L’Alliance Française a passé du bon temps at Poupart’s downtown, the purpose of which was apéritifs and conversation, all in French, of course. Held in conjunction with Downtown Alive, guests mingled amid hors d’oeuvres and drinks for the sake of la langue maternelle, and keeping the mother tongue alive were director of CODOFIL Charles Larroque, Gabrielle Quarmenil, André Neto, Philippe Tréguier, Preston Summers and Anissa Galloubi. Alliance Française was created in Paris in 1883 to promote the French language throughout the francophone world and seeks to enrich, develop and sustain the French community in Lafayette and its environs.

Ladies who lunch

The United Way Women’s Leadership Council did a Derby-style lunch, all in the name of childhood literacy. Held in the Hilton Lafayette Grand Ballroom, there were hats for days and dialogues about the importance of reading in the early grades, all underwritten by Triple Crown sponsor Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital and Cox Communications. Brimming with smiles was luncheon chair Buffy Domingue, Sara Zuschlag, educator extraordinaire Melinda Mangham, Courtney Thomas, Missy Andrade and Antoinette Guthrie. The purpose of the WLC is to invest donations to increase children’s literacy and the quality of family life.

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Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.