And we’re off!!! School is back in session and the summer social slump has officially come to an end. The past week had me partying from Hazzard County to Jamaica. Well, not physically but definitely in spirit.
Lucky for me, my name was one of about 100 on the list for a VIP Social for the cast of the “Dukes of Hazzard” and several other stars hosted by state Rep. Sherman Mack and wife Angie at their Albany home Aug. 16. The celebs were in town for the second annual Hazzard Family Reunion & Car Show, which took place the following day at Henderson Auctions in Livingston. Graciously posing for photos with guests were “Dukes of Hazzard” cast members John Schneider (Bo Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), James Best (Rosco P. Coletrain) and Sonny Shroyer (Enos); Lou Ferrigno, of “Incredible Hulk” fame; and Bruce Mitchell from the History Channel’s “Swamp People.”
The following night was the American Cancer Society’s “Jamaica Me Crazy” fundraiser at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. This year’s event honored cancer survivor Dee Keller. The place was hopping thanks to music by The Guttersharks and a tempting silent auction.
Jim Uridales closed Mestizo’s Mexican Restaurant for ACS’s pirate-themed “Waiting for a Cure” celebrity waiters event Aug. 15. The place was packed to the brim, the music was jiving, and the margaritas and Coronas were flowing.
My first stop the night of Aug. 17 was the McKinley High Alumni Center, where the Prison Reform & Corrections Training Institute was holding its second annual Visionary Awards for Change reception. This year’s honorees included the Rev. Henry Brown, Lt. Emeal Brown Jr., East Baton Rouge Parish Constable Reginald Brown, Bishop Gregory Cooper, Bruce Douglas, Yvonne Dunn, Brenda Perry Dunn, EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Whalen Gibbs, Warden Dennis Grimes, Sgt. Gloria Matthews, Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed and Judge Trudy White.
The awards recognize community leaders who have “expressed their vision for change in the lives of youths and adults who desire to be better as it relates to criminal activities.” Proceeds from the event benefit the “Cry for Help” city social campaign’s youth leadership, education and training, and drug and substance abuse programs.
The Baton Rouge Symphony League fêted its 2013 Les Jeunes Amies debs at its annual Mother-Daughter Tea at the Baton Rouge Country Club Aug. 18. Welcoming the LJAs and their mothers and grandmothers were co-chairwomen Shannon Hyde and Alice Tallis. Also extending best wishes were league President Louann Bombet and Bal de la Symphonie co-chairwomen Mary Jane Dillenberger and Michelle Fisher.
Introduced were Kelli Aultman, daughter of Aimée and Chad Aultman; Angelle Budenski, daughter of Donna Budenski; Conley Bourgeois, daughter of Anna and Saint Bourgeois; Sara Caballero, daughter of Mimi and George Caballero; Alyssa Davis, daughter of Lisa and Drew Davis; Katie Fisher, daughter of Heidi Fisher and B ryan Fisher; Madison Foust, daughter of Beth Foust, and Todd and Stephanie Foust; Natalie Lewis, daughter of Kathryn and Ron Lewis; Margaret Mangelli, daughter of Lydia and Louis Mangelli; and Myracle McCoy, daughter of Tawayla and Thad McCoy.
Also, Katie Pate, daughter of Amy Pate and the late Brian; Victoria Pipes, daughter of Stephanie and Ron Babb, and Randy and Barbee Pipes; Tyler Rice, daughter of Cindy and Jeff Rice; Emily Risher , daughter of Dr. Melinda Frantz and James Risher; McKenzie Schexnayder, daughter of Bridgit and Mark Schexnayder; Madeline Sparks, daughter of Michelle and John Sparks; Madeline Stauss, daughter of Jennifer and Edward Stauss; Audrey Tallis, daughter of Alice and Mark Tallis; and Morgan Tatman, daughter of Maria and David Tatman.
The Baton Rouge Bayou Classic Alliance got together for lunch at the Visit Baton Rouge offices Aug. 8. The topic of conversation was the 40th anniversary of the annual gridiron match between Grambling and Southern universities and, maybe even more importantly, its Battle of the Bands. Actually, the Bayou Classic is an entire weekend of events taking place in New Orleans, culminating with the football game in the Superdome Nov. 30. Heading up the Baton Rouge Alliance is Terrence Lockett.
Laura Duhé and sister Martha Broussard spied not one but two Hollywood stars while having dinner at Galatoire’s Bistro Aug. 15. The first sighting was of Nicolas Cage, who was quickly escorted to a private dining room by waitstaff. Cage is in town filming the movie “Left Behind.” The second was Hank Azaria, who was dining with Mayor Kip Holden and some production bigwigs.
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