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JUNE/JULY 2019

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LA FESTA ROSA NAMI WALK TASTE OF TAMMANY

SOCIALIZING THROUGHOUT THE NORTHSHORE


CASSIDY P A R K

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FROM THE EDITOR VOLUME 1 · ISSUE 3 Welcome to issue three of VIP Northshore, our Gentleman’s Issue! In this issue we worked with two men’s outfitters, Jos A Banks and locally owned Perlis to bring you this seasons hottest looks. Special thank you to Mercedes Benz who supplied us with vehicles for our models to pose with and to Adler’s Jewelers for adding that “something extra” by bringing over watches. For our VIP Profiles highlighting gentleman making a difference in the community and in local business was very important for this issue and instead of just one profile we decided on three. Newly elected Covington Mayor Mark Johnson first came to mind when deciding and “the eloquent” experience our writer had with him as she put it is was one she will not soon forget. The entrepreneurial Ballard brother’s and CEO Dr. Domangue of Cypress Pointe Hospital make up our other two spots and from Northshore roots to breakthroughs in the medical field these write ups are ones you will not want to pass up. VIP Northshore is excited to announce our Inaugural Harvest Cup Classic Honoree event “Ms. Polo With a Purpose”. We have gathered fifteen of the greatest ladies the Northshore has to offer and they will be fundraising for this year’s 23rd Annual Harvest Cup Classic beneficiary New Heights Therapy Center. Find out more about each of these ladies and how to donate to their efforts in our Honoree line up. Showcased in our Give, Care, Share is a nation-wide grassroots movement close to my heart as well as many others on my team, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This organization’s support on the Northshore has grown tremendously with each new year and as it does so does the awareness mental illness so desperately deserves. Be sure to check out Give, Care, Share to learn more about the strides this incredible group is making and how you can help them in their efforts. As with every issue we have a beautiful wedding and home to showcase as well as events from fundraisers to wine diners that have taken place all over our Northshore. Did one of our photographers take your photo recently? You might be in here! I think one of the funnest things for me recently has been the phone calls I get from Nothshore residents asking about the events on our 2-month calendar. A woman called me the other evening and left a voicemail, she mentioned she had not been out on a Friday night in so long, but was all dressed up and heading out due to our publication. I couldn’t stop smiling after that voicemail. To our readers and supporters, thank you for helping make VIP Northshore what it has become up to this point, it has only just begun.

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IN THIS ISSUE

JUNE/JULY 2019 EVENTS

7 HRAC Annual Gala

8 Bluesberry Sponsor Party

12 En Plein Air

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13 Mothers Day Brunch

16 Red White & Blue Masquerade 18 Sunset At The Landing 28 Taste Of Tammany

32 Aces Against Anusysms

34 Giddy Up Folsom Community Breakfast 35 Live! On the Rise

43 Ponchatula Chamber Gala

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44 Mother’s Day Out

48 Christwood Health Fair

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FEATURES

VIP Bride - Earhart Harvest Cup Classic Honorees VIProfile - Ballard Brothers Southern Comfort VIProfile - Dr. Domengue VIProfile - Mark Johnson Give, Care, Share - NAMI Men’s Fashion People You Should Know - Amanda Bonura

MAINSTAYS

10 Event Calendar 80 Noteworthy

50 Paiting With A Twist

55 16th Annual Crawfish Cookoff 56 La Festa Rosa 60 You Night

61 Party at the Pavillion

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62 NAMI Walk

68 All Pro Tour Golf

70 Murph Challenge

72 Girls Hope Boys Hope Golf Tournament 73 Raise the Roof Ribbon Cutting

74 Northshore Business Professionals 75 TDEF Luncheon

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78 Chamber After Hours

82 10th Annual Crawfish Cookoff

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Anthony & Eugenia Gangi

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HRAC

Erika Pierce & Margorie Massa

Maria & Jim Fournet

Jeannine & Blaise Saucier

Hammond Regional

Arts Gala STORY & PHOTOS BY KAYLA PARADELAS

Anna Rita & Mike Miller

The Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC) holds an annual event for members who help support their mission of ‘making the arts accessible every day in our community’. With each year comes a different extraordinary theme, this year’s A Night in Havana was held on May 10th. Allowing for HRAC members to step into the arts center thinking they were in a true Havana night. Members danced away to Julio and Cesar Band, tasted a petizers from Mojito’s Bistro and Cuban specialty drinks. Members also had a chance to look at and purchase authentic cigar box guitars. The HRAC reaches out to all of the Northshore to expand the rich knowledge and creativity of the arts to our community. Visit their website to see how you can become a member and attend amazing events like this that help our community grow.

Becki Bradford & Amy Brumfield

Beth Gray & Mini Mothacker

Marilyn Burt & Michel Holly

Frank Divittorio & Lacy Landrum

Linda & Ken Ross

Lisa & Hobby Morrison June/July 2019

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SALADINO GALLERY

Steven & Sarah Federer

Ty Talamo, Courtney Jarrell & Mark Winebrener

Bluesberry Sponsor Party STORY & PHOTOS BY KATIE OSTARLY

George Schaefer & Elle

Catherine & Mike Cooper

Joel Treadwell & Sarah Cottrell

Patricia & Cliff Bergeron

On March 27th, founders of this summers 1st Annual Bluesberry Festival Sarada Bonnett, Sarah Federer, and Sarah Cottrell at the SALADINO Gallery in downtown Covington. The purpose was to unveil the Bluesberry Festivals poster by Scott Ewen. The sun was shining the Abita Brews were cold and live music by Johnny Hayes filled the gallery courtyard, an Alabama native who will be performing at Bluesberry on June 8th. It will be an event you will not want to miss. A music, art and food experience that is fun for the whole family.

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Lauren Fitts & Randy Benefield

Natalie Pearson, Jessica Carter & Lindsey Chevalier


THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GREATER COVINGTON HARVEST CUP POLO CLASSIC RAFFLE $100 PER CHANCE 2019 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC 300 SUV DONATED BY

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019 3:30 P.M. Summergrove Farms - 16191 Highway 40, Folsom, Louisiana 70435 All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Greater Covington and our Community Projects. Winner need not be present. Value of prize estimated $58,910. License: E0004982

Raffle tickets can be purchased at Palm Village Mandeville 2735 Hwy 190 Suite C Mandeville La 70471 P: 985-778-2547


JUNE events June 7

June 9

HOBY Louisiana Leadership Seminar

Tour De Louisiane Viewing Party

12pm, Southeastern Louisiana University HOBY - Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership HOBY’s flagship program, the State Leadership Seminar, empowers high school sophomores to develop their leadership talents to become the leaders of their community. The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society. Learn more at www.hoby.org

9am, Brooks Bike Shop Abita Brewing Company Come by and cheer on the racers! Show your support and share in the spirit. We will have refreshments and libations. Please bring some noise makers (bells, whistles, horns, etc).

June 11 Northshore Film Industry Meet & Greet

7pm, Mandeville Social The June event features special guest speakers Patrick Mulhearn and Havilah Malone. Public officials, investors, business owners, film industry crew, actors and producers and anyone who’s interested in film, are invited to attend

Professional Women of St. Tammany Luncheon

Bluesberry Festival

11:30 Tchefuncta Country Club

June 8th, Bogue Falya Park

Professional Women of St. Tammany will award academic scholarships to 15 deserving women at their luncheon. More than $150,000 in scholarships have been given by this organization to date.

National and regional blues musicians on the Westaff Music Stage, 30+ regional artists, interactive art experiences, a children’s village, an Abita Beer garden, a food truck round up and more! It all awaits you at Bluesberry Festival on June 8 in Covington’s riverside Bogue Falaya Park!

June 14

4th Annual Purple Tie & Tiara Gala

7pm, Southern Hotel Token Of Love Come join us for an evening of fun with great music, delicious food, dancing, raffles, silent auction and more! All proceeds benefit Token of Love Foundation’s Esther Elizabeth Scholarship Fund.

June 15 Louisiana Bicycle Festival

8am, Abita Springs Trailhead Each year since 2000, on the day before Father’s Day, the Bicycle Festival in Abita Springs celebrates pedal power and the creative spirit. The fest features a swap meet, vintage and art bikes, and a short parade/ ride through Abita around noon. Meet in the open field across from Abita Town Hall near the Abita Mystery House. Admission is free for participants and spectators alike, and no registration is required for paraders.

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June 20

June 27

Business After Hours

Business After Hours

4:30pm, Summerfield of Hammond The Greater Hammond Chamber business members are invited to join for special entertainment and art exhibit.

June 22 8th Annual Larry Hartzog’s Twisted Brew Fest

8am, Castine Center In Pelican Park Join the Mystic Krewe of Brew for the 8th Annual Larry Hartzog’s Twisted Brew Festival and Homebrew Contest. This festival will featuring a variety of homebrew and commercial beer tastings. All proceeds from the Brew Fest will go directly to the supporting the homeless animals of the Northshore Humane Society!

Kokomo Stroll

5pm, Downtown Covington Covington Business Association In the spirit of summer, the Covington Business Association presents the third annual Kokomo Stroll on Saturday, June 22 at 5PM! Flip-flops and boat drinks will be a plenty as crowds fill the streets of Downtown Covington strolling from business to business to sample the most scrumptious summer cocktails AND - new this year small plate tastings from top local chefs!

June 29

4:30pm, Don’s Seafood St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Meet and mingle with fellow chamber members, while enjoying appetizers and beverages from Jim Carey Distributing and Champagne Beverage. Sponsored by Hancock Whitney Bank.

Sicilian Festival Ball

6:30am, Mater Dolorosa Catholic School The Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival Save the date for the Independence Sicilian heritage festival Ball. We will provide Great food and open bar by the Crescent. Come help us welcome the 2020 Royalty.

