Out and About

All hail the king… Congrats to longtime Knight of the Neches Bill Benning, who was unmasked at the Beaumont Country Club as King Neches LXIV this past Tuesday afternoon, April 17.

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An Enchanted Evening … Lamar University’s Friends of the Arts hosted the 2012 Le Grand Bal supporting the College of Fine Arts and Communication with Sandra Clark and Nell McCallum Morris co-chairing this fantastic and successful soiree March 24.

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Enchanting … One of the favored parties of the year, Le Grand Bal: “Some Enchanted Evening” promises to transport guests to another time and place where romance reigns supreme and cares are washed away by the gentle winds of the South Pacific. Presented by Lamar University’s Friends of the Arts, Le Grand Bal is the major annual fundraiser for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

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So tasty … The annual Saint Joseph’s Day spaghetti lunch at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica Center will be Friday, March 16. At 10 a.m. is the blessing of the food on the Saint Joseph Table, and then from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dine-in and to-go lunches will be available. All of this delicious food can be yours for a donation of $10 per meal, with drive-through service behind the Cathedral Basilica on the corner of Forsythe and Archie.

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Queens and kings and cakes … Ubi Caritas hosted the sixth annual Mardi Gras Dinner & Dance this past Friday evening for a roomful of generous revelers. Candidates from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Jean Moncla and Thad Heartfield, were one upped in fundraising by St.

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Beautiful belles … The Symphony League of Beaumont hosted A Night to Remember to present 42 belles to their families and guests. Co-chairs April Penland and Jennifer Thompson, along with their very creative committee, orchestrated a beautiful evening for a ball.

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Community-minded … Sandra Ellington, president of Communities In Schools Southeast Texas, welcomed a capacity crowd at the CISSET annual black tie event this past Friday evening, Jan. 20. Featured speaker Bill Milliken, founder and vice chairman of Communities In Schools Inc., is one of the nation’s foremost pioneers in the movement to give young people the help they need to graduate from high school and go on to lead rewarding lives.

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Ready, set, shop … Fashion Week kicked off with a media party held this past Tuesday to launch the upcoming fashion fleet at participating boutiques such as Bella Bella, Reign, YaYa, BBS, Talbot’s, Posh & Co, Jackie’s, and Gaudie & Co. Tickets are still available for the Saturday, Jan. 21, event from 5 to 9 p.m. Meet at Goodfella’s and jump on the buses that will run continuously to the participating merchants.

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Reflections in a social eye….Once again perusing the photo ops and ink generated by all the events over the past year brought about marvelous mems and smiles for this social columnist. So many of these memorable events were for charitable causes and came about due to the undying efforts of so many to strengthen our community. After reviewing and reminiscing the extensive list of events, here is the top 20 stellar soirees of 2011:

 

1. Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Cirque De Le Soiree.

 

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Jolly good fun … Last Thursday evening the lights were atwinkle and presents were under the tree at the Santa’s Elves Third Annual Party held at the magnificent manse of Michele and Mitchell Smith.

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