Next stop that night was thankfully only a mile away at River Oaks. The Society of Petroleum Engineers Evangeline Section celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Casino Night. I was convinced that after winning the dance contest at Vermilionville, my luck was still on a roll. Brian Wolter, SPE Evangeline Section chairman, and Dean McPherson, SPE regional chairman, kicked off the night with a cocktail reception and a welcoming presentation. During the cocktail reception, the tables were opened (with free play) for a night of enjoyment. With no financial worries, Party Girl played until I ran out of energy. Table dealers from Eric Wilder and Cypress Bayou Casino ran the blackjack, roulette, craps, and Texas Hold 'Em tables. The Vermilion Ballroom, decorated by Flowers Etc., was adorned with brightly colored table arrangements made with orchids, birds of paradise and ginger. The food table was flanked with a colossal arrangement of hydrangea, ink-blue delphinium, yellow forsythia, red orchids and tropical bromeliads. A Chip Cabana that was sponsored by Chevron and made especially for this event had yards of black and white striped material draped on the top and sides and was tied back at the corners with tassels and black ostrich feathers. Party Girl investigated the scene and found out the scoop behind the ambiance. Right Angle Advertising created the whole room design concept ' they do have an angle on everything! Kudos to Halliburton's Corinne Cotton, who exquisitely orchestrated the event from beginning to end.
Speaking of bets and lucky people, I'm wagering that the new campaign for UL athletics will be a winner. At a recent committee gathering, UL Athletic Development Coordinator Gerald Hebert announced the launch of the UL Athletic Scholarship Give-A-Grand Endowment Campaign. Ragin' Cajun Athletics is asking for its fan base to support this program and create athletic scholarships for student athletes to help UL teams become even more competitive in the NCAA. The success of this effort is being guided by an honorary committee of 24 people, let by Chairmen Charlie and Del Goodson.
"We feel that if the fans of UL athletics come together, we can make a difference for the teams we cheer for and the university we love," says Charlie Goodson. "Our student athletes work hard all year long, and this effort is about returning the favor." A $1,000 donation will automatically place a donor on Goodson's Honorary Committee. The initial members include David K. Fontenot, Roder Russo, Joel Authement, Brother Marine, John W. and Tanya Nolin Jr., Robert L. Manuel, Terry Fontenot, Mike Helo, Ronnie Russo, Tom and Karren Hays, Michael and Jaci Russo, Harry and Dru Patin, Kenny and Virginia Crockett, Jamey Monceaux, Pat and Donna McDonald and Mark W. Judice. I know I've said before that pink was my favorite color, but I think I look better in Red ' Ragin' Cajun Red. Geaux Cajuns!
Party On! ' PG
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Prepare yourselves for sun
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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Newsy bits for the fam
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.