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Noblesse Shines



Krewe de la Noblesse held its 25th Annual Ball on Saturday, January 23, 2010 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.



In celebration of the Silver anniversary of the Krewe:

Founding Co-Captain Ms. Alice Manning-Bowers Was Presented, escorted by her husband, Joey Bowers
Ms. Manning was founding Co-Captain from 1985 through 1989

Kings and Queens of the past 25 years were presented:

1987 – Richard & Marilyn Breaux

1990 – Loran White & Roxana White Shell

1991 – Dr. Anita Fields Gold (escort husband Maurice Gold)

1992 – John & Polly Richards

1995 – Troy & Carrol Portie’

1996 – Mike Giles & Margaret Ellis Cromwell

1997 – Keith & Ellen Jagneaux

1998 – Rene’ & Pat Vera

1999 – Kenny & Valerie Norwood

2000 – Joey & Dr. Julie Angers

2001 – Jack & Barbara Chiasson

2002 – Leo & Heather Reddoch

2003 – Richard & Theresa Michels

2004 – Dr. Bobby & Toni Caraway

2005 – Doug & Paulette Talley

2007 – Russ & Eileen Grantham

2008 – Thomas & Dorothy Conner

2009 – Christine Soileau (escort Keith Fontenot)

The 2009-2010 Board Members were then presented.

 Mrs. Valerie Norwood, President escorted by her husband Kenneth Norwood

Mr. Anthony Vincent, First Vice President, escorted by his wife Mary

Mr. Johnny Conn, Second Vice President, escorted by his wife Sue

Mrs. Brenda Cimini, Secretary, escorted by her husband Joe

Mr. Bill McCurley, Treasurer, escorted by his wife Virginia

Mrs. Polly Richards, Krewe Representative, escorted by her brother-in-law, Ron Lyon.


Members of the 2010 Board of Directors

Standing, from left to right: Treasurer Bill McCurley President Valerie Norwood,  Captain Leo Reddoch,  Secretary Brenda Cimini, first vice-president Anthony Vincent, second vice-president Johnny Conn,  and seatesd, Krewe Representative Polly Richards

The pageant continued with the introduction and farewell to the past court.

Queen Ashley Noblesse the 24rd, Christine Soileau

Duke and Duchess, Brian and Kim Reeves

Duke and Duchess, Robin and Yvonne Jacobs

Duke and Duchess, Tommy and Leah Brame

Duke and Duchess, Anthony and Mary Vincent


The 2010 Debutantes were presented to members and guests


Amanda Holly Ritter Bayley Marie Schendel Cami Lyn Vincent
About Amanda About Bayley   About Cami


Celeste Ann Leger Emily Ann Abshire Maggie Holmes Ritter
About Celeste About Emily   About Maggie



Then, the highlight of the evening, the presentation of the 2010 Royal Court



King Gabriel XXV and Queen Ashley Noblesse XXV

Richard and Mary Anne Holmes

Richard, is a graduate of Baldwin Township High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He retired from PPG after 32 years of service. He is a member of the PPG Family Association, and a volunteer for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Mary Anne is a graduate of St. Francis de Sales Academy, Houma, Louisiana and Hotel Dieu School of Nursing, New Orleans, Louisiana. A Registered Nurse, she retired from St. Patrick’s Hospital after 23 years of service and Oxy Chemicals after 5 years of service. She is a member of Mardi Gras SWLA, has volunteered with the Children’s Miracle Network and serves on the Board of Villa Maria Retirement Center.

Dick and Mary Anne attend Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church where they are Eucharistic Ministers and involved in several other ministries. They are the proud parents of five – Holly Ritter, Karen Boggs, John Holmes, Mindy Abshire, and Nancy Holmes; and grandparents of eleven.

Dick and Mary Ann have both served on the Noblesse Board of Directors and Mary Anne served as captain in 2004. They were Duke and Duchess in 1989 (Circus - Circus).


Representing the force of nature: WATER

Captain Emeritus Richard Breaux and His Escort Marilyn Breaux

Richard is a retired businessman and enjoys hunting, fishing, and gardening. He and wife Marilyn Fontenot Breaux are the parents of four – Ricky Breaux, Vickie Breaux Michaud, Geneva Breaux and Jason Breaux.

Richard served as captain from 1990 thru 1995 and again in 1998. 

Richard and Marilyn were King and Queen in 1987 (Knights of the Roundtable)



Representing the force of nature: FIRE

Captain Emeritus Joey Angers and His Escort Dr. Julie Angers

Joey is a graduate of University of Louisiana Lafayette and is Gulf Coast Region Vice President for McJunkin Redman Corporation. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Baton Rouge and are the parents of three – Joey, Nicole and Thomas. In his spare time he enjoys golf and fishing.

Joey served as Captain in 1996 & 1997

Joey and Julie were Duke and Duchess in 1991 (Noblesse Tours Broadway), and King and Queen in 2000 (Noblesse Journeys to the Far East).



