The clash of the Tigers is now history and my Tigers lost, even though I sat in the rain to cheer them on and sported my orange and blue all over town. I was even decked out in my Auburn gear, right down to my shoes, at the Bengal Belles luncheon.
Needless to say, I stood out in the sea of purple and gold filling the River Center for the Sept. 19 midday pep rally. Lucky for me my Bengal Belle girlfriends love me anyway.
Not only were all 850 of them gearing up for Saturday’s big game, they also took a few minutes to help Kathy Miles celebrate her 50th birthday. Escorting the first lady of LSU football to the stage was none other than Elvis (aka Dixon McMakin, who’s apparently taken over this gig from dad Wally).
“LSU’s most famous athlete,” Shaquille O’Neal, was supposed to be the day’s featured speaker but the death of his dad earlier in the week derailed those plans. Dan Borné, the “Voice of the Tigers,” introduced a video highlighting O’Neal’s career. Johnny Jones, who was an assistant coach when O’Neal played at LSU and is now the Tigers head coach, spoke on behalf of his former player.
Next up were Tiger defensive coordinator John Chavis, recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and the players — linebacker D.J. Welter, tight ends Dillon Gordon and DeSean Smith and running backs Jeremy Hill, Terrence Magee and Connor Neighbors.
Matt Moscona filled in for Gordy Rush as emcee for the luncheon, and he asked each player to share something their teammates might not know about them. Neighbors said he could tap dance, and he proved it. Smith said his aunt used to call him Boogie Bear, and Welter apparently sings in his truck while driving home to Crowley. But Hill’s confession that he cried while watching “Titanic” and his re-enactment of Jack’s death scene brought down the house.
The evening party hopping started with a quick stop at Juban’s Restaurant, where general manager Scott Callais was hosting a PlumpJack wine dinner with special guest Sandra Roberts.
Not only is she the national director of sales for PlumpJack and Cade wineries, she’s an LSU grad. So, guess why she was really in town? While most of us look for any excuse to visit Napa, Sandra was searching for one to get her to the LSU vs. Auburn football game. Gotta love it!
‘Hunks in Heels’
The night ended with “Hunks in Heels,” a first-time runway show benefiting the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center at The Office. What a fun, fun event this was, and for such a good cause.
Hopefully you didn’t miss the writeup in Wednesday’s Advocate, but in case you did, you can still check it out online at theadvocate.com/features.
To help fans gear up for LSU’s SEC opener, Galatoire’s Bistro hosted a “Purple & Gold” happy hour Sept. 20. It featured the signature “Bengal Blueberry Lemondrop” cocktail and offered guests the chance to win Galatoire’s Gameday Package: two tickets to the LSU vs. Florida game, dinner for two and transportation to and from the game.
Color Me Rouge
From Galatoire’s I headed down Stanford to the Crescent at University Lakes for Of Moving Color’s poolside soirée kicking off its 27th season, Color Me Rouge.
Hosted by Scott Fargason, the evening featured yummy hors d’oeuvres and sweets from Bistro Byronz, Capital City Grill, DeGulio Brothers, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Room for Dessert, Stroubes, Taste of Downtown and The Red Cake.
The highlight of the evening, as with all OMC events, was the performance by its dancers, which included a dip in the pool. Thank you, Garland Goodwin Wilson, for coloring our world rouge.
The week of celebrating began at the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Rathbone Society Dinner Sept. 15 at the Renaissance. Not only does this lovely affair thank the major supporters of the center, it’s also where some very special folks are recognized for going above and beyond.
The indomitable Donna Saurage received the Hillar C. Moore Jr. Outstanding Service Award for her tireless efforts over the years. It was presented by Hillar Moore III. The Louis D. Curet Volunteer Fundraiser Award, presented by Mr. Louis, went to Karnival Krewe de Louisiane, which has raised more than $1 million for the center. The cherry on top was Mayor Kip Holden proclaiming it Karnival Krewe de Louisiane and Rathbone Society Day throughout East Baton Rough Parish.
In an emotional reminder of why everyone steps up to the plate for Mary Bird, rectal cancer survivor Shelia Sterling shared her story in a video. I literally gasped out loud when I realized this was the wife of my buddy Todd Sterling, as I had no idea he and his family had been through such a harrowing ordeal.
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