Cotillion History

In 1997 & 1998 J. D. Kellum and Jeff Paramore hosted the first Atlanta Cotillion, a drag cocktail party, to provide a creative and unique way to raise funds to fight HIV/AIDS in Atlanta.

After a three year hiatus, in 2002, a committed group of volunteers, led by John McGuirk, reorganized Atlanta Cotillion—introducing the rich traditions of the south--creating the Debutante Ball to celebrate the end of a fundraising competition amongst the debutantes.

In 2004, leadership was passed to former debutantes, Edward Holifield and Greg Whitmire, along with the reigning titleholder, Harrison Perry. Creating an entire campaign season during the summer fundraising history was made with over $120,000 raised. Edward and Greg Co-chaired from 2005 through 2007 with extensive growth in stature, operation, reputation and fundraising success. Edward Holifield Chaired in 2008, with Darrell Burke and Bryon Brown serving as Vice-Chairs. In 2009 and 2010 Darrel Burke and Bryan Brown Co-Chaired.

Darrell Burke Chaired in 2011, Ronnie Mallette Chaired in 2012--the final year with the debutante fundraising class model. Darrell Burke returned in 2013 to Chair a repositioned affair-- “Atlanta Cotillion Presents - Cirque de Nuit”. In 2014, “Atlanta Cotillion Presents Cirque de Nuit en Rouge" was chaired by David Janke, the former titleholder.

AID Atlanta honored Atlanta Cotillion with membership in The Founder’s Society in 2008 for its unprecedented impact on the health of Greater Atlanta. Creating summer full of activities, an exceptional ROI, and steady financial contributions total more than $1.35 million dollars.

The Debutante who raised the most during their respective debutante year was crowned the Queen of Atlanta Cotillion at the climax of the Debutante Ball. The Atlanta Cotillion Title Holders are:

Aric Castleberry 2002
Aric Castleberry 2002


Atlanta Cotillion 2002

James Bodie
Aric Castleberry (Crown)
Norman Dixon
Jerry Edwards
Douglas Ford
Brad Forsythe
Todd Foster
Edward Holifield
Bud Russell
Michael Silberman
Brian Vaughn
Gregory Whitmire
Atlanta Cotillion 2003
Darrell Burke
John Paul Griffin
Chris Jenko
Michael Landers
Cole Loughridge
Jeffrey Patterson
Harrison Perry (Crown)
Jeffrey Powell
Steve Roberson
Doug Williford

Atlanta Cotillion 2004
Randy Brenneman
Robert Cisneros
Lyn Clemmons
Bryan Cook
Steven Dondero (Crown)
J. Dunn
Erik Erickson
Jim Hilderbrant
David Prophitt
Ronaldo Rosa
Prentice Satterfield
Steven Smith

Atlanta Cotillion 2005

Matt Basta
Bryon Brown
Brent Fogleman
Kevin Jerome
Jeff O'Bryant
Philip Rafshoon
Jay Reynolds
Tim Stoddard
Sal Sujaa
Jos. Woodruff (Crown)

Atlanta Cotillion 2006

Lee Breed
Chris Burell
J. Gladney
Ben Hadsock
Chuck Richards
John Scroggins
Jeff Slaten
Juan-Pablo Zuluaga (Crown)
Atlanta Cotillion 2007
Jay Dempsey
Lance Elliott Aron
Jeremy Faulkner
Rodney Hinote (Crown)
Steven Igarashi-Ball
Ray Macon
Chris Mayer
Atlanta Cotillion 2008
Jeffrey Hopper (Crown)
Ronnie Mallette
Erick Mosquera
Topher Payne
Justin Ziegler

Atlanta Cotillion 2009
Michael Gaitan
Michael Lammons (Crown)
Kevin Malin
Bobby McAnany
Alexander Page
John Michael Roch
Brian Rohrenbach
James Swindle

Atlanta Cotillion 2010
Nathan Atkins
Joshua Bettis (Crown)
Max Corwell
Julio Leyva
Mathew Palmer
Sam Peng
Som Phaengsy

Atlanta Cotillion 2011

John Ford
Tim Hobby
JD Kellum (Crown)
Jesse Rhodes
Ricardo Sosa
John Weathers
Atlanta Cotillion 2012
Michael Givens
Jose Guillen
David Janke (Crown)
Scott Tucker

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