One of Party Girl's favorite things about springtime is the great weather, because everybody knows great weather means plenty of outings. The Lafayette Public Library Foundation held its annual Awards Luncheon on April 18, at the Townhouse Restaurant. Each year the Library Foundation gives awards to people or organizations that have helped the library in various ways. This year the Library Foundation presented the Major Donor Award to Suzan and Raymond Allen; the President's Award was given to Dr. Wes Cady; and the Foundation Award was presented to the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana. All proceeds from the luncheon went to the Library Foundation to help make a "good library great." During the luncheon, Party Girl met several guests that were dressed in their Sunday best, including Joey and Lynn Durel, Marci Lecky, Isaac Jones Jr., Gail Smith, Van Auld, Dorothy Stevens, Pam Stroup, Joan Wingate, Susan Hamilton, Carolyn Fontenot, Leo Richard and Paulette Landry. Aside from the beautiful speech made by Mary Neiheisel about her friend and award recipient, Dr Wes Cady, the other highlight of the evening was the friendly competition from the crowd for door prizes. Fine food and good friends rounded out the luncheon. Being part of a worthy cause is inspiring, and meeting the people behind this organization was even more inspiring.
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.