June 30

June 29 Slidell Heritage Festival

8am, Heritage Park The Slidell Heritage Festival will be celebrating its 22nd year in 2019. The festival is a great day of family fun held at Slidell’s Heritage Park while raising funds for local charities. There is something everyone including; delicious food, sensational music and entertainment, art displays, games for the kids, and a fantastic fireworks display.

Independence Day Celebration

5pm-10pm, Mandeville Lakefront City of Mandeville The fun family event takes place on the Mandeville lakefront, where the public is welcomed picnic all day beginning at 10:00 a.m. Food Court beginning at 5:00 p.m. Entertainment on stage begins at 6:00 p.m. with a special patriotic tribute to all who have served and continue to serve in our nation’s military. The tribute will be followed by live music featuring Four Unplugged. Fun, free activities, and the evening closes with fireworks over Lake Pontchartrain sponsored by The City of Mandeville, Lakeview Regional Medical Center - A Campus of Tulane Medical Center, and Baker Pile Driving. The stage will be located between Coffee and Carroll Streets.

EVERY SATURDAY: Covington Farmer’s Market

8am-12pm, Covington City Hall You’ll want to come early to this popular market so you can visit all the booths, pick up one-of-akind, locally-made goods, taste samples from the weekly cooking demo or food truck, and begin your Northshore weekend with live music from the quaint gazebo stage (music starts at 9:30).

“Ralph Strong” Columbia Street Rock N Blues - June 15th

Ticket Sales: 985-892-9949

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ABITA SPRING TRAILHEAD MUSEUM

Elissa Juarez & Chris Smalley

Louis Morales & David Doherty

Anne Hernandez, Barb Borries, & Cyndy Stangbury

En Plein Air STORY & PHOTOS BY JOHN GLOVER

The Town of Abita Springs and surrounding areas with beautiful oaks and waterways have been inspiring artists for decades. In honor of that inspiration, the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum hosted a patron party opening the En Plein Air fundraiser. En Plein Air is the artistic rendering of a painting, usually a landscape while outdoors observing the subject. Artists perfect the form of landscape painting through years of practice and patience. The patron party, which was free and open to the public, brought recognition to many artists showcasing their en plein air pieces in the museum. The artwork on display is held for sale to the general public and a portion of the sale goes to support the Trailhead Museum.

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Courtney Blitch & Geralyn Lips

Susan Guy & Deborah Morales

Glinda Schafer & Al Champagne

Joe & Peggy Zimmerman

Faith Boatright & Caryn Lang

Cynthia Webb, Lucille Golden, & Cindy Pulling


ONE THIRTEEN RESTAURANT

Chasity, Stephen, Bryce & Stephen Jenkins

Francesca Cavero, Lindsey Gresham, Kathy Ramalla & Grace Gresham

Dustin, Olivia & Vivian Sampey

Mother’s Day Brunch

STORY & PHOTOS BY KAYLA PARADELAS

Kristen Calfee & Charlotte Wissing

In the heart of downtown Hammond lies a beautiful restaurant called One Thirteen. Even though this gorgeously renovated restaurant has not even had their doors open for a year they are making big loud steps in the Northshore and quickly becoming the go-to spot for lunch, dinner, drinks, and fun. The restaurant ‘seeks to enliven the senses through an inspired mid-century modern setting, graceful service and new American cuisine that simply tastes delicious.” One Thirteen is openly involved with the community putting on fun brunch or dinner events that has their space packed full. It was no surprise that they would have a brunch to celebrate the most important people in your life - moms! The Mother’s Day Brunch was held on Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th. When it comes to moms they need two whole days to celebrate! Both days were complete with a MOM-osa bar and DIY flower crown tutorials. Take a trip to One Thirteen and experience the atmosphere yourself, you won’t regret it!

Terri & Claire Krousel

Kathy & Delaney Hayward

Briggs & Ashley Bratton

Jenny Lee & Dana Ingraffia

Rhett Young, Rhonda Jo Martin, Miranda & Reagan Young

Candace & Brian Guidry June/July 2019

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JULY events July 3

July 6 Covington Art Market

Sparks in the Park

9am-1pm, Covington Trailhead

4pm-9pm, Bogue Falaya Park Enjoy patriotic music, fireworks, watermelon and hot dog eating contests and face painting for the kids. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Kids’ activities and refreshments begin at 6pm, music begins at 7pm, and fireworks at 8:30pm (dusk).

St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, presents the Covington Art Market, a juried market of visual arts and crafts held from March to November on the first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m

July 18 Smart Womens Day Out

9am, Vintage Court Women Of Infinite Possiblities Why attend? Inspirational speakers, great music, opportunities to network and meet new friends plus you will be helping to support four wonderful community-service oriented non-profits. Additional information and registration: www.womenofwip.org

July 13 Chalk Walk

July 19

The Hammond Downtown Development District and the Hammond Regional Arts Center are thrilled to announce the first ever FREE Downtown Chalk Walk. On Saturday, July 13th from 8:00am to 1:00pm, join us for this fun and artistic community event. Children ages 4 to 17 will create chalk masterpieces on a designated path through Downtown Hammond.

Southern Nights

8am-1pm, Downtown Hammond

Madisonville Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

10am-9pm, City Of Madisonville

Family fun for all with parade, beauty pageant, kids games, contests, music, food and fireworks!

Hotter than Hell, Dusk to Dawn Q50 Race

July 5

8pm-6am, Northlake Nature Center

Food Truck Roundup

5:30pm-8:30pm, Abita Brewing Multiple food trucks are featured monthly, such as Old School Eats, The Quesadilla Company, Frytastic Foods, Rolling Cones Ice Cream, Sweet Daddy’s BBQ, NOLA Mia Food Truck, and more.

Here’s your midsummer challenge: an overnight trail race through one of Louisiana’s finest nature preserves, running 10 hours by headlamp. It’s the 2019 Hotter than Hell, Dusk to Dawn Q50 race, starting Saturday July 13 and finishing Sunday morning, July 14.

8am-1pm, Maison Lafitte St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce This upscale Chamber fundraiser has become the event of the summer social season! This year’s theme is Casino night, 200 guests enjoy a delightful summer soiree featuring southern delicacies from finedining restaurants and a premier open bar.

Sunset at the Landing

6pm, Columbia Street Landing

A FREE concert series on the 3rd Friday of each month, March-October. Sponsored by Heritage Bank, the City of Covington & the Covington Farmers Market.

Let the VIP know where your team tailgates! Submit your company’s LSU or Saints tailgates for coverage.

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July 26

July 27

7th Annual Big Easy Big Heart 5K Run

Northshore’s Finest

Gulf Coast Games

9am, Fontainebleau State Park The New Orleans Mission is once again going nature for 2019. This year’s 5K race will be Saturday, July 20, hosted by Q50 Races! Registration is from 7am – 8:30am, race starts at 9am.

Steel Magnolias 8pm, 30 by Ninety Theatre Tickets: Adult $19, Senior/Military $17, Student $14

Jewel of Madisonville, St. Anselm’s 12th Annual Gala and Auction

6pm, The Castine Center

Jewel of Madisonville, St. Anselm’s 12th Annual Gala and Auction. Car Raffle. Northshore’s popular restaurants, live and silent auctions, Groovy 7. The Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Dr., Mandeville. July 20. Patron Party, 6-7pm, gala 7-11pm, $60. Sponsorships available. For more information, 985-845-7342.

7pm, Fleur de Lis Event Center Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Louisiana Chapter Northshore’s Finest is an event honoring the Northshore’s best and brightest young professionals. The evening is a who’s who gathering of honorees who show exemplary leadership, are active in their communities, and have excelled in their profession or business. The outstanding men and women nominated have exemplified leadership qualities, are active in volunteer roles, or have excelled in the Northshore’s business community. Those chosen will be among the most prominent, influential, and successful businessmen and women in the city. This exciting evening will include dinner, honoree ceremony, live music provided by The Groovy 7 and bidding on exclusive silent auction items.

8am, Franco’s

The 2019 Gulf Coast Games is a one day team competition powered by Crossfit Franco’s. Teams consist of 2 members, Male/ Male or Female/Female. With Divisions across the board we are sure to provide the ultimate test of fitness.

Summer Fun Day

10am, Goodyear Park Bogaloosa Join us for a little fun in the Washington Parish community at The Goodyear Park in Bogalusa this summer. Let’s spark the Magic in this town and join together for a Summer Splash. Show support in small local businesses or advertise and sale your own merchandise/food at this event.

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: June 6 – Trigger Point Workshop 6:30pm All American Healthcare (Covington)

A trigger point is a muscle spasm in the body that people commonly refer to as “knots”. Join us for a FREE workshop to learn how to treat these at home and ease your pain, tension and discomfort.

June 20 – TMJ Workshop 6:30pm All American Healthcare (Covington)

Do you or someone you know suffer from TMJ and severe tension? Come join us for a FREE workshop to learn how to ease your pain naturally and decrease headaches and tension associated with TMJ.

July 18 – Trigger Point Workshop 6:30pm All American Healthcare (Covington)

A trigger point is a muscle spasm in the body that people commonly refer to as “knots”. Join us for a FREE workshop to learn how to treat these at home and ease your pain, tension and discomfort.

