Easter and spring break slowed down the social scene in and around the Capital City, but now it’s back to full speed ahead and the calendar’s packed from now until the end of May. We all needed to rest up for all the fun headed our way. That said, there were a few events on our calendar.

PCAL luncheon

Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana hosted its third annual Community Engagement Luncheon April 1 at the Renaissance Hotel. Highlights of the day were the presentation of check for $70,000 from the LSU chapter of Kappa Delta sorority — proceeds from its jambalaya sale the day of Baton Rouge’s “Wearin’ of the Green” St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and a talk by Dr. Vincent J. Felitti on the impacts of childhood experiences on adult health and well-being. According to research by Felitti, if a person checks yes in 10 or more categories on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study they are at greater risk for substance abuse, obesity, depression, suicide, even death.

“It affects job and financial security,” said Felitti. “It can lead to an increase in heart disease, liver disease, COPD … Public health problems are often personal solutions to long-concealed ACE traumas.”

For more information on Felitti’s research, visit AcesTooHigh.org.

Rotolo’s Foundation

Later that evening, I attended a reception at Ruffino’s announcing the formation of a new foundation by the Mitch Rotolo family. The mission of the foundation is to “enrich and to strengthen the lives of our community members and to provide support, inspiration and funding through outreach and special events.”

“This was just a logical next step for us,” said Rotolo, who’s Rotolo’s Pizza already has a reputation for stepping up when called upon for local fundraisers. “Families are our core business.”

One of the foundation’s first missions is to adopt a child from Dreams Come True, and attendees that night were asked to pony up and become part of the Rotolo’s team. “We need the support of our community,” concluded Rotolo as he accepted a proclamation from Mayor Kip Holden proclaiming it Rotolo’s Foundation Day throughout the parish.

For more information on the foundation, check out its Facebook page.

Meet & Greet

Family, friends and supporters of Cancer Services packed the place the evening of March 31 to welcome Jill Roshto as the new executive director. “I’ve been here six weeks and they haven’t run me off yet,” she quipped during a brief program.

Smiling proudly in the crowd was mom Suzanne Sexton. Also there was former Executive Director Mimi Riche, who was thanked for stepping in to lead the organization during the search for a new leader.

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