Around Jefferson: Old Jefferson teen puts her style to work for charity _lowres

Photo provided by George Long Photography — Katie Pomes, center, was named the winner of the Models Wanted contest sponsored by Rack Room Shoes. Also pictured are Allen McClure, left, regional manager for Rack Room, and Dennis Lomonaco, of What You Give Will Grow, a nonprofit organization that assists charities for children.

Katie Pomes, of Old Jefferson, is the winner of the 10th anniversary Models Wanted contest sponsored by Rack Room Shoes.

Katie, 14, is a student at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans and is the daughter of Michelle and Scott Pomes.

For the past decade, seasonal advertisements for Rack Room Shoes have featured customers instead of professional models. These models are selected through the retailer’s annual Models Wanted contest. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program, Rack Room Shoes invited winners from the last 10 years to enter for a chance to return as models.

Katie’s entry got enough votes on Rack Room’s Facebook page to secure her spot as subject of the annual back-to-school campaign. She will be featured in back-to-school promotional materials and display signs in more than 385 stores across the country.

Katie received $5,000 from Rack Room Shoes to donate to the charity of her choice, and she selected What You Give Will Grow, founded by New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead. The nonprofit organization supports Gulf South groups, with a strong focus on children’s charities.

McDonogh Class of 1967

The John McDonogh Class of 1967 will hold a reunion at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Jefferson Orleans North, 2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie.

Tickets are $45 per person and include an open bar, food, music and dancing.

For tickets and more information, call Judy Rodriguez Fern at (504) 343-6171 or email

World War II group to meet

The New Orleans World War II Discussion Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

David Stone, a career U.S. State Department official, is the guest speaker.

German expert is guest speaker

The Jefferson Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie.

The guest speaker will be Earl F. Sundmaker Jr., and his topic will be “Hunting for Ancestors and Getting to Know Germany.” He is a member of the Jefferson Genealogical Society and is chairman of the JGS German Special Interest Group. He has been doing genealogy research for more than 20 years and has traced his family’s surname back to the 1600s in Germany.

Sundmaker is executive director of the German-American Cultural Center in Gretna.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. Contact her at (504) 430-8053 or