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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 →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 26, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Seats for Seizures --- Serving on the Epilepsy Foundation's Seats for Seizures Gala Committee are, from left, Susannah DeNicola Babin, Leigh Wilson, Kim Bount, Jolie LeBlanc, Allison De Battista and Cyndney Wilson.

. You have to love it when an event goes from great to stupendous in just a year. That’s what happened with STAR’s Hunks in Heels after its debut last year. That and the announcement that Johnny Mathis is coming to town to perform with the Baton Rouge Symphony made for one great week.Seats for Seizures Price LeBlanc Lexus literally… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 22, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Live United --- Jammin' at Capital Area United Way's 27th annual Jambalaya Jam are, from left, John Turner, V Goss, Jerry Fischer, CAUW President Darrin Goss Sr. and incoming CAUW board President Ralph Bender.

Downtown’s North Boulevard Town Square was the happening spot Oct. 9 as the Capital Area United Way held its 27th annual Jambalaya Jam. It raised an additional $71,700 toward this year’s campaign. Jambalaya Jam Reigning over the festivities as Jam Queen was LSU Gymnastics coach D-D Breaux. I had fun hanging out in… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 19, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- With Deana Martin, center, moments before she took the stage kicking off the Columbus Day Festa Oct. 11 are Nickie Dimaio, Frank Arrigo, Phillip Cancilleri and John Griffeth.

I met myself coming and going last week. I also have to give a shout out to the staff at Juban’s for supplying Deana Martin with a martini glass for her performance kicking off Columbus Day Festa. But first, Woman’s Hospital jazzed up its Pink on the Plaza Oct. 12 silent auction event by adding the Bust Breast Cancer… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 15, 2014

Photo provided by JENNIFER ROCHE --- Law honors --- LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, left, with honorees Judge James Brady, Maryam Sabbaghian Brown, Cordell Haymon, Craig Murray and Patrick Ottinger.

A Distinguished Crowd The LSU Law Center handed out several wards at a Sept. 21 luncheon at the Lod Cook Conference Center. Cordell H. Haymon was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. This award honors a graduate for rare distinction in professional achievement and loyalty to the center. Federal Judge James Brady, Maryam Sabbaghian Brown, Craig… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 12, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Party at the Pyramid' --- At the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's 29th annual gala are, from left, Susan Polowczuk, Dena Perkins, Laura St. Blanc, Errin Flynn, Kris and Jane Kirkpatrick, Scott and Heather Kirkpatrick and Susan Turner.


. One of my favorite parties took place last week, a week that seemed to get busier the closer to the end we got. ‘Party at the Pyramid’ I found myself humming the Bangles 1985 hit “Walk Like an Egyptian” as I approached the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for its “Party at the Pyramid” gala Oct. 3. Always one of… 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 for Oct. 8, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'I'll Be Me' --- At a special screening of the film, 'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me,' documenting his battle with Alzheimer's are, from left, Alzheimer's Services CEO Barbara Auten, Volunteers of America CEO Jane Shank and VOA board members Jim Kaiser and Georgia Ford.

Laughter through tears Just like Truvy in “Steel Magnolias,” laughter through tears is one of my favorite emotions, and there was lots of both at the special preview screening of the new documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” hosted by Volunteers of America at the Manship Theatre Sept. 23. The film, by award-winning filmmaker James Keach, follows Campbell’s… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Dinner with Susan Ford Bales --- At a dinner party fêteing Susan Ford Bales, center, to benefit O'Brien House are Mayor Kip Holden, dinner chairwoman Bobbie Carey, host John Turner, Dee Dee Riley, host Jerry Fischer and Barbara Anne Eaton.

