The 26th annual Beautillion took place with a focus on young men, their families and their futures. Formality, too. The hosting organization was the Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the location, the Xavier University-McCaffney Ballroom. Bryan L. Fulton was the master of ceremonies at “My Brother’s Keeper,” as the male cotillion was themed, and Anjanette B. Perkins, Beautillion Committee chairwoman, presided over the event.
Each year, one young man is crowned. Last year the honor befell Mr. Jordan Lumpkins, who in turn, crowned his 2014 “Mr. Beau” successor, Mr. Christopher Prevost, the son of Ms. LaTosha Prevost Scott. The mothers of Messrs. Lumpkins and Prevost were presented with the chapter’s signature long-stemmed tea roses enhanced with ferns, baby breath, and streamers of pink and green ribbons, the sorority’s colors.
Smiling as the Beaux presented were Messrs. Herbert Spurlock III, grandson of Mrs. Karen Legohn; DeJean Antoine Wilson, son of Mr. Saton Wilson and the late Ms. Tara Smith; Landon David White, son of Dr. Kirk M. and Mrs. Yvette Brown-White; Charles Carl Teamer III, son of Mr. Charles Jr. and Mrs. Karen Trass Teamer; Troy Michael Privott, son of Mr. Thomas Lovince and Ms. Yvette Alexis; Christopher D. Johns II, son of Mr. Chris Jr. and Mrs. Dionne Johns; Brandon Da’Jon Myers, son of Ms. Donna Myers and the late Mr. Ronald Myers; and Justin David Ambrose, son of Mr. Shelvin and Mrs. Chandra Napoleon Ambrose.
The event also hails boys, the Junior Beaux. Represented this year were Masters Omari Napoleon, son of Mr. William Napoleon III and Ms. LaTonya Lewis; Ty Woodfork, son of Mr. Henry Woodfork III and Mrs. Dana Woodfork; Jared Brooks, son of Mr. Willie and Mrs. Robin Brooks; and Sean Kawan Johnson Jr., son of Mr. Sean Johnson Sr. and Ms. LaShanda Prevost.
Figuring in the program’s procedure were Dwight Fitch Sr. and Connie Fitch for the music, 2014 Beautillion Co-Chairwoman Stephenie Marshall, the Rev. Aristide Marshall (who was accompanied by Glener Sylvester) for the invocation, the Centre Stage-School of dancing for entertainment, toastmaster Reginald Starks (with Cilleria McClendon), and chapter President Evelyn Francois for scholarships and awards. Yet another notable is Gloria C. Love, president of the GNO-ABO Charitable and Educational Foundation Inc.
In addition to the masculine focus, there was a feminine one. Processing as Belles were Misses Amara Elizabeth Skinner, goddaughter of Ms. Marcia Cottles-Williams; Chante Nicole Ward, daughter of Mr. George and Mrs. Treslian Ward; Jai Wilson, daughter of Ms. Nakisha Wilson; Alexis Verdin, daughter of Mr. Clarence and Mrs. Carolyn Verdin; Sarah Jocelyn Atherton, daughter of Mr. Edward Atherton and Ms. Paige Champagne; Alaina McClue, daughter of Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Darlene McClue; Alyssa Lonon, daughter of Mr. Chris Jr. and Mrs. Dionne Johns; Brooke Sylvester, daughter of Mr. Larry Sylvester and Mrs. Taijuana Sylvester; and Rhema Reshelle Washington, daughter of Mr. Roosevelt Washington and Ms. Florence Washington.
Applauding them were guests — among the many —Wanda and Calvin Wilson, Juaquana Stewart and Troave Profice, Fannie Reddix and Dawn Williams, Conchetta White Fulton (with the above master of ceremonies Bryan), Gloria Greer and Rachell Williams, Patricia Tillman and Centrell Ewell, Rodney Perkins and Ruth Kennedy, Barbara Brown and Patricia Wright, Torrey Lewis and Chimene G. Connor, and Lanette Rousseve and Cheryl Harris.
Highlights were extensive and included the presentation of scholarships and awards to each of the Beaux and Junior Beaux; the traditional Beaux Dance, a reception during which guests enjoyed crab cakes, shrimp pasta, jambalaya, assorted sandwiches, the signature AKA punch and Beautillion cake; and dancing. Respectively to the tunes of “Fascination,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “The Last Waltz,” the paired couples were Beaux and mothers, Beaux and Belles, and mothers and fathers/escorts. To conclude the evening, when the Beaux and their entourage enjoyed a host of compliments, open dancing invited everyone to the floor.
It was to The Irish House that members of the League of Women Voters headed for the annual meeting and luncheon. According to President Francine M. Giugno, “We all enjoyed the food, company and our guest speaker, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Kenneth Allen Polite Jr.” He spoke about his office, saying he’s increased the number of prosecutors addressing violent crimes and narcotic offenses, established the first “stand-alone” unit to address political corruption and civil rights litigation, and implemented programs that are proactive in preventing children from growing up and preventing crimes.
Nourishment of another sort came from the menu prepared by The Irish House of Caesar salad, quiche and apple crisp.
Among the notables were Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters Sandra Wilson, The Public Law Center executive director David Marcello, Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Bernadette D’Souza, and LWV first and second Vice Presidents Rosalind Cook and Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb. Also, Secretary Anne Middleton, Treasurer Judy Fisher and board members Wendy King, Anne Marie Dewey, and Pat Bedenbaugh. Outgoing board members counted Lea Young, Anne Meese, and Joyce Corrington. Joining in were Felicia Kahn, as well as Linda Walker and Lela Neff, LWV chairwomen, in turn, for Voter Service Committee and nominations.
League laurels went to the above Lea Young, who served as president for four different terms, the last being 2012-2013. She was particularly praised for her community work and leadership.
Around and About
The cover of the Beautillion program depicted three items that represent the annual male cotillion: a top hat, white gloves and black cane.
A top hat, plus gold-glittery outfits, outfitted the performers in the final, thrilling number of the musical, “A Chorus Line,” which just closed after packed houses in Dixon Hall of Tulane’s campus as the second production of Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University. Among those spotted in the opening night audience were Frank and Paulette Stewart, Linda and Gene Newton, Joe and Colette Stelly Friend, the Neil Shapiros, the Paul Deals, the Blair Scanlons, Anna Regnier, Charles and Myra Gaudin, Donna Kay Berger, Bonnie Talbot, Tom and Jane Wicker, Angela and Russ Carll, Carol Cave, Dena Jackson, and Eddie Bonin and Rene Fransen, who, as do some of the above-mentioned, serve on the Lyric Theatre’s Steering Committee, which is chaired by Mark and Barbara Workman.
Milling post-production were spouses Robert Pavlovich, Zach in the show, and Diana Lala, the director/choreographer. She’ll do the same for the third production, “Cabaret,” which opens for a long weekend run on July 31.
In a Sunday matinee for “Under the Boardwalk: Featuring The Big Easy Buddies” at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre were Cindy and Stan Ellington, Elizabeth and Emile Wagner, Joanne Catanese, and parents of that day’s four cast members in Adair and Rick Watkins, and Bette Arnold. (She and husband Alan Arnold are especially thanked in the printed program.) The show, which got several standing ovations was conceived by Richard Arnold and Kasey Marino and sports a rotating cast. The Sunday-matinee stars were Richard “Rich” Arnold, Marc Fouchi, Michael Taravella, and Adair Watkins, whose musical menu was doo-wop, Motown, The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons (as Valli boys).