Two longtime Jambalaya Festival supporters were honored Dec. 6 during the Jambalaya Festival Association’s Christmas Party at the St. Amant Recreation Center.
Jimmy Berthelot was honored for opening the doors of his Berthelot’s Hall for the group’s monthly meetings, and Brenda Taillon won the Nora Lee Ricca Award for her years of service to the organization.
The Nora Lee Ricca Award is named in honor of the late Nora Lee Ricca, who served as the group’s treasurer and president. Since its inception, the award has been given in her honor to the “association member who has most exemplified the call of volunteerism and service to the Jambalaya Festival and who has shown a great dedication to its mission,” a news release from the group said.
Taillon has been involved with the festival for more than 15 years, serving on numerous committees and working nearly every booth at the festival. She serves on the Christmas Parade Committee, works alongside husband, Gilbert Taillon, in the daiquiri booth at the Swamp Pop Festival each year and “is always willing to do any task needed to help the festival,” the release said.
The celebration saw its largest attendance in years. Parish President Tommy Martinez, state Rep. Johnny Berthelot, and JFA founder Steve Juneau were on hand, along with many volunteers and association members.
Following the presentation of awards, Mike Broussard, Steve Broussard and the All Star Band performed.