Baton Rouge is known for its hospitality, and it was on full display last week as O’Brien House hosted a very special guest, the daughter of former President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford. Susan Ford Bales was in town for two days to help raise funds for O’Brien House, which treats those suffering from alcoholism… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 1, 2014

Photo provided by MYRTLE DAVID --- 40th anniversary ---Honored at the 40th anniversary celebration of the DeBose Foundation Sept. 9 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library are, from left, Wayne Talbot, fine arts director, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools; Mary Stein, administration director, EBRP Library; Melba Moye, Gamma Eta Omega chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Patricia Sterling, Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Elaine Phillips, Baker-Zachary chapter, Delta Sigma Theta, and Geraldine Simms, Mu Zeta chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; Flower Lovers Garden Guild; and Baton Rouge Chapter The Links Inc. Also recognized were the Nu Gamma Omega chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Keyboard Musicians Club.

Happy Wednesday! The work week is almost over and weekend party time is fast approaching. So is LSU football. This is the weekend that I don’t pull for the purple-and-gold Tigers, as they are traveling to my native Alabama to take on MY Auburn Tigers. If you’re headed to the game, I hope you enjoy… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Sept. 28, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Woman's Week --- Kicking off Women's Week at the Sept. 19 luncheon at the Marriott are, clockwise from bottom left, Women's Council President Janel Chapman, Monique Moliere-Piper, luncheon Chairwoman Sarah Wilde, emcee Elizabeth Vowell, Teresa Taylor, Maureen Corcoran and speaker Holly Clegg.

You really have to like a week of events that include celebrating women, and that’s how last week wrapped up, with the kickoff luncheon for the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Women! A Week-Long Celebration. The ballroom of the Marriott was filled with women of all ages for the… Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for Sept. 24, 2014

Photo provided by SUSAN POLOWCZUK --- 'Stand Up to Cancer' --- At the 'Stand Up to Cancer' viewing party hosted by the American Cancer Society at Perkins Rowe Sept. 5 are, front, Penny Cade, and, back from left, Angela Nantamu, Courtney Goodell and Amy Williams. The nationwide broadcast raised $109 million for cancer research.

On Thursday’s agenda are the Cenikor Foundation’s luncheon at Boudreaux’s, followed by Forum 35’s Viva il Vino at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Park Museum and the Blue Ribbon Soirée benefiting prostate cancer at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel. Hopefully I’ll see you at one or more of these events. You… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Sept. 21, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Woman's Auxiliary --- At Woman's Hospital Auxiliary's LSU-themed fall luncheon and membership meeting at Ruffino's Restaurant are, from left, CEO Teri Fontenot, Dixon 'LSU Elvis' McMakin, auxiliary President Rose Marie Fife and Machite 'Bengal Belle' Eyre.

. Last week, I got to help celebrate the donation of right at a half-million dollars to various worthy community causes. It’s one of the perks of my job — getting to see firsthand just how generous Baton Rougeans are. And, make no mistake, we are a very giving, caring community. Woman’s Auxiliary The Woman’s Hospital Auxiliary doled out $10,000 in… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Sept. 17, 2014

Photo provided by KATE BRADSHAW --- Friends of LPB ---  Volunteer Award recipients Charles and Frances Bennett, LPB President Beth Courtney and President's Award recipient Dr. Rani Whitfield enjoy the annual Friends of LPB meeting Sept. 9.

The election of officers and the recognition of some very deserving volunteers topped the agenda of the annual Friends of LPB meeting and reception Sept. 9 at the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Telecommunications Center. Robyn Merrick was elected board chairwoman. Tapped to serve with her were Donna Ewing, vice chairwoman; Dan Hare, treasurer;… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Sept. 14, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Bengal Belles --- Bengal Belle President Aimée Simon, left, with LSU Football coach Les Miles and wife Kathy at the Sept. 4 Bengal Belle luncheon.

Kudos to our area chefs, restaurants and caterers, who over the past few weeks have pulled out all the stops for three huge gastronomic extravaganzas — the two-day Fête Rouge event, Dining By Design and, most recently, Capital Chefs’ Showcase. Please note which of the many wonderful restaurants and caterers stepped up to provide, at their… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Sept. 10, 2014

Photo provided by LESLIE DUPUY --- 'Cajun Livin' --- Visiting with Sonny Stroyer, aka Enos of 'Dukes of Hazard,' center, at the Hole n Da Wall Seafood Restaurant Aug. 23 are, Mike Nadeau, Chad Minvielle, Rodney Dupuy and Jacob David. Stroyer had just wrapped up filming an episode of 'Cajun Livin 'n' Cookin.'

