Trivia Night contest Jan. 28 at the Westfield Building in Trenton will benefit the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center of Trenton and the Penrickton Center of Taylor.

Tickets $20, include a light dinner to be served at 6 p.m. The games will follow at 7 p.m., with prizes to include a trophy and gift certificates.

To reserve tickets, call (734) 282-7171. The Westfield Building is next to the Trenton library, at West and Westfield.

Save the date …
Jan. 29-Feb. 14 — Musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” at the Fisher Theatre; tickets, $24 to $79; for more in-formation, go to www.wizardofozontour.com.

Feb. 11 — Downriver Town Hall lecture by Anne Thompson, chief environmental-affairs correspondent and financial and economic-news reporter for NBC News. 11 a.m. at Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St., Southgate; a limited number of tickets will be avail-able at the door after 10:30 a.m.; for more informa-tion, call (734) 783-9224.

Feb. 24 — American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” luncheon and red-dress fashion show; noon at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, registra-tion at 9 a.m.; heart-health workshops, screenings and silent auction beginning at 9:30 a.m.; tickets $250, and more information are available by calling 248-936-5807 or e-mailing Shel-ley.rusinek@heart.org.