GBRCTA named top La. tennis association

The Greater Baton Rouge Community Tennis Association was named the Community Tennis Association of the Year by the Louisiana Tennis Association at its Dec. 8 awards ceremony in Lafayette.

The GBRCTA, which represents about 3,000 adult and 600 junior tennis players, also won top awards for media excellence in promoting tennis, adult tournament of the year (State Combo) and special tennis event of the year (GBRCTA spring mixer).

GBRCTA President Rusty Jabour was recognized as the leading volunteer in Louisiana, earning the Charles Turner Volunteer Service Award, and GBRCTA League Administrator Marty Engle won the Marilyn Sherman Spirit Award for excellence in tennis programming. Engle also won the USTA Southern Section Award.

Other Baton Rouge area winners were Glenn Singletary as Wheelchair Player of the Year and Alex Saporito as Wheelchair Player of the Year certificate of merit winner. Robby Economides and Kyle Savant, who produced the Baton Rouge Crawfish Classic, won the Charity Tennis Event of the Year Award. Kay Willson won the Adult Tournament of the Year with her coordination of the USTA Louisiana State Combo Tournament held in November.

LSU’s Tennis Club, headed by brothers Alex and Dillon Braud, was recognized as the College Tennis Club of the Year in Louisiana. The club also was awarded the USTA Southern Section Award.

CASA recognizesits 2012 volunteers

Capital Area CASA Association recognized the following as its Volunteers of the Month for 2012:

Karen Foote, January; Larry Knight, February; Frank Mims, March; Davira Carter, April; Jenny Donaghey, May; Marvin Taylor, June; Lyric Cox, July; Lucy Davenport, August; Ginger Clements, September; Shari Poydras, October; Mark Hughes, November; and Debbie Davenport, December.

They are among 154 CASA volunteers who, in the past year, advocated on behalf of abused and neglected children. The CASA volunteers are appointed by juvenile court judges to speak up for what is in the best interest of abused and neglected children. To find out how to be a voice for a child who needs one, contact Capital Area CASA Association at (225) 379-8598 or visit

Music Club of BRhas Christmas recital

The Music Club of Baton Rouge held a Christmas recital program on Dec. 11 at the First United Methodist Church.

Organist Richard Webb played “Fantasy on In dulci jubilo” by J.S. Bach, and “Variations on In dulci jubilo” by Denis Bedard.

Celeste Veillon, soprano, and Leslie McLaughlin, mezzo soprano, performed several movements from Handel’s Messiah, including “Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened,” “He Shall Feed His Flock” and “Come Unto Him,” accompanied on organ by Webb.

Veillon and tenor Carter Smith sang “Christmas Oratorio” by Camille St. Saens, accompanied by Webb.

The Bayou Brass Quintet (Mark Courter and David Wallace, trumpets; Ellen Bordelon, horn; Jim Kersh, trombone; and Louis Bordelon, tuba) played “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” “Still, Still, Still,” “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and “O Come All Ye Faithful/Joy to the World.” Webb accompanied for the last piece.

President Rita Lovett welcomed members and guests. Gwen Redding was program chairwoman. The hospitality committee served refreshments prior to the concert. Assisting co-chairwomenMaxine Rak and Cheryl Hall were Jane Bush, Jeanne Clement, Sara Ginn, Ken Nelson, Gwen Redding, Lorice Say and Ina Shirley.

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