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Pam’s Party Line: Fun is in the air

Photo provided by SHELIA JUNEAU  --- Bishop's Day --- At the annual Bishop's Day celebration luncheon March 15 at Boudreaux's are, from left, Bishop Robert W. Muench; St. Joseph Apprentices Don and Janice Aucoin, Jackie Kreutzer, Jane Skerkoske, Heather Kirk-Ballard and Goldie Domingue;  Community Award recipient Pat Shingleton; and the Rev. Paul Counce, pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral.

Three huge events are taking place in the Capital City on Thursday night — Our Lady of Lake Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Gala featuring Huey Lewis & the News, the 20th annual Women Chefs’ Showoff benefiting the Iris Domestic Violence Center and the LSU Museum of Art’s 10th anniversary Masquerade on the Mississippi.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Signs of Spring

Photo by GARY DOBBS --- 'Wearin' of the Green' --- Melissa Parmalee, Jenny Peters and Pam Bordelon, from left, at the 30th annual 'Wearin' of the Green' St. Patrick's Day Parade, which was live streamed on

Spring is here! And not a moment too soon. We got an early taste at the 30th anniversary of the “Wearin’ of the Green” St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend. Thanks to Melissa Parmalee for being my sidekick for The Advocate’s live streaming webcast of all the festivities and to our sponsors: Varsity Sports, Goodwood… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: It was an honor

Photo provided by RICHARD VLOSKY --- Phi Kappa Phi --- At the 85h annual Phi Kappa Phi Awards and Induction Ceremony are student vice presidents, from left, Emily Hodges, Deepthi DeSilva, Clay Hyde, Stephanie Sharuga, Thu Nguyen, Davis Cowles, Madaline King and Jonathan Aker.

LSU’s Phi Kappa Phi honor society held its 85th annual Awards and Induction Ceremony Feb. 24 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Keynote speaker for the ceremony, presided over by chapter President Richard Vlosky, was LSU Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ann Duples s is. Students receiving awards were… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 4, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Burger Bash --- At the Big Buddy Burger Bash are, front from left, Little Buddies Tylon Kent and Aniyhya Foster; and, back, Rhonda Loy, Keaton Koch, Brett Vidrine, Emily Caruso and Big Buddy Executive Director Gaylynne Mack.

Pals, presidential welcome, perennial prof
Catholic High was the place to be on the night of Feb. 24 as students from CHS and St. Joseph’s Academy teamed up with the Big Buddy Program for the 25th annual Big Buddy Burger Bash.
Burger Bash
The aroma of grilling burgers filled the lunch room as Little Buddies, students and supporters turned out for the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 1, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Sweethearts --- 2015 Beta Sigma Phi Sweethearts are, from left, Sally Ann Collins, Dixie Gregory, Linda Grabski, Bobbie Ramsey and Anna Marie Burns.

The first week made for a slow social calendar but that’s OK, it gave us all time to catch our breaths after a whirlwind Carnival season. We don’t get to rest too long, though. Check out Pam’s Party Calendar online at see what’s coming up. For all they did for… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 25, 2015

Photo provided by NEIL ANN PARKS --- French Friends --- At the Friends of French Studies at LSU annual dinner meeting are, from left, Jacqueline Labat, CODOFIL President William Arceneaux, Allison Roark and CODOFIL Executive Director Charles Larroque.

N eil Ann Parks was elected president of the Friends of French Studies at LSU at its 18th annual dinner meeting Feb. 5 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Special guests were Stacia Haynie, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Studies, and Jill Roshto, former director of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 22, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Great Performers --- At the VIP gala prior to the Baton Rouge Symphony's Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation Great Performers in Concert featuring Johnny Mathis are, from left, Debbie and Julio Dumas, Alice Kronenberger, Becky and Jack Harris, Paula and Jack de la Bretonne, Rena and Todd Ledet, Leslie and Scott Berg and Diane and Johnny Tate.

