Spring is here! And not a moment too soon. We got an early taste at the 30th anniversary of the “Wearin’ of the Green” St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend. Thanks to Melissa Parmalee for being my sidekick for The Advocate’s live streaming webcast of all the festivities and to our sponsors: Varsity Sports, Goodwood Hardware, Party Time and Galatoire’s Bistro. A special shout out to Gary Dobbs, visiting from Hunstville, Alabama, for taking our photo!
The night before, Friday the 13th, was spent partying with some of the city’s most chic as last year’s best dressed hosted the traditional cocktail party fêteing this year’s honorees. Jennifer and Dr. Kevin McCarthy rolled out the welcome mat to their lovely home for the elegant affair. Jennifer was named best dressed last year along with her fellow hosts Gina Tharp, Anne McCanless, Meeta Williamson, Cherie Giblin, Betty Jackson, Helena Cunningham, Shanna Boudreaux, Jenny Gray, Jessica Johnson, Kitty Calabrese, Elizabeth McCollister, Susan Love, Ann Zedlitz, Darryl Ellis, Henry Watson, Jack Harris, Jack Hunt, Justin McDonald, Lew Parks, Rani Whitfield, Patrick Campbell, Roy Powell Davis, Casey Gautreau, Kahn Ho, Kenneth Brown, Greg Tramontin, Rhaoul Guillaume, Rick Bond, Nick Abraham, Ryan Engquist, Vince Cataldo, Jason Guerin, Kelly Sills and Derek Fitch.
On the 2015 list of best dressed are Robin Bonnette, Melissa Campbell, Stacey Davis, Laura Domingue, Leslie King, Heather Kleinpeter, Stephanie Marcello, Michele Percy, Brenda Phillips, Lexie Polito, Geno Borwn, Pete Bush, Brian Dantin, David Delucci, David Duggins, Todd Howell, Nathan Matticks, Rubin Patel, Taylor Robert and Blake Whittle.
Gayle Reuling, owner of Air Blow Dry Bar, hosted a fundraising social for the Cinderella Project and No Glass Slipper at the salon March 11, just days before the big prom dress giveaway. At that point, the project had collected 245 dresses to give away, and, aside from partnering with No Glass Slipper this year, was also teaming up with Jess’ Bra Closet to help ensure prom night was perfect for some deserving young women.
Ten graduating seniors were honored by the River Road Chapter of the National Charity League for their volunteer work in the Baton Rouge community at the annual Senior Soirée March 7 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. All total, they volunteered more than 236 hours of service in their final year of high school.
Welcoming guests were Co-chairwoman Kristy Mayes. The young women were introduced by emcee Michael Acaldo. As they were escorted by their fathers, junior class representatives Cole Catherine Dunnam and Caroline Mathews read the tributes each honoree wrote for her mother.
The honorees included Emily Iledah Aucoin, daughter of Suzanne and Timmy Aucoin; Grace Elizabeth Authement, daughter of Alison and Michael Authement; Peyton Olivia Gutierrez, daughter of Desirea and Daniel Gutierrez; Elle Lauren Keegan, daughter of Elena and Kyle Keegan; Amanda Nicole Liberty, daughter of Kathy and Jeff Liberty; Madelyn Nicole McKnight, daughter of Becky and Bryan McKnight; Erin Margaret O’Quinn, daughter of Beth and Frank O’Quinn; Kara Anne Peneguy, daughter of Teresa and Mark Peneguy; Marissa Anne Starks, daughter of Marilyn and Perry Starks; Rachel Rebecca Verret, daughter of Jane and Ted Verret.
Recognized with a small gift for their six years of membership were Aucoin, Keegan, McKnight, O’Quinn and Starks. Receiving the Mother/Daughter award for contributing over 50 philanthropy hours in this past year were Erin and Beth O’Quinn, Marissa and Marilyn Starks and Rachel and Jane Verret.
George Washington Ball
Over in Lafayette, the Galvez Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the Attakapas Chapter Sons of the American Revolution presented young patriots and debutantes at the 56th Annual George Washington Ball at the Petroleum Club. This year’s theme celebrated the 200th anniversary of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Master of ceremonies for the night was Ed Roy. Katherine Hill was chairwoman with F. Stan Hardee Jr. serving as ball captain. Ball marsha ls were William T. Rachal and Barbara de la Houssaye.
The debutantes are: C hloe Renée Dupleix, of Lafayette, daughter of Angela Ren é e Benedict and Robley Craig Dupleix. She was sponsored by her mother, of Galvez Chapter DAR.
L illie Noelle Dimond, of Overland Park, Kansas, daughter of Cathy Lancelotta and Robert L. Dimond. She was sponsored by her maternal grandmother, Marie Patricia Snyder, a former regent of Galvez Chapter DAR.
Veronica Marie Droulia, of Scott, daughter of Becky Baber-Droulia, and the late William A. Droulia. She was sponsored by her mother, of the Galvez Chapter DAR.
Mary Catherine Ortemond Franques, of Abbeville, daughter of Christy and André Charles Franques. She was sponsored by her cousin, Rosalind Moody Robertson, of the Acadia Chapter DAR.
Mary Virginia Guice, of Opelousas, daughter of Amy and Richard Gaiennie and Wes Guice, of Natchez, Mississippi. She was sponsored by her paternal grandmother, Lynda Virginia Guice of the Natchez Chapter DAR.
Katherine Anne Hayes, of Lafayette, daughter of Dr. Eric A. and Chris Hayes. She was sponsored by her father, a member of the Attakapas Chapter LSSAR.
Monica Lynn Hesse, of Lafayette, daughter of Cheryl and Stephen A. Hesse. She was sponsored by her mother and her maternal grandmother, Mona Clay, both of the Live Oak Chapter DAR.
Marie Teresa Hundley, of Branch, daughter of Clara and Nicholas Hundley Sr. She was sponsored by her mother, of Acadia Chapter DAR.
Sarah Kathryn Maraist, of Lafayette, daughter of Kathy and Dr. David V. Maraist Jr. She was sponsored by her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. David Maraist Sr., who belong to the Galvez Chapter DAR and Attakapas Chapter SAR.
Sydney Marcelle Vidrine, of Lafayette, daughter of Marilyn and William Charles Vidrine. She was sponsored by her great aunt, Mrs. Warren Rush, and her cousins, Gina Rush Calogero and Annette Rush Alford, all of the Galvez Chapter DAR.
And, Katherine Lindsey Vidrine, of Youngsville, daughter of Annette and Ken Vidrine. She was sponsored by her great aunt, Mrs. Warren Rush, and her cousins, Gina Rush Calogero and Annette Rush Alford, all of the Galvez Chapter DAR.
Young Patriots honored are: R ichard Bray Gremillion, son of Rae and Mark Gremillion of Lafayette. He was sponsored by his mother and grandmother, Ruth Saloom, both of the Galvez Chapter DAR.
C harles Linberg Lancelotta, of Sykesville, Maryland, son of Brenda and Frank R. Lancelotta III. He was sponsored by his paternal grandmother, Ma rie Patricia Snyder, of Lafayette.
Children attendants in the ball included Cecelia Cromwell, Julia Little, Will Little, James Shelton, Caroline Gentry, Emily Roy and Grace Rachal. The young men carried ceremonial swords, which were used in the traditional cake-cutting ceremony. The young ladies helped roll out the cake and also passed out gifts to the honorees.
Members of the escort committee included John Broussard, Dr. Eric Hayes, Sean M. Hayes, Nick Hundley Jr., Frank Lancelotta, Dr. David Maraist Jr., Chris M. Roy and A. J. Thomas.
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