Have you noticed in past few mornings that when you step outside, you’re not hit in the face with a blast of hot steam? Yes, I know you are by lunchtime, but it sure is nice to be teased by the promise of fall. Here in Baton Rouge, fall means football and… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Delightful dining

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Fête Rouge ---- Baton Rouge Epicurean Society's Grace 'Mama' Marino Lifetime Achievement winner Jay Campbell with Mama.

Where to begin? The Baton Rouge Epicurean Society’s two-day Fête Rouge celebration of food and wine just keeps getting better. The cherry on top was this year’s “Dining By Design” gastronomic treat benefiting the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center. Fête Rouge Jay Campbell, president/CEO of Associated Grocers, was the man of the hour at the eighth annual Grace “Mama”… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Sept. 3, 2014

Photo provided by JAMIE TINDLE --- Summer fun --- At the Inter-Civic Council's annual Summer Party hosted by Barbara and Ed Bourgeois at the Live Oaks Apartments Club House Aug. 12 are, from left, the hostess, Renée Siccone, Charles Bennett, Dave Peek, LaMarylis Newman and Marjorie Green.

Fall social season kicks off Hope you had a nice relaxing Labor Day. Tomorrow night is Cancer Service’s Capital Chefs’ Showcase, the granddaddy of fall’s social events here in the Red Stick. It follows the Bengal Belle’s kickoff luncheon — both take place at the River Center. I’m sure I’ll see you at one or the other!… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Aug. 27, 2014

Photo provided by SHARON POL --- Delta Zeta --- Representing LSU's Sigma Chapter at Delta Zeta sorority's 51st National Convention in Tuscon, Ariz., July 7-11 are, from left, Hannah Hodges, Elise Fontenot, Avery McMahon, Alisha Patel and Rachael Greene. They brought home the Crest Award, one of the highest honors given, and the award for most dollars raised for a single philanthropic event.

Last summer swing Summer is about to officially be over. If you’re traveling this Labor Day, please be safe. When you get back to Baton Rouge, there are numerous events vying for attention, starting with the Bengal Belles luncheon and Cancer Services Capital Chefs’ Showcase on Sept. 4 and Heritage Ranch’s Gala the following evening. For information on these… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Aug. 24, 2014

And, we’re off!! That’s right, party season is now officially underway. Twice last week I found myself going to multiple events on the same night — a sure sign the summer social slump is over. Kelli’s dream Family, friends and supporters of the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation came together Aug. 17 at Boudreaux’s to help make Kelli’s dream of a… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Aug. 20, 2014

At the Baton Rouge Area Leadership class of 2015 announcement breakfast are, from left, Baton Rouge Area Chamber CEO Adam Knapp, Metro Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards, Wendy Gaudet, Metro Councilman Trae Welch, Allyson D’Aquin, Erin Monroe Wesley and Gordon Bell.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced its Baton Rouge Area Leadership class of 2015 at a breakfast Aug. 11 at the Crowne Plaza. The 37 members represent several areas of the Capital Region’s business, civic and nonprofit communities. They include: David Baxter, Sparkhound; Gordon Bell, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana; Ryan Chenevert,… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Aug. 17, 2014

Last week was quiet until we got to the weekend, with two events on Saturday night and one on Sunday. And, what they all were! Centennial Celebration Peggy and Charles Coates were tripping the light fantastic to the sounds of Ned Fasullo & the Big Band Orchestra when I arrived at the Renaissance Hotel for the Centennial Celebration Gala of the Louisiana… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Aug. 13, 2014

Photo provided by LAUREN MICHAUD --- 'Eyes on the Ties' --- At a July 31 get-together where members of Quota International of Baton Rouge presented The Emerge Center with proceeds from its 'Eyes on the Ties' gala last March are, from left, Emerge Center board President Jean-Paul Perrault, event co-chairwoman Bobbie Carey, Quota President Sharon Weston Broome, Emerge Center Executive Director Melissa Juneau and event co-chairwoman and Emerge Center board member Camilla Ford.

