What do opera and litter have in common? Supporters of one and eradicators of the other both hosted luncheons on Sept. 20.
Opéra Louisiane sopranos Christina Boosahda, Rachel Cobb and Elizabeth Kataria; mezzo-sopranos Molly Dahlberg and Paula Roediger; and tenor Tyler Smith entertained members of Baton Rouge Area Volunteers for Opera at its first luncheon of the season at a packed Baton Rouge Country Club. Accompanied by musical director Michael Borowitz on piano, they performed selections from the company’s upcoming production of “The Ring” on Sept. 27 and 28 at the Manship Theatre.
I usually like to hang around and listen to the guest performers at BRAVO’s luncheons but a prior commitment had me in and out rather quickly.
Keep La. Beautiful
Traffic cooperated and I was able to get to the Old Governor’s Mansion right on time for Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s 10th anniversary luncheon.
Featured speaker for event, which culminated the organization’s two-day statewide conference, was Sue Smith, director of special project for Keep America Beautiful. She shared a factoid from her “new favorite book,” “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash” by award-winning journalist Edward Humes. “People forget, they cover, they kid themselves, they lie. But their trash always tells the truth.”
KLB also handed out its annual awards.
In recognition of her efforts as first lady to lead the fight against litter in Louisiana and get Keep Louisiana Beautiful established during husband Mike’s eight years as governor, Alice Foster was presented KLB’s trademark Bevelo lantern as a thank you by board chairwoman Jackie McGinnis.
The award given by KLB in her honor to a volunteer this year went to E.J. Forgotston, of Hammond, with Tangi Clean; the Corporate Leadership Award went to Dow Chemical Co.; the Youth Leadership Award went to Clearwater Junior High School student Rebecca Warren, of Slidell; the Most Innovative Program award went to Keep Mandeville Beautiful and director Susan Russell; and the Outstanding Affiliate Director to Donna Curtis with Shreveport Green.
Cox Communications took the opportunity to present its “Cox Conserves Heroes” award.
Presented by Senior Vice President Jacqui Vines, the award went to Bart Everson, of New Orleans, founder of the Friends of the Lafitte Corridor. He received $10,000 for the organization.
Finalists were Landry Camardelle, Jefferson Beautification Inc.; and Wilma Subra, Louisiana Environmental Action Network. They each received $2,500.
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