Le Triomphe Tournament
It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. Thirty teams and 120 golfers turned out for the Golf for Great Futures charity tournament at Le Triomphe. Benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, the day started with a nice breeze that disappeared faster than Tiger Woods, but that didn’t daunt Metal Shark Boats’ Nate Geiger. “You do not want to take a photo of my swinging,” he laughed. “Stay away.” No one stayed away including The Advocate, except perhaps the female golfers. “It’s like they don’t think about playing,” said Dawna Waterbury, Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club general manager and CEO. “We’re trying to break down those barriers.” And indeed, breaking them down was lone wolf Sydney Martien. Just call her La Loba from now on.
Both a borrower and a lender be. The Shelly Drive Lending Library is up and running, thanks to Julie Bush and Nanette and Joe Heggie. “This event is just to introduce it,” said Bush. “We’re hoping to have story-time, too.” Part of a national organization, the idea is to use recycled material and the Shelly branch is not just for the summer. “We’re No. 38509 in the country,” said Bush. “It’s registered. You can go to a map and find the other locations in Lafayette. It’s for anybody, it’s a community involvement.” Donations can be made in the wooden boxes at 410 Shelly Drive.
Dancing with the Stars of Acadiana saw 10 dance teams compete for Most Entertaining, Judges Choice and Audience Choice awards at the Cade Community Center. The fundraiser supports the nonprofit, Impact Acadiana, whose proceeds benefit UL Kinesiology Scholarships and Professional Development Awards in addition to local community projects.
Maureen Brennan, of Cité des Arts, and Stage Backers’ founding member Mitu Dasgupta paused recently at La Madeleine to ponder two successful years of community theater support. “We have done well in two years,” said Dasgupta. “We have used our money judiciously. The rights to plays are why people need money, not costumes and props. More people need to know and be proud of their community theater.” To date, Stage Backers has given several scholarships to aspiring young actors and $13,000 to local theater organizations.
Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at email@example.com.