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Pam’s Party Line: Baton Rouge, proud to call it home

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Philanthropy awards --- Honored for their philanthropic efforts at the National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon are, from left, Brett LeBlanc with Price LeBlanc Automotive Family, Sarah Dupree with the Cinderella Project, Layne McDaniel with Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation, Debbie Kidder Little, Damian Calato, Shelton Jones with the Cinderella Project, and Darrin Goss Sr. and Stevie Toups with Capital Area United Way.

I often reflect on the generosity of Baton Rouge and its residents. Over the past few weeks, several events have brought that generosity to the forefront in this place we proudly call home. What better way to celebrate National Philanthropy Day than to recognize some of our local… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Time for holiday get-togethers

Photo provided by EILEEN KENNEDY --- Avant Garde --- Celebrating the renewal of the Ladies of The Society Avant Garde Baton Rouge Chapter's partnership with McKinley Middle Magnet School at an Oct. 30 breakfast are, front from left, Sandra Hall, Eileen Kennedy, Chaplain Janifer Peters, President Beverly Wade, Honeywood Smith, Millie Williams and Vice President Joyce O'Rourke; and, back, McKinley arts coordinator Marie Flowers and Principal Sean Joffrion.

Tomorrow is the start of the holiday season, and I hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving. After you’ve filled up on turkey and all the trimmings, take a few minutes to count your blessings. Then get out your calendar and mark a few dates for some upcoming holiday events.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Celebrating community

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Volunteer Activists --- At the Emerge Center's Volunteer Activists luncheon are, from left, luncheon Co-chairwoman Melissa Blake with honorees Nick Speyrer, Charles Freeburgh, Linda and McCleish Dawkins, Crissie Head Landry and Kevin Knobloch.

We celebrated those who give of their time and talents and local artists. We dined in the dark and raised money to spread a little sunshine. All in all, just a typical week in Red Stick. More than 400 family members, friends and supporters of the Emerge Center… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Much to be thankful for

Photo provided by MARY BETH CHEVALIER --- Retreat luncheon --- Attending the debut Baton Rouge luncheon celebrating the continuation of the ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, formerly known as The Cenacle, are, from left, the Rev. Randy Cuevas, St. Aloysius Catholic Church; Kathy Screen, luncheon co-chairwoman; and Paul Ceasar, center executive director. Assisting with the Oct. 29 luncheon at Drusilla Restaurant were Co-chairwoman Mary Beth Chevalier and committee members Martha Ourso, Karen Kiesel and Mary Furlow.

Thanksgiving is just a week away and then the craziness really starts. If you want a quite moment to help put things in perspective, I have just the ticket. This afternoon at 2, the Baton Rouge Eye Bank and LOPA (Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency) are hosting their annual Thanksgiving Service for Life & Sight in the… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Busy, busy, busy … and loving it

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON ---  Cause for Hope --- At a Nov. 5 wine and dine fundraiser benefiting LATAN (Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network) at its headquarters are, front from left, board members Ray Sharma and Kendra Case, President Julie Nesbit, emcee Tiffamy 'The Mic Chick' Dickerson, board Chairwoman Katherine Hoover and board member Charles Tate; and, back, board member Jason Harris.

For the past two weeks, my Thursdays and Fridays have been filled with multiple events. So, let’s not waste any time recapping all the fun. My first stop on a very busy first Thursday in November was the offices of LATAN (Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network) for… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Volunteers, donors celebrated at dinner

Photo provided by KRISTIN HOGAN --- YMCA Cornerstone --- Attending the YMCA's Cornerstone Endowment Dinner are, from left, Lance Kinchen, Bob Jacobs, Andy Blumberg, Mischa and Michael Breard, Ashley and Zefferino Von Kurnatowski, Jon and Barry Blumberg, Eddrick Martin, Sylvia and Josh Landry, Matt Falcon, Rickey Heroman, Jeff Casey, Lara Falcon, Debbie Jacobs and Debbie Heroman.

