Krewe du Bon Coeur Presents Main Street of America, Route 66.
Krewe du Bon Coeur opened its 2019 Mardi Gras social season with its annual pageant and ball January 19 at the Habibi Shrine Center. This year’s theme was Main Street of America, Route 66.
Master of Ceremonies Dale Mann greeted all those in attendance, including special military guests from Fort Polk: COL Thomas and Mrs. Damaris Hanley, COL Greg Cannata, MAJ Caitlin Ebbets, COL Geri Fields, CSM Dolores Kiyoshi and her son, Phillip.
Captain Sherry Campbell, entered the ballroom wearing a costume representing Route 66. Sherry is a graduate of A.M. Barbe High School, McNeese State University, and Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute. She is an alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. Sherry is a 34-year associate of CHRISTUS/Ochsner St. Patrick Regional Cancer Center. She has served on Bon Coeur’s board of directors for seven years and was Captain in 2011. She was chosen to be a 2003 Duchess and Queen Bon Coeur XVIII in 2015.
Presentation began following the traditional blowing of the Captain’s whistle.
This year, Krewe du Bon Coeur proudly introduced four beautiful debutantes. Miss Laurie Elizabeth Zaunbrecher is the 18-year old daughter of Krewe members William and Rebecca Zaunbrecher. She currently attends UL at Lafayette majoring in speech pathology and is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Miss Ali Paige Smith is the 19-year old daughter of Krewe member Jason and his wife, Neva Smith. She currently attends LSU where she’s majoring in Kinesiology, Pre-Occupational Therapy. Miss Abigail Kate Kleinschmidt is the 19-year old niece of Krewe member, Amy Grimes. She is currently attending Tulane University majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. Miss Samantha Jo Ortego is the 18-yeard old daughter of Krewe members David and Kim Ortego. She is majoring in Nursing at McNeese State University and is a member of Phi Mu sorority.
Next, the 2019 Royal Court was revealed to Krewe members and their guests. First presented were Duke Robert Kuklies and Duchess Carrie Lane who represented Diners and Dives. Duke Robert is a lifelong resident of Freeport, TX and lives there with his wife, Lisa. He is employed by UPS Freight where he is a lead driver for Chiquita. Robert has one daughter and one grandson. Duchess Carrie and her husband, Courtland, live in Vinton with their newborn daughter, Annie. Carrie is employed as a 4-H Youth Development Agent for Calcasieu Parish. She’s currently enrolled as a graduate student in the LSU College of Agriculture.
Presented next were the Duke and Duchess of Attractions and Curiosities, Garrett Kelly and Macey Sandifer. Duke Garrett is a 2010 graduate of Beauregard High School. He is employed in the oil and gas industry. He resides in Vinton along with his wife, Ashley, and their two children, Dakota and Bentley. Garrett is an avid sportsman and enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family. He is the son of Krewe members Becky and Billy Zaunbrecher. Duchess Macey is a graduate of A.M. Barbe High School. She has worked as a dental assistant for three years at Sanders Pediatric Dentistry. The daughter of Todd Sandifer and Krewe members Dustan and Amiee Abshire, she is engaged to John Willis and is the proud mom of Nola, her German Shepard.
The Duke and Duchess of Hogs and Hotrods, David Ortego and Brooke Bryant, were next on the program. Duke David is a native of Ville Platte but moved to Lake Charles in 1987. He is the owner of A-1 Wrecker Service. He and his wife of 19 years, Kim, have three daughters, Makayla, Katie and Samantha. They will be welcoming their first granddaughter in March! David is a hotrod enthusiast and enjoys drag racing, camping and fishing. Duchess Brooke is a lifelong resident of Lacassine. She and her husband, Jacob, have two children, Ava and Liam. Brooke is employed at Pedestal Bank where she works in commercial lending. She is the daughter of Deborah and Marcus Leonard and the daughter-in-law of Krewe members Gerald and Selena Bryant.
Eric Rice and Ryan Chapman were introduced as the Duke and Duchess of Highways and Byways. Duke Eric is a graduate of LaGrange High School and Sowela Technical Community College. He is employed as an operator at Phillips 66. He and his wife of seven years, Summer, have a daughter, Ava, and a son, Landon. They enjoy boating and are members of the Lake Charles Yacht Club. Duchess Ryan is the daughter of Queen Kim and Dr. Roy Vaughan and Chris and Carolyn Buck. She is a graduate of A.M. Barbe High School and performed with the Cowgirl Kickers while attending McNeese State University. She currently lives in Conroe, TX with her husband, Bret, and their two children Ardyn and Adler. Ryan has been employed by Richie’s Specialty Pharmacy for nine years.
King Bon Coeur XXII, Bobby Gillard, made his presence known to the song “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top. He was escorted by his wife, Krewe Vice-President Sandra. King Bobby attended the University of North Carolina where he studied Safety and Health. He is a senior safety specialist with Entergy and has been employed by them since 1982. In his spare time, King Bobby enjoys traveling with Sandra, woodworking and fishing. Bobby and Sandra have two daughters and four grandchildren. They have been members of Krewe du Bon Coeur since 2010.
Queen Bon Coeur XXII Kim Vaughan, made her entrance into the ballroom to the song “I’ve Got A Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. She was escorted by Krewe President, Dustan Abshire. Queen Kim, a native of Lake Charles, is married to Dr. Roy Vaughan and is employed part-time in his dental practice. She has one daughter, Duchess Ryan Chapman. A graduate of A.M. Barbe High School, she attended McNeese State University. Kim was chosen as a Duchess in 2004, has served on the Krewe Board of Directors and was Captain in 2015. The Vaughans are charter members of the Krewe.
Krewe du Bon Coeur Board of Directors: Captain Sherry Campbell, President Dustan Abshire, Vice-President Sandra Gillard, Secretary Andy Grimes, Social Director Sean Kinney and Treasurer Vicki Saxby.
Thank are extended to the following: Dale Mann, Louisiana Red, Davenna Lea Photography, Deep South Productions, Jake Stutes, and D’Val Designs. Also, special thanks to Scott See for the use of his classic truck!