The first week made for a slow social calendar but that’s OK, it gave us all time to catch our breaths after a whirlwind Carnival season. We don’t get to rest too long, though. Check out Pam’s Party Calendar online at theadvocate.com see what’s coming up.

Sweethearts

For all they did for Beta Sigma Phi last year, 12 women were in the spotlight at Beta Sigma Phi’s Oscar-themed Sweetheart Ball Feb. 21 at the Gonzales Civic Center. Emcees for the evening were Veronica Mosgrove and Chris Nakamoto.

The sweethearts and their chapters were Dixie Gregory, Torch Bearer; Virgie Germany, Iota Master; Marsha Watts, Lambda Master; Nikki Gautreaux, Laurate Alpha Alpha; Bobbie Ramsey, Laureate Psi; Linda Grabski, Preceptor Alpha Eta; Anna Marie Burns, Preceptor Beta Epsilon; Sally Ann Collins, Preceptor Pi; Esther Schiff, Xi Gamma Iota; Roberta Schexnayder, Xi Delta Sigma; Kathy Lawrence, Kappa Psi; and Nola Brown, Xi Alpha Theta.

Following the sweethearts’ presentation, the night concluded with dancing to the sounds of the Something Blue Band.

Preceptor Alpha Eta chapter was in charge of the event. Assisting were chapters Preceptor Pi and Preceptor Beta Epsilon.

#GiveWhatFireTakes

Between last October and January, the local American Red Cross assisted more than 440 people whose lives were destroyed by fire. It’s an expensive statistic they’d like to change, so the Red Cross is combining new technology with old-fashioned neighbor-to-neighbor outreach with a three-prong effort launching this month, which is Red Cross Month.

That strategy includes door-to-door installation of smoke alarms and completion of home safety checklists and evacuation plans in vulnerable neighborhoods; engaging youngsters in classrooms and after school with technology, challenges and science-based education; and a marketing and public relations campaign to motivate everyone to take action to save themselves, their families and their neighbors by checking smoke alarms and practicing evacuating when it goes off.

And this is where you, my readers, come in. Do you have an evacuation plan? Does everyone in the household know what it is? When the grandkids spend the night, would they know what to do if the smoke alarm went off? Can you help the Red Cross help those who have lost everything to fire? If so, please help #GiveWhatFireTakes by making a donation at redcross.org.

Last week, several of the Libras of Libra Ball fame met with Red Cross Public Affairs Director Nancy Malone and Development Director and Libra Melissa Parmalee at the Radio Bar to learn how they can help by tweeting, posting messages on Facebook and emailing their family and friends. I hope you’ll step up and join the movement. The life you save just might be your own.

Epicurean Award

And the winner is Bobby Yarborough! The Baton Rouge Epicurean Society hosted a luncheon at Gino’s Italian Restaurant Feb. 9 to tell the co-owner and CEO of Manda Fine Meats that he is this year’s recipient of the Grace “Mama” Marino Lifetime Achievement Award. I hate I missed the luncheon (I was out of town) because seeing the expression of the honoree’s face when told the news is a very special moment. And, knowing Bobby, I can just imagine how blown away he was when the BRES board told him the good news.

Yarborough will be fêted at an elaborate seven-course dinner Aug. 27 at L’Auberge Hotel & Casino, the kickoff to BRES’s Fête Rouge Weekend. For tickets and more information on the dinner and Fête Rouge, visit feterougebr.com.

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