Locals honored during 50th 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 as 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.

A number of local young adults were among the debuntants and young patriots recognized during the introductions, including:

Andre Jude Carr, son of Dr. Michelle M. Carr of Crowley, who is a student at Notre Dame High School. His revolutionary ancestor was Ensign Louis de Villers of Louisiana. His sponsor is his mother and his grandmother, Adele Barousse Carr of Crowley.

Justin David Doucet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary James Doucet of Church Point, who is a student at Notre Dame High School. His revolutionary ancestor was Private Andrew Kersh of South Carolina. He is sponsored by his grandmother, Florine Daigle of Church Point.

Mary Gayle Hensgens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Joseph Hensgens of Crowley, who is a student at Louisiana State University. Her revolutionary ancestor was Private Jean George Stelly of Louisiana. She is sponsored by her grandmother , Mrs. B. I. Moody III of Crowley.

Emily Maureen LaLande, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark LaLande of Lafayette, who is a student at St. Thomas More High School. Her revolutionary ancestor was Private Augustine Broussard of Louisiana. She is sponsored by her cousin, Suzanne Leleux Eason of Lafayette.

Pascal Louis LaLande, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark LaLande of Lafayette, who is a student at St. Thomas More High School. His revolutionary ancestor was Private Augustine Broussard of Louisiana. He is sponsored by his cousin, Suzanne Leleux Eason of Lafayette.

Mary Grace Leonards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Gregory Leonards, Sr. of Crowley, who is a student at Louisiana State University. Her revolutionary ancestor was Private Jean George Stelly of Louisiana. She is sponsored by her grandmother , Mrs. B. I. Moody III of Crowley.

Kelli Resi Pinac, daughter of Mr. Gillis James Pinac of Crowley, and Mrs. Phyllis Owens, also of Crowley, who is a student at Notre Dame High School. Her revolutionary ancestor was Patriot John Moss, Sr. of Virginia. She is sponsored by her grandmother, Mrs. Andre L. Pinac, Jr. of Crowley.

Anne Kathryn Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Phillip Thomas of Lafayette, who is a student at St. Thomas High School in Lafayette. Her revolutionary ancestor was Alexander Robert McAlpin of South Carolina. She is sponsored by her mother, Peggy Harmon Thomas of Lafayette.

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