Grace Elizabeth Fenley, daughter of Mrs. Gigi Fenley and the late Joseph Bryan Fenley, of Rancho Santa Fe, will make her debut at The 58th International Debutante Ball on Saturday evening, Dec. 29, in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Grace will represent the state of California. Grace is a native Californian who was raised in Rancho Santa Fe. She is currently a junior at the University of Mississippi, ‘Ole Miss’, where she is majoring in business marketing. At Ole Miss, she is very involved with her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She’s also a member of the Ole Miss Marketing Organization, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Grace is a graduate of Santa Fe Christian High School where she spent much of her time volunteering for school, community and animal philanthropies, and was an active member of the National Charity League. In the spring, Grace is looking forward to attending the Novancia Business School in Paris.
Grace’s father, the late Joseph Bryan Fenley, was the founder of Gateway Freight Services. Upon Joseph Fenley’s retirement, the Governor of California appointed him to serve a term as the Director of the California Foreign Trade Office in London, England. Grace’s mother, Gigi Fenley, lives in Rancho Santa Fe, where she is involved with the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and numerous other philanthropies. Grace’s brother, Bryan Fenley, is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and is currently a sports anchor and reporter for an affiliate of CBS in Spokane, Washington.
For her debut, Grace has chosen to wear a gown by Oleg Cassini. The design has a sweetheart neckline on a strapless bodice. The beautiful tulle ball gown skirt compliments the bodice with a hand-beaded belt sewn into the gown to add opulence and sparkle combining fairytale romance with modern glamour.
The International Debutante Ball, founded in 1954, is considered one of the most prestigious debutante presentations. Young women of distinction from all over the country and around the globe are brought together at the ball and the surrounding parties with daughters of diplomats, titled Europeans, ambassadors, governors and presidents of the United States. Over the years the ball has benefited numerous charities from the International Debutante Ball Foundation.