The American Legion Hall on Wooddale was transformed into an underwater kingdom on Jan. 24 as the Krewe of Desk and Derrick presented its 54thd annual Industry Appreciation Mardi Gras Ball.
Depicting the theme “Under the Sea,” the stage was draped in shimmering blue and silver organza. Ribbons of green seaweed and hanging glass bubbles framed the scalloped shell-shaped throne covered in white satin and trimmed with silver mesh and pearls. Sea life, blue netting, sea shells and white fluffy feathers completed the room and table decorations.
President Sonya Ryder welcomed guests and introduced the evening’s master of ceremonies, Glen Duncan of the Louisiana House of Representatives, who led the guests on an undersea journey.
Joe Dilmon, retired from ExxonMobil Chemical Co., reigned as king, and Connie Fabré, of the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, was queen. Ball Captain was Katharine Kirby, who portrayed the villainous Ursula, the Sea Witch from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”
Returning royalty, 2014 Queen Sherry Evans was introduced on the arm of 2014 King Larry East, of Albemarle Corp.
The presentation of the Royal Court followed. Kristi Folse, representing the Coral Reefs, was escorted by Jay Grymes, of WAFB Channel 9. Vivian Ryder portrayed the mythical Mermaid and was escorted by Randy Ryder with Jacobs. Emily Nevarez was Black Gold representing oil found deep beneath the sea, and was escorted by Rusty McQueen, of Georgia Pacific.
The friendly Dolphin was portrayed by Cherri Kinsey, escorted by Johnny Ahysen, of WAFB Channel 9. Ravi Waran, of Albemarle Corp., escorted Lauren Pourciau, who represented the troublesome Jellyfish. Sue Dodson portrayed the Treasure Chest and was escorted by Hillar C. Moore III, East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney.
Handmaidens to the queen were Elly and Emmy Lou Fabré. Page to the king was Austin Fabré. After a toast to the queen, the entire court promenaded around the floor tossing beads to the guests. Members and guests then danced to the music of 5 D.
This year’s ball Chairwoman is Sherry Evans and co-chair is Katharine Kirby.