The Slidell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta recently held its annual Founders’ Day event at Trinity Banquet and Reception Hall. The theme for this year’s event was “A Journey to Wellness: Getting Healthy, Fit and Lean in 2015.”

The guest speaker for the event was best-selling novelist JJ Smith, author of the New York Times best-selling book “The 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse.” Smith shared 10 tips to “stop dieting and get healthy” and had the guests enthralled with her personable antidotes and life lessons.

VIP guests at the anniversary affair were treated to a pre-event reception before the celebration. More than 200 guests and sorority sisters, many in the signature red color of the Deltas, networked and socialized throughout the day, sharing stories of college days and memories of sisterhood.

The tables at the venue were covered with white linens and featured scattered red glass beads and vases filled with red roses and white winterberries, highlighting the crimson and cream colors of Delta Sigma Theta.

Falaya Fling

Saint Scholastica Academy in Covington celebrated its 31st annual Falaya Fling at the Castine Center in Mandeville on March 21. The dinner, dance and auction brought out the bling with a special auction for a ladies white gold, sapphire and diamond necklace valued at $13,900. Other items highlighting the auction included vacation packages in the Smoky Mountains, Florida and Mexico as well as restaurant certificates and sports memorabilia.

Guests were dancing into the night to the magical tunes of Five Finger Discount, with the patron party music by Peace of Cake.

Food was provided by various local restaurants, with an ice sculpture in the center of the venue dedicated to the “blingtini” merriment. There were 65 martini glasses, hand-painted by SSA alumnae, available for purchase. Each contained either a cubic zirconia or genuine .51-carat diamond valued at nearly $2,000.

Another popular area at the event was the student art selections. Students spent countless hours this year working on sculptures, paintings and unique pieces for the benefit of the school. Funds from the Falaya Fling benefit the 111-year-old, historical school, as well as the Covington Food Bank and the Samaritan Center Food Bank. Chairwomen for the fabulous evening were Lynda Baldwin and Beth Chascin.

SSA will present the musical “Cinderella” on April 23-26 in the school gym. For information on St. Scholastica Academy or the upcoming spring musical visit or phone (985) 892-2540.

St. Paul’s Celebrity Waiters

St. Paul’s School in Covington recently held its 15th annual Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner in the Briggs Assembly Center on campus. The annual event is a spring social sponsored by the St. Paul’s Renaissance Advisory Board, which is a business-education partnership.

This year’s theme was “The Swing Era.” The gourmet meal for the night was served by “celebrities” who raise money from their table guests with tips and donations. Guests dined on hors d’oeuvres, salad and grilled center cut pork chops at thematic tables spread throughout the center. Musical entertainment was provided by The Victory Jazz Band from the D-Day Museum and Saint Paul’s Jazz Band.

Master of ceremonies for the event was Preston Hammons, and the auctioneer was Jay Jay Richardson. One of the coveted items for the night was an autographed soccer ball from the St. Paul’s state champion soccer team, which recently was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The Renaissance Program at St. Paul’s provides life skills for seniors, student financial aid, financial support for faculty members attending professional and continuing education workshops, student field trips and tours of select colleges for high-achieving students.

The Renaissance Advisory Board includes David Briggs Jr., Al Nastasi III, Lisa Barnett, Miles Biggs, Paul Campo, John Dubreuil, Eric Dunavant, Rick Flick, Hammons, Liz Healy, Craig Paretti, Kevin Parkins, Paul van Deventer and Ricky Walmsley.

Missie Arata Noel is the society and features writer for the St. Tammany Advocate. She can be contacted by email at