Okay, low hanging fruit here, but I was ever so pleased to see Greenwich Time balance its hysterical claim that we’re witnessing the end of the world as we know it with a cheery bit about grand society continuing as it always has: the Debutant Ball!
Nicole’s mother, Sabrina Forsythe, daughter of Greenwich auto magnate [that’s GT for “VW peddler” – Ed] and philanthropist Malcolm Pray, also grew up in Greenwich. Forsythe came out at three balls [she was known as “Frank” before she did – Ed] and felt strongly that her daughters, each presented at two, continue the tradition.
“I am a true believer in legacy and passing down all the opportunities to my children that I can,” she said.
While the debutante ball was originally intended to present young women to eligible suitors for marriage, the tradition has evolved. Forsythe and her daughter agreed that networking is one of the best parts of the event.
Nicole, who is studying business atBabson College, said she appreciated the opportunity to meet important people in the New York business scene. She hopes to reconnect with them when she is looking for internships and jobs.
She also said it was fun to meet girls from different states and countries. After a weekend of rehearsals, luncheons and parties they learned about each other’s cultures and traditions.
“It was nice meeting everyone and seeing what is different from where they came from,” she said. [Like girls from Ohio, perhaps, with cow dung stuck between their toes? – Ed]
Forsythe said she has remained friends with the women she met as a debutante, many of whom had daughters at the event Dec. 29. To her, being a debutante means “understanding your place in society” and making valuable connections inNew York society.
It’s almost enough to make one hope the flood forecasters are right.