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 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. … 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 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 →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 19, 2014

Photo provided by Eric Frank Photography --- Distinguished Graduate Awards --- At the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge's annual Distinguished Graduate Awards Dinner are, from left, the Rev. Vincent Dufresne, Sister Martha Ann Abshire, Bishop Robert Muench and Superintendent Melanie  Verges.

Academic Accolades Seventeen graduates from Baton Rouge Catholic schools were among the 29 honored at the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge’s annual Distinguished Graduate Awards Dinner on Jan. 27 at the Renaissance Hotel. Presenting the awards were Superintendent of Schools Melanie Verges, Assistant Superintendent Connie Urbanski and Bishop Robert Muench. Baton Rouge honorees included Thomas Barfield, Catholic … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Feb. 9, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON ---  Power of 9 --- Honored for their volunteer efforts are, front row from left, Morgan Matchett with Volunteer LSU, Maurine LaCour, Alfred Lee, Laura Holmes and Pat Temple; and, back, Jenny Smith with Home Depot, Bettie Jefferson, Bridgette Shropshire with the Bold & Beautiful Social Club and Nancy Simien.

The last week of January was one of the strangest weather experiences ever! Fortunately the party calendar was clear through most of the freeze, and by the time the ice started melting and the temps started to rise, EVERYONE was ready for some fun. Power of 9 Things got underway with the Capital Area United Way’s annual Power of 9 Honors volunteer … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Feb. 2, 2014

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD --- Anniversary celebration --- At a fundraiser celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Lincoln Theater are, from left, Tara Wicker, Brenda Dunn, Alan Abrahams, Patricia Smith, Kenny Neal, Evelyn Dumis, Peggy Bates, Joan Forbes and Sevetri Wilson.

. I hope you and yours survived the freeze that paralyzed South Louisiana recently. It tried to dampen our fun, but we still managed to get in some partying during the warm-ups. Anniversary celebration Supporters of the historic Lincoln Theater gathered at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center on Jan. 25 … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Jan. 22, 2014

Photo provided by KATHY SCHERER --- Dinner with Debbie --- Enjoying dinner with actress/choreographer Debbie Allen, seated second from left, Jan. 11 are, seated, Kathy Scherer and Paula de la Bretonne; and, standing, Jack de la Bretonne, Roldolfo Ramirez-Rodrigue, Sandy Parfait, Mayor Kip Holden and wife Lois, Brandon O'Neal, Maureen Hickey and Eric Holowacz. Allen was in town to audition dancers for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's Debbie Allen Dance Residency.

One of Baton Rouge Gallery’s biggest, most fun fundraisers is taking place Saturday night. The Surreal Salon Soirée gets underway at 7 p.m. and features an exhibit of pop-surrealist and lowbrow art from across the nation, so dress accordingly. In fact, those in costume get a discount on their ticket ($17 as opposed to $22, if … Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon: Fundraisers busting out downtown

Photo provided by NANCY DAVID --- Big Easy Christmas --- Traveling to New Orleans for the Krewe of Romany's Les Capitainnes' annual Christmas Party Dec. 8 are, front from left,  Nancy David, Dee Barbati, Karen Wise and Amy Varnado; and, back, Jean Sharp, Karen Corkern, Tammi Williams, Peggy Moore, Jynx Marcel, Suzan Hoover, Leslie Day and Susan Barnett.

Two really fun fundraisers are on this Friday’s calendar. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Laurel Street Palooza gets underway at 5:30 p.m. on, you guess it, Laurel Street between the Old Bogan Firehouse (headquarters of the Arts Council) and Chase Bank. It’s a street party you don’t won’t to miss. Get your tickets by … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Jan. 5, 2014

Fifteen young women donned white ballgowns and long, white gloves before grabbing their nosegays and stepping into the spotlight to be presented at the Charity Ball Association’s 55th annual Le Bal de Noël on Dec. 28 at the Crowne Plaza. Welcoming the several hundred guests were association President Jennifer Strasner and ball co-chairwomen Connie Miller and Andrea VanBurkleo. Bal de Noël Master … Continue reading →

Parties kept 2013 spinning

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Anthony Ryan Auld  wins 'Project Runway All Stars.'

Happy New Year!! On this first Party Line of 2014, I thought we’d take a look back at some of the most exciting parties of the past year. Goodness knows there were lots of them! So, here goes. Hope they bring back as many fun memories for you as they did for me. … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Dec. 29, 2013

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON -- 'Seasons of Louisiana' -- Chef Peter Sclafani signs copies of his new cookbook, 'Seasons of Louisiana,' for Emily and Larry Hubbard at a Dec. 20 book signing at Matherne's Supermarket Kenilworth.

