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
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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, 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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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.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
Saluting the red, white and blue — let freedom ring
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Feel the spectrum
Unless you work for an energy company, specific decisions related to the economics, risk, etc. are not conveyed to the public. They are a closely guarded secret.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
Lafayette native screenwriter returns