Don’t you just love it when you have days with nothing to do and then two days of non-stop partying? That was my social calendar last week.
It all started in the Big Easy at Anthony Ryan Auld’s runway show for New Orleans Fashion Week on March 6 at The Saratoga. Every time I talk to this talented young man, I get goose bumps as he talks about everything that has happened and is set to happen since he won “Project Runway All Stars II” a couple of months ago.
Joining him was “Project Runway” alum Joshua McKinley. Needless to say, the two caused quite a stir.
They are currently in Paris collaborating on a project.
Meanwhile, Anthony Ryan’s designs were divine and a huge hit with the fashion-conscious crowd at the show. Buddy Jeanne Triche and I also caught Andi Eaton’s runway debut before we headed back to Baton Rouge.
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The next day began at the Woman’s Club, where Swine Palace Theater Artistic Director George Judy was updating members and guests on the theater’s upcoming production of “All the King’s Men.”
Adapted from Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel inspired by the life of Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long by playwright Adrian Hall and featuring original music by Randy Newman, the play looks at what it takes to get elected as opposed to what it takes to govern and the moral compromises one must make. The play runs from April 17 through May 5.
Cameo artist for March was landscape artist Nancy Jo Poirrier. Jennifer Anjier was party chairwoman; Thelma Herthum was tea girl chairwoman.
Also assisting with the coffee were Pat Richards, Debbie Harris, Pat Hoth, Lois Saye, Elaine Atkinson, Shirley Bergeron, Eugenie Burglass, Lillian Landrum, Margaret McKerley, Grace Moore Scoggin, Lois Michelli, Trish Sedlin and Debra Tarter.
Stop No. 2 for the day was later that evening for the Bella Bowman Foundation’s second annual Bella’s Ball at L’Auberge Casino Hotel. This year’s honoree was brain cancer survivor Grace Dirks, a seventh-grader at St. Aloysius, and her family.
Emcee for the evening was “2une-In” co-anchor Whitney Vann. Brian Fourroux served as auctioneer for the live auction.
Entertaining the several hundred guests were Bel Vol, Justin McCoy & Rachael Hallack, Mojeaux, Boogie Booth, Lovetrolux and Art by JZumo.
Providing food and beverages were Bistro Byronz, Cadie’s Candy Buffets, DiGiulio Brothers Italian Café, L’Auberge, Mestizo Restaurant, Nothing Bunt Cakes, Portobello’s Grill, Rotolo’s Pizzeria, Storybook Sweet Shop, Tsunami, Doe’s Eat Place, Maxwell’s Market, Pullin’ Pork, Ruffino’s Restaurant, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Zippy’s Burritos, Firefly, Mockler Beverage Co., Paul Bologna Fine Wines and Baton Rouge Coca-Cola.
The night’s party hopping ended at Tiger Stadium, where former LSU great and current Houston Titans linebacker Bradie James’ Foundation 56 was hosting its annual “Tailgate for the Fight” against breast cancer. Guaranty Broadcasting’s Gordy Rush handled emcee and auctioneer duties for the live auction that featured a trip to Jackson Hole, a week’s stay in Perdido Key, Fla., a fishing trip and some very special LSU and Saints game-day packages.
I can’t help but think Bradie’s mom, who lost her battle against breast cancer, is smiling down proudly at the good her son is doing in her memory.
For more photos of the fun from Bella’s Ball and “Tailgate for the Fight,” go online to http://www.theadvocate.com. Senior Soirée
The River Road Chapter of the National Charity League honored its 2013 graduating seniors for their community volunteer work at the annual Senior Soirée on March 9 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. This group has volunteered more than 625 hours of service this year and more than 2,500 hours over the past six years.
The honorees included Suzannah Leigh Burke, daughter of Stacie and Christopher Burke; Lauren Ashley Duke, daughter of Josephine and Keith Duke; Madelinn Rose Fink, daughter of Julie and Linn Fink; Elizabeth Diehl Forgey, daughter of Lisa and Burl Forgey; Rainey Elizabeth Gerald, daughter of Margaret and Donald Gerald; Anna Loren Gill, daughter of Christie and Chris Baron and Lewis and Dawn Gill; Victoria Grace Kleinpeter, daughter of Lisa Tramontana and James Kleinpeter; Peyton Elizabeth Klemm, daughter of Sheri and Robert Klemm; Ashley Erin Kumler, daughter of Julie and Scott Kumler; and Emily Anne Lewis, daughter of Lisa and James Lewis.
Also, Alison Blaine Melancon, daughter of Kaye and Kenneth Melancon; Julie Ann Nelson, daughter of Paulette and Michael Nelson; Amanda Jane Ourso, daughter of Angele and Darrell Ourso; Kathleen Rachel Smith, daughter of Rachele and David Smith; Sarah Catherine Sturdivant, daughter of Rebecca and Raymond Sturdivant; Annie Catherine and Margaret Clare Talbot, daughters of Lori and Bret Talbot; Kayla Marie Thibodeaux, daughter of Sharon and Roderick Thibodeaux; Callie Anne Tucker, daughter of Rhonda and Parker Tucker; and Alexis Helena White, daughter of Christa and Tim White.
The honorees were escorted by their fathers.
Fourteen young men and women were presented by the Galvez Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution at the 54th George Washington Ball on March 9 at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. Katherine Hill was chairwoman of the celebration, with Stan Hardee Jr. serving as ball captain, Bobbie de la Houssaye as speaker and Catherine Mestayer as choreographer. Dudley Lastrapes was master of ceremonies.
Presented as debutantes were Avery Elise Andrus, daughter of Michelle and David Andrus , and a student at Ascension Episcopal School; Emily Marie Chauvin, daughter of Michele and Mark Chauvin, and a student at Hanson Memorial High School in Franklin; Laura Read Lee, daughter of Marilyn and Buddy Lee, and a student at Ascension Episcopal School; Adley Claire Schmid, daughter of Karen and Bill Schmid, and a student at Ascension Episcopal School; Sarah Amy Sober, daughter of Lisa and Michael Sober, and a student at Alfred M. Barbe High School; Caroline Ann Soulis, daughter of Ann and Greg Soulis, of Little Rock, Ark., and a student at Hanson Memorial High School in Franklin; Lauren Alexandra Schoeffler, daughter of Jeanne and Todd Schoeffler, and a student at St. Thomas More High School; Emily Katherine Wallace, daughter of Ann and Mike Wallace, and a student at Lafayette High School; and Megan Marie Simon, daughter of Jackie and Mark Simon, and a student at Comeaux High School.
Presented as patriots were Eric Anderson Alford, son of Jeanette and David Alford, of Frisco, Texas, and a student at Frisco High School; Michael Patrick Beverung, son of Patsy and Steve Beverung, of Lake Charles, and a student at St. Louis Catholic High School; Adam Michael Chauvin, son of Michele and Mark Chauvin, and a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and William Robert Ganucheau Jr., son of Louise and Bill Ganucheau, and a student at the Louisiana School for Math, Science & the Arts in Natchitoches; and William Joseph Schneider, son of Karen and Bill Schneider, and a student at St. Thomas More High School.
Honored guests at the ball included Galvez Chapter Regent Patricia Snyder, Attakapas Chapter Louisiana State Sons of the American Revolution President Robert G. Hess, LSSAR President Leonard S. Rohbough and Louisiana Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Regent Bonnie P . Cook.
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