Le Grand Bal a pattern for future success

So grand … If you’re holding a fundraiser in the future, the surefire recipe for success would be to honor Judy and James Black and have Michele and Mitch Smith serve as the co-chairs of the event. This past Saturday evening, Lamar University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication hosted the 2011 Le Grand Bal: “Rhapsody in LU” at the Montagne Center. The evening began with cocktails, conversation and perusing of LU student/faculty art available for purchase. PYTs and their escorts entered the Dishman Art Museum and were offered libations, appealing appetizers and a chance to bid on fantastic art! Guests then migrated to the Montagne Center where they entered a room awash in blue and white hues with tablescapes of crystal candelabras and a giant chandelier (cleverly thought out by Tammy and Tootsie Crutchfield) over the dance floor. Sensational sounds of The Works and The Night and Day Orchestra kept the well-heeled group on the dance floor most of the evening as they fortified themselves on the bountiful buffet (even sushi this year) provided by Chartwell’s. Busy bartenders poured the Le Grand Bal signature drink “The Red and Black” made with Crystal Head Vodka (a product of Dan Aykroyd and our own talented artist John Alexander). The former and fellow artist flew in from New York for the evening to pay tribute to lifelong friend Judy Black, who was smashing in her blue dress. Spotted in the glitterati of the 450-plus that mingled, dined and danced the night away were Tonya and Mitch Toups, Susan and Jimmy Simmons, Sallye Keith, Danita and Doug Fierce, Ivy and George Pate,    Lynn and Chris Castle, Pat Avery, Melody and Pat Parsons, Rita and Barry Davis, Norma and Alan Sampson, Pat Willard, Bonnie and Robert Madden, Mary Jane Garth, Susan and Tim Byrum, Sandra Clark, Brenda and Burnice Wilson, Tamara and Frank Domino, Marilyn and Ed Gripon, Camille and Chris Ohmstede, Judy and George Dishman, Jenny and Paul McKay (this cute couple is heading to the Rocky Mountains in Denver), Bonnie and Rob Tortorice, Susanne and Bob Birdwell, Pat and Keith Carter, Martha and Bill Black, Susan and Jordan Reese, Stephanie and Bernie Daleo, Pat Klein, Sally Bundy, Lettie and Warren Goehringer, and the honorees’ children and spouses, Lou and John Black, and Lori and Robert Black. An elegant and enchanting evening!

Images from Cocktails and Art auction for Lamar Le Grand Bal

Images from Dinner and Dancing at Lamar Le Grand Bal

Back in the saddle … Co-chairs Jim and Tom Broussard are saddling up to save lives at Champagne & Ribs benefiting the Gift of Life Prostate Cancer Program honoring Joe Penland and Walter Umphrey on Tuesday, April 12, at Cowboy Harley-Davidson. A preview party was held this past Tuesday as Wild Hogs Round-Up chairs Beverly and Jerry Nelson organized this event at Madison’s to get folks in the swing of the big jamboree to spur up support for this great cause. Chewing on crawfish and wrangling in all of the fun were Jo and Tommy Vance, Karen Fontenot, Randy Trahan, Kathy and Joey Catalano, Carlo Busceme, Sandy and Joseph Fertitta, Becky and Larry Hunter, Vicki and Tim Bauer, Larry Thorne and too many more to mention.

Images from Gift of Life-Wild Hog Round Up

Day tripping … Last week, longtime friends Kelli Maness, Matthew Maness, Carol Snowden, Jessica Malach and yours truly decided to spend a cultural day in nearby Orange. Touring the Stark Museum, Presbyterian Church, J. Scotts Florist, W.H. Stark House and Shangri La Botanical Gardens, the merry group delighted in the sights enough to work up an appetite for lunch at the Old Orange Café. Take the 20-minute drive east on I-10 and discover the wonderful history and unique attractions of this neighboring city.

Candles and cakes ... Belated b-day to Ann Lee and Steve Jennings. Champagne toasts to Ashley Norman, Jessica Prince, Jennifer Patterson, Ronda Harkey, Betsy Jenkins, Liz Cokinos, Ava Isabell, Lila Oxford,  Steve Roane, Kathryn Phelan,  Elizabeth Phelan, Margaret Green, Betty Greenberg, Rocky Chase and Suzanne Pate.
Until the next RSVP!