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
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The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
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Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
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The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
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The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.