Denver, Colo. (October 25, 2016) – At an elegant tea held at the Governor’s Residence on October 25, the Central City Opera Yellow Rose Ball Committee announced the Central City Opera Flower Girls for 2017 who will be presented at the 85th Central City Opera Yellow Rose Ball this summer. An event steeped in Colorado history, the 2017 Presentation of Flower Girls and Yellow Rose Ball will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 5 p.m. in Central City.
The young ladies presented at the tea are juniors in high school and have Colorado heritage, an interest in Central City Opera and are active in their communities. Flower girl Lily Eaton Dines is a sixth-generation Coloradoan. Her great, great, great, great-grandfather, Benjamin Harrison Eaton, was the fourth governor of the state of Colorado from 1885-1887. He was a pioneer of Colorado reservoirs and irrigation ditches, including the Highline Canal. Another flower girl, Sophia Clare Corbet’s grandfather, Donald E. Cordova, was the state’s first Hispanic Federal Judge. His gavel and memorabilia are now part of the Western History collection at Denver Central Library.
The 2017 Central City Opera Festival features Carmen, Così fan tutte, The Burning Fiery Furnace, Gallantry and Cabildo. Central City Opera’s General and Artistic Director, Pelham (Pat) Pearce, addressed the group and painted a colorful picture of this year’s festival.
Historic flower girl dresses from the Central City archives were on display at the tea on October 25, and the guests enjoyed tea and sandwiches at the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion.
Tradition Continues for Central City Opera Flower Girls & Yellow Rose Ball 2017
The tradition of the Central City Opera Flower Girls and Yellow Rose Ball dates back to the founding of the company in 1932 and is the oldest debutante ball in Denver. Each year, the flower girls (debutantes) are presented at a ceremony kicking off the Central City Opera Summer Festival. After being introduced, the girls dance the traditional Yellow Rose Waltz on Eureka Street with their fathers. Following the presentation and waltz on June 24, 2017, the flower girls and their families will attend a special concert of opera and musical theatre favorites followed by a dinner and dancing at the Teller House. In keeping with tradition, the flower girls will distribute nosegays to the audience to be tossed on stage after the curtain call, reminiscent of the coins that appreciative miners showered on performers during the early years of the Opera House.
2017 Central City Opera Flower Girl Biographies
Lila Reed Arnold, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Mills Arnold of Denver. Miss Arnold’s family has lived in Colorado for 26 years. Her mother has been a longtime volunteer for Central City Opera having served on several committees for both the Yellow Rose Ball and the Guild Board. Lila attends Colorado Academy where she is a varsity-level field hockey and tennis player. She is also on track to exhibit her photography in a portfolio show though the school’s photography program. Lila has participated in musical theater and is a member of the mock trail “A” team. She plays both the piano and guitar and has a passion for music and being on stage. She volunteers at Metro Care Ring nutritional food bank and joined Visions on a service learning trip to Peru where she spent 30 hours building a school, creating irrigation canals, and collecting honey as a beekeeper. Lila has been selected to represent her school in an exchange program at St. Andrew’s Scots School in Buenos Aires this summer.
Sophia Clare Corbett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark S Corbett of Englewood. Miss Corbett is a fifth-generation Coloradoan. Her relatives were ranchers in Southern Colorado. Her grandfather, Donald E. Cordova, was the state’s first Hispanic Federal Judge. His gavel and other memorabilia are now on display as part of the Western History collection at the Denver Central Library. Sophie is an animal lover and equestrian who competes on the national circuit in hunter/jumper events. She volunteers at a local equine therapy facility helping with their mission to “better the lives of people with disabilities through the healing power of horses.” She attends Kent Denver School where she is on the varsity swim team and is a member of the Literary Arts Magazine Club. Sophie also has a passion for music and has played violin for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and currently enjoys playing mandolin.
Elise Haehn Corporon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Scott Corporon. Miss Corporon’s family has lived in Colorado since the turn of the century. Elise’s two great aunts were flower girls in the 1980’s. Another great aunt served on the Opera Fashion Show committee years ago and frequently attended the Yellow Rose Ball. Elise is on the honor roll at Regis Jesuit High School and is involved with many clubs including: Cadre, Key Club, Random Acts of Kindness Club, Knitting Club, Bocce and DJ clubs, Campus Ministry, French Cinema and Sign Language Club. Her favorite volunteer activity involves working with special needs kids as she has grown up with a brother with Down syndrome. She has helped with various sporting events with Special Olympics and Sports Made Possible and is a regular volunteer at Sewell Child Development Center. Elise’s favorite activities involve sports. She plays year-round lacrosse, tennis, skis and snowboards.
