Annual Debutante Scholarship Cotillion

History

Theta Lambda Omega Debutante Scholarship Cotillion began as the dream of one its members, Mary Lynn Yvonne Ferguson Peery.  She envisioned having a cotillion that would emphasize the provision of scholarship funds to be used for the continuation of educational and career goals for Pontiac Senior High school young ladies.

She wanted her sorority to have a greater impact on the community.  The sorority agreed to adopt and host the Scholarship Cotillion, the first being held May 25, 1973 at the Holiday Inn – Pontiac, MI (now Bloomfield Hills, MI).  The theme was Blooming Springtime.  The initial Debutante Scholarship Cotillion was planned and organized by the cotillion committee with Ms. Ferguson Peery – the visionary dreamer – serving as general chairman.

The primary focus was and continues to be scholarship and academic achievement.  The Debutante Cotillion Program includes the development of leadership, social skills and commitment to community service.  Thirteen young ladies participated in the first-class of 1973 Debutante Scholarship Cotillion.

Present state

Theta Lambda Omega has continued has continued to carry out the vision and dream of the first Debutante Scholarship Cotillion annually and has expanded beyond the Pontiac community and includes experiences and scholarships for escorts as well.  The continued success of this signature program can be attributed not only to the commitment and hard work of the chapter members but also to the generous contributions of many communities, individuals, businesses and organizations near and far.

More than 900 young ladies have been motivated and helped financially to attend college and higher educational institutions beyond high school with contributed scholarships beyond two million dollars.