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Pam's Party Line: United Way has much to celebrate

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Living United ---  Capital Area United Way's annual luncheon meeting emcee Kylie Dixon, right, with this year's award winners, from left, Edy Addison with CAUW, Heath Lumehouse with Lumehouse Studios, Glen Fontenot with Methanex and René Craft with the McMains Children's Development Center.

Capital Area United Way had a lot to celebrate at its annual luncheon meeting July 28 at the River Center Ballroom. First, CAUW is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Second, the 2014 Workforce Campaign, led by Stevie Toups, exceeded its goal and raised almost $9.5 million. Recognized… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Ciao, Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Italian Festa --- With entertainer Lena Prima, third from left, at the kickoff to the Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association's Festa weekend are organizers Frank Arrigo, Nicky Dimaio and Phillip Cancilleri.

Visit Baton Rouge CEO Paul Arrigo changed my last name to Bordoloni for the Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association’s Festa last weekend. It was two days of pure fun! It started off with the magnificent performance by Lena Prima, daughter of the king of swing, the late… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Hot, hot summer nights

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Celebrity Waiters --- Serving as waiters for the Children's Advocacy Center's annual Celebrity Waiters event are, front from left, Steve Ward, Rick Perry, Dr. Beau Clark, Mike Strain, Sid Gautreaux, Sharon Weston Broome, Gary Rispone and Whitney Vann; and, back, Gordy Rush, Cliff Vannoy, Sheldon Mickles, David McDavid and Roger Cador.

Barely recovered from hosting the Miss USA Pageant contingent, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel was again the hot spot in town the night of July 15 with two big events taking place. It was crawling with former LSU athletes and coaches as the site of both the Children’s Advocacy Center’s Celebrity Waiter Event and the Suits &… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: All eyes on upcoming Miss USA pageant

Photo provided by PAT ROBINSON --- Rotary celebration --- Celebrating the end of another successful year serving the community at a dinner party at the Camelot Club June 25 are, from left, Capital City Rotary's 2015-2016 officers Chaplain Tom Bergeron, Secretary Anselmo Rodriguez and President-elect Charles Landreaneau; past District 6200 Gov. Mark LaCour; Lora Willis, wife of President Vernon Willis, and Treasurer Frank Parrino.

I hope you all had a fabulous Fourth of July! Now we focus all our attention on the Miss USA pageant. Have you crossed paths with any of this year’s contestants? Let’s do all we can to make them feel welcome here in Red Stick. Goodness knows, they’ve had it rough the past weeks leading up… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Raising funds, having fun

Photo provided by CARLA BELL --- Book launch --- At the launch of the book 'Images of America: SCOTLANDVILLE' at a Juneteenth Celebration at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church June 19 are, from left, Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks Daniel; the Rev. Clifton C. Conrad Sr., Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church; author Ruby Jean Simms, Southern University history professor; Alfred Harrell III, SU System Foundation; author Rachel Emanuel, director of communications & development, Southern University Law Center; Tracie J. Woods, general counsel of the SU System and Board of Supervisors; Leon R. Tarver II, supervisors board chairman; Lois Holden, wife of Mayor Kip Holden; author Charles Vincent, SU history professor; John Pierre, SULC vice chancellor; the Rev. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr., Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church; and Preston J. Castille Jr., national president of the  SU Alumni Federation.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer. I just got back from several days at the beach with the grandkids — not necessarily relaxing but tons of fun. However you can, take some time to recharge your batteries because busy days are ahead. July 15 is the Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual Celebrity Waiters event at L’Auberge, which… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Capital Culture

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Bravo Broadway!" --- At a reception before the Baton Rouge Symphony's 'Bravo Broadway!' Pops concert are, from left, Kay Gaudin, Chadwick Kenny-Possa, Kelly Hurtado and Joe Possa.

Last week had a definite cultural bent, with an amazing performance by the Baton Rouge Symphony, the opening of the latest exhibit at the Old State Capitol, news from the Arts Council and a celebration of the city’s newest TV star. Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Summer’s lazy days don’t last long

Photo provided by BOBBIE STIGLETS --- Festival time --- Celebrating the success of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church festival the first weekend in May are, from left, Nelson Sanchez, Stephen Calandro, 2014 Chairman Mike Mathews, the Rev. Tom Duhé, 2015 Chairman Paul Ross and Guerrin Swartz.

