Spring fundraisers offer ray of hope after winter

Swing into spring … The Arc of Beaumont will sponsor an “Arc Family Spring Fling” for the entire family. Families are invited for an afternoon full of fun activities including an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny, painting flower pots, volleyball and other family games. These springtime events take place on Saturday, March 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Spindletop Center North Campus in Beaumont. There will be a $3 fee for Arc individual participants, $10 fee for Arc families of four or more and a $6 fee for non-members. Please make reservations by calling (409) 784-5556.


What a wonderful way to have family fun together!

Delicious dining … On Friday, March 18, St. Anthony Basilica’s 10th anniversary Saint Joseph’s Day Pasta Milanese Spaghetti lunch will take place. The day begins with a pontifical mass celebrated by Bishop Curtis J. Guillory. Immediately following the service, the home-cooked meal will be blessed on the Saint Joseph Table (also referred to as the Saint Joseph Altar) in the Cathedral Basilica Center by the bishop. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dine-in and take-out lunches. All funds collected at this annual event are donated to local charities to feed and assist the poor in Southeast Texas. Italian music will be provided Jimmy Simmons and Betsy Hines, while Linda Domino will serve as the St. Joseph Day coordinator. For yours truly, this worthwhile fundraiser will always bring to mind the tireless efforts and generosity of Mamie Fertitta, who was such a vital part of this luncheon. See you there!

Follow the yellow brick road … Invitations are out for Anayat House fundraiser “There’s No Place Like Home.” The setting of this meaningful soiree will be the Phelan Mansion on April 2 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Creative event chair Robin Gerhard, along with committee members Karen Fontenot, Allison Getz, Paulette Guidroz, Nicole Murray, Cindy and Chris Busch, Lynda Moncla, Melissa Edwards, Hubert Oxford IV, Joyce Jacob, Patty Burmeister, Sina Nejad and Pat Coldewey, have taken the party up a notch with not only fab hors d’oeuvres, but also two high energy bands, Mid-Life Crisis and Three Car Garage. Dress in “Wizard of Oz” chic. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by calling (409)833-0649. Fantastic social event for a sensational cause!

Shower of love … Twintinis were the signature drink (think Blue Hawaiians) as Dana and Slate Babineaux were feted at a baby shower for their future twin boys. Hosts Michele Smith, Jennifer Smith, Jennifer Fahrion, Elaine Jabbia, Mandy Mazzola, Gigi Mazzola, Dyna Laursen, Courtney Arkeen, Donean Surratt, Melissa Caballero, Patti Schmidt, Carla Meaux, Becky Hunter, Jacque Prevost and hubbies came baring beautiful gifts for this blessed event.

Milestone celebration … Brian Hampton and Keith Huckabay hosted a red carpet party a la Hollywood complete with paparazzi and a video production of shout-outs from some of their favorite celebrities, including Broadway stars Kristin Chenoweth, Molly Shannon, the casts of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and the Broadway hit “Next to Normal” capped by a hilarious message from “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Guests Kathy Fisher, Elizabeth and Russ Waddill, Melanie Dishman, Jenny and Paul McKay, Mary Jowers, Jackie Simien, Cederick Joseph, Mindy and Jay Eisen, Renee and Don Barnes, Jennifer and Justus Swantner, Judy and George Dishman, Belinda Thibodeaux, Susan Hampton and Leslie Huckabay were thrilled with antics of this creative party.

B-day bash … Ashley Bryan was feted this past week at a girls’ only luncheon at Bando’s for the celebration of her special day. Toasting the birthday girl were Brandy Gaitan, Jennifer Nicholas, Dynasy Phelan, Gillian Jenkins, Monica Broussard and Emily Miller.

News of I do’s … Graceann Miller and Kyle Falkenhagen exchanged wedding vows on the picturesque grounds of the Austin Museum of Art Laguna Gloria this past Saturday evening. With perfect weather, beautiful family and friends, this was truly a dream come true wedding! Congrats!

Candles and cakes … Champagne toasts to Gillian Jenkins, Phoebe Bassana, Lisa Braneff, Julia Bevilacqua, Giuliana Daleo, Kathryn Grace Meadows, Elizabeth McMahan, Hillary Shanning, Piper Kinney, Tamie Hughes, Katherine Carmichael, Laurey Harmon, Therese Ruddy, Brian White, Bessie Chisum, Kristen Godwin, Tyneil McFaddin, Lisa Causey, Margaret Bood and Tonya Toups.

Until the next RSVP!!