Three of summer's most fun events took place last week. Read on and check out what's ahead at Pam's Party Calendar at theadvocate.com.
The Capitol Park Museum was turned into an art gallery for Forum 35's 14th annual Art Melt, which kicked off with a Preview Party July 21. At this event, you not only get the first look at this year's entries but also the first chance to purchase the art. And, you get to meet the artists whose works were selected for the show.
The Preview Party is also when the judges — Jennifer Scanlan, of the Oklahoma Contemporary; Mark Tylow, CEO of the Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience; and Courtney Taylor, LSU Museum of Art curator — announce the winners from among the 68 entries. Taking home first place for his mixed media piece, "Hair Tengu vs. Kitsune," was Demond Matsuo, second place went to Haley Hatfield's "Urban Illusions" and third to Stephanie Landry's "I'm human so, of course … " from her "Are You Broken?" series.
Stephen Massaro's "Contemplate in Blue" earned him the Ann Connelly Fine Art Award and Marie Duplechien's "Le Fete du Soir" won the Forum 35 Award, selected by its members and Art Melt committee.
Be sure to check out the show during regular museum hours.
The L'Auberge Event Center was awash in pink for the kickoff of Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge's Big Wigs fundraiser, "BigWigs Under the Big Top." In keeping with the theme, there were jugglers, aerial artists and fun games of chance to entertain guests. Keeping things moving along were hosts Matt Moscona, of 104.5 ESPN, and NBC33's Chad Sabadie. Stephanie Possa served as chairwoman.
Donning pink wigs and strutting their stuff on the catwalk under the direction of ringmaster Kris Cangelosi were Cheri Ausberry, Dr. Jorge Isaza, Laura O'Brien, Joe Possa, Dr. Aimée Russo-Mounger, Jim Urdiales, Kathy Victorian and Elizabeth Vowell. Among those cheering them on were Karen and Bill Profita, Chad Kenny Possa, William Roy, Andy Plaisance, John Jackson, Gracella Simmons, Phyllis Perrone, Kim Morgan, Y'zell Willamson, Guy Blanchard, Whitney Higginbotham Greene and my "Dancing for Big Buddy" buddies Leonard Augustus, Thomas Telhiard, Donté Phillips, Whitney Vann, Allison Young, Dixon McMakin and Josh Howard.
The night before, I was at L'Auberge for the Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center's 11th annual Celebrity Waiters event. Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres collected a whopping $12,550 to earn bragging rights as top tip collector. The event was sold out, but I don't think the sheriff garnered that many tips getting food and libations for guests, so the general consensus is he did a lot of fundraising beforehand.
Jordan Piazza, owner of Phil's Oyster Bar, came in second with $3,300 in tips, and the LSU Golden Girls placed third with a little over $3,100. LSU Gymnastics coach D-D Breaux was honored as Waiter of the Decade in recognition of her support for the cause.
Also donning aprons for the night were Alyssa Ceasar, 2017 Miss LSU-USA; Ashleigh Gnat and Ashley Clare-Kearny, LSU gymnastics; Rick Perry, Tiger Athletic Foundation; Justin Vincent, former LSU Tiger; Roger Cador, former Southern University baseball coach; Paul Mainieri, LSU baseball coach, David McDavid, Zachary police chief; Josh Howard, motivational speaker; Greg Meriwether and Lauren Westbrook, of WAFB-TV; Tony Matassa, Shopper's Choice; Tasmin Mitchell, LSU basketball, Paula Lee, Baton Rouge Community College women's basketball coach; Michael Papajohn, actor and stuntman; David St. Romain, musician; Gary Rispone, outdoor sports enthusiast; Beau Clark, East Baton Rouge coroner; John Delgado, former East Baton Rouge Metro councilman; Michael Valluzzo, Valluzzo Companies/McDonald's; Nikki Caldwell Fargas, LSU women's basketball coach; Don Stone, Baton Rouge Crimestoppers; Brett Stassi, Iberville Parish sheriff; Ronnie Rantz, L'Auberge; and Troy Landry, of "Swamp People" fame.
