Out and About: New social chair takes Neches River Festival helm

Albert Nolen

Changing of the guard

The beautiful manse of Jo Beth and Mike Jenkins was the setting for the Neches River Festival LXX celebration of Social Chairman Gillian Jenkins and President Will Jenkins. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres orchestrated by Casey and Clark Winslow. Past Social Chairman Tonya Toups and past President Bernie Daleo introduced the present royalty to the crowd, and the social chair’s mother, Kelli Maness (who was NRF social chair in 1989), pinned her daughter Gillian with the social chairman pin, which is a swan. Perusing the past NRF scrapbooks and conversing about past festival fun were Stephanie Daleo, Taylor and Fuller McSpaddin, Lee Mann, Becki and Ed Stedman, Jennifer Gordy, Rachael Roane, Camille Ohmstede, Patricia and David Moore, Tom Maness, Lindsay and Shelby Gibbs, Barbara and James Broussard, Cecilia and Craig Messer, Ashley Bryan, Dexter Augier, Patti and Floyd McSpaddin, Johnnie and Joe Broussard, Michelle and Mitch Smith, Donna Harris, Linda and Joe Domino, Cornie and Thad Heartfield, Laurie Kent, Molly Moore, Celia Coleman, Alan Coleman and Eric Meadows, to name a few. This power couple will certainly chair a fantastic, wonderful Neches River Festival celebrating our river and youth!

For the children

The Garth House recently hosted its 27th annual Pour Les Enfants, which the dynamic Jessica Garth chaired with tremendous success. The 2017 event raised around $400,000 in table sponsorships, silent and live auction sales and Jeep ticket sales. With the help of committee members Karen Babineaux, Cheryl Barenbeg, Elaine Browne, Sunni Carter, Karen Fontenot, Lee Ann Garth, Brooke Hall, Nicole Kavouspour, Debi Lorraine, Michelle McClelland, Kamile McGriff, Jody Moss, Jessica Neff, Patrice Ortego, Amy Price, Camille Forrest, Dale Prudhome, Sheigh Rhodes and Bailey Wingate, sponsors were secured along with auction items that were over the top. Auctioneers Johnny Dalby and Brad Corley kept the audience on the edge of their seats with the quick and lively bidding. Enjoying the divine dinner and auction were Terry Garth, Pam and Jim Willis, Maris and Jim Mehaffy, Joy and Will Crenshaw, Shawn Hanely, Baylor Wortham, Lisa and Mike Doguet, Christine and Robert Voan, Michelle and Briann McClelland, Loddie Naymola, Lauren Lewis, Allison Getz, John Adair, Ty and Tory Abshire, and too many more to mention. Top bidders of the evening were Monica and Troy Jones, Rocky Lawdermilk, Omar Bitar, Jim Willis, Kelly and Mike Roebuck, and Renee Brown-Nembhard, to name a few. A successful evening for an incredible cause!

Spending extravaganza

The Junior League of Beaumont hosts its holiday Main Street Market at the Beaumont Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Holiday Luncheon will take place with seating available at 11:30 on Friday; tickets are $50 for the luncheon/fashion show (tickets need to be purchase before hand by calling 832-0872). The market opens again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Pictures with Santa will be available until 2 p.m. for $20. Proceeds from the market fundraiser will assist with support of the community by the Junior League organization. See you there!

Candles and cakes … Belated best to Julie Anne Bennight, Annie Kansas, Jenny Tortorice, Courtney Burch-Arkeen, Lacey Liner, Zelma Reid, Meg Branch, Austin Dishman, Christine Keriotis, Eddie Neusel, Adonia Placette, Doug Landry, Nancy DeForest, Rhonda Rubel and Shana Arthur. B-day wishes to Suzanne Krepper, Sherrie Branick, Suzanne Jones, Doug Oldbury, Ernest Best, Newton Hopkins Jr., Carol Sanders, Lisa Callas, Pat Klein, Michael Martin, Genea Dixon-Peters, Shelley Filla, Kelly Jackson, JoEllyn Jowers, Laura Caldwell, Fred Sachitano Jr., Courtney George, Emily Wheeler, Julie Morrison, John McAtee, Susenne Telage, Linda Ohmstede, Julie Hebert, Jolene Ortego, Trey Assunto, Brenda Nichols, Ed Zizmont, Allen Wagner, Vickie Seymour, Candy Howell and Vicki Bauer.

Until the next RSVP!