The 2014 VP Ball was complete with glamour, pomp and fun. There were even some protestors in front of the hotel for a little bit.
From the St. Louis Post Dispatch today:
Merrill Clark Hermann was crowned Queen of Love and Beauty on Saturday night at the 130th annual Veiled Prophet Ball.
Hermann, the daughter of Signa and Robert R. Hermann Jr., was among 70 young women who made their formal entrance into society at the ball attended by more than 2,000 people at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
Hermann, a college sophomore majoring in business, is a graduate of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. Her community service includes being a co-founder of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital youth board, a national Charity League member and a food outreach volunteer.
She was captain of her high school varsity squash team and a member of the varsity tennis team.
The retiring queen is Katherine Falk Desloge, daughter of Ann and Stephen F. Desloge.
The Veiled Prophet ball is held each December. It’s a tradition in St. Louis that dates to 1878.
The Veiled Prophet Organization is a civic group that is also behind the annual VP Parade and Fair St. Louis.
About 30 people protesting police shootings in Ferguson and around the nation marched and shouted chants outside the Hyatt as the ball was taking place inside. A line of police blocked the entrance to the hotel.
Police reported one arrest, a 46-year-old man who was charged with third-degree assault for allegedly shoving the doorman at the posh Tony’s restaurant. Police said he pushed the doorman when told he could not enter without a reservation, then tried to run from police.
And a picture of me and my son, Nicholas, a junior at Marquette University. My other son was sick :(