One of the traditions of the Thanksgiving weekend here in the Capital City is the Baton Rouge Assembly’s debutante ball. For this year’s 55th annual presentation, 18 young women were formally presented Nov. 27 at the Baton Rouge River Center.

BR Assembly

Welcoming guests was Assembly Chairman Scott Folse, who also introduced his fellow officers and their wives: Ball Chairman Dr. Chris Hall and wife Cathy, assistant Ball Chairman Keith Armstrong and wife Mary Elizabeth, Treasurer Drew Patty II and wife Robin and Assembly Chairman-elect John Selser and wife Kyler.

Folse also had the honor of introducing this year’s debutante coterie: M a ryHannah Grace Broussard, daughter of Melinda and James Broussard; Mary Charlotte Collette Bruce, daughter of Collette and Anthony Bruce; Alexis Amelia Garland, daughter of Karen and Doug Garland; Emma Louise Gordon, daughter of Dr. Stewart and Cricket Gordon; Haley Danielle Harrington, daughter of Dr. Laurie and Scott Harrington; Alyssa Beth Kleinpeter, daughter of Stacey and Karl Kleinpeter; Rebecca Clare Kleinpeter, daughter of Judge William and Beth Kleinpeter; Griffon Ainsley Lawson, daughter of Ashley and Court Lawson; Lindsay Michelle McKowen, daughter of Erin and Grif McKowen Jr.; Caroline Wensel and Margaret Ellington McKowen, daughters of Elisabeth McKowen and Feltus McKowen; Stephanie Leigh McNamara, daughter of Dr. Susan and John McNamara; Joy Jeannette Roberts, daughter of Clay and Richard Roberts Jr.; Caroline Lee Spencer, daughter of Karen and Chris Spencer; Katherine Ellen Tanner, daughter of Ellen and Tom Tanner Jr.; Juneann Anderson Walker, daughter of Beverly and David Walker; Annie Weeks Womack, daughter of Sheryl and Mac Womack; and Blakley Allison Woolf, daughter of Kerri and Brandon Woolf II.

Caroline and Margaret McKowen were presented by their uncle, Butler Bourgeois; Spencer was presented by family friend, Craig Netterville; Walker was presented by family friend Scott Singletary, and Woolf was presented by her uncle, McGehee Woolf. The other debutantes were presented by their fathers.

Music for the presentation was by the Brad Walker Orchestra. Following the presentation, members and guests danced to the music of Sha’on & the Girls With Success. After the ball, the parents of the debutantes hosted a midnight breakfast in the River Center.

The debutantes began their day with a rehearsal under the direction of debutante Co-chairwomen Heather Woolf and Barbara Anne Eaton. Former debutante Sheryl Womack and daughters Reed and McKenzie also assisted with the rehearsal. Following the rehearsal, Folse welcomed the debutantes and their presenters and/or fathers to a brunch at the City Club, where each debutante received an engraved silver bracelet from the Assembly to commemorate the occasion. Debutante chaperones for the evening were Barbie Pipes, Tessie Edmonds and Dorsey Peek.

Trianon Holiday

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel was the site for Trianon’s 41st annual Holiday Event Nov. 19. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Arc of Baton Rouge in assisting mentally and physically challenged clients in the Baton Rouge area. As always, among the hottest items for shoppers were the tiles hand made by students at Arlington Preparatory Academy and the tasty breads made by Trianon members.

Serving on this year’s committee were Morena Cazedesus, Yvonne Crew, Patty Delaney, Tammy Duos, Chris Enright, Sandra Fox, Christy Harrelson, Mara Malone, Rose Ann Martin, Linda Michelli, Adele Noonan, Sharon Richard, Lynn Robbins, Nancy Sanchez, Ann Suire, Lynn Thune and Naomi Vince.

Viva il Vino

Later that night, Forum 35 hosted its annual Viva il Vino at the Lyceum. The festivities included a wine pull, silent auction, wine, food and entertainment. The organization unveiled its strategic plan and presented several awards.

Taking home the Baton Rouge Original Award was John Jackson, who was represented by wife Fairleigh Jackson. The 2015 Art Melt Louisiana Art Legend Award was presented to Lin Emory, and the Corporate Member of the Year award was presented to L’Auberge Casino & Hotel.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the mission of Forum 35 to improve Baton Rouge through support of its “core pillars of leadership, arts and culture and diversity.”

‘A Breath of Life’

More than $80,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 13th annual Price LeBlanc Lexus Baton Rouge Wine Opener, “A Breath of Life,” Nov. 16 at Sullivan’s Seakhouse. As the several hundred guests sipped wines from Galzer’s Companies of Louisiana, they noshed on the culinary offerings of Sullivan’s executive chef Leighton Carbo and guest chef Ryan André , of City Pork Deli. Holding forth in the Ringside Bar were The Zipties. Additional treats were found in the Piano Bar, sponsored by Ryan “Jume” Jumonville. So that everyone could sample as much as they wanted, Lofton Staffing offered a Safe Ride Home.

Serving on the committee were Lori Bergstresser, Kitty Calabrese, Emily Davis, Ariadne Dawson, Daria Doyle, Dee Grant, Carla Jumonville, M’Elaine Jumonville, Dawn Meng, Jenny Mestayer, Sheree Murray, Vanda Refermat, Lila Seymour, Laure Verde and Sullivan’s general manger Leo Verde.

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