The Fillies Derby Ball

Jean Shewciw, hostess Janet Falk, Lori Osborne and Cindy Carcione.

Jean Shewciw, hostess Janet Falk, Lori Osborne and Cindy Carcione.

Last Friday evening, The Fillies held their 57th annual Derby Ball, A Fillies Affair to Remember, Galloping with the Fillies, at the Galt House. The ball was chaired by Barbara Hood with Nancy Rust as co-chair. The evening benefitted the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

Cocktails were served in the foyer which was decorated with various Gallapalooza horses while guests were entertained by the Louisville Boys Choir.

The ballroom was lovely with banners of jockey silks overhead, an elegant throne and the “wheel of fortune” on the stage with five numbers on it. The tables had beautiful centerpieces of a silver trophy filled with red roses, a nod to the Kentucky Derby Trophy. Going along with the idea of the trophy as a wine cooler, there were bottles of wine from Lovers Leap Winery, the official wine of the Derby Festival ball, on each table.

The 2012 Queen Kaelyn Gault presided over the Royal Court. The princesses were escorted in by Knights of the Derby Court. As each princess was introduced she drew a number from the royal pouch. The princesses were Chelsea Diamond and Dominique Luster of Louisville, Katherine Gardner of Greenville, Allison Grant of Harrodsburg and Cameryn Jones of Goshen.

Fillies Ball Chair Barbara Hood.

Fillies Ball Chair Barbara Hood.

The wheel was spun by Becky Fangman, president of The Fillies, and Cameryn Jones was randomly selected as the new Kentucky Derby Festival Queen! Cameryn is a student at the University of Kentucky and is a member of Chi Omega sorority. She has been named to the Dean’s List five times.

The princesses are Chelsea Diamond, who attends Transylvania University, Katherine Gardner and Allison Grant, both of whom attend the University of Louisville, and Dominique Luster, a student at UK.

The president then inducted Patsy Allen, Col. John Aubrey, Wendy Jacob and PJ Cooksey as Dames and Knights of the Derby Court. They were “knighted” and presented with their gold “orders of the court” by Queen Cameryn.

Dinner was served and the dancing began to the music of The Crashers.

And a good time was had by all.

Mark and Debbie Marr, Fillies auction chairman.

Mark and Debbie Marr, Fillies auction chairman.


Janet Falk and her daughter Carolyn Sharpe gave “the girls” a treat. They hosted a luncheon at Janet’s home, “Sunny Acres,” in Oldham County last week. They filled Janet’s charming home all the way to the screened porch with tables and flowers.

Janet is a renowned cook and Carolyn was taught by the master. It was a wonderful buffet of more salads than you could count and included shrimp, curried chicken, divine tomato aspic, slaws and on and on. They filled the buffet and another table.

Barbara Dunham, Jean Boland, Winona Shiprek, Pam Anson, Charlene Verdi, Kate Underwood, Eleanor Goldberg, Janet Ames, Barbara Tway Partlow, Sue Baughman, Karen Buchannan, Susan Juhl, Lisa Leet and Karen Sadlo were among many who had a marvelous afternoon in the country.