Debutantes are decking the halls
It’s the time of year for girls in white dresses and, no, I’m not talking about brides. Here in Baton Rouge it’s debutante season, and two groups presented their coteries over the Thanksgiving weekend.
First up was the Baton Rouge Assembly, which introduced its 13 debutantes during its annual ball at the Baton Rouge River Center on Nov. 29. Welcoming members and guests was Assembly Chairman Tom McKowen IV.
Making their debut were Anna-Marie Barone, daughter of Jeanne and Guy Barone Jr.; Carly Berggreen, daughter of Cynthia and Dr. Charles Berggreen; Caroline Lancaster Bevan, daughter of Mary-Virginia and George Bevan; Libby Bourgeois, daughter of Carolyn and Samuel Bourgeois; Missy Byrd, daughter of Drs. Lori and Richard Byrd; Brooke Contois, daughter of Laura Witter and John Contois Jr.; Kate Countryman, daughter of Shannon and Clay Countryman; Cammie Heroman, daughter of Debbie and Rickey Heroman; Ashley Kober, daughter of Veda Kober and the late Richard Kober; Anna Katherine Miller, daughter of Beth Griffin and William Miller; Celeste Perrin, daughter of Yvonne and Shepard Perrin III, of Houston; Mary Kathryn Powell, daughter of Kim and Bucky Powell; and Sally Shoenfelt, daughter of Elizabeth Shoenfelt and Oscar Shoenfelt III.
Berggreen was presented by Assembly Assistant Chairman Scott Folse; Contois by her grandfather, Laurance W. Brooks Jr.; Countryman was presented by ball Chairman John Selser Jr.; Kober was presented by her grandfather, William Norfolk; Miller was presented by her grandfather, Lee Griffin; and Shoenfelt by Patrick Broderick. The other debs were presented by their fathers.
Music for the presentation was by the Brad Walker Orchestra. Following the presentation, members and guests danced to the Shaon and Success Band. After the ball, the debs’ parents hosted a midnight breakfast in the River Center.
The debs began their day with a rehearsal under the direction of debutante co-chairwomen Cindy Stewart and Heather Woolf and former debutante Sheryl Womack. They were assisted by debutante chaperones, Ashley Lawson and Mary Beth Armstrong. Following the rehearsal, McKowen welcomed the debutantes and their presenters to a brunch at the City Club, where each deb received a Mignon Faget Red Stick pendant to commemorate the occasion.
Bal de la Symphonie
The following evening, 19 senior members of Les Jeunes Amies were presented at the Baton Rouge Symphony League’s annual Bal de la Symphonie at the Crowne Plaza. Welcoming guests and sponsors were Symphony League President Louann Bombet, ball Chairwoman Mary Jane Dillenberger and her Co-chairwoman Michelle Fisher.
As each debutante was introduced by emcee Ronnie Johnson, symphony board President John D’Angelo presented her with a silver tussie mussie of red sweetheart roses.
Taking their bows that evening were Kelli Aultman, daughter of Aimée and Chad Aultman; Conley Bourgeois, daughter of Anna and Saint Bourgeois; Angelle Budenski, daughter of Donna A. Budenski; Sara Caballero, daughter of Mimi and George Caballero; Alyssa Davis, daughter of Lisa and Drew Davis; Katie Fisher, daughter of Heidi Fisher and Brian Fisher; Madison Foust, daughter of Beth Foust, and Todd and Stephanie Foust; Natalie Lewis, daughter of Kathryn and Ron Lewis; and Margaret Mangelli, daughter of Lydia and Louis Mangelli.
Also, Myracle McCoy, daughter of Tawayla and Thaddeus McCoy; Katie Pate, daughter of Amy Pate and the late Brian McNeill; Victoria Pipes, daughter of Stephanie and Ron Babb, and Randy and Barbee Pipes; Tyler Rice, daughter Cindy and Jeff Rice; Emily Risher, daughter of Dr. Melinda Frantz and James Risher; McKenzie Schexnayder, daughter of Bridgit and Mark Schexnayder; Madeline Sparks, daughter of Michelle and John Sparks; Madeline Stauss, daughter of Jennifer and Edward Stauss; Audrey Tallis, daughter of Alice and Mark Tallis; and Morgan Tatman, daughter of Maria and David Tatman.
Davis was escorted by her uncle, Bryan Budenski; Pate by her grandfather, Daniel McNeil. The other debs were escorted by their fathers.
A 13-piece ensemble from the Baton Rouge Symphony performed during the presentation and played two traditional waltzes under the direction of Louisiana Youth Orchestra Director David Torns. The V-Tones provided the evening’s entertainment for members and their guests. Other Symphony League members assisting with the ball were Ann LeBlanc Guercio, Tranane Lissard, Adrienne Gale and Michelle Pricer.
Following the ball, the 30 Frasier fir trees donated by Mitch and Kristy Mayes of Louisiana Nursery Home & Garden Showplace and the ornaments made by Les Jeunes Amies were transported to area children’s organizations and local families in need with the assistance of Volunteers of America, Potters House and Connections for Life. The table centerpieces were delivered to area nursing homes as one of the LJA’s service projects.
Jupiter & Juno
Drs. Jonathan and Yolunda Taylor were crowned as King Jupiter XI and Queen Juno XI at the Krewe of Jupiter & Juno coronation Nov. 16 at The Lyceum. Crowning the 2014 royals were King Jupiter X David Villneuve and Queen Juno X Terrie Thomas.
Krewe Captain Linda Hendricks presided over the formal ceremony, which included the introduction of 2014 Ball Captain Amy Kurtz, of Albany, and her shadow, Catherine Reily Stoutz, daughter of Dana and McHardy Stoutz, of Luling. Other members of the 2014 royal court introduced were Lady Lisa Melancon Thibodaux; princesses Beatrice Claire Schexnayder, daughter of Laura and Harold Schexnayder, and Caroline Anne LeBlanc, daughter of Wendy and Mark LeBlanc; squires Dawson Michael and Edward Preston Stoeckle, sons of Lori and Justin Stoeckle; and pages Claire Frances Tramonte, daughter of Betsey and Jarrod Tramonte, and Sophia Elizabeth Barber, daughter of Sabrina and David Barber.
The theme for the krewe’s Jan. 25 ball and Feb. 15 parade is “Romancing the Ages.”
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