No one hates missing a party more than me, so I was not happy an illness sidelined me last week. There were so many fun things going on!
I do have to thank my “stringers” for getting me the scoop on all the happenings as well as photos. Appreciate you!
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum celebrated its 30th anniversary gala in grand style Oct. 9. Invitations invited its several hundred guests to “trip the light fantastic” in celebration of the International Year of Light and the museum’s latest exhibit, “Sun Light/Star Light.”
Sources tell me I missed one heck of a good time. With food provided by 30 of the city’s best restaurants and caterers, and music by Ned Fasullo & The Big Band Orchestra how could it be anything else.
Chairing this anniversary gala was Errin Flynn. Serving as committee chairmen were Anna Howard and Aimée Kilpatrick, auction; Cindy Verdin, buffet; Scott Kirkpatrick, business support; Dan Bergeron, design; Heather and Scott Kirkpatrick, hosts; Susan Polowczuk, media; and Kristen Glascock, raffle.
Downtown was a bit spooky Saturday night, as Consortium 10/31 took over De La Ronde Hall for its annual Ghostly Gala, chaired by Denise Clause. The red carpet was replaced with, what else, an orange one, helping to get everyone in the right mood. Whitney Vann served as mistress of ceremonies. Reigning over the festivities were Halloween Queen V Lauren Collins and her king, Corey Tullier. They’ll be front and center again when the Halloween Parade rolls through downtown at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31 with its theme of “It’s Halloween, Witches!”
Earlier that day, Our Lady of the Lake College hosted its annual alumni luncheon at Boudreaux’s. This year’s honorees included my good buddy Ginger Miller, who received the Distinguished Alumna award. For 30 years, she has served as executive director of the Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank. She also serves as a member of the college’s board of trustees.
Laura Martinez Wright, a 2008 graduate, received the Distinguished Recent Alumna award for her work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, where she serves as director of shelter and residential services.
This year’s Franciscan Impact Award went to Celeste Goodwin, of Prairieville, who created the National Pediatric Blood Pressure Awareness Foundation after losing her 4-year-old son to undiagnosed hypertension in 2007.
Buddy Jay Ducote, of BiteandBooze.com, “Food Network Star” and Hug Jay D, was crowned Jam King at the Capital Area United Way’s 28th annual Jambalaya Jam Oct. 8, which raised some $57,000. Some 47 corporate teams lined the North Boulevard Town Square, competing for bragging rights for the best jambalaya. Keeping the evening’s energy level up was the band After 8, followed by up-and-coming country music artist Craig Campbell, presented by WYNK.
The team from Atmos Energy took home the prized trophy and gold paddle that comes with first-place honors in the jambalaya competition. Second place went to the team from ExxonMobil Complex 2 and third place to the team from Triad. This year’s People’s Choice Award went to the cooks of Dow Chemical Co., premiere sponsor of Jambalaya Jam. Best Appetizers award went to Motiva.
Judges for the competition were Jonathan Calhoun, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; chef Ryan André, City Pork; Natalia Verdina, WBRZ; Sydney Blanchard, BiteandBooze.com; Jody Elisar, Jambalaya Festival Association; Shane Martinez, Krazy Kajun; Joseph Sergio, iHeartMedia; chef Chris Wadsworth, Triumph Kitchen, and Wally Taillon and Scott Duplechein, both with the Jambalaya Festival Association.
Winners in the Community Games, sponsored by Atmos Energy, were BASF, corporate division; the ARC of Baton Rouge, nonprofit division; and Entergy RiverBend, Team Spirit Award.
Oklahoma Air National Guard Maj. Dan Rooney shared his emotional story with those attending the Boy Scouts of America Istrouma Area Council’s annual Business & Industry Leaders Luncheon Oct. 6 at L’Auberge Hotel & Casino. Rooney is the founder of Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to the spouses and children of military service members disabled of killed in action. In just five short years, the organization has raised over $70 million and awarded nearly 8,000 scholarships.
Ryan Girouard chaired the luncheon. Assisting were committee members John Murrill, council president; Darrell Ourso, first vice president; Ralph Bender, treasurer; John Fabre and Ronnie Stephens, executive board members; Beau Olinde, advisory board member; Scout executive Gary Mertz; Tyrone Black, director of field service; and Jennifer Harris, IAC staff member. Camm Morton served as master of ceremonies.
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