Several members and donors of the YMCA of the Capital Area’s Cornerstone Endowment Society were fêted at its annual Cornerstone Endowment Dinner Oct. 27 at the City Club of Baton Rouge. Presented with vases as a token of appreciation were lifetime members Jon and Barry Blumberg, Mishca and Michael Breard, Jeff Casey, Sue and… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Time to Party

Photo provided by MICHAEL ANNE PERCY --- Serendipity --- Getting together for lunch at Ruffino's Restaurant Oct. 25 are, from left, Serendipity Club members, from left, Thelma Herthum, new member Lucille Bonnecaze, Dot Rogillio and newly elected President Jimmie Butler. Joining them was new member Lillian Kleinpeter.

The Baton Rouge area continues to be a party hot spot, with the fall social season in full swing. Tomorrow night there are four events planned, beginning with Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network’s “A Cause for Hope” wine and dine fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. at the LATAN headquarters on Old Forge Drive. For more information, visit… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Top Kiwanian

Photo provided by LAURA GILLILAND --- Kiwanis honors --- At the Red Stick Kiwanis Installation & Awards Banquet at the City Club Oct. 15  are, from left, Kiwanian of the Year Laura Gilliland, President-elect Bob Waggener and past President Matt Robinson.

Laura Gilliland and Mike Nichols were honored with the Kiwanian of the Year award at the Red Stick Kiwanis Installation and Awards Banquet at the City Club on Oct. 15. Making the presentation was outgoing President Matt Robinson. Veteran members of the organization were presented an American… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Hunks 'n Heels filled with fun

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Hunks in Heels --- 'Hottest Hunk' Mathew Laborde, third from left, who raised over $7,000 for STAR, celebrates with emcees Whitney Vann and Leonard Augustus and his shoe artist, Lily Betancourt.

Men in high heels, dinner in a rose garden, partying at a car dealership and homecoming — what fun filled last week’s party calendar. Twelve guys stepped way out of their comfort zones to raise $66,500 for STAR, Sexual Trauma & Assault Response, on Oct. 14. The Varsity… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Landmark occasion

Photo provided by MARGARET CANELLA --- Brusly landmarks --- Brusly Landmark & Heritage Commission President Jimmy Rills, right, presents a landmark plaque and certificate to homeowners Pierce and Kerri Brown at an awards ceremony Sept. 20.

The Brusly Landmark & Heritage Commission presented landmark plaques to 11 renovated historic properties at its Sept. 20 ceremony at Brusly Town Hall. The plaques and accompanying certificates were presented by commission President Jimmy Rills and Brusly Council member Joanne Bourgeois. Recipients included L.J.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: From the sidelines

Photo provided by DAVID KORS --- 'Light Fantastic' --- Celebrating the International Year of Light at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's 30th annual gala, 'Light Fantastic,' are, from left, Jason MacMorran, Debbie and Kevin Knobloch, Sue Turner, LASM Executive Director Carol Gikas and Scott Kirkpatrick.

No one hates missing a party more than me, so I was not happy an illness sidelined me last week. There were so many fun things going on! I do have to thank my “stringers” for getting me the scoop on all the happenings as well as photos. Appreciate you!… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Hunks to wear heels

Photo provided by GINGER LeBLANC --- 'Kicking for a Cause' --- Taking part in the Foundation for Louisiana Community & Technical College System's second annual 'Kicking for a Cause' kickball tournament to raise $2,000 for Capital Area United Way Sept. 26 are, from left, Monty Sullican, LCTCS president; Diane Clarke, Northwest Louisiana Technical College interim director; Dale Doty, River Parishes Community College chancellor; Darrin Goss Sr., CAUW president; guest vocalist Baylee Sullivan, St. Amant High School; Jaci Sanchez, CAUW campaign manager; and Earl Meador, Fletcher Technical Community College interim chancellor and South Central Louisiana Technical College director.

