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

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 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 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 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 →

Pam’s Party Line for May 28, 2014

Photo provided by JENNIFER KNIGHT --- Catholic High --- At the Catholic High 50-Year Reunion Dinner May 10 are, front from left, Associate Director of Alumni Relations Barbara Camp, Class of 1964 members Judge Anthony Marabella Jr. and Mike Lamana, and Advancement Director Jamie Segar; and, back, Alumni Association President Mark Emonet, Director of Alumni Relations Glen Randow and CHS President Gene Tullier.

Make no mistake, physicians are great and I have the utmost respect for them, but nurses are very special. And if you’ve ever spent some time as a patient in the hospital, you know what I’m talking about. Baton Rouge General honored its Florence Nightingales at the Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony & Banquet on May … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for May 25, 2014

. The cool front that blew in mid-week made for absolutely gorgeous weather the next evening for a series of events, including one that made it’s debut. ‘Sips & Suds’ The parking lot of neighboring Westdale Heights Magnet Academy was full by the time I arrived for the McMains Children’s Development Center’s inaugural “Sips & Suds” Champagne … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for May 21, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Single Moms --- Life of a Single Mom Ministries founder Jennifer Maggio, third from left, with board President Alana Fernandez, Miss Junior Teen Louisiana Ashton Maggio and speaker Mo Isom at the organization's impact luncheon.

Single moms, scholars and Silver Magnolias are the topics of today’s Party Line. All have inspiring stories. Single Mom Ministries Former LSU Soccer star Mo Isom shared her story of being raised by a single mom at the Life of a Single Mom Ministries Impact Luncheon May 8 at the Country Club … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for May 14, 2014

Photo provided by KELLY JOHANNESSEN --- National Charity League --- Receiving National Charity League's Yellow Rosebud Awards are, from left, Paige Melancon, Anna Johannessen and Nina Jalenak.

The National Charity League is a nationwide philanthropic organization that not only provides community service and leadership development but does this while fostering mother-daughter relationships during what can be tortuous teen years. National Charity League Recently, the local River Road Chapter recognized 36 mother-daughter teams with the Mother-Daughter Award … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for May 11, 2014

Lovely spring weather made party hopping a joy. Wish we could bottle it and pull it out in July. Fortunately, the party scene is pretty slow that time of year. But that sure isn’t the case right now. ‘Forever St. Elizabeth’ For more than 20 years, the St. Elizabeth Foundation has been creating families. The adoption agency celebrated the classes of 1993 … Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for May 7, 2014

Photo provided by NICOLE SIMMONS --- Spring picnic --- Wren Eagleton, left, outgoing president of the Capital Area Medical Society Alliance, pins her successor Gabriella St. Amant at the alliance's annual spring picnic April 11. The 2014-2015 board was also installed.

Pops and Fur Ball: Two great Mother’s Day outings News flash! This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and if you still don’t know what to get mom, we have two great suggestions — tickets to either the Companion Animal Alliance’s Fur Ball or the Baton Rouge Symphony’s Pops Concert at LSU’s Rural Life Museum. … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for May 4, 2014

What a weekend! The month of April went out with a bang, with two of spring’s most popular events taking place on the same Saturday night, and both events were benefiting the children of Louisiana. Twelve Star Dancers took to the stage of the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center … Continue reading →

Advocate photo by CHERAMIE SONNIER --- Lemonade Day  --- Showing off their prizes after taking the top spots in the Lemonade Day Louisiana Tasting event at the Mall of Louisiana on April 13 are, front from left, Leroy Hayward III, first place for Leroy's Lip Smackin' Lemonade; Brianna Ducote, second for  Blackberry Lemonade; and sisters Chakira and Chakyla Piper for Green Tea Lemonade. With them are, back, Allison Gibson and Melissa Carrera, both with MAPP Construction; the Lemonade Day mascot; and Mya Miller with Raising Cane's. MAPP and Raising Cane's sponsored the event.

Get a pen and grab your calendar off the fridge! Tomorrow is the first day of May and the next few weeks are pretty busy as we approach the end of school and the summer social slow down. Friday is the LSU Rural Life Museum’s Evening at Windrush. Saturday starts with a “Run … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for April 23, 2014

Photo provided by JENNIFER MAYER --- Fore! CASA --- Celebrating the success of the Terracon Golf Benefit for Capital Area CASA are, from left, Robert Lacinak of Terracon, CASA board Chairman David Faulk, CASA Executive Director Liz Betz, Lisa Smith of Terracon and CASA Recruitment Coordinator Jennifer Mayer.

