Author talks about Billy Cannon book

Charles N. deGravelles author of “Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run,” was the guest speaker at Red Stick Kiwanis Friday, Dec. 18, at Lake Sherwood Village.

DeGravelles has spent over 25 years ministering to the inmates of Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, including the men on death row. A deacon and teacher living in Baton Rouge, he has published in literary journals and anthologies nationwide.

“Billy Cannon’s name, his image and his remarkable athletic career serve as emblems for Louisiana State University, the Southeastern Conference, and college football. LSU’s only Heisman Trophy winner, Cannon led the Tigers to a national championship in 1958, igniting a love of the game in Louisiana and establishing a tradition of greatness at LSU,” DeGravelles said.

“But like many stories of lionized athletes who rise to the status of legend, there was a fall — and, in the case of Billy Cannon, also redemption.”

Following his presentation, deGravelles autographed his book for members. To purchase his book call (225) 335-4419

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

BR General gets burn center donation

Assurance Financial donated $15,000 to the Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Offering care for both children and adults, the center was the first designated burn facility in Louisiana, and is one of fewer than 70 verified burn centers in the nation, according to the American Burn Association. Of the 600-700 patients the center sees a year, 100-200 of them are children.

“Young burn patients face unique challenges,” says Dr. Tracee Short, medical director of the center. “In addition to typical childhood stresses like body image and self-confidence, young burn survivors often deal with additional adjustments as they return to school.”

To help cope with these emotions, the Regional Burn Center sends pediatric burn survivors to the “I’m Still Me” Summer Burn Camp in Scottsville, Texas. During the week-long camp, participants enjoy swimming, fishing, arts and crafts and other fun activities. The donation from Assurance Financial could help as many as 15 children attend the camp free.

The donation was funded in part by proceeds from the company’s annual “Jeans Fund,” where employees contribute money in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans or casual dress attire to work. The Jeans Fund contribution, along with a corporate match, is made to a charity each year.

WBR Mass Choir holds Christmas musical

The West Baton Rouge Parish Mass Choir held its 18th annual Christmas Musical Friday, Dec. 18, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Port Allen. The theme was “How Majestic is Your Name.”

Special guests were members of the St. John Baptist Church, of Alsen.

Participating in the event were President Betty J. Dunn, musicians Michael Tony, George Chesterfield, Robert Lyons, Roland Wright and Chedrick Golphin, and choir members Gloria Washington, Queen McGruder, Dorothy Antoine, Laura Ransom, Evelyn Dent, LaTonya Gueary, Mona Young, Janice Lowery, Joann Davis, Cynthia Thomas, Rita Walls, Beatrice Johnson, Frances Tobias, Juliaette Smith, Roselean Dent, Ann Brown, Doretha Knight, Pat Burris, Mia Parker, Jaqueline Ayo, David Knight, Leon Goudeau, Charles Earl, Barbara Carter, Lucille Gordon, Linda Metevia and Kevin Lawrence.

Also members are Sarah Bibbins, Glenda Brown, Jackie Brown, Jackie Cobbs, Zoe Collier, Connie Dent, Valerie Franklin, Pamela Franklin, Kathy Jackson, Felecia Jackson, Betty Johnson, the Rev. Kenneth Johnson, Natherlean Kelly, Joycelyn Williams and Vonda Williams.

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.