Pam’s Party Line for June 2, 2013

The busy spring social whirl continues to wind down now that school is out and thoughts of trips to the beach and other enticing locales begin to occupy the minds of Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans area residents. Hopefully, you have someplace fun to visit this summer. Goodness knows we’re all past due for that “well-deserved vacation” co-worker Smiley Anders is always taking and talking about.

Assembly tea

The Baton Rouge Assembly’s 2013 debutante coterie was introduced to the wives of Assembly members and their guests at a tea May 22 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Welcoming guests were Liz McKowen, wife of Assembly chairman Tom McKowen; Melissa Fahrmann, wife of assistant chairman John Fahrmann; and Julie Folse, wife of ball chairman Scott Folse.

The debs included Anna-Marie Barone, daughter of Jeanne and Guy Barone Jr.; Carly Berggreen, daughter of Cindy and Dr. Charles Berggreen; Caroline Bevan, daughter of Mary-Virginia and George Bevan; Libby Bourgeois, daughter of Carolyn and Samuel Bourgeois; Melissa Byrd, daughter of Drs. Lori and Richard Byrd; Susan Contois, daughter of Laura Witter and John Contois Jr.; Katherine Countryman, daughter of Shannon and Clay Countryman; Cammie Heroman, daughter of Debbie and Rickey Heroman; Ashley Kober, daughter of Veda Kober and the late Richard Kober; Anna Katherine Miller, daughter of Beth Griffin and William Miller; Celeste Perrin, daughter of Yvonne and Shepard Perrin III, of Houston; Mary Kathryn Powell, daughter of Kim and Bucky Powell; and Sarah Shoenfelt, daughter of Elizabeth Shoenfelt and Oscar Shoenfelt III.

The 13 young women will be presented at the Assembly ball Nov. 29 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Pouring were Assembly wives Mary Beth Armstrong, Robin Baker, Erin McKowen, Manette Sammons and Carter Stone.

‘Experience the Difference’

The following day, the Baton Rouge General Foundation hosted its “Experience the Difference” luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel, where attendees got to hear firsthand how their donations made an impact on patients, like Beth Barback Jarreau, and on the work of physicians, like Dr. Andy Olinde .

Table hosts for the luncheon included Michael Albritton, Annette Barton, George Bell, Chris Black, Mac Bullock, Pete Bush, Connie Caldwell, Anna Cazes, Wanda Chase, Diane Croshet, Shannon Dietz, Dustin Dowling, Denise Dugas, Cam Eversberg, Peyton Grant, Pug and Larry Gussman, Dr. Evelyn Hayes, Jim Haslitt, Kendall Johnson and Maureen Kahl.

Also, Nicole Kleinpeter, Emily Guidroz, Richard Lazo, Rick Lipscomb, Russell Washer, Jim Llorehs, Phyllis McLaurin, Penny Miller, Naomi Nelson, Bill Peters, Bob Rainer, Dr. Flip Roberts, Buddy Roemer, Sam Sanders, Chip Songy, Mawe Takyi, Engardo Tenreiro, Beth Veazey, Dionne Viator and the Rev. Bonnie Williams.

Great Performers

How do you thank a star for an amazing performance? Well, if you’re Paula Pennington de la Bretonne you present the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup aficionado with her very own peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake! Welcome to Baton Rouge Audra McDonald!!

McDonald was the finale concert of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Great Performers in Concert series, and was so taken with music director Timothy Muffitt and the Baton Rouge Symphony, that she publicly thanked Paula from the stage for allowing her the opportunity to perform with what is definitely one of the crown jewels in the Capital City’s crown. McDonald also gave a shout out to longtime series co-chairmen Diane and Johnny Tate for their hospitality.

After wowing the audience in her performance, McDonald joined Paula and husband Jack at their home for an intimate post-performance party. Joining in the celebration were Muffitt, Symphony President Alan Hopper, concert sponsors, the Tates and committee members John D’Angelo, Debbie and Julio Dumas, Lois Saye, Cynthia Campbell, Marianne and Bobby Freeman, Marcy Simoneaux, Cheryl Dalrymple, Alice Kronenberger, Russ Chapman and Carole Marshall.

Entertaining guests out under the stars was jazz trumpeter John Gray.

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