Only three more days left in 2013, a year that seemed to fly by in a flurry of social events and news headlines. Before it wraps up, though, I have to clue you in on a few things. One being that buddy Peter Sclafani, chef extraordinaire and … Continue reading →

Harmonious holiday gatherings

Photo provided by LIZ WALKER --- 'White Light Night' --- Visiting at Elizabethan Gallery during the Mid City Merchants 16th annual 'White Light Night' art hop on Nov. 22 are, front from left, artists Betty Efferson, Marianne van der Haar, Nancy Stutes, Krista Roche, Jeannine McCameron, Terri Kennedy and Janice Evans; and, back, artists Keith Douglas, Carol Hallock and Mary Monk with gallery owner Liz Walker and gallery manager Heidi Bergeron.

Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family are having a blessed day and that Santa managed to find you and leave you a little something in your stocking. Meanwhile, sit back and see what some of your fellow Baton Rougeans have been doing leading up to the holidays. Items for Pam’s Party … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 22, 2013

dvocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON  --- La. Role Models --- At the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Links' eigth annual Louisiana Role Models Jazz Brunch are, seated from left,honorees the Rev. Lee Wesley, Claryce Jordan Minor and Ernest Gaines; and Ebony Gray, representing husband John Gray; and, standing from left, chairwoman Maxine Cormier; President Brenda Birkett; honorees Jean Montès, Ronald Smith and the Rev. August Thompson; and Enid Francis, Southern Area director for the Links Inc.

Another cold front blew through Baton Rouge on Dec. 14, making dressing for the round of that night’s holiday parties something of a challenge for us girls, at least. Coat or no coat? Sleeves or sleeveless? Bring the umbrella or chance that the rain is finally over? So many decisions and so little time! In fact, lack of time limited … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Dec. 18, 2013

Photo provided by KRISTEN HOGAN --- YMCA honors --- At the YMCA of the Capital Area's annual staff recognition dinner are, from left, Kevin Broussard, Debbie and Bob Jacobs, Don Clark, Ron Smith and Tima Midyette.

The YMCA of the Capital Area recognized the dedication of more than 160 staff members from all nine branch locations at its annual staff recognition dinner on Dec. 8 at Boudreaux’s. CEO Bob Jacobs presented the awards to staff members who over the past year have embodied the Y’s core principles of “caring, honesty, … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 15, 2013

Advocate photo by PAM BORDELON --- Open House --- At the Old Governor's Mansion Holiday Open House are, from left, LUBA COO Mike DePaul and wife Patty, Foundation for Historical Louisiana board member Melanie Hanley, FHL Executive Director Carolyn Bennett and FHL board member Brad Way.

. Baton Rouge is all decked out in its Christmas best. Mayor Kip Holden threw the switch lighting up our Christmas tree in downtown’s Town Square on Dec. 6, a night filled with holiday activities for the young and young-at-heart. Open House As part of its holiday tradition, the Foundation for Historical Louisiana hosted an open house at the Old Governor’s … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Dec. 11, 2013

Photo was provided by THORNTON COFIELD --- Friendship Force --- At a get-together at Boutin's on Nov. 16 hosted by Friendship Force of Baton Rouge for travelers on the Mississippi River Global Exchange are, front from left, Global Exchange director Pat Meyer, Lynda Stockinger, Gayle Duncan and Barbara Wittkopf; and, back, Global Exchange director Dave Meyer, David Stockinger, Bob Duncan and Thornton Cofield. The river journey began in Memphis, Tenn., and ended in New Orleans two days before the 2013 Friendship Force International World Conference.

Sixteen local restaurant and caterers offered a samples of their signature dishes at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s “Taste of Baton Rouge” fundraiser Nov. 14 at Longview, the home of Randy Haynie. Welcoming guests along with Haynie was former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who served as honorary chairwoman of the festivities. Serving as celebrity waiters … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 8, 2013

Photo provided by Kleinpeter Photography --- BR Assembly --- Presented by the Baton Rouge Assembly at its 53rd annual ball are, front row  from left, Sally Shoenfelt and Brooke Contois; and, back, Caroline Lancaster Bevan, Anna Katherine Miller, Cammie Heroman and Kate Countryman.

It’s the time of year for girls in white dresses and, no, I’m not talking about brides. Here in Baton Rouge it’s debutante season, and two groups presented their coteries over the Thanksgiving weekend. BR Assembly First up was the Baton Rouge Assembly, which introduced its 13 debutantes during its annual ball at the Baton Rouge River Center on Nov. 29. Welcoming … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Dec. 4, 2013

Photo provided by JO ANN SLAYDON --- Dream Day --- Tim Creed and son Caleb, center, join Dream Day Foundation board President Marty Engquist, left, and Graesa Amdahl, associate director of the Gulf Coast Region ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, visit at a steak dinner Tim cooked for his fellow Solvay Chemical employees to raise money for St. Jude, where Caleb was treated for leukemia. Together they raised more than $1,600.

