50th annual George Washington Ball

The Galvez Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Attakapas Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution,

recently held the 50th annual George Washington Ball on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the Lafayette Petroleum Club.

The theme of this year’s ball was “Heroines of the American Revolution” and fresh floral decorations were enhanced with gold accents for the 50th anniversary celebration. The ball honored eleven debutantes and nine young patriots, whose ancestors took part in America’s fight for independence.

Mrs. Archibald Govan Hill IV was the general chairman of the ball. Compatriot F. Stanton Hardee, Jr., of Kaplan, of the Attakapas Chapter LSSAR, served as captain of the ball and former Lafayette Mayor Dudley Lastrapes, served of master of ceremonies. Mrs. Fredrick M. de la Houssaye, of Crowley, honorary state regent LSDAR, of Crowley, was the marshal of the ball, and Compatriot Malcolm J. Domingue, led the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as the National Anthem. Mrs. Karl James Mestrayer served as ball choreographer, Mrs. Margaret Villimez of Abbeville served on the Board of Directors and Ms. Rose Hagood served on the DAR committee.

Following the formal presentation of the debutantes and young patriots, the program culminated in the cutting of the ceremonial George Washington cake. The cake was rolled into the presentation area by the young Revolutionary descendents, and cut with commemorative swords by Compatriot Tyson Cromwell and Mrs. I.W. Russek. Each debutante and patriot was presented with an engraved silver Paul Revere bowl to commemorate the occasion. The evening continued with dinner and dancing.

Participants from the first George Washington Ball, including F. Stanton Hardee of Kaplan and Mrs. Charles White of Lafayette, were honored at this years’ ball. Young revolutionary ball participants, Master Colt and Master Jake Hardee, served as third generation participants, as their grandfather had carried the American Flag in the first George Washington Ball in 1959, and their father had also participated in a previous George Washington Ball.

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