An Evening in Paris
Krewe de la Noblesse held its 24th Annual Ball on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mr. Dale Mann.
The presentation began with the posting of colors by the Third Battalion, 156th Infantry Division of the Louisiana National Guard and the singing of the National Anthem, followed by a salute to the Krewe’s Imperial Crest.
The 2008-2009 Board Members were then presented.
Members of the 2009 Board of Directors
From left to right: second vice-president Johnny Conn, Krewe Representative Polly Richards, first vice-president Antony Vincent, Captain Leo Reddoch, President ValoryNorwood, Treasurer Bill McCurley, Secretary Brenda Cimmini
The pageant continued with the introduction and farewell to the past court.
King Gabrielle Noblesse the 23rd, Mr. Tom Conner
his wife Queen Ashley Noblesse the 23rd, Mrs. Dorothy Conner
Duke and Duchess, Shane and Katina Cooper
Duke and Duchess, Danny and Colleen DiPetta
Duke and Duchess, John and Judy Porche’
Then, the highlight of the evening, the presentation of the 2009 Royan Court
Representing Jean Baptiste Colbert, French Minister of Finance under King Louis XXIV.
Captain Leo Reddoch III
Captain Leo, a local business owner, is married to the former Heather Wells. He is the father of three children.
Leo has been a Krewe member since 1997 and Has served as Captain since 2004
Leo and his wife Heather were Duke and Duchess in 1997 (Noblesse Salutes Disney)
and King and Queen in 2002 (Holliday Celebrations).
Queen Ashley Noblesse XXIV
Christine, a graduate of Barbe High School, is a Loan Processor at First Federal Bank of Louisiana. Christine has three children – Brandon Soileau, Cody Soileau, and Jenny Soileau and is awaiting the birth of her first grandchild this spring. She is an active member of St. Martin De Pores Catholic Church and enjoys gardening in her spare time.
Duke and Duchess of Culture of History in the Ages
Brian and Kim Reeves
Duke Brian, an Electrical Supervisor at PPG Industries, is a board member for PPG Recreation Association and enjoys ducking hunting, fishing, deer hunting and playing golf. Duchess Kim, a former Pre-K teacher, is in the Louisiana Army National Guard of Lake Charles where she serves as Family Readiness Group Leader and the Battalion Point of Contact. She enjoys spending time with family, scrap-booking, and shopping. The couple are members of the First Baptist Church, Krewe de L’Ecore and Krewe d’lamitie and are the parents of two, Shawnya Fontenot and Tony Reeves. They have one granddaughter Peyton Michelle Fontenot
The Duke and Duchess of Culture Arts and Romance
Robin and Yvonne Jacobs
Duke Robin is a graduate Florida State and employed as an Electrician at PPG Industries. Duchess Yvonne is graduate of Sowela Technical College and employed by McNeese State University as a Human Resource Benefit Specialist. She is also a Director for Pampered Chef. The couple are the proud parents of four – Freddie Felice, Matthew Jacobs, Megan Jacobs, and Melissa Jacobs-LaRocca. They enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and making memories with their granddaughters Kadee and Paige Felice.
The Duke and Duchess of Culture of Opera and Entertainment
Tommy and Leah Brame
Duke Tommy, an employee of PPG Industries, is a graduate of Sulphur High School and attending LSU. The Duke is an avid hunter and fishermen. Duchess Leah, a third grade teacher at W. T. Henning Elementary, is graduate of Sulphur High School and McNeese State University. She is a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and enjoys shopping in her spare time. The couple are the parents of two daughters, Kellery Brame and Kimberly Brame Glasspool
The Duke and Duchess of Culture of Excitement
Anthony and Mary Vincent
Duke Anthony is a self employed carpenter and a hunting guide at Little Chenier Hunting Club. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping. The Duke also is First Vice President of the Krewe. Duchess Mary is a stay at home mom. The couple enjoys camping at Toledo Bend and Mardi Gras and are members of Sacred of Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Creole. They are the proud parents of four, Vincent, Cody, Bethany and Cami Vincent. Their first grandchild is due in February.
2009 Royal Court
Following the traditional promenade and toast by the Royal Court, members and guest enjoyed the remainder of the evening dancing and merriment.
Barbara Caraway is the daughter is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Julius (LaDonna) Caraway, III and niece of Krewe Member, Danee’ Caraway. She is a graduate of Lacassine High School where she valedictorian of her senior class and was named the United Way Hall of Fame winner and Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist. Barbara is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of McNeese State University receiving a BS Degree in Biology. While at MSU she was on the Track and Field and Cross County teams, Miss McNeese 2006, Pre-med Society President, Seniors Honors Research Program, Homecoming Court, and was a member of the Alpha Lamda Delta serving as President 2004-2005. She volunteers her time at the Calcasieu Community Clinic as well as Our Lady Queen of Heaven’s Youth group. In her spare time she enjoys running, dancing, meeting new people and pilates. She was escorted by her father.
Katarina Caraway is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Julius (LaDonna) Caraway, III and niece of Krewe Member, Danee’ Caraway. Katarina is a graduate of Lacassine High School where she was Valedictorian of her graduating class. While in high school Katarina was on the Homecoming Court her senior year, served as Student Council President, Class President for three years, a member of the FBLA, 4-H, BETA Club, French Club and the National Honor Society. She was listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and participated in Cross Country, Track, Tennis, and Cheerleading. In her spare time she volunteers as a teacher for St. John’s Vacation Bible School , St. John’s Bazaar, and visiting the sick and elderly. She currently attends McNeese State University where she is a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field Teams, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta, the McNeese Catholic Student Center & Newman Club and on the 2008 Fall Homecoming Court. She was escorted by her father.
Shelly Conn is the granddaughter of Krewe Members Johnny and Sue Conn and the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John (Kristi) Conn of Orange, Texas. She is a senior at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School. Shelly is a member of the Varsity Basketball team and is a Pharmacy Tech. In her spare time Shelly enjoys sports and volunteers annually for the Relay for Life. She was escorted by her father.
Lindsay Duff is the niece of Krewe Members John and Dianna Davenport of Port Neches, Texas. She is the daughter of Rebecca Angle and Larry Duff. Lindsay, a graduate of Port Neches High School, has a sister, Lauren and brother, Alex. She is attending Lamar University and is employed in the Customer Service Department at Dillards and is a volunteer at the Human Society. She was escorted by her uncle John Davenport.
Morgan Nicole Smith is the daughter of Mr. Jerry Smith and the late Pat Smith of West Monroe, Louisiana, and niece of Krewe Members Rob and Gloria Robinson. She is a graduate of West Monroe High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, SADD, and the Spanish Club. Morgan, a COM-STEM scholarship recipient, is attending McNeese State University majoring in Radiology Technology. She enjoys playing the piano and working. Morgan was escorted by her father.