Call 985-893-2223 to RSVP and bring a guest! These are hand-on workshops. Light dinner and refreshments will be served

985-893-2223

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BRING IT HOME NORTHSHORE

Joanne Moreno, Tisha Batuk, & Jackelyn Gallo

Johnny & Danielle Odom

Rachel & Laurence de Quay

Red White & Blue Masquerade Ball STORY & PHOTOS BY ANA NEBEKER

Bring It Home Northshore held their 6th Annual Red White and Blue Masquerade at the Harbor Center in Slidell on May 10. Each table contained a lamp bearing the names and photos of the different military groups that they honor each year. Food and libations were served and live entertainment was provided by Voodoo Gumbo. Items were auctioned to support funds for this non-profit organization whose aim is to provide recreational support for children in southeast Louisiana whose military parents are either deployed or deceased. Truly, it is an important thought to consider why this organization’s slogan appropriately says it all, “There for those who can’t be” because their goal is to help alleviate some stress and put a smile on a child’s face by providing involvement in activities during a parent(s) absence.

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Joe & Pat Mangiapane

Samantha & Luis Betancourt

Jeff & Kim Sager

Jack & Jennifer Abney

Kevin O’Neill, Victoria Langlinais & Robert Allen

Marvin Bordelon, Michelle Schellinger & Johnny Odom


Blake Perry, Wayne Brackett & Nichols Key

Christy & Bryan Huerstel

Tim & Sara Hammell

Kevin O’Neill & Mike Gallow

Peter & Katy Bordes

Danielle & Tillman LeBlanc

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POLO PREVIEW

VIP Northshore Magazine brings you Polo Preview, featuring all the fashion and trends of the Polo season. Coming September 2019!

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COLUMBIA STREET LANDING

Kevin Arceneaux, Camille, David, Case, & Matthew Crumhorn

Michelle Crumhorn & Coco Arceneaux

Cecily McLean, Yave & Belinda Oliva

Sunset At The Landing STORY & PHOTOS BY ABIGAIL SIBLEY

Elizabeth Forjet & Karen Conigliaro

Every third Friday of the month from March to October, the concert series “Sunset at the Landing� and Heritage Bank of St. Tammany hosts free entertainment in Downtown Covington. Held at the Colombia Street Landing off North Colombia Street, the singers and musicians start performing at 6PM and end at 9PM. On May 17th, James Killeen, Yave, and the Quartetto Obrigado took to the stage to delight the crowd. These concerts have a relaxing element to them, the music along with being near the Bogue Falaya River is a great way to end the hectic work week and start the weekend on a good note. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and picnic dinners to the concerts to ensure comfortability.

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Rachel & Nolan Brooks

Karen & Sarah Harris

Mark, Liesl, Cullen, Courtney, & Thomas Goscienski

Ken Moss & Rhonda Salvador


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ifelong Northshore residents, Rachel Elizabeth Alford and Eric Joseph Earhart were both dating other people when they met through mutual friends in 2013. They spent the day with friends in the French Quarter, said their goodbyes and went about normal life not knowing what the future held for them. A few years later during Rachel’s senior year at Southeastern, the pair began chatting and eventually Eric asked her on a date to Brady’s, a local restaurant in Hammond. The date went “perfectly” according to Rachel and the two became a couple soon after. They’ve kept in touch with their friends, Megan and Jeremy throughout the years and even attended their Cancun wedding in 2016. A year later, Eric gave Rachel a ring as an early Christmas surprise, asked her to marry him and she said YES! They immediately called close family members to share the great news, enjoyed drinks and a celebration with friends that weekend. STORY BY HALEY MILLS


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achel and Eric have a mutual appreciation for being outdoors, especially if it’s to enjoy a music festival or to spend time w ith their two dogs, Frankie and Natalie. Eric is a Captain on the MS at Port Ship Serv ice and his job keeps him away on some nights and weekends. Rachel uses their time apart as an opportunit y to v isit her parents in Tylertown, MS as well as to let the dogs exercise and sw im in their pond. When she isn’t spending time w ith their fur babies, Rachel is busy w ith her job as a Graphic Desig n Administrator for Interstate Logos and even does f reelance g raphic desig n work on the side. Eric enjoys play ing in local f lag football and basketball leag ues and is ver y involved w ith the Special Olympics. Eric’s brother Josh is a Special Olympics athlete and his f ather, Trey is a team coach and oversees act iv it ies of all unif ied sports and teams in the Flor ida Parishes.

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he weekend of the ceremony began w ith a delicious rehearsal dinner at Coscino’s Italian Grill in Mandev ille. This restaurant is special to the couple because it is also where Sunday serv ice is held for Legacy Church. This is the church that they attend as well as where their off iciant, Wayne Rogers is pastor. Their pastor, his two daughters, their f amilies and wedding part y were in attendance to celebrate the beg inning of the wedding fest iv it ies. March 9, 2019 was a beautif ul spring day, although rain was in the area it held off for their special night where 200 g uests joined Rachel and Eric at The Greystone in Mandev ille to commemorate this occasion. The bride wore a gorgeous champag ne A-line gown w ith ivor y details f rom D av id’s Bridal. The sweetheart neckline, lace details and subtle shimmer of the dress were the perfect combination for this bride, best of all it had pockets! The bridesmaid dresses were different st yles of slate blue f rom Ashley Renee’ Br idal, however the maid of honor ’s dress was a little different w ith lace cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline to set her apart f rom the other g irls. The g roomsmen wore black Michael Kors tuxedos f rom Al’s Formal Wear w ith ivor y shirt s & slate g ray bow ties; the g room wore an ivor y vest and tie. During the couple’s f irst look, Rachel and Eric shared sweet int imate moments before the excitement of the ceremony while the bridesmaids quietly watched in awe. There were hues of slate blue and g ray, lavender and champag ne throughout the wedding décor. The bride was walked down the aisle by her f ather and although she doesn’t remember the exact words exchanged, she said it was one of the sweetest moment s of the night. They exchanged tradit ional vows and white gold wedding bands. The bride’s ring was covered w ith sparkling round and bag uette diamonds while the g rooms was matte f inished w ith milg rain edges.

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he reception was also held at The Greystone follow ing the ceremony. Keith Young’s catered the food described as “New Orleans f air w ith a touch of elegance,” which featured a carv ing station and a potato bar. The wedding cakes were made by Wendy at Sweet Ideas, a private baker y in Robert, La. The bride’s cake was ivor y w ith horizontal stripes made f rom cream cheese and buttercream icing. The bottom tier was a traditional wedding cake and the top tiers were red velvet. The g room’s cake was a chocolate on chocolate Fleur de Lis in honor of Eric’s love for the New Orleans Saints. The bride and g room’s f irst dance was to Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton and then they were joined on the dancef loor by f amily and f riends; there was even an epic dance battle between the g room’s f ather and the maid of honor! Af ter the dancing was f inished, the couple was sent off by their wedding g uests in their brand-new red Jeep and the bride’s mother surprised them w ith an amazing f irework show as they were driv ing away. Rachel and Eric spent the next week relaxing, exploring and enjoy ing each other ’s company among the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN. June/July 2019

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THE DRESS David’s Bridal

GROOM’S ATTIRE Al’s Tuxedos

PHOTOGRAPHER Masters In Love

FLOWERS Busy Bee Floral Design

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Ashley Renee Bridal

CAKE Sweet Ideas MUSIC Rock It Productions

WEDDING COORDINATOR Bridget West

VENUE The Greystone

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Charm by the Lake

Pontchartrain Yacht Club Pontchartrain Yacht Club is the Northshore’s premier historic event location. Since 1967, our clubhouse has been available for your weddings, receptions, private events, fundraisers, and meetings. Members and Non-Members alike can take advantage of our beautiful facility with breathtaking views of Lake Pontchartrain. With a variety of all inclusive packages, we are proud to be Mandeville’s only event venue located directly on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

WWW.PONTYC.ORG

Lakeshore at Jackson Mandeville, LA

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Inaugural Harvest Cup Classic Honorees

The 23rd Annual Polo Cup presented by The Greater Covington Junior League has chosen New Heights Therapy Center and this years beneficiary and we chose 15 women to help support that cause. Meet the Inaugural Harvest Cup Classic Honorees! These amazing women from the Northshore have graciously donated their time and efforts in order to help raise funds for New Heights Therapy Center from now until September 20th. We will crown the Honoree who raised the most at this year's Harvest Cup Classic on October 20th as Miss Polo With a Purpose. Contact your honoree of choice to donate or visit www.harvestcuppolo.com. Ashley Anna Gaudreau

Ashley Gaudreau, business owner and photographer at Ashley Anna Photography appreciates people who can make her laugh. Ashley is located in historic downtown Covington and adores her community. She believes that champagne is always appropriate and almost every occasion deserves a proper celebration. She is the design and marketing coordinator for Blunt Wrap, USA. Ashley loves dining with her friends at her favorite local restaurant`s. She enjoys live music and attending events that bring people together. Ashley participates in multiple charity events each year and is always happy to party for a good cause. Ashley is a mom to three dogs and a lover of all animals. She is an avid supporter of the St. Tammany Parish Humane Society and is very excited to participate as a 2019 Harvest Cup Classic Honoree.

Catherine Cooper

A native of New Orleans and longtime resident of Covington, Catherine is married to Mayor Mike Cooper, has two sons, two daughtersin-law and two precious grandchildren. Most of her life has been dedicated to raising a family and community service. A few of the organizations she has been involved with include The Northshore Food Bank, The Healing Arts Initiative at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, The St. Tammany Art Association, The Three Rivers Arts Festival, Covington Gardens Partnership (Now Keep Covington Beautiful), Habitat for Humanity, a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Greater Covington and other organizations. Duties of serving as First Lady of Covington for the past 8 years, Catherine has been involved in the many projects which enhance the quality of life in Covington and around St. Tammany Parish. When New Heights Therapy Center first started, Catherine lived near the first location. She has enjoyed watching this vital organization grow and thrive into the valuable community service organization it is today.

