Atlanta Cotillion dresses up to break fundraising record for AID Atlanta
The Atlanta Cotillion X Ball last month wasn’t all glamour and men in high heels. This annual debutante season ended with a bang, setting records for attendance, funds raised by the six debs, silent auction proceeds and overall cash raised for AID Atlanta.
How’s that for a down economy?
When the group crowned its queen during its ball last month—Jacqueline D’Bouvier VonSeco (photo), nee J.D. Kellum grabbed it by raising more than $42,000 – the Cotillion hinted at a big total, letting go that the take from the months-long deb season would top $160,000. They were so wrong. In fact, the tally reached $171,026 – blowing by last year’s total of $107,000 and setting a fundraising record, says Darrell Burke, Atlanta Cotillion chair. They recorded several records this year: attendance at the ball (430), most funds raised by a single deb ($42,663), silent auction proceeds ($40,000 plus) and all debs raising more than $10,000 each—two surpassed $30,000 each. Since its inception a decade ago, Cotillion has raised $1.16 million.
“In an economy like this, Atlanta Cotillion surpasses and smashes their goal of $125,000 and breaks four additional goals in the process,” Burke says. “Thanks so much, Atlanta, for helping those who are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS.”
Photos by Sher Pruitt
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