The hottest ticket in town last week was The Advocate’s March 22 Open House for several hundred movers and shakers, including members of the Louisiana Legislature.

Open house

Welcoming guests to our new headquarters on Rieger Road were owners John and Dathel Georges, publisher Dan Shea, editor Peter Kovacs, advertising director Sheila Runnels and marketing manager Charlene Robert. Advocate staffers were also on hand to take guests on a tour of our building and production facility.

The main party floor was the newsroom, where visitors got to see reporters and editors in action, working on the next day’s paper, while nibbling on delicious hors d’oeuvres served up by the staff of Don Bergeron Enterprises.

We’re all very proud of our new digs, and the offices looked especially good with the help of our librarian Judy Jumonville , who created gorgeous floral arrangements that were placed throughout the building.

I enjoyed getting to visit with Brenda and Lee Berg, Gwen and Todd Graves, Mike Manning, Charlene Montelaro, Beth Veazey, Michael Tipton, Richard Lipsey, Kelly Hurtado, Michael Acaldo, Sonya Gordon, Kelly and Byron Lewis, Paul Arrigo, Karen and Bill Profita, Teeta Moss and our architects, Trula and Chris Remson. They were both sporting huge smiles, as this was the first time they’d been here since we’d gotten all moved in. Trula even commented that it was akin to watching a kid graduate into the real world.

You can check out all the fun in our online photo gallery at

Easter fun

The day before I paid a visit to the Governor’s Mansion where Louisiana’s first lady Donna Edwards was continuing a tradition started 20 years ago by Alice Foster — an Easter egg hunt for the children and grandchildren of legislators and their staff as well as the staff of the Governor’s Office. After days of dicey weather, Mother Nature cooperated with a gorgeous spring day.

The Easter Bunny welcomed guests and posed for photos. There were train rides, face painting, goodies and, of course, eggs to find. All in all, a great way to spend an afternoon.


I have to give a shout out to this year’s John W. Barton Sr. Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award winners: David Aguilllard, executive director of Catholic Charities; Terri Casso, executive director of St. Elizabeth Foundation; and Janet Simmons, CEO of Hope Ministries. They each received $10,000 at the annual Baton Rouge Area Foundation meeting March 16.

BRAF President John Davies took home the debut Marcia Kaplan Kantrow Baton Rouge Visionary Award, which was established independently by friends and family of the late Kantrow, BRAF’s first director of programs. Presenting the$5,000 award to Davies were Miriam Kantrow del Rio, Byron Kantrow and Josh Kantrow.

Senior Soirée

Fourteen high school seniors were honored for their volunteer work in the community at the River Road Chapter of the National Charity League’s annual Senior Soirée March 12 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. The 2016 class volunteered nearly 2,400 hours over the past six years; 400 hours in their senior year.

Chapter President Sheri Gillio welcomed the more than 300 guests, while WAFB’s Donna Britt introduced the honorees.

They included Katherine Marie Brunet, daughter of Amy and Duane Brunet, and a student at St. Joseph’s Academy; Anna Katherine Daigle, daughter of Lisa and Michael Daigle, and a student at the Runnels School; Cole Catherine Dunnam, daughter of Conchetta and Ronald Foshee and Jonathan and Heidi Dunnam, and a student at SJA; Elizabeth Joy Garner, daughter of Karen Garner and Robert Neal Garner, and a student at SJA; Claire McKay Gauthier, daughter of Jennifer and Corey Gauthier, and a student at SJA; Morgan Arnell Hughes, daughter of Jona and Mark Anthony Hughes, and a student at the Runnels School; and Kelsey Elizabeth Jarreau, daughter of Alicia and Scott Jarreau, and a student at SJA.

Also, Laken Kathleen Marionneaux, daughter of Jennifer and Brad Marionneaux, and a student at St. Michael the Archangel High School; Caroline Elizabeth Matthews, daughter of Anne and Fred R. Matthews Jr., and a student at SJA; Amy Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Carla and Eric Miller, and a student at SJA; Catherine Noelle Pearson, daughter of Gerianne and Daniel Todd, and the late Mark Pearson, and a student at SJA; Emily Elizabeth Poole, daughter of Mary and Doug Poole; and a student at SJA; Abigail Elizabeth Rayner, daughter of Dr. Elizabeth Clubb and Mitch Rayner, and a student at University Laboratory School; and Avery Elizabeth Talbot, daughter of Janet and Kevin Talbot, and a student at SJA.

Mary Boutwell and Lynne Truxillo served as co-chairwomen of the event, assisted by the eleventh-grade class and their mothers.

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