Elizabeth Westervelt

Originally from South Carolina, Elizabeth graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Retail Marketing. She moved to New Orleans in 2008 and met her husband, James. They decided to plant their roots on the Northshore. Elizabeth works for Berkshire Hathaway and has been selling real estate for six years. Giving back to the community has always been important to Elizabeth. A cause near to her heart is ALS research, and she has raised over $10,000 in honor of her father. She is an active member of the Junior League of Greater Covington where she has served as VP of Fund Development and Chair of the Harvest Cup Polo Classic for two years. She also serves as a Float Lieutenant in the Krewe Of Eve. When not working or volunteering, Elizabeth loves fishing and spending time with her husband and two Maltese puppies, Fergie and Georgie.

Emily Webber

Emily Webber is the owner of Braswell Drugs, and the proud dog mom of Gordeaux Webber. She has a love for traveling and exploring new cultures, in addition to playing tennis and fishing domestically. You can find her at Stone Creek on the courts, or at local restaurants chatting with the chef! She believes that it is important to support the causes that are significant to her community and is so excited to fundraise for New Heights!

Jill McGuire

Jill McGuire is a lifelong resident of the Mandeville area. She currently resides in Old Mandeville with her husband, Barrett. Jill is part of the MOB(mom’s of boys). She has two sons , Jack (14) and Charlie (9). She also has a four legged son, a weenie dog named Griffin. Jill believes the secret to happiness is giving back to her community by serving in many different ways. She is thrilled to be a part of raising money for New Heights therapy as this organization directly impacts so many in our community. In her very spare time, Jill likes to shop, overthink and drive around town in her 1983 Wagoneer listening to 80s music. June/July 2019

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Laurie McCants

Living in Covington for almost 21 years now, Laurie Mccants continues to be driven to success surrounded by amazing employees, a strong faith, treasured friends and family. Her husband Wayne of almost 18 years is both supportive and encouraged by Lauries active involvement in the community. Over the years, this has included the St. Tammany Hospital Foundation Board, the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Board, the Northshore Business Council, St Tammany Leadership Board of Trustees, American Heart Association, Safehaven Foundation Board, and many others.

Lisa Barnett

Lisa Barnett is committed to making a difference in the Northshore community where she currently serves as the President of the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany Board of Trustees, the signature project of the Junior League of Greater Covington (JLGC). She served as JLGC 2003-2004 President and was selected as this year’s Sustainer of the Year. She also serves on the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs, Ursuline Academy Board of Trustees, Louisiana Youth Seminar Advisory Board, Northshore Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club. Lisa is a 2017 Class of Leadership St. Tammany graduate and has also served on St. Paul’s School Renaissance Board and the St. Tammany Chamber West Advisory Board. Lisa is very proud of the Junior League and its leadership on behalf of the Children’s Museum. Opened in early 2018, the Museum has had a tremendous impact in education, the arts, economic growth and development, tourism and family leisure on the Northshore.

Liza Ledet

Dr. Liza Ledet is a graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of Mandeville Animal Hospital on Girod St. in Old Mandeville. Dr. Ledet opened Mandeville Animal Hospital 6 years ago and has become an active member of her community, serving for several years on the Board of Directors of the Old Mandeville Business Association (OMBA) and now as the current President. Dr. Ledet and her team provide a complete range of state of the art veterinary care in a comfortable, unique and friendly setting. Embraced by the local community, they have been voted The Northshore’s Best Veterinarian for the last several years. Helping those that can’t help themselves is something Dr. Ledet believes she was meant do in addition to her daily duties as a veterinarian. She generously dedicates her time and resources to aid many rescue organizations and shelters. Dr. Ledet knows first hand of the strength between the humananimal bond and is honored to have the opportunity to raise funds such an amazing and impactful organization like New Heights.

Louise Brady

Louise Brady has been a Realtor with Latter & Blum, INC Realtors for 23 years, she is passionate about helping people buy or sell their homes. Originally from the Detroit area Louise moved to the Northshore with her husband Pat following his job transfer. The loves of her life are their five grandchildren and the time she spends with them. Travel is another love that Louise and her husband Pat enjoy. Louise has been a board member of this year’s 23rd Annual Harvest Cup Classic beneficiary New Heights Therapeutic Riding Center for 20 years and is excited to continue her involvement with such an amazing organization.

Meghan Garcia

Meghan Garcia is a Talented Art teacher in St. Tammany Parish, with 10 years of teaching experience. Garcia is a lifelong resident of Covington. She received a BFA from Loyola University and attended Charles University in Prague for Cultural Arts Studies. She has worked in diverse arts related jobs in New Orleans, San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Meghan graduated Americorps Louisiana’s first Public Ally Leadership Program, participated in Leadership St. Tammany 2009 and has served on the Healing Arts Initiative for St. Tammany Hospital. She worked as Education Coordinator and Director of the St. Tammany Art Association, creating community arts programming and organizing City wide events. She is past president of the Cultural Alliance of the Americas, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of cultural arts and heritage. Meghan is the co-founder of Falaya Fest in the Bogue Falaya Park and is an active member of the CBA. Garcia is currently running for Covington City Council, District E.

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Melanie Donahue

Melanie Donahue has a solo law practice in Covington. She began her legal career in 2009 working in government, and she opened her solo law practice in 2013. Melanie is a member of the 22nd Judicial District Bar Association, Leadership St. Tammany Class of 2013, and the Leadership LSBA Class of 2014/2015. She serves on the Louisiana State Bar Association & Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee, as well as the Committee on the Profession. Melanie also serves on the Board of Directors for Youth Service Bureau and National Alliance for Mental Illness - St. Tammany. Melanie resides in Mandeville with her husband, John, and their four children.

Reina Solano

Reina Solano spent her earlier years moving around and experiencing new places and cultures until she fell in love with a local bearded pirate and decided to plant some roots on the Northshore, specifically downtown Covington. Reina is a proud mama of two teenagers and an adorable rescue chihuahua, Bella. She puts her heart and soul into supporting the community and empowering other women and if there’s wine, good food and friends involved, well that’s a serious bonus. Let’s be honest, she’s probably bringing the wine! She has already earned the WSET Level 1 and Level 2 Master Sommelier certifications and is working towards more in the future. When she isn’t hanging with family, slinging wine at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, or trying out the hottest new restaurants, Rey Rey enjoys listening to interesting podcasts and checking up on the latest news in astrology.

Sara Sinclair

Sara Sinclair, Marketing Coordinator for The Lakehouse & Maison Lafitte, loves a good party. More importantly, a party with the purpose of giving back. It is fitting that she is an honoree this year for the Polo fundraising efforts. With 15+ years in marketing and event planning, Sara has helped to plan and organize community events in both The Big Apple & The Big Easy. The local charities she has worked with include Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, Junior League of Greater Covington, The OWEL Project, St. Tammany Humane Society & the list goes on. She believes that if you’re in a position to help, you should. Sara says, “I’m in the business of celebrating and when it’s to help others, there’s nothing more fulfilling.”

Shelly Winstead

Shelley Winstead enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering. Shelley is the President-Elect of the Junior League of Greater Covington and also served as the league’s Community Vice President. She began volunteering in college at the University of Southern Mississippi and discovered how much she enjoyed it. For decades, Shelley has happily volunteered for everything from being a roommother for her son’s school, raising money for causes close to her heart and serving at her church. She says that she truly feels she receives more than she gives by volunteering. Shelley is excited about helping to raise money for the Harvest Cup Polo Classic’s “Polo with a Purpose” grant that will benefit New Heights Therapy Center.

Wendy O’Quin-Perrette

Wendy O’Quin-Perrette is a lifelong resident of Bogalusa. Graduate of Bogalusa High School, Pearl River Community College, & Southeastern Louisiana University. After graduating college, she was a reporter for Bogalusa Daily News and covered Bogalusa City Schools & City Council. After leaving the newspaper, she taught fifth grade in Bogalusa City Schools and Pre K 4 at Annunciation Catholic School. Perrette also served on the Bogalusa City Council for 12 years. In which four of those years she served as vice-president and five years as president. She is an active member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church, where she serves on the budgetary committee. She is also involved in many other volunteer organizations including Youth Service Bureau (YSB), Bogalusa Civic League, Ladies of Diva. She is the widow of Alan Perrette and mother of their 16 year old son, Rex Alan. Perrette is the first woman elected as mayor of the City of Bogalusa. During her first term, she has oversaw reconstruction of devastation left by two floods. Now serving her second term, she will assist the State or Louisiana in reconciling the long term financial issues with the City of Bogalusa. Restoring the city’s financial health, safety, recreation, and revitalizing our great city are only a few of her goals as mayor.

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OUR LADY OF THE LAKE SCHOOL

Mary Olsen & Frank Smith

David & Danielle LeBreton

Juan & Anne Nogueira

Taste of Tammany STORY & PHOTOS BY ANA NEBEKER

On May 4, the Taste of Tammany, a non-profit organization held their 28th annual gala at Monsignor Joseph Chotin Center of Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Mandeville. This well-known premier event on the Northshore welcomed their guests with a glass of bubbly and a breath-taking view of the stunningly decorate hall. Cocktails and a gourmet sit-down dinner were served by the finest restaurants in the Northshore. The Bucktown All-stars intensified the fun of the night as they played their music for the patrons and visitors that were dressed to the nines. There were silent and live auctions donated by local business, organizations and artist as well as a spin and win game to benefit the students of Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School. The overall turnout was a tremendous success! We highly recommend you to look out for this event next year and really experience the Taste of Tammany!