Representing the force of nature: WIND

Captain Emeritus Keith Jagneaux and His Escort Ellen Jagneaux

Keith is a graduate of Lake Charles High School, an honor graduate of Sowela Technical Institute of Culinary Arts and is an American Culinary Federation award recipient. He is in the process of obtaining his Master Chef’s designation and is the Executive Chef at the Lake Charles Country Club. Keith and his wife Ellen have been married 31 years and are the parents of three sons – Adam, David and Jason. Keith enjoys hunting, camping, fishing, and riding his Harley.

Keith served as Captain from 2001 thru 2003. He was Duke in 2005 (Nobless' Roaring 20th) and again in 2007 (Shakespearean Interlude). He and Ellen were Duke and Duchess in 1993 (Noblesse Encounters Europe), and King and Queen in 1997 (Noblesse Salutes Disney).



Representing the force of nature: THE TREE OF LIFE

Captain Leo Reddoch and His Escort Heather Reddoch

Leo and Heather, the former Heather Wells, are residents of Lake Charles and the owners of Reddoch Land Surveying, Gulf Coast Unishippers, Western Shipping Group of New Mexico, and Ship It All of Beaumont, Texas. They are the parents of three sons – Jason, Grant, and Alec. Leo is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and enjoys sailing, hunting, fishing and golf.

Leo has been a Krewe member since 1997 and Has served as Captain since 2004. He and Heather were Duke and Duchess in 1997 (Noblesse Salutes Disney) and King and Queen in 2002 (Holliday Celebrations).




2010 Royal Court


Royal Entertainment for the evening was provided by Werner Brothers Recording Artist and McNeese State graduate,
Louisiana Man, Doug Kershaw.


Following the traditional promenade and toast by the Royal Court, members and guest enjoyed the remainder of the evening dancing and merriment. 

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Amanda Holly Ritter, daughter of Paul and Holly Ritter, was sponsored by her grandparents, Krewe Members Dick and Mary Anne Holmes. Amanda is a 2007 graduate of North Shore High School in Slidell, Louisiana, where she was a member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. She is currently a junior at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana where she is majoring in nursing. Amanda plans to continue her education to become a nurse practitioner. She has been named to both the Dean’s and the President’s List and is very active in the Baptist College Ministry. She enjoys jogging and this past November participated in the 10K Crescent Cities Classic in New Orleans. Amanda was escorted by her grandfather Dick Holmes.


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Bayley Marie Schendel, daughter of Robert and Linda Schendel, was sponsored by her grandparents, Krewe Members Richard and Theresa Michels. She is a senior at Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Upon graduation Bayley plans on attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, most likely to pursue courses in Special Education or the Arts. Bayley loves to read and write short stories. She is a member of the Girls Gymnastics and Girls Soccer teams and serves as a manager for the Boys Gymnastic Team. She is also a member of the Yoga Club and the Mighty Mustang Mentors who counsels and assist other student. She was escorted by her grandfather, Richard Michels.

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Cami Lyn Vincent, daughter of Krewe Members, Anthony and Mary Vincent, is a 2007 Honors Graduate of South Cameron High School where she was a member of the Beta Club, the Future Business Leaders of America, and the Girls Basketball Team. Upon graduation she was awarded the Tops Scholarship and currently attends Sowela Community College majoring in Process Technology where she has been named to the Dean’s List. Cami is a member of the Junior Catholic Daughters and the Youth Group at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Creole, Louisiana. She enjoys shopping, hanging out with friends and family and riding four wheelers and is a huge McNeese and LSU fan. Cami was escorted by her father.

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Celeste Leger, daughter of Krewe Members Herman and Ann Leger, is a 2009 graduate of Alfred Barbe High School. While attending Barbe she participated in volleyball and softball. She plans on attending college in the future and is currently employed at Raising Canes. In her spare time she enjoys riding her four wheeler, boating, fishing and camping with her family and friends. Celeste was escorted by her father.

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Emily Abshire, granddaughter of Krewe Members, Dick and Mary Anne Holmes, was escorted by her father, Kevin Abshire. Emily, daughter of Kevin and Mindy Abshire, is a 2009 Honors Graduate of Bishop Nolan Catholic High School in Ft. Worth, Texas where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Texas Private School Music Educators Association, and the All State Band. Emily currently attends Louisiana State University where she is majoring in Biology and is a member of the LSU Golden Band from Tigerland. She has been awarded the Golden Oaks Scholarship from LSU and plans to attend medical school to become an Obstetrician.


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Maggie Holmes Ritter, daughter of Paul and Holly Ritter, was sponsored by her grandparents, Krewe Members Dick and Mary Anne Holmes. She is a 2006 graduate of North Shore High School in Slidell, Louisiana and is currently a senior at Louisiana Tech University majoring in Health and Physical Education. Maggie is a participant in the Master Program “Adaptive Physical Education” and has been listed on both the Dean’s and President’s List. She is Vice President of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Member-at-Large of the Student Government. She enjoys exercising and running and recently completed the Disney Half Marathon as well as the 10K Crescent City Classic. Maggie was escorted by her father Paul Ritter.

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