The Baton Rouge Assembly will present 13 debutantes at its annual ball Nov. 29 at the Baton Rouge River Center. The debutantes will be introduced to wives of Assembly members and their guests at a tea Wednesday at the Baton Rouge Country Club.
The 2013 debutantes are Anna-Marie Barone, daughter of Jeanne and Guy Santo Barone Jr.; Carly Kristin Berggreen, daughter of Dr. Charles and Cynthia Berggreen; Caroline Lancaster Bevan, daughter of George Paul and Mary-Virginia Bevan; Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Bourgeois, daughter of Samuel and Carolyn Bourgeois; Melissa Ashby Byrd, daughter of Dr. Richard and Lori Byrd; Susan Brooke Contois, daughter of Laura Brooks Witter and John Robert Contois Jr.; Katherine Butler Countryman, daughter of Clay and Shannon Countryman; Cammie Beatrice Heroman, daughter of Richard Brian and Debbie Heroman; Ashley Lauren Kober, daughter of Veda Lynn Norfolk Kober and the late Richard David Kober; Anna Katherine Miller, daughter of Elizabeth Barrett Griffin and William Alan Miller; Celeste Edell Perrin, daughter of Yvonne and Shepard Francis Perrin III, of Houston; Mary Kathryn Powell, daughter of Kimberly and Wilmer Gresham Powell III; and Sarah Palfrey Shoenfelt, daughter of Elizabeth Palfrey Shoenfelt and Oscar Leroy Shoenfelt III.
Anna-Marie Barone is the granddaughter of Tommy Ledet Gowdy and the late Ben Chamberlain Hamilton and the late Shirley and Guy Santo Barone Sr.Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Bourgeois is the granddaughter of Carolyn Leake McKowen Mundinger, Dan Mundinger, and the late Dr. David McKowen and Rose Butler Bourgeois, of Jeanerette, and the late St. Paul Bourgeois III. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends LSU, where she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Melissa Ashby Byrd is the granddaughter of Josie Newman Nelson and the late Rex Stewart Nelson and Dr. Millard Eugene and Winifred Byrd. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends Tulane University in New Orleans, where she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Susan Brooke Contois is the granddaughter of June and Laurance Waddill Brooks Jr. and Rebecca Stephens Christian and the late John Robert Contois. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attends LSU, where she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Her mother was presented by the Assembly in 1987.
Katherine Butler Countryman is the granddaughter of Sen. Thomas A. and Catherine Casey, of New Orleans, and Millard and Nancy Nelson Countryman, of Tyler, Texas. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and attends LSU, where she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Cammie Beatrice Heroman is the granddaughter of Jewel Scruggs and the late Billie Van Scruggs and Janet and William Joseph Heroman Sr. She is a graduate of University High School and attends LSU, where she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
Ashley Lauren Kober is the granddaughter of William Alvin Norfolk and the late Neveda “Veda” Brooks Norfolk and Beryl Kaufman Kober, of Lake Charles, and the late Lewis Kober. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School and attends Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Her mother, the former Veda Lynn Norfolk, was presented by the Assembly in 1972.
Anna Katherine Miller is the granddaughter of George Lee and Elizabeth Griffin and the late William Fredrick and Elizabeth Miller. She is a graduate of University High School and attends LSU, where she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Celeste Edell Perrin is the granddaughter of the late Jeanne Marie and Lester Wallace Edell Jr. and the late Elizabeth and Shepard Francis Perrin Jr. She is a graduate of Clear Lake High School in Houston and attends LSU, where she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
Mary Kathryn Powell is the granddaughter of Rodney Wallace Fyfield, of New Milford, Conn., and the late Ruby Fyfield Ford and the late Gloria and Wilmer Gresham Powell Jr. She is a graduate of The Dunham School and attends LSU, where she is a member of Chi Omega sorority.
Sarah Palfrey Shoenfelt is the granddaughter of the late Dr. William and Rosemary Palfrey and the late Elizabeth and Oscar Leroy Shoenfelt Jr. She is a graduate of Parkview Baptist School and attends Baton Rouge Community College. Her mother was presented by the Assembly in 1976.
The Baton Rouge Assembly was formed in 1961 by a group of Baton Rouge men who had grown up together when the city was just a small town. The founders realized that as the city grew rapidly after World War II, old friends were losing contact with each other. Because they wanted their children to know one another, they established the Baton Rouge Assembly as an organization to provide social contact with the common thread being family residence in the area prior to 1910.
Thomas Chalmers McKowen IV is this year’s Assembly chairman. John Kelly Fahrmann is the assistant chairman, Scott Joseph Folse is ball chairman, and John Michael Selser is the assistant ball chairman.
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