Around Jefferson: Music, movies and classic cars this week in Kenner

By Eva Jacob Barkoff

Special to The Advocate

If you like music and movies, Kenner has exactly what you are looking for throughout the month of May.

Rivertown will be the location for the “Music in the Park” series from 6 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday in May.

The series includes The Yat Pack on Friday; Category 6, May 10; The Refugeze, May 17; Groovey 7, May 24; and The Top Cats, May 31.

And the “Movies in the Park” series is planned for 8 p.m. every Saturday in May at Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd.

Movies scheduled are “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” Saturday; “The Amazing Spider Man,” May 11; “Wreck-it Ralph,” May 18; and “Grease,” May 25.

Also on May 25, beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a classic car show hosted by the Crescent City Cruisers.

Both series are free and open to the public. Concessions will be sold at both events. For more information, call (504) 468-7231 or go to http://www.kenner.la.us.

Event benefits research

The Cancer Crusaders will hold a special fundraiser at 7 p.m. May 17 at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner.

Tickets are $100 and include cocktails, food and music by the Wise Guys.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Louisiana State University and Tulane University Medical Schools in New Orleans for cancer research.

Reservations are required by May 10. No payments will be accepted at the door the evening of the event.

For tickets, call Mickey Rodriguez at (504) 455-7065. You can also mail your payment to Rodriguez at 4801 Pike Drive, Metairie, LA., 70003.

Golf tournament planned

The fourth annual Bishop’s Kids Golf Tournament to benefit the Bishop’s Kids Academic Excellence Foundation of United Fellowship Full Gospel Baptist Church is Saturday at Stonebridge Golf Club, 1500 Stonebridge Drive, Gretna.

Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at noon. The cost is $90 per player or $340 for a team of four. The cost includes food and beverages. Trophies will be award to first-, second- and third-place winners. There will also be a silent auction. One of the items is an autographed ball and jersey from Robert Griffin III.

The Bishop’s Kids Academic Excellence Foundation rewards children ages of eight to 17 with an all-expense-paid trips for maintaining high scholastic grades throughout the school year. Those selected this year will travel to Washington, D.C.

Bishop Tommie Triplett Jr. of United Fellowship Full Gospel Baptist Church is the founder of the foundation.

For more information, call the foundation at (504) 949-2559 or Stonebridge Country Club at (504) 394-1300.

Altar servers honored

Congratulations to several area young people who have been named altar servers of the year for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

They were honored last month at a special Mass celebrated by New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond at St. Rita Church in New Orleans.

In Jefferson Parish, those selected were:

West Bank: Logan A. Barrias, St. Rosalie, Harvey; Bethanie Carrard, Holy Guardian Angels, Bridge City; Zachary Delger, Immaculate Conception, Marrero; JanaeƩ Doucet, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Westwego; Isabelle Giangrosso, St. Cletus, Gretna; Kaeli L.V. Granger, St. Joseph the Worker, Marrero; Jessica Laurent, St. Joachim, Marrero; Matthew Mendez , Our Lady of the Angels, Waggaman; and Martin Nguyen, St. Bonaventure, Avondale.

East Bank: Erin Bourgeois, St. Edward the Confessor, Metairie; Julianne E. Deloume, St. Christopher, Metairie; Cameron Doles, St. Ann, Metairie; Rachel Dupuis, St. Louis King of France, Metairie; Maggie Earles, St. Mary Magdalen, Metairie; Kevin Hartline, St. Angela Merici, Metairie; Jean-Paul Jeunesse, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kenner; Joshua Latham, St. Matthew the Apostle, River Ridge; Austin Miller, Divine Mercy, Kenner; Connor Perret, St. Clement of Rome, Metairie; Nicholas Reilly, St. Francis Xavier, Metairie; Grant Restel, St. Benilde, Metairie; Camille Vitrano, St. Agnes, Old Jefferson; and Kayla Williams, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Metairie.

Fundraiser successful

The second annual New Orleans Myasthenia Gravis Resource Group’s Walk for MG raised more than $45,000, through 20 corporate sponsors and personal fundraising donations.

The event, which included a 1.5-mile walk and a 3-mile walk, was held last month at Lafreniere Park in Metairie.

There were more than 350 participants, doubling last year’s inaugural event.

Proceeds were donated to the national Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America for research and to raise awareness of the neuromuscular disease.

Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups and can affect muscles that control eye movements, eyelids, chewing, swallowing, breathing, coughing and facial expression, as well as, the arms and legs.

“Myasthenia Gravis is a rare, often under-diagnosed and underpublicized muscular dystrophy disease that affects many people across the nation and locally,” said Tommy Santora, founder of the MGFA New Orleans Resource Group, which began in June 2011.

Santora, 34, a resident of Harvey, was diagnosed with the disease when he was 12. The local group meets quarterly at the Elks Lodge, 2215 Cleary Ave., Metairie.

Santora said the membership has grown to more than 100 patients, family members and friends since its founding.

For more information on the organization, send an email to Santora at tommy.santora@arlaw.com.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about Jefferson Parish. Contact her at ejbarkoff@gmail.com.