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Senior maids, gentlemen prepare for the arts association’s Beaux Arts Ball

The Art Association of Jacksonville's senior girls and men at the 2024 Beaux Arts Ball include Elsa Cole (top row, from left), Allison Kafer, Claire McGuire, Ella Veith, Brock Bordenircher (bottom row, from left), Walt Copper, Hayden Hicks and Alex McGuire.

The Art Association of Jacksonville’s senior girls and men at the 2024 Beaux Arts Ball include Elsa Cole (top row, from left), Allison Kafer, Claire McGuire, Ella Veith, Brock Bordenircher (bottom row, from left), Walt Copper, Hayden Hicks and Alex McGuire.

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Eight young men and women prepare to participate as senior maids and gentlemen at The Art Association of Jacksonville’s Beaux Arts Ball 2024 Summer in Santorini on April 27.

The 67th Annual Ball is the association’s largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds helping to support the maintenance and operations of the association’s David Strawn Art Gallery at 331 W. College Ave.

The event is a variation on the traditional debutante ball where young men and women are formally introduced to society.

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This year’s senior girls and men include:

Brock Robert Bordenkircher, son of Brent and Tiffany Bordenkircher of Springfield. His grandparents are Sandy Bordenircher of Jacksonville, Kathy Tibbs of Williamsville, and the late John Bordenircher and Bob Tibbs. He attends Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.

Elsa Marie Cole, daughter of Beaux and Carrie Cole of Jacksonville. Her grandparents are Gerald and Charlotte Denight and Dan and Dee Cole, all of Jacksonville, and Tim and Kathy Yocum of Toledo. She attends Routt Catholic High School.

Walter Hendrik Koper, son of Steve and Bre Linstromberg Copper of Jacksonville. His grandparents are Tom Linstromberg and Rennelle Walker, both of Jacksonville, and the late HE and Eleanor Copper. He attends Routt Catholic High School.

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Robert Hayden Hicks, son of Matt and Jennifer Hicks of Jacksonville. His grandparents are Bob and Carol Hicks and David and Susan Bergschneider, all of Jacksonville. He attends Jacksonville High School.

Allison Ann Kafer, daughter of Mike and Jennifer Kafer of Jacksonville. Her grandparents are Robert and JoAnn Chumley and Glenn Kafer, all of Jacksonville, and the late Kay Kafer. She attends Routt Catholic High School.

Alex Michael McGuire, son of Ryan and Megan McGuire of Jacksonville. His grandparents are Pat Langdon and John Michael McGuire, both of Jacksonville, Cheri McGuire of Chapin and the late John Langdon. He attends Routt Catholic High School.

Claire Ilene McGuire, daughter of Ryan and Megan McGuire of Jacksonville. Her grandparents are Pat Langdon and John Michael McGuire, both of Jacksonville, Cheri McGuire of Chapin and the late John Langdon. She attends Routt Catholic High School.

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Ellanore Marjorie Veith, daughter of Thomas and Aimee Veith of Jacksonville. Her grandparents are Charles and Dorothy Sanson of Girard and the late Richard and Nancy Veith. She attends Jacksonville High School and Illinois School for the Deaf.

A champagne reception on April 27 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM in the Strawn Gallery will precede the coronation in Illinois College’s Rammelkamp Chapel. Everyone attending the ball is invited to attend the reception prior to the coronation at 7 p.m. Entertainment by Trio de Groove and hors d’oeuvres at the Jacksonville Country Club will immediately follow the coronation.

Patron and general tickets are available in advance online at Stranartgallery.org and in the chapel prior to the ball. Patron tickets cost $50 and include admission to the reception, coronation and dancing. General tickets cost $10 and include the coronation and champagne reception. An American Sign Language interpreter will be available for the coronation upon request. Disabled seating will also be available.

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For more information, call the gallery office at 217-243-9390 or visit Stranartgallery.org.