The north shore’s local heroes come in many shapes and forms, but on a recent Saturday, the Real Men of St. Tammany were lauded and applauded as “Super Men.” The event supports Safe Harbor, and the candidates compete to raise funds and awareness of domestic abuse and violence in the parish.

Hero candidates were William Burris, Dan Casey, Scott Discon, Andrew Frisard, Dr. Kevin Plaisance, Steven Satterlee, Jimmy Strickland III, and AJ Wrublewski. Casey was honored as this year’s “Real Man,”  raising the most money for the organization.

Between the martini bar, musical musings by the Mystics and fabulous culinary treats by Patton’s, the evening was a success for patrons as well. Heath Allen was master of ceremonies.

Kim Kirby is the executive director of Safe Harbor, a local nonprofit dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence. Safe Harbor provides support services for victims, including crisis intervention, legal advocacy and shelter for women and children. Board members include President Peggy Vallejo, Vice President Meredith Mendez, Treasurer Melody Menard, Secretary Jessica L. Karr, Rachel Thyre Anderson, Rene Arcement, Joan Archer, Lonnie Favre, Patricia A. Brown Jones, Cynthia Alfred Logan, Chris Mitchell, Brad Rummel, Preston Valois and Alan Zaunbrecher.

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St. Paul's gala has a musical theme

St. Paul’s School in Covington celebrated a “BAND-tastic Evening” recently at its annual Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner on campus.

Each table followed the musical theme, with elaborate decorations and costumes in support. Themes included “Jimmy Buffet,” “MTV,” the “Blues Brothers,” “Mexican Mariachi,” “KISS" and “The B-52s,” complete with neon linens and an actual “Love Shack” built on top of one table.

Student hosts served the meal prepared by The Dakota Restaurant, as guests enjoyed an open bar and wine pairings. Waiters competed to raise money by requesting tips for silverware, beverage refills and dessert offerings. The evening also included a silent and live auction.

The event funds St. Paul’s Renaissance Education and Business Partnership program. The program brings "creative and effective partnership, performance and promotion between students, teachers and local businesses.”

Many school activities including “Life Skills Day” for seniors, honor roll breakfasts, the student chapter of Habitat for Humanity and etiquette training for eighth-graders are supported through the program. It also funds academic extracurricular activities such as Mu Alpha Theta competitions, Wolves on Wheels, Robotics and Aqua Robotics.

Renaissance Advisory Board members include Chairwoman Danielle Lavie, Miles Briggs, Shellie Campo, John Dubreuil, Eric Dunavant, Rick Flick, Preston Hammons, Liz Healy, Kevin Parkins and Paul van Deventer.

Missie Arata Noel is a society and features writer for The St. Tammany Advocate. She can be contacted by email at