The week is half over but the fun’s just beginning. Tonight at The Varsity, the Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center holds its third annual Hunks in Heels runway show. The festivities start at 5:30 p.m. Strutting their stuff in heels will be Councilman John Delgado; Rigsby Fredrick, of Rigsby Frederick Salon Gallery; Kyle… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Shopping season’s early days

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Blitzen's Bash' --- At the Junior League's 'Blitzen's Bash' gala kicking off this year's Hollydays market are, top, Chairwoman Stacey Frugé, with Steering Committee members, front from left, Jen Katzman, Renée Trimble, Shanna Ray and Missi Richmond, and, back, Tiffany Palmer and Megan McAnelly.

Getting in some early holiday shopping and rubbing shoulders with a celebrity — all on the same day. Hey, somebody’s got to do it. A couple of weeks earlier than usual, the Junior League kicked off its annual Hollydays market with the “Blitzen’s Bash” gala Sept.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Graduate Day in East Baton Rouge

Photo provided by MARGARET SCHLAUDECKER --- 'American Graduate' --- At the reception recognizing local 'American Graduate' champions at Louisiana Public Broadcasting Sept. 30 are, from left, Boys Hope Girls Hope scholar Demarcus Shepherd, Mayor Kip Holden, LPB President Beth Courtney and Boys Hope Girls Hope Executive Director John Daniel.

This past Saturday was “American Graduate Day” throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. Mayor Kip Holden issued the proclamation at a reception recognizing local American Graduate champions at Louisiana Public Broadcasting Sept. 30. The proclamation and reception also celebrated LPB’s two segments in the fourth annual “American Graduate Day 2015,” which aired… Continue reading →

Pam's Partly Line: In The Moment

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Opening Night --- At the Baton Rouge Symphony's Opening Night Gala are, from left, board Chairwoman Judy George, Johnny and Diane Tate, CEO Cary Byrd, hosts Whitney Vann and Robert Schneckenberger, Paula de la Bretonne and Music Director Timothy Muffitt.

One of the week’s highlights was the Baton Rouge Symphony’s Opening Night Gala Sept. 25 and an amazing performance featuring pianist Jonathan Biss. This year’s gala, hosted by Whitney Vann and husband Robert Schneckenberger, was kicked up several notches from past years with a formal sit-down dinner with wine pairings in the Hilton Capital Center’s Heidelberg Ballroom. Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Kicking off The HOLLYDAYS

Photo provided by SONYA GORDON --- Bartram Trail --- Celebrating the unveiling of the William Bartram Trail Marker at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library Sept. 13 are, from left, Library Director Spencer Watts; Kizzy Payton, East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control president; Randy Harelson, associate Professor Charles Fryling, LSU College of Art & Design; Sally Daigle, William Bartram Trail Project committee member; Kathy Wascom, Library Board of Control member; Peggy Davis Coates, LSU Hilltop Arboretum executive director; Melissa Eastin, library archivist; and Andrea Wulf, author of 'Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature & the Shaping of the American Nation.'

Tonight’s is the kickoff party for the Junior League’s annual Hollydays market, which opens to the public tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. It’s a great way to get a jump on your holiday shopping and benefit your community at the same time because proceeds from the three-day event benefit the many projects of league.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Scent evokes powerful memories

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Textile Friends --- At the Friends of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum luncheon at Juban's are, from left, new member Laura Phillips, President Dusty Manson, featured speaker Mary Behlar, outgoing President Joy Smith, Vice President Diane Deaton and new member Carolyn Bennett.

One of the fun aspects of spending the night with my grandmother on the eve of some social outing was knowing that I’d get to put on a little “stinkum.” She never left the house without a spritz of her favorite fragrance and, on those special occasions, she’d sprinkle a dash on me, too. Thus began… Continue reading →

Pennington celebrates scholars, donors

Photo provided by ANGELA deGRAVELLES --- Pennington reception --- At a reception hosted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation fêteing donors and recipients of three endowed positions are, from left, Chairwoman Paula de la Bretonne, Randall Mynatt, Dr. William T. Cefalu, Tiffany Stewart, Holly Coates Carville, Beverly and Dudley Coates, Dr. Brian Hales and Cathy Coates.

