Summer happenings include Safe Harbor, United Way fundraisers

The Heat Is On

By Missie Noel

Special to the Advocate

Photos by Missie Noel -- Members of the St. Tammany Fire Prevention District 9 and it's volunteer organization hold the championship trophy as winners of the West St. Tammany Red Beans 'N Rice coof-off to benefit the United Way of Southeast Louisiana's St. Tammany program.
Photos by Missie Noel -- Members of the St. Tammany Fire Prevention District 9 and it's volunteer organization hold the championship trophy as winners of the West St. Tammany Red Beans 'N Rice coof-off to benefit the United Way of Southeast Louisiana's St. Tammany program.

The Pontchartrain Yacht Club in Mandeville was the setting for the second “White Summer Night” garden party benefitting Safe Harbor.

Safe Harbor provides shelter and support for survivors of domestic violence and their children throughout St. Tammany Parish.

The sunset event featured an array of food and beverages and poolside dancing provided by the Rick Sampson Band. Sylvia Schmidt served as head of the organizing committee.

Local artists featuring their work in the upstairs gallery included Robert Warren, Sandra Blair, Mary Monk, Philip Sage, Barbie Adler, John Goodwyne, Barbara Prosser, Valerie Carpenter, Louis Morales, Sylvia Schmidt and Anne Cicero along with jewelry designs by Betsy Green and nature photography of Hew Hamilton, Patsy Davenport and Robert Baumgartner.

Local authors were also on hand with works by Randy Fertel, Pam Eagan and Bernard Smith.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 2021 assisted with serving and decorating.

Committee members for the party include Jamie Monlezun, Kim Kirby, Leigh Wanless, Kappy Goodwin, Sharon Landry, Mary Patterson, Bev Musson, Lynn Clemens, Linda Libert, Rebecca Choate, Anne Marie Fargason, Cathy Deano and Debbie Ross.

Red Beans ’N’ Rice Cook-Off is a winning recipe

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s St. Tammany Regional Office, in partnership with the St. Tammany Fire Protection District 4, St. Tammany Fire Protection District 12 and St. Tammany Parish Department of Fire Services recently kicked off its annual campaign with a Red Beans ’N’ Rice Cook-Off at St. Timothy United Methodist Church.

Event co-chairmen were Chief Merrick Tassin of St. Tammany Fire District 4 and Chief Kris Hines of the St. Tammany Fire District 12. Honorary chairman and emcee for the event was Rick Windhorst of the band Four Unplugged.

The judges were Ashley Rodrigue, WWL-TV; Chef Louie, Louie and the The Red Head Lady; Covington Mayor Mike Cooper; Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere; Alia Casborne, economic development director for Mandeville; Lynn Ruffin, Pixie Possible; and Polly Greene of the St. Tammany Farmer.

Guests were able to enjoy a taste of all the red beans and rice they could eat, yummy desserts provided by United Way partner agencies, music, raffle prizes and the opportunity to vote for their favorite cooking team.

Teams included the St. Tammany Parish Assessor’s Office, Capital One Bank, St. Tammany Parish Fire District 12, Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital, Covington Fire Department, A/C Solutions, “Overall Champions” STP Fire District 9/Volunteer Organization, STP Fire District 2, STP Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Slidell Firefighters Association and Lishman’s City Marker, STP Fire District 4, “Best Booth Decorations” winner Bean Dynasty/LOOP LLC, Gilsbar and Parish President Pat Brister, winner of the “People’s Choice Award.”

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Photos: Tammany Scene for Aug. 15, 2013