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Typically, I just pop in and take photos of the debutantes prior to their balls but since the daughters of several friends were being presented at the Charity Ball Association’s Bal de Noël Dec. 27, I accepted Ann Guercio’s invitation and came back for the festivities at the Crowne Plaza.

Bal de Noël

Making their entrance through the garden gates were Riley Donohue, daughter of Susan and James Donohue; Caroline Gikas, daughter of Carol and Kenneth Gikas; Mimi Guercio, daughter of Ann and Robert Guercio; Catherine James, daughter of Mia and Jeffrey James, and Curt Queyrouze, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Lauren LeBlanc, daughter of Jean Ann and Jules Burton LeBlanc IV; Riley McKernan, daughter of Shannon and Gordon McKernan; Mary Montes de Oca, daughter of Mary and Fermin Montes de Oca IV; Caroline Morgan, daughter of Remi and Jeffrey Jenkins and the late Douglas Morgan; Sarah Nelson, daughter of Penny and Dr. Scott Nelson; Nicole Newton, daughter of Patty and Carl Newton; Marit Schroeder, daughter of Denise and Eric Schroeder; Lauren Talbert, daughter of Susan and Kyle Talbert; Caroline Whitley, daughter of Dr. John and Elizabeth Whitley; Emilie Winder, daughter of Carolyn and Dr. Carey Winder; Hannah and Riley Womack, daughters of Ellen and Milton J. Womack Jr.

Caroline Morgan was presented by her grandfather, Dr. Thurman C. Morgan. The other debs were presented by their fathers.

During the past 56 years, the association has contributed more than $300,000 to benefit various charitable organizations. This year’s recipient was Of Moving Colors. Emcees for the presentation were Cathy Greene and Breaux Nader. After dancing to the sounds of Jubilation, everyone was ready for the late-night breakfast finale.

‘Downton’ tea

The following afternoon, Friends of LPB hosted a high tea prior to a special sneak preview of the kickoff to season 5 of the hit Masterpiece Theatre production, “Downton Abbey.”

Most of the attendees were dressed in their Downton best as they sipped tea, posed for commemorative photos by EyeWander Photography and, naturally, talked all things “Downton.”

Among the fans were Diane Duplessis and her 93-year-old mother, Kathleen C. Snyder, who came to the United States from Northern Ireland as a World War II war bride. Even after becoming a U.S. citizen and living in Louisiana all these years she still has an accent. She made us smile when she walked away with a wave and a “cheerio!”

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