Donors and recipients of three endowed positions at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center were fêted at a reception hosted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation Sept. 9 in the C.B. Pennington Jr. Conference Center. Matching funds for the positions were provided by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Established by… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Celebrating success and courageous struggles

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Celebrate Courage' --- Celebrating the completion of the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center's $23 million transformation are, from left, board members Donna Saurage, Jerry Goss, Laurie Aronson and Brett Furr; center administrator Linda Lee; board member Eric Lane; Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center COO Terrie Sterling; CEO Todd Stevens and board member Janice Guitreau.

You’d be hard pressed to find someone whose life hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. Fortunately for those of us who call the greater Baton Rouge area home, we have two amazing organizations that offer hope and comfort to cancer patients and their families — Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Football’s Social Season

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Bengal Belles --- LSU football coach Les Miles get a box of the famous, 'NCAA approved' Bengal Belle cookies from President Aimée Simon as wife Kathy Miles looks on.

A very wise woman once told her husband, “I married you for life but not for lunch!” That was the prevailing sentiment of Kathy Miles and her fellow coaches’ wives when asked if they were glad their husbands were back at work on the football field.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line; One last summer fling

Photo provided by DIANNE MADDEN --- Episcopal social --- Gathering at the home of board Chairman Michael Ferachi and wife Amy for the Episcopal School board of trustees annual Summer Social Aug. 14 are, from left, past Chairman Christopher Harrell and wife Catherine Harrell, Head of School Hugh M. McIntosh and the hosts.

I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day vacation. It was nice to have one last fling before the hustle and bustle of fall heats up. Two fun events are planned in the Capital City on Thursday night, including the granddaddy of all chefs’ events — Cancer Services 33rd annual Capital Chefs’ Showcase. The gastronomic celebration… Continue reading →

Food at its finest

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Fête Rouge --- Bobby Yarborough, left, accepts this year's Grace 'Mama' Marino Lifetime Achievement Award from Mama at the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society's Aug. 27 dinner kicking off Fête Rouge.

For two days last week, Baton Rouge sparkled in the culinary spotlight as the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society held its ninth annual Fête Rouge at L’Auberge Hotel & Casino. Both events were sold out, with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club, 4H, Girls on the Run, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and ProStart, as well as… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Forum 35 making matches

Photo provided by CHERYL HALL --- Lunch bunch --- Traveling to Houmas House Plantation Aug. 13 for lunch in its Burnside Café are PEO Chapter E members, clockwise from left front, Maxine Rak, Emily Wascom, Sharon Wilson, Susie Beck, Cheryl White, Cheryl Hall, June Klimash, Carolyn Curry, Mary Brost, Karen Martin, Becky Holland, Sally Lofton, Charlene Belk, Tommie ODonoghue, Kathy Massey, Sharon Leachman and hostess Pat Lutrell.

Forum 35 has announced this year’s participants in its John W. Barton Sr. Community Leadership Development Program, which trains young professionals in nonprofit governance. The program wraps up by pairing its graduates with area nonprofits interested in identifying candidates to serve on their boards of directors, committees and special projects. This year’s participants include: Mindy… Continue reading →

One party after another

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Dining By Design --- Taking over the kitchen at the Crowne Plaza for Dining By Design are celebrity chefs, from left, Dondi McNulty, Chris Lusk, Chris Motto, Peter Sclafani, Charles Carroll, Rick Tramonto,Seth Shipley, Pierre Sauvaget, Phillippe Caupain and Jared Van Camp.

