The 135th annual Veiled Prophet Ball occurred on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, revealing the new Queen of Love and Beauty as 58 young women were presented in a ceremony to formally mark their debut into society.
An audience of more than 2,000 family and friends celebrated the crowning of Miss Lily Shelton Baur, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew S. and Jennifer Baur. Miss Baur is a sophomore in the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. A member of the Tau Chapter of Chi Omega women's fraternity, she is working toward a bachelor of arts in journalism, with a major in integrated marketing and communications, and a minor in business. She is a graduate of Mary Institute and Country Day School.
Six special maids were also honored: Miss Laura Condie Nix, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lee Jr. and Elizabeth Nix; Miss Claire Margaret Donnelly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. and Julie Donnelly; Miss Theresa Pericles George, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy O. and Julie George; Miss Grace Catherine Mersmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. and Tomea Mersmann; Miss Elizabeth Barnes Reisinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Jr. and Jeana Reisinger; and Miss Mary Cutts Otto, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Jr. and Mary Otto.
Photos by Sarah Conroy and Christina Kling-Garrett