Spay Baton Rouge gets $20,000 donation

Spay Baton Rouge has received a $20,000 donation from the estate of former Baton Rouge resident Audrey Engelhart, chosen by her good friend and executor of her will, Judy Bartow.

A long-time animal lover, Engelhart fed a feral cat colony at her home daily. After a kitten entered her house and decided to stay, Engelhart took in the kitten, named her Baby Girl and worked to socialize her, which is no easy task with feral cats. After Engelhart’s death, Bartow adopted Baby Girl as her own.

Local banker selected state JDRF president

Tamara Palmer, assistant vice president at IberiaBank in Baton Rouge, has been named Louisiana Chapter president of JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

Other board officers are James Raines, Baton Rouge, Nominating and Strategic Planning chair; Erin Kriksciun, New Orleans, treasurer; and Al Flettrich, Baton Rouge, Outreach and Mentor chair.

Also on the board are Rex Ellison, Lew Love, Jeff Tessier, Melissa Anderson, Lucas Molbert, Kathleen Gordon, Jim Teske, Michael Demouy, all of Baton Rouge; Dr. Sara Stender, Kirt Stall, Kathleen Newsom, Frank Liantonio, Michelle Theriot, New Orleans; Denova Brown, Lafayette; Melissa Miley, Covington; Joe Sterkx and Robbie Gaiennie, Shreveport.

Type 1 diabetes strikes children and adults at any age. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults — about 80 people per day — are diagnosed in the U.S.

Scotlandville graduates attend D.C. summit

Darius Spurlock and Oscar McClain, both 2015 graduates of Scotlandville Magnet High School, were among 130 college-bound students from across the nation who were welcomed by first lady Michelle Obama at the 2015 “Beating the Odds” Summit July 22-23 as part of her Reach Higher Initiative.

Spurlock and McClain also served as 2014-15 state officers in the LA GEAR UP program administered by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance. They were accompanied to an evening networking reception and to the White House summit by LOSFA/LA GEAR UP Program Coordinator Timenee Thomas.

The students were sponsored by 70 nonprofit organizations, representing a mix of urban, rural, foster, homeless, special needs and under-represented youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college. The event focused on tools and strategies to successfully transition to college.

The event included a panel moderated by E! News host Terrence Jenkins, which featured Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, musical artist Wale, and Manuel Contreras, a rising senior at Brown University and co-founder of 1vyG. Students participated in workshops and panels led by the U.S. Department of Education, Google’s Jaime Casap and other leaders in K-12 and post-secondary education.

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance.

BR student graduates from Western Reserve

Victoria Chiles Hearin, of Baton Rouge, graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, on May 24.

Hearin was a member of the College Counseling Student Steering Committee, the president of the Young Republicans, and a student leader of the Indian Club. She will attend The University of the South and hopes to pursue a career in politics. She is the daughter of Charyl Hearin.

Zanders graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Charnese A. Zanders graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Zanders is the daughter of Van S. Morris, of Baton Rouge, and Anitra L. Zanders, of Gretna; sister of Vanessa T. Zanders, of Baton Rouge, and niece of Brittany N. Washington, of Plaquemine. She graduated in 2014 from West Jefferson High School, in Harvey.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.