Thanksgiving is behind us and everyone is going into full Christmas mode. So that means lots of holiday parties!
Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital held its sold-out inaugural Black-tie BINGO on Nov. 30 at the L'Auberge Event Center. There's just something about playing a game from your childhood that gets folks excited. And were they ever excited — and competitive — as OLOL CEO Scott Wester and 225 publisher Julio Melara called out the numbers in a series of games, even one in the pattern of a black tie and another as a Champagne glass. Among the prizes were dinner and movie for five couples at John Schneider's studio in Holden (yes, the "Dukes of Hazzard" John Schneider) won by Benson Henry; a 65-inch Samsung high-definition smart TV with sound bar won by Kayla Cathey; dinner for two and a two-night stay at L'Auberge won by Bradley Brian; and $1,000 cash won by Ian Dalimore.
It wasn't all fun and games, however. Our Lady of the Lake Foundation CEO John Paul Funes gave an update on the construction of the free-standing children's hospital, set to open in late 2019, as well as its nationally recognized pediatric residency program.
The following day, I joined the ladies of Campus Club for their annual holiday get-together at the Woman's Club. This is where the members get to meet the recipients of the club's scholarships, which are given to the children or grandchildren of members. Proudly showing off their granddaughters Margaret Carey and Sarah Perkins were Nedra Seay and Fatemeh Malekian, respectively.
Rose Ann Martin and her committee prepared a scrumptious brunch. My crabmeat quiche, cheese grits and fresh fruit salad were delish!
From Campus Club, I headed to Galatoire's Bisto to relieve Bill Corcoran as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign. He was decked out in his costume as Scrooge from Theatre Baton Rouge's "A Christmas Carol," and apparently it served him well in getting donations from those heading in for lunch. I was able to catch some folks on the way out.
Also stepping up as ringers were WAFB's Greg Meriwether, state Fire Marshal Butch Browning, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Whitney Vann and cast members from Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker, A Tale from the Bayou."
Knock Knock birthday
We don't usually cover birthdays unless the honoree is 90 or older, but this celebration was just too special to pass up. When Lynn Weill asked husband Felix how he wanted to celebrate his 70th, he chose the Knock Knock Children's Museum with his grandchildren.
After cake and ice cream, a special song sung by granddaughters Amelia and Cora with help from dad Ben Weill and mom Emma — all of whom were in town from California for Thanksgiving — a limerick composed by son David and the resurrection of childhood photos by sister Laurie Brandt, Felix watched with an ear-to-ear grin as Amelia and Cora zipped through the museum having the time of their lives.