Sara Kelly of Rye is famous.
On December 29, Kelly was one of 47 young women who were ushered into formal high society at the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. Kelly's photo, along with the following caption, ran with an Associated Press story by Karen Matthews on the event:
"Sara Kelly, center, of Rye, N.Y., speaks to her sister Courtney, left, and friend Alliston Parr in the ladies room during the 54th International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 in New York. The debutantes included European aristocrats and scions of American families from the Social Register."
Matthews reported: "Forty-seven young women donned white gowns and greeted guests Monday at the International Debutante Ball, a holdover from an era when the daughters of the upper crust were presented to society as a preface to meeting suitable mates… The debutantes at The Waldorf-Astoria hotel included European aristocrats and scions of American families from the Social Register… A debutante's family pays $14,000 for a table as well as thousands of dollars for couture gowns, hairdressers and related expenses."