Now in its 88th year of membership and with four generations of Italian/Sicilian-Americans, The Elenian Club passed on traditions of heritage with a celebratory tea on Sunday, November 21st to honor its new members and debutantes. The ceremony included an introduction to families with the ladies looking forward to being Elenians.

The Ladies in Waiting were: Emerson Chetta, Emery Dick, Emmaline Ural and Elianah Villafranco, Sydney Stephens and Maci Stephens.

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The Debutantes were: Erica Ingraham, Amanda Parenti, Victoria Talbert, Caroline Falgoust, Mia Signorelli and Alison Cohen.

The program, held at Chateau Country Club in Kenner, offered tables adorned with centerpieces of floral paper-crafted teacups with Elenian red and gold teapot cards. The run of show included a taste of Elenian history, a personal heritage story from the Elenian President Lisa Ingraham (a Pizzolato descendant) and the introductions of each honoree. Each of the Ladies received the gift of a crystal rose, and the Debutantes received hand painted Capodimonte porcelain roses.

Maria Villafranco served as the Debutante Tea Chair, and Faith Peperone served as the Lady in Waiting Chair. Judith Miranti served as the Debutante Chair and Virginia Eckholdt served as Debutante Tea Coordinator.

The special occasion continued the club’s tradition of keeping their Italian heritage and community alive. The celebratory tea prefaced the formal Ballo di Natale, held at the Doubletree Hotel’s International Ballroom on December 4th, 2021.

Event At A Glance

What: Elenian Tea Honoring the Debutantes and Ladies in Waiting benefiting The Elenian Club

When: November 21, 2021

Where: Chateau Country Club, Kenner

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Elenian Tea Honoring the Debutantes and Ladies in Waiting benefiting The Elenian Club

Jerry Embree, Elianah Villafranco, Emmaline Ural, Maria Villafranco

Elenian Tea Honoring the Debutantes and Ladies in Waiting benefiting The Elenian Club

Judith Miranti, Amanda Parenti, Victoria Talbert, Allison Cohen

Elenian Tea Honoring the Debutantes and Ladies in Waiting benefiting The Elenian Club

 Susan Marchiafava, Caroline Falgoust, Erica Ingraham, Lisa Ingraham

Elenian Tea Honoring the Debutantes and Ladies in Waiting benefiting The Elenian Club

 Sydney Stephens, Emery Dick, Emerson Chetta, Matthew Dick 

Elenian Tea Honoring the Debutantes and Ladies in Waiting benefiting The Elenian Club

 Liz Bertucci, Virginia Eckholdt, Jo-Ann Testa-Hebert, Betty Deshotel
Elenian Tea Honoring the Debutantes and Ladies in Waiting benefiting The Elenian ClubMichael Ural, Eileen Boudoin, Nancy Hamburger, Mary Lynn Roberts