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Krewe de la Noblesse held its 31st Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. In keeping with this year’s theme, the Coliseum entrance was decorated to represent Running of the Bulls and the Dutch Tulip Festivals. The Court Entrance was a large World Globe; other areas represented Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, Chinese New Year and Carnival in Venice.
The presentation began with the posting of colors by the United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps – Chennault Battalion and the singing of the National Anthem.
The Board for 2015-2016 was introduced
Mrs. Valerie Norwood, President, escorted by her husband Kenneth Norwood
Mr. Anthony Vincent, First Vice President, escorted by his wife Mary Vincent
Mrs. Leah Brame, Second Vice President, escorted by her husband Tommy Brame
Mrs. Brenda Cimini, Secretary, escorted by her son-in-law, Rodney Russell
Ms. Christine Fontenot, Treasurer, escorted by her fiancé, Keith Fontenot
Mrs. Polly Richards, Krewe Representative, escorted by her husband John Richards
Mrs. Dorothy Conner, Krewe Representative Elect, escorted by her husband, Tom Conner.
Members of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors
Pictured Left to Right:
Christine Fontenot, Treasurer; Joe Cimini, Captain; Valerie Norwood, President;
Anthony Vincent, 1st Vice President; Polly Richards, Krewe Representative;
Dorothy Conner, Krewe Representative, Elect; Brenda Cimini, Secretary
Not Pictured: Leah Brame, 2nd Vice President
The Royal Court for the 30th Ball, “Golden Age of Television” was introduced
King Gabriel Noblesse XXX, Mr. James Dominic Serra
Queen Ashley Noblesse the XXX, Mrs. Deborah Hacker Serra
Duke and Duchess of the Golden Age of Westerns – Tom and Joanne Logston
Duke and Duchess of the Golden Age of Drama– Scott and Angela Stevens
Duke and Duchess the Golden Age of SciFi– Rex and Dina Royer.
Megan Lynn Elkins
Lacie Elizabeth Fontenot
Haley Amber Hart
Anne Marie Self
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2016 Royal Court
Representing the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest
Captain, Joe Cimini
Joe and his wife Brenda are residents of Lake Charles and are the parents of two daughters, Mrs. Laura Piercy and Mrs. Jo Ellen Russell and seven grandchildren. Joe, graduate of West Virginia University, is retired from PPG Industries. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Banyan Resort in Key West, Florida. The Captain and his wife attend Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church and the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. They are members of the Pelican Coast Parrothead Club and the Key West Parrothead Club and enjoy traveling and spending time at their home in Key West.
Representing the Day of the Dead
Duke Mike Fraser and Duchess Beth Fraser
The Duke and Duchess are graduates of McNeese State University and together they are parents of four children – Hensley Hayek, Marissa Fraser, Ryan Eiselstein, and Jessica Forsyth. Grandsons Devon, Judson, Colin, Cohen, Silas, Nolan, Pasha and little Eli are the love of their life.
Duke Mike and Duchess Beth are owners of Progressive Mortgage & Associates, LLC Safe Start LLC and Team National, are members of the SWLA Rifle and Pistol Club, NTRA, BASS, Louisiana State Troopers Association, Affiliates of SWLA Realtors Association. They enjoy Cabo San Lucas Sport Fishing, camping at Toledo Bend, shooting, cooking, designing and upholstery.
Representing the Carnival of Venice
Duke Tim Huffer and Duchess Kelly Huffer
Duke Tim Huffer is a graduate of Oklahoma University and is employed as a chemical engineer at Targa Resources. He enjoys coaching youth sports and golf.
Duchess Kelly Huffer, a graduate of the School of Nursing at New Mexico State University, is employed by the Cameron Parish School System.
The couple, parents of three children – Stacey Huseman, Paige Huffer, and Katie Huffer, are members of Tout Le Vin, and Krewe des Pirates. The Duke and Duchess like to travel, watch McNeese sports, golf and gardening in their spare time.