This Valentine’s is one I’ll never forget. It started out in Spanish Town and ended up with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Irene & C.B. Pennington Great Performers in Concert. BRSO Executive Director Cary Byrd promised a magical evening and everyone involved delivered. Great Performers More than a few of us got “Misty” listening… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 18, 2015

Photo provided by JENNIFER MAYER --- CASA leaders --- At a Jan. 22 reception following their election to the Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association are Vice Chairman Reginald Brown, left, and Chairwoman Deborah Lamb.

Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association officially welcomed its 2015 board of directors and newly trained volunteers at a swearing-in ceremony Jan. 22 conducted by Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson. These individuals will work to advance the best interests of abused and neglected children living in foster care in the East Baton… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Feb. 8, 2015

This week we go from the frivolity of Spanish Town Mardi Gras to the humbleness of 12 amazing volunteers to the brave “Champions for Change,” so let’s get started.St. Valentine’s Day Masquerade Several thousand party-goers filled the River Center Exhibition Hall Jan. 31 for the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Ball. Reigning over the festivities as the Queen of Hearts was Johanna… 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: Roasting the ‘Pols’

Photo provided by LEO HONEYCUTT --- Politicians beware! --- Madly working on this year's Gridiron script are, from left, Marji and Mike Hasten, Marsha Shuler and Leo Honeycutt.

Politicians beware! Members of the Capitol Correspondents Association are currently writing the scripts for this year’s Gridiron. The scribes include The Advocate’s Marsha Shuler, Edwin Edwards biographer Leo Honeycutt and Gannett News’ Mike Hasten, and my sources tell me their pens and wits are extra sharp this… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Jan. 25, 2015

You know Mardi Gras in the Capital City is in full swing once you start seeing lots of pink. It means the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe, better known as Spanish Town Mardi Gras, is starting to party, and no one does it better. Spanish Town Royalty The Lyceum was awash in a sea of pink for the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Jan. 21, 2015

Photo provided by CHARLES BENNETT --- Women's Council --- At the Women's Council of Greater Baton Rouge's installation luncheon are, from left, Kristina Shapiro, Karen Vingiello, Sydney LeJeune and Dee Mather-Muenzler.

Karen Vingiello was sworn in as president of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge at its installation luncheon Jan. 8 at First Methodist Church. Also taking the oath of office from past President Kr istina Shapiro were Secretary Penny Stobaugh, Treasurer Mary Beth Groze, assistant… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Jan. 18, 2015

Freezing temps tried to damper the 15th annual Laurel Street Palooza Jan. 9, but it takes more than an arctic blast to slow down the party scene here in the Capital City. Several hundred brave and heavily bundled souls turned out for the Arts Council of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Meet the new members LSU’s Public Administration Institute’s honor society

Photo provided by JOSHUA DUPLECHAIN --- Honors Banquet --- At the LSU Public Administration Institute Student Association Honors Banquet Dec. 12 are, from left, Charles Brown, Ellice Richardson and PAI Director Jim Richardson.

Christmas came early for several graduates of LSU’s Public Administration Institute. Inducted in to Pi Alpha Alpha honor society for public affairs and administration were Cameron Golden, Drew Larose, Jasemane Brown and Crystal Carter, who was also presented with the David B. Johnson Outstanding Student Award at the December honors banquet at… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Making Merry

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Mix & Mingle --- Standing in front of Forum 35's new logo are board members, from left, President Eric Dexter, Tori Thomas, Kasey Henry, Melissa Parmalee, Jason Hijuelos, Jennifer Dyer, Kelly Glymph, Kenissa Mckay, Candace Parker, Bryan Fontenot, Sarah Moran, Sean McDonald and Sabrina Vutera.

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright. It was a good one for Katherine Scherer, Forum 35 and the Baton Rouge Ballet. The Manship Theatre presented its third annual Marquee Award to Katherine Scherer, deputy director of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, at the beginning of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Celebratory mood and a great time for several Baton Rouge members of YMCA Capital Area staff

Photo provided by KRISTEN HOGAN --- Y awards --- At the YMCA's Staff Recognition Dinner are, from left, Joe Capece, Don Clark, Eddrick Martin, Ronald Smith, Ronnie Walters and Debbie and Bob Jacobs.

