The 9th Annual Devine Creations Ball and Gala was recently held at the Northgate Country Club, Houston, TX. This special debutante event is the creation of Verna Caddie the visionary founder of Devine Creations Debutante/Cotillions.
Established in 2006, Devine Creations is a nonprofit organization that has worked with over 100 young ladies in the Greater Houston and surrounding areas. Devine Creations’ mission is to empower young women through etiquette while helping to create beauty inside and out. It is an 8-month program where every young lady must successfully attend specially crafted workshops. The workshops cover etiquette, manners, vision boards, self esteem, body image, crafting, business etiquette, social skills and classical dance. Each young lady receives mentoring and education intent on them seeking better life choices and opportunities.
This year’s ball and gala was full of surprises as Caddie honored Vonnetta Epps with the honoree debutante in tribute to her beautiful daughter who gained her wings on June 1, 2015. Caddie named Sherra Byrd of Dolls and Diamonds, Devine Southern Belle of September. Layla Mitchell, Devine Creations’ 2014-2015 Queen, also made a guest appaerance at the event.
Amber Townsend served as celebrity host and Ronda Prince, chief of operations for Rap-A-Lot and owner of Payday Distribution was a special guest speaker. Prince spoke to the young ladies and young men about being leaders and readers.
The Queen of this year’s ball was Miss. Devine Creations (Houston) Amiya Henderson-Doss. “I was very surprised when I was announced as Queen. I was so elated I couldn’t stop crying. It felt like I was dreaming and everything was happening in slow motion,” said Henderson-Doss.
As newly crowned queen, she plans to use her platform not only to serve the community, but also to encourage other young girls to reach for their dreams. She intends to share with young girls that they should love one another, and lift each other up. Amiya believes that it is important to teach love and acceptance. “I would definitely encourage other young girls to enroll in Devine Creations to better themselves as young ladies. Devine Creations teaches you etiquette and how to act like a young lady with respect. It teaches you how to love yourself from the inside out, and how to love others and encourage them.”
As part of the evening program, the following young debutantes were presented to Houston’s Society as -“Classy, Confident and Chic” ladies:
- Phylicity Caddie – Miss Spoke Model
- Amiya Henderson – Doss – Queen – Miss Devine Creations 2015-16 (Houston)
- Maya Mendoza- Miss Congeniality
- Juliya Frazier – Miss Role Model
- Xandrea Seals – Miss Elegance
- Asha Malivers – Miss Photogenic
- Trinity Calvert – Miss Confident
All of the debutantes were very elegant as they danced to the Waltz choreographed by Rita Hughes. Before the close of the evening, each young lady received a letter of congratulation from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Each debutante was escorted by young men dressed in black tuxedos with white gloves. This year’s escorts were:
- Victor Wilson
- Jaxson Crawford
- Joshua Hodges
- Cornelius Richardson
- De’aveon High
- Mateo Mendoza
- Jalen Nurvis
During the evening extravaganza, Caddie honored 10 local women with the “Rona Burns- Williams” Community Service Award.
- Neiki Jones
- JJ on the MIC of 97.9 The Box
- Kim Baynes
- Victoria Baynes-Lopez
- Karen Pruitt-Sells
- Kyzia Walcott
- Dr. Sandy Murphy
- Vonnette Epps
- Abenaa Bailey
- Genesis Maple
Each one of this year’s debutantes received trophies and letters of congratulation from Mayor Turner, while some received lifetime volunteer awards from President Barack Obama. A long-standing supporter, Erica Wilson, received a lifetime award from President Obama for her volunteer work with Devine Creations.
The 9th Annual Devine Creations Ball and Gala culminated with Caddie receiving The Yellow Rose of Texas Certificate from Texas Governor Greg Abbott presented by her son, Emanuel English. She also received her very own “Ms. Verna Caddie Day” from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Sponsors for this year’s event included M. Allen, Denise Brown, Willie Williams, Myrna Galan, along with many other loyal supporters with a special note of recognition given to Ms. Black and Natural, Gabriella Garcia, who assisted with the awards.
Photo Credit: Patrice Got Photo’s
Ms. Caddie – Director of “The Etiquette Professionals Network”