Eliza Jelsma Davis, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Gill Davis of Denver. Miss Davis attends Colorado Academy where her father has been the head of school since her family moved to Colorado in 2008. She plays field hockey and lacrosse and loves to ski with her family. Eliza is a volunteer for the Horizon Summer program where she teaches science and reading. She is also interested in digital photography.
Margaret Sherwood Davis, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Davis of Denver and twin sister of Eliza whom was just introduced. Miss Davis is a junior at Colorado Academy. Maggi is the director of Students HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Eat. She plays on the field hockey and tennis teams and is a summer counselor for Colorado Academy’s summer programs. Maggi also sings in the chamber choir and Sorella.
Julia Christine DellaSalle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John DellaSalle of Denver. Miss DellaSalle’s family has been in Colorado for about 90 years. She is a fourth-generation Coloradoan. Julia is a junior at Mullen High School where she has received the Torch Award for the past 2 years. This award is based on academics, school involvement and activities. Some of her leadership activities include being a student council representative, a Core Leader, a Lasallian Student Leader and organizing freshman orientation activities. Julia is on the Mullen Cross Country Team, swim team, tennis team and is the manager of the boys soccer team. At the Crestmoor Club, she is a synchronized swimming state champion and plays on the USTA Juniors Tennis Team. Julia volunteers for the Komen Race for the Cure and Project Angel Heart.
Sarah Katherine Dencker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Michael Dencker of Denver. Miss Dencker attends Kent Denver School where she has played on the junior varisty volleyball and varsity tennis teams, is the co-leader of the A Capella Club and is co-founder of the online Kent Denver Magazine. She is a member of the Mile High Rowing Club, attended the Dartmouth Sculling Camp, and has made multiple, year-round regatta appearances. Sarah has played the piano for over ten years and has volunteered at the Sewall Child Development Center. Her mother was a former committee member of the Denver Antiques Show and Sale that benefitted Central City Opera.
Lily Eaton Dines, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dines of Denver. Miss Dines is a sixth-generation Coloradoan. Benjamin Harrison Eaton, her great, great, great, great-grandfather, was the fourth governor of the state of Colorado from 1885-1887. He was a pioneer of Colorado’s water rights and irrigation ditches, including the Highline Canal. His stained glass portrait is one of the 16 that adorn the state’s capitol dome. Lily attends Kent Denver School where she is on the varsity tennis team, runs cross country and is on the leadership council and the head of school list. She loves to travel and went to Russia, Mongolia, and China the summer before high school. Her service projects include Spanish language immersion programs to both Peru and Spain.
Emma Mills Domich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew C. Domich of Cherry Hills Village. Miss Domich’s family moved to Colorado in 1882. Upon the election of her great, great, great-grandfather to judge of Larimer County, the family settled in Ft. Collins. Emma is a junior at Kent Denver School where she plays varsity field hockey and soccer, is on the head of school’s list, the student leadership council, mock trial, is president of the peer tutoring club and a co-leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has been a member of the National Charity League for over 5 years. Emma loves the beach, the mountains and is an avid skier. Her mother, Brooke, is on the Yellow Rose Ball committee.
Sarah Hutson Emmanuel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Emmanuel of Englewood. Miss Emmanuel attends St. Mary’s Academy. Her family has lived in Colorado for 40 years. Her mother and cousin were both flower girls and her grandmother, Julia Secor, is a Central City Opera Guild past-president and longtime supporter of Central City Opera, including the Denver Antiques Show and Sale. Her mother, Kate, is on the Yellow Rose Ball Committee. Sarah is a St. Mary’s Academy Ambassador, a member of the Varsity One tennis team, participates in mock trial and is an avid skier. Her community service activities include working with retirement communities, pre-schools, and soup kitchens. Currently, Sarah is involved with Soar Choir, an organization that helps underprivileged foster children.
Lauren Laird Eppich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Morgan Eppich of Denver. Miss Eppich is a fifth-generation native of Colorado. Her family has resided in Denver since the late 1880’s. Lauren’s aunt, Brett Eppich Beal, was a flower girl in 1978. Lauren plays tennis and runs cross-country at Kent Denver School. She is on the student leadership council, the Blue Key Club and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She enjoys travel, photography, and has received a Scholastics Award in photography. For the past 7 summers, Lauren has attended Camp Nellie Huckins in New Hampshire, where this past summer she was formally asked to participate in its leadership program.
