Area United Way hosts annual Jambalaya Jam

Capital Area United Way hosted its 27th annual Jambalaya Jam, sponsored by Dow Chemical, Oct. 9 in the North Boulevard Town Square.

Guests sampled jambalaya from 49 cooking teams, entertainment by MoJEAUX and family friendly activities such as the Knock Knock Museum’s Imagination Playground. The event raised about $71,700.

Judges included LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux; Taylor Gautreaux, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; Kylie Dixon, WBRZ; Jay Ducote,; Jody Elisar, former champion, Jambalaya Festival Association; Mike Gonzales, Jambalaya Festival Association; Amy Plaissance, Baton Rouge Parents Magazine; Joseph Sergio, iHeartMedia; Cheramie Sonnier, Advocate food editor; and Wally Taillon, Jambalaya Festival Association.

Receiving awards were: first place, Performance Contractors; second, Criterion Catalyst; third, BASF; Community Games Corporate Division, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Community Games Nonprofit Division, Big Buddy Program; People’s Choice Award, Total; Team Spirit, Criterion Catalyst; and Best Appetizer, Motiva.

LSU Retirees hear mascot’s veterinarian

Dr. David Baker, the veterinarian of LSU’s mascot, Mike VI, spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on Oct. 13.

He said a major challenge was finding a suitable replacement for Mike V in 2007 while avoiding shady dealers. He said Mike VI is friendly but not impressed by the game-day parade around the stadium.

New LSU Alumni Association Director Cliff Vannoy spoke on the association’s good standing amidst the abrupt leadership change. The association will partner with other campus fundraisers in a united effort to reach a $1 billion base.

LSU professors perform for Music Club of BR

Pianist Willis Delony and bassist Bill Grimes gave a jazz recital for the Music Club of Baton Rouge on Oct. 14. Both are professors in the LSU School of Music.

Songs included Dave Brubeck’s “In Your Own Sweet Way,” Duke Ellington’s “Daydream,” “Waltz New” by Jim Hall and the Disney tune “Someday My Prince Will Come,” “Gaviota” by Clare Fischer, “Out of Nowhere” by Johnny Green and Edward Heyman and “Embraceable You” by George and Ira Gershwin.

Mary-Lynn Sachse was program chairwoman. The Hospitality Committee consisted of co-chairs Meg Genusa and Ellen Snyder, Gail Evans, Mary Francis, Tommy Humphreys, Margie Kemp, Marcy Lyon, Mary Sue Meador, Bert Robinson, Beverly Thomas and Pat Robertson.

Photographic Society learns about iPhones

Baton Rouge photographer Bart Bennett spoke about iPhones to the Louisiana Photographic Society on Oct. 16.

Bennett said the iPhone 6 is a vast improvement over previous models mainly because of its multi-focus points. Its images can compete with those of conventional digital cameras, especially if edited through PhotoShop. He also explained the advantages of the various “cloud” storage sites.

First place winners of the October competition were Cathy Smart for monotone, Cris Daniel for Level B and Theresa Low for Level A. LPS meets on the third Thursday of the month. Visit

Exchange Club honors elementary teachers

The Exchange Club of Baton Rouge honored 27 new elementary school teachers Oct. 16 at the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board meeting as part of the 18th Annual Adopt-A-Teacher program. Teachers received grants to School Aids to help purchase start-up materials for their classrooms.

Teachers and their schools are: Kendle Davis, Belfair; Carly Deleeuw and Joshua Warren Jr., Bernard Terrace; Leslie Davidson, Broadmoor; Taylor Story, Buchanan; Shirlanda Mitchell, Capitol; Brandy Hawkins-Johnson, Claiborne; George Cage, Rachel Dukes-Bridges and Emma Giles, Dufrocq; Sandy Davis and Wanzie Fugler, Glen Oaks Park; Rashanda Kyles, Greenbrier; Min Zhang, Polk; Tiffany Life and Cassandra Morris, Progress; Lisa Lewis, Twin Oaks; Rachel Anzivino, Ruby Francois and Shawn Trosclair, Wedgewood; Bonnie Wilder, Westdale Heights; Christina Simon, Wildwood; Remona Carter, Margaret Norman and Brandy Spears, Winbourne; and Mary Downes and Rita Korn, Woodlawn.

Spears was adopted by the East Baton Rouge Lions Club, Downes by the Baton Rouge Area Society of Psychologists. Other major partners were School Aids, Neighbors Federal Credit Union, Capital One Bank, Gerry Lane Enterprises, Louisiana Lottery, Magellan Health Services, Crompion International, Juban Insurance Group, Giraphic Prints, Louisiana Companies, Safeguard Promotions and Printing, Embassy Suites Hotel, Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge, Association for Talent Development, Louisiana Education Loan Authority, South Baton Rouge Kiwanis Club, Dr. Brenda Dawson, Dr. Mary Gauthier-Lewis, Dr. Richard Flicker, Dr. Christine Angelloz, Lillian Grossley, Alma Geathers, Dr. Murelle Harrison, Joan Wallyn, Scott and Nadine Couper, and Kathy Blackman. Several donations were made in memory of former Exchange Club Board member Michael Prince.

Including this year, 459 teachers have received Adopt-A-Teacher grants since 1997. For information contact Flicker, (225) 931-1626, or visit

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