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VIEW PHOTOS | Atlanta Cotillion IX @ Foundry at Puritan Mill

imageWhen Ava Von Seco, nee Joshua Bettis, sat on his rightful throne to accept the tiara as Atlanta Cotillion IX Queen on Sept. 18, he did so with $15,000 socked in his brazier for AID Atlanta.

The 2010 debutantes (top photo) and most male guests donned glamour drag for the annual Cotillion Ball, and other male guests wore tuxes. Female guests in evening dresses and tuxes were also welcome.

Cotillion Ball chooses its Queen each year based on who raises the most donations. Bettis (second photo) took the bragging rights in tears when the announcement of the top fundraiser was made.

imageBettis’ total was part of this year’s $107,000 donation by Cotillion to the HIV/AIDS services agency. Some 385 people attended the Atlanta Cotillion IX Ball at the Foundry at Puritan Mill.

The annual black-tie gala with the creative twist in which men who don’t normally do drag transform themselves to become debutantes for a night has now raised almost $730,000 for AID Atlanta since its inception.

“It’s not about the dress; it’s why you wear it,” Bryon Brown, co-chair for this year’s event, told Project Q in advance of the event.

image“The gentlemen of Atlanta Cotillion commit to raising funds all summer and wear a dress because HIV/AIDS is, simply, not over,” he said. “Atlanta Cotillion is a fun and unique way to provide the much needed, unrestricted funds, to assist AID Atlanta in saving and transforming lives.”

In other Cotillion news, Brown retired as co-chair after this year’s ball. He served with Atlanta Cotillion for five years. Darrell Burke remains co-chair, and someone new will take Brown’s place before the 2011 fun starts.

So ends another debutant season in the world of Atlanta Cotillion, which holds dozens of fundraisers from March through September to raise its donations. In addition to individual debutantes’ efforts, the Cotillion board hosts events like the March Cocktail Fashion Show at Saks through to last month’s Studs & Suds Car Wash and the annual Cotillion Auction & Cabaret that go toward the annual contribution.

Photos by Sher Pruitt.

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