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Cotillion Leadership
& Service Program

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In the fall of 1988, the Memphis (TN) Chapter formulated plans for its first Holiday Cotillion to be sponsored. Criteria were established for selecting young ladies who represented high academics and achievements and in 1989, the young ladies made their debut in the Skyway Ballroom at the Peabody Hotel. 

Each succeeding year, the Holiday Cotillion has been the forum for the gala debutante presentation, but also the beginning of strong mentoring relationships between the debutantes and Links members. Special activities in which the debutantes have engaged include: a walk-a-thon for health, mother-daughter workshop, financial planning seminar, leadership awards luncheon, ladies-in-waiting tea, a legislative retreat, and the rites of passage ceremony. 

Interested in becoming a Debutante? High school seniors (during the 2024-2025 academic year) are eligible to participate in the 2024 Cotillion. Please click here to complete and submit the application.

If you have any questions about this year's program, please reach out to Melanie Burroughs Cole at


to our 2023-2024 Cotillion Award winners:


* Participants immediately related to a member of The Links, Incorporated are eligible for recognition only.

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