Guess what? There are only 51 days left before school starts! Not to rain on your summer (Mother Nature’s got that covered), but that also means the Baton Rouge fall social season will be cranking up soon, too, and the calendar is filling up fast. To make sure there are no major conflicts for your event, please check… 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: Tigers at the Museum

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Night at the Museum' --- Celebrating 'A Night at the Museum' are, from left, Advocate columnist Smiley Anders as the Lucky Dog vendor and Friends of the Museum committee members Chairwoman Caryn Roland, Megan Knapp, Holly Strange, Randi Deaton, Bonnie Budyach, Frances Bennett, Josh Dickerhoof and Friends President Lana Venable.

The Tigers were squared off against the Ragin’ Cajuns in Game 1 of the NCAA super regionals at the exact same time as the Friends of the Capitol Park Museum’s annual fundraiser in what was arguably one of the biggest nights ever in Alex Box Stadium.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Music and wine of summer

Photo provided by JAMES PECK --- Warriors for Freedom --- Attending the 'Smoke 'em if you got 'em' fundraiser benefiting Warriors for Freedom May 31 at Bin 77 are, from left, Scott Momper, William Conger, Clay Young, Maj. Ed Pulido, Frank Gumpert, Col. David Couvillon, Don Sanders and Scott Overby. The event was presented by Orion Instruments.

I hope your summer is off to a good start and the kids aren’t driving you crazy yet with chants of “I’m bored!” If you’re looking for something fun to do, check out Theatre Baton Rouge’s summer production of “The Music Man.” Tonight’s special performance benefits Volunteers in Public Schools, but the play runs through June 21. For… Continue reading →

Gala for good

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'The Mind's Eye' --- At the National Alliance on Mental Illness' annual 'The Mind's Eye' art exhibit and gala May 30 at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge are, from left, NAMI President and event Chairwoman Florence Day; interim curator Tristan Hahn and NAMI Vice President and silent auction Chairwoman Mary Barth.

Ever wonder what someone’s thinking, how the world looks to them? A group of artists living with mental illness shared their view of things in a special exhibit hosted by NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). The artwork created for “The Mind’s Eye” was for sale, with… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Summer swirls with fun

Photo provided by LEOLA SMITH -- Fancy Feet -- On hand to celebrate Fancy Feet Dance Studio's spring citywide musical variety show May 17 at Heart's Ease Family Life Church are, from left, instructor Trudy Douglas, instructor/owner Keeva Smith, owner Leola Smith and instructor Jolisa Singletary. More than 300 people attended the event.

School’s out and everything is slowing down, even the summer social scene — right before we all drop from exhaustion. Spring was a whirlwind of fun, fun, fun! One of the things going on this summer will be planning fall’s and next year’s galas, parties and other events. To help with this all-important… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Raise a glass

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- ARTini --- Serving as judges for the annual ARTini event benefiting the Baton Rouge Symphony League are, kneeling from left, Ann Connelly, Winifred Reilly and Patricia Hornsby; and, standing, Henry Turner, Jason Broha, Leo Honeycutt, Jeana Esser, Dixon McMakin, Heather Kleinpeter, Joe Bailey and chef Jeremy Coco.

Martinis and memories kind of sum up last week’s events. Thrown into the mix was the introduction of another group of debutantes and so begins a season of celebration. Executive chef George Krause’s “Tri Poland” martini earned Doe’s Eat Place bragging rights at the ARTini event benefiting the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Time to get into summer

Photo provided by SHARON POL --- Tiger Sistahood --- Getting together for dinner at the Chimes before going to see Swine Palace's production of 'The Book Club' on April 28 are members of the Tiger Sistahood book club, from left, Sharon Kavanaugh, Sharon Kleinpeter, Carmen Parker, Beth Tope, Paula Dupuy, Elise Kaufman, Sharon Pol, Lee Ann Rayner, Jacquelyne Janneck and  Ellen Swirsky.

School’s out and summer vacation is now underway. But before all this could take place, lots of events were keeping us busy here in the Capital City. Follow Pam on Twitter @pamspartyline. Items for Pam’s Party Line must be received by 9 a.m. the Monday preceding the run date. High-resolution digital photos should be emailed… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Music makes the party

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Mozart on the Lake' --- At the Baton Rouge Symphony's 'Mozart on the Lake' evening at White Oak Plantation are, from left, sponsors Dr. Jonathan and Yolunda Taylor, music director Timothy Muffitt, event chairwoman Betty Schwartzberg and Executive Director Cary Byrd.

