Patricia Gannon: In the ring

Golden Gloves come to town

The Hotel Acadiana ballroom played host to a much different gloved set this weekend — amateur boxers from all over Louisiana converged in Lafayette to compete in the State Golden Gloves tournament. Sponsored by Glenn Armentor Law Corp., among other VIPs, director and former heavyweight himself Beau Williford managed a full house the first night. “This is where boxers start, in rooms like this,” said Saul Hernandez, son of ringside doctor Cary Hernandez. Ringside also was attorney and stand-up guy Tony Fazzio, LCVC’s pretty Karen Primeaux, Bryan Breaux, show host Bobby Dupre, Dr. Phil Mayers and female featherweight legend Deirdre Gogarty, whose recent documentary “Girl on the Undercard” aired in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day.

Coussan bids for seat

Jean-Paul Coussan threw his hat into the ring for state representative 2015 while well-wishers and supporters mingled at the Petroleum Club for a campaign kick-off. Coussan has his sights set on Baton Rouge, and the crowd was eager to have its voice heard. “We sat together and wanted young professionals to support a young professional, someone new and fresh,” said co-chair Jeremy Broussard. “It just snowballed.” All aboard were Jonathan Davis; Judge Susan Theall; attorney Mitch Landry and wife Sandy; Roya and Alfred Boustany; Levi Kastner; Marie and Justin Centanni; and Kate and Jared Labue — it’s a shame to be this attractive.

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Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at or at