Happy Christmas Eve and last night of Hanukkah! I hope this holiday season finds you and yours doing well. It was certainly a great time for several members of the YMCA of the Capital Area staff. Courtney Guillen was named the Staff Associate of the Year, and Kevin Broussard and Jonathan Lee were named Directors of the Year at… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 21, 2014

“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat …” and parties galore are filling the calendar leading up to the big day. If you have no plans tonight, join us in Kenilworth subdivision for luminaries. It starts at 6, and I promise it’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Gingerbread Tea The ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel was abuzz the afternoon of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Dec. 17, 2014

Photo provided by TIM ELDER --- 'hOLLIday Party' --- At the Lagniappe Chapter of OLLI at LSU's 'hOLLIday Party' Dec. 3 at the Main Library are, seated from left, Karen Link and Jeanette Marino; and, standing, Karen Egedy, Delores Dyer, Camilla Stevenson, Brenda LeBoeuf, Linda Gray, Frances Billeaud and Connie Smith. Members and guests were entertained by a bell choir directed by Kay Hawthorn and a men's quartet under the direction of Randy Gurie, of University Baptist Church.

Looking for some fun holiday experiences to share with friends and family? Check out The Advocate’s new app, BR 24/7, and start a new tradition. 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… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 14, 2014

. The holidays are a time of tradition for many. Several of my holiday traditions took place last week, putting me in the Christmas spirit. Christmas Tea The holidays means it’s time for my annual trek across the river for the Plaquemine Garden Club’s annual Christmas Tea, which I did Dec. 5. This year marked my 21st visit with this talented… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 7, 2014

Girls in white dresses and pink starfish top this Sunday’s agenda. Fourteen senior members of Les Jeunes Amies were presented at the Baton Rouge Symphony League’s annual Bal de la Symphonie Nov. 29 at the Crowne Plaza. Welcoming guests and sponsors were Symphony League President Jenny Gray,… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Dec. 3, 2014

Photo provided by FRANCES BENNETT --- Draft Party --- Former LSU Tigers catcher Tyler Moore, second from left, celebrates being drafted by the New York Mets in the sixth round at a Draft Party hosted by grandparents Margaret and Tom Moore, third and fourth from left, at their home Oct. 26. With them are Steve Moore and Tina Moore.

All of the Lights
Downtown hosts the Festival of Lights this Friday night and as part of that celebration the Foundation for Historical Louisiana throws open the doors of the Old Governor’s Mansion for its annual open house. Admission is a nonperishable food item for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
So, bring the kiddies by for a showing of a holiday… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 30, 2014

I hope you and yours enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving. Now the countdown to Christmas is officially underway, with 24 shopping days to go. That also means the local social scene slows down a bit — at least on the nonprofit front. But, fun lies ahead in the new year. Dancing with Big Buddy The wait is over — we… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: City Nights

Photo provided by STACI BRIMER --- Cornerstone dinner --- Attending the YMCA of the Capital Area's annual Cornerstone Society Dinner are, from left, Matt and Lara Falcon, Eddrick and Shanda Martin, Josh and Sylvia Landry, Jeff Casey, Mischa and Michael Breard, C.C. and Alex Lewis, Bob Jacobs, Debbie and Rickey Heroman, and Barry and Jon Blumberg.

Lifetime members and donors of the YMCA of the Capital Area were honored at its annual Cornerstone Endowment Dinner Oct. 28 at the City Club. Guest speaker for the evening was Barbara Delacourt, a member of the ExxonMobile Y, who told how her membership has changed not just her lifestyle but the impact she’s able… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 23, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Trianon's 40th --- Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Trianon are committee members, seated from left, Sharon Lanius, President Ann Suire and Chris Enright; and, standing, Adele Noonan, Lynda Michelli, Tammy Duos, Sandra Fox, Sharon Richard and Yvonne Crew.

