Downtown’s North Boulevard Town Square was the happening spot Oct. 9 as the Capital Area United Way held its 27th annual Jambalaya Jam. It raised an additional $71,700 toward this year’s campaign.
Reigning over the festivities as Jam Queen was LSU Gymnastics coach D-D Breaux.
I had fun hanging out in the VIP tent, which was sponsored by Potash/PCS Nitrogen. Not only did I score a seated massage, but I got to visit with CEO Darrin Goss’ better half, V, and made a new friend, Connie Ryland. New to Baton Rouge, she’s volunteered to party hop with me one night real soon, so be looking for us.
Hanging onto first place and bragging rights for the best jambalaya from among 49 entries was the team from Performance Contractors. Second place went to Criterion Catalyst and third to BASF. Total was the People’s Choice winner.
Celebrity judges for the jambalaya cookoff included Breaux, Taylor Gautreaux, Raising Cane’s; Kylie Dixon, WBRZ-TV; Jay Ducote, BiteandBooze.com; Jody Elisar, former Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Association champion; Mike Gonzales and Wally Taillon, Jambalaya Festival Association; Amy Plaissance, Baton Rouge Parents Magazine; Joseph Sergio, iHeartMedia; and Cheramie Sonnier, The Advocate.
Other big winners included Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Community Games, corporate division; Big Buddy, Community Games, nonprofit division; Criterion Catalyst, Team Spirit; and Motiva, Best Appetizer.
Earlier that afternoon, I popped into Boudreaux’s for the Baton Rouge Opera Guild’s fall scholarship recital and annual meeting. Performing for members and guests were sopranos Ariana Douglas and Betsy Uschkrat; mezzo-soprano Christina Casey; baritones Michael Bade, Sam Carroll, Erik Erlandson and Sean O’Malley; and tenors Micah Callahan and Greg Gallagher. They were accompanied by pianist Michael Borowitz, LSU assistant professor of opera.
Douglas is the recipient of the Dr. & Mrs. Leo Abraham and the Alma Lee & H.N. Saurage Jr. scholarships given by Insa Abraham and the Alma Lee & H.N. Saurage Jr. Fund; Uschkart is the recipient of the John Turner Scholarship given by Sue Turner; and Casey is the recipient of the Ernest A. Gueymard Memorial Scholarship given by Anne G. Shirley and David Gueymard.
Bade is the recipient of the Mr. & Mrs. John H. Hernandez Fund, Pauline Bondy Hernandez Fund and Katharine O. Dunham Memorial Fund, given by BROG; Carroll is the recipient of the Dorothy Halphen Kolb and Elaine K. Schudmak memorial scholarships given by Shirley Halphen Bergeron and Susan and Barrow Leake, and Ann S. Keogh, respectively; Erlandson is the recipient of the Thomas C. Landrum Memorial Scholarship given by Lillian Landrum; and O’Malley is the recipient of the Joseph Dawson Jr. Memorial Scholarship given by Susan Dawson.
Callahan is the recipient of the Baton Rouge Opera Guild’s Member Scholarship, and Gallagher is the recipient of the James Coday and Gerald Wilcox memorial scholarships given by Judy and William Zollinger and Marlene Wilcox, respectively.
Inner Wheel members sashayed through the dining room of the Baton Rouge Country Club earlier that day in fashions from Russo Ross for the organization’s annual fall luncheon. Models included Ernestine Bridgeforth, Ann Felice Fourrier, Kathleen Howell, Chris Jackson and Shelia Melancon. I came with the fashion find of the season — Sleevies, which turn your sleeveless dress into one with beautiful sheer sleeves, available at Russo Ross.
We also heard from Jamie Tindle, founder of Families Helping Families, which is one of the recipients of Inner Wheel’s 2015 Attic Trash & Treasure Sale. Other recipients include Hope Academy, Louisiana Key Academy, Youth Oasis and Children’s Advocacy Center.
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