The Tigers were squared off against the Ragin’ Cajuns in Game 1 of the NCAA super regionals at the exact same time as the Friends of the Capitol Park Museum’s annual fundraiser in what was arguably one of the biggest nights ever in Alex Box Stadium.

‘Night at the Museum’

That didn’t put too much of a damper on “A Night at the Museum” though, as organizers had strategically placed a big-screen TV tuned into the game for those who turned out for what is always a fun night downtown. Just like the movie of the same name, some of the museum’s exhibits come to life on this special night to share the history of Louisiana and its unique culture. The Tigers stunning victory put everyone in full party mode and dancing to the sounds of Phat Hat.

The night also featured some really tempting silent auction items like a tour of LSU with Jarvis Green, a day on the shooting range with State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson, spending the afternoon with “Dukes of Hazard” actor John Schneider or the original painting created onsite by primitive artist Alvin Batiste. You could also take a chance to win a blue topaz and diamond ring courtesy of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.

Slim Harpo Awards

Chelsea’s Café was rocking the night of June 4 for the annual Slim Harpo Music Awards. This year’s recipients included Legends Jimmie Vaughn, founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Lou Ann Barton, a founding member of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble and charter member of Jimmie Vaughn’s Tilt-a-Whirl band; Ambassadors Martin Hawkins with Germany’s Bear Family Records, who recently produced a five-CD boxed set “Buzzin’ the Blues: The Complete Slim Harpo,” and Bear Family Records, acknowledged leader in the field of quality re-issues; and Pioneer Kim Wilson, founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

The awards were presented by Slim Harpo Awards Inc. Executive Director Johnny Palazzotto, WBRH/KBRH Program Director Rob Payer, former Greek Fountains drummer and co-writer of “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love” Cyril Vetter and blues queen Carol Fran. Also on hand for the festivities, which included a post-awards jam session, were Henry Gray, Sam Hogan, Chris Thomas King and Teddy Johnson.

While everyone was having a blast, I think Jimmie Vaughn was having the most fun. As he said in accepting his award, “Who needs a Grammy when you have a Slim Harpo Award?”

Leadership

The week started off at the June 2 graduation dinner for the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Class of 2015 at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center. And, speaking of alumni, many leadership alumni were on hand for the celebration, which was chaired by Nicole Colvin and Ethan Bush, Class of 2014 and 2013, respectively.

One alum in particular was in the spotlight. Christel Slaughter, a member of the Class of 1986, received this year’s Community Leadership Alumni Award for her various community work including the Companion Animal Alliance. The award was presented by alumni board member Marvin Borgmeyer.

Also recognized for her service was Cindy Seghers, who received the President’s Award from outgoing Alumni Board President Jim Horton. Horton, in turn, was presented an award for his service by incoming board President Jim Raines.

Introduced by Leadership Director Mary Beth Chevalier were graduates David Baxter, Sparkhound; Ryan Chenevert, Fletcher & Roy; Kahli Cohran, Civil Solutions Consulting Group; Clay Countryman, Breazeale Sachse & Wilson; Andrée Cullens, Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips; Allyson d’Aquin, All Star Automotive; Anna Dearmon, Deveney; Jerry Denicola, Whitney Bank; Eric Dexter, Civil Solutions Consulting Group; Denise Dugas, Seaside Health Care; Stuart Feigley, Wright Feigley Communications; Wendy Gaudet, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; John Gray, The Dunham School; Blaine Grimes, Campus Federal Credit Union; Angelle Hill, Turner Industries Group; Makesha Judson, March of Dimes; David Kerth, Jones Walker; Anthony Kimble, Solid Ground Innovations; Norisha Kirts, LSU Foundation; Scott Mabry, Ochsner Health Center; Megan Manchester, ExxonMobil; Mikki Mathews, JP Morgan Chase; John McGee, BASF Corp.; Jessica Monroe, Johnson & Johnson; David Mullens, Capital One Bank; Melissa Parmelee, American Red Cross; Nial Patel, Cornerstone Governmental Affairs; Kristi Richard, McGlinchey Stafford; Mendy Richard, Louisiana Department of Public Safety; Rhett Roy, Woman’s Hospital; Bradley Sanchez, The Salad Shop; Kate Seba, Junior League; Mary Ellen Slayter, Reputation Capital Media Services; Kara Still, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Laura Vinsant, Teach for America; Trae Welch, East Baton Rouge Metro Council member; J. Charles Dabadie, ExxonMobil, Class of 2013; and Liz Smith, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Class of 2014.

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