Continuing its tradition of Mardi Gras court presentations, the Knights of Momus-Galveston’s oldest Mardi Gras krewe - presented its royal court during the Knights of Momus Coronation on Saturday, February 10.
Fred C. Burns was crowned King Frivolous XCII and Galvestonian Jennifer Leigh Worsham was crowned Queen of Momus. A court including 25 duchesses from across Texas were presented at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston followed by the Momus Coronation Ball at Moody Gardens Convention Center.
Fred C. Burns, a native Houstonian, graduated from Rice University in 1960. Having served as Chairman from 1985 to 2007, he is Chairman Emeritus of John L. Wortham & Son, L.P., an insurance firm headquartered in Houston. He is also the President and Trustee of the Wortham Foundation Inc., a private charitable foundation. Mr. Burns has a long history of community service. He is currently the Chairman of UTMB’s $250 million fundraising campaign and also serves as a director in the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. Along with his wife Pat, he was the honoree of the 2000 Houston Grand Opera Ball and the 2002 Grand 1894 Opera House Annual Community Enrichment Award. Pat and Fred are past Co-Chairmen of the National Trust Council in Washington, DC. Because of their personal interest in historic preservation, Pat and Fred have restored two Galveston landmarks: the 1838 Menard House (Galveston’s oldest home) and the 1856 Hutchings House.
Jennifer Leigh Worsham is the daughter of Mrs. Cynthia Worsham Earthman of Galveston and was presented by Mr. James Bradshaw Earthman, III. Jenny attended Ball High in Galveston and is currently a senior at Texas A&M, where she is majoring in psychology as a member of the Texas A&M Honors Program. She was presented at the Galveston Artillery Club Ball in 2004 and was a duchess at the Admirals’ Ball in 2004. Jenny is the granddaughter of late Dr. Fred J. Wolma and Dorothy Wolma.
The Momus Coronation Ball, titled “Momus Salutes the Animal Kingdom!” was a grand gala chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dominguez, III. Mr. Steven C. Salch was Ball Captain. The duchesses’ gowns were designed by Miwa Sakashita of Miwa Fashions in Houston and the mistress of the robes was Mrs. B. Kelley Parker. The king was joined by his retinue including: Mr. Henry Hope, Mr. Steven C. Salch, Mr. Robert S. Burns, Dr. John D. Stobo, Mr. James B. Earthman, III and Mr. James L. Ware.