Festival International de Louisiane held a ’20s-themed fundraiser at The Grouse Room and the flappers flocked despite umbrellas and the downpour. In the VIP Room were Helmer Directional Drilling sponsors Richard and Renee Helmer and friends Troy and Amy Lewis, while around the bar we found Festival artist Denise Gallagher, whose Le Rêve Lyrique du Festival was auctioned during the evening; wise guys Nickky Akkaraju, Scott Feehan, and Eric Gammons, a hotsy-totsy Sharon Moss, Mauri Robichaux, Crystal Deshotels and our own Marsha Sills. Roddie Romero played, everyone stayed, and guests were able to get their coveted cloisonné 30th anniversary Festival pins.

Calling all Latinos

The Louisiana Endowment for The Humanities, Kathleen Espinoza, and the Lafayette Public Library conducted an oral history project, “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” Local Latinos were invited to tell their story, and among those electing to be part of history was Estela Brewer from Queretaro, Mexico. Brewer, who has resided in Lafayette since 1971, said she likes Acadiana’s friendly, family-oriented culture and generosity. “They like to celebrate like in my country,” she said.

Giles and Ruffino honored

Dreams Come True of Louisiana presented plaques to Bob Giles of Giles Automotive and Ruffin Rodrigue of Ruffino’s On the River in gratitude of their support to Dreams Come True. Dreams Come True grants seriously ill children in Louisiana the opportunity to achieve a personal wish.

Cotillion Lives

The Opelousas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta introduced their 2016 Delta Beaux to the public Nov. 8 at the Creole Festival Parade. The culminating activity will be Delta’s Formal Annual Beautillion on the evening of Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Evangeline Downs Event Center. Mr. Beau, 2016 will be revealed.