Krewe de La Famille Presents Fabulous at 40
Krewe de La Famille celebrated its 40th annual Ball on Saturday, February 23. The theme was Famille’s “Fabulous at 40” featuring songs, skits, and costumes reminiscent of the Krewe’s 40-year history.
Dale Mann served as Master of Ceremonies, with Anne Monlezun directing the evening’s presentation. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Cajun Division, posted the colors, and krewe member Allison Schnake sang our National Anthem. The members danced the night away to the beat of the New Orleans band, Rockin’ Dopsie.
The reigning Royal Court was introduced one final time. The Krewe welcomed King and Queen XXXIX Famille, Ronald McGinley and Ms. Brianna Genevieve Facenda. They were accompanied by Duke and Duchess Ricky and Tricia Guidry, Duke and Duchess Don and Debbie Starkovich, and Duke and Duchess John and Allison Schnake.
At that point, all of the past Kings and Queens of the Krewe in attendance were presented to the assemblage.
Captains Johnny “JJ” and Brigitte Johnson took the floor to launch the merriment. The Krewe was then treated to a Royal Court that held a powerful sense of family, providing a wonderful embodiment of the principles on which the Krewe was founded. King and Queen Famille XL Chuck Henderson and Karen Henderson reigned over the evening’s festivities.
King Charles “Chuck” Henderson is an LSU graduate and is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is president and CEO of Henderson. Queen Karen Kelly Henderson is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She also went to LSU where she found her husband of 43 years. Karen serves on the board of directors of Henderson, is a board member of the Southwest Louisiana Youth Foundation, and is a volunteer instructor for the Truth, Facts and Lies program for high school students.
The King and Queen are members of Our Lady of Seven Dolors under the direction of Father Alan Trouille and have travelled on pilgrimages to Rome, Lourdes, and Fatima with Father Keith Pellerin. Chuck and Karen enjoy working with their family to grow their business, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year. The family enjoys waterskiing, snow skiing, hiking, running, and triathlons. Karen and Chuck have served on the board of directors of the Krewe de la Famille since 2008 and were Duke and Duchess of Famille’s ‘The Splendor of Versailles” in 2010.
Their Majesties’ attendants were Masters Harrison Edward Hurt, Briggs Robert Hurt, Reid James Hurt, and James Patrick Henderson, grandsons of the King and Queen. The Princess was Miss Harper Kelly Henderson, granddaughter of the King and Queen.
Next to be presented were Lance Hurt, Duke of Music and Kelly Henderson Hurt, Duchess of Broadway, son-in-law and daughter of the King and Queen. A native of Monroe, Lance is a graduate of Ouachita High School. He went on to LSU and received a degree in Finance and a minor in Economics. He is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and still loves attending LSU sporting events. Duke Lance is the director of Henderson Implements of Lake Charles and Abbeville. He’s a board member of the Louisiana Marine and Motorcycle Dealership Association, a member of the Kubota Counsel for the Central Division, the Deep South Equipment Dealer Association and the Tracker Boats Top 20 Dealer Group. He loves deer hunting in the Mississippi delta.
Duchess Kelly graduated from Welsh High School and went on to LSU where she graduated with a major in Secondary Mathematics Education with a minor in Mathematics. She is a member of Phi Mu Sorority. Kelly has been with the Junior League for 11 years and served on the Mistletoe and Moss Committee for five years, earning the Junior League Presidents Award for her work. Kelly also earned the Teachers Service Award at Redemptorist High School and is a volunteer instructor for the Truth, Facts, and Lies program for high school students. Kelly has served on the American Cancer Society Gala Board, is an ICCS board member and has served as ICCS Silent Auction Chair. A Henderson Corporate board member, she also graduated from the Chamber Southwest Leadership Program. Kelly loves volunteering on the Hunt Brothers Pizza Community Van.
Lance and Kelly attend Immaculate Conception Cathedral Church and are the parents of Harrison, Briggs, Reid, and their dog Sumo. Lance and Kelly are learning to love kids’ soccer and basketball games, and enjoy snow skiing, hiking and running. They compete in local races, half marathons, and competed in the Houston and Austin Marathons.
Next to be presented were the son and daughter-in-law of the Royal Couple, Tyler Henderson, Duke of Destinations and Kelly Briggs Henderson, Duchess of Paradise. A native of Welsh, Tyler graduated from Welsh High School and went on to LSU, graduating in 2007. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is director of Henderson Wholesale, a distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, and a graduate of the Chamber Southwest Leadership Program. Tyler competed in the New Orleans half ironman, the Zydeco Marathon, and is training to compete in a full ironman marathon
Duchess Kelly, a native of Shreveport, is a graduate of Mandeville High School and a 2007 graduate of LSU. She serves on the board of directors of Henderson and is also a human resources recruiter. She is board president for the Southwest Louisiana Youth Foundation, a volunteer instructor for the Truth, Facts and Lies program for high school students, and serves on the ICCS Silent Auction Committee. An avid reader, Kelly also loves exercising and running, competing in triathlons, half marathons and marathons.
Tyler and Kelly live in Lake Charles and attend St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church where Kelly serves as a Catechist for Children’s Church and is a member of a weekly Bible study. The Duke and Duchess love to snow and water ski, and enjoy supporting all LSU sports. They are parents to Harper, James, and baby number three due in June.
The Royal Entertainment was Chief Tama and the Hawaiian drums, in honor of the inspiration for the creation of the Krewe de La Famille.
The Ball planning and execution was led by Krewe President Anne Monlezun, Krewe Chief Executive Lee J. Monlezun, the Captains, Board Members Jim and Diann Manning, Chuck and Karen Henderson, Robert and Yvette Bradley, Ricky and Tricia Guidry, and board members and Krewe reps Steve and Kelly Hagood. Thank go out to all who participated in decorating and skits, and lent their support.