Back in Lafayette, Party Girl looks forward to the International Business Achievement Award luncheon each year, in part because it's one of the few things to go to during Festival International week wearing stilettos. The crowd is so, well, international. It's coordinated by Le Centre International, and executive director Philippe Gustin is such a gracious emcee. I just love that Belgian accent! This year's honoree was Dailey Berard, and his friend and former governor, Mike Foster, was on hand at the City Club to offer his congratulations, in addition to Matt Stuller, Cathy Webre and Si Brown. Congratulations Dailey!
The international flair continued with The Friends of Music at UL Lafayette's "Out of Africa" party, which was a sight to see. Held at the home of Chuck and Sue Lein, attendees had the chance to view the couple's 200-plus stuffed animal collection in addition to an African drumming performance by the UL Percussion Ensemble. Guests Gerald and Beth Guilbeaux, Lea Tanner, Donia Garlington and many other local music supporters dressed in safari attire for the evening and felt like they'd experienced a taste of Africa by the time they left.
The American Heart Association's Jewels of the Heart gala took attendees to the tropics for "An Enchanted Evening in Paradise." The black-tie event at River Oaks was emceed by the lovely Blue Rolfes and Chuck Huebner, with artist "King Rob" Harris serving as auctioneer. Special honoree was Richard Zuschlag of Acadian Ambulance, and his wife Elaine was there to cheer him on, as was Jerry and Nancy Romero, Barbara Lirtzman, Karen Wyble and Stephen Jones. A highlight of the night was the auctioning of the "Jewel of the Heart," a pendant/brooch with 123 diamonds valued at $9,000. William S. Nacol donated the diamond-studded beauty specifically for the event. Mary Neiheisel was the lucky girl who took the jewel home. Now, she's got some heart!
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A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.
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Choice cuts from Acadiana’s news media for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013:
For many fans, it was their third consecutive year participating in French Quarter parade.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 20, 2013:
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Jaryd Lane channels Bob Seger and his inner modern cowboy on ‘78.’
Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey deserves an attaboy for his unexpected vote during Wednesday’s meeting approving a mediation session between the board and Superintendent Pat Cooper.
The cable television network's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of Robertson's home state.
The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a district court ruling out of Opelousas that could have wide-ranging effects on the tax burden of the Louisiana oil and gas industry.
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The Pediatric Clinic is housed in the same location previously closed by state budget cuts in June 2012.
Chitimacha Tribe celebrates humble beginnings to becoming Louisiana's first land-based casino.
Lafayette businessman Mike Moreno’s Green Field Energy Services announced Tuesday a plan to sell the business and assets as part of its bankruptcy reorganization effort.
Three-term Louisiana senator facing tough re-election battle is next in line for Energy Committee chairmanship.
In a letter distributed during Wednesday night's meeting, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb, in his final meeting as board president, called on his fellow board members to start focusing on the children and stop battling Superintendent Pat Cooper.