The Teen Board Presentation Dance on Aug. 3 is one of the largest teenage (black tie) dances in the country where teenagers and adults alike enjoy the same social occasion. Last year, hundreds of leading teenagers as well as adults from various parts of the United States enjoyed the same event. As the Birmingham Post-Herald said, “Far more than any other social fling, the Teen Board Presentation Dance of Knoxville ... is emerging into one of the most elegant and auspicious occasions on the social calendar of the South.”
This is the group’s one outstanding social event of the year. It is not just a dance or a social debut for teenagers. It has far greater meaning. The Teen Board of Knoxville is building leaders for the future.
The Teen Board of Knoxville is a private, nonprofit organization solely for teenagers, 14-18 years old, with adult help. Its purpose
is to get the teenagers to work and take the lead in civic and welfare projects, and to lift their social and moral life to higher standards. Last year more than 12,000 hours were given to civic and welfare projects for charitable organizations.
After 50 years, adults have seen results of this work in the good leadership in colleges and universities shown by former members.
By learning to help those less fortunate at this age, in turn they have helped themselves develop a public and civic responsibility they are carrying on as adults.
This Presentation Dance is a reward for those local girls and boys who have completed their hours of service. The board honors selected girls from other parts of the country who are rising seniors, by inviting them to be presented along with its outstanding teenagers.
The weekend starts with a party on the evening of Aug. 2 at the Teen Center. Then on Aug. 3, practice and brunch for teenagers only will be followed by the Mayor’s Dinner, honoring the presentees and other important dignitaries.
The evening of Aug. 3, the festivities continue with the presentation of the presentees and dance at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Following the presentation is a black–tie reception.