Plans for the 67th Bal d'Hiver are well underway and we could not be more thrilled about this year's event! It will be held Friday, November 27th at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. We have 77 young ladies who will be members of the 2015 Court, and will be presented that evening. Included in the Court are 5 Pages, who will assist in the presentation, which will be followed by a scrumptious dinner and dancing to tunes by 14 Karat Gold. Best of all, the festivities will benefit three very worthy causes: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Family & Children's Service and Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.
We are grateful to our many donors and supporters, as well as to our Committee for sharing their time and talents to make this an evening to remember. A schedule of events leading up to the Bal is included below. Please visit this site frequently for updates and additional information.
Thank you for your interest in and support of the Bal d'Hiver. We appreciate your gifts and encouragement and look forward to introducing these extraordinary young women to the Nashville community.
Mary Lee Bartlett and Amy Colton
Vice President/Bal d'Hiver Chairs
Vice President/Bal dHiver Chairs
Brief History of Bal d'Hiver
In an ever-changing world, traditions are still a treasure. The Bal d'Hiver, the oldest charity ball in Nashville, is one of those traditions. The Bal d'Hiver was created to recognize women, not just Thetas. Beginning with the first Bal in 1947, the Kappa Alpha Theta Nashville Alumnae Chapter has presented exceptional young women to the Nashville community. This year, 69 lovely and accomplished college seniors were presented. These women have made their mark and will continue to make a difference in the communities in which they choose to live. They are the future and will impact our world in ways unimagined...by the careers they choose, the families they raise and places they travel.
As Nashville has transformed since 1947, so has the Bal d'Hiver. No longer is this our grandmothers' introduction to Nashville society. This year, the women were connected with mentors within the Theta community. The Nashville Theta Alumnae Chapter has invited the court to be a part of its Linked-in group. The ability for these young women to network with Nashville Thetas has already landed a few of these young women some impressive jobs.
The 2014 Bal d'Hiver was chaired by Irwin Edwards Fisher and Anne Horsley Riegle and our honorary chair was Jane Buchanan Corcoran. The countless hours and months of planning made this evening simply magical with so many special moments. Janie Hannon had 3 generations of Thetas to watch her be presented. Her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all Thetas at Vanderbilt. Carolyn Fisher is a third generation Vanderbilt Theta. Her mother, Irwin Fisher, co-chair of the Bal d'Hiver, and her grandmother were present. Amy Grant, a Vanderbilt Theta and a renowned entertainer with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, emceed the event. Amy had the pleasure of introducing her own daughter, Sarah Cannon Chapman, who was presented by her stepfather, Vince Gill.
Four hundred and fifty people were in attendance at the 2014 Bal, held over Thanksgiving weekend. Since its inception, over 5 million dollars has been raised and distributed to charitable organizations. Traditionally, proceeds from the Bal d'Hiver allow us to donate over $100,000 each year to three philanthropies that are near and dear to the Nashville Theta Alumnae: the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, CASA, and Family & Children's Service. It is believed that the Nashville Theta Alumnae and Family & Children's Service have the longest charitable relationship in Nashville, as that relationship began with the first Bal d'Hiver.
We are honored and humbled to be able to carry on this amazing tradition started 67 years ago, not only for the young women being presented but to be able to give back, support and make a difference to our community, as well as provide leadership and scholarship opportunities through the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.
Written by the Nashville Theta Alumnae Chapter
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Bal d'Hiver 2015
Bal Chairs: Mary Lee Gibson Bartlett (Mrs. Steven Bomar Bartlett)
Amy Pryor Colton (Mrs. Jesse Overton Colton)
Honorary Chair: Sarah Ann Dickinson Ezzell (Mrs. James Battle Ezzell)
Bal d'Hiver 2015
Date: Friday, November 27, 2015, 6 p.m.
Location: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
ORDER OF THE EVENING
SIX O'CLOCK: Cocktails and Family Photos
SEVEN O'CLOCK: Presentation of the 2015 Bal d'Hiver Court and Pages
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING: Dinner
NINE-THIRTY: Dancing to 14 Karat Gold
|Court – 2015
Mary Elizabeth Colton
Mary Liza Hartong
Mary Graham Harvey
Jane Claire Kimbrough
Sarah Riley Saint
|Pages – 2015
|Mary Windham Johnston
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Please click this link to the 2015 Guidebook.
This provides important additional information regarding most questions
you may have regarding
Alternate Dates for Program Photographs
Hotel Room Availability at Loews, etc.
Please take time to become familiar with all of this information
To submit names of your escort, and names and addresses of those you wish to extend invitations to the Bal d'Hiver, click here.
The instructions for submitting the form are on page 2 of the form.
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Friday, May 8th
Bal d’Hiver Mother-Daughter Reception
(for members of the Court and their mothers)
Home of Karen and Mattie Rich, 4401 Honeywood Drive, Nashville
5:00– 7:00 p.m.
Program Portrait Headshots will be taken; please wear appropriate neckline
light, solid color
June 12 or July 31 - 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Alternate Portrait Headshot Sitting Times
Provided by Helen Burrus, Photographer
Friday September 25th
Deadlines for the Following:
*Court and Escort Information
*Bal d’Hiver Guest Invitation List Additions
Thursday, October 29th
Home of Vicki and Kerry McCluggage
1311 Chickering Road
Monday, November 16th
Loews Vanderbilt Guest Room Block Release Date
Friday, November 27th
10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon ~ MANDATORY Rehearsal of Court, Escorts, Pages, Fathers
at Loews Vanderbilt
6 p.m. ~ MANDATORY
arrival of Court, Escorts, Pages, Fathers
Family photos taken from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.: Presentation of the 2015 Court of the Bal d’Hiver
8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m ~ Dinner and Dancing
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See Kappa Alpha Theta Philanthropies
Since 1947, over five million dollars has been raised for current and past beneficiaries.
Currently, on average $100,000-$150,000 is raised per year for the following organizations:
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Family & Children's Service
- Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation