Hearts of Hope held their yearly Festival of Trees fundraiser at downtown’s Acadiana Center for the Arts on a recent Thursday evening. It was a glamorous setting for auctioneer/La. State Sen. Fred Mills, who probably didn’t have to pump up the bidding on Mitch Reed’s magnolia wreath — we took a really long look at that one ourselves. Hearts of Hope is an advocacy group for sexually abused children as well as adults, and doing their part for the greater good were Kal and Whitney Savoie, Blake Broussard, Renee Matamoros and pretty Heather Stough.

Outstanding Alumni Reception

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette honored two outstanding alumni with a cocktail reception at the Alumni House. “It’s the highest honor the university bestows on alumni,” said Jennifer LeMeunier. Awards are given for how positively one represents the alma mater, and receiving their accolades that evening were Dr. Michael Langston and former journalism major-turned-lawyer Stacey Doré. “I’m so honored,” she said. Enjoying the Abacus catering and perfect winter night were Dr. E.J. Savoie and the missus, Kathy Comeaux, third generation legacy student Zach Kunstman and Sally Ware.

Donor Party

Brian Campbell, of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Carol Trosclair showed their gratitude to friends and donors with an after-hours treat at Indulge. Among those not counting their holiday calories were Mark Hebert, Don Hargroder, and Bob and Sandy Giles.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.