Community column for Aug. 8, 2014

Wambsgans named Family of the Month

Chad and Kim Wambsgans received the Knights of Columbus Council 9692 July Family of the Month Award from the Rev. Mike Collins and Grand Knight Eddie Guidry at a July 27 reception at St. Jude Catholic Church.

Parish members since 2001, they made what has become one of the most popular donations ever to St. Jude — a large soft-serve ice cream machine that is used for the fair and at special events.

Chad is an usher and belongs to the Men’s Club. He has assisted in performing general duties for the parish and is a member of the Fair Core Committee. They participate in the St. Jude blood drive and have been RCIA sponsors. They are Mass greeters and belong to the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Ministry.

Kim facilitates a Lord, Teach Me to Pray group and is an eighth-grade Come, Lord Jesus leader. She is a Eucharistic minister and a Confirmation Team leader. She has participated in the Renew programs, helped with World Youth Day, Vacation Bible School and is in the Youth Group Ministry.

Their children are Kendal and Avery. Bill Wilhelm chairs the award committee.

Urban Game Changer selects Holliday-James

Sarah Holliday-James has been named Louisiana state representative for Urban Game Changer.

Urban Game Changer is a multi-racial consulting and strategy group made up of Republicans, Libertarians, small government independents, conservative and pro-business Democrats.

The UGC seeks to incorporate conservative values rooted in returning to the constitutional values that the nation was founded upon.

Exchange Club topic for Altrusa meeting

Richard Flicker, treasurer of the Exchange Club of Baton Rouge spoke to the Altrusa Club on July 21 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Flicker said the Exchange Club’s national project is prevention of child abuse. Two of its local projects that the Altrusa Club has collaborated with are the Adopt-A-Teacher project and the Bowl-A-Thon. The Adopt-A Teacher project provides start-up funds for new elementary school teachers for classroom materials and supplies. The Bowl-A-Thon provides funds for the children in the Parker House.

For information on the Exchange Club, contact Flicker, (225) 931-1626.

President Jackie Robbins introduced guests Jim Cole, husband of Mary Eleanor Cole, and Mark Meng, husband of Dawn Meng. Plans for the Altrusa’s annual Restaurant Raffle were announced.

Diane Bezdek said in August Lauren Michaud, representing The Emerge Center, formerly the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, will speak.

For information on Altrusa, call Marti Didier, (225) 939-0460.

BR General employees break donations record

More than 1,000 Baton Rouge General employees raised a record-breaking $277,000 in donations and pledges through the annual You, Me & BRG Employee Giving Program, which supports programs and services at the not-for-profit, community hospital.

The program, facilitated through Baton Rouge General’s Foundation, allows employees to make a financial contribution that directly affects all aspects of the hospital.

All funds raised through the program directly support employees, patients and their families through hospital-wide focus projects, employee-driven projects, and the employee assistance fund, which helps staff members who have experienced major life challenges, such as fires and floods.

Since the program began in 2010, more than $1.1 million has been donated by this program to support 61 projects throughout both hospital campuses. For information on projects funded through this program, visit BRGeneral.org/Together.

Four graduate from University of Arkansas

The following local students graduated from the University of Arkansas at the end of the 2014 spring semester: Teresa Wilson, Baton Rouge, doctorate in anthropology; Jonathan Brown, Baton Rouge, juris doctor; Jill Stumbaugh, Lafayette, bachelor of science in landscape architectural studies; Kristen Matherne, Mathews, bachelor of science education in community health promotion.

Lands graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Bobby E. Lands graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Lands is the son of Dell E. Lands, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2010 graduate of Northdale Magnet Academy.

McGruder completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Jazmyn M. McGruder graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. McGruder is the daughter of Edward and Keuna McGruder and granddaughter of Linda Bradford , of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of Mckinley Senior High School.

Musacchia receives Air Force promotion

Kyle N. Musacchia has been identified for early promotion to senior airman in the U.S. Air Force.

He was awarded the new rank ahead of other Air Force members by a “Below-The-Zone” promotion board, which considered the airman’s time in grade, time in service, job performance, military knowledge, bearing, exceptional qualifications, self-improvement efforts and best overall record.

Musacchia is the son of Paula P. Owens, of Holden, and Gerald W. Musacchia, of Tickfaw. He is a 2007 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, Hammond, and earned an bachelor’s degree in 2011 from LSU.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.