Maybe the crowd was down a tiny bit and so was the total bidding (perhaps a sign of the times), but there was still lots of buzz at the annual Palates & Paté extravaganza in November, benefiting The Acadiana Outreach Center. P.J. Naomi’s fabulous brushed-gold, diamond-encrusted fleur-de-lis cuff bracelet even set a Palates record for jewelry at $16,000. Guest emcee Ali Landry was said to be eyeing the piece for her own collection, but when it was all done, the high bidder was Chuck Vincent — a surprise for his wife Carol, who couldn’t make the auction. Imagine that, she didn’t even have to show up to get the big prize. Ali couldn’t have been more gracious. She was happy to be home for a visit while helping such a worthwhile cause. Off-stage she shared stories with Party Girl about her 16-month old daughter Estela and her recent trip to Israel, where she was scouting production venues with her film-director husband Alejandro Monteverde. “It was a life-changing experience,” she said of her tour of the Holy Land.
There was, of course, lots of great art. Painter Lue Svenson’s canvas fetched one of the highest bids I’ve ever seen for her work, thanks to new owners Jimmy and Kim Mallia, and bidding was brisk for Melissa Bonin’s piece as well. Since the crowd was a little bit smaller than in past years, Party Girl actually made the rounds and sampled every dish offered up by Acadiana’s amazing chefs. Gilbert Decourt leapt on stage and exuberantly accepted the award for Best of Show, but the food was all fabulous. Hats off to the chefs, the artists, the bidders and all who attended to support the center’s mission to help the poor in our community.
Presented by IberiaBank and Lee Michaels, this year’s PASA Golden Gala Wine Auction was held for the first time at Knight Aviation’s hangar at the Lafayette Regional Airport with a 007 James Bond theme. Bond himself made an appearance, entering the venue from a gold covered private plane (with a PASA logo on the tail!) to take on an evil villain like any good James Bond would do. A few Bond girls were in the crowd for good measure (courtesy of Gerami’s Dance Academy), and the night also featured entertainment by UL’s Ragin’ Jazz and live jazz music by the Icarus Jazz Quartet.
My good friend Ted Viator did it up just right, and the bidding was heated, raising $114,000.
The night had lots of great items up for auction, including a limited edition Omega James Bond Seamster watch, which is featured in the James Bond Quantum of Solace movie; a large format 1999 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley; original artwork by Brian LaFaye; and an original oil painting by my favorite local artist Melissa Bonin.
|Katie Frayard, Edward LeBlanc and Rick Frayard
||Kiki Frayard and Kim Henry|
|Coury and Sarah Moss and Liz Webb|| Irvin and Karin David
|James Bond (“Magic” Mike Dardent) and the Bond Girls (of Gerami’s Dance)||Hayden Foley, Adam Lemoine, Emily Marine, Mallory Chastant and Brittani Bass|
|Mike and Lynn Crochet||Rebecca Doucet and Pam Fontenot|
|James Bond villain (Eugene Kwarteng), Sharon Moss and Frank Gerami|| P&P emcee Ali Landry
|Andy Begneaud (P&P production committee co-chair) and Don Begneaud|
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
Our View: It’s reasonable, temporary and invests in Lafayette’s future.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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