Photos: Ascension in Focus, 5/9/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jesse Bateman reacts after winning the 2013 Ascension Idol competition, a fundraiser for the Ascension Fund.

  • Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- Madeline Ringwald wins second place in the 2013 Ascension Idol fundraiser. She's singing again this year in the final top 20 round.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Caitlin Jacque sings May 9 in the final round of the 2013 Ascension Idol competition, a fundraiser for the Ascension Fund.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Tyler Gremillion sings in the final round of the 2013 Ascension Idol competition, a fundraiser for the Ascension Fund, at the Gonzales Civic Center.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ashlie Nicole McGowan sings in the final round of the 2013 Ascension Idol competition. McGowan won third place.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ambra McBride sings May 9 during the 2013 Ascension Idol competition, a fundraiser for the Ascension Fund.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jesse Bateman sings in the final round of the 2013 Ascension Idol competition, a fundraiser for the Ascension Fund, at the Gonzales Civic Center on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Bateman won the competition from among 20 performers.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jesse Bateman, right, hugs his father Brent Bateman after winning the 2013 Ascension Idol competition, a fundraiser for the Ascension Fund, at the Gonzales Civic Center.

  • Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- Jesse Bateman sings during the 2013 Ascension Idol competition, a fundraiser for the Ascension Fund, at the Gonzales Civic Center. Bateman won the competition.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ashlie Nicole McGowan, left, gets a hug from judge Kamal Zaher after winning third place in the 2013 Ascension Idol competition, a fundraiser for the Ascension Fund.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Rick Rohan waves to onlookers as he rides into Clarion Inn in Gonzales on Thursday, May 9, 2013, during the fifth annual Tour Du Rouge. Over 100 cyclists are riding in the event from Houston to New Orleans to raise awareness and money for the American Red Cross along the disaster-prone Gulf Coast. The ride will end at Fulton St. Square in New Orleans Friday afternoon.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Cycling for a cause -- Paul Drummond, of San Antonio, and Chris Christensen, of Plano, Texas, center from left, turn into a hotel parking lot in Gonzales on Thursday as part of a stop during the Fifth annual Tour Du Rouge. More than 100 cyclists are riding from Houston to New Orleans to raise awareness and money for the American Red Cross along the Gulf Coast. Standing by are Red Cross volunteers Gary Compton, left, and Mike Estrada. The ride will end at Fulton Street Square in New Orleans on Friday.

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