Queen of the ball

Queen of the ball

Special to The Source

Kaylee Anne Ezard was crowned queen of the 2022 Beaux Arts Ball, “Sapphire Soiree,” Saturday evening at Annie Merner Chapel. She is the daughter of Andy and Jenissa Ezard of Jacksonville; the sister of Drew Ezard; and the granddaughter of David and Joyce Thompson of Jacksonville, and Sally Ezard and the late Roger Ezard, also of Jacksonville.

Kaylee Ezard is a 2017 graduate of Jacksonville High School and will soon be a 2022 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied communication studies and a minor in mass communications.

While at SIUE, she was very involved with her sorority, Alpha Phi. Her sophomore year, she chaired the Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala, which is the sorority’s largest philanthropic event of the year. The annual gala raises awareness to heart disease and promotes further research specifically in women. Because of the success of the gala, the chapter was able to donate $28,000.00 to the Alpha Phi Foundation.

Kaylee Ezard also served as the director of social media her junior year. She took a break from holding a leadership position her senior year; however, she was still active and involved in her sorority, and was voted most likely to be the next woman CEO.

Ezard is a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bluff Springs. She has also been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters since she was 12.

She has participated in three previous Beaux Arts Balls. She was a flower girl in 2005 in “Spring Beauties,” a junior attendant in 2013’s “Hollywood Nights,” and a senior maid in “Pop Revolution: Revive the Movement” in 2017.

Her parents are sustaining members of The Art Association of Jacksonville. Her mother was co-chairman of the 2019 Beaux Arts Ball, “A Night with the Royals.”

Kaylee Ezard started her own business her junior year of college during the pandemic. “Shop Kaylee Anne” is still an active business; she sells personalized items that she creates both on her website and also through social media. She plans to establish a career in the communications industry upon her graduation in May.

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