Agave River Ranch hosted Zonta Club for their 39th anniversary celebration. Members seized the opportunity to wear their signature orange “Zonta says no to violence to women” shirts as part of their campaign against domestic violence and human trafficking, in addition to posting signs and handing out flyers to restaurant patrons. Officers in attendance included President Kay Rockweiler and VP Kay Gotte.

Pottery’s My Passion

Susan Chiquelin ushered in September Artwalk with a one-woman show in The Vault at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. “Clay has made me an artist and being an artist has given me great joy,” she stated. “And I want you to look around.” We did, as did many others, including collectors Burnell Lemoine and Ed Dubuisson, who purchased. Chiquelin’s work will be on view through Oct. 28.

Golf 4 a Cause

Sky’s the Limit of Acadiana kicked off their Sept, 12 Golf4aCause benefit tournament with cocktails and raffles at Social Table & Bar. “We’re raising money for a group home,” said autism activist Karen Juneau. “We’re breaking ground in December.” The tournament, the second of its kind, featured a silent auction, helicopter golf ball drop and restaurant and wine raffles. It had more sponsors than you could shake a golf club at, including Green Jacket Masters sponsor Glenn Armentor, Golf Cart sponsors Iberia Bank and Hole-in-One sponsor Paul’s Jewelry. What we loved: Skylar Manuel’s golf bag cake covered with fondant.

Empty Bowl

To benefit their many good works, the Salvation Army hosted its third annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at Lafayette’s River Oaks. Sponsored by Harold and Sarah Schoeffler among others, the event featured handmade pottery bowls for guests, door prizes, a silent auction and musical entertainment by Esther Tyree. Among those opening their hearts as well as their wallets were Daughters of the American Revolution doyenne Katherine Hill, Troy Theriot and Cheryl Smith. The Salvation Army provides for those in need in six parishes throughout the year.

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