One of the rites of spring here in the Capital City is the annual invitation-only father-son luncheon that celebrates “What’s Good in Baton Rouge.”
Held on the first day of spring for the past 23 years, keynote speakers for this year’s March 23 event included Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, LSU head football coach Les Miles and Southern University head football coach Dawson Odums. Cajun humorist Murray Conque shared his unique outlook on Louisiana life.
To honor some of those who help make Baton Rouge the great city that it is, the luncheon steering committee hands out Fava Bean Awards. The fava bean is used by the committee as a symbol of excellence and good will, dating back to the time when the bean kept many people from starving during an extended drought in Sicily.
Parkview Baptist football coach Kenny Guillot received a Gold Fava Bean Award for leading the Parkview Baptist Eagles to their third state football championship in the past six years. He also requested his assistant coaches, Jay Mayet and Scott Dietrich, be recognized “for exceptional contributions to Baton Rouge pride.”
Silver Fava Bean Awards “for outstanding and distinguished accomplishments” were presented to former LSU Tiger Warren Rabb, a member of the 1958 National Championship football team; coach Derek Price, Southern University head athletic equipment manager; Richard Lipsey, chairman of Lipsey’s Inc.; Frank Wilson, LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator; and the Rev. Mike Moroney, pastor of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
Stainless Steel Fava Bean Awards “for longevity, endurance and toughness” were presented to Sheriff Gautreaux and the Rev. Cleo Milano, pastor of St. John Catholic Church in Plaquemine.
Unpainted Fava Bean Awards “signifying new beginnings with great expectations” were presented to newly elected Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle; Dean Dingman, assistant director of LSU football operations; Cam Cameron, LSU offensive coordinator; Terrence Williams, Redemptorist High School head football coach; and Odums.
Serving as emcees for the luncheon were Sammy Rispone and Eddie Rispone. Kirk Rispone coordinated the event.
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