Habitat hunks are in the house

I’m too sexy for my clothes … In the name of fundraising (or is that fun-raising?) nine generous gentleman will vie for the title of Mr. Habitat 2011. Our divine diva Barbara Quinn will emcee, making sure the audience is aware of all of the contestants’ attributes as she keeps the show moving along. It all happens Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Rockin’ A Café. Plan to attend as you support your favorite Habitat guy — Clark Winslow, Mike Blueitt, Gordon Williams, Shane Howard, Kevin Steele, James Johnson, Ronnie Ramirez, Chuck King and Brad Klein. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County. See you there!

Tickets of gold … Thar’s gold in them thar Texas hills, and you might be the lucky winner. By now, a board member or advisory board member from the Art Museum of Southeast Texas has contacted most of you about purchasing your Go for the Gold winning ticket. Each ticket is one of only 500 in the reverse drawing with the winner receiving $10,000 in gold coins ($1,500 for second place or $1,000 for third place), plus dinner and libations for two. AMSET is bringing in the luck of the Lone Star State with a Texas-themed party in honor of the current exhibition on view, Southeast Texas Art: Cross-Currents and Influences. Emceeing the drawing for the evening will be Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips and KFDM-TV news anchor Kelli Phillips. Linda Foutz and Carla Allen are orchestrating this fun event with the excitement starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3. For more tickets, call (409) 832-3432 or buy them online at amset.org.

In the blue … Invitations have gone out for the fantastic Lamar University gala themed “Rhapsody in LU,” as the Friends of the Arts present Le Grand Bal, a fabulous evening of art, fine dining, dancing and entertainment. The black-tie event honors Judy and James Black for their contributions to Lamar University, the community and the arts. Le Grand Bal, now in its 37th year, is the major annual fundraiser benefiting the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Michele and Mitch Smith are chairing this affair and promise an evening to remember. Activities include a reception and silent art auction from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museum, with a gourmet buffet, dancing and entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight to follow in the Montagne Center. Guests will dance to the music of Beaumont’s Night & Day Orchestra, under the direction of Wayne Dyess, and the Works of Houston. For more information or reservations, call (409) 880-8137.

News of I do’s … Congratulations to Meredith Ducote and Bert Reiner, who tied the knot this past Saturday evening in their wedding at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at the Beaumont Country Club. Also, Caroline Maida and Michael Whaley recently became engaged and plan to marry around New Year’s.

Candles and cakes … Champagne toasts to Kathryn Honsberger, Rachel Grove, Lila Stevens, Ashley Carter, Tara Cook, Kathryn Honsberger, Donna Gwynn, Crissy Clarke, David Verde, Reggie Ramirez, Laurie Chaudhury, Hart Green-Mar and Tanner Hunt.Until the next RSVP!