In a little less than 24 hours I went from ABBA to Mozart last week. The Mozart was courtesy of the Baton Rouge Symphony; ABBA courtesy of the Emerge Center. Chef John Folse’s White Oak Plantation was the setting for the symphony’s Mozart on the… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: For love of the children

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Fur Ball --- Royal court members for the fourth annual Fur Ball are, seated, Nadine Carter Russell and Duchess Abby; and, standing, Brien Buxton and Queen Tullulah Jane, Chadwick Kenny-Possa and King Cobalt; Hunt Odom and Countess Chloe; Jenni Peters and Baron Spike; Margo Mathews and Baroness Gretl; Susan Nickel and Duke Harry, and Randy del Rio and Earl Mikey.

I need to start this week’s column by apologizing to Travis McLavy, who won the award for Most Graceful at this year’s Dancing for Big Buddy. She and professional dancer River Peterson were accidentally left out of the story recapping that exciting night. This week’s party scene includes… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line, May 13, 2015

Photo provided by RACHELE SMITH --- Battling cancer --- At the April 11 fundraiser benefiting Advocates for Christ Against Cancer at Circle Bowl are, front, Garry Richard, and, back row from left, Debra Reese, founder Reather Robinson, Brenda Wright and Bernadine Wright.

From fundraisers for battling cancers to a baby shower for William and Kate’s new bundle of joy, it’s been an eclectic party scene in the Capital City. There was a TV star in town and honors for those who do historic preservation. Check out these fun party pix. Items for Pam’s… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Parties keep us going day & night

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON ---  'Always & Forever'--- On hand to congratulate the St. Elizabeth Foundation's Pam Kinamore Award recipient Jim George, right, are Hays and Gay Town and wife Judy George.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I hope you got breakfast in bed and that the rest of your day is relaxing. Events day and night filled the past week’s busy social calendar, so let’s get right to the fun. Jim George received the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Schools cash in with coupons

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Cash for Schools --- At Community Coffee headquarters for this year's presentation of Cash for Schools are, from left, Louisiana Teacher of the Year Carla Bell, CEO Matt Saurage, Principal Emily LeBlanc and Ann Dargan with Park Elementary and Vice President of Marketing Scott Eckert.

Eight Baton Rouge-area schools took home a portion of the record $275,000 doled out by Community Coffee Co. as part of its Community Cash for Schools program April 23. Turning in the most UPC labels from Community Coffee to bring home more than $6,000 were Pierre Part Primary, $6,685, and Baton Rouge’s Park Elementary, $6,254.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: ‘A Carousel of Pearls’

Photo provided by Miles Photography --- 'A Carousel of Pearls' --- Presented at the Nu Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha's annual Debutante Cotillion & Spring Ball are, from left, Johnna Alise Johnson, JLynzia Malaya Glover, Lezli Denise Slaughter, Biaunka Nichole Robinson, Kourtney Trénelle Jackson, Tamara Kay Fluker, Tayler Jalise Fort and Maya Alexis Kleinpeter.

Sixteen young women were presented by the Nu Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. at its annual Debutante Cotillion and Spring Ball on March 28 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Welcoming the 400 guests and leading them in a toast was President Chandra Stacie. Michelle McCalope served as mistress of ceremonies… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Hop to it

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'It's Showtime!' --- Serving on this year's Best Dressed Ball committee are, from left, Mandy Samson, M'Elaine Booth, American Cancer Society Development Director Jessica Gagliano, Lindsay Madatic, Chairwoman Marsha Baker, Tanya Toups, Kristen Bell, Janae Giblin and Meghann Tullos.

The past week was so busy I seriously contemplated confiscating my granddaughter’s new rollerblades to get me around, but figured I’d end up with something broken so I party-hopped the old-fashion way and made all my appointed rounds. A new venue, the Baton Rouge River Center, provided just… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Afternoon Delights

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Scholarship Tea --- At the Baton Rouge Opera Guild's spring Scholarship Tea are officers, from left, Connie Smith, Pat Felder, Cassie Felder, Peggy Catsikis and Jackie Creaghan.

