Janelle Power and Mary Vidler from Mary Vidler Bridal Gowns with one of the beautiful gowns girls can wear to the upcoming debutante ball.
Janelle Power and Mary Vidler from Mary Vidler Bridal Gowns with one of the beautiful gowns girls can wear to the upcoming debutante ball.

Deb ball for breast cancer

Mary Vidler and Janelle Power, organisers of the annual Mary Vidler Debutante Ball, are all smiles and enthusiasm when they talk about how exciting it is for a young girl to don a full-length gown, put sparkling accessories on and make their grand entrance to the ball.

The Mary Vidler Debutante Ball, held in association with the Lismore Lions Club, is on May 1 at the Lismore Workers Club and Mary said any girls (and guys!) 16 years or older are welcome. With dance classes commencing soon, Mary said now is the time to sign up.

“The Workers Club just looks like fairyland and this is one night in a girl’s life that she can look like Cinderella,” Mary said. “It’s a very special occasion for young people and you don’t have to buy anything – you can hire the gowns and accessories. It shouldn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to be expensive.”

The debutante ball is a fundraiser for the Lismore Base Hospital Breast Cancer Unit and Janelle Power said ever since she was a young girl deb balls had been a highlight of the yearly social calendar.

“It’s a young girl coming out and making her debut in society – they’ve finished school and they are going into the world to do bigger and better things so a deb is like the beginning of their adult life,” Janelle said. “And of course it’s the only other time in their life they get to wear a beautiful white gown other than their wedding.

“The parents are always so proud on the night – for many it’s the first time they’ve seen their little girl all dressed up.”

To sign up for the ball, drop into Mary Vidler Bridal Gowns at 16 Carrington St, Lismore, or phone Janelle on 6621 6724.


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