Travel and adventure are all part of summertime fun, and Party Girl's glad her readers are keeping her informed about their summer vacations. But the trip Lafayette native Lesley Beckers embarked on recently was much more than a vacation. Lesley was one of three lucky winners of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers' 10th anniversary trip around the country. The all-expense-paid tour follows the route Raising Cane's founder, Todd Graves, took to raise the cash to open his first location in Baton Rouge. Lesley and the rest of the group, including winners from Oklahoma and Dallas, stopped in Los Angeles where Graves worked as a boilermaker and Alaska where he was a salmon fisherman. The group was also treated to dinner at Spago in Los Angeles and dog sledding in the Alaskan snow. Music to Party Girl's ears, a cameraman was there to document it all. Congratulations Lesley. You're a true Caniac!
The Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation took part in a bowling adventure recently at its annual Bowling Tournament to benefit the Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers. Local firms and attorneys came out for the event, donning their bowling shoes and trying to avoid gutterballs. Props go to first-place winner the Lafayette City Marshall's office, and coming in second was Domengeaux, Wright, Roy and Edwards. Laborde & Neuner took third. But the big strike of the day was the proceeds going to help those in the community who need pro bono legal services.
Of course the Van Eaton & Romero gang is still going strong, despite the summer heat. Its most-recent endeavor was participating in the Realtors Association of Acadiana's Anything Cajun Cook-off at Acadian Village. Barbara Rogers kept the boudin cakes flowing, while Sonia Vice proved a summer shower can't dampen the spirits of this group.
Party On! - PG
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