This past week had me doing a bit of traveling — not far, just down the interstate to Gonzales where I found Pelican Point Golf Club awash in a sea of pink.
The occasion was the fifth annual Ascension Pink Ribbon Scramble, which raises funds and awareness to combat breast cancer. This year, instead of just making a donation to the Komen Foundation, the club and manager Phillip Wright teamed up with the organization to make it an even bigger and better event.
In fact, it was such a success that the golfers were much later than anticipated getting back to the clubhouse for lunch, where I was supposed to conduct the live auction of some very tempting items: a to-die-for fishing trip with Capt. Steve Smith, a wine dinner at Carrabba’s, dinner for 10 prepared at the winner’s home by Ray Stonemark of Don’s Seafood and a girls’ night out — or rather in — prepared by caterer Karondellet Womack-Williams. I hung around as long as I could but finally had to pass the auctioneer’s baton to Jenny Heroman, EATEL community coordinator, who graciously stepped up to the plate and bailed me out.
Taking home first-place honors in the all-women’s team division were Gwen Bridgewater, Ashley Broschinsky, Sue Sheets and Dianna Schouest. First-place gross went to the team of Randall Aldridge, Pete Robbins, Jeff Walker and Myles Bourque.
No pink but lots of purple and gold for the celebration of Mike the Tiger VI’s seventh birthday at Circa 1857 July 21. The party was hosted by Pearls & Tiger Paws, a volunteer group that supports vet student and veterinary medicine by raising funds and awareness. Needless to say, the auction items at this event had a definite LSU flair, including a pair of specially designed pearl-drop Pearls & Tiger Paws earrings.
The evening’s grand finale? An appearance by Mike (well, the mascot Mike) in time to cut the fab birthday cake made by Sweet Impressions.
A group of Mike’s running buddies, the LSU Golden Girls, were also out and about last Saturday. They put in an appearance at Gabriella Rothschild’s “Beads for Bella” event and made a bunch of little girls oh so happy. According to owner Camilla Ford, one of her summer employees, Lisa White, taught Bella Bowman before she died from an ependymoma brain tumor at age 8 and wanted to do something to raise money for the Bella Bowman Foundation.
So, with help from the Trollbeads company, which has a charitable heart itself, a portion of the beads sold on Saturday went to the foundation. Camilla also pointed out that the white bead with the red dot, which is what Bella called her tumor, is now known as the “Bella bead.”
If you’d like more information on the Bella Bowman Foundation, visit the website, http://www.bellabowman.org.
Earlier Saturday afternoon, I popped in at the biannual reunion of retirees from Albemarle and Ethyl Corp. Marshaling the troops, as she does so well, was friend Lucy Priddy, who still talks to me after I once ID’d her in a photo as “Lucy Piddy.” John Dabkowski was reunion chairman, assisted by Larry Shepherd and Mike Zobrist.
It’s kind of nice that several of the Albemarle bigwigs show up for this shindig. CEO Luke Kissam was there along with Ron Gardner, Scott Martin, Tony Parnell and Ron Zumstein. I also got to say hello to neighbors Margaret and Jim Myer, Marilyn and Wayne Davis, John Hu and Karen Zobrist. And, with me as their witness, Dabkowski got a verbal commitment from Kissam for the company to host the 2014 reunion.
The week ended with the Capital Area CASA Association’s Casas for CASA Fiesta at the Mall of Louisiana. Now, if you’ve never checked out the over-the-top playhouses this group raffles off each year, get to the mall ASAP and give this one a peek. One look and you’ll just have to buy a ticket or two or three — shoot, they’re only $5 apiece.
Keeping things festive for the fiesta was the Better Than Nobody Band. Of course, the margaritas and Mexican fare provided by Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, Mr. Taco, Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant, Serranos Salsa Co., Zippy’s and Zoe’s Kitchen helped, too. Also contributing to the party were Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Duvic’s, Mockler Beverage Co., River Road Coffees, Chic-fil-A, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy Ice Cream and Melanie McRoberts.
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