On a recent Thursday afternoon Party Girl traded her high heels for a "Master of Bar-b-q" apron and headed to the Justice Grillin' Hamburger Cook-off event. The annual fundraiser has been raising awareness of Multiple Sclerosis for years now, and the 2007 edition got cookin' on May 24 at River Ranch Town Square. Van Eaton & Romero was among the many contestants grillin' and chillin'. Its awesome, big burgers took up some serious square footage. Dressed as cowboys and Indians to fit their "Home on the Range" theme, Bill Stephens, Sandy Stephens, Dewitt David, Sheila Landry, Calvin Lege, Charlie Bourgeois, and David Gleason occasionally took a break from grilling hamburgers to break out some moves on the dance floor while The Hurricanes played lively music. Van Eaton & Romero commercial agents Lege and Gleason were all smiles when they posed for my camera with Miss Louisiana, Elizabeth McNulty, who was one of the burger judges for the cook-off. Now in its seventh year, the event is held in memory of the creator of the SW Louisiana MS Foundation, Dr. Robert Martinez, and is the brainchild of community volunteer Diana Lennon, who got involved after her friend and former co-worker, Phyllis Thibodeaux, was diagnosed with MS. How wonderful that their original mission is being carried out with such sizzle!
Speaking of sizzle, what started out to be a quiet night at Bella Figura Restaurant turned out to be quite a noisy affair as family and friends of Dawn Clark celebrated her birthday. Party Girl was given no response to my question, "How old is the birthday girl?" But I could guess that she was young enough to enjoy living it up and most important, mature enough to know how to live it up! Dawn is very hard to surprise, and for the first time her family and friends pulled it off. If one could imagine the perfect birthday celebration, this party fit the bill. Not one thing was missing from this celebration, from the beautifully decorated table to the many thoughtful gifts from everyone. One highlight of the evening came as a serenade to the beautiful Dawn from guitarist J.L., who played a special song with the line, "Those were the days, my friend." Everyone stood up and held each other close. They sang and danced to the touching song. What a wonderful moment it was. And what a great way to celebrate a birthday ' with your family and friends. Thanks to Dawn's husband Kenny Clark and good friend, Deidre Cormier, who pulled off this stupendous party.
Party On! ' PG
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.