Last week’s party hopping started off on Monday and continued through Sunday, often with multiple events on the same day. I told you the social scene was heating up. So here we go. The Crowne Plaza ballroom was transformed into the Garden of Eden Aug. 23 for this… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Old friends, good food

Photo provided by PAM BORDELON --- Lunch bunch --- Enjoying lunch with the godfather of Louisiana political campaigns Gus Weill, seated, are, standing from left, Leo Honeycutt, Pam Bordelon and Jim Engster.

I was beyond flattered when friend Leo Honeycutt called and asked me to join him and Gus Weill for lunch at Sullivan’s last Friday. The cherry on top was that friend Jim Engster was on the invite list, too. In case you’re not aware of who Mr. Weill is, let me educate you a… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Bring on the heat

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Food Star' --- With finalist Jay Ducote, third from left, at the finale viewing party of 'Food Network Star' are dad Jere, sister Dana and mom Phyllis.

School’s back in session and that means the social scene is heating up. If last weekend is any indication, it’s going to be a very busy fall. Local food blogger and radio host Jay Ducote will always be my Food Star even though he wasn’t proclaimed… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Volunteers celebrated for work

Photo by DON BOURGEOIS --- Master honors --- Honored by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners for giving more than 1,000 hours of service in the past year at a celebration at the LSU Botanic Gardens Pavillion at Burden Gardens Aug. 5 are, standing from left, Sherry Eubanks, John Goeckel and Debbie Corbo; and, seated, Claire Fontenot.

Claire Fontenot received a decorated pair of garden boots, garden gloves and a standing ovation in recognition of more than 12,000 volunteer hours she has donated to area venues since her 2001 graduation from the Master Gardener program at the organization’s Aug. 5 get-together at the LSU Botanic Gardens Pavilion at Burden Gardens. The… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: School days, party nights

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Anniversary Cotillion --- Presented at the Baton Rouge Delta Development Corp.'s and Delta Alumnae Chapter's 50th Anniversary Cotillion are debutantes, from left, Sydney Leigh Pelichet, Brianna De'Shay Franklin Haney, Randi Joell Eames, Alexis Danielle Pickney and Keiturah Dy'mon Barber.

Last week started off slow but kicked into high gear by the time Thursday rolled around. It wasn’t just the first day of school, it was the first night of multiple parties. Destiny Dominique Ephrom, daughter of Alisa and John Ephrom, of Baton Rouge, was crowned Cotillion… Continue reading →

Meeting with Denzel

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Meet & Greet --- With actor Denzel Washington, center, at a VIP meet and greet for the Boys & Girls Club are board members, from left, John McDermot, Gail Grover, Fran Gladden and Steve Kerr.

Spotting Hollywood actors around town happens all the time now that Louisiana has become “Hollywood South.” Having them take part in activities in our community, though, is still a rarity. So, it was quite the to-do when Denzel Washington stepped up to co-host a meet and… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: United Way has much to celebrate

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Living United ---  Capital Area United Way's annual luncheon meeting emcee Kylie Dixon, right, with this year's award winners, from left, Edy Addison with CAUW, Heath Lumehouse with Lumehouse Studios, Glen Fontenot with Methanex and René Craft with the McMains Children's Development Center.

Capital Area United Way had a lot to celebrate at its annual luncheon meeting July 28 at the River Center Ballroom. First, CAUW is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Second, the 2014 Workforce Campaign, led by Stevie Toups, exceeded its goal and raised almost $9.5 million. Recognized… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Ciao, Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Italian Festa --- With entertainer Lena Prima, third from left, at the kickoff to the Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association's Festa weekend are organizers Frank Arrigo, Nicky Dimaio and Phillip Cancilleri.

