King Dr. Glenn M. Kidder and Queen Charlene Montelaro reigned over the 28th annual Karnival Krewe de Louisiane Ball on Jan. 30 at the Baton Rouge River Center.
With this year’s theme, “Masquerade — Unmasking the Mysteries of Cancer,” the tableau was set on the background of a royal purple backdrop suspended in front by a beautiful shining gold 32-foot-wide carved and ornately painted Mardi Gras mask. The festivities began as board President Lance Lemoine welcomed guests, corporate ball associates and parade Grand Marshall Whitney Vann.
Last year’s Queen Karen Stevens turned over the reign to the 2015 Ball Captain Frank MacArthur. Presented were dukes and duchesses Kris Cangelosi and Jason MacMorran, Pat Felder and Dr. George Fivgas, Kelli Bondy Troutman and Jeff Martin, Kathy Baker and Dr. Todd Cooley, Laura Knipe Oubre and Dr. Jon Perenack.
The tableau culminated with the presentation of the krewe’s 2014 debutante coterie with their escorts: Olivia Roy Abadie escorted by her father, Creighton Abadie; Anna Haspel Aronson escorted by her father, Mark Aronson; Allison Elizabeth Bridges escorted by her father, Scott Bridges; Molly Lee Corbett, escorted by her father Ronnie Corbett; Lauren Raye Dartez escorted by her father, Damain Dartez; Madison Jane Dillenberger escorted by her father, Kelley Dillenberger; Caroline Victoria Garrett escorted by her father, Dr. Maurice Garrett; Catherine Lucille Garrett escorted by her father, Dr. Maurice Garrett; Abigail Sophia Grand escorted by her father, Christopher Grand; Addison Rhea Hollis escorted by her father, Dr. Bryan Hollis; Haley Elizabeth Honoré escorted by her father, Dwayne Honoré; Reagan Alexis Munn escorted by her father, Brandon Munn; Marissa Anne Starks escorted by her father, Perry Starks; and Addison Adele Talbot escorted by her father, Todd Talbot.
Highlighting the event was the unveiling of a $175,000 check, representing the krewe’s yearlong fundraising efforts on behalf of cancer patients in the community. Lemoine awarded the check to Todd Stevens and Scott Wester, of the Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Also on stage for the presentation were members of the Gerry Lane Family, of Gerry Lane Enterprises, presenting sponsor of the event.
A Mardi Gras Second Line trooped around the hall followed by the krewe’s parade. The Tip Tops provided the ball’s dance music.
The 2015 Corporate Ball Associates are Applied Business Concepts; Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Co.; Baton Rouge Duplicating Products; Bradley-Blewster & Associates, Inc.; Campus Federal Credit Union; Capital One Bank; Citizens Bank and Trust; Eatel Corp.; Excel Modular Scaffold; FMOL Health System; Kevin Guidry and Dr. Kathy Guidry; Dr. David Hanson and Dr. Jolene K. Johnson; HRC Healthcare Resources; Hollis Orthodontics; Horizon Wealth Management; Dr. Sheldon Johnson; Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry; LUBA Worker’s Comp; Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center; Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation; Milton J. Womack, Inc.; The Neuromedical Center; Neighbors Federal Credit Union; Noesis Data, an Equifax sales agent; Oncology Solutions; Our Lady of the Lake Foundation; Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center; Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group; Phelps Dunbar; Dr. Dale J. Politz, DDS & Associates; RAG Development; R.L. Hall & Associates; Regions Bank; Saia Electric; Southeast Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group; Taylor, Porter, Brooks, & Phillips; Dr. and Mrs. Craig Vitrano; Wardlow & Lasseigne; and A Woman’s Center for Reproductive Medicine.