They’re back. Canceled previously because of weather and catching a break with the humidity, Lafayette General Foundation’s Charity Golf Classic teed off at Oakbourne Country Club. Golfers enjoyed a catered lunch and drinks, plus a swag bag of shirts, socks, and blankets worthy of the Grammys. “We have 34 paid teams across the system,” said Cian Robinson, Foundation executive director. “All our senior execs are playing, then it’s back to do real work.” In the swing of things were Stephanie Fakier, of 1st Option Healthcare Services, Zack Pendarvis, Will Landry, Wayne Weilbacher and Lance Dupuis, of Compass Healthcare, and Advocate friend Bill Fenstermaker. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation and its activities.
Best Martini, Tsunami-style
It took a fleet of bartenders to stem the tide that showed up at Tsunami for the Healing House fundraiser. Guests were already two deep at the bar by 5 p.m. and the table wait was two hours, but beverage director Marshall Kemp kept the Komachis — Absolut Citron, Takara plum wine, fresh lemon and lime juice, and triple sec, topped with ginger beer — coming to a crowd that couldn’t or wouldn’t recede. Looking good: Attorney Greg Moroux, who wasn’t drinking for charity, pretty Andrea Edge, who was, and the mixologists. Healing House provides services to children grieving the loss of a loved one.
Reuniting on July 23 for the first time in 47 years at Fezzo's Restaurant in Scott were U.S. Navy cryptologic technicians Martin Audiffred, of Lafayette, Florida’s Ron Hawkins, and Sam Lupinacci, of North Carolina. “Sam found my name in the white pages and called my land line — we still have one,” said Audiffred. All three were in the Navy during Vietnam. Semper Fortis, gentlemen.
By the Book
The Rev. Joseph Brennan signed copies of his book, “My Name is Charlene,” at Acadian Religious in anticipation of the 58th Anniversary Mass of Petition for Charlene Richard. Dubbed “The Little Cajun Saint,” the Mass will be celebrated by The Most Rev. J. Douglas Deshotel at St. Edward Catholic Church in Richard at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. “I think this year will be special,” said Brennan, who attended Charlene as a new priest during her last days. “The Bishop is going to say the Mass.” Brennan is also the author of another memoir, “Mother Teresa, a Friend Remembered.”
Going the Extra Mile
Miles Perret Cancer Services released the 2017 Games of Acadiana commemorative poster featuring “Play with a Purpose," by local student and artist Cindy Tee. Tee, who studies graphic design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and volunteers her creativity at Redeemer City Church, said, “The treasure within the chest captures what makes the Games of Acadiana a catalyst for bringing the community together.” Games of Acadiana is a family-centered event of games and activities and will take place Aug. 19 at the Cajundome Convention Center.