The Mystic Krewe of Desk and Derrick gave “A Salute to our Men and Women in Uniform” at its 57th annual Industry Appreciation Mardi Gras Ball held Jan. 13 at the American Legion Hall. 

Queen Cherri Kinsey and King Earl Heard, of BIC Alliance, reigned over the gala, which honored members of the armed forces as well as first responders. Handmaiden to the queen was Allie Victoria Authement.

The theme was reflected throughout the ballroom with miniature American flags in red, white and blue containers on the tables. On the stage a backdrop of silver lamé embellished with shimmering stars formed the setting for the throne of blue mesh bunting and a huge silver star. Flags of the represented military branches lined the front edge of the stage.

Ball co-chairs Lisa McCoy and Jan Sauls welcomed guests, and President Lois Folse introduced master of ceremonies Dan Day of Eagle 98.1.

The tableau began with the presentation of 2017 royalty, Queen Sonya Ryder and King Johnny Ahysen, followed by ball Captain Timothy Crockett, of ExxonMobil Chemical Co. 

The Royal Court was then introduced.

Robin James escorted by Michael Alonso, retired U.S. Army, paid tribute to the U.S. Army. Justine Swarner escorted by Cody Jokinen, of After Five Formal Wear, honored the U.S. Marine Corps.

Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Philip Rupp escorted Vickie Crandell, who portrayed the Navy. Kareena McCoy, U.S. Air Force veteran, escorted by Graham Ulkins, of WAFB, paid tribute to the Air Force. Ellen Crockett escorted by Secretary of State Tom Schedler, portrayed the U.S. Coast Guard. Robin Tullier, representing the National Guard, was escorted by Josh Camp, of Sherwin-Williams.

The court raised a toast to all active military, veterans and those who serve as first responders and thanked them for their service. The court then promenaded in a second-line tossing beads to the guests who joined in. Following the tableau, members and guests danced to the music of the Don, Jared and Konspiracy Band.