20th Annual Krewe of Ormond Mardi Gras Ball

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 8, 2008

St. Charles Borromeo students work hard to plan the event

The St. Charles Borromeo Middle School planned the 20th Annual Krewe of Ormond Mardi Gras Ball at the Ormond Nursing and Care Center in Destrehan recently. St. Charles Borromeo students began their planning by visiting the nursing home and interviewing the residents. The students attended the Mardi Gras Parade pushing the residents up and down the halls in their wheelchairs helping them to throw beads to the bed-bound residents. On the morning of the Ball, the students helped the Pink Ladies of the R.S.V.P. Group wash, curl and style the residents’ hair while others turned the dining room into a beautiful ballroom.

The 2008 Krewe of Ormond Court is as follows:

2 nd Maid Mable Fryoux escorted by: Lance Edler

2nd Duke Earl Simon escorted by: Sage Digerolamo

1st Maid Octavia White escorted by: Blake Murray

1st Duke Taylor Turner escorted by: Sydney Boudreaux

Queen of Heart Theresa Tanguis escorted by: Joe Solito

King of Hearts Murl Robinson escorted by: Courtney Poulos

2008 Queen of the Krewe of Ormond Delta Matherne escorted by: Brandon Hebert

2008 King of the Krewe of Ormond James Carrington escorted by: Jolie St. Pierre

The 2008 King, Mr. James Carrington, better known as Captain Carrington, was born and raised in New Orleans. He joined the Marines at the age of 18 and served 20 years in the Marine Corps. He also served 5 years overseas. He is a retired Marine Captain. He is the proud father of 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Captain Carrington has been a resident at Ormond Nursing and Care Center since March 30, 2007. His escort was SCB Student, Jolie St. Pierre.

The 2008 Queen, Ms. Delta Matherne was born in Smoke Bend Louisiana. She was married to Mr. Leon Matherne for sixty-five years. She was a homemaker. She enjoys sewing and made a wedding dress for one of her daughters. She is the proud mother of 2 daughters: Delores Morales and Diane Carlone; 2 sons: Buddy and Daryl Matherne. She is the proud grandmother of 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Ms. Matherne has been a resident at Ormond Nursing and Care Center since May 16, 2007. Her escort was SCB Student, Brandon Hebert.

The 2008 King and Queen were crowned by the 2007 King and Queen Mr. Paul Barrios and Ms. Miriam Loar escorted by Kayla Campo and Matt Duhe.

The evening concluded with the students serving refreshments and dancing with the residents to the entertainment and music of Mr. Blanche Newsome.

Many memories were treasured, many smiles were shared and many hearts were touched as this wonderful event was made possible by a service-learning grant funded by the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation.

The mistresses of ceremonies for the evening were Melissa White and Lindsay Riviere of the St. Charles Borromeo Fountain of Youth Leadership Team.