Mu Zeta donates to families in need

On Dec. 20, Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority opened the doors of the sorority house on Harding Boulevard in the spirit of giving.

For more than 30 years, December Mu Zeta Chapter has been doing its “The Spirit of Giving” community service project. In keeping with this tradition, members of Mu Zeta Chapter donated food items to fill over 67 boxes to help families in the Baton Rouge, Gonzales, St. Gabriel, Zachary, Baker, Mansura, New Roads and Port Allen areas to enjoy the holidays.

Brenda Green chaired the project. Other committee members are Sadie Kay, Mabel Emery, Betty Munson, Mazie Malveaux, Cora Collins-Smith, Mildred Lewis, Margaret Gordon, Lorraine Woods, Nelda Augustus, Karla W. Jack, Geraldine Simms, Cynthia Sampey, Albertha Clemmons, Collen Collins, Waynarta Dyson, Clemetta Sterling, Linda Batiste, Donnie Faye Hull, Barbara Carpenter and Nikki Jones.

Baton Rouge volunteer wins Saints award

Monica Bradsher was one of eight winners of the New Orleans Saints Community Quarterback Award.

Bradsher, 70, was recognized Dec. 21 with a $2,500 check to the Volunteers in Public Schools. She serves as a reading friend, math friend and team leader through VIPS, a nonprofit organization that enlists volunteers to tutor students who perform below grade level in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. Since 2001, Bradsher has worked at Bernard Terrace Elementary, tutoring students and matching volunteers with students.

Bradsher was allowed on the field during warm-up activities for the Saints-Falcons game and also received two complimentary tickets to the game.

“Monica and her husband Henry are such blessings to this organization,” VIPS Executive Director Judy K. Bethly said. “They never seem to tire of sharing their time and gifts with children to encourage and inspire them to improve in the classroom and in life. We are grateful to the Saints organization for recognizing the good that takes place in our communities.”

Orchid Sociey hears about Vanda orchids

Baton Rouge Orchid Society learned about Vanda orchids from Mac Rivenbark, owner of Mac’s Orchids in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at its November meeting.

The Society’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. The program will feature a presentation by John Nelson and Tin-Wein Yu on their recent journey to the World Orchid Conference in Madagascar.

The Society also holds Green Growers meetings for new orchid hobbyists at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at 425 Nelson Drive, Baton Rouge, and an Orchids for Seniors study group at 10 a.m. on the fourth Monday at Independence Park.

The Orchid Society is open to the public and welcomes anyone interested in learning about growing orchids. Visit or call (225) 308-1404.

Children at OLOL get gifts from groups

More than 50 children who are patients at Our Lady of the Lake were visited by Santa Claus and WAFB news anchor Matt Williams Dec. 21. They were presented with stuffed animals and refreshments. Williams also gave OLOL staff Subway meal tickets to distribute to the families of children in need.

The party was made possible by Masons, Acacia Shrine Klown Unit, Denham Springs Wal-Mart, Family Dollar stores, Coca-Cola and Subway at the main OLOL campus.

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. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.