A flurry of almost 300 red-dressed ladies (and even a few gentlemen) packed the Lafayette Hilton for the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon. As attendees dined on a tasty heart-healthy meal, sponsor Sharon Moss of Moss Motors pulled the raffle cards for fabulous red purses packed with goodies. Personally Fit owner Dawn Foreman, leader of the Go Red for Women Personally Fit Challenge, introduced this year’s 10 participants, who sashayed across the runway in eye-catching ensembles from Macy’s. “Biggest Loser” winner Deborah Perrodin, who shed an amazing 28.5 pounds and 30 inches, along with lowering her cholesterol by 62 points, and the other challengers proudly shared how the program changed their lives. Sponsor LGMC provided the free health screenings for the challenge. But the big winner was Foreman, who took home a beautifully-framed article from The Independent’s first installment in the 2010 fitness challenge.
Rusty Broussard of Rajun Cajun Construction and John H. Romero of Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate held the first-ever Pre-Parade of Homes Soiree in Broussard. The event celebrated the much anticipated 2010 Parade of Homes while showing appreciation to the top-producing Realtors, closing attorneys, mortgage lenders, and appraisers for their continuing support and dedication to the local real estate market. First Class jazz band provided the musical stylings for the event, while a spectacular buffet and bar was provided by La Louisiane Banquet Hall.
Emily Foreman Babineaux and Debbie Foreman
Mekail McDonnell, Kristen Holmes Andrepont, Angelle Thomassee and Courtney Kunau-Davis
Stacy Patin, Gretchen Vincent, Amy Guidry and Kathy Maraist
Suzanne Tullia and Stefanie Tullia
“Go Red” Mercedes from Moss Motors greeted guests
Clockwise from front left: Annie Cormier, Vicky Manual, Sheri Everrette, Michelle Morrow, Kay Savoie, Linda LeBeouf, Claudia Neef and Jan Leblanc
Stephan White, Erin Broussard, Rusty Broussard, John Romero and Brandy Romero
Rusty Broussard, Erin Broussard and John Romero
Craig Pugliese and Phil Brupbacher
Wilson Thibodeaux, Sandy Thibodeaux, Rose Chaisson, Nancy Marcotte and John Romero
Kishment McCloskey, Ryan Habetz and Chris Touchet
Wendy Howell and Ken Simeral
Jay Keef, Tommy Jones and Marilyn Keef
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Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
DEC 11 It's the holiday season, and that means you can count on seeing some pretty crazy stuff going down at the Wal-Mart, but this story out of Marshall, Texas takes the cake. A man went in and attacked a couple of people with a hatchet. Who stopped him? A customer who started launching soup cans at him -- and connected with his noggin. The story tells us that while some folk were injured, everyone's been released from the hospital.
DEC 11 Blogger Tom Aswell joins the ranks of those looking into the "Fund for Louisiana's Future," which of course is not really aimed at improving our future. So far, it seems aimed at getting Louisiana to remove its $100,000 cap on campaign contributions, he tells us. Also, it is overseen by the same guy who tried to give us President Mitt Romney -- and he seems bent on picking our next governor.
DEC 11 Here's a post on NOLA Defender from the chef de cuisine at Delmonico's about gumbo. Chef Anthony Scanio shares childhood food memories that aren't quite a warm and fuzzy cliche -- but they certainly sound authentic. His personal story isn't just about food, it's a true New Orleans boy's upbringing. It's a cool story, and it ends with recipes for seafood gumbo and red beans.
DEC 11 Blogger Lou Gehrig Burnett writes here on Bayou Buzz about GOP efforts to mount a candidate against Sen. Mary Landrieu -- "a" being the operative word. So far, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness are both in the race, and as long as the ultra-conservative Maness remains he poses a threat to the Republicans' hopes to unseat Mary. There's also a bit on what's up in Texas -- where Gov. Rick Perry's rejection of Medicaid money is causing other lawmakers some trouble.
DEC 11 Qualifying for New Orleans municipal races opens today, and Gambit's Clancy DuBos is most interested in people running against Sheriff Marlin Gusman, a frequent topic of Clancy's posts -- and a lot of other media posts as well. So far, the most interesting candidate expected to qualify is former sheriff Charles Foti. But Gusman's biggest enemy may be himself, given his 33 percent approval rating.
DEC 11 It may be the season of brotherly love, but John Maginnis is not falling for David Vitter's Christmas story. In this post, he poo-poos the very idea that Vitter and his family will spend the holidays in prayerful reflection so that they can decide if the Senator will run for governor. He also gives some predictions on what could happen if Vitter did get elected, throwing in a cautionary reference to the big ole egg laid by the GOP up in North Louisiana's recent Congressional race.
DEC 11 Well, knock us over with a rainbow-colored feather. The Shreveport City Council passed an ordinance granting equal protection to LGBT folks, this KSLA story reports. It basically forbids discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. According to the story, city workers already have had that protection, since 2009.
DEC 11 That nice lady over in Denham Springs must still be mad at her neighbors for stealing her dog, because she's back up on her roof, making a big ole "one finger salute" in Christmas lights. This story in the Advocate even gives us a picture of the process underway, in case you are experiencing a similar situation and would like some finger-display-creation tips.
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