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Pam Bordelon: Banquet honors local nurses

Photo provided by Cleve Brown Photography --- Nursing honors --- Baton Rouge District Nurses Association President-elect Valerie Schluter, left, presents the Helen Johnson Cremeens Excellence in Teaching Award to LaTonya S. Dorsey, center, while Baton Rouge Area Foundation representative LaToria Thomas presents her the accompanying monetary award.

It was all about the nurses and those who teach them when the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association held it 27th annual Celebrate Nursing Banquet May 2 at Boudreaux’s. LaTonya S. Dorsey, an instructor at Our Lady of the Lake College, received two awards — the Helen Johnson Cremeens Excellence in… Continue reading →

Music headlines the previous week's activities

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Symphony Great Performers --- With guest artist Renée Fleming at a post-performance VIP reception at the Shaw Center for the Arts are, from left, conductor Timothy Muffitt, Jack and Paula de la Bretonne, Fleming, Diane and Johnny Tate, Alice Kronenberger and Baton Rouge Symphony President Cary Byrd.

From the elegance of the Baton Rouge Symphony’s Pennington Great Performers in Concert with the amazing Renée Fleming to the beginnings of disco with the Village People at “Emerge into Dance,” oh what a week it was. Soprano Renée Fleming held the audience spellbound as she… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Hats off to all the graduates

Photo provided by JOHN OUBRE III --- BRAC on the Bluff --- Taking part in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber's Around the Table event hosted by Southern University President Ray and Norma Belton at the Donald C. Wade House on the SU Baton Rouge campus April 28 are, from left, Richard Barbalace, Gundela Hachmann, Jill Roshto, Robyn Merrick, Makesha Judson, the hosts, Ashley Herrick, Renée Stephens, Lanier Flanders, Adam Orlando and Jim Stevens.

Congratulations to all the graduates — college, high school, middle school, elementary and even, as grandson TJ did last week, Pre-K. You have reached a milestone in your life, and we’re all proud of your accomplishments. Follow Pam on Twitter @pamspartyline. Items for Pam’s Party Line must be received by 9… Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon: Music, food and fun rule

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Classical Mystery Tour --- Taking some 3,000 Beatle fans on a Classical Mystery Tour with the Baton Rouge Symphony are, from left, Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr), Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney), Martin Herman (John Lennon) and David John (George Harrison).

A little Beatle music, partying in an airplane hanger and dinner on a tennis court highlighted last week’s adventures. You just have to love life in South Louisiana! Some 3,000 Beatle fans of all ages swarmed the LSU Rural Life Museum for its fourth Rural Life Pops Concert… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Shift of Seasons

Photo provided by MARILYN PERCY --- Bocage Bookworms --- With Rod Dreher, seated, author of 'The Little Way of Ruthie Leming,' during a trip to St. Francisville April 17 are members of the Bocage Bookworms, from left, Donna Embree, Vickie Kellum, Madeline Murphy, Donna André, Dana McKearn, Cathy Landry, Lisa Gardner, Marilyn Percy, Wanda Bacala and Carol Madere.

Spring’s busy social swirl is starting to wind down as graduations and their accompanying parties, along with weddings and impending summer vacations begin to crowd our calendars. There are, however, a few more events on the horizon. The Mental Health Alliance holds its Beat the Odds Casino Night at The Barn at Magnolia Mound Plantation Thursday… 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: Worthy causes

Photo provided by LESLIE DUPUY --- Dreams Come True ---  Helping raise $35,000 for Dreams Come True at the third annual South Louisiana Crawfish Boiling Contest Festival April 2 are, from left, Roland Smith, Kim Aydell, Donna and Layne Gautreau, organizer Rodney Dupuy, Freddye Smith, organizer Leslie Dupuy and Sherry and Brian Mack.