NBC33 news anchor Chad Sabadie served as the night's emcee, with Dennis Landry handling the live auction. Sharon Pol chaired the event with help from committee members Amy Binck, Kema Bueche, Kristen Cain, Phillip Cancilleri, Amy Dawson, Adrienne Demouy, Joy Denley, Matt DeVille, Dawn Dicharry, Laura Ewing, Lauren Hernandez, Kerrie Kikendall, Gary LaBauve, Danielle McNamara, Eleanor Saffiotti, Cathy Sherburne and Allie Young.
Nine young women made their debut at the 52nd anniversary of the Debutante Cotillion hosted by the Baton Rouge Delta Development Corp. and the Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority July 22 at the Renaissance Hotel. Welcoming guests were corporation board Chairwoman Shirley L. Henderson and chapter President Karmen R. Davis. Kathy Victorian served as mistress of ceremonies and introduced this year's debs, and Charlene T. Wilson served as chairwoman of the cotillion.
Kristen Alexis LaMotte, daughter of Dr. Lance C. and Kimberly H. LaMotte, was crowned the 2017 Cotillion Debutante Queen. She also placed first in the Entrepreneurial Awards, which are presented to the debutantes with the top ads sales for the cotillion. LaMotte was escorted by Donavan Alexander Bailey, son of Vicky Jones and Donald Bailey.
First Princess Nkemdilim "Ndili" Grace Cook, daughter of Dr. Janet and Gregory Cook, came in second in the Entrepreneurial Awards and received the Ora Nobles Evans Scholarship Award. She was escorted by Terrance Leonard Augustus, son of Yolanda Yvette Augustine and Reginald Leonard Augustus.
Second Princess Tamiko Terraz Stroud, daughter of Tamiko F. and Ira Leon Garrison, of Donaldsonville, came in third in Entrepreneurial Awards and received the Sadie Conner Keel Scholarship. She was escorted by Julian Paul Guillory, son of Marva Scott and Paul Fitzgerald Guillory.
Rounding out the debutante coterie were Tia LaGene Collins, daughter of Laurdus and Edward Wesley Collins Sr., of Baker, and escorted by D’Metrie A. King, son of Darlene and Darryl D. King; Shayla Nikole Hastings, daughter of Cachanta and Lawrence Hosea Johnson Sr., and Robert Hastings, escorted by Chad Higgins Mason, son of Martha and Johnney Spears and Chad and LaShandra Mason; Kristian DuJuan Howard, daughter of Tynita and Kenneth Duane Howard, and escorted by Kermit Johnson IV, son of Ingrid and Kermit Johnson III; Kennedy Rebekah Morgan, daughter of Gabrielle and Warren Eldridge Morgan Jr., of Baker, escorted by Joshua Barrow, son of Joy Brown White and Larry Barrow Jr.; Darian MéChel Shorts, daughter of Jeffernier and Darryl L. Shorts, escorted by Kolby Anderson, son of Lorine and David Anderson; and Taylor Elizabeth Torrence, daughter of Sandy and Travis Michael Torrence Sr., of Zachary, escorted by James Benjamin Rawls, son of Madelyn Rawls and James C. Rawls.
Torrance received the Miss Congeniality Award from her peers. It was presented by Keshala B. Jackson, personal development chairwoman. Hastings received the Virtle T. Jones Scholarship, which was presented by Yolanda M. Singleton, alumnae chapter vice president, and Joyce A. Price, corporation vice president. Corporation Treasurer Waree Dorsey Waits presented the Entrepreneurial Awards.
The evening's other honorees included Chancelier Skidmore, executive director of Forward Arts, recipient of the Hazel Johnson Freeman Community Service Award; and New St. John’s Boys Academy, recipient of the Clarence Marie Collier Community Service Award. The awards were presented by Eva Pratt.
The festivities wrapped up with dancing to the sounds of the The Leroy Pero Ensemble.