The April social calendar closes out with a bang April 26. That’s the date of the eighth annual “Dancing for Big Buddy” and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation’s “Denim & Diamonds.” Both of these fundraisers are a guaranteed fun night out. It’s just too bad they’re on the same night, and we all can’t go to both. … Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for April 16, 2014

Photo provided by KIZZY PAYTON  --- Knock Knock donation --- Celebrating the donation of $100,000 by CN Railroad to the Knock Knock Childrens Museum at an April 9 get-together at BREC's headquarters are, seated from left, BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight, Knock Knock Board Vice Chariwoman Aza Bowlin, Louisiana Railroad Association Representative Monica Hooge and Knock Knock board member Kelli Harton; and, standing, Steve Browning, of Hayes Dent Public Strategies; BREC Commissioner John Taylor; Knock Knock board Chairwoman Staci Deumite Duhé; CN Director of U.S. Government Affairs Jim Kvedaras; Knock Knock board member Cricket Gordon; Louisiana Railroad Association general representative Carmack Blackmon; Knock Knock board member Dennis Blunt and Knock Knock project director Melissa Bell.

Area businessmen, elected officials, religious leaders, governmental officers and academic and law enforcement leaders were among the 350 guests celebrating all that’s good in the Capital City at the 24th annual Baton Rouge Spring Luncheon March 19 at Drusilla Place. Keynote speakers were LSU football coach Les Miles, Southern University football coach Dawson Odums, East Baton … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for April 13, 2014

Last week, we had our world rocked, we emerged, we celebrated mudbugs and we became engaged. And, then there were the debutantes! This year’s theme, “Rock Your World,” for the 47th annual Best Dressed Ball on April 5 benefiting the American Cancer Society is a bit of an understatement. There … Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for April 9, 2014

Photo provided by DANA MICHELLE --- Woman's Auxiliary --- At the Woman's Hospital Auxiliary luncheon on March 19 are, from left, Mary Stein,  East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library assistant director; Elaine Burke, auxiliary president-elect; Beverly Brooks Thompson, Woman's chief development officer; and Rose Marie Fife, auxiliary president.

One of my favorite spring events takes place this coming Saturday night — Baton Rouge Ballet’s “Dancin’ in the Streets” block party fundraiser at Perkins Rowe. It all starts at 7 p.m. with food from some of the city’s best restaurants and caterers, and dancing to the sounds of Phat Hat. Get your tickets online at … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for April 6

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- OLOL Gala --- Sister Kathleen Cain, center, with gala sponsors, from left, Gerry and Don Daigle and Names coming.

More than a thousand folks got all gussied up for the 29th annual Our Lady of the Lake Gala on March 27. The River Center downstairs atrium was shoulder-to-shoulder for the cocktail portion of the evening, which featured the signature cocktail “Rich Girl” in honor of the night’s … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for April 2, 2014

Photo provided by DOROTHY GUÉNO --- Taking the oath --- At the installation dinner for PEO Chapter AA hosted by Chaplain Elizabeth Scott March 13 are, from left, Recording Secretary Sharon Lanius, Vice President Dorothy Guéno and President Glennell Cottrill. Also taking the oath of office were Corresponding Secretary Jessie Mulkey, Treasurer Pat Kimball and Guard Elaine Gosselin.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the arrival of spring as much as I have, even though Old Man Winter is trying his best to hang around. It’s nice to see all the trees bursting forth with their green leaves, the flowers beginning to bloom, even the hum of lawn mowers on a Saturday morning. Spring in the … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for March 30, 2014

Spring has finally arrived and Mother Nature couldn’t have been more cooperative for the round of events happening that week. The Crowne Plaza was overrun with children of all ages dressed in their Easter best for the 13th annual Bunny Hop Brunch March 23. McCall … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 26, 2014

Photo provided by DEBBIE HEBERT --- Day at the Races --- Traveling to the New Orleans Fair Grounds for the Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank's Day at the Races are, from left, incoming President Elaine Ellis, President Melanie Johnson, Executive Director Ginger Miller, event Chairwoman Claudia McCall and Eye Bank Auxiliary member Judy Burk.

