Newly crowned Brownstown Lions Club 2013 Mrs. Valentine Elvie D. Vitug poses for a souvenir photo with Lion District 11-A-1 Governor Steven Horvath and his wife Norma during the club’s Valentine Party and Ball held last Feb. 23 at the Crystal Gardens in Southgate. Horvath was the guest speaker. Photo by Percy Antonio
Newly crowned Brownstown Lions Club 2013 Mrs. Valentine Elvie D. Vitug poses for a souvenir photo with Lion District 11-A-1 Governor Steven Horvath and his wife Norma during the club’s Valentine Party and Ball held last Feb. 23 at the Crystal Gardens in Southgate. Horvath was the guest speaker. Photo by Percy Antonio

The Brownstown Lions Club’s annual Valentine’s Ball was held last Feb. 23 at the Crystal Gardens in Southgate, highlighted by the crowning of the club’s 2013 Miss Valentine and Mrs. Valentine.

The guest speaker at the affair, Lion District 11-A-1 Governor Steven Horvath said that “Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance and love for our families, but also about love for our friends and fellow Lions and letting people in need know that we care about them and that they are important to us.”[box type=”default” size=”large”] Horvath leads crowning of Miss Valentine, Mrs. Valentine [/box]In an interview, Horvath said that Lions District 11-A-1 continues to care for the needy by donating funds to the Penrickton center in Taylor which attends to the needs of blind children and other kids with disabilities. He said the District is also helping the elderly by contributing funds to the “Leader Dog” project.

In his welcome address, Brownstown Lions Club President Ruben Catris said the Valentine’s Ball is “one of our most successful fund-raising activities.” He thanked the club members, sponsors and guests whose support made “this wonderful evening” possible.

Dr. Alex Mataverde, who was the master of ceremonies, introduced the past presidents of Brownstown Lions Club as well as the incumbent officers and members, who are mostly Filipino-Americans.

Shirley Mataverde, past president (1999-2001) of Brownstown Lions Club, introduced the guests.

After the sumptuous dinner, the highlight of the evening, the crowning of 2013 Miss Valentine and Mrs. Valentine, began.

It opened with the farewell walk by 2012 Mrs. Valentine Norma Catris, who was escorted by her husband, Ruben Catris.

Then, the 2013 Miss Valentine, Loren V. Camano, was presented. With marching-band music played by DJ Allen Carter enhancing the festive ambiance, she walked to the stage and sat on her throne.

This was followed by the presentation of 2013 Mrs. Valentine, Elvie Domingo Vitug, who was escorted by her husband, Luisito Vitug, Jr.

The sash was pinned on Miss Valentine by Lion First Vice District Governor Evelyn Cooper and Dr. Eliezer de Leon. She was crowned by Lions District Governor Horvath.

The flowers were handed to Loren by Carmen Perez, PACCM Executive Director Tony Kho, her parents Joe and Gloria Camano and siblings Benjo and Kristine.

This was followed by the ceremony for the crowning of 2013 Mrs. Valentine Elvie D. Vitug.

The sash was pinned on her by Doctors Clarita Ketels and Eliezer de Leon. Given the honors of crowning the 2013 Mrs. Valentine were 2012 Mrs. Valentine Norma Catris and Lions District Governor Horvath.

The flowers were given to her by PACCM President Becky Tungol, John Daud, her children Joey, Kristine, Mark and Jane and siblings Danilo, Juliet, Augustine Jr. and Ferdinand.

The crowning ceremony was followed by the dance of the royal court.

Later, Tony Marzouq did a special number, playing three doumbek  numbers.

The affair was capped by ballroom dancing. Carter Sound and Sight provided the music.