Les Fluerettes

Clockwise from top left are Emily Killam, Morgan Devoe, Katie Abbot and Shannon Burt. They are taking their bow to society at the Les Fluerettes debutante ball on December 3.. (Courtesy of Bronson Photography)

For the past 60 years The La Cañada Thursday Club has sponsored young women from the community in the “Bal Blanc de Noel” presentation of Les Fleurettes debutantes.

This year, the Thursday Club will present four young women to society on Friday evening, Dec. 30, at a black-tie gala to be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Bal Blanc de Noel is the culminating event which celebrates their completion of a 16-month program of social and community service, as well as cultural education, personal development training and etiquette instruction.

The presenter for the evening will be La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Dave Spence. During the ceremony, the Thursday Club will present the traditional camellia charm to each debutante as a gift from the club. Following the presentation, the debutantes will dance the traditional first waltz with their fathers.

Denise Greenawalt is chair of the debutante program and the Bal Blanc de Noel. Lorie Mackenzie is the Thursday Club’s Board of Directors liaison for the debutante class. Jane Mead is the group’s provisional chair.

Les Fleurettes provisionals who will be presented as debutantes on Friday night are: Kaitlin Nicole Abbott, Shannon Deirdre Burt, Morgan Eliza Devaud and Emily Rose Killam.

 

Kaitlin Nicole Abbott

Kaitlin Nicole Abbott is the daughter of Kevin and Julie Abbott and the granddaughter of Bob and Valerie Bates. She is a senior at La Cañada High School.

Kaitlin is on La Cañada High’s “Omega” yearbook staff and is a four-year member of the Interscholastic Equestrian League, La Cañada’s horseback riding show team.

Kaitlin has been a Girl Scout for the past 12 years and has earned both the Bronze and Silver awards. This past June, she received her Girl Scout Gold Award. Her project involved working with Descanso Gardens to plant and harvest a fruit and vegetable garden. After the harvest, she delivered the produce to a nearby food bank and created a calendar of classes for Descanso’s summer camps that emphasized the fertilizing, harvesting and pruning times of all the fruit trees on the property.

Kaitlin has participated in the La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s youth program for the past six years, serving as a small-group leader for two of those years. She also sings in the church’s choir.

Kaitlin enjoys working with children and has volunteered as a camp counselor for the YMCA, Girl Scouts and several local day camps. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach with friends, paddle boarding and watching movies.

Kaitlin plans to attend a four-year university in California where she hopes to study psychology or business management. She hopes to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

Kaitlin is being presented by her father, Kevin Todd Abbott. Her escort is Joseph Donald Multari and her presentation song is “The Way You Look Tonight.”

 

Shannon Deirdre Burt

Shannon Deirdre Burt is the daughter of Dr. Eric and Peggy Burt, and the granddaughter of Jeanne and Cliff Benson, Deirdre and Bill Anderson, and George and Sharon Burt. She is a senior at La Cañada High School.

Shannon is a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Art Achievement Award each year since 2008. She was recognized for her artistic ability in middle school and was accepted into Advanced Art class, which usually is reserved for high school artists. Her artwork was selected for display and auction at last year’s La Cañada Educational Foundation’s annual gala. She is the recipient of the Desi Geestman Courage Award for outstanding leadership, as well as the regional Unity Spirit Award at cheer camp.

Shannon has been on La Cañada High’s Pep Squad for three years as a member of Freshman Cheer, Junior Varsity Cheer, and the Flag Squad. She is also involved in the Baking Club, French Club, Coexist Club and the Green Club. As part of the Green Club, Shannon manages the school’s recycling program and raises awareness of environmental issues.