Katherine Slade Canady

Katherine Slade Canady, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wayne Canady of Roanoke Rapids, was presented during the 92nd annual North Carolina Debutante Ball. The event was held on Sept. 6-8 in Raleigh.

Her father served as her Chief Marshall. John Thomas Taylor of Murfreesboro served as her Assistant Marshall. Miss Canady is the granddaughter of Owen and Loretta Tierney of Raleigh and the late Wayne and Peggy Canady of Rocky Mount. Her mother was presented at the 1989 Debutante Ball.

During the ball weekend there were eight functions held in honor of the Debutantes, their families and escorts. The formal presentation was held on Sept. 7, 2018, at the Meymandi Concert Hall and was the focal point of the weekend.

Young ladies are selected by more than 200 nominators located throughout the state. The final approval of the Debutantes is made by the Terpsichorean Club members. The invitations are extended to the young ladies in recognition of the contributions their families have made to the economic, cultural, social and civic life of North Carolina.

The Terpsichorean Club, comprised of young gentlemen from the Raleigh area, was formed in the 1920s to sponsor an annual statewide Debutante Ball to present many of North Carolina’s prominent young ladies and to honor their families. The ball has been held every year since 1923 with the exception of the World War II years.

James Curtis McCaskill serves as the current president of the Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh.

William Hargrave McElroy is chairman of the 2018 ball. He leads a committee of Terpsichorean Club members who supervise all arrangements.

Henriette Dargan Williams-Alexander is chairwoman of the Girls Committee. The ladies on the committee plan and coordinate the functions of the ball weekend.

Officers of the Terpsichorean Club, in addition to McCaskill and McElroy, are Alexander Christopher Bean, vice president; Surry Cowper Wood, secretary-treasurer; and Christopher Lee Woody II, assistant secretary-treasurer.

Miss Slade Canady is a graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School and is a sophomore at East Carolina University.