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The Ballard Brothers P

aul, Steven and Scott Ballard are three New Orleans natives with an unmatched work ethic and passion for the hospitality industry. From their first barista jobs at PJ’s Coffee alongside founder, Phyllis Jordan, to becoming successful college graduates and businessmen, these brothers gained valuable experience along the way and in 2001 they began building their empire, Ballard Brands, LLC. This hospitality and food service business was founded after their success in operating retail beverage franchises, Smoothie King and PJ’s Coffee, in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Georgia. Shortly afterward, Ballard Brands came up with an original restaurant concept, WOW Café (now WOW American Eats) and their business continues to expand annually. The

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Ballard brothers take pride in their dedication to giving back to the community and have held leadership positions in several organizations, including Fore Kids, Youth Service Bureau, GNO, Inc. NextGen Council, LSU Board of Supervisors, Louisiana Restaurant Association, St. Paul’s High School, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They are also all alumni of Tulane University and are proud donors to the athletic and academic departments on campus. Their Brands are internationally recognized with locations in three countries; however, these Louisiana locals have committed to their roots by keeping their corporate offices located here on the Northshore in Covington.


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even years after starting Ballard Brands, the brothers purchased PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, bringing the company back to the Crescent City from an Atlanta-based hospitality group. PJ’s Coffee now has over 100 locations in three countries: United States, Vietnam, and Kuwait. The company has added several more respected brands to their portfolio throughout the years such as, The Original City Diner, Board House Serious Sandwiches, and Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap. Through their Outstanding Management Group, they manage a Latin-American restaurant, Eloisa as well as Filmore in the Oaks at City Park. Collectively, these brands, along with PJ’s Coffee and WOW American Eats, total nearly 175 locations in both traditional and nontraditional models and continue to grow yearly. Ballard Brands also operates wholesale beverage brand New Orleans Roast Coffee & Tea, which is sold in grocery stores and featured in many local and worldwide restaurants, hotels, airports and convenience stores. The company adopted a farm in Honduras, El Terrerito, as part of their dedication to their PJ’s Coffee “Farm to Cup” promise. PJ’s Coffee Roastmaster works directly with farm owner, Al Lopez, to source the freshest, best tasting coffee beans possible. By adopting and caring for El Terrerito Farm in Honduras, PJ’s Coffee and Ballard Brands show their commitment to doing business in ways that benefit the environment and give back to the planet. In 2018, Garces Group was purchased by Ballard Brands. This Philadelphia-based restaurant and hospitality group was founded by Chef Jose Garces, an Iron Chef and James Beard Award winner. The two groups combined to form IdEATion Hospitality which is a company designed around the concept of providing continuous, innovative and inspired hospitality for all guests. The multi-branded group pairs next-level culinary skills with proven operational excellence for a well-rounded customer experience within their restaurants, events and coffee divisions. In May 2019, the company announced the rebranding of WOW Café to WOW American Eats.

“The new design features a complete restaurant remodel, re-inspired menu, enhanced innovative service model coupled with an experience based on its core offerings: delicious, highquality food and service in a fastcasual dining experience.” After beginning their business with only one restaurant and two coffee house franchises, Ballard Brands now owns, operates and manages successful food and beverage concepts in 30 states and three countries, and we can expect to see further growth in the future.

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PELICAN ATHLETIC CLUB

Celeste Collins & Katie Kabrich

Patty Zipp, Debra DeLony & Kalyn Keller

Betty Chenault, Susan Seago & Becky Huval

Aces Against Aneurysm STORY & PHOTOS BY ANA NEBEKER

On May 1st, Brain Support NOLA held their 10th Annual Ladies Tennis Tournament called Aces Against Aneurysm. Local women tennis players teamed up playing against each other in a fun and friendly atmosphere at the Pelican Athletic Club. A silent auction and resale of lightly used tennis wear were up for grabs. Food and beverages were also served to players. The founder, Rebecca Winchell, a Mandeville local and a mother of 7, survived the fatal attack of a brain aneurysm 10 years ago. She is very thankful to have bounced back 100% from that and has dedicated her life to advocating brain aneurysm education and research. Rebecca, alongside the many women who share the same cause, are out there making sure that no one is uninformed and left behind as they fight the battle of brain aneurysms.

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THE GIDDY UP

Melissa Henry, Pat Brister

Tim Lentz, Beau Killingsworth, Dexter Accardo

Richie Newman, Richard Newman, Jack Loup

Giddy Up Folsom Community Breakfast STORY & PHOTOS BY AARYN STORMS

The Giddy Up Coffeehouse in Folsom, Louisiana loves hosting this one-a-month breakfast for those who have a hand in holding this community together. Frank Richerand welcomes those who are looking to talk about the town’s happenings over delicious coffee and pastries, along with an assortment of breakfast biscuits and other morning delectables, every first Friday of every month. Those from districts near and far travel to Folsom for this time to enjoy a cup of coffee and to talk shop with those they work closely with, and those they seek to network with as well. Some of whom were in attendance at this lively breakfast were Mike Cooper, Pat Brister, and Warren Montgomery. They gave some wonderful speeches via open mic to the patrons of Giddy Up, speaking about the hurdles they have seen the government and community overcome in the past decade, and where they see Louisiana rising even further in the future. It was a productive and jovial meeting of some of the greatest minds Louisiana has as its leaders, and good thing it happens once a month!

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Cain & Jourdana Webber

Kevin Nilsson, Bubba Stipe

Tim Lentz, Beau Killingsworth

Paul & Denise Blair, William Crain

Mike Strate, Larry Frieman

Troy Dugas, Mark Wright, Frank Richerand, Mike Cooper


MANDEVILLE TRAILHEAD

Gigi Lapeyre & Charles Ray

Kayla Theriot & Alex Kuhne

Donna Heath & Josie Fabre

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On The Rise STORY & PHOTOS BY KAYLA PARADELAS

Lynn & Therese Demelo

The city of Mandeville hosts a free Friday concert at the Mandeville Trailhead where locals gather and enjoy up and coming artists and bands from the area. On Friday, April 26th, Mandeville Live! On The Rise was a concert that featured Royal and Sugar Bomb. The beautiful evening was spent by many relaxed in chairs and laid out on blankets while many caught up with family and friends. Children played ball, chased and petted friendly pups, and many splashed around in the Trailhead’s water pad. Bikers stopped for a much needed break for food and drinks set up by local restaurants. Check out Mandeville Trailhead’s upcoming events. You will want to experience what the beautiful community of Mandeville has to offer!

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Heather Paige & Trevor Howel

Kayla Theriot & Alex Kuhne

Will & Kimmy Mixon

Courtney, Henry, Lydia & Steven Rando

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n this series, we seek only the most breathtaking homesteads that Northshore has to offer. From Bogalusa to Ponchatoula, we search hundreds of houses to find out what inspired people to think ‘this is it, this is our home’. But sometimes home is not only the building, but the inspiring and invigorating landscapes on which the homestead resides. This was the case for Patty and Kelly McHughes of Madisonville. Patty and Kelly McHughes found their Madisonville home over 20 years ago, right after their grandson was born. Patty grew up in Bogalusa and attended school at SELU (or SLU as it was known) whereas Kelly attended LSU New Orleans for his future career in civil engineering. The two met shortly after college, got married, and moved around quite a bit with their two sons before finally settling down on the Tchefuncte river. PHOTOS BY AARYN STORMS


“The river was the real reason he wanted the house” Patty said regarding their current home “As soon as he saw it, he started surveying the property to see how much land we had.” The nearly two-acre back yard opens to a panoramic view of the Tchefuncte River, named after the Choctaw Natives who once populated southeast Louisiana. Seeing the crystal blue river as it bends around the landscape was more than enough reason to see why Kelly had his heart set on this property. “Every now and again our friends from the south shore will ask to come up to go water skiing” said Kelly on how his home has changed his social life. The breathtaking view may have been enough for

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them to decide on where to move, but the house itself needed a lot of work if it was ever going to fit the whole family. The McHughes have completed many renovations and annexes to the house over the years, so much so that one could say it is a completely different structure altogether. Originally built sometime in the 1980s by architect Arthur Middleton, the single storied house was very cramped, with a decorative style that the couple felt was too dated for their tastes.


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enny Doster, an interior designer from Mandeville, helped design the new look for the home. The original carpets were torn out and replaced with fine wood flooring, the walls and cabinets were painted eggshell white, and the countertops were replaced with black marble slabs. The white surfaces throughout the house act as a kind of palette cleanser for the rich accent colors of red, blue, green, and gold; which are incorporated into the various pieces of art and decor that accentuate the house. With stunning gold trimmed furniture from Hurwitz Mintz and colorful paintings from local artists like Marilyn Rougelet the interior aesthetic retains a sense of consistency, while boasting a diverse assortment of stunning art pieces. One such piece by artist Michael Wilkinson, an acrylic glass sculpture featuring two people embracing each other is the first to welcome guests at the front door.

The interior look was fairly easy to change compared to the more drastic renovations that needed to be done. Kelly added his own private gym connected to both his office and the master bedroom. The master bedroom had also undergone some remarkable changes. A walled in garden is visible from both the bathroom and the walk in shower, giving the occupant a beautiful view, without having to fear for their privacy. With the help of construction specialist Mark Piazza, the McHughes were able to transform an oversized attic into an entire second floor for their sons. Featuring two bedrooms, bathrooms, a balcony, and a nursery built for their youngest grandson, the upstairs is a work of master craftsmanship. The central room upstairs also features a pool table and TV for entertaining guests. “Every parent wants their home to be the one that kids hangout at� remarked Patty.

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he iconic color palette seen throughout the house is carried into the upstairs as well. The crowning wallpaper features medieval lions, sporting the same color scheme of red, gold, blue and green. Another addition to the architecture was the alcove windows in the main room, giving some much needed natural light to the space. “We had to build the staircase from scratch” said Patty on the construction of the staircase. “We originally wanted to build it in the living room for easy access, but there was nowhere in the floorplan that we could fit it. Until one day I had the idea to put it in the kitchen. That way the boys could walk in, kick off their shoes and just head upstairs.” Only one room remains of the original attic space, yet one could argue it is large enough for a small apartment. “We had to add the cross-section beams on the floor for more support” said Patty while pointing out the engineering features incorporated into the upstairs. The McHughes put a lot of work into remodeling the house, but the property was another project altogether.

