Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I hope you got breakfast in bed and that the rest of your day is relaxing. Events day and night filled the past week’s busy social calendar, so let’s get right to the fun.
Always & Forever
Jim George received the St. Elizabeth Foundation’s Pam Kinamore Award at its Always & Forever Gala May 2 at the new LSU Stadium Club South. The award was presented by Robin Marrero, who also assisted Executive Director Teri Casso in presenting the Always St. Elizabeth Award to Linda Goudeau, of North Oaks Hospital in Hammond.
Lillie Petit Gallagher and Terri LeBlanc introduced this year’s honored classes of adoptees — 1994 and 2004.
Comedian John Morgan, who’s also an adoptive dad, served as emcee and auctioneer for the lively auction, which featured such tempting items as a week’s getaway in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, four nights at Orange Beach, LSU baseball and football tickets and an offshore fishing trip for six.
Tammi and G reg Town chaired this year’s gala. Assisting them were auction Chairwomen Lauren Mercier and Susan Meng, raffle Chairwomen Ashley Blanchard and Aimée Riggs, Lindsey Burger, Kristen Cowart, Marguerite Dozier, T.G. Hamilton, Dora Horcasitas, Sharon Lea, Rebecca Le moine, Jennifer Lightfoot, Katherine May, Carolyn Morris, Heather Mouchon, Vicki Proffitt, Debbie Schott, Mary Stelly, Mary Claire Stickle, Gay Town, Leigh Ann Town, Gallagher, LeBlanc and Marrero.
The team from Hannis T. Bourgeois had the most correct answers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s annual fundraiser “The Answer” May 1. The theme for this year’s interactive trivia event was “Sportsmen’s Paradise” and it was embraced by attendees.
Welcoming trivia buffs were board Chairman Jerry Jolly and presenting sponsors John Engquist with H&E Equipjment Services Inc. and Paula de la Bretonne with the Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation.
Shannon and Jim Poché chaired the event. Committee members included Annette Barton, Cathy Childers, Anne Duke, Marty Engquist, Chris Everett, Pam Fisher, Blaine Grimes, Beverly Heymsfield, Donna Jolly, Robin Post, Margaret Read, Mandy Shipp, Therese Smith, Buddy Tucker, Julie Wisner and de la Bretonne.
‘Emerge into Song’
Patrons and sponsors of the Emerge Center’s upcoming “Emerge into Song” gala were fêted at a cocktail reception at the home of board member Colleen Waguespack and husband Stephen April 30. The event, which features ABBA the Concert and the Baton Rouge Symphony performing on the center’s playground, takes place May 16 at 6 p.m. at the center.
One of the main topics of conversation among the ladies in attendance was what they were going to wear — something ABBA-esque or regular cocktail attire? I can’t wait until the big night to see what the verdicts are! Get your tickets now at emergela.org/giving/events.
Earlier I popped in at Bistro Byronz, where HAART board members and staff met for dinner at for its third annual Dining Out for Life . Bistro Byronz and eight other local restaurants graciously donated 25 percent of the cost of diners’ meals to support HAART in the fight against HIV/ AIDS.
Those restaurants included 18 Steak, Beausoleil, Boil & Roux, Burgersmith, Jambalaya Shoppe on Government, Mellow Mushroom, Mestizos and Monjunis. Baton Rouge was one of 56 cities in the United States and Canada participating in Dining Out for Life. Local sponsor was Avita Pharmacy.
Excellence in General
The day got underway at the Baton Rouge General Foundation’s annual Excellence in General Luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel. Welcoming guests was foundation CEO Beth Veazey and board Chairwoman Phyllis McLaurin.
Speech therapist Jane Ladmirault shared the touching story of helping her former boss, Dee Dee Perkins, recover from a stroke. The story of Sabrina King, a former cancer patient who now brightens patients’ stays with her music, was told via video. Dr. William Russell, medical director of radiation oncology, made the appeal of how luncheon-goers could help the General continue its mission, which was laid out by CEO Mark Slyter.
Two speakers personalized the impact of Woman’s Hospital at the Foundation for Woman’s second annual Woman’s Impact Luncheon April 28. Dan Borné chronicled his daughter’s cancer journey and, following a video highlighting Dr. Marshall St. Amant’s care of women with high-risk pregnancies, his wife, Gabriella, shared her personal experiences with luncheon-goers.
They also heard from Woman’s Hospital CEO Teri Fontenot, who talked about the hospital’s mission and vision for the future.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefit Woman’s community programs and services offered to women and infants in need.
The week started off with two Baton Rouge teens being honored as Young Heroes by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge April 27. Paul Beaman, a 19-year-old junior at Woodlawn High School, and Olivia Castelluccio, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, and their fellow honorees wrapped up a day filled with special events, including breakfast with Mayor Kip Holden and lunch at the Governor’s Mansion, with a banquet at the Renaissance Hotel. That’s where the youngsters and their families saw their profiles produced by LPB for the first time.
The Louisiana Young Heroes Awards, now in its 20th year, honors students in grades 7-12 who have overcome adversity in their lives, excelled in the classroom, served their communities and served as inspiration to those around them.
Beamman’s and Castelluccio’s fellow honorees included Melanie Baliff, a 15-year-old freshman at Airline High School in Bossier City; Lucia Boyd, a 15-year-old sophomore at Loyola College Prep in Shreveport; Angel Guidry, a 17-year-old senior at Elton High School; Hannah Jolivette, an 18-year-old homeschooled senior from Iowa; Sean Noel, a 14-year-old seventh grader at Mandeville Junior High; and Jacob Waters, a 14-year-old freshman at Sam Houston High in Lake Charles.
The Baton Rouge Assembly welcomed new members at its annual New Members’ Reception April 24 at the home of the Lewis W. Eaton family.
New members included Jessica and Stephen Babcock, Anna Catherine and Scott Bardwell, Dr. Christian and Quanah Hall, Dr. Patrick and Jennifer Hall, Laurie and Scott Harrington, Brandi and Steven Moore, Bonnie and Aaron Rader, Hiam and William Reinschmidt, Erin and Claude Reynaud III, Clay and Richard Roberts Jr., Dr. John and Erin Schwab, Melissa and George Troxell Sr., Tara and David Weinstien and Michelle and John Whaley.
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