Claire Catherine Hutchison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Heath Christian Hutchison of Greenwood Village. Miss Hutchison has a strong family connection to the Central City Opera Flower Girl program. Her two sisters, Haeley and Alexis, and two cousins, Mikaela and Morgan, were all Central City Opera Flower Girls. As a junior at Kent Denver School, Claire is on the head of school list and is a member of the varsity swimming and field hockey teams. She is also on the leadership council, is a school newspaper editor, a member of the mock trial team, and is the 2016 Scholastic Art Awards recipient of the Silver Key for excellence in visual arts.
Sarah Mallory Hybl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Hybl of Colorado Springs. Miss Hybl’s family has been in Colorado for many generations and is a frequent visitor to Central City Opera Summer Festival. Her father is a board member and chief operating officer of the El Pomar Foundation, one of Central City Opera’s oldest supporters. Mallory is the president of her junior class at Cheyenne Mountain High School. She is a three-sport athlete, participating in cross country, swimming and lacrosse, and is on the 4.0 dean’s list. She attended the Woman’s Leadership Conference at the Global Livingston Institute in Uganda, Africa. Mallory is an accomplished singer and dancer and has performed at several regional theaters including The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, UCCS Theatreworks, Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium, and Opera Theatre of the Rockies, where her mother, Sally, is on the board.
Madeline Knight Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Johnson of Greenwood Village. Miss Johnson attends Kent Denver School where she is on the head of school list. Maddy plays junior varsity tennis and varsity field hockey, including the Field Hockey Futures program, and works on the school newspaper. Additionally, Maddy is a Mid First Bank marketing manager and bank teller at Kent Denver. During the summer, you’ll find her at Kanukuk Christian Camp or working as a counselor at Adam’s Camp. Maddy’s mom, Christine is a Colorado native and is excited that Maddy will be the first flower girl in their family.
Hannah Nicole Lester, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Alan Lester of Centennial. Miss Lester attends Regis Jesuit School’s Girls Division where she is an exceptional student and athlete. During her time at Regis she has maintained straight A’s and this year she was admitted into the National Honor Society. Hannah also excels in both varsity field hockey and lacrosse. In 2014, she was named the best defensive player on the freshmen field hockey team. Hannah’s volunteer activities include helping at Our Lady of Loreto Church, participating in Regis’ “Day for Others” where she helped set up Barker Days, babysitting free of charge and working with “A Little Help” completing yard work and home improvements for the elderly. Hannah is the granddaughter of Sharon and Lanny Martin, longtime supporters of Central City Opera. Hannah’s mother, Mary, was a flower girl in 1994.
Molly Jordan Little, daughter of Mr. Christopher B. Little and Ms. Christy A. Jordan of Denver. Miss Little is a sixth-generation Coloradoan on her mother’s side and a fifth- generation Coloradoan on her father’s side. Her mother was a flower girl in 1984. Her great grandfather, Joe Little, was the first mayor of Cherry Hills Village. Molly attends Thomas Jefferson High School where she is on the platinum honor roll and plays five different varsity sports: gymnastics, diving, swimming, soccer and golf. A past recipient of the President’s National Volunteer Service Award for more than 100 hours of service, Molly is very active in student council & leadership, DECA, FBLA, Key Club, National Honor Society, is a Rotary Certified Volunteer Reader and delivers food backpacks to Samuels Elementary through Totes for Hope. She works part-time as a dive coach and a caddie.
Alexandra Kiley Niles, daughter of Mr. Mark A. Niles and Ms. Lori A. Pidick of Denver. Miss Niles’ family has been in Colorado since 1972 when her mother’s side of the family relocated from Chicago. Her father lived in Denver as a young child when his father was stationed at Fort Carson and later worked at the Gates Rubber Company. Ally’s mother worked as the development director for Central City Opera from 2008-2011. Ally attends East High School where last year, she served as captain of the junior varsity soccer team. She has been an active soccer player for many years and currently plays on the highly-competitive Colorado Rapids Select Team. Ally is a member of the National Honor Society, participates in DECA and volunteers for the Guardian Angels and Angel Packs.
Carolyn Cooper Robbins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Robbins of Englewood. Miss Robbins paternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Galen Robbins, have had a residence in Colorado since the early 1970’s. As a junior at Kent Denver School, Carolyn is an avid athlete, playing varsity field hockey and lacrosse for both her school and Team 180. She is an accomplished snowboarder and cross-country skier. Carolyn has focused her volunteer efforts with Breakthrough Kent Denver and is currently a board member. Her responsibilities during the past two years in the Breakthrough summer camp included: teaching assistant, tutor, administration help, daily program planning and sports leader. Carolyn has also been an active member of the Kent Denver mock trial team.
