It’s an annual celebration that puts a new twist on an old tradition. Instead of girls being the ones to make the societal debuts as debutantes, boys take center-stage at the Denver Chapter of Jack and Jill’s annual Beautillion.

The event is in its 33rd year. It recognizes African American boys who are high school seniors and have made great achievements in leadership, academics, athletics and community service. Organizers say the positive recognition is something that is much-needed for young African American men.

This year’s theme is "Persevering to Make a Global Impact." Twenty three boys will be recognized. Dressed in tuxedos and top hats, the young men spend hours preparing for their debut. That includes learning choreographed dance steps and preparing for what is often the evening’s most touching moment: a mother-son dance.

The 33rd-annual Beautillion will take place on at 4 p.m. on Dec. 18, at the Denver Marriott City Center (1701 California St.).

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