Debutantes presented at Bal de Noël
Fifteen young women donned white ballgowns and long, white gloves before grabbing their nosegays and stepping into the spotlight to be presented at the Charity Ball Association’s 55th annual Le Bal de Noël on Dec. 28 at the Crowne Plaza. Welcoming the several hundred guests were association President Jennifer Strasner and ball co-chairwomen Connie Miller and Andrea VanBurkleo.
Bal de Noël
Master of ceremonies Gordon Walker introduced this year’s debutante coterie. It included Katherine Scarlett Bowler, daughter of Angela and Samuel Herpin and the late Dr. James Raymond Bowler III; Virginia Grace Butler, daughter of Leigh Ann and Dr. Danny Butler; Helene Engel Chastain, daughter of Joan and James R. “Sonny” Chastain Jr.; Caroline Catherine Couvillion, daughter of Jean and Marc Couvillion; Sydney Henson Field, daughter of Stephanie and David Field; Caroline Elise Grand, daughter of Stephanie and Trent Grand; Katherine Leigh Heroman, daughter of Denise and Mark Heroman; Maria Moonlee Karam, daughter of Jamie and Dr. Thomas Karam; Jennifer Louise Landry, daughter of Cissy and Dan Malone and Greg and Ray Landry; Elizabeth “Betsy” Kernan Patrick, daughter of Nell and Kirk Patrick III; Mary Jeannette Rolfsen, daughter of Jeannette and Dr. Michael Rolfsen; Mathilde Louise Silverberg, daughter of Marla and Dr. Joel Silverberg; Madison Alexa Smith, daughter of Renée and David Smith; Caroline Kate Valluzzo, daughter of Mary Kate and Tim Valluzzo, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; and Mary Emily Walke, daughter of Mary Leah and Martin Walke.
Katherine Bowler was escorted by friend Jack Denton Graham; Virginia Butler was escorted by her cousin, Charles Henry Rees; Helene Chastain was escorted by her brother, James Rodney Chastain III; Caroline Couvillion was escorted by friend Baylor Schexnayder; Sydney Field was escorted by her brother, David Estin Field Jr.; Caroline Grand was escorted by friend William Henry Syll III; Katherine Heroman was escorted by her brother, Christopher Joseph Heroman; Maria Karam was escorted by her cousin, Joshua Michael Karam; Jennifer Landry was escorted by her brother, Beauregard Robert Landry; Betsy Patrick was escorted by her brother, Tapper Joseph Patrick; Mary Rolfsen was escorted by her brother, Matthew Joseph Rolfsen; Mathile Silverberg was escorted by friend Andrew Wall Stephens; Madison Smith was escorted by friend William Franklin Monfort III; Caroline Valluzzo was escorted by friend David Kramer Peak; and Mary Walke was escorted by friend Thomas Ryne Clausen.
This year’s ball benefited the David Paul Learning & Community Enrichment Center. Association officers also include Andrea McKey, vice president; Margaret Boudreaux, secretary; Ellen Womack, treasurer; and Susan Donohue, debutante liaison.
Before checking in with the debs, I made a stop by “Petticoat Heaven,” which is what Mabel Smith and her late husband James dubbed the home where they raised six daughters. Rather apropos, don’t you think? Anyway, the reason for my visit was to help my friend celebrate her 100th birthday.
The birthday girl was looking as pretty as ever as she relished being the center of attention at the celebration hosted by daughters Janis Ashby, Lonnie Daggett, Marcia Empson, Dixie Guitreau and Kathleen Young. Daughter Brenda Hebert passed away in 2006, but I think she and her dad were probably smiling down at the family gathering. Miss Mabel’s actual birthday is Feb. 18, but with so many out-of-state family members able to attend because of the holiday, that seemed like the perfect time to hold the party. And even though it was family only, it was a large celebration because, aside from sons-in-law, there are 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
They weren’t debs, but several women were sporting gloves for the holiday tea at the Manship Theatre hosted by Louisiana Public Broadcasting prior to the sneak preview of the first hour of Season 4 of the hit series “Downton Abbey.” In fact, several tea partiers came dressed in period attire for the much-anticipated screening. The afternoon also included a Q&A with Meredith Veldman, an LSU associate professor of 19th- and 20th-century British history, as well as a trivia contest.
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