Katherine Wyckoff Sawyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Knox Sawyer of Denver. Miss Sawyer is a fifth-generation Coloradan. Her family has been in Colorado since the mid 1880’s. Kate’s sister, Elizabeth Putnam Sawyer, was a flower girl in 2011, and her Aunt Mary Regina Sawyer debuted in 1980. Her father was an escort in 1977. Kate attends Denver East High School where she plays varsity field hockey and varsity lacrosse. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Model UN, and Angel Packs volunteering club. She volunteers every Sunday at Bingo Night at Hill Assisted Living Residence. In 2015, Kate won a Silver Key in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards and in 2016 she won a Gold Key for drawing. She is also on the Constitutional Scholars Team for her school. Kate enjoys skiing, hiking, especially climbing 14teeners, and drawing.
Wylie Eastman Schwartz, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Evan Schwartz and the late Tracy Collins Schwartz of Denver. Miss Schwartz is a fifth-generation Denver native. Her mother, Tracy, was a flower girl. Her great grandmother, Lucille Bansbach and her aunt, Pam Bansbach, have both been longtime supporters of Central City Opera. Wylie has been a competitive swimmer since she was very little and currently swims for Regis Jesuit High School. She is a longtime volunteer for Warren Village, helping with childcare and its “Holiday Shop.” She also helps serve meals at Judi’s house and at the Denver Rescue Mission. Wylie has been a swim instructor for two years and wants to pursue a career in psychology.
Allison Booth Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey James Smith of Centennial. Miss Smith’s paternal great-great grandparents came to Colorado in the late 1870’s, settling in the coal mining communities of southern Colorado. Her maternal great-great grandparents came by wagon in the 1890’s and settled in ranching country in Northern Colorado. Allison’s grandmother and mother have been active members of the Central City Opera Guild for many years. Allison attends Arapahoe High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society, plays varsity lacrosse and is on the varsity swim team. She is a member of DECA and Link Crew, which welcomes the incoming freshmen. Alison started her first company, Sugar Rush Cupcakes, in 2010. The profits go to cancer research. During the summer, she coaches her neighborhood’s swim team, the Heritage Greens “Gators” and is a lifeguard for Perfect Pools. Allison is a graduate of the Young Philanthropists Foundation’s Impact Factory and the Children’s Music Academy.
Sydney Mariel Kitsu Turner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Zachry Turner of Cherry Hills Village. Miss Turner’s family has been in Colorado since 1987 and has attended many Central City Opera performances. Sydney is a student at Colorado Academy. She plays both indoor and outdoor field hockey, is the goalkeeper for her soccer team and enjoys downhill skiing. She competes annually in the high school mock trial state tournament. She is involved with the Curious New Voices Playwriting Program, which is a joint program between Colorado Academy and Curious Theater. It provides students the opportunity to write plays and have them professionally performed and directed. Sydney was the winner of the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Silver Key award for her dramatic script, “No Onions Please.” Her community service efforts are focused on AfricAid, which fundraises to help educate girls in Tanzania, Amnesty International, and as a volunteer at Children’s Hospital. She is a board member of the Junior Branch Leadership for CISV, a non-profit, volunteer organization that promotes peace through international programs and camps.
Kelly Maureen Quinn Wulf, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles William Douglas Wulf. Miss Wulf’s family has lived in Denver for 33 years. Her sister, Kate, was a flower girl in 2015 and her mother serves on the Yellow Rose Ball committee. Kelly has been on the 4.0 honor roll for all her semesters at East High School and is a member of National Honor Society. She will compete this year as a member of East High School’s Constitutional Scholars Team and plays varsity tennis and junior varsity field hockey. Kelly enjoys international travel and earned her Open Water Scuba Diving Certification this summer in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. While in Australia, she also completed 40 hours of community service working at a wildlife sanctuary and repairing hurricane-damaged beaches in Fiji. Kelly is an avid photographer and is president of Images for Angels, an organization at East High that takes senior portraits for students who do not have the means to have them done professionally. She was also a junior summer camp counselor at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
About Central City Opera
Central City Opera is the second oldest professional opera festival in the country, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado’s official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community engagement programs and to preserve and maintain the Central City Opera House, and 30 other Victorian-era properties. For information, visit www.centralcityopera.org. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 292-6700.
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