The League of Women Voters of Lafayette awarded individuals and organizations commensurate with their cause at the Doubletree Hilton.

Chaired by Joan Savoy, the program and a "Just Desserts" buffet honored activist Kelly Garrett for her efforts in safeguarding democracy; Lafayette school Superintendent Donald Aguillard for improving education; Fred Prejean, of Move the Mindset, for increasing community dialogue; Rhonda Gleason, with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, for mobilization; and Hank and Debbie Perret, founders of Miles Perret Cancer Services, for making a lifetime difference. Money raised from the silent auction goes to defray expenses for voter- registration packets.

Gershwin Spectacular

The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra met for cocktails at the Heymann Center prior to their evening of Gershwin. The event was catered by iMonelli, and the symphony regulars were out in force, including Bob and Judy Dunn; director Dana Baker; staffers Rita Goodrich, Rachael Sudul and Miguel Ochoa; with a rare glimpse of Penny Edwards. “It was nice to get out, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself,” said Edwards. No doubt in part to pianist Christopher Goodpasture, who wasn’t nearly as stressed out as his jeans.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at