Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there! Now, let's check out the party scene.
Forty-one future community leaders officially graduated June 6 from the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program, a program of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, during a celebratory dinner at LSU's Lod Cook Alumni Center. Alumni from all past 20 classes were on hand to congratulate this year's graduates, and many joined them for a VIP reception prior to the dinner, which featured remarks from BRAC President Adam Knapp, Leadership Alumni Board President Ethan Bush and President-elect Jacquelyn Craddock.
Stephen Feazell and Rob Wise spoke on behalf of their fellow 2017 classmates, who were introduced by Leadership Director Emily Stich. Other members of the class are Brian Adams, Sarah Olcott Allen, Leslie Austin, Johnnay Benjamin, Susan Blackburn, Chelsey Laborde Blankenship, Ashley Mitchell Carter, Chad Cathey, Donald Chube Jr., Kevin Colomb, Lillian W. Derouen, Carroll Devillier Jr., Elizabeth Eaton, Melony Fields, Zelma Frederick, Jessica Tate Gagliano, Hunter Geisman, Tameka Hartzog, Terrance Hinton, Courtney Holbrook, Lauren Crapanzano Jumonville, Mathew Laborde, Phillip LaFargue, Blythe Lamonica, Alexander Mahon, Danielle Matthews, Sherry McBeath, Meghan Parrish, Brian Rodriguez, Lynnel Ruckert, Wendy Singleton, Todd Sterling, Melissa Terito, Angelle Lavergne Terry, Laura Thomas, Kelli Bondy Troutman, AJ Walker, Trevor Wilson and Karen Zito.
Paying it forward
Earlier that day, I popped in at Custom Linens after receiving an invitation from a buddy I haven't seen in a long time, owner Lazette Phillips, to come for the glassybaby pop-up show benefiting Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. The company produces beautiful hand-blown votives and glasses (known as drinkers).
Glassybaby is the "baby" of three-time cancer survivor Lee Rhodes, who found hope and inspiration from the light of a candle during her battles. In her version of paying it forward, a portion of all sales goes toward helping "people, animals and our planet heal."
When Lazette inquired about glassybaby making a stop in Baton Rouge, she thought it appropriate that Cancer Services receive 10 percent of all sales during its two-day stop.