July 4 brings neighborhood together

July 4 brings neighborhood together


Snap, crackle and pop … Many social steppers displayed their red, white and blue as they celebrated the Fourth of July holiday in many different ways. This special day is often a ticket to drive to the shore, fly to cooler places such as Santa Fe, N.M., as well as the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. For those early risers that chose to brave the heat and watch the creative neighborhood parade that takes place in Calder Place, it was well worth losing a few hours of shuteye. Bicycles, wagons, trucks, jeeps, boats and flatbeds as well as participating walkers did not disappoint with this clever family affair. Kudos once again to Melanie Leonard and her committee.

After swim parties and cookouts, patriot types headed downtown to enjoy the concert performed by the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the enchantment of the fabulous fireworks display provided by our city leaders. It was a magical day that will last for a least a year in both our hearts and memories!

Giving back … The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program demonstrated its gratitude for the men and women who graciously volunteer and serve as the program’s “heart and soul” through their tireless dedication and hard work. GOL hosted an open house for hundreds of volunteers, including medical professionals and cancer survivors, who give their time and talent to help accomplish the program’s mission of “Saving Lives.” Celebrating the regional effects of their efforts were GOL Board President Nell McCallum Morris and VP Linda Domino, Executive Committee members Alberta Jones, Dean Calcote and Connie Szuch, Advisory Board member Bishop Curtis J. Guillory and Board member Mayor Becky Ames. Also in attendance were 2011 Volunteer of the Year award recipients Adanna Henry and Anne East. Both women exemplify the true spirit of volunteerism in their dedicated service through volunteering and on the “Gift of Life” board; Henry serves as a community and program service volunteer, while East, who through her job as the marketing manager for Mexican Restaurants Inc., coordinated “Make Mondays Matter” between GOL and Casa Ole. With National Ovarian and Breast Cancer Awareness Month just around the corner, the need for dedicated volunteers increases as preparations for the GOL Putting on the Pink (POP) season is fully underway. Nearly 400 active GOL volunteers contributed more than 5,000 hours of program service in 2011, helping the program to extend the lives of 21 individuals by providing them with access to cancer treatment upon diagnosis! For more information or to become a volunteer, please call Gale Colletti at (409) 833-3663.

Infanticipating … With her due date fast approaching (baby girl due in August), Emily Wheeler was feted by long-time friends Amanda Caywood, Mary Ellen Broussard, Skylyn Mathews, Lauren Williams, Jessie Boone and Claire Jackson (with all the fun taking place in the latter’s host new home). Bearing necessary and precious gifts were Ashley Carter, Meredith LeBlanc, Janey Broussard and Janna Caywood. The highlight of the party was the recommendations and wishing tree set up by the hostesses. Congrats to both Emily and Jeff Wheeler for their impending first image!

Candles and cakes … Belated best to Mary Maida Wade, Tiffany Maloney and Therese Porter. Fantastic fireworks for Jamie Scott, Carol Eddins, Lisa Parigi, Moncia Broussard, Miles Saba, Sarah Parmer, Riley Rayzor, Louis Blanda, Milton Bell, Sandra Clark, Ellen Colgan, Andy Quigley, Allison Brocato, Mary Gagne Patton, Dianna Coffey, Tom Vance, Marilyn Gripon, Michael Lee, Brenda McMakin, Somnia Jordan and one of my fav gal pals, Karen Lombardo Henry.

Until the next RSVP!