Friends, family and former students of Dr. John Tanner, severely injured earlier this month in College Station, Texas, have rallied around the popular UL Lafayette business professor. Tanner remains in a hospital recovering from injuries he sustained when his bicycle was struck by a car. Tanner was in College Station teaching a summer course at Texas A&M University.
On Wednesday, supporters of Tanner held a blood drive on campus attended by 101 people. Donations made at the drive are being converted into monetary credits to help defray what will likely be astronomical medical costs for the Tanner family. Supporters are keeping in touch and organizing fundraisers for Tanner through a Facebook page, Dr. Tanner Support Group (Please Pray). More than 1,100 people have joined the group thus far and donated roughly $1,000 on Tanner’s behalf.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.