Around Jefferson: InterACT event brightens lives _lowres

Photo provided -- Kathy and Mark Mitchell served as co-chairs of the eighth annual Cancer Crusaders Golf Tournament recently at English Turn Country Club. The Mitchells were honored with a crystal trophy for their dedication to the tournament, which they have co-chaired since its inception.

A fundraiser is planned this week to benefit a special group of people in our area.

InterACT NOLA will host an event titled “Bright and Tight Night” at 7 p.m. Friday at Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., Old Jefferson.

Admission is $20 per person and includes food, refreshments and music by Margie Perez and her Funky Boy Band, Gravy, the MuffAlottas Dance Troupe and a performance by the InterACT NOLA members.

The members of InterACT NOLA are part of a theater group with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. They are clients of the Arc of Greater New Orleans. Arc is a nonprofit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities and delays from birth through adulthood in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes.

For more information and tickets, call the Arc office in Metairie at (504) 837-5140.

St. Agnes reunion

The St. Agnes Elementary School class of 1980 will hold its 35th reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday at 508 Shrewsbury Court, Old Jefferson.

The cost is $15 per person and includes food and setups.

For more information, call Margaret Alleman Schroeder at (504) 289-8237, Becky Montz Chaney at (504) 261-0275 or Kelly Ducoing Wilbert at (504) 952-4343.

Special fundraiser

The eighth annual Cancer Crusader’s Golf tournament, held recently at English Turn Country Club, raised more than $100,000.

All proceeds benefit cancer research in the greater New Orleans area.

Kathy and Mark Mitchell served as co-chairmen and were honored with a crystal trophy for their dedication to the tournament. They have co-chaired the tournament since its inception.

Mark Mitchell is a two-time cancer survivor.

Archdiocese presents award

More than 200 volunteer laypeople throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans were awarded the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion in a special ceremony May 3 at the St. Louis Cathedral.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond presented the awards.

The Order of St. Louis IX award was established to honor individuals who have volunteered their time to the Catholic Church.

This year’s Jefferson Parish recipients from the West Bank were as follows:

Avondale : Josette Singleton Hannah, Kieu Van Nguyen and Tony Dai Nguyen.

Belle Chasse : Arthur Branan, Dolores Branan, Bonnie Tonglet and Gerard Tonglet Jr.

Bridge City: Carol Alvarez and Steve Alvarez.

Crown Point: Faye Wiseman Agoff, Edison Adam Billiot and Tammy Elai-Crochet Billiot.

Gretna: Elaine Calvo, Kevin Dufour, Stacy Dufour, Toni Hollis, Jackie Majeste, Diana McClain and Patrick McClain.

Harvey: Kim Bourgeois, Edna Jeannette Bourgeois, Lena Delger, Kevin McGann, Renee McGann, Patricia Pitre, Jerome St. Romain and Waver St. Romain.

Lafitte : Arnold Joseph Boudreaux, Joyce Wild Boudreaux, Dolores Pizani Lombas, Angela Perrin and Brent Perrin.

Marrero : Reuben O. Berry Jr., Rosa Cortes, Andrew Daigle, Debra Eve Mabile Ipock, Edward Landry, Julie Landry, Giuse Van Hy Nguyen, Deborah Turner and Terexa Thi Anh Tuyet Vu.

Terrytown: Edward Foley, Mary Foley and Jack Schluter.

Waggaman: Marion Phillips and Sabrina Phillips.

Westwego: Carl Dermady Jr.

And recipients from East Jefferson were as follows:

Harahan: Patricia Majeau and Gerald Ruiz.

Jefferson: Karen Metternich, Ann Stoltz and Anthony Stoltz.

Kenner: John Mayeux, Wayne Torres, Arnoldo Vanegas, Maria Villalta, Milton Villalta, Ralph Vitale, Phyllis Baltazar and Ricardo Baltazar.

Metairie: Marilyn Berry, Natalie Bostick, Deborah Bradbury, Mary Burns, Kathleen Calder, Donna Childers, Martha Crochet, Justin D. Douglass Jr., Ernest Dugas, Brian Florane, William Friedman, Doris Fourcade, Shirley Ganucheau, Gail Giardina, Linda Grennan, Michael Grennan, Karen Haydel, Dolores Kelly, Kenny Marks, Donna McNamara, Gilda Moore, Sidney J. Olivier Jr. and Leona Roy.

River Ridge : Eric Brauner, Janis Treuting and Thomas Treuting.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.