It’s always nice to start off your day with something inspirational, and the McMains Children’s Developmental Center’s annual Developing Dreams Breakfast Nov. 8 at Boudreaux’s did just that.
Sister Helen Prejean, a Baton Rouge native, author and outspoken critic of the death penalty, spoke about how her stand on the death penalty and providing for kids such as those at McMains go hand in hand. Both groups, she said, need a voice.
Brandon Black, whose son Patrick is one of those children, gave an appeal for support. Patrick, 16, has cerebral palsy and would not have accomplished all he has in life if not for McMains, Brandon Black said. Patrick has had 15 years of speech therapy at the facility.
McMains Executive Director Janet Ketcham presented the Dr. Frank McMains Helping Hand Volunteer Awards to the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana (otherwise known as Spanish Town Mardi Gras) and Ralph Werling. Since 2007, the S.P.L.L. has given more than $100,000 to the center. Werling is credited with founding a parent support group at McMains and getting occupational therapy included in the services provided by the facility.
Emily Mayo was breakfast chairwoman. Assisting her and Ketcham were Angela Adolph, Cindy Bishop, Sonny Cranch, Mary Kay Devillier, Anya Glusman, Mike Krumholt, Eunice McCarney, Lois Smyth, Linda Spain, Ketchum and John Pastorek, who served as master of ceremonies.
On Nov. 4, the Baton Rouge Symphony League’s Les Jeunes Amies debutantes and their dads gathered at the Baton Rouge Country Club for lunch and some lessons from Ann LeBlanc Guercio in curtseying and Tranene and Randy Lizzard in dancing the waltz in preparation of their big debut Nov. 24 at the Bal de la Symphonie.
Welcoming guests were Louann Bombet, president-elect of the Symphony League, and Mary Jane Dillenberger, co-chairwoman of this year’s ball.
The guests included Katie and Andy Adler, Lucia and Drake Bellanger, Kacy and Walter Bringaze, Sarah Day and Stephen Holliday, Daniela and Enrique Hurtado, Natalie Kramm and David Walker, Kathleen and Lew Love, Summer and Keith Rhynes, Mikaele Simon and Robert Rembert, Alana and Paul Voohries, Peyton and Tim Wells, and Kate and Michael Whittington.
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