Last week was nirvana for local opera fans with two afternoons of arias. LSU Voice Professor Robert Grayson led attendees of the Baton Rouge Opera Guild’s spring tea in singing “Happy Birthday” to veteran member Ann Keogh April 15 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. It… Continue reading →

It’s time to party

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- PCAL luncheon --- At Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana's third annual Community Engagement Luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel April 1 are, from left, board President Lana Crump;  Karen Fournet; Suzy Sonnier, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services; Dr. Vincent Felitti; Alice Greer; and Executive Director Amanda Brunson.

Easter and spring break slowed down the social scene in and around the Capital City, but now it’s back to full speed ahead and the calendar’s packed from now until the end of May. We all needed to rest up for all the fun headed our way. That said, there were a few events on our… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Be in the know, now!

Photo provided by EILEEN B. KENNEDY ---- Community Service Award ---  Presenting Mary F. Thompson, center, with the AARP Mid-Town Louisiana Chapter  No. 5433's annual Community Service Award at its April 2 meeting are AARP Louisiana Director Jewel Constance, left, and chapter President Eileen Kennedy. Thompson was recognized for coordinating the chapter's service/outreach activity serving meals every second Friday of the month at the Society of St. Vincent dePaul Dining Room.

Planning an event? Want to know what’s happening on the Baton Rouge social scene? Check out Pam’s Party Calendar online at http://theadvocate.com/columnists/pambordelon/8530318-123/pams-party-calendar. Follow Pam on Twitter @pamspartyline. Items for Pam’s Party Line must be received by 9 a.m. the Monday preceding the run date. High-resolution digital photos should be emailed to pbordelon@theadvocate.com. Hard… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Delights of spring

Photo provided by JEAN BROWN --- Women's Ministry --- At the Women's Ministry of Florida Boulevard Baptist Church's annual Women's Tea are, from left, committee members Suzanne Anderson and Karen Crawford, featured speaker Judi Jackson, associate dean of students and coordinator of women's programs at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; ministry director Dianne Miller; and committee members Valerie Daniel and Vickie Abshire.

I hope you and yours had a blessed Easter. Things are rather quiet this week, what with schools out for spring break. But the social scene quickly heats up the next week. The McMain’s Children’s Developmental Center holds its second annual Sips & Suds champagne and beer stroll from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Gala honors Greek alumni

Photo provided by CLARA WILLIAMS --- Happi Llandiers --- Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Happi Llandiers at its Feb. 28 Founders' Banquet at the Happi Llandiers Community Center in St. Francisville are board members, from left, Greta Scales, Director Helen Whitfield, Sarah Williams, Elijah Lewis, Clara Williams, Mary Henderson and Thelma Minor.

Twenty-nine individuals were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in their communities, their professions and their fraternity or sorority at the 11th annual Greek Excellence Gala at the LSU Royal Cotillion Ballroom March 5. The gala is part of the Greek Excellence Program designed to celebrate the accomplishments of LSU Greek alumni as well as serve as a… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Fun is in the air

Photo provided by SHELIA JUNEAU  --- Bishop's Day --- At the annual Bishop's Day celebration luncheon March 15 at Boudreaux's are, from left, Bishop Robert W. Muench; St. Joseph Apprentices Don and Janice Aucoin, Jackie Kreutzer, Jane Skerkoske, Heather Kirk-Ballard and Goldie Domingue;  Community Award recipient Pat Shingleton; and the Rev. Paul Counce, pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral.

Three huge events are taking place in the Capital City on Thursday night — Our Lady of Lake Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Gala featuring Huey Lewis & the News, the 20th annual Women Chefs’ Showoff benefiting the Iris Domestic Violence Center and the LSU Museum of Art’s 10th anniversary Masquerade on the Mississippi.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Signs of Spring

Photo by GARY DOBBS --- 'Wearin' of the Green' --- Melissa Parmalee, Jenny Peters and Pam Bordelon, from left, at the 30th annual 'Wearin' of the Green' St. Patrick's Day Parade, which was live streamed on TheAdvocate.com.