Hang on … are you ready for this news? There are only 20 shopping days left until Christmas! So, pull out the holiday glitz, pour yourself some eggnog or a glass of bubbly and get ready for the round of holiday parties on the horizon. Hope to see out and about soon! … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 1, 2013

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Top Hat Soirée --- Serving on the comming for the Lauren Savoy Olinde Foundation's Top Hat Soirée benefiting skin cancer awareness are, front from left, Sarah Lomax, Lulu Buisson and Emily Gonsoulin;and, back, Shelly Auclin, Catherine Morvant Juliette Lockwood, Barbara Bagwell and Lindsay Hallgen.

I hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving and that your favorite football team won during rivalry weekend. As we counted down the hours to turkey day, several special events filled our social calendar. Top Hat Soirée When you’re young, you tend to think you’re invincible. The untimely death of 27-year-old Lauren Savoy Olinde from melanoma made several of her … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 20, 2013

Photo provided by PHILLIP CANCILLERI --- Festa maids --- Presented at the Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association's Columbus Day Festa are, from left, Maria Concetta Markey, McKinley Renáe Grace, Elizabeth Ann-Marie DeFranceschi, Cianna Michelle Craig, Mary Elizabeth Avenel and Kayden Alexis Goudeau.

The Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association presented its coterie of Italian maids during this year’s Columbus Day Festa on Oct. 20 at the Capital Atrium. The day’s festivities also included a St. Joseph’s Altar, celebrity grape stomp and pizza-eating contest, Vino Stroll, Bocce ball and Italian genealogy and history. Proceeds from the competitions benefited the McMains Children’s … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 17, 2013

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Excellence in General --- At the Baton Rouge General Foundation's Excellence in General Gala are, from left, honorees Larry Kleinpeter and Betty Kershaw, Dr. Lawrence Mencer, Dr. Evelyn Hayes, speaker J.R. Martinez, Connie LeGlue, Dr.Eugene Berry and Foundation Executive Director Beth Veazey.

Iraq War veteran, “Dancing with the Stars” Season 13 winner, motivational speaker, actor and author J.R. Martinez won over the hearts of the several hundred guests attending the Baton Rouge General’s Excellence in General Gala Nov. 6 at the Crowne Plaza. Excellence in General He shared his amazing story of recovery after the Humvee he was driving hit a roadside bomb, trapping … Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 10, 2013

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON -- Belly Up -- Taking home the  Best of Show prize for their '100 Karat Cannolis' and the Best Elixir award for their 'Whipped Martinis' is the Not So Real Housewives team of McGlinchey Stafford, from left, Brook Thibodeaux, Zelma Frederick and Kristi Richard.

This week’s events continue last week’s theme of food and drink. Of course, that’s every week in South Louisiana when it comes to our celebrations. Belly Up Lawyers in the kitchen can be both a good and bad thing. I’ve come to this realization after years of judging the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation’s Belly Up With the Bar. This year marked the 15th … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Nov. 6, 2013

Photo provided by PAT WATTAM --- Women artists --- At the Oct. 17 opening reception for the new collection of original works by members of the Associated Women in the Arts at the Louisiana State Archives are, from left, Marge Campage, Nanci Charpentier, President Jodi Armstrong and Topper Johnson.

There’s no rest for the party weary here in the Capital City. Then again, how could you ever be tired of partying? While most celebrations have an obvious reason or cause behind them, sometimes here in South Louisiana we party just because we can. So, keep us in the loop on your fun! … Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 30, 2013

Photo provided by BECKY PREJEAN --- Wine Evening --- At Dreams Come True's first Wine Evening at Ruffino's on the River in Lafayette on Oct. 8 are, from left, Martha Antoun, DCT President Max Himmel, University of Louisiana-Lafayette women's basketball coach Sallie Guillory and DCT Executive Director Becky Prejean.

Is your pumpkin carved? Candy purchased? Costume ready to go? Halloween is just 24 hours away, so make sure you are ready for the little ghosts and goblins to come calling. The end of October also means a somewhat slowing down of the social scene. That doesn’t mean November is party free, however. The … Continue reading →

Heart of the city beating with activity

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Jambalaya Jam --- Helping to kick of the Capital Are United Way's 2013 Campaign at the Jambalaya Jam Oct. 10 are, from left, CEO Darrin Goss, Jennifer Grigsby with Mosaic, campaign Chairman Ralph Bender, Mayor Kip Holden, 'King Jam' Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, CAUW board chairman Scott Berg and Abbi Cook with Dow Chemical Co.

I can remember when downtown was like a ghost town after work and on weekends, so I get very excited when it’s humming with people having fun. Such was the case last week when three different events took me there. The first was Capital Area United Way’s Jambalaya Jam … Continue reading →