Representing the Chinese New Year
Duke Steven Hart and Duchess Rene’ Dever
Duke Steven Hart, a graduate of McNeese State University and the University of Houston, is employed as a Senior Reliability Engineer with the Shell Oil Company. The Duke has three children – Haley Hart, Brittany Hart, and Katherine Battenfield; and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, assisting with United Way campaigns and fund raising activities for various community needs. The Duke is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineering and Land Surveyors and Tout Le Vin Wine and Dinner Club.
Duchess Rene’ Klump Dever is a graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education Degrees. The Duchess has two sons – Zachary Paul and William Garrett Dever. She has been employed by the Calcasieu Parish School Board for the thirty years as a Preschool Special Ed Teacher. In her spare time Rene’ enjoys traveling, baking, sewing, photography, monogramming, reading and celebrating life with family and friends.
King Gabriel Noblesse XXXI, Mr. Kenny Elkins
Queen Ashley Noblesse XXXI, Mrs. Donna Elkins
King Gabriel is an employee of Axiall Corporation.
Queen Ashley is employed at Grand Lake High School.
The King and Queen are the parents of four daughters – Ashley Doucet, Ashley Navarre, Dylan Elkins and Megan Elkins, and have five grandchildren – Layla and Fallon Navarre, Zarah Elkins, Keira & Kian Doucet.
In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family and friends; and spending time outdoors and on their boat shrimping, crabbing and fishing. Other hobbies include hunting, golfing, and exploring small towns around the U.S.
The script for the presentation was written by Krewe Member, Kristine Lyons. Director for the presentation was Krewe Member, John Richards assisted by Krewe Member Lattie Polk. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mr. Dale Mann.
Following the traditional promenade and toast by the Royal Court, members and guests enjoyed remainder of the evening dancing to the music of Jet Seven.
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Miss Megan Lynn Elkins is the daughter of Krewe Members Kenny and Donna Elkins. Megan is a graduate of Grand Lake High School where she was a Valedictorian of her graduating class, member of the Senior Beta Club, Student Council, Prom Committee, 4-H, Family and Career and Community Leaders of America, and Future Business Leaders of America. Megan was also cheerleader for three years, Captain of the Dance Team, member of the Track Team and served as Baseball Manager. She received a full academic scholarship to McNeese State University where now a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering. In her spare time Megan enjoys pinning on Pinterest, crafting, shopping online, and dancing. Megan was escorted by her father, Kenny Elkins.
Miss Lacie Elizabeth Fontenot is the daughter of Krewe Members Mark and Laurie Fontenot. Lacie is a 2015 graduate of Lafayette High School Arts Academy where she participated in the Academic Enrichment Program. She was a member of the Color Guard and the Dance Line. She received T.O.P.S with honors and was awarded a scholarship to Nicholls State University where she is majoring in Marine Biology and has been awarded the Nicholls State University Achievement Award. Her goal is to obtain her Master’s Degree. Her hobbies include reading and dance, as she has attended Sugar and Spice Dance Academy for twelve years. Lacie was escorted by her father, Mark Fontenot.
Miss Haley Amber Hart is the daughter of Krewe member Steven Hart and Nanette Hart. Haley graduated in 2013, Magna Cum Laude from Brazoswood High School in Lake Jackson, Texas. While at Brazoswood, Haley received multiple outstanding dancer awards with the Brazoswood Belles and the Attitude Dance Studio. She was also honored as the Student of the Year in English her Senior Year. After graduation, Haley attended Texas State University. Currently she is attending Lamar University major in Mechanical Engineering. Haley enjoys the performing art of dance, particularly jazz, tap, and ballet, completing jigsaw puzzles, time at the beach, listening to music, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Haley was escorted by her father, Steven Hart.
Miss Anne Marie Self is the daughter of Robby and Elizabeth Self. She was sponsored by her aunt, Krewe Member, Christine Fontenot. Anne is a 2015 graduate of Alfred M. Barbe High School where she brought the Barbe High School Volleyball Team to the State Championship meet her junior and senior years. She was awarded Second Team All District and broke the school record for the number of digs throughout the season and for her volleyball career. Anne is currently attending Sowela Technical Community College majoring in nursing. She was escorted by her father, Robby Self.