Legends Memorabilia Opens at L’Auberge
L’Auberge Casino Resort recently announced the opening of Legends Memorabilia, the sixth addition to The Shops of L’Auberge. Legends opens at 10 a.m. daily and offers a variety of sports, music and presidential memorabilia perfect for any collection.
L’Auberge Sponsors Preventing Family Violence Workshop
L’Auberge Casino Resort recently sponsored the People’s Advocate Third Annual Preventing Family Violence Workshop: Breaking the Cycle. The workshop was held at McNeese State University and raised awareness of domestic, child and animal abuse in our community.
Rau and Abate Attend LPL Financial National Conference
Denise Rau, CFP and president of Rau Financial Group, and Eva Abate, LPL financial advisor, recently attended Focus 11, a leading financial services industry conference hosted by LPL Financial, the nation’s number one independent broker-dealer. This event focus is on increasing value to investors. Through the hundreds of business sessions, technology training sessions and continuing education classes at this event, Rau and Abate gained valuable knowledge to help them continually improve the service they offer to clients and operate their independent practices more efficiently.
Memorial Hospital Honors St. John Elementary Artists
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital recently honored students who participated in the Young at Art Program in October. 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. October’s display featured artwork by students from St. John Elementary. A panel of Memorial volunteers recognized second grader Pawan Thind, and third graders Latavia Jack and Tatum Serrette with a $50 savings bond.
Nurse Receives Lactation Certification
Sarah Deese, RN, a nurse in the maternity department of Jennings American Legion Hospital, has successfully completed the examination from the International Board of Lactation Consultants and is certified to provide education to patients regarding breastfeeding. Research shows that breast milk is the best nutrition for newborns, providing all of the nutrients and vitamins the baby needs in their first six months of life. The longer a mother breastfeeds, the more protection she receives against breast and ovarian cancer. “Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. New mothers need a strong support system and I’m glad we’re able to provide that,” Deese said.
Jennings Hospital Achieves Benchmark
Jennings American Legion Hospital achieved the critical benchmark of meaningful use regarding the implementation of electronic medical records— one of the first hospitals in the state to reach this marker. As part of the economic stimulus package enacted by Congress in 2009, incentives were offered through Medicare and Medicaid to hospitals and physicians to adopt electronic health records. Meaningful use refers to certain parameters that must be met by 2014 to qualify for stimulus funds. The implementation of electronic medical records is designed to provide better care for the patient, eliminating written orders to avoid confusion or error, and enabling health records to be quickly sent to another physician or hospital if a patient is transferred for care.
Safety Council of SWLA Names New COO
Joni Fontenot has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer for the Safety Council of SWLA. Originally from Ragley, Fontenot earned a bachelor’s degree in 2000 from McNeese State University and has been an employee of the Safety Council for nearly 12 years. Fontenot is an alumni board member of the Safe Kids Coalition, and a member of the Chamber Southwest – Fusion Five young professionals organization. The Safety Council is located at 1201 Ryan Street in Lake Charles and has served Southwest Louisiana for over 50 years. For more information, visit www.safetycouncilswla.org.
VP/GM Keith Henson Named to CVB Board
L’Auberge Casino Resort is pleased to announce that Keith W. Henson, vice president and general manager of L’Auberge, has been named to the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Henson was nominated for the position by the Southwest Louisiana Lodging Association and was officially appointed by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. His three-year term will begin January 1, 2012. He will be one of 11 members of the Bureau’s Board of Directors, all of who were appointed by various members of the hospitality community.
Winners Announced for Lake Charles Christmas Parades
On Sat., Dec. 3, a panel of judges scored parade entries during the Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration. In the street parade, award recipients by category were: Best Decorated Vehicle, Magical Cajun Christmas by Marci Tweed; Best Specialty Group, Contraband Car Club; 1st Place Christmas Float, First Faith Bible Church; 2nd Place Christmas Float, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park; 1st Place Marching Band, Sam Houston High Pride & Spirit Band. Trophies were provided by Lake Charles Toyota/Scion.
Winners of the Lighted Boat Parade, by category, were: Overall Best of Show, Cayenne, Captain Mike Nodier; Overall Best Crew, My Bud, Captain Richard Cole; 1st Place (21 feet and under), Captains Joe and Brent Vidrine; (22 feet and over) 1st Place, Diana Lynn, Captain John Rentrop; 2nd Place, Desperado, Captain Tony Giaimis; 3rd Place, Lynn Marie IV, Mark Severns. Winners received plaques provided by Fun Radio 92.9 The Lake FM.
Coushatta Names Executive Director of Facilities Management
William “Rusty” Curtis II has been named executive director of facilities management at Coushatta Casino Resort. He has over 27 years of experience in project and construction management. In his new position, Curtis will oversee Coushatta Casino Resort’s physical facilities including management of capital construction projects, major renovations, and systematic maintenance and improvement of all buildings, grounds, infrastructure and facilities. Coushatta Casino Resort is located in Kinder on Highway 165 (I-10 exit 44), featuring over 2800 slots and more than 70 table games. Phone (800) 584-7263 for more information or go to coushattacasinoresort.com.
EDS School Celebrates ‘Polar Express Day’
Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School students from 2 years of age through the 5th grade celebrated “Polar Express Day” recently. The children wore pajamas, robes and slippers to school instead of their usual uniform, and were given a “ticket” as they entered the classroom. They drank hot chocolate and ate cookies and other snacks while enjoying the movie, Polar Express. Afterward, students completed age-appropriate academic activities related to the movie. Two and three-year-olds were introduced to new vocabulary while older children used the words on spelling lists and discussed how the movie related to their “Leader in Me” program.
Cameron LNG Supports Backpack Blessings Program
Cameron LNG employees recently participated in a volunteer event to pack Christmas boxes with toys and other incidentals for Care Help’s Backpack Blessings program, which feeds more than 100 Sulphur area children on weekends during the school year. As part of the Season of Giving Program, the Sempra Energy Foundation provided a $2,500 grant to support the volunteer event with more than 15 Cameron LNG employees participating. Through the Season of Giving Program, the Sempra Energy Foundation supports the dedication of employees who contribute their time and talent to charitable organizations in their communities during the holidays. In addition, the Foundation encourages groups of employees to engage in a service project together.
WCCH’s Benoit Receives Professional Designation
Aleta Benoit, medical staff coordinator at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, has received the nationally recognized designation of Certified Professional in Medical Services Management award. A resident of Moss Bluff, Benoit received this designation after passing a comprehensive exam covering a wide range of knowledge in the field. She has been employed at WCCH for 13 years. She serves as secretary for the Gulf District Rose Society Board, is a member of the Lake Charles SWLA Rose Society, is a consulting rosarian, and is a member of First Pentecostal Church in Lake Charles.
Assistant DA Sworn In
Assistant District Attorney Brett Sandifer was recently sworn in by District Attorney John DeRosier. A native of Baton Rouge, Sandifer graduated from Parkview Baptist High School. He attended Nicholls State University, where he played football and earned the letter athlete award. Sandifer later transferred to Louisiana State University, where he earned his degree in History with a minor in Sociology in 2008. He earned his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law and passed the Louisiana Bar in July 2011.