Debutantes to be presented at annual White Rose Ball

By Evelyn Cairns
Wearing elegant white floor-length gowns, young women of Hungarian descent will be introduced to society Feb. 5 during the Hungarian Arts Club’s annual White Rose Ball (Feher Rozsa Bal) at the Dearborn Inn.

The evening will begin with a 6:30 reception, followed by dinner and introductions of the debutantes, a guest of honor and winners of the organization’s annual arts scholarships.

The debutantes include Veronica Kontos of Southgate, a student at Anderson High School, and Haley Feher of Livonia, who attends Stevenson High School.

A member of the high school color guard, Kontos will be escorted by Dominic Ferree, of Lincoln Park, who also attends Anderson. Escorting Feher will be Alex Marchelleta of Dearborn, a student at Edsel Ford High School.

The other debutantes are Nicole Kovach, whose escort will be John Bujdoso of Trenton; Lillian Mihalak of Lake Orion, who will be escorted by Justin Anderson, also of Lake Orion; and Alexis Enyedy of Beverly Hills, escorted by Stephen Nagy of Sterling Heights.

Linda Enyedy of Southfield, known nationwide as the Michigan Hungarian expert, will be recognized as the honored guest of the evening.

The honoree was contacted recently by a film company that needed Hungarian dancers for a Val Kilmer movie being shot in Detroit and scheduled for release next month.

She is a founder of the Dancers Hungaria and teaches folk dancing to youngsters in the Cspike Children’s Ensemble, as well as Hungarian language classes.

In addition, Enyedy teaches the debutantes and their escorts the Palotas, a Hungarian court dance, traditionally performed as part of the debut ceremony.

Additional participants in the court dance will iclude Christina Marchelletta of Dearborn, Shane Danyko of Trenton and Elizabeth Goodfellow of Riverview.

Scholarship winners Maxwell Geissler and Justin Rito will play the cello and piano, respectively, for the guests. Dancing to Hungarian and American music will follow.

Among patrons for the event are the Hungarian American Cultural Center of Taylor, the Hungarian Rhapsody restaurant of Southgate, the Csipke Ensemble and the William Penn Fraternal Association, Branch 18, of Lincoln Park.

Tickets, $65, and additional information are available by calling Jana Johnson at 734-459-5253 or e-mailing HYPERLINK “”

Formal attire is requested; women are asked to wear floor-length gowns.

Award-winning show scheduled
“In the Heights,” winner of four 2008 Tony awards and the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, will be staged Feb. 1 through 13 at the Fisher Theatre.

The Tony awards were for Best Musical, Best Music and Lyrics, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

Tickets, $34 to $84, including parking, are available at all TicketMaster outlets and
For additional information, call (313) 872-1000 or go to

Relay for Life rally planned
The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., in Dearborn, will be the location Feb. 1 for a rally kicking off the American Cancer So-ciety 2011 Relay for Life of Dearborn effort.

The rally, to be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the center’s Hubbard Ballroom, will include dinner provided by Leo’s Coney Island.

A sports theme is planned for the relay, scheduled for April 30 to increase awareness and raise funds to fight cancer. Teams of family members, friends and co-workers will camp out overnight at the event, taking turns to walk a track.

For more information or to RSVP for the rally, call Liz Sawielski at (248) 663-3406 or e-mail

To start or join a team or make a donation, go to

Coming up . . .
Jan 28. — Southern Great Lakes Symphony Downriver Idol semifinalist competition; 7 p.m. at the Flat Rock Community Auditorium, 28100 Aspen Drive; tickets, $5, and more information are available by calling (734) 246-2890 or going to