Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s Leading Ladies Guild hosted its “Promenade Luncheon” on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at the Metairie Country Club.

The theme “Queen for a Day,” patterned after the 1950s TV show, encouraged attendees to wear tiaras and featured an opportunity to nominate and vote for their favorite queen. The luncheon featured contests for the Best Royal Ensemble and Best 1950s Ensemble. As an unofficial finale to the event, Longtime friend of JPAS Sandra Thompson Herman was crowned a Queen for a Day, and was presented with flowers, a tiara and a flowing royal cape. Guests cheered as Queen Sandra took her promenade around the room.

Entertainment was provided by Suzanne Scott and Byron Scott, accompanied by pianist Jim Walpole. There were also special prizes available for bidding in a silent auction and wine raffle.

Proceeds were donated to the 42-year-old JPAS to continue its work with youth and seasonal offerings.

Event At A Glance




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LLG Past President and Chairwoman Valerie Hart, JPAS Board President Steve Dwyer, Jennifer Van Vrancken and JPAS Artistic Director Dennis Assaf 

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Treasurer Barbara Alleman, Committee Member Lynne Duvernay, Vice President Lorraine Cucchiara and Past Board Member Penny Baumer

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Queens Gerri Valene and Nora Vaden Holmes with Board Member and LLG Past President Ginger Crawford and LLG Board President Robbin Hardee 

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Publicity Chair Faith Peperone, Board Member Ruby Noble Evans and Committee Members Dianne Breaux and Amy Carbonette 

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Program Chair Connie Falati, Door Prize Chair Janet Schwary, Silent Auction Chair Carrel Epling and Committee Member Margaret Wagner 

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Committee Member Triness Kuhn, Queen Nominees Chair Barbara