Several of my favorite folks were deservedly in the spotlight last week for all they do for our community — Whitney Vann, Leonard Augustus, Kim and Trey Bowman, Michael Robinson and Don Boutté, Jim Brandt, Pinki Diwan, Lowry Griffon and Margaret Womack Hart. They and their fellow honorees are part of the fabric that makes this community such a great… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Nov. 19, 2014

Photo provided by CATHERINE SIMPSON --- 'Waiting Their Turn' --- Judge Betty LaBauve, center, with the winning artists of the annual show sponsored by the of the Louisiana Art & Artists Guild Iberville Chapter, from left,  Patricia Delk, Laurie Broussard, Claudia LeJeune, Larry Downs, Jim Packard, Calvin Balencie and Kathy Miller Stone.

Baton Rouge artist Larry Downs took first-place honors for his acrylic painting “Waiting Their Turn” in the Louisiana Art & Artists Guild Iberville Chapter’s annual Art Show at the Rosedale Art Depot Oct. 17-19. That honor came with a $250 cash prize. Second place and its $150 prize went to Baton Rouge artist Claudia… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Set the Date

Photo provided by WANDA WASHINGTON --- 'Jazzy in Pink' --- At Sisters Supporting Sisters-Baton Rouge's third annual 'Jazzy in Pink' fundraiser Oct. 12 at Hemingbough in St. Francisville are, from left, Vice President Linda Daniel, President Wanda Washington, board Chairwoman Gwen Brooks, Financial Secretary Sandra Porter, Julia Bradford Moore and Corresponding Secretary Mary Stewart. Survivor Michelle Turner received the debut 'Ida's Gift' of a one-night's stay at Hemingbough in memory of the late Hemingbough manager Ida Cage.

View all Pam's Party Line photos here. It takes the strategic skills of the Army’s top generals to pick the right date for an event. As you’re planning your next party or fundraising event, don’t forget to check out Pam’s Party Calendar, the pambordelon/8530318-123/pams-party-calendar, to see what dates are available. I already… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 9, 2014

Two really fun events bookended the past week — the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Wine Opener and the Charity Ball Association’s new member French Fête. Wine Opener Dee Grant and her committee pulled out all the stops with help from Sullivan’s Steakhouse general manager Leo Verde and staff for the 12th annual Price LeBlanc Lexus Baton Rouge Wine Opener benefiting… Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for Nov. 5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Life's a Canvas' --- Visiting with actor and author Brian Batt, fourth from left, at a VIP reception prior to Baton Rouge General Foundation's 'Life's a Canvas' cancer awareness event are Joe Juban, Beth Veazey, Paula de la Bretonne and Mark Slytar.

“She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother” is the title of actor and author Brian Batt’s memoire of his mother’s battle with cancer so, it was fitting that he was guest of honor at an Oct. 23 reception for Baton Rouge General donors. You see, the festivities included tours of the General’s Pennington Cancer… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 2, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Dining in the Dark --- At the Lighthouse Foundation's Dining in the Dark dinner are, from left, Lonnie Stockwell, Ty Gosse, President Renée Vidrine, James Slayton, David Beach, Erin McQuade Wright, Robert Scheneckenburger and Rick Massengale.

Angels, activists, revolution, haute cuisine and haute couture were all on last week’s agenda, making for an interesting week of party hopping across the Capital City. Dining in the Dark The invitation for Lighthouse Louisiana’s fundraising dinner Oct. 23 definitely piqued your interest. It invited you to a scrumptious six-course dinner at… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: A lifetime of achievement

Photo provided by LAURA GILLILAND --- Red Stick Kiwanis --- Gerard Ruth, left, seen here with wife Selma, receives a lifetime membership in the Red Stick Kiwanis Club at its annual banquet at the City Club.

Charter member Gerard Ruth received a lifetime membership in the Red Stick Kiwanis Club as well as its Zeller Award at the club’s annual Installation and Awards Banquet Oct. 2 at the City Club. Gary LaBauve and Philip DiVincenti were named Kiwanians of the Year. Special guests for the evening, presided over by… Continue reading →