Neches River Fest events lead up to coronation, ball

Neches River Fest events lead up to coronation, ball

A royal good time … Once again, our fair city kicks off spring with magnificent Neches River Festival events. Beginning with the unmasking of King Neches LXIII at the Collier Ferry Dock on April 5, guests were thrilled when social chairs Melanie Heartfield and Tracy Bean revealed NRF King Thad Heartfield. Observing the presentation were Cornie Heartfield, Knights of the Neches and princes and princesses of the royal court. On Thursday morning in the presence of his family and friends, NRF President Roy Steinhagen and King Heartfield proclaimed Joe Tortorice Jr. as NRF Citizen of the Year. As wife Shelley Tortorice and many officials of the NRF applauded this well-deserved bestowment, the honoree thanked his family for all of the love and support throughout his life. Last Friday evening, the knights, king, president, social chairmen and their spouses donned white dinner jackets, caps, orders and capes to celebrate another sensational Neches River Festival. This weekend, the future leaders of this town will experience the judging process and rehearse for the coronation and ball, leading to the culmination of this social event that makes us so proud of the many high school seniors who participate as the NRF celebrates our community, youth and the importance of the Neches River.

Kickin’ it up for a cure … The Best Little Party in Southeast Texas will be held Saturday, April 16 when the American Cancer Society hosts The Cattle Barons’ Ball for the purpose of fighting cancer. All of the boot scootin’ fun will take place at the Philpott Hangar at Jack Brooks Regional Airport. Mike Simpson and Pat Anderson will chair this worthwhile fundraiser, with Tara and Charlie Holder serving as co-chairs. Honorary chairs of the event Nancy and Larry Beaulieu are thrilled to be part of this fundraiser. This year’s entertainment will feature musical guru Darryl Worley. American Cancer Society director Jacki Burleson anticipates a packed house with generous guests bidding on the terrific auction items. Tariff for this party will be $125 for general admission and $150 for reserve seating; for more information, call (409) 835-2139.

Do you remember ... Christus Heath Foundation – Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Gala was a smashing success with Cindy and Jamie Dishman at the helm. More than 100 elaborate tables were decorated by It’s All in the Presentation, with a clever theme evoking the entertainers for the evening. Fashion forward socials quaffed cocktails and mingled before sitting down to a sumptuous meal. Valero, represented by Greg Gentry, was recognized for its support of renovations at the Pediatric Unit at Christus Hospital – St. Mary. Soon afterward, guests were on the edge of their seats and dancing by their tables to the incredible sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire. Thrilled with the meaningful soiree were Ivy Pate, Ann and Jim Dishman, Annie Dishman, Russ and Elizabeth Waddill, David and Ellen Reynard, Karen and Paul McCormick, Susanne and Robert Birdwell, Heather and Mark Petkovsek, Jean and Dennis Moncla, Crissy and Todd Clarke and many more.

News of I do’s … A select group of Beaumonters made the trek to Austin for the nuptials of Betsy Chase and Parker Amis. Family and friends gathered at the picturesque Green Pastures to gaze upon the precious couple as they exchanged their wedding vows. Sister of the bride Lexie Boudreaux attended the bride as the matron of honor, and father of the groom Mike Amis served as the groom’s best man. Margi and Rocky Chase gave their daughter in marriage as mother of the groom Frances Amis beamed proudly. Grandmother of the bride Ann Wallace was escorted down the aisle by son John Wallace. Toasting the happy twosome were family members Aaron Boudreaux; Anne and Don Dierks; Beth and Mark Dierks; Carolyn and Chris Dierks; Betsy, Lizzy, Emily and Kat Bakhaus; Francie, Tommy, Annie, Caroline and Will Chambers; Jay, Rhonda and Kate Amis; and Lacy, David, Jessie, Brennan, Mary Fran and Meredith Bassinger. Dancing to the soulful sounds of The Collaboration were Karen (with fab new short haircut) and Kevin Henry, Vivian and Jerry Todd, Cathy and John Hawa, Sarah and Katherine Wallace (along with parents Anna and John), Paige and Morris Windham, Carol and Jack Koshkin, Katie Lowe, Scott Ivers, John Wells, Will Goodson, Christy and Sterrett Bell, Marilyn and Tom Bell, Kathleen Koehler, Stephanie French, Mia, Maria and Brent Vickers, Michael Harmon, and Taylor Russell. Enjoying the gourmet dinner were Kay and Alan Nichols, Jessica Laird and Gerald Farha, Michelle Allan with all grown-up offspring Rachel and Grant Christopher, Anne and Boyd Wells, Janis Lowe, Pride and Richard Parr, Maida and Danny Ducote, and Meredith and Bert Reiner (who are expecting twins). The highlight of the evening was LoLo Bell serenading the newlyweds accompanied by father of the bride Rocky Chase playing guitar. A magical evening was had by all!

Candles and cakes … Birthday wishes to Leah Williams, Dynasy Phelan, Cinnie Norvell, Glen Morgan, Ben Mazzola, Nancy Neild, Chris Bean, Dorothy Anne Conn, Rodney Ames, Allison Getz Brandon Gaitan and Belinda Hickman.

Until the next RSVP!