“Pam’s Party Line” column for Aug. 8, 2013 “Pam’s Party Line” column for Aug. 8, 2013 Photo provided by CHARLES BENNETT --- Friendship Force --- Celebrating 'Christmas in July' with the veterans at the War Veterans Home in Jackson July 27 are Friendship Force members, from left, Thornton Cofield, Barbara Wittkopf, Patsy Becker, Sharon Williams, Frances Bennett, Schawana Turner and Charles Bennett. BY PAM BORDELON Feb. 11, 2014 Comments Friendship Force of Baton Rouge members traveled to Jackson July 27 for the group’s annual “Christmas in July” patriotic party for veterans at the War Veterans Home. The morning included Cajun dancing by Les Danseurs de la Capitale de Baton Rouge and a Zumba demonstration by the Zumettes. The entertainment wrapped up with everyone singing “God Bless America.” Then it was time for sandwiches, chips, grapes, bananas, drinks and decorated Christmas cake, which was donated by Whole Foods, for the veterans and their families. Earl Corkern even called in a favor from a buddy in Washington Parish and brought a truckload of those famous watermelons. Most of the watermelons were left for the residents to eat later and some were distributed to the volunteers. The veterans were presented with Christmas bags of “goodies” containing several useful items. On their departure from the festivities, the veterans were given Girl Scout cookies and peanuts, bananas and soft drinks to take to their rooms. Funding for the event was provided in part by a team grant from ExxonMobil secured by Frances and Charles Bennett, Keith Corkern, Jean and Howard Merrill, and Sue and Richard Phillips. Additional support came from Wal-Mart in Denham Springs, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Baton Rouge, Sam’s Club, Louisiana Lottery, Hollywood Casino, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Lofton Staffing, the Better Business Bureau, Home Instead Senior Care, Blue Star Moms, Raising Cane’s, Capitol City Produce and Friendship Force member Sue May. Frances Bennett chaired the event. Assisting her were husband Charles, Bob and Gayle Duncan, Barbara Wittkopf, Thornton Cofield, Karen Pharis, Patsy Becker, Keith Corkern, Jo Ann Wall, Marilyn Mansur, Carole and Earl Corkern, Corinne Formellier, Lynn Robbins, Tom and Margaret Moore, Eveline Alleman, Karen Vingiello, Rose Wooden, Vera Martin, Darwin and Linda Knochenmus, Pat Hunt, Betty Simmons, the Merrills and the Phillipses. Items for “Pam’s Party Line” must be received by 9 a.m. the Monday preceding the run date. Digital photos should be emailed to email@example.com; hard copy photos should be dropped off at or mailed to The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70821. Events will run no later than four weeks after they have taken place. The date, place of the event and a contact name and phone number must be included. Photos may not include more than nine people and will be used on a space-available basis. Hard copy photos can be picked up in the lobby of The Advocate for up to three months after they run. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.