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 included LSU and Southern football schedules. So, as soon as you know the date of your event, please send me… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for July 30, 2014

Photo provided by PAM CHENEVERT --- SPOKES ---  Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana client services educator Kelly Howell, left, visits with Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy Principal Linda Stone after the July 14 SPOKES luncheon. SPOKES is a support group for parents of children with epilepsy. The session was to discuss educational and school safety needs for children with epilepsy.

The heat isn’t going away, but summer vacation is about to be over as the kiddos begin heading back to school starting next week. The first day of class for East Baton Rouge Parish schools is Aug. 11. It’s the following weekend that the social scene starts to gear up here in the Capital City, with Baton Rouge Green’s “Green Paradise Gala” and a Motown revue benefiting Baton Rouge Magnet High School.… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for July 27, 2014

It’s summer time and the partying is easy, especially when three of my favorite events take place in one week. So let’s get going. Celebrity Waiters The Children’s Advocacy Center’s eighth annual Celebrity Waiters’ Event & Silent Auction kicked things off by crowing a new champion at this year’s event, which took place July 15 at a jam-packed Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar at Towne Center. Kathi Gill, CEO of Neighbors Federal Credit Union, raised $852 to take the No. 1 spot. Capturing second… Continue reading →

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 prize drawing. Coming in second was the four-man team of Cole Arseneault, Tyler Armstrong, Adam Taylor and 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 was at the Goodwood Main Library for a donor reception. The impressive guest list waiting to visit with the man… 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 is the largest multimedia, juried art exhibit in the state. All of the artwork on display is available for sale,… 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, Karen Jakuback and Armetta Wright got together for a meet-and-greet at the home of Vicky and Mark Tiller. Tapped as… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for July 6, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Take the Gloves Off' --- At the debut 'Take the Gloves Off for Arthritis' fundraiser are, seated from left, Terri Serio, Ashlee ? and Tracy Donovan Smith; and, standing, Rigsby Frederick, Julie Sherrill and Mayor Kip Holden.

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 bejeweled, some sported feathers and others were painted or sequined. It’s too bad Mardi Gras is so far away because… 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 and loops around and heads back towards the school. It’s a lot of fun, and, if you have young children,… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for June 29, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Arts Council honors --- Receiving awards from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge are, from left, Paula de la Bretonne and Lori Bertman, Irene & C.B. Pennington Foundation; volunteers Toni Hawkins and J.H. Martin; Kelli Scott Kelly, Michael Crespo Visual Artist Fellowship Award; and volunteer Cliff Barton.

There weren’t too many events on last week’s calendar, but the quality of those that were more than compensated for the quantity. Uncorked Forum 35 seems to have hit its stride with the Uncorked events. De la Ronde Hall, now being operated by Ruffino’s Catering, was packed for the June 19 tasting benefiting Dreams Come True and the projects of Forum 35. A diverse crowd of wine aficionados sampled the offerings of South American whites… 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 you’re sassiest summer cocktail ensemble and meet me there. Tickets and more details can be found at aaola.org… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for June 22, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- VIPS 'Annie' --- At a special performance of 'Annie' at Theater Baton Rouge benefiting Volunteers in Public Schools are, from left, sponsor Ken Sills, outgoing board Chairwoman Mary Lou Potter, sponsor Linda Gaspard, VIPS Executive Director Judy Bethly and incoming board Chairman Wayne Tyson.

. Summer’s in full swing, and, most afternoons, Baton Rouge resembles a sauna. But that doesn’t put a damper on our party spirit, though. We may not be partying quite as fast and furious as we do in the fall and spring, but we’re having tons of fun when we all get together. VIPS ‘Annie’ One of summer’s traditions is the special performance of Theater Baton Rouge’s summer musical benefiting Volunteers in Public Schools. This year the… 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. at Ruffino’s Catering at De La Ronde Hall to benefit Dreams Come True and Forum 35. The varital is South… 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 back to visit us! Miss USA The new Miss USA never did make it to the after party following the June 8… 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 - Charles - Checking in on a brewing fight over whether to renew the contract of combative EBR School Superintendent… 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 when they return home to their respective states. They have been fĂȘted to within an inch of their lives by… 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, the first local club members to receive the prestigious medals. They were presented by Friendship Force International board member and… 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 Baton Rouge, a city and its people that I have grown to love … it is my home in every… 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 6 at the Renaissance Hotel. The annual event recognizes nurses and individuals whose contributions and leadership advance the practice of… 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 and Beer Stroll on May 15. Presented by the Albemarle Foundation, the fundraiser attracted a large, diverse crowd who came… 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 of Louisiana. That wasn’t always Isom’s homelife. Her father committed suicide the end of her freshman soccer season. “I never… 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 for combined service of 50 hours or more at its annual Mother-Daughter Tea on May 4 at The Club at… 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 and 2003 at its 24th annual “Forever St. Elizabeth” gala May 3 at the LSU Stadium Club. It also presented… 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. It’s an either/or situation because both events take place May 10. Gates for the symphony event open at 6 p.m.… 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 to vie for the title of dancing king and queen in the eighth annual Dancing for Big Buddy extravaganza April… 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 for the Roses” event benefiting Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge followed by the Mental Health Association’s Casino Night, the… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for April 27, 2014

Journalism honors Three long-time friends and a journalist whose work I have always respected were honored by the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists at its second annual scholarship luncheon April 17 at Boudreaux’s.… 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. I will be sitting at the judges’ table for “Dancing for Big Buddy” attempting the arduous task… Continue reading →