Visit Baton Rouge CEO Paul Arrigo changed my last name to Bordoloni for the Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association’s Festa last weekend. It was two days of pure fun! It started off with the magnificent performance by Lena Prima, daughter of the king of swing, the late… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Hot, hot summer nights

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Celebrity Waiters --- Serving as waiters for the Children's Advocacy Center's annual Celebrity Waiters event are, front from left, Steve Ward, Rick Perry, Dr. Beau Clark, Mike Strain, Sid Gautreaux, Sharon Weston Broome, Gary Rispone and Whitney Vann; and, back, Gordy Rush, Cliff Vannoy, Sheldon Mickles, David McDavid and Roger Cador.

Barely recovered from hosting the Miss USA Pageant contingent, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel was again the hot spot in town the night of July 15 with two big events taking place. It was crawling with former LSU athletes and coaches as the site of both the Children’s Advocacy Center’s Celebrity Waiter Event and the Suits &… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: All eyes on upcoming Miss USA pageant

Photo provided by PAT ROBINSON --- Rotary celebration --- Celebrating the end of another successful year serving the community at a dinner party at the Camelot Club June 25 are, from left, Capital City Rotary's 2015-2016 officers Chaplain Tom Bergeron, Secretary Anselmo Rodriguez and President-elect Charles Landreaneau; past District 6200 Gov. Mark LaCour; Lora Willis, wife of President Vernon Willis, and Treasurer Frank Parrino.

I hope you all had a fabulous Fourth of July! Now we focus all our attention on the Miss USA pageant. Have you crossed paths with any of this year’s contestants? Let’s do all we can to make them feel welcome here in Red Stick. Goodness knows, they’ve had it rough the past weeks leading up… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Raising funds, having fun

Photo provided by CARLA BELL --- Book launch --- At the launch of the book 'Images of America: SCOTLANDVILLE' at a Juneteenth Celebration at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church June 19 are, from left, Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks Daniel; the Rev. Clifton C. Conrad Sr., Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church; author Ruby Jean Simms, Southern University history professor; Alfred Harrell III, SU System Foundation; author Rachel Emanuel, director of communications & development, Southern University Law Center; Tracie J. Woods, general counsel of the SU System and Board of Supervisors; Leon R. Tarver II, supervisors board chairman; Lois Holden, wife of Mayor Kip Holden; author Charles Vincent, SU history professor; John Pierre, SULC vice chancellor; the Rev. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr., Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church; and Preston J. Castille Jr., national president of the  SU Alumni Federation.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer. I just got back from several days at the beach with the grandkids — not necessarily relaxing but tons of fun. However you can, take some time to recharge your batteries because busy days are ahead. July 15 is the Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual Celebrity Waiters event at L’Auberge, which… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Capital Culture

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Bravo Broadway!" --- At a reception before the Baton Rouge Symphony's 'Bravo Broadway!' Pops concert are, from left, Kay Gaudin, Chadwick Kenny-Possa, Kelly Hurtado and Joe Possa.

Last week had a definite cultural bent, with an amazing performance by the Baton Rouge Symphony, the opening of the latest exhibit at the Old State Capitol, news from the Arts Council and a celebration of the city’s newest TV star. Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Summer’s lazy days don’t last long

Photo provided by BOBBIE STIGLETS --- Festival time --- Celebrating the success of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church festival the first weekend in May are, from left, Nelson Sanchez, Stephen Calandro, 2014 Chairman Mike Mathews, the Rev. Tom Duhé, 2015 Chairman Paul Ross and Guerrin Swartz.

Guess what? There are only 51 days left before school starts! Not to rain on your summer (Mother Nature’s got that covered), but that also means the Baton Rouge fall social season will be cranking up soon, too, and the calendar is filling up fast. To make sure there are no major conflicts for your event, please check… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Calendar

Welcome’s to Pam’s Party Calendar! We hope this information makes your event planning easier. In an effort to prevent multiple events from taking place on the same night, competing for the same fundraising dollar, we’re trying to maintain a comprehensive list of all upcoming nonprofit fundraisers and related events in the Greater Baton Rouge area. We’ve even… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Tigers at the Museum

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Night at the Museum' --- Celebrating 'A Night at the Museum' are, from left, Advocate columnist Smiley Anders as the Lucky Dog vendor and Friends of the Museum committee members Chairwoman Caryn Roland, Megan Knapp, Holly Strange, Randi Deaton, Bonnie Budyach, Frances Bennett, Josh Dickerhoof and Friends President Lana Venable.