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“When we first moved in the backyard was bland and ugly” said Kelly voicing his early feelings on the outside property. “We had to put in a lot of work to make it what we wanted.” Besides the view of the river, the McHughes found very little of the backyard pleasing to the eye. Over the years the couple made extensive changes to the landscape, including planting trees, flower beds, adding statues, and renovating the pool that was already there. The backyard is now a staple for the many parties and weekend getaways hosted by the McHughes, even after their two sons have grown up. Their eldest son Michael who follows in his father's footsteps, is now a civil engineer after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute. Their younger son Kelly, now runs his own company KPM Construction. While both sons keep busy with careers and children of their own, they still make time to visit their parents as often as they can. To this day Kelly and Patty still enjoy hosting family get togethers at their home. Whether it is Jet Skiing on the weekends, pool parties for the grandkids, or just the occasional movie night, the McHughes house has become the perfect setting for many family events. A dream 20 years in the making, it stands as a testament to what a little ingenuity, can do for the right location.


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Shirley Hunt & Peter Nichols

Dustin & Courtney Davis

Megan & Ryan Edwards

Ponchatoula Chamber Gala STORY & PHOTOS BY KAYLA PARADELAS

Ariane Trammell & Tammy Murphy

The Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce is an organization that “promotes and advances the economic development of the Ponchatoula community. Furthermore, work with community leaders, businesses, and organizations to meet the needs of the citizens of Ponchatoula area and Tangipahoa Parish Region.” With being the largest business organization in Ponchatoula many business owners become a part of the chamber for benefits such as promoting and networking. “Joining the chamber means advocacy for your business whether you are present of not.” Members are encouraged and heavily involved in local events which comes as no surprise that the Ponchatoula Chamber Gala was a hit! This year’s event theme was Casablance: Casino Night held at the Chesterton Square in the heart of downtown Ponchatoula. This event was complete with drinks and cuisine from local chefs, music and dancing, live and silent auctions, and lastly professional casino games. Everyone had a great time stepping back into 1942!

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Ana & Charlotte Miller

Bobby Perez & Jennifer Bankston

Charles & Anna Robertson

Lisa Richardson, David Rogillio & Virginia Gilleland

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Chelsea Todd & Denise Manale

Meghan, McKenna & Billy Rosevally

Leah & Leah Edmonds

Mother’s Day H o m e To u r STORY & PHOTOS BY ANA NEBEKER

The 10th Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour by the Old Mandeville Historic Association brought everyone and their mothers out to Old Mandeville for a self-guided tour on May 12. Owners and caretakers of 7 of the historical homes opened their doors to local and distant tourists. The Tour began at the Jean Baptiste Lang House, a Creole Cottage with a rich remnant of how homes were originally built. Tourists got their self-guided booklets from there and headed out to the remaining homes in no particular order. This Annual event was made possible by the Old Mandeville Historic Association. After seeing the alarming increase of demolition and decay of the historic homes after the effects of Katrina, this nonprofit organization aims passionately to preserve and promote Old Mandeville. Encouraging individuals to be donors, becomes members or coming to this event is a step forward to conserve what was to something that is still.

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n 2018 the American Psychological Association released a survey documenting record high stress levels in Americans. This inspired Dr. Chad Domangue, a Neurologist and Pain Management specialist in Hammond, LA, to create his acclaimed YNRC Relaxation Shot. This may sound like a great achievement, but it is just one small step in what this doctor has planned for the future of medicine in Louisiana.

Chad Domangue grew up to a working class household in Houma, LA. His father was a welder and his mother a bookkeeper, so money was tight in the Domangue household, and hard work was something they valued. Chad grew up with a relative suffering from muscular dystrophy. After seeing the care devoted to him by his family, Chad was inspired to study the human nervous system. “I was interested in [computer] coding. Neurology is just biological code.” Chad added that his brother is actually a coder, citing this shared interest as the basis for his unique method of problem solving. Chad finished his undergrad and medical degrees at LSU, and went on to complete his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his fellowship with Dr. William Witt for interventional medicine at the University of Kentucky.

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n 2009 Dr. Domangue founded what is today known as Cypress Pointe Pain Management, a minimally invasive therapy clinic in Hammond. the practice has enjoyed continued success in treating patients with a myriad of physical and neurological conditions.

Neurology, and I was qualified to give a statement. Whereas the counter argument, against the use of medicinal marihuana, was given by someone with a PhD, [an academic] someone with no expertise in medicine whatsoever. It’s that kind of thing that’s stunted a lot of growth in the state.”

One such patient by the name of Gary Goodlett credits Dr. Domangue for giving him his life back. After sustaining a football injury many years prior, Gary was unable to move his head without suffering severe pain. Gary was thus qualified for an Internal Nerve Stimulator, a surgically implanted device similar to a pacemaker, that would transfer signals away from the nerve in the back of his head that was causing him pain. However, given that these pain receptors dip down into the neck, Dr. Domangue stimulated two other nerves in the sensitive region between the spine and base of the skull to eradicate the pain altogether. Today, Gary is able to live his life without pain, and it is all thanks to Dr. Domangue’s reliance on logical problem solving, instead of painkillers.

Dr. Domangue is not just looking to make better treatments for his patients, but to build a better system that treats those patients more effectively.

It is this understanding of the human brain, and how it responds to pain stimuli, that has made Dr. Domangue a world-renown expert in his field. “It’s like an electrician,” Dr. Domangue said, as he explained his thought process. “If your TV isn’t getting power, you know that the problem is somewhere between the output and the source, so I test every circuit to see which one isn’t right. It’s the same thing with the brain, the body, and even with how I run my business. If something’s not right, we have to test every part of the mechanics to see where the problem is.” This, he says, is the reason why he is pushing for remedies such as YNRC and medical marijuana as an alternative to “conventional” medicine. In 2018, he testified as the medical expert before the Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare committee about the potential use of medicinal marijuana as an alternative to opioids in treating chronic pain, and was instrumental in the committee passing the bill. The legalization of marijuana has been a polarized issue in Louisiana for many years, one that many clinicians avoid addressing for fear of it affecting their careers. “There’s no such thing as bad press when you’re challenging the status quo” said Dr. Domangue. “I gave a deposition because I have an M.D. in

“We’re building from the ground up to help the community. Too many hospitals in this state regard patients, staff, and even doctors as just numbers. They care more about the number of doctors in their network than the quality of their practice.” Dr. Domangue discussed how Kava, the prime ingredient of YNRC, is a plant from the south pacific region and one that would adapt extremely well to the Louisiana climate. “Tourism is the only real industry in this state, no one comes to Louisiana to grow medicine. My hope for the future is to produce this plant on a larger scale, and create jobs that do well to help the community.” Dr. Domangue hopes this venture will serve as a kind of testing ground to see how marijuana cultivation could potentially help the state, if done properly. “Asking the state to do the work won’t create jobs at the ground level. It’s more likely that they’ll just let out-of-state companies come in and keep the revenue funneling towards the top. That’s really what I wanted to do with the hospital, YNRC, and marijuana. If we have more local experts laying the groundwork for these industries, we can keep money within the state and our communities.” Helping his community and staff to live better lives is one of Dr. Domangue’s main priorities. He went so far as to rent out a movie theater for his staff to see Avengers: Endgame. Not only that, but he showed me a photo of himself, the hospital CEO, and other staffers dressed in costume for the event. It was fitting to see him dressed as Iron Man. Dr. Domangue and his staff are currently expanding the Cypress Pointe Hammond campus. He hopes that by utilizing the nearby Hammond airport, that his hospital will become a hub for people across the country seeking specialized care. Dr. Domangue has big plans for the future of medicine and pain management in our home state, and I look forward to seeing what he manages to accomplish. June/July 2019

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On May 29th Christwood Community Center invited locals to bring a friend and enjoy vendor booths, health demos, free sample and a complimentary brain-boosting lunch. Celebrating National Senior Health & Wellness Day, Christwood partnered with local experts to bring you the latest on brain health. Attendees learned about protecting their mind and memory while exploring topics like cognitive exercise, cognitive support groups and cybercycles all in the beautiful setting of the Christwood Community Center.

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f you’ve spent any time at all in Covington, Louisiana you’ve come face to face with Southern charm. And if you’re lucky enough to have grown up here you know that it’s the kind of city that lives in you whether you choose to go or stay. You would be hard-pressed to forget the quaint downtown streets lined with gracefully aging oaks, the winding rivers, the rich history, the hometown spirit, and the emphasis on local commerce. We’re the lucky ones here in Covington, and Mayor Mark Johnson sure thinks so. As a life-long resident of our town, Mr. Johnson has dedicated himself to preserving all the things we’ve come to value about living here. He’s also putting in work to tackle the issues that we’ve faced time and time again. He’s the kind of person who would know a thing or two about rainy seasons, keeping our streets and homes above water, and improving quality of life for our residents. After all, he’s not just our mayor but has served our community as a successful builder, pharmacist, coach, and entrepreneur. In addition to his impressive list of professional pursuits, it’s important to know that we are lead by a man who truly loves this city. We’ve gotten to the heart of the matter, right where it all began for Mr. Johnson, growing up in the glory days of small town magic.