School’s back in session, football is a mere kickoff away and the party calendar is starting to fill up. Tomorrow night is the American Cancer Society’s Celebrity Waiter event at Mestizo’s as well as the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation Gala at the Capitol Park Museum. Friday night you again have two choices: travel to paradise with… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Aug. 10, 2014

Debutantes, sports greats and a dedicated group of individuals who help make our dining experiences something to remember are in the party spotlight. Delta debs Chelsea Dinah Wilson, daughter of Charlene and Alphonzo Wilson, was crowned queen of the 49th annual Delta Sigma Theta’s Debutante Cotilllion Aug. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel. The cotillion was co-hosted by the Baton Rouge Delta Development… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Aug. 6, 2014

Photo provided by Rachel's Sports Photography ---  Education reunion --- Getting together for their HIRED, FIRED & RETIRED semi-annual reunion at Drusilla Restaurant July 25 are former Louisiana Department of Education employees, from left, Sam Pernici, Paul Doucet, Marlyn Langley, Lee Hoffman, Pam Pullen, Susan Teddlie and Barbara Henry.

The first day of school is only days away, and that means the local social scene will soon be heating up. To help make event planning easier and prevent multiple events from taking place on the same night and competing for the same fundraising dollar, we’ve created Pam’s Party Calendar at theadvocate.com. It’s a… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line video: Playhouse at Casas for 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… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Aug. 3, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- CAUW success --- At Capital Area United Way's annual meeting and luncheon are, from left, President Darrin Goss, Ralph Bender, Stacey D. Stewart, Scott Berg and Stevie Toups.

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… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for July 30, 2014

Photo provided by PAM CHENEVERT --- SPOKES ---  Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana client services educator Kelly Howell, left, visits with Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy Principal Linda Stone after the July 14 SPOKES luncheon. SPOKES is a support group for parents of children with epilepsy. The session was to discuss educational and school safety needs for children with epilepsy.

The heat isn’t going away, but summer vacation is about to be over as the kiddos begin heading back to school starting next week. The first day of class for East Baton Rouge Parish schools is Aug. 11. It’s the following weekend that the social scene starts to gear up here in the Capital City, with… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for July 27, 2014

It’s summer time and the partying is easy, especially when three of my favorite events take place in one week. So let’s get going. Celebrity Waiters The Children’s Advocacy Center’s eighth annual Celebrity Waiters’ Event & Silent Auction kicked things off by crowing a new champion at this year’s event, which took place July 15 at a jam-packed Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for July 23, 2014

Photo provided by JANICE RUSSELL GAUTREAU --- Brave Heart --- Brave Heart Children in Need Executive Director Linda Montagnino, left, with first-place team members Tim, Taner and Aaron Bourque.

Aaron, Taner, Tim and Tyler Bourque took first-place bragging rights in Brave Heart Children in Need’s fourth annual golf tournament June 28 at the Pelican Point Golf Club. They received their award at a celebratory lunch catered by Don’s Seafood Hut in Gonzales following the tourney. The luncheon also included a silent auction and door… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Homecoming celebration

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Booking It With Baby' --- At the 'Booking It With Baby' donor reception at the Goodwood Main Library July 10 are, from left, Library Director Spencer Watts, the Rev. Raymond Jetson, Glen 'Big Baby' Davis and Gaye and Mike Holilngsworth.

Glen “Big Baby” Davis returned home recently for the fourth annual “Booking It With Baby” literacy tour, which kicked off July 10 with the unveiling of the Big Baby & Hollingsworth Reading Center at the Eden Park Library. Reading to the kiddoes was none other than Big Baby himself. Later that afternoon, he… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Don't miss Art Melt

Photo provided by SHARON MCKNIGHT --- At the Dr. Martin L. King Zachary Committee Scholarship Luncheon June 14 at Lagniappe Restaurant in Baker are, from left, this year's recipients Lillie Snowden, Ronesia Rogers, Kiara Davis and Kelli McFarland; featured speaker John Smith of 100 Black Men; and recipients Kentrell Burrell II, Janesia Rogers, Kiara Parker and Kimberely Grover. Carolyn Hall chaired the event with assistance from Lorretta Robinson, Linda Rubbins and Julie Gray.

