Lovely spring weather made party hopping a joy. Wish we could bottle it and pull it out in July. Fortunately, the party scene is pretty slow that time of year. But that sure isn’t the case right now.
‘Forever St. Elizabeth’
For more than 20 years, the St. Elizabeth Foundation has been creating families. The adoption agency celebrated the classes of 1993 and 2003 at its 24th annual “Forever St. Elizabeth” gala May 3 at the LSU Stadium Club. It also presented this year’s Pam Kinamore Award to Robin Marrero. Retired obstetrician Dr. Richard Tannehill did the honors. Marrero then joined Executive Director Teri Casso in presenting the Always St. Elizabeth Award to Dean Esposito.
As we shopped the very tempting silent auction, sampled the tasty culinary spread and wine provided by Black Castle Winery and visited with friends old and new, we were entertained by the Nick Abraham Xperience. After a toast with complimentary champagne from Bin 77, LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux joined auctioneer Robin Wilkinson in conducting the evening’s lively auction. Among the items up for bids were tickets to the LSU vs. Alabama football game, a week’s stay in Mexico and a “First Born” statue from artist Loran Ghiglieri. Adding to the fun were emcees Gordy Rush and Ruffin Rodrigue. The night wrapped up with a few words from St. Elizabeth founder and board chairman A. Hays Town Jr.
Ashley and Todd Blanchard chaired the gala. Amy Rabalais and Katherine May were auction chairwoman, and Erika Rabalais was raffle chairwoman. Also on the committee were Courtney Alonzo, Amelie Bernhard, Frances Bennett, Sue Blanchard, Emma Dozier, Marguerite Dozier, Jennifer Eller, Lillie Gallagher, Sheri Landry, Sharon Lea, Terri LeBlanc, Rebecca Lemoine, Lauren Mercier, Jennifer Mououx, Carolyn Morris, Brooke Reynolds, Cherry Riggs, Aimée Riggs, Mary Stelly, Gay Town, Tammi Town, Terrilyn Turner, Pam Vinci and Marrero.
‘Beat the Odds’
Frances Bennett wasn’t at the St. Elizabeth Gala because she was also on the committee for the Mental Health Association of Greater Baton Rouge’s “Beat the Odds” Casino Night & Silent Auction and was busy checking in guests at its event at the Capitol Welcome Center. Not only was there some great shopping via the silent auction but guests also got to play blackjack and craps while benefiting a great cause.
The association provides services for people with or at risk for mental health and substance abuse issues. Among its programs are the Alliance House Drop In Center, Alliance House Residential Center and BRIDGES.
‘Evening at Windrush’
Nothing is more Southern than a garden party, and the LSU Rural Life Museum’s “Evening at Windrush” is the ultimate garden party. In the past it’s rained and/or been unbearably hot. That was not the case May 2 when Mother Nature fully cooperated.
I always remember former LSU President Bill Jenkins telling me, as we sipped Miss Ollie’s Punch, how we must always protect this oasis in the middle of our city. One of the people who’s worked to make Rural Life and Windrush Gardens the treasure it is is Donna Wright, who was honored as this year’s Honorary Overseer. I enjoyed visiting with Director David Floyd, Elizabeth McInnis, Kathleen and Vic Howell, Ann Meek, Roy Powell Davis, Joann e Roberts and Glenda Waguespack as we enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Windrush. Shortly after I left, everyone meandered to the Visitor Center for a scrumptious dinner prepared by Chef John Folse & Co. Dessert, coffee and cordials were enjoyed in the museum barn.
Earlier Friday, I joined the Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys for its 21st annual Law Day Luncheon at the Camelot Club. Each year, this organization recognizes the hard work of local law enforcement officers from both the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.
This year’s honorees were Cpt. R oberta Hotard, a 19-year veteran with the sheriff’s department, and Detective Cpl. C harles Dotson, a 14-year veteran with the police department. Assisting BRAWA President Jan Reeves in presenting their awards were Hotard’s boss, Maj. Bryan White, and Police Chief Carl Dabadie.
This was also one of those years that BRAWA presented its Tribute Award, which is given to an individual “who positively influences the community through his or her outstanding contribution.” EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore joined Reeves in presenting the award to ADA Melanie Fields for her work in prosecuting domestic violence cases and murders. In fact, Fields was the one who nominated Dotson as a result of his extra efforts in the war on domestic violence. Seems these two make an imposing team!
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