More than 300 racing fans and supporters of the Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank boarded buses early the morning of March 13 to travel to the New Orleans Fair Grounds for the Baton Rouge Eye Bank Auxiliary’s annual “Day at the Races” fundraiser. The event was chaired by Claudia McCall and Vivian Frey. Winners … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for March 23, 2014

My new sidekick Farren Davis and I had so much fun broadcasting live from the 29th annual Wearin’ of the Green Parade on March 15. Thanks again to sponsors Varsity Sports, Dream Silk Screens, Manda Fine Meats and the Gold & Coin Center. And a special shout out to Byron and Kelly O’Lewis for not only loaning us their iPad … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 19, 2014

Photo provided by SARAH BROWN --- Phi Kappa Phi --- At the LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi's awards and induction ceremony are, from left, student Vice President Lacey Sanchez, Treasurer Missy Korduner, Vice President Michael Kaller, Fellowship Chairwoman Ruth Patrick, Mayor Kip Holden, President Richard Vlosky, Executive Secretary Regina Leingang and student Vice Presidents Eric Romig, Rachel Bradley, Jenna LaChenaye and Misagh Naderi.

Mayor Kip Holden was the keynote speaker for the LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society’s 84th annual spring awards and induction ceremony March 6 at the School of Energy, Coast & Environment. Chapter President Richard Vlosky presided over the ceremony during which more than 150 students, faculty and staff became … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for March 16, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Dancing for Big Buddy --- At the Dancing for Big Buddy 'getting to know you' luncheon are, from left, board members Dawn Perrett, Layne McDaniel and Rhonda Loy, host Leo Verde, Executive Director Gaylynn Mack, committee members Reid Bateman and Ty Hingle and show director Lynn Holdridge.

Carnival is over and we’re now into the Lenten season. That transition slowed down the party pace here in the Capital City, giving us all a chance to catch our breath. And, we’re going to need to because this spring is jam packed with events. … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for March 12, 2014

Photo provided by Judy Rossi --- Sweetheart Ball --- At the annual Beta Sigma Phi Sweetheart Ball at  the Gonzales Civic Center Feb. 22 are chapter sweethearts, from left, Darlene Poindexter and escort Ernest Poindexter, Iota Master; Myra Landry and escort Steve Landry, Lambda Master; Cheryl Hall and escort Fred Hall, Laureate Alpha Alpha; Maxine  Muller and escort Alexander Elliott, Laureate Alpha Gamma; Vida Joan Melancon and escort Clifton Melancon, Laureate Psi; Lynn Robbins and escort C.J. LeBlanc, Preceptor Alpha Eta; Vikki Hebert and escort Bob Huffman, Preceptor Phi; Peggy Cassidy and escort Charles Cassidy, Xi Gamma Iota; Jolyn Gatlin and escort Frank Feduccia, Xi Delta Sigma; and Amanda Duke and escort Jonathan Pakunpanya, Kappa Psi.

I’m so excited to report that Pam’s Party Calendar is finally here! This comprehensive party calendar will help make planning the next gala, fundraiser, luncheon or your own private party a little easier. Our goal is to prevent multiple events from taking place on the same night, dividing up the attendees and the fundraising dollar. … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for March 9, 2014

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES LUSSIER --- Spanish Town --- Celebrating the success of The Advocate's live streaming of the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade is the team of, from left, Farren Davis, producer Kevin McQuarn, Pam Bordelon and cameraman Gary Krouse.

Wow, what a week that last week of February was! Most importantly because I have a new granddaughter. I promised hundreds of you to let you know when the big moment arrived so here are the details: Sofia Agnes Lee Kennon arrived Feb. 27 weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 18½ … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 5, 2014

Photo provided by CAROL CAIRO --- Nightingale Gala --- At the Louisiana Nurses Foundation's 13th annual Nightingale Gala are, seated from left, Carol Gordon, Clara Earl and Karen Moody; and, standing, Valeria Schluter, Mary Dudley, Wenona Bell, Sharon Baton and Karen Loden.

Night out for nurses The Louisiana Nurses Foundation inducted three people into its Hall of Fame during Feb. 22 ceremonies. At the 13th annual Nightingale Gala at the Crowne Plaza, Cynthia Prestholdt, of the Baton Rouge District; Ann Carruth, of the Tangipahoa District; and Denise Danna, of the New Orleans District, were inducted into … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 26, 2014

Photo provided by CHARMAINE BIOSSAT --- World Marriage Day --- Taking part in St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church's World marriage Day celebration are, front from left, Brian and Lindsay Seely, Barbara Franklin, Pamela and Ken Sills; and, back, Peregrin and Carla Franklin, Percy Franklin and the Rev. Trey Nelson.

In case you decide not to brave the throngs downtown for the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade this Saturday beginning at noon, don’t worry, you can still catch all the fun — no beads though. The Advocate will be streaming the parade live via our website, theadvocate.com, and Farren Davis and I will be offering … Continue reading →