With the Lenten slowdown, I took the opportunity to go and visit family in Alabama last weekend. While there, we celebrated my brother-in-law’s 60th birthday. That meant I had to rely on co-workers to help me out. Thanks to Karen Martin and Heather McClelland.

‘Tea, Fashion & Fancies’

Mardi Gras fashions were on display at “Tea, Fashion & Fancies,” a very special tea party benefiting both the LSU Rural Life Museum and LSU Costume & Textile Museum. The Feb. 23 event took place at Rural Life and included some very special guests. Designer Suzanne Perron, a graduate of LSU’s fashion program, brought along some of her stunning Mardi Gras queen gowns and talked about the process of designing for royalty. Members of Krewe Mystique de la Capitale showed off not just the glamorous attire of its kings, queens and ball captains but also some of the costumes worn by krewe members during the parade.

Diane Deaton served as mistress of ceremonies for the fun, relaxing afternoon.

Go Red for Women

The day before it was all about red as the American Heart Association held it annual Go Red for Women luncheon. Dionne Viator was this year’s chairwoman; Louisiana first lady Supriya Jindal served as honorary chairwoman. Sylvia Weatherspoon handled emcee duties.

Bringing home the message that we girls need to take care of our hearts were survivors former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Kitty Kimball, Sharon Slan and Christie Reinhardt. Another group of survivors and others whose lives have been touched by heart disease took to the runway to model fashions from Macy’s, a national sponsor of Go Red for Women. Kimball, a stroke survivor, was joined on the catwalk by husband Clyde, who I’m told literally stole the show.

Other models included Tremesia Abbott, Coletta Barrett, Margie Brass, Georgia Brown, Mary Leah Coco, Jack and mom Tonya Dixon, Nickie Frederick, Marley Graves, Whitney Graves, Ashley Hebert, Camryn Holub, Jane John, Raven Kelley, Madeline McCoy, Aiden Perret, Caitlyn Piper, Chante Rice, Reinhardt, Katie Spears, Anna Claire Varnado and daughter Marin, and Lauren Viator.

Burger Bash

Twenty-three years ago, Catholic High mom Sissy Stephens came up with the idea of a project for the CHS Key Club. Members would cook and sell hamburgers to benefit the Big Buddy Program, and they would also feed many of the Little Buddies in the process. Still going strong, the much-anticipated Big Buddy Burger Bash has grown into an important fundraiser that features performances by Little Buddies, graduates of the program and, this year, inspirational students like the Parkview Baptist Jump Rope Team.

At this year’s event, Feb. 20 at Catholic High, Executive Director Gaylynne Mack also introduced Burger Bash scholarship recipients: Georgette Morgan, attending graduate school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Shandricka Jackson, a junior at Southeastern Louisiana University; August Kelly, a freshman at LSU; Jorden Melton a sophomore at Southeastern Louisiana University; and Kelly Davis, a freshman at Southern University.

Celebrating marriage

Twenty-six couples commemorated milestone anniversaries in a special Mass conducted by the Rev. Trey Nelson at St. Jude Catholic Church Feb. 16 in celebration of World Marriage Day. The ceremony was followed by a reception in the school cafeteria. The event was chaired by Sandra and Larry Waguespack.

Renewing their vows were Laura and Rosario Martina, 68 years; Clara and Raymond Aucoin, 66 years; Yvonne and Alvin Guerin, 60 years; Joan and Carroll Macalusa and Joyce B. and Earl J. Roy, 55 years; Carol and Donald Thibodeaux, Toni and John Tullier and Elaine and Tommy Vince, 50 years; Rose and Ken Roberts, 45 years; Joy and Bruce Hammatt, 40 years; Linda and Alex William Jones, 30 years; Elizabeth and Paul Baudoin, Joni and Gary Catanzaro, Yolande and Boyd Charles, Maria and Keith Horcasitas and Belinda and Pete Yoder, 35 years; Carol and Frederick Henderson, 25 years; Lisa and Jason Hargrave, 15 years; and Kristina and David Funes, Sarah and Wayne Losavio, Stephanie and Lee Mayeux, Kimberly and Jeremy McDaniel, Jennifer and Dr. John Petzet, Emily and Marshall Price, Carrie and Matt Tucker and Erin and Aaron Wimberly,10 years.

Each couple received commemorative marriage certificate and keepsake program. A display was set up to view original wedding photographs the couples had brought, with a picture of them taken that day placed next to their photographs.

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