And the winner is … Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Albert Nolen

The gold that glittered … Many special agents volunteering for the Art Museum of Southeast Texas Go for the Gold fundraiser this year — complete with Goldfinger theme — did an outstanding job selling almost all of the 450 tickets available. Last Thursday evening, March 10, agents, guests and maybe even some spies descended upon the museum for the reverse drawing toward $10,000 in gold coins. Special agent chairs Sandy and Joseph Fertitta were very Bondish in their themed outfits, perfect for the evening. Guests enjoyed delicious Mexican fare provided by Two Magnolias as well as gold tequila and Deep Eddy lemon vodka cocktails. Mark Steinhagen was the third place winner, Brad Cuccio won second place and the grand prize winner, Karen Pipkin, who took home the $10,000 in gold. Clark Winslow and Brad Klein did an incredible job pulling from the hopper and calling the numbers for the drawing. Chris Bean kept the drawing moving along, pulling the numbers until there were only three numbers left on the board. Sitting on the edge of their seats and hoping to stay in until the end were Lori and Mike Lockwood, Tom Bell, Frank Oerle, Peter Maida III, Isel Isern, Tom Broussard, Donald Jowers, Shannon Allen, Linda Jones, Karen and Bob Wortham, Elizabeth Miller, Christian and Jose Crawford, Dean Conwell, Beth and Brian Bommer, Liliana Greewald, Michele and Mitch Smith, Stephanie and Eric Flatten, Elizabeth and Russ Waddill, Allen Lea, Melissa and Martin Edwards, Pat Miller, Derina and Paul Holtzhausen, Seth Crone, Pam and Leo Danna, Barbara and Bob Quinn, Lynda and Ken Moncla, Julie and Mark Golia, Sarah Matheny, Margaret and Larry Thorne, Aggie In, Mandy Oliverio, Paula and John Lovoi, Becky and Rodney Ames, Marcia Stevens, Kim and Roy Steinhagen, Patti and Floyd McSpadden, Cullen Ramsey, Les Warren, Laurie Messina, Andy and John Quigley, Jerome Dick, Kathe and Jim Hendricks, Terry Garth, Sandra Clark, Pat Klein, Sissy Coffin, Liz and Charles Howell and too many more to mention. Congrats to the winners!

Big party for the littlest patients … Anyat House is once again hosting its annual fundraiser Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Beaumont Event Centre. This year’s honoree is the Christus St. Elizabeth Neonatal ICU Team. There will be a silent and live auction and open bar. Dance the night away will be to the high-energy band Champagne Room. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (409) 833-0649.

Storkmarketing … Vanessa and J.B. Peel welcomed their third image March 4. Ryker James Peel bowed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Congrats!

Shower power … The last celebration before the birth of baby JP Parsons III was held recently in Houston at the Hess Club by the family of Ayna and John Pat Parson. The future mom’s father, Narin Sehgal, pulled out all the stops with fabulous flavors of India. Besides the future dad’s parents Melody and Pat Parsons, others who call our fair city home but made the trek to Houston were Cindy and Mike Lindsay, Michelle and George Casseb, Shayla Kay, Shayne King, Kelly and Mike Peyton, to name a few.

Candles and cakes … Belated best to Sherry Curtice and Ashley Bryan. Champagne toasts to Jimmy Simmons, Judy Ware, Tom Combs, Bart Nichols, Paul Nichols, Ken Mosley, Gillian Jenkins, Mary Hager, Toni Wheeler, Heather Kilgore, Lisa Braneff, Clif Loftin, Dawn Jones, Katharine Carmichael, Lindsay Briggs, Maria Branham, Mike Moelier, Scott Renick, Bessie Chisum, Cindy Lindsay, Tonya Toups, Amy Pyburn and Patrick Maloney.

Until the next RSVP!!