First order of business, Happy Father’s Day to all you dads! I hope you have a wonderful day. This has been a good week for partying, so let’s jump right into the social scene.
“Seventy-six trombones led the big parade” taking place on stage June 10 at Theatre Baton Rouge to benefit Volunteers in Public Schools. A packed house of VIPS volunteers, supporters and board members turned out for TBR’s delightful summer musical, “The Music Man.”
The night began with a reception and hors d’oeuvres provided by Monica Bradsher, Mark Bray, Susan Eaton, Alison Gary, Leslie Grover, Gloria Hall, Bridgett Johnson, Deborah Lamb, Phyllis McLaurin, Mary Lou Potter, Jonathon Richard, Eula Smith, Nnamdi Thompson, Ben Townsend, Gayle Wager, Lela Mae Wilkes, Wayne Tyson and George Temple, as well as Frankie’s Dawg House, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Newk’s Eatery, Subway and Raising Cane’s.
Others assisting with the event were Mona and Tálor Barnes, Kyle Cash, Sue Heflin, Gus Levy, Joshua Newbins, Tomeka Prioleau, Sue and Floyd Sones, Wayne Davis, Rebecca MacMorran and Cox Communications.
Earlier that day, Big Buddy took over the Cortana Mall space soon to be occupied by Ameriprise Financial for it’s traditional thank-you luncheon for all the star and professional dancers, judges (of which I was fortunate to be one), sponsors and committee members of its ninth annual “Dancing for Big Buddy” extravaganza. As tasty as lunch was, and as much as we all loved the framed photos and CDs of that memorable night, the biggest thanks for all of us involved was the announcement by Chairwoman Terri LeBlanc that the event made a record $180,000! That’s $15,000 more than the previous record set by Chairman Rock Rockenbaugh two years ago.
Assisting Terri with handing out small thank-you gifts were Executive Director Gaylynn Mack and Star Dancer liaison Erin Mercer.
As usual, we wrapped things up by tossing around ideas to make next year’s 10th anniversary “Dancing for Big Buddy” even better. Let’s just say the excitement is already starting to build for what promises to be an unforgettable night.
The week began with me joining the Forum 35 gang June 9 for its new member social at Chelsea’s. My “adopted daughter,” Melissa Parmelee, was in charge of the event, where new members can sign up for the Forum 35 project or projects of their choice. And, there are lots to choose from, including Art Melt, Uncorked, Viva il Vino, Reindeer Run and One Book One Community.
Two of these events are coming up real soon. Uncorked takes place June 25 at Ruffino’s at De La Ronde. The featured varietal is sauvignon blanc. Art Melt kicks off with a VIP party July 24 at the Capitol Park Museum followed by the actual event on July 25.
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