|In early March I attended the Acadiana Advertising Federation’s 2008 ADDY Awards. It was an unsual setting for an awards ceremony, but I must admit it added a downright neighborly feel to the downtown IberiaBank tower. Among those taking away Gold and Silver Awards were BBR Creative, Megan Barra Graphic Design, Prejean Creative, The Graham Group, KATC TV, Vidox, LONGevity Design, Russo Ad Group, Right Angle Advertising and Kaplan Advertising & Production. The ADDY Awards had every category from best of show (which BBR captured) to people’s choice awards and art director of the year to electronic producer of the year. Party Girl’s personal favorite of all the categories was the student best of show award; it’s time for a few fresh ideas in advertising. Before the night was over, Party Girl’s new BFF was student Best-Of-Show winner Lantian Xie. On the same night of the ADDY Awards, the New Orleans Museum of Art, often referred to as NOMA, had Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina, a 40-year retrospective of artist George Rodrigue on display. The opening reception in New Orleans drew a lot of Rodrigue fans from Lafayette — with some estimating that half of the people attending were from the Hub City. Those in attendance were Boyd and Georgette Anderson, Nancy Tabb Marcantel, Richard and Elaine Zchulag, Louise Liljedahl, Frank and Tracy Neuner, Peter Laborde, Renee Lejeune, Maragaret Laborde and Margaret Swords. The show will be on display through June 8, so be sure to make it to the Crescent City to check it out. There’s nothing that does a body more good than exercising for a cause. On Saturday, March 15, Frank Camalo, Danielle Lewis, Peggy Connick, Lynn Lewis, Jim Gibson, Greg Schexneider and Irv Esters were a few who participated in a cycling event in Lake Charles to raise money for local medical charities benefiting patients in need. A total of 25 riders rode 25 miles that day. Fortunately for those in need, 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis was more than willing to lend his star power to the cause. Landis was in town as a guest of Dr. John Noble, an orthopedist, who uses the Smith and Nephew hip replacements system on his patients — the same used on Landis’ hip. “Floyd was generous with his time and visited, took photos and signed jerseys and books for the ride participants. He was very friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy his visit,” says Camalo. Party Girl is happy to report all this spinning raised $5,000 — not bad for an afternoon ride! Party On! — PG|
Monica Hebert and Ryan Petticrew
Frank and Tracy Neuner
Louise Liljedahl and Tracy Neuner
Margaret Laborde and Margaret Swords
Peter Laborde and Renee Lejeune
Frank Camalo, Danielle Lewis, Peggy Connick, Floyd Landis, Lynn Lewis, Jim Gibson, Greg Schexneider and Irv Esters (kneeling)
newsy bits for the fam
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While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
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With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
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15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
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A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
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Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
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Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
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