The first Saturday in May means one thing — it’s time for the annual Kentucky Derby! There are two celebrations benefiting very worthy causes planned here in the Capital City — one benefiting BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center and another benefiting GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship. The BREC Derby Day event gets underway at 3 p.m. at… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: A full calendar

Photo provided DAVID VARDAMEN --- Faculty Appreciation --- Attending Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity's Faculty Appreciation Dinner March 31 at the LSU chapter house are, from left, LSU professor Doug Weimer, graduate assistant Emily Rose Jacobsen, SigEp President Christopher Dedo, LSU Provost Richard Koubek, chapter member Christian Vardaman, Assistant Dean of Students & Associate Director of Greek Life Jonathan Sanders and Vice President for Student Life & Enrollment Kurt Keppler.

Spring is a busy time here in Red Stick, evidenced by all the events on our calendars. Everyone wants to get together one last time before graduations, weddings and summer vacations. Be sure and check out Pam’s Party Calendar at theadvocate.com under the Eat Play Live Pam’s Party Line banner to see what’s on the horizon.… Continue reading →

Crowds celebrate in style

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'On the Rocks' --- Serving on the committee for this year's Best Dressed Ball are, front from left, Jenny Murphy, Jamie Lewis, Shannon Rasbury, Lindsay Madatic, Chairwoman Katie Baron, Julio Melara, Marsha Baker, M'Elaine Jumonville, Tonya Toups and Mandy Samson; and, back, Michelle Lanoix, Mehann Tullos, Janay Giblin, Melissa Campbell, David Duggens, Brenda Phillips, Marcy Maurer, Heather Kleinpeter and Dave Roberts.

What a fun week! Some of my favorite events filled last week’s calendar, and two of them had record-breaking crowds. The city’s most fashionable were in the spotlight at the annual Best Dressed Ball April 16 at the River Center. Strutting… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Among the honored

Photo provided by SETH LANDRY --- Phi Kappa Phi honors --- Receiving awards at the Phi Kappa Phi awards and induction ceremony are students, from left, Danica Garcia, Andrew Mahtook and Danielle Kelley.

More than 200 students, faculty members and instructors became members of LSU’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during its awards and induction ceremony March 31 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Featured speaker for the evening was Mayor Kip Holden, who also proclaimed it Phi Kappa Phi Day throughout East Baton… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Awards and Inspiration

Photo provided by ANSLEY ZEHNDER --- BRAC honors --- Baton Rouge Area Chamber CEO Adam Knapp presents the D. Jensen Holliday Award to BASF Senior Vice President Tom Yura.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber handed out a couple of prestigious awards at its April luncheon, recognizing individuals and companies who “contribute so meaningfully to the regional economy through service to the business community.” They were presented by CEO Adam Knapp. T om Yura, senior vice president and… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Putting the FUN in fundraising

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Friendship & Dialogue --- Attending the Atlas Foundation's 13th annual Friendship & Dialogue Dinner are, from left, Emrah Aktepe, Dorothy Thomas with Together Baton Rouge, speaker David Perlmutter, emcee Meg Casper, Adam Knapp with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Lee Meredith with WAFB.

Thursday nights continue to be THE night for fundraisers and galas here in the Capital City. This past week, there were two. In the middle of all this fun, I’m busy rehearsing two dances, one of which is with Team Leonard, for the 10th anniversary of Dancing for Big Buddy April 23 at the PMAC.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for April 6, 2016: wine tasting benefiting Hospice of Baton Rouge, Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation’s The Answer

Photo provided by JUAN SIMONEAUX --- Hollywood cooking --- Local chef Jay Ducote, left, serves as emcee for a visit by celebrity chef Gina Neely in kicking off Hollywood Casino's Celebrity Chef Series March 19. The 'Eat & Greet' was followed by a VIP dinner.

