The Arc to host annual dinner, style show

The Arc to host annual dinner, style show

So fashionable … The Arc of Greater Beaumont will host the 2011 Stars of the Arc Celebrity Style Show and Annual Dinner on Friday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of six prestigious awards by emcees Kelli and Bob Phillips. Co-chairing this designer event will be Toye Babb and Sandy Drake. Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames will be honored with the Arc Excellence in Community Collaboration Award. This award is given by the Arc in appreciation of a regional professional who promotes community collaboration to improve quality of life for all Southeast Texans, including citizens living with special needs. The Arc of Lifetime Achievement for Advocacy Award will be presented to J. Coffy Pieternelle, a well-respected board-certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. This award is given in appreciation to a professional who has a distinguished career of advocacy and service to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sara Leonard and Matthew Bloodsworth will receive the Arc Excellence in Leadership and Self-Advocacy Award. This award is given to honor Arc members who promote positive attitudes through exemplary leadership, service and volunteerism with the Arc of Greater Beaumont. The Arc of Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Cindy Bloodsworth. Kirksey’s Sprint Printing will receive the Arc Business Partnership Award. Dinner tickets are priced at $50 and $75 and $25 for children 10 and under. For more information, call (409) 784-5556.

High honors … The packed MCM Eleganté Hotel Ballroom was the site of the CASA of Southeast Texas “Justice is Served” dinner in early April. Casa Board President Toni Mulvaney welcomed guest to the dinner honoring CASA’s Volunteer Advocates. Jefferson County Judges traded in their black robes for black aprons to serve as the evening’s celebrity waiters. The Justice Is Served Dinner special honoree was the Honorable Ronald L. Walker. A graduate of South Park, Walker subsequently played sports while earning a degree from Lamar. After a successful career in private practice, he was elected judge of the 58th District Court of Jefferson County. He was later appointed as chief justice of the Ninth Court of Appeals, where he authored in excess of 1,500 legal opinions. After a brief retirement, he returned to public service in 2007 as county judge of Jefferson County, retiring in December 2010. The recipient of CASA’s 2011 Judge James Farris Volunteer of the Year Award is Marie Lewis. Carina Kirk received CASA’s 2011 Child Advocate of the Year Award. CASA also presented 10-year Service Awards to volunteers Mike Conn and Ida Dodson, and recognized all of its 96 volunteers for their years of service. Celebrity judges who did an outstanding job as celebrity waiters were John Paul Davis, Lupe Flores, Donald Floyd, Alfred Gerson, Larry Gist, Hollis Horton, Charles Kreger, Steve McKeithen, James Mehaffy, Randy Shelton, Mickey Shuffield, Johns Stevens, Larry Thorne and Bob Wortham. Co-chairs Gay Scott and Gina Crenshaw were thrilled with the support and turn out of the many supporters of CASA.

Bunny brunch … The Beaumont Country Club welcomed more than 500 members and guests to its Gourmet Easter Buffet this past Sunday. As members arrived, they were greeted by the artistic creation of cake designer Ronnie Richardson. The 9-inch cake display featured a realistic bunny and a Faberge egg with the BCC logo.  Golfers at the brunch scrambled for the edible golf clubs, balls and bags that sat on the top of a chocolate mousse cake. These cakes tasted as good as they looked. Diners included theTed Harp family, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Buddy Low thoroughly enjoyed the brunch as the Easter bunny made his way around the room and greeted the likes of Judy and George Dishman and their family, Janie and Mark Steinhagen, along with Mary Jane and Bill Benning and their children. Also thrilled with the club’s bountiful spread were Neri and Rudy Sotolongo, Virginia and Jim Austin, Martha and Foxworth, Mary Anne Howell, Kit Ohmstede, and the Lum Edwards and Martin Edwards family. Jay Proctor’s grandchildren were elated as Sallye Keith did a creative magic trick pulling silver dollars from their ears. It was a gorgeous gourmet meal that guests will remember for a long time.

Candles and cakes … Belated b-day wishes to Jude Reese, Virginia Jordan and Sara Kirksey along with b-day toasts to Lauren Madding, Jan Morgan, Lauren Smith, Marianne Youngblood, Julie Weldy, Beau Procter, Rusty Hall, Susan Geyser, Guy Goodson, Hart Green, Shea Kent, Quin Oxford, Mitch Smith, Jonathan Miller, Carey Broussard, Aislinn and Hannah McMahan, and Scott Sherron.

Until the next RSVP!