There are few moments in a young woman’s life that mean as much as her debutante experience. Stepping into that spotlight in the white gown that you spent months and months shopping with your mother, grandmother, sister, etc., for is one not easily forgotten.
Such was the case for 16 young women presented at the Baton Rouge Delta Development Corp. and Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority’s 48th annual Debutante Cotillion Aug. 3 at the Crowne Plaza.
Chelsea Brianna Brown was crowned debutante queen of the festivities. The daughter of Nancy and Stephen Reed and the late Reginald R. Brown Jr. also received the top Entrepreneurial Award for selling the most ads for this year’s event.
Welcoming guests were corporation board chairwoman Rita M. Parham and alumnae chapter President Doris G. Brown. Brown and her fellow debutantes were introduced by mistress of ceremonies Denise S. Clark.
They included Briasia LaRaé Brown, daughter of Terri B. Bush, of Prairieville, and the Rev. Bobby Showers Jr., of Covington, and escorted by D’André Javon Bush; Kristina Alexandra Bynum, daughter of Rosetta A. and Stanford Bynum Sr., and escorted by Roland Marc Stewart; Laina Danielle Dabney, daughter of Kim Singleton Dabney and Joe L. Dabney, and escorted by Isaiah Myers IV; Brittany Nicole Dixon, daughter of Ruby and Lee Thomas Dixon Jr., and escorted by brother Lee T. Dixon; Tyra Jené Flowers, daughter of Tangie A. Flowers, of Baton Rouge, and Ricky Flowers, of Saginaw, Mich., and escorted by Kevin Patrick Domingue; Christa Nicole Hayes, daughter of Sharon and Tony Hayes, of Zachary, and escorted by Jubril Kogas; TáQuincya Andrea Marie Hitchens, daughter of Peadra Williams and Alona Brown, and escorted by Christian D’On Slaughter; and Jaila Zikeya Jones, daughter of Nicole Carter Coldwell and Christopher Jones, and escorted by Austin Matthew Davis.
Flowers was also chosen by her fellow debs to receive this year’s Miss Congeniality award. The Ora Nobles Evans Scholarship went to Morgan, the Virtle J. Jones Scholarship to King and the Sadie Conner Keel Scholarship to Bynum.
For an artist, that spotlight moment is opening night of your latest exhibit.
Artist members Mary Ann Caffery, Amy James and Brian Kelly were center stage at the Baton Rouge Gallery Aug. 7 for the latest exhibit featuring their latest works.
Not only did I get to visit with gallery director Jason Andreasen but also with board member Michael Robinson, Stafford Kendall and Advocate photographer Travis Spalding.
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours, runs through Aug. 29.
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