Every time I think of think of debutantes, the lyrics “girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes” from “The Sound of Music’s” “My Favorite Things” pops into my head and sticks for the rest of the day. I found myself humming it four days after Christmas while getting ready to go take photos of this year’s Charity Ball Association debutante coterie.
Bal de Noël
The organization presented 18 young women at its annual Le Bal de Noël at the Crowne Plaza. Welcoming the several hundred guests were association President Lisa Mayeaux and ball chairwomen Cory Leonard and Jennifer Ward.
Making their way through the elaborate garden gates were Anne Wilhelmina Boudreaux, daughter of Margaret and Emmett Boudreaux, escorted by Elliott Edward Boudreaux; Irene Riley Brooksher, daughter of Dr. Steven and Margaret Brooksher, escorted by Matthew Jordan Brooksher; Sydney Kathryn Rose Duhé, daughter of Staci and Craig Duhé, escorted by William Gerard Duhé; Francesca Alexandra Ferrara, daughter of Dede and Frank “Skip” Ferrara, escorted by Joshua Michael Karam; Anna Howell Field, daughter of Dr. Mark and Kelly Field, escorted by John Graydon Lewis II; Sarah Elizabeth Grand, daughter of Stephanie and Trenton Grand, escorted by Maxwell Dirk Eysink; Mary Elizabeth Grey, daughter of Emily and Charles Grey III, escorted by Edward Byrne Grey; Lillian Ann Johnson, daughter of Vickie and Trey Johnson, escorted by Ryan Anthony DeJean; and Caroline Jane Barbara Kerr, daughter of Eleanor and Pat Kerr, escorted by Charles Parker Cooper.
Also, Madeleine Rae LeBlanc, daughter of Aimée and George Le - Blanc, escorted by Foster Lee deGeneres; Anna Claire Maxwell, daughter of Susan and Billy Maxwell, escorted by Turner Andrew Graham; Elise Katherine McCanless, daughter of Dr. Chris and Anne McCanless, escorted by Otey Benjamin White; Anna -C laire Shields Regan, daughter of Dr. Leo and Carol Regan, escorted by Francis Ronald Lewis III; Kalli Elizabeth Roberts, daughter of Brandli Roberts and Paul Roberts, escorted by Robert Buie Bankston; Hannah Elizabeth Rougon, daughter of Becky and Major Rougon, escorted by Ashley Kenneth Chavis; Elizabeth Jane Sherman, daughter of Jane and Dr. Stephen Sherman, escorted by Bennett Oliver Sherman; Virginia Kate Valluzzo, daughter of Mary Kate and Timothy Valluzzo, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, escorted by Charles Leake Valluzzo II; and Amy Bartlett Van Burkleo, daughter of Andrea and Pat Van Burkleo, escorted by Patrick Miller Van Burkleo.
Over the past 57 years, the association has contributed more than $350,000 to benefit various charitable organizations. This year’s recipient was the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition. After dancing to the sounds of Jubilation, everyone was ready for the late-night breakfast finale.
Happy New Year!
The tune stuck in my head New Year’s Eve was “Auld Lang Syne.” And one of my favorite ways to ring in the new year is at the open house hosted by Ann and Rob Guercio . I can count on an annual sighting of a certain group of folks, scrumptious food and an array of adult libations. Then there’s the midnight fireworks display.
I loved getting to visit with Jane Wood, Dana Cummings, “Ms. William” Roy, Tommy Sessions, Ann and Steve Storey, Debbie and Rickey Heroman, Kathleen and Vic Howell, Chet Folks, Roy Powell Davis, Madel yn C arroll, Cheramie Sonnier and daughter Gillian, Claire Wilson, Terri and Conway LeBlanc, Benjamin LeBlanc, Merritt Guercio and, of course, my gracious hosts.
It was the second night in a row that I partied with Terri and son Benjamin. They were part of an entourage of Dancing for Big Buddy folks that gathered at Sullivan’s for a holiday beverage on New Year’s Eve eve. Terri is co-chairing this year’s April 23 gala along with Erica Mercer, who was joined by her new beau, Dustin Denicola, for the impromptu celebration.
2016 Star Dancer Dixon McMakin was holding court in his LSU Elvis costume. I just had to ask if he kept it in the trunk of his car for just such occasions. Seems he was headed to another “planned” event once he left us. Aside from yours truly, other alumni dancers in attendance included Reid Bateman, Layne McDaniel and Leo Verde, who popped in as his Sullivan’s GM duties allowed.
Speaking of Sullivan’s staffers, I was thrilled to be welcomed into the restaurant by buddy and restaurant veteran Larry Tindle, who’s now working there. Now there’s yet another reason to go have dinner at Sullivan’s.
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