n Dancing with Delta
The New Orleans Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. decided to trip the light fantastic at its most recent cotillion, the 51st.
“Dancing with the Stars” was the billing for the presentation at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel that was chaired by Cynthia Gilbert and co-chaired by Terrylceda Dunbar Perkins and Roxanne Watts, who all answer within the sorority to soror. Attending, too, were national President Cynthia Butler McIntyre and Southwest Regional director Pamela M. Rogers, both Chapter alumnae.
Presented with “much drama, glitz and glamour,” according to the program, were the sorority’s 17 debutantes. Over the years, more than 1,000 young ladies have had the honor of being a Delta debutante.
Her majesty of “Dancing with the Stars” was Miss Amber Michelle Labat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Labat, escorted by Mr. Brandon Labat, and sponsored by Jill Hubbard Labat, her mother and a soror.
Queen Amber follows in the royal footsteps of Miss Jasmyne Elondra Bracy, daughter of Mr. Marion B. Bracy and Mrs. Judy Ewell Bracy.
Four princesses graced the recent cotillion: Misses Ayanna Leeshell Aaron, daughter of Mr. Cedric Aaron and Mrs. Kim Kelly-Aaron; Arianna Jamilyn Cyprian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Cyprian; Ebony Renee Edwards, daughter of Mr. Randolph B. Edwards and Ms. Tracey Carney; and Kayla Rachelle Monlyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eric Monlyn. Their respective sponsors, all sorors, were Gloria Butler Beverly, Janet R. Jackson, Florence Durell and the above Chapter.
The debutantes, their parents and soror sponsors were Misses DaJon Shantreal Beard – Sgt. 1st Class Damien Beard Sr. and Mrs. Mekesia Jackson Beard, and Courtney Ponson-Renthrope, Faith Joseph and Terrylceda Dunbar Perkins; Kia Jovona Bedney – Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Bedney, and the Chapter; Tierra Rayne Blair – Mr. and Mrs. Raynell T. Blair Sr., and Dorothy Roussell and Geraldine Turner Warner; and Tehya Shanice Blanks – Mr. and Mrs. Horace Blanks, and Shawnell Ware.
And, Misses Asha Mawusi Brooks – Mr. Early Brooks and Ms. Djinaba Rickson, and Karen Favorite, the above Janet R. Jackson and Tremaine Riley; Lemoine Troi Dillon – Mr. Lionel Troy Dillon and Ms. Robin Tanya Watkins, and Jean Kennedy; Dionne Emma St. Etienne – Mr. Gregory St. Etienne and the late Sheila Hightower, a soror, and stepdaughter of Mrs. Denise Felton St. Etienne, and Hermine Jones; and Imani Maya Hardy – Mr. and Mrs. Terry Hardy Sr., and Patricia Gibson.
Also, Misses Mia Monique Reed – Mr. Kevin Reed and Mrs. Tracy Henderson-Reed, and Connie Lavigne; Sydney Michelle Reynolds – Mr. and Mrs. Todd David Reynolds, and Andrea Thomas-Reynolds and Judy Bracy; Amari Nicole Williams – the Rev. and Mrs. Tyrone C. Williams, and Elsie Ricks Adams; and Kayla Joi Woods – Mr. Wayne Woods and Gwen Woods, a soror, and Mary Little-Green.
Their debutante orientation began in August. From then on, among other related activity, were presentations to the Chapter, social workshops, sponsor and parents’ orientation, rehearsals, the Public Service Project, Men of Honor breakfast, formal portraits, rehearsal for escorts, parties, and the cotillion ball.
The escorts were Messrs. Lloyd Bickham Jr., Tyler Billew, Joshua Brown, Jamal Crawford, Reginald Dawson, Paul Gale, Dontaevion Johnson, the above Brandon Labat, Triston Lear, Devin Lockett, LaRon McClay, Aaron Palmer II, Jamal Pettigrew, DiVante Williams-Tross, Kaven Walker, Alphonse Waples and Jakirai Wiley.
At the Astor Crowne Plaza, Mmes. Cheryl Lassair and Cynthia Gilbert opened the formalities. Among the highlights was the introduction of Chapter officers; sorority leadership on the national, regional and state levels; cotillion committee members; and Chapter members. Presentations followed, as did the Royal Entertainment by Studio G. Dance and Gymnastics (owned by Mrs. Jelinda Gibson-Allen.) Chapter President Cherya Head Jenkins led the Royal Toast. Black Cat Productions provided the music and the event’s chromatics were purple and silver.
The presentation of awards is always a highlight. Misses Edwards, Reynolds and Blair were the respective first, second and third place scholarship recipients. Other recognitions were Miss Dillon (Miss Congeniality), Miss Brooks (Most Cooperative Debutante), Miss Reed (Community Service Award) and Mr. Crawford (Most Cooperative Escort).
Dr. Mary B. Little-Green, Mrs. Wilhelmina Hogan-Stroughter, Ms. Nakia Dillard and Mrs. Nikita Drummond-Clark were the narrators during the end-of-program general dancing. But just before that, the Delta Sigma Theta Waltz was played for the debutantes and the escorts.
At that point, the theme was realized and it was truly “Dancing with the Stars.”
Further dancing ensued with the 11 p.m. Cotillion Soiree, also in the hotel, where breakfast and music figured prominently. More than one soiree-goer commented that the 17 debutantes (that’s the queen, princesses and debutantes) were beautiful and the escorts handsome, making it “an elegant and most memorable 51st cotillion.”
n Dartmouth’s Holiday Hobnobbers
The Dartmouth Club of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast had a holiday party recently at the Uptown home of Ann Koppel Schreiner and Mark Schreiner, the hosts. Needless to say, the major point of chatter was about the “Big Green,” as the small Ivy League college in Hanover, New Hampshire, is affectionately called.
Of course, green figured in the party’s décor. The entrance to the home had a Dartmouth banner on the fence, along with festive Christmas garland with colored lights. Within, Dartmouth green and white, with some seasonal red, were the prominent colors. Especially eye-catching were the handmade needlepoint stockings that Ann made for her children, as well as the needlepoint ornaments on the tree.
Martin Wine Cellar catered, providing such treats as tuna tartare, chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce, jambalaya and mini pecan pies. Libations were from Hoppers Carte des Vins.
Guests shared their favorite memories of the “College on the Hill.” Jack Hopke and wife Barbara Siede described their recent visit for Homecoming and the traditional Friday night bonfire, and FJ Eicke recalled his days of playing football and rugby at the college. He was joined by spouse Cathy Eicke, both in from their home in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
They mingled with club President Ken Klemm, Dr. Richard and Michele Tupler, Dr. Robert and Charlotte Link and current student Jessica, Kirk Jones, Amie Patel, Dr. Aran Toshav, Kevin Wilkins and Ginny Wise, Anton and Jenna Hasenkampf, Ben Paly, Nayab Luqman, and Dee and Libby Flint (she was in one of the first classes to admit women) and two of their three Dartmouth children: Connor and Caitlin. Son Brian is a recent graduate and came in to the Crescent City from Philadelphia to join family and friends for Christmas.