One of summer’s most anticipated events takes place this weekend — Forum 35’s Art Melt — set for downtown at the Capitol Park Museum. It kicks off with a Patron’s Preview Friday night. This is a ticketed event, but Saturday night’s festivities are free and open to the public. Now in it’s 10th year, Art Melt… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for July 13, 2014

Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July celebration! We were all about the red, white and blue in my neighborhood of Kenilworth as the annual parade wound its way through the streets on the evening of July 3. Before the floats rolled, Kenilworth Civic Association board members; this year’s Resident of the Year, Bob Mathews; and parade judges James Llorens,… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for July 6, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Take the Gloves Off' --- At the debut 'Take the Gloves Off for Arthritis' fundraiser are, seated from left, Terri Serio, Ashlee ? and Tracy Donovan Smith; and, standing, Rigsby Frederick, Julie Sherrill and Mayor Kip Holden.

The Arthritis Association debuted a new fundraiser June 26 that involved decorating gloves. Considering the amount of rain that had fallen that day and several days leading up to the party, decorating rain boots might have been a better idea. ‘Take the Gloves Off’ Boudreaux’s was the setting for the auction of the decorated gloves, which came in all lengths. Some were… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for July 2, 2014

Photo provided by ANGELA DEGRAVELLES --- 'On the Trail' --- At a reception following author and preservationist Randy Harelson's talk on the life's work of 18th century naturalist William Bartram at the Foundation for Historical Louisiana's June 12 Heritage Lecture at the Old Governor's Mansion are, from left, Jon Emerson, Peggy Coates, Harelson, Michele Deshotels, Tara Hebert and Jonathan Harris. Bartram explored the natural landscape and human habitations of Georgia, Florida, Alabama and West Florida into present day Baton Rouge, where LSU's Hilltop Arboreteum and FHL are advocating for signage in Louisiana to mark the famous Bartram Trail.

Happy early Fourth of July! If you’re still looking for ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday, I’d like to invite you to my neighborhood for the annual Kenilworth Fourth of July Parade. It actually takes place the evening of July 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and rolls from Kenilworth Science & Technology School on Boone Drive, down the parkway… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for June 29, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Arts Council honors --- Receiving awards from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge are, from left, Paula de la Bretonne and Lori Bertman, Irene & C.B. Pennington Foundation; volunteers Toni Hawkins and J.H. Martin; Kelli Scott Kelly, Michael Crespo Visual Artist Fellowship Award; and volunteer Cliff Barton.

There weren’t too many events on last week’s calendar, but the quality of those that were more than compensated for the quantity. Uncorked Forum 35 seems to have hit its stride with the Uncorked events. De la Ronde Hall, now being operated by Ruffino’s Catering, was packed for the June 19 tasting benefiting Dreams Come… Continue reading →

Party Line video: Partying with Peter

Photo by JILL McDANIEL --- Partying with Peter --- It was a personal high,  says party columnist Pam Bordelon, posing with her 'boyfriends' Peter Noone, left, of Heman's Hermits, and husband Jim Bordelon following the British band's concert at the Manship Theatre.

As a young teen, I had a huge crush on Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman’s Hermits. I knew all the words to all their songs and had, at one point, 40 photos of various sizes plastered all over my bedroom walls. I was even the president of the Union Springs, Ala., Herman’s Hermits Fan… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for June 25, 2014

Photo provided by LAUREL DOUCET --- Contemporary Abstracts --- At the opening reception for Anne Cicero's 'Contemporary Mixed Media Abstracts' at Rue Cou Cou May 30 as part of Mid City Merchants Association's 'Hot Art, Cool Nights' gallery hop are, from left, Jovann Armstrong, Amy Anderson, Cicero, Mickey Asche and Keith Morris.

