Credit Union tourney raises over $43,000

The Baton Rouge Area Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament on Nov. 9 at the Island Golf Course in Plaquemine raised more than $43,000 for Our Lady of the Lake’s Children’s Hospital.

Baton Rouge Telco Federal, Campus Federal, EFCU Financial, Neighbors Federal and Pelican State credit unions joined forces to host the 12th annual tournament, which raised a record $43,631.96.

The total includes a $10,000 Miracle Match from CO-OP Financial Services.

Last year, the hospital saw children from all 64 Louisiana parishes and several counties in Mississippi and Texas, treating more than 110,000 patients.

The tournament is supported by the CEOs of the five host credit unions: Darryl Long, of Baton Rouge Telco Federal; Dawn Harris, of Campus Federal; Tyler Grodi, of EFCU Financial; Kathi Gill and Steve Webb, of Neighbors Federal, and Jeffrey K. Conrad, of Pelican State.

Major tournament sponsors were: Baton Rouge chapter of the Louisiana Credit Union League, BancVue, Essential Federal Credit Union, Oakview Auto Auction, ALM First Financial Advisors, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Choice Title, Enterprise Car Sales, Franklin Data Empowered Direct Marketing, Gulf Coast Office Products, Mele Printing, Performance Contractors, Xact Business Solutions, CUNA Mutual, ATM Worldwide, Econ-O-Check, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Stemmens and Alley, Trophy House, Rotolo’s Pizzeria, Community Coffee, Coca-Cola, Dixon Golf, Rebel Graphix and Chef Troy Deano Catering.

Over the past four years, the Baton Rouge Area Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament has raised over $150,000 for the Children’s Hospital.

Mu Zeta holds annual dinner for area seniors

Mu Zeta held its annual senior citizens’ Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 24 at the sorority house, which was decorated in royal blue, orange and white.

Shirley Turner and the Zeta Ensemble provided music. President Melba Wilson greeted family and friends. Charlynn Taylor-Banks gave the meditation. Ramona Laws was the speaker. More than 97 senior citizens attended from Scotlandville and surrounding areas.

Zenobia Harbor was chairperson and Brenda Davis co-chaired. Other committee members were Ada Allen, Julia Carnes, Alberta Clemmons, Christal Carroll, Colleen Collins, Cora Collins-Smith, Delores Converse, Margaret Gordon, Brenda K. Green, Pam Brue-Johnson, Mildred Lewis, Nikki Jones, Sadie Kay, Ramona Laws, Mazie Malveaux, Betty Munson, Joyce Robinson, Geraldine Simms, Gay Square, Fannie Terrell, Della Blount-Warner and Turner.

SMART campers donate to Fisher House

The SMART Cajun Chapter of the Special Military Active Recreational Travelers made a $2,500 donation to the Fisher House Dec. 1 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Assistant Director Pat Morris accepted the donation. Fisher House provides accommodations and support to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. The chapter raises funds through raffles, white elephant and book sales. SMART is a national organization of military veterans who like to travel in recreation vehicles of all types and sizes. The group’s website is

St. Vincent de Paul given quilts, pillowcases

Two local quilting groups presented 76 quilts and 15 pillowcases to St. Vincent de Paul Dec. 2 at Highland Road Presbyterian Church.

Debra Blacher from St. Vincent de Paul accepted the quilts that range in size from crib to lap-sized to twin and full-sized. The quilts will be used at the Sweet Dream Women and Children’s Shelter.

Sixty-one quilts were made by members of the Wasted Women’s Bee, which accepts donations of cotton fabrics and sewing room waste and turns them into quilts for charitable organizations. Fifteen quilts and pillowcases were made by Granny Hugs of Gonzales, which also accepts fabric donations and donates the finished product. Both groups are affiliated with The Giving Quilt, a local non-profit organization. For information to online to

Modern Quilt Guild elects 2016 officers

The Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild elected 2016 officers at its annual meeting and holiday celebration on Dec. 7 at the La Madeline French Bakery and Cafe on Jefferson Highway: Pat Van Burkleo, president; Daisy Patterson Aschehoug, vice president; Kelly Surace, secretary; and Joyce Ryder, treasurer.

The guild meets at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the wine room at Matherne’s Supermarket, 7355 Highland Road. Anyone interested may attend the monthly meeting or email for information.

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 Events should be submitted in a timely fashion.