The Tigers were squared off against the Ragin’ Cajuns in Game 1 of the NCAA super regionals at the exact same time as the Friends of the Capitol Park Museum’s annual fundraiser in what was arguably one of the biggest nights ever in Alex Box Stadium.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Music and wine of summer

Photo provided by JAMES PECK --- Warriors for Freedom --- Attending the 'Smoke 'em if you got 'em' fundraiser benefiting Warriors for Freedom May 31 at Bin 77 are, from left, Scott Momper, William Conger, Clay Young, Maj. Ed Pulido, Frank Gumpert, Col. David Couvillon, Don Sanders and Scott Overby. The event was presented by Orion Instruments.

I hope your summer is off to a good start and the kids aren’t driving you crazy yet with chants of “I’m bored!” If you’re looking for something fun to do, check out Theatre Baton Rouge’s summer production of “The Music Man.” Tonight’s special performance benefits Volunteers in Public Schools, but the play runs through June 21. For… Continue reading →

Gala for good

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'The Mind's Eye' --- At the National Alliance on Mental Illness' annual 'The Mind's Eye' art exhibit and gala May 30 at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge are, from left, NAMI President and event Chairwoman Florence Day; interim curator Tristan Hahn and NAMI Vice President and silent auction Chairwoman Mary Barth.

Ever wonder what someone’s thinking, how the world looks to them? A group of artists living with mental illness shared their view of things in a special exhibit hosted by NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). The artwork created for “The Mind’s Eye” was for sale, with… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Summer swirls with fun

Photo provided by LEOLA SMITH -- Fancy Feet -- On hand to celebrate Fancy Feet Dance Studio's spring citywide musical variety show May 17 at Heart's Ease Family Life Church are, from left, instructor Trudy Douglas, instructor/owner Keeva Smith, owner Leola Smith and instructor Jolisa Singletary. More than 300 people attended the event.

School’s out and everything is slowing down, even the summer social scene — right before we all drop from exhaustion. Spring was a whirlwind of fun, fun, fun! One of the things going on this summer will be planning fall’s and next year’s galas, parties and other events. To help with this all-important… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Raise a glass

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- ARTini --- Serving as judges for the annual ARTini event benefiting the Baton Rouge Symphony League are, kneeling from left, Ann Connelly, Winifred Reilly and Patricia Hornsby; and, standing, Henry Turner, Jason Broha, Leo Honeycutt, Jeana Esser, Dixon McMakin, Heather Kleinpeter, Joe Bailey and chef Jeremy Coco.

Martinis and memories kind of sum up last week’s events. Thrown into the mix was the introduction of another group of debutantes and so begins a season of celebration. Executive chef George Krause’s “Tri Poland” martini earned Doe’s Eat Place bragging rights at the ARTini event benefiting the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Time to get into summer

Photo provided by SHARON POL --- Tiger Sistahood --- Getting together for dinner at the Chimes before going to see Swine Palace's production of 'The Book Club' on April 28 are members of the Tiger Sistahood book club, from left, Sharon Kavanaugh, Sharon Kleinpeter, Carmen Parker, Beth Tope, Paula Dupuy, Elise Kaufman, Sharon Pol, Lee Ann Rayner, Jacquelyne Janneck and  Ellen Swirsky.

School’s out and summer vacation is now underway. But before all this could take place, lots of events were keeping us busy here in the Capital City. Follow Pam on Twitter @pamspartyline. Items for Pam’s Party Line must be received by 9 a.m. the Monday preceding the run date. High-resolution digital photos should be emailed… Continue reading →