Gloves come off for fundraiser A new fundraiser debuts this week benefiting the Arthritis Association of Louisiana. It’s called “Take the Gloves Off for Arthritis!,” and features an auction of hand-beaded, painted and embellished evening gloves by local artisans as well as a fashion show. It all takes place this Thursday at Boudreaux’s beginning at 6:30, so don… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for June 22, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- VIPS 'Annie' --- At a special performance of 'Annie' at Theater Baton Rouge benefiting Volunteers in Public Schools are, from left, sponsor Ken Sills, outgoing board Chairwoman Mary Lou Potter, sponsor Linda Gaspard, VIPS Executive Director Judy Bethly and incoming board Chairman Wayne Tyson.

. Summer’s in full swing, and, most afternoons, Baton Rouge resembles a sauna. But that doesn’t put a damper on our party spirit, though. We may not be partying quite as fast and furious as we do in the fall and spring, but we’re having tons of fun when we all get together. VIPS ‘Annie’ One of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for June 18, 2014

Photo provided by ANGELA DeGRAVELLES --- 'Meet the Explorers' --- Attending the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation's 'Meet the Explorers' luncheon May 19 for members and guests of Pennington Biomedical's Council of 100 are, from left, foundation board Chairman Jerry Jolly, Margaret Hart, Leroy and Fran Harvey, featured speaker Professor Phillip Brantley, Dr. Claude Bouchard and George Schaffer. Brantley presented findings from his research related to interventions used in the fight against obesity and diabetes in Louisiana.

Hope your summer is going well. The party scene here in Red Stick has slowed down somewhat, and that’s not a bad thing. There are still some fun events on the horizon, and one of my favorites is tomorrow night’s Forum 35 Uncorked blind wine tasting. It all starts at 6 p.m.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for June 15, 2014

Between all the Miss USA festivities and movies being filmed in our great city, I’ve felt very Hollywood the past few weeks. Every one of the contestants I had the pleasure of meeting was an absolute delight. I wanted them all to win the crown! That honor went to Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, to whom we offer our congratulations. Come… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for June 11, 2014

Photo provided by RACHEL FARMER -- Sustainer of the Year -- Mary Beth Chevalier, third from left, is honored as the Junior League's Sustainer of the Year at a luncheon at the City Club May 1. Seen here with her are friends, from left, Nancy Crawford, the Rev. Cleo Milano with Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and Dovie Brady.

NEXT WEEK: Parish Attorney Conflicts Rebekah We’re exploring the outside employment of the attorneys who work in the Parish Attorney’s Office and where there may be conflicts of interest. Rebekah hopes to get a weekender together, in advance of Mary Roper’s June 18 hearing, depending on if her Public Records Act request gets filled Wednesday, as she’s been promised. SuperintendentContractRenew.adv… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for June 8, 2014

Beautiful young women sporting white sashes have taken over Baton Rouge! That’s right, the 51 contestants in this year’s Miss USA pageant are here. Tonight, one of them will be crowned the winner, but I promise you all of them have had the time of their lives here in Red Stick and will be speaking fondly of our genuine hospitality… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party line for June 4, 2014

Photo provided by Charles Bennett --- Friendship Force --- Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Friendship Force of Baton Rouge are, from left, Linda and Darwin Knochenmus, Bob Duncan and Frances and Charles Bennett.

Friendship and scholarship are the topics of this week’s Party Line. Friendship Force Friendship Force of Baton Rouge celebrated its 30th anniversary as a member of Friendship Force International with a reception May 4 at the Woman’s Club. Founding member Darwin Knochenmus and 24-year member Frances Bennett both received the Wayne Smith Award,… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for June 1, 2014

Debutantes and bunnies highlighted the past week of socializing, and few things say spring more than that. It was the perfect way to gear up for the long Memorial Day weekend. I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine. Memorial Day is also a sort of anniversary for me. It was 35 years ago that I moved to… Continue reading →