Festival of Charities crowned new royalty on Aug. 9 in Destrehan at the American Legion Home.
The theme of their annual pageant was, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Crowns.” More than 80 visiting queens from across the state attended the pageant including a special dedication to Mya Marie Zimmer, Miss Festival of Charities 2014 who recently passed away from Cystic Fibrosis.
Named as winners of the 2015 titles were Miss Festival of Charities Queen IX Savannah Loupe of Paulina. She also received the Fashion and Photogenic Awards. First runner-Up, People’s Choice and Sweetness award winner was Carli Lambert and second runner-up was Sydney Poche.
In the Teen Division Rachel Marino of Norco was named Teen Miss Festival of Charities Queen IX and received the Photogenic and Fashion awards. First runner-up and People’s Choice winner was Alyson Louque. Second runner-up and Sweetness winner was Emily Loupe.
Monaé Gordon was named Junior Miss Festival of Charities and received the Sweetness award. First runner-up and Photogenic winner was Kristen Richard; second runner-up and People’s Choice award winner was Kayleigh Buchanon, and third runner-up was Carlea Holder. Carly Fricken received the Fashion Award.
Ms. Festival of Charities is Renée Pollet Buchanon of Paulina. She also received the People’s Choice and Fashion Awards. First runner-up and Photogenic award winner was Jessica Richard Bilyeu.
Lecy Marie Cazalot, daughter of Al and Duane Cazalot of Destrehan, is the Butterfly Queen.
Directors of the organization are Denise Lirette and Nancy Whann, Committee Members are Duanne Cazalot and Stacie Falgout.
The Festival of Charities Queens travel each weekend across the Louisiana to the many fairs and festivals representing the organization, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater New Orleans, and other charitable organizations promoting education and awareness of acceptance. One of their biggest events is helping with the DSAGNO Buddy Walk at Zephyr Field. FOC is a fun- filled service organization; their queens, families, directors, and committee volunteer their time with events throughout the state, sharing their mission statement that everyone is special.