Society has always been my favorite crime, and 2014 was a very good year.

Like the foreign gentleman who approached my daughter at a local restaurant. In our society, women may venture out alone and this does not spell loose. They are often waiting to have lunch with their American mothers, who make D-Day look like a walk in the park.

The bleached-blonde grandmother in the too-tight top: Madame, we need you to steer society’s ship, not party below deck with the sailors. There is beauty in the faded rose, so if you’d be so good as to spank a little respect into the next generation, we’d be much obliged. Their parents are far too busy on Facebook.

Next, the attorney who thought twerking and tuxedos went together. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Yours is Bourbon Street, the office Christmas party or the Apollo Ball. Otherwise, society doesn’t want to see that. It frightens the horses.

Likewise the lady in the SUV picking up her children at Catholic school. God does not approve of yelling, “GET TO THE BACK OF THE LINE!” at residents trying to reach their driveways, and private tuition is not a pass to park in a public intersection. Don’t be surprised someday if you reach the Pearly Gates only to hear, “Lady, get to the back of the line.”

Finally, the women at the upscale River Ranch watering hole who offered a buyout because they had others coming to a birthday party. Many happy returns, ladies, but there’s no genteel way to ask someone to get lost, and bars are first come, first served.

Fortunately I never brawl in public.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at or at

Hospice meets Milan

This is what perfection looks like. Couturier Raoul Blanco teamed with Hospice of Acadiana for Lights on the Sky at the City Club. Sponsored by The Acadiana Advocate and chaired by Jennifer LeBlanc, aglow in her own gold designer suit, the elegant runway show was both tribute to Blanco’s father and benefit for Lafayette’s only nonprofit hospice organization. Guests got the high-fashion treatment — champagne and hors d’oeuvres — as well as a chance to bid on little luxuries like a dinner by Georgio Floridia and Antonella Minardi and a Blanco suit. Looking chic were publisher Cherry Fisher May, Townsquare, Cumulus, KLFY, Kate Loos, Boni Ritter, Baton Rouge Hospice CEO Kathryn Grigsby and Nadine Russell, Michelle Desormeaux Merrill, proud father Perry Peltier and daughter Meghan Redd, and sultry Summer Moore.

Party with a purpose

They decked the patio at Ruffino’s for the Lafayette Bar Association Auxiliary’s holiday social, but the partying had a purpose and the group’s goal was twofold. “We are making our donation this year to the Downs Syndrome Association of Acadiana,” said Colleen Dill, who would later present the check. “As well as honoring founding member Yvonne Saloom.” Saloom was festive in red, and Glenda Matt marshaled everyone for photos, including Stephanie O’Pry, Downs Association media coordinator Molly Guidry, Tommy and Marie Hightower, Miles Matt, Doug and Margaret Saloom, and Lafayette Bar Association President Kyle Gideon.

Meyers hosts Circle of Red

Laura Meyers knows how to give a party. The Circle of Red met at her Mill Valley home for socializing and a serious heart-to-heart. “It’s about raising awareness (that) the No. 1 killer of women is heart disease,” said Meyers. “We can prevent it, and the money raised goes to Acadiana.” Everything was perfect right down to the wallpaper, and partying for the cause were Dr. Chip Williams and wife Jan, Angela Cole, Senior Regional Director Matthew Welsh, Frankie Castille, Brielle Meyers, Brooke Landry and virtuosos Julia Laing and Benjamin Rhinehart. Stacy Landry catered, although we have it on good authority that Meyers herself is a world-class cook. “I do not serve bad food at my parties,” she said.