Spring is here! And not a moment too soon. We got an early taste at the 30th anniversary of the “Wearin’ of the Green” St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend. Thanks to Melissa Parmalee for being my sidekick for The Advocate’s live streaming webcast of all the festivities and to our sponsors: Varsity Sports, Goodwood… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: It was an honor

Photo provided by RICHARD VLOSKY --- Phi Kappa Phi --- At the 85h annual Phi Kappa Phi Awards and Induction Ceremony are student vice presidents, from left, Emily Hodges, Deepthi DeSilva, Clay Hyde, Stephanie Sharuga, Thu Nguyen, Davis Cowles, Madaline King and Jonathan Aker.

LSU’s Phi Kappa Phi honor society held its 85th annual Awards and Induction Ceremony Feb. 24 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Keynote speaker for the ceremony, presided over by chapter President Richard Vlosky, was LSU Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ann Duples s is. Students receiving awards were… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 8, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Tea, Fashion & Fancies --- With special guest Mignon Faget, center, at the fourth annual Tea, Fashion & Fancies tea party at the LSU Rural Life Museum are, from left, Joy Smith, Jeanne Triche, Elise Blewster and LSU Textile & Costume Museum Director Pam Vinci.

The post-Mardi Gras slump is over, as evidenced by the long list of events filling the March calendar. The last week of February was pretty busy, too, so let’s get started on recapping all the fun, most of which took place at one of Baton Rouge’s many fine museums. Hundreds of girls from… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 4, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Burger Bash --- At the Big Buddy Burger Bash are, front from left, Little Buddies Tylon Kent and Aniyhya Foster; and, back, Rhonda Loy, Keaton Koch, Brett Vidrine, Emily Caruso and Big Buddy Executive Director Gaylynne Mack.

Pals, presidential welcome, perennial prof
Catholic High was the place to be on the night of Feb. 24 as students from CHS and St. Joseph’s Academy teamed up with the Big Buddy Program for the 25th annual Big Buddy Burger Bash.
Burger Bash
The aroma of grilling burgers filled the lunch room as Little Buddies, students and supporters turned out for the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 1, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Sweethearts --- 2015 Beta Sigma Phi Sweethearts are, from left, Sally Ann Collins, Dixie Gregory, Linda Grabski, Bobbie Ramsey and Anna Marie Burns.

The first week made for a slow social calendar but that’s OK, it gave us all time to catch our breaths after a whirlwind Carnival season. We don’t get to rest too long, though. Check out Pam’s Party Calendar online at theadvocate.com see what’s coming up. For all they did for… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 25, 2015

Photo provided by NEIL ANN PARKS --- French Friends --- At the Friends of French Studies at LSU annual dinner meeting are, from left, Jacqueline Labat, CODOFIL President William Arceneaux, Allison Roark and CODOFIL Executive Director Charles Larroque.

N eil Ann Parks was elected president of the Friends of French Studies at LSU at its 18th annual dinner meeting Feb. 5 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Special guests were Stacia Haynie, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Studies, and Jill Roshto, former director of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 22, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Great Performers --- At the VIP gala prior to the Baton Rouge Symphony's Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation Great Performers in Concert featuring Johnny Mathis are, from left, Debbie and Julio Dumas, Alice Kronenberger, Becky and Jack Harris, Paula and Jack de la Bretonne, Rena and Todd Ledet, Leslie and Scott Berg and Diane and Johnny Tate.

This Valentine’s is one I’ll never forget. It started out in Spanish Town and ended up with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Irene & C.B. Pennington Great Performers in Concert. BRSO Executive Director Cary Byrd promised a magical evening and everyone involved delivered. Great Performers More than a few of us got “Misty” listening… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 18, 2015

Photo provided by JENNIFER MAYER --- CASA leaders --- At a Jan. 22 reception following their election to the Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association are Vice Chairman Reginald Brown, left, and Chairwoman Deborah Lamb.

Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association officially welcomed its 2015 board of directors and newly trained volunteers at a swearing-in ceremony Jan. 22 conducted by Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson. These individuals will work to advance the best interests of abused and neglected children living in foster care in the East Baton… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 11, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Alzheimer's honors --- At its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Feb. 3, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area honors, from left, Dana Territo, Linda Melancon, Andrea Babin, Robbie Avery, Mary Spera, Charlie Valluzzo and Lisa Musso.

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area fêted its many volunteers at a Feb. 3 luncheon at the Crowne Plaza. All told, the agency’s 400 volunteers provided more than $180,000 worth of service. “You’re one of our greatest assets,” said Executive Director Barbara Auten. “Our success is your success.” Taking home the Charlie Award, which recognizes… Continue reading →