More than 20 teams paired up to support the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum at the inaugural Anchor Classic Golf Tournament held recently at Beau Chene Country Club. Contests included prizes for the longest drive, closest ball to the pin, “Dice Roll” and “Beat the Pro.” Honda of Covington donated an all-terrain vehicle for the winner of the Hole-in-One contest.

Bringing Louisiana’s maritime history to life is the mission of the museum. Located on the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, it takes visitors on a historic journey through maritime Louisiana. The Anchor Classic was developed in conjunction with Hornbeck Offshore to raise money to invest in the development of museum exhibits and projects.

Next up, on July 16, the museum will host the Tikis on the Tchefuncte Luau, along with the Tchefuncte River Foundation. It will be at Covington Country Club, with music by the Bucktown All-Stars, hula dancing, silent auction and raffle, and a Tacky Tourist contest.

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A sweet thank you

As the sun was setting in the oaks off the back courtyard of Tchefuncte Country Club, patrons and supporters of the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Foundation gathered to be recognized for their efforts.

“You’re Just Too Sweet” was the theme of the event, and desserts and sweet treats were featured on tables surrounding the venue, along with main entrees. The table decorations incorporated stunning bouquets of pink roses and white lilies. A jazz band played for the elegant evening.

“We are honored to celebrate those members of the foundation family who are new to the Donor Wall of Honor or whose generous donations have enabled them to reach a new plateau of giving,” said Nicole Suhre, foundation executive director. Each donor level was recognized, and of special note were Legacy of Caring recipients Arthur and Gertrude Dupre and the Hattier and Heintz families. Jim Carey Distributing was honored with The Adrian Award.

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