As announced by the evening’s emcee, Pesh Patel, the ball is not sponsored by a Krewe nor a secret society, but formed by a committee providing residents the opportunity to partake in an annual event to benefit the Rayne Chamber of Commerce, as well as high school graduates of 2012 and future graduates of the community.
Presiding over the ball was the first king and queen, Grand Court King I Jimmy Prevost and Queen Cheryl Richard.
Prevost is co-owner of C.J. Prevost Insurance and Rayne Realty Co. He currently serves as a board member of the Rayne Chamber of Commerce and serves the community wearing a variety of hats. He is married to Aileen Prevost and they are the parents of three.
Richard has served the city for the past 12 years as its cultural director. She also serves not only the Rayne community, but Acadia Parish as an avid volunteer and civic organizational leader. She is married to Miles Boudreaux and is the daughter of Joe Richard and Rose Marie “Sis” Robichaux Stelly and the late Herman Stelly.
An active member of the Grand Court Ball Committee, Lyle Prejean was the Ball Captain. A 1999 graduate of Rayne High School, Prejean is a life-long resident of the Mire community and is currently employed as the Chief Nursing Officer at Acadia-St. Landry Hospital in Church Point.
Introduced were the Royal Court members, including:
Royal Maid Caroline Beslin, daughter of Cynthia and John Jude Beslin and a senior at Notre Dame High School;
Royal Duke Hunter Hanks, son of Josette and Donnie Venable and Terry and Tiffany Roberts, and a Rayne High School senior;
Royal Maid Kaylie Savoie, daughter of Shelley and Derek Rhodes and a junior at Notre Dame High School;
Royal Duke Colton Doucet, son of Janet and Ronald Doucet and junior at Rayne High School;
Royal Maid Kaitlyn Thibodeaux, daughter of Tiffany and Robert Gossen and Tyler Thibodeaux and Rayne High sophomore;
Royal Duke Jack Wagar, son of Angie and John E. Wagar, Jr. and Notre Dame sophomore;
Royal Maid Victoria Guidry, daughter of Monica and Byron Foote and Rayne High freshman;
Royal Duke Christian Comeaux, son of Tracy and Dusty Comeaux and student at Rayne Catholic Elementary;
Royal Maid Emily Dupont, daughter of Jeanne and Steven Dupont and student at Armstrong Middle School;
Royal Duke Jack Link, son of Jeff Link and Nikki Link and a student at Rayne Catholic Elementary;
Royal Maid Remi Winchester, daughter of Missy and Monte Winchester and student at Mire Elementary;
Royal Duke Lex LaCroix, son of Christia and Gregory LaCriox and student at Rayne Catholic Elementary;
Royal Maid Corinne Doucet, daughter of Desiree and Patrick Doucet and student at Rayne Catholic Elementary;
Royal Duke Tyler Benoit, son of Alayna Larriviere and Joseph Benoit and a student at Rayne Catholic Elementary.
Providing entertainment for the evening were young ladies of Project Dance, including Payton Broussard, Courtlyn Richard, Ali Thibodeaux and Caroline Welter, who also served as the evening’s messengers.
The final salute and toast were given by the captain, followed by cocktails and dancing with music provided by DJ Phil Peltier.
Special thanks are extended to Mayor Jim Petitjean, McGyvers of Rayne, the City of Rayne, Tina DeRouen and Karen Thibodeaux of Total Showoff Productions, and Karen and Jeff Thibodeaux of Sew What in Branch, and the many volunteers who helped with the first annual event.
Grand Court Mardi Gras Ball committee members were Miles Boudreaux, Tina DeRouen, Desiree Doucet, Dana Dupuis, Amber Franks, Monica Foote, Jessica LeBeouf, Brandy Letchworth, Nikki Link, Jennifer Meche, Lyle Prejean, Mica Smith, and Karen and Jeff Thibodeaux.