. As I’ve mentioned previously, April is one very busy month. On Friday, there’s a wine tasting benefiting Hospice of Baton Rouge at Circa 1857 and the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation’s The Answer at the C.B. Pennington Jr. Conference Center. The wine tasting gets underway at 6 p.m. and is hosted by The Guru, Mosaic Garden, Rue Cou Cou, Sally’s and… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: The Advocate Open House

Advocate staff photo by JOHN BALLANCE -- Open house -- Enjoying The Advocate's party to show off the new headquarters on Rieger Road are, from left, Advocate editor Peter Kovacs, Richard Lipsey, state Rep. Steve Carter, Tom Olinde and CEO John Georges.

The hottest ticket in town last week was The Advocate’s March 22 Open House for several hundred movers and shakers, including members of the Louisiana Legislature. Welcoming guests to our new headquarters on Rieger Road were owners John and Dathel Georges, publisher Dan Shea, editor Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: March through the social scene

Photo provided by JEAN BROWN --- Tea time --- At the Florida Boulevard Baptist Church's annual Ladies Tea March 12 are, from left, speaker Donna Peavey, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary professor, and members of the Women's Ministry Committee Valerie Daniel, Vickie Abshire, Suzanne Anderson, Karen Crawford, Dottie Gore, Linda Williams and Director Dianne Miller.

Where did the month of March go? If you think it flew by fast, just wait for April. It’s chock-o-block full of events. In particular, circle April 23 on your calendar. That’s the date for the 10th anniversary of Dancing for Big Buddy, and I’d love for all my readers to come… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Baton Rouge's Best Dressed, Houmas House's annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, Advocate VIP Night, more

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'On the Rocks' --- At a cocktail party introducing this year's Best Dressed are committee members, front from left, Tonya Toups, Heather Kleinpeter and Julie Robert; middle, Lindsay Madatic, M'Elaine Booth, Jessica Gagaliano and Richie Edmonds; and, back, David Duggins and Dave Roberts.

. The past week had me partying with the best dressed, musically inclined and St. Patrick’s Day celebrants at some of my favorite events. ‘On the Rocks’ Mother Nature did her best to dampen the cocktail party fêteing the city’s Best Dressed March 18, but she was unsuccessful, other than making folks run a little late. The honorees all… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Award season

Photo provided by CARLA BALL --- Pillar Awards --- At the Southern University Law Center Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild's 2016 Pillar Awards Ceremony are, seated from left, honoree Johnnie Jones, Etta K. Hearne, honoree Robert Williams and Alfreda Tillman Bester; and, standing, Gayle Horne Ray, Judge Pamela Taylor-Johnson and honoree Ernest L. Johnson.

One of the local rites of spring is the presentation of awards by all manner of organizations. Such was the case recently for Louisiana’s nurses and those on the front lines of civil and human rights issues. Sandra Chaisson Brown, professor at Southern University’s School of Nursing; Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Join us for dinner at Stroubes

Photo provided by SHELBY DAUGHERTY --- 'Joie de Vivre' --- With featured artist James Michalopoulos, left, at the opening reception of 'Joie de Vivre: A 30-Year Retrospective of Paintings' at the Old State Capitol Feb. 18 are, from left, foundation members Peggy Vidrine and Susan Westbrook with Secretary of State Tom Schedler.

Looking for something fun to do tonight? Join me and a group of Advocate VIPs for dinner at Stroubes downtown on Third Street. The fun gets underway at 6 p.m. Don’t miss out; call and make your reservations right now at (225) 488-2830. Who knows, you just might find yourself featured in… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Always weekend-ready

Photo provided by PAMELA LABBE --- Opening of Court --- Honored at the Baton Rouge Bar Association's annual Opening of Court, Memorial & New Member Ceremony at the 19th Judicial District Court Jan. 27 is Robert H. Hodges, second from left, who has practiced law for 65 years. With him at the reception are, from left, 2016 board officers Linda Law Clark, Amy C. Lambert and Robert J. Burns Jr.

Happy Wednesday! Just think, only two more days until the weekend and two of my favorite events. On Saturday, the Friends of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum team up with the Friends of the Rural Life Museum to host “Tea, Fashion & Fancies” at Rural Life. This year’s event features textile… 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 →