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o take us back to the Covington where he grew up, Mr. Johnson sets the scene for Friday night football games, biking to the arcade, weekends spent hunting and fishing, Krewe of Olympia parades during Mardi Gras season, and chocolate malts from establishments long phased out with the progression of time. It was a slower, easier time when everyone knew everyone else. It’s a world that only some of us can imagine as we have settled into our modern day rat race. And yet, Mr. Johnson insists that although times are different now, they have somehow remained the same. “The difference today is not everyone knows everyone. However, what has remained constant are the smiles, the hand waves, and the nods from neighbor to neighbor throughout Covington. Some of the names and faces may be new, but the camaraderie and sense of community remains.” A graduate of Covington Elementary and St. Paul’s, Mr. Johnson has spent years learning and growing in the same institutions that are still active today. He began his professional career as many of our locals do, at LSU, and moved onto Xavier to study pharmacy. When asked why he chose to run for mayor he responds showing his heart, “I like people and I want the best for them. A wide array of life experiences combined with the enjoyment derived from serving nudged, pushed, and pulled me toward elected office.” Growing up in Covington has also given Mr. Johnson insight into the areas where we are weak and what needs change in order to give everyone the best quality of life. “Between the confluence of the Tchefuncte River and the Bogue Falaya, most residents of Covington enjoy a wonderful way of life. However, historically speaking, some of our residents do not. Additionally, during heavy rain events, some of our streets become impassable. During heavy, heavy rain events, some homes take on water. My hope is to preserve the best of Covington, improve those areas that need be improved and to make a significant impact on flood mitigation.” When asked about his favorite aspect of Covington and our greatest strengths, the builder comes forth as he speaks fondly of our downtown area and our historic homes. It is, after all, one of our most charming features. He speaks with excitement about the businesses and residential locations that we enjoy and the sheer variety of experiences that can be shared in our beloved downtown. “Downtown Covington is the gold standard of mixed-use developments ... and it only took us 200 plus years to build,” he comments, taking note of our extensive historical roots. As much as we enjoy our history here in Covington, Mr. Johnson has solid plans for the future. He takes time to recognize that although there are many strengths to living in a town filled with natural scenic beauty, an array of shopping and dining opportunities, rich cultural practices, and an overall sense of security that comes from living in a safe and protected environment, there are still many people in our community that are not able to enjoy these luxuries. “Conversely, many of our neighbors in the historic West 30's do not enjoy that same quality of life. We must work to make our city a great place to live for everyone. Mayor Mike Cooper's administration has laid a solid foundation for us to accomplish both of these goals. My efforts will be to do just that.” He makes note of the fact that although Covington proper is quite small, there are many unincorporated surrounding areas that still tout the Covington name on their mailing addresses. And although it may be a challenge to wrangle us all in to create a joint effort in improving our city, our mayor asks us to come together. Mayor Johnson envisions a future where we can all partake in community improvement and work together so that everyone has a chance at a full life. His message to the community speaks of just that: team work.

" I've been blessed with a

couple of successful business careers, a wonderful family, and 25 years with the Leadership St. Tammany program. I've always enjoyed being involved in the community.

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“I coached Little League baseball for 18 years. Every season started with the same goal: Every player should, through the course of the season, improve in some aspect of his life. For some, it might be baseball fundamentals; others need a boost in selfconfidence, while still others may need that self-esteem tapped down a bit. The needs, the strengths, and weaknesses of each player are different and shall be treated as such. Put each player in a position to succeed. The same philosophy applies to running any organization or even a community. Let's put each person and element of our community in a position to take advantage of their strengths, minimize their weaknesses, and improve upon some aspect of their being. These actions, more times than not, will lead to championships.”

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Crawfish Cook-off STORY & PHOTOS BY ABIGAIL SIBLEY

Slidell’s Fritchie Park hosted one of the largest events of the year on the Northshore April 27th. The 16th Annual Crawfish Cook-off served up over 40,000 pounds of crawfish to over 8,000 guests! More than 50 teams rivaled against one another to be awarded “Best Crawfish in St. Tammany Parish”. Admission into the event included all you can eat crawfish, three local live bands, and vendors who supplied beverages. There was also a Kids Zone with games like bean bag toss for the children to enjoy. The live entertainment included Dana Dufrene & The Velvet Kick, The Bucktown Allstars, and Supercharge. The Cook-off proceeds benefited The Hospice Foundation of the South.

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On May 8th Rosè lovers gathered at the beautiful Del Porto Ristorante in downtown Covington to enjoy a night of PINK! Small bites ranged from lamb kebabs with a lemon yogurt sauce to saffron potato salad with charred octopus and smoked paprika. The watermelon Rosè freeze pops were definitely a favorite! Reina Solano, Lauren Bancroft, Jesse Bastion and Katherine Melerine from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits were scattered throughout the space serving up the best Rosès from all over the world. Three luck attendees won some awesome prizes in the night’s raffle including wine of all kinds and many other fun items. The restaurant was festively decorated for the love of pink and even flamingos could be found scattered throughout the decor. La Festa Rosa was truly a night to remember, one I hope to see happen again next year! You will not want to miss it!

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The world is changing. It is a subtle shift in attitude, amendments to legislature, an uptick in empathy, a change in the way we view healthcare. As we the people begin to teach ourselves to value our mental health in a slow but steady progression, there are those that have tirelessly plugged away at the effort for decades. Right within our own community resides NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We are fortunate here in St. Tammany to have our own chapter of hard-working men and women who strive to not only spread awareness and education but to offer support to anyone who may be going through a difficult time. They have been a stronghold and refuge since 1984 for those fighting mental illness. But even for all of the progress we have made as a society, there is still much work to be done. The sheer amount of individuals living with mental illness, anxiety, depression, grief, and other related hardships, attests to the fact that this is no longer a common condition or even an epidemic, mental illness has become a norm, almost expected in the difficult times in which we live. So why is it that even with the statistics being as high and widespread as they are, that we still have difficulty talking about mental illness, asking for help, accepting ourselves and loved ones in the struggle? NAMI is here to change that. They are not only inviting us to the table, they want all of us to be a part of the conversation, to help understand and advocate for those who need us most. Mr. Nick Richard, executive director of NAMI St. Tammany, spoke with us about their efforts and how we can be a part of the cause. Because NAMI is a nation-wide, grassroots endeavor, we’ve investigated the projects that are specific to our Northshore communities. “Our local chapter, NAMI St. Tammany, was established in 1984 as a direct response to the overwhelming need in our community. Our mission is to increase awareness and advocate for families and persons with mental illness,” Mr. Richard says. In addition to advocacy and awareness programs, staff at NAMI strive everyday to connect individuals with much-needed resources on mental illness as well as provide guidance on how to navigate the behavioral health system. NAMI St. Tammany also offers residential services to those who live with chronic mental illness, and would otherwise find it difficult to live on their own. This project was developed due to the closure of other residential programs in our area in 2013. “No other agency wanted to step forward, so we did.” These programs focus on independent living and the progression towards recovery and self-sufficiency. “Residents are able to participate in daily living activities and recovery tools such as cooking, job skills, and support groups. Our residents discover their self-worth and volunteer in the community and many work part-time at our local grocery stores and other local businesses. With our aid, they are able to reach the level of recovery that works for them.”

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We equip law enforcement officers Opened in June 2018 as the first and other first responders with a phase of Safe Haven, our Peer-Run deeper understanding of mental Day Center provides free non-clinhealth issues by offering a variety ical support resources, recovof resources and educational ery-oriented programs, groups and trainings. These programs guide activities in a safe and accepting individuals to appropriate mental The program helps STORY environment. BY health services and offer support, individuals find hope and inspiraKATHRYN JONES instead of sending them straight tion from others in recovery. into the criminal justice system.

AMI St. Tammany also works closely with the 22nd Judicial 15 8 60+ 14 8 District helping thosefacilities who find themselves in the legal system. employed courts trained agencies But more than anything the team at NAMI St. Tammany places served special importance on creating a future where mental health is just as established 1984 | NAMI St. Tammany | P. O. Box 2055, Mandeville, LA 70470 important as physical wellbeing. In order to accomplish such a thing we first must change the way we view the concept of mental illness and the stigma surrounding it. We are coming into a renaissance of sorts with the way we view wellness. It is no longer a simple one-sided idea but one that comes from a harmony between body, mind, and spirit. And although we accept this as truth, we still find ourselves judging those with mental illness, including ourselves. After all of this time and progress, Americans still find it difficult to ask for help when they are struggling mentally for fear of criticism. And if you feel at all detached from that fact, it happens closer to home than you think. “Here in St Tammany Parish, we have an estimated 50,000 people in our community who are living with a mental illness. The reason awareness is so important is because people do not reach out for help because of stigma,” reports Mr. Richard. This affects treatment and the chances of recovery significantly. “Early intervention and awareness is key in any illness, especially illness like mental illness which can be chronic.” This can be especially troubling for young people such as adolescents who, because of low reporting, often do not receive treatment until 2-3 years after they start showing symptoms. It’s about creating a friendly and accepting environment where others can feel comfortable admitting when they are not feeling well, the same way we would do if we were not feeling physically well. As far as the future goes, Mr. Richard feels the prognosis is fair. “While I think the stigma is decreasing and awareness is increasing, we still have a long way to go. The fact that less than 40% of people living with mental illness receive treatment in Louisiana each year speaks to the lack of acceptance and awareness. The positive news is, more prominent individuals in our society and the media, like this magazine, are putting more time and effort into talking about this issue.”

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in the alienation that comes from depression, anxiety, and other mental 800+ 1,000+ 35 94 illness. If you are one of the manyresidents who struggle, it is not an unfamiliar sessions nights of served clients served concept. “We want individuals living with mental illness and their families shelter to know that they are not alone. We are here to help people navigate | info@namisttammany.org | 985.626.6538 | namisttammany.org the mental health system to access resources and knowledge, helping make our community a healthier place.” In a great act of community and support, NAMI St. Tammany organizes a walk each year in honor of mental health awareness. It is easily their biggest and most exciting event attended by mental health providers and supporters for all over the area. “Our NAMIWalks event has really been a wonderful event. Yes, it is our largest fundraiser, but it is also an awareness platform for mental health. We are thrilled our event participation has grown each year and it really solidifies our message that ‘You are not alone’.” If you are one of the many who would like to stand up and give voice to this cause, NAMI asks only one thing: be willing. Be willing to adopt new attitudes, to accept others, and most importantly to reach out. “We want people to know that recovery is possible and people go on to live productive healthy lives. Our community can also help by being more aware that there is no health without mental health. Be willing to get help when you need it, and be willing to listen and help those that are having a hard time.”

As long as we have organizations such as NAMI working towards a better future, we can look forward to an integrated healthcare system that values all aspects of human wellness. NAMI ensures that all people have access to mental health education and resources by offering them free of charge. “Our core purpose is to provide free educational programs as well as support groups for caregivers and individuals who are living with behavioral health issues. These programs help educate about mental and behavioral health disorders, provide healthy coping strategies as well as a sense of belonging. Annually, we field around 2,000 phone calls from individuals looking for information and guidance throughout the mental health system.” ` Quite possibly one of the greatest messages that NAMI wishes to impart upon the community is, “you are not alone”. It is a phrase deeply rooted June/July 2019

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Beth Farinola, Christina Bodenheimer & Bunny Rivers

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Heidi Rhey & Jerry Cottrell

The You Night participated in the GiveNola Day! on May 7, at the St. Ann Wine Bar in Mandeville. The sisterhood came in with their fancy and colorful headdresses in Tropicana, Havana, and Copacabana style with the theme “Turn the beat around�. This 24-hour online giving event was hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation encouraging the community to support non-profit organization groups. The You Night is a sisterhood support group that empower women who are cancer survivor. They have a series of events that help boost confidence and empower women that have lost their sense of selves after going through cancer by being surrounded by positive and supportive environment.

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There was plenty of family fun this year at St. Peter’s 37th Annual “Party at The Pavilion”. The theme of the fair this year was “Welcome Aboard!”. Located on St. Scholastica’s campus, tons of rides, games, live music, and food were available for everyone of all ages to enjoy. There was also a silent/live auction, a cake walk, class performances, and a talent show. The fair was open to the public May 3rd-5th, and tickets for rides, games, and food were available for purchase in advanced or at the information booth the days of the event. The proceeds raised at “Party at The Pavilion” were used to advance the school’s technologies and curriculum, benefiting the students at St. Peter’s. Kelly & Violet Englehardt

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) St. Tammany is a dedicated organization that promotes resources for families and individuals living with mental illnesses. They have more than 210,000 members and 1,200 state and local affiliates who seek services for people with mental illnesses. NAMI’s mission is ‘to increase awareness and advocate for families and persons with mental health illnesses in St. Tammany Parish. Th mission will be accomplished by envisioning prevention, education, and training as the primary pathways to better services and a healthier community.’ NAMI’s largest fundraiser is NAMIWALKS St. Tammany. On Saturday May 8th over 800 registered participants gathered at the Mandeville Lakefront to raise money for this important organization. The funds raised will help further their mission and the many services they offer. NAMI has many local support groups as well as a free educational program for parents and caregivers of youth coping with mental illnesses. Check out NAMI St. Tammany to see how you can get involved in your community and make it a healthier place.

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The All Pro Tour (APT) and Women’s All Pro Tour (WAPT) is a golf ‘mini tour’ that had a stop right in Mandeville on Tuesday April 16th. Beau Chene Country Club was honored to have the tournament right in their backyard hosted by the Business First Bank Classic. For the first time in twenty four years, the tour has a women’s league with 50 women participating for a chance to move to the Symetra PGA Tour. There was also 129 men playing for a $125,000 purse with participators from all over the U.S. and the world. Some players came from as far as Australia, Argentina, France, Spain, Scotland, and Finland. Sponsors such as Business First Bank, iCommisions, Hilton Garden Inn, Richard & Joan Childers Family, and more were recognized and thanked for their part in allowing our community to be a part of this fun, interacting tournament.

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HEALTHY NORTHSHORE

CHIROPRACTIC CARE

FOR MEN

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most people that a large number of men don’t seek medical care until they are in a decent amount of pain. We get it! Men are strong and are supposed to be tough! But too often men often ignore basic warning signs and symptoms until the pain is too much to bear. If you’ve ever experienced back pain keep reading!

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e already know that a chiropractor can help with back pain by adjusting your spine, but did you know a chiropractor can help men in a variety of other ways? It’s not just about fixing an ailment; it can make you stronger and healthier in many ways, and help you enjoy the lifestyle you work so hard for. Relieve Back Pain – For decades, men have been told that pain, soreness and stiffness are simply common side effects to aging. Pain, for example, is a symptom of your spine being incorrectly aligned. Back pain is the most commonly thought of benefit of chiropractic care. Through spinal manipulation, we seek to realign your vertebrae, thus improving the functionality of your spine and spinal column. Reduced Risk for Health Problems – Chiropractic wellness care for men is more than just alleviating and eliminating pain. A misaligned spine and poor nutrition sets the stage for a host of other health problems. By working closely with our patients, we enhance their overall health and reduce the risk for common health problems. Increased Muscle Strength – Spinal alignment also results in an increase of muscle strength in your back. With everything properly aligned, the muscles, ligaments and bones can work with the strength and support they were originally intended to have. Better Sleep – Sleep related issues can often be linked back to stress and pain. If you address these issues through chiropractic care, you can improve the quality of your sleep dramatically.

Improved Posture – An additional benefit of chiropractic adjustment is improved posture. As we work to realign your spine, and the muscles gain strength from proper use, your posture will reflect the effort. Relieve Joint Pain – We can help make adjustments to more than just your spine. If you suffer from joint pain as a result of a previous injury, we can make adjustments to provide you with relief and improvement of movement. Maximize Range of Motion – Chiropractic care can help a man maximize his personal range of motion in two ways. First, as previously mentioned, chiropractic adjustment would improve range of motion by strengthening a man’s core muscles and aligning his foundational structure (spine). Second, chiropractic works to relieve any pain that would otherwise restrict motion. Health Advice – Chiropractic is about more than simply aligning the spine. We take a holistic approach to medicine. We incorporate chiropractic with massage therapy and physical therapy to provide a well-rounded care plan for our patients. By being medically integrated, we are able to further treat patients to provide support and advice regarding the best choices a man can make when it comes to his health. Should I have an assessment? If you’ve never had a health assessment, now is the time! Each vertebra in your back affects several parts of the body and chiropractic care can help identify and pinpoint underlying issues. This is an opportunity for all males of all ages and fitness levels to discover the countless benefits of chiropractic care! It’s time to live your best life.

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Murph Challenge STORY & PHOTOS BY ANA NEBEKER

The JFK Martial Arts of Covington brought adults and kids who are into fitness to commemorate Memorial Day through the Murph Challenge. This Memorial Day tradition is an intense work out that takes place every year throughout the entire country in honor of the fallen war hero Lt. Michael P. Murphy. Lt. Murphy, alongside four of his Navy SEAL team, was severely wounded in a battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2005. He made a courageous choice to put himself out in the open and risk his life to relay their position and call for help- in the end there was only one survivor.

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The participants have raised funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps wounded veterans. Fathers, sons, mothers and daughters sweat it all out and cheered each other on to finish the Murph Challenge. The physical and emotional hardship that our fallen heroes and their families have gone through is unparalleled, however, memorializing and giving back to a cause like this is another way of saying “Thank You.�

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COMMUNITY HEALTH

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former high school shot put champ, college football player, coach and Army lieutenant, Jimmy Barrilleaux had always been strong and healthy – until a routine visit to his primary care doctor showed his PSA levels were high.

After 12 biopsies displayed cancer, Dr. Graham discussed both surgery and radiation as accepted therapies for prostate cancer treatment. Barrilleaux and Bonnie, his wife of 44 years, agreed to attack the cancer with the same tenacity he exhibited as an athlete and soldier.

A PSA test, the most common screening tool for prostate cancer, measures a protein in the blood called prostate specific antigen. A high PSA level can be the first sign of prostate cancer.

“I said, ‘Let’s get it done. I’m ready now,’” Barrilleaux recalls.

Barrilleaux’s doctor, internist Charles Ducombs of Northshore Internal Medicine Associates in Hammond, discovered during an annual wellness visit that his PSA level was high and referred him to urologists at Northshore Urological Associates. Drs. Stephen M. Graham and Brad M. Lake, along with Nurse Practitioner Kimberly L. Marcel, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of male and female urinary tract disorders and the male reproductive system, including prostate cancer. The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid which nourishes and transports sperm. In its early stages, prostate cancer usually has no symptoms. When it’s more advanced, signs and symptoms may include trouble urinating, decreased force in the stream of urine, blood in semen, discomfort in the pelvic area, bone pain and erectile dysfunction. About one man in nine will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, making it the most common cancer in men, other than skin cancer. This year, about 174,650 new cases will be diagnosed and more than 31,600 deaths will be due to prostate cancer. But caught early, most will not die from it. In fact, there are 2.9 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States today. In general, screening is recommended for men beginning at age 50. Those with risk factors, like family history, obesity, age and race (African-Americans are at higher risk), are usually advised to begin testing earlier than this. Both Barrilleaux’s father and brother had prostate cancer.

Graham assisted Dr. Lake, who is trained in the da Vinci Surgical System, in the robotic surgery. “Mr. Jimmy’s surgery was a little tougher than most due to the size of his prostate,