I hope you and yours had a blessed Easter. Things are rather quiet this week, what with schools out for spring break. But the social scene quickly heats up the next week. The McMain’s Children’s Developmental Center holds its second annual Sips & Suds champagne and beer stroll from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, on the grounds of the center. Tickets are $65 per person, $100 per couple and may be purchased online at mcmainscdc.org. Across town at Mockler Beverage Co., the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society has its annual CrawFête gourmet crawfish tasting and live auction, also from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 16th. Tickets are $50 per person and available online at crawfetebr.com.
The city’s Best Dressed will be fêted by the American Cancer Society on Saturday, April 18, at the Best Dressed Ball, which takes place at the River Center beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you at one, or all three, of these fun events.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation honored three local nonprofit leaders with its John W. Barton Sr. Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award at its annual meeting March 25 at the Manship Theatre. Each winner received $10,000. This year’s winner were:
Judy Bethly, executive director of Volunteers in Public Schools, who over the past 12 years has doubled the amount raised for tutoring programs operated by the nonprofit.
Amanda Brunson, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, which was in debt and in peril of closing when she took over six years ago. Since then, she has erased the debt and raised money to expand programming, ultimately helping to reduce child abuse across the state.
Bob Jacobs, CEO of the YMCA of the Capital Area, who during his 18 years at the helm, has expanded the number of Y locations, grown the budget fourfold to nearly $15 million and increased scholarships by 10 times to $650,000 per year.
Trini Gibson was named Alumnus of the Year at the Southern University Alumni Federation-East Baton Rouge Parish Chapter’s Alumni Breakfast March 14 at the F. G. Clark Activity Center. Glenda Rutledge received the President’s Award. The awards were presented by chapter Chaplain Charles Stokes and the chapter President Rev. Frederic C. Stewart, respectively. Robyn Merrick served as mistress of ceremonies.
Other chapter officers include Vice President Kestee Weir III, recording Secretary Janet Moore, corresponding Secretary Michelle McCalope, financial Secretary Karen Austin, Treasurer Rosa Franklin, Parliamentarian Alex Brown, Business Manager Aldreamia Omar and Sergeant-at-Arms Raynard Henton.
Gibson chaired the breakfast. Assisting were Ceola Beauchamp, Nathaniel Denu, James Mahomes, Barbara Morgan, Aldreamia Omar, Evella Quiett, Melvin Robinson, Emma Royal, Franklin, Henton, Stewart, Stokes and Weir.
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