Blue Cross Donates to Connection Count!
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation supported Connection Count! Professional Development Conference with a $10,000 donation. Family & Youth’s 14th annual conference connected professionals and practitioners from throughout Louisiana as they expanded, enhanced, and shared knowledge, expertise, and “know how” related to services for children, youth, and families. BC/BS of Louisiana Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Louisiana through community involvement, employee volunteerism, and the investment of resources in the communities it serves.
IBERIABANK Names Business Banking Relationship Manager
IBERIABANK the 124-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce the recent naming of Joseph “Quincy” Gotte as assistant VP and business banking relationship manager for Southwest Louisiana. Gotte joins the company with six years of banking experience and has a degree in accounting and business management. His office is located at the Mid-City Plaza Branch location at 2901 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. He can be reached at 312-7107 or by email at email@example.com.
Angie Manning Appointed to Louisiane-Acadie Board
Angie Manning, communications director at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau was recently elected to serve on the board of directors of Louisiane-Acadie, Inc., a nonprofit umbrella organization that represents Acadians and Cajuns in Louisiana and encourages networking and increased connections between Louisiana organizations. Through the CVB, Manning worked with members of the board and CVB staff, as well as a large committee in the Lake Charles Area to plan events for the Great Acadian Awakening, which took place in the fall of 2011. Manning also currently serves on the board of directors for the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and represents Calcasieu/Cameron Parishes on the board of directors for the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition.
McNeese Autism Program Wins Grant
McNeese State University’s Autism Program was one of 60 organizations in six states that won grants in Albertson’s LLC’s inaugural Community Partners Challenge. The autism program was awarded a $7,500 grant from Albertsons through the McNeese Foundation. Organizations were invited to submit requests for grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 and the most-voted for programs online in various categories were awarded grants. The Albertsons Community Partners program helps schools and non-profit organizations earn money for their programs when their supporters shop at Albertsons stores.
KEZM Radio To Air Bucs Coach’s Show
The Louisiana Swashbucklers and KEZM Radio in Sulphur announced recently that “The Darnell Lee Show” will air on Sports Radio 1310 KEZM every Friday at 6:20 p.m. and will be hosted by the Bucs Radio Voice John Goodman. Coach Lee has been with the Bucs since 2006, and has guided the team to three championships and five straight Championship Game appearances. The show can be heard on both Sports Radio AM 1310 KEZM, or by audio stream at www.kezmonline.com.
Live@ the Lakefront Sponsors
The Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the City of Lake Charles are proud to announce sponsorships from Tobacco Free Living, Isle of Capri Casino, and JPMorgan Chase for the inaugural Live@ the Lakefront music festival. It features live music from local talent, art vendors, children’s activities, and Lake Area food booths, and the series takes place on three consecutive Fridays, March 16, 23, and 30, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Arcade Amphitheater. For more information, contact the Arts Council office at 439-ARTS.
Memorial Hospital Honors St. Margaret School Artists
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recently honored students who participated in the Young at Art Program in December. The program, which spotlights artwork from a different local elementary school each month, was designed to make a positive impact on hospital patients, employees, and the young artists themselves. December’s display featured artwork by students from St. Margaret School. A panel of Memorial volunteers recognized fifth graders Isabella Harris, Hope McDaniel and Lauren Broussard with a $50 savings bond.
Kenneth Ebersole Joins The Clinic in Moss Bluff
Kenneth Ebersole, APRN, CFNP, has joined the clinical team at The Clinic in Moss Bluff. Ebersole will collaborate with local family practice physician Jason Morris to provide health and wellness services to the residents of Moss Bluff and the surrounding areas. Ebersole, a Sulphur native, earned bachelors and masters degrees in nursing from McNeese State University. He is a board certified family nurse practitioner with over 23 years of experience, specializing in the care of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, colds, the flu and other minor illnesses. Prior to joining Dr. Morris’ clinical team, Ebersole was in private practice at Minor Medical Clinic in Moss Bluff. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Kenneth Ebersole, call (337) 217-0922.
DeQuincy Railroad Museum Launches Video Tour
The DeQuincy Railroad Museum recently launched a 30-second public service announcement, encouraging visitation to the museum. There is also a four-minute virtual museum tour that gives guests a glimpse of what they can find when they visit. The virtual museum tour, captured by John Tousaint with Focus Filmz, may be seen on vimeo.com/32264170. The 30-second public service announcement is located at vimeo.com/34738315. The DeQuincy Railroad Museum is situated at 400 Lake Charles Ave., DeQuincy, in the downtown historic district. Some of the artifacts on display include a 1913 steam locomotive, a passenger car, and two cabooses. For more information, call the DeQuincy Railroad Museum at (337) 786-2823 or visit www.dequincyrailroadmuseum.com.
Local Jackson Hewitt Employee Wins National Award
Jessie Lott, office manager for Jackson Hewitt Corp.’s Prien Lake Rd. location, recently won the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service National All-Star Tax School Instructor Award. Lott has been with the company for six years and has been an instructor for the last three years. There are thousands of instructors across the nation, with 239 nominated for the award. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service selected 20 instructors from across the country to receive the award. Along with her duties as office manager and tax instructor, Lott also handles area manager responsibilities.
International Dance Company Wins Big at Major Dance Event
The International Dance Company, located at 530 W. McNeese St. in Lake Charles, recently competed against dozens of dance studios from around the state for prestigious top honors at “Showstopper” in Baton Rouge, the largest dance competition in the country. Their entry, “Bellywood Bounce,‘’ received first place overall in Teen Performance-Small, and their dance studio received one gold award. This qualifies them to go to the Showstopper National Finals in Galveston this summer.
Pre-Med Scholarship Established at McNeese
Local businessman Beau Barbe has donated $20,060 to the McNeese State University Foundation to establish the Dr. Don Paul Barbe Pre-Med Scholarship.
Swashbucklers Sign Fan Favorite Shawn Piper
One of the great players from Swashbucklers history is coming home. Defensive back Shawn Piper is returning to help the team bring a championship back to Southwest Louisiana. Piper played his college ball at Louisiana Tech as a wide receiver and cornerback before joining the Swashbucklers in 2006. He was the 2007 league player of the year and a member of the ’07 championship team. In 2007 piper lead the team with 20 touchdowns and 10 receptions. The Swashbucklers season kicked off March 17 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Season tickets are on sale starting at $10 per game. For season ticket information contact the Swashbucklers office at (337) 310-PASS (7277) or log on to www.labucs.com.
Singletary Joins Stockwell Sievert
Stockwell Sievert Law Firm is pleased to announce that Eston Singletary has moved his practice to the firm in an of counsel relationship, effective March 9, 2012. Born in Sulphur, Singletary received his B.A. degree from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1969, and his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1973. Since 1983, he has practiced in Lake Charles, representing businesses, individuals and governmental entities in a wide variety of regulatory, tax, commercial, business and real estate matters. He has worked for a wide range of clients, including both individuals and family businesses, as well as both newly formed small businesses and well established large corporations. For more information, see his bio at www.ssvcs.com.