|Party Girl couldn’t tell an exacta from a trifecta, but that didn’t stop me from racing on over to Evangeline Downs when I heard that EVD was hosting the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission’s summer social, “Night at the Races.” Rooting for “Hell of a Bump” was easy when the horse was sporting a pink number 8 — Party Girl’s favorite color of course — and jockey Gerard Melancon was cute too. Party Girl ran into a couple of ladies from the Junior League, Louisiana Cookin’, representatives of the city of Crowley and Vermilionville, and lots of LCVC members were also present. I am so glad I arrived early to get a seat by the window — I’d hate to not have the best seat in the house. Did you know Evangeline Downs is known for having more horses per race than any other track in the country? The more horses in a race the better the odds of winning, and the larger the payouts too. Feeling lucky that night, Party Girl placed a few humble wagers, and won a small bet that’s going toward my next pair of high heels.
Here are the other lucky gals of the week: Pam Hebert, sales associate with ERA Stirling Properties, who walked away with a $10,000 check for selling a Pelican 10-K property; and sales associate Wendie McCombie with Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate, who won the drawing of $2,500. I know you’re wondering, “How can I have luck like these women?” Well, in this case it requires a lot of hard work, too. Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate was the muscle behind this promotion, giving away the cash at a drawing held at the City Club at River Ranch in late May. As part of an exclusive marketing campaign known as the Pelican 10-K, the names of those agents who sold Pelican 10-K listings were placed in the drawing for the grand prize of $10,000. This program gives every agent in Acadiana the opportunity to be a part of the drawing by selling one of these 10-K properties. “The Pelican 10-K is the most innovative agent incentive and sales tool in our market,” says Steven Hebert, COO of Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate. In addition, the agents with Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate who had their sellers participate in the Pelican 10-K Program had their name placed in the drawing for the cash prize of $2,500. Eighteen Acadiana real estate firms were represented in the $10,000 drawing, including Van Eaton & Romero, ERA Stirling, Keller Williams, Century 21 Gateway and Keaty Real Estate, to name a few. The evening was a great success and special congratulations to the winners!
Party On! — PG
Al Lopez, Wendy Howell, Steve Thomson, Flint Zerangue, Wendie McCombie (winner of the $2,500 drawing), Steven Hebert, Ken Simeral, Edmond Dugas
Ree Mere, Susan Cote, Cindy Bailey and Marla Landry
Angel Metrejean of Van Eaton & Romero puts her ballot in the drawing for the $10,000 with Steven Hebert.
Rose Chaisson, Tammy Comeaux and Kathy Yates
Edmond Dugas and Cindy Bailey
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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?
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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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