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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: Last Rolls

Photo provided by CHARLES BENNETT --- KeenAgers --- Touring the home of Lillie Curtis Brock, fourth from left, to see her extensive holiday decorations after gathering for lunch at the Delmont Village Piccadilly Jan. 8 are members of Star Hill Baptist Church's KeenAgers senior citizens group, from left, Nelma Jacobs, Lenora Young, Geraldine Williams and Mae C. McGuffery. Before lunch the group participated in a Bible study led by the Rev. Raymond Jetson.

Mardi Gras in Red Stick is rolling to a close with the last two parades taking to the streets this weekend. The Krewe of Southdowns’ family-friendly parade, “Under the Big Top,” rolls through that neighborhood at 7 p.m. Friday beginning at Glasgow Middle School. The Krewe of Lagniappe in Louisiana kicks things up a… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Belles and Beaux of the balls

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Spanish Town --- With Spanish Town Queen Frankie Moore, center, are, from left, Geri Brackin, Alice Mitchell, Nancy Farr, Jennifer Fredricks, Kim Hodgeson and Melissa McNabb.

Mardi Gras is winding down here in the Capital City. Last weekend, I got to attend two of my very favorite balls — Spanish Town and the Krewe of Apollo. As I write this, my feet are still trying to recover from all the dancing. Be sure and visit theadvocate.com for more photos from both events. Spanish… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Get the party rolling

Photo provided by REBECCA TRICHE --- AAUW Holiday Happening --- At Jan. 9 Holiday Happening party for the American Association of University Women Baton Rouge are, from left, hostess Valerie Jackson-Jones, John Earle, guest speaker Sharon Weston Broome and Joan Houghton-Bounds.  Members collected donations for the Eleanor Earle Scholarship Fund.

The first of Baton Rouge’s Mardi Gras parades rolls this weekend. It all begins Friday night with the Krewe of Artemis, which is celebrating 15 years of Carnival in the Capital City. Its parade starts at 7 p.m. and rolls through streets in the downtown area. On Saturday night, the Krewe of Orion… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: All the world loves a party

Photo provided by CHARLES BENNETT ---Spring welcome --- At the International Hospitality Foundation's spring Welcome Party for LSU's new international students are, from left, Executive Director Virginia Grenier, the party's Mardi Gras king and queen Mohannad and Sophie Churchward and board members Rose Mary Poirrier and Michael Robinson.

The International Cultural Center on the LSU campus was hopping the night of Jan. 8 as the International Hospitality Foundation hosted its spring Welcome Party for LSU’s new international students. Welcoming the students and other guests were IHF board members Chairman Carlos Rosas, Marvin Borgmeyer, Mary Ann Coleman, Marcia and Roger… Continue reading →

Another year, another celebration

Photo provided by LISA COSSÉ --- Sacred Heart --- Celebrating the 87th anniversary of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church at the post-Mass reception are, seated from left, Marian Davenport, the Rev. Miles Walsh, Theresa Fabre and Doris Dawson; and, standing, Bishop Shelton Fabre.

Several very special anniversaries were celebrated in December, one for a local church and another for a local sorority. A reception in the parish hall followed a special Mass Dec. 27 to commemorate the 87th anniversary of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. The Mass was… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Seasonal Celebrations

Photo provided by DIANE LINDER --- Scholarship coffee --- Serving on the committee for Campus Club's holiday scholarship coffee Dec. 4 at the home of Michael Ann Crawford are, from left, Martha Kilbourne, Ellen Graham, Brenda Hutchinson, Jynx Marcel, Margie Whitehead, Nancy Hammatt and Donna Montgomery.

Happy Twelfth Night! Have you had King Cake yet? Did you get the baby? While today marks the official beginning of Carnival season, there’s still lots of holiday celebrations to catch up on, so let’s get started. Follow Pam on Twitter @pamspartyline. Items for Pam’s Party Line… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Red Stick revelry

Photo provided by JOY SMITH --- Capital Christmas --- Enjoying dinner and an evening tour of Mount Vernon with Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, right, on Dec. 2 are, from left, wife Celeste Fortenberry, aunt Joy Smith, daughter Kathryn Fortenberry and mom Rebecca Fortenberry. The congressman's aunt and mother, both from Baton Rouge, were visiting the nation's capital.

Christmas is history, and now we turn our attention to ringing in 2016. If you’re looking for THE place to be tomorrow at midnight, may I suggest downtown’s North Boulevard Town Square to watch the Red Stick drop. You can even start earlier Thursday — 11 a.m. — and celebrate with the kiddos and… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Quick break for Shopping Season

Photo provided by RON RICHMOND  --- Giving back --- At the Dec. 6 Kendra Scott Gives Back party benefiting the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation and Kelli's Kloset are committee member Sandra Davis, Patsy Richmond, Kendra Scott Community Relations Manager Allie Jarreau and committee member Michelle DeSimone.

Christmas is only nine days away! If you’re like me, you’ve been so busy celebrating the season that you haven’t had to shop. So, put on your most comfortable shoes and get ready for some power shopping, and as you do, remember the merchants who support our local nonprofit community and show them some love.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Art and the mind

Photo provided by GWEN HONORÉ --- Kiwanis memorial --- At the first memorial ceremony held by the Baton Rouge Early Risers Kiwanis Club to honor the families of several of its late members are, from left, President Morgan Watson; Phyllis T. White, daughter of the late Horatio Thompson; Althea Yancy Lacey, daughter of the late Lester Yancy; Andrea Toles, daughter of the late Norman Toles; Ola Woods, widow of Metro Councilman and Fire Chief Thomas Woods; Linda Honey, widow of state Rep. Avon Honey; and seated Marie Pea, widow of Oscar Pea. The Nov. 17 luncheon took place in Mayberry Dining Hall at Southern University.

A very special art exhibit opens tomorrow night at 6 at the Gallery at Manship Theatre, located in the Shaw Center for the Arts. “Finding the Forgotten … In the Shadows of the Mind” highlights the need “to remember, relate to and reawaken the countless minds shuttered by dementia in our own community.” It features the artwork of… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Formal traditions & holiday fun

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- BR Assembly --- Making their debut at the 55th annual Baton Rouge Assembly Ball are, front from left, Alexis Garland, Mary Charlotte Bruce, Blakley Woolf, Katherine Tanner and Haley Harrington; and, back, Emma Gordon, Caroline Spencer, Lindsay McKowen and Stephanie McNamara.

One of the traditions of the Thanksgiving weekend here in the Capital City is the Baton Rouge Assembly’s debutante ball. For this year’s 55th annual presentation, 18 young women were formally presented Nov. 27 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Welcoming guests was Assembly Chairman Scott Folse,… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Turn on the party lights

Photo provided by NICOLE SIMMONS --- On their toes --- At the Nov. 4 performance by Baton Rouge Ballet Theater's Ballet for Children at Mayfair Laboratory School sponsored by the Capital Area Medical Society Alliance are Mayfair PTO member Natalie Cooper, left, and alliance President Cheryl Callerame.

Looking for some holiday fun that can easily turn into a tradition? Baton Rouge officially kicks off the season this Friday when Mayor Kip Holden throws the switch on the city’s Christmas tree in the annual North Boulevard Town Square Festival of Lights celebration. There’ll be a snow village at River Center Plaza, Holiday Music Magic… Continue reading →

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 latan.org.… 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 →