Local advertising had a big night, Great Futures and Greeks were celebrated and a style show put the spotlight on the latest fads in just some of last week's events.
At the American Advertising Federation of Baton Rouge’s annual ADDY Awards, a rousing standing ovation followed the announcement that John Maginnis, who for 25 years has led the Strategic Communications team at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, was this year’s recipient of the group's highest honor, the E.A. “Pete” Goldsby Award. Maginnis, a 40-year media veteran, was the center of attention at the March 2 event at L’Auberge Event Center. He was, by no means, the night’s only winner.
Orhan McMillan, founder and managing partner of dezinsINTERACTIVE, received the Mosaic Champion Award, which recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Professional Mosaic, presented by this year’s judges, went to tommysTV. The President’s Service Award went to Ad Fed member Jonathan Palmisano, and the Company Service Award went to Emprint Moran Printing Inc.
Red Stick Media was proclaimed Overall Best of Show and also earned two gold awards.
Best of Show nods went to Lamar Advertising, which also earned three gold and two silver awards; tommysTV, which also earned two gold and one silver; MESH Creative, which also earned 11 gold and seven silver; LSU Athletics Creative Services, which also earned three gold.
The night’s other big winners included Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, one gold and 14 silver; DigitalFX, eight gold and five silver; Tilt, four gold and four silver; Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins OLOL Cancer Center, one gold and three silver, and Bill Rodman Productions, two gold and one silver.
Before heading to L’Auberge, I stopped by the Shaw Center for the Arts, where the Boys & Girls Club’s Club Blue was hosting the second annual Great Futures Gala. This year’s honorees, which had already raised more than $40,000 before the gala, included Katherine Clements, Ian Dallimore, Lauren DeWitt, Jacob Jolibois, Rowdy Gaudet, Sarah Joy Hays, Kelley McCann, Bridget Kaigler, Allie McAlpin, Theodore Richards, Kenny Nguyen, Candace Temple, Michael B. Victorian and Ryan Zumo.
Stop No. 2 was the Brighton School, which was hosting its first gala, “Shine Bright for Dyslexia.” In a fun twist, Brighton students served as waiters for the seated dinner, which was followed by a lively auction, conducted by Chris Counts and emcee Matt Williams. The night’s festivities also included various raffles and games.
On March 1, LSU’s Office of Greek Affairs hosted its 14th annual Greek Excellence Awards Gala. Alumni from 26 of LSU’s sororities and fraternities were honored for their achievements and contributions to the communities where they live.
They included retired Army Brig. Gen. Karlynn Peltz O’Shaughnessy, Alpha Delta Pi; Gwendolyn J. Thomas, Alpha Kappa Alpha; Jandy J. Thompson, Alpha Phi; Linda Grace, Chi Omega; Monica Gautreau Hadlock, Delta Delta Delta; Bettsie Baker Miller, Delta Gamma; Suzette Say, Delta Zeta; Laura Fletcher Lindsay, Kappa Alpha Theta; Mary Ellen Harper Hart, Kappa Delta; Barbin Caldwell Graham, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Sheila Walters Yellott, Phi Mu; Jan Waguespack, Pi Beta Phi; Julie Henriquez Aldana, Sigma Lambda Gamma; LaKesha Davidson-Vallian, Zeta Phi Beta; and Jan McBride Sumrall, Zeta Tau Alpha.
Also, Andrew Ellender, Alpha Gamma Rho; John Wesley Russell IV, Delta Chi; Jake Netterville, Kappa Alpha; Chip Songy, Kappa Sigma; Marcus Sylvas, Phi Beta Sigma; Johnny Joubert, Phi Gamma Delta; Edmond Wade Shows, Phi Kappa Psi; William Edward Dorroh, Pi Kappa Alpha; Robby Apple, Sigma Nu; Rusty Follis, Sigma Phi Epsilon; and Greg Gothreaux, Theta Xi.
For lunch on March 2, I joined members of the Campus Club at its annual scholarship luncheon at the Baton Rouge Country Club. I had so much fun with my tablemates — Kathy Baker, Pat Pike, Sue Loubierie, Linda Chauvier, President Nancy Hammett and Ellen Murphy Graham, who brought with her friends from Covington Iris Webb, Mille Farmer and Alexis Navarro.
We all enthusiastically applauded special guest and former club member Julia Hawkins, who recently celebrated her 102nd birthday, and we paused for a moment of reflection to honor deceased members Mildred Caldwell and Mary Faulkner.
The highlight of the day, though, was the style show featuring spring looks from J. Jill. Doing their sassiest walks through the dining room were models Carmen Board, Marilyn Bramer, Lynn Evans, Linda Hammond, Janet Hersbergen, June Klimash, Rhetta Sellers, Lynn Thune, Margie Whitehead and Emily Zoiber.
Lots of door prizes were handed out, but I may have been the luckiest — my ticket was pulled to win the J. Jill shopping spree. The luncheon was chaired by Chris Enright and Ann Guedry.
Everything you need to know about women’s health ... well, not really everything, but nurse practitioner Colette Blanchard certainly hit the high points at the March 1 coffee of the Woman’s Club. She stressed the importance of wellness exams and providing truthful information to your physician.
Before the meeting, members and guests sampled goodies provided by Trish Sedin, Rose Mary Lane, Margaret Rome, Pat Richards, Linda Michelli, June Carpenter and Mary Ellen Kelley. The St. Patrick’s Day themed décor was courtesy of Angie Inzerella and Rome.
Later that evening, I attended a very informative talk on moral injury by the Rev. Carrie Douhring for Volunteers of America of Greater Baton Rouge, which is the first VOA chapter to host the presentation, which is underwritten by a national grant from Bristol-Meyers. The talk was preceded by a reception, where I got to visit with Executive Director Janet Pace, Allison Traxler, Amanda Gustavson, Department of Children & Family Services Secretary Marketa Walters and Douhring.