Advocate staff report
January 26, 2013
The Mystic Krewe of Desk and Derrick gave “A Toast to the Industry” at its 52nd annual Mardi Gras Ball and Industry Appreciation Night on Jan. 19 at the American Legion Hall on Wooddale Boulevard.
The theme was reflected throughout the ballroom with cocktail-themed items on the tables. On the stage a backdrop of gold lamé adorned with sparkling cutouts in the shape of different cocktail glasses formed the setting for the thrones of silver, gold and black velvet brocade. Flanking the steps to the stage and entryway to the ballroom were helium balloons in the shape of different cocktail glasses. Tables for each of the maids were coordinated to match the colors of their dresses and decorated with boas and twinkling tea lights.
Julius Bedford, of the ExxonMobil Lubricants Plant, reigned as king, and Rory Denicola, of ExxonMobil Public Affairs, was queen.
Sherry Evans, ExxonMobil Human Resources, served as ball captain and set the tone of the evening’s pageantry representing the Silver Cocktail Shaker.
Maids were introduced portraying various cocktails. Representing the favorite pick-me-up Bloody Mary was Dee Fellows, escorted by Paul Stratford, of ExxonMobil Chemical Co. The famous Hurricane was represented by Cherri Kinsey, escorted by Mark Kinsey, of Entergy Nuclear. Jerry Mack, escorted by Dan Slecker, of Albemarle Corp., represented the aloha state’s Blue Hawaii.
Representing the tequila-laced margarita was Katherine Kirby, escorted by Bill Dufrene, of the Safety Alliance Council. Escorted by David Dartez, ExxonMobil Human Resources’ Kristy Lewis portrayed the deceivingly potent Long Island Iced Tea.
Her majesty Denicola entered the ballroom where she was joined by King Bedford for the promenade and ascent to the throne. Handmaiden to the queen was Emily Denicola. Page to the king was Tyler Childres.
Returning royalty, 2012 Queen Maxine Lawson, was introduced on the arm of her husband, Mark Lawson. The 2012 king, Jay Dardenne, was unable to attend.
Mistress of ceremonies was WAFB-TV anchor Donna Britt, and music was by Local Option 2. Photography was by Rip’s Photography, of Zachary.
Ball chairwoman was Rory Denicola. Script was by Lois Folse.
Beth Cannon is president of the Desk and Derrick Club of Baton Rouge.