Last week was all about celebrating — a successful campaign for Capital Area United Way, the works of area architects and those who serve in the “honorable professions of law enforcement, the judiciary, criminal justice, civil service and other related fields.”

CAUW success

More than 300 supporters of Capital Area United Way filled LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center to hear the United States President of United Way Worldwide speak at its annual meeting and luncheon July 21.

“We have a oneness of purpose,” said Stacey D. Stewart. “At no time in history has it been as important for us to figure out how we can work together so that everybody has the opportunity for a better life. United Way is working collectively with others to tackle the issues … measure the impact we have to change lives.”

And thanks to those who gave through their workplace campaigns, CAUW will have more funds this year to impact lives. Outgoing board President Scott Berg had the honor of announcing that the organization exceeded its campaign goal for the first time in many years, raising $9,061,165.

The campaign was led by Ralph Bender, of Manship Media, who joined Berg, CAUW President Darrin Goss and 2014-2015 campaign chairman Stevie Toups, of Turner Industries, in handing out this year’s awards. Taking home the Big Five Awards were Berg, Outstanding Volunteer; The Emerge Center, Community Impact Award; Turner Industries, Standard of Excellence; Baton Rouge Business Report, Outstanding Media Award; and Wendy Abboud, Myron Falk Service Award.

Employee Campaign Coordinator Awards went to: Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance and Louisiana Healthcare Connections, LIVE UNITED Award; Susan Bell, Brandon Smith and coach Johnny Jones with LSU, Best of the Best Award; Postlethwaite

& Netterville, Leading the Way Award; Plant Engineering, New Company Campaign Award; Methanex, Top Notch Award; Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Campaign Spirit Award; and Red River Bank, East Feliciana Parish Schools and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Movin’ on Up Award.

Five Star Awards were presented to BASF, CB&I, Dow Chemical Co., ExxonMobil, SGS Petroleum and Turner Industries.

In other business, Mike Albano, of Dow, was tapped as board chairman for 2014-2015; Bender will serve as chairman-elect. Outgoing board members Jude Bursavich, Sherrie Despino, Jere Ducote, Christy Reeves, Terrie Sterling and Ernie Huges were thanked for their service and given framed caricatures of themselves, as is CAUW’s tradition.

Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame inducted seven new members at its annual banquet July 25 at Boudreaux’s. They included Pete Adams, executive director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association; the late Lindy Boggs, the first woman from Louisiana elected to Congress and former ambassador to the Vatican; Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown; David Burton, of DeRidder, district attorney for the 36th Judicial District; Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard; East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux; and Judge Frederika Wicker, of New Orleans, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Bogg’s daughter, journalist Cokie Roberts, accepted on behalf of her mother.

Re-entry Service Awards were presented to Judges Arthur Hunter and Laurie White, both with the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Rose Awards

Outstanding architecture was celebrated the following night when the American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge hosted its Rose Awards Gala at the Capitol Park Museum. This year’s big winner was DNA Workshop, which received Members Choice and Silver Rose awards for the renovation of its offices at 235 South 14th St. On hand to present the prestigious Members Choice Award was Mayor Kip Holden.

The Gold Rose Award went to Tipton Associates for the LSU Laboratory School Gymnasium. A Silver Rose Award was also presented to Remson/Haley/Herpin for the Jones Walker Bar at Shaw Center for the Arts. The firm also earned a Rose Award for Progess Elementary School project.

Rose Awards also went to: Chenevert Architects, 438 Main St.; VOA + BBA Design Partnership, LSU Medical Education & Innovation Center; The Architectural Studio, Ferriday Music Pavilion; Cockfield Jackson Architects, Kilgore residence; and GraceHebert Architects, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church.

CASA Fiesta

The Mall of Louisiana was shut down for the night but attendees of the Casas for CASA Fiesta could still shop via the tempting silent auction. A nice crowd showed up July 27 to get the first look at this year’s playhouse, which will be raffled off to some lucky winner Aug. 17. It was designed by Lilliput Play Homes, assembled by Faulk & Meek General Contractors and is valued at $17,000. For a tour of the playhouse with David Faulk, check out the video online at

As they scoped out the playhouse, guests sipped margaritas and other adult libations provided by Churchill’s, Elkarita, Izzo’s illegal Burrito and Mockler Beverage Co. Baton Rouge Coca Cola Bottling Co. also provided beverages to wet your whistle. Mexican-themed cuisine was provided by Izzo’s, Calilente Mexican Craving and Zippy’s. The Better Than Nobody Band tempted folks to the dance floor.

Tracy Evans and Todd Denton co-chaired the fiesta. Karen Sirman and Jessica James were in charge of the silent auction. Proceeds from the night, along with those from the raffle benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in need of safe, permanent homes.

Raffle tickets are on sale at the mall during its regular hours.

‘Light the Night’

If you’re a shutterbug, you need to go the Old State Capitol and check out the Louisiana Photographic Society’s “Light the Night” exhibit and sale, which runs through Sept. 20. I got a look at the impressive works during the opening reception July 24.

While there I got to visit with Mary Durusau and husband Barry Erwin, Chandan Sharma, Jackie Kreutzer, Nancy Chesson, exhibit co-chairman Tommy Granier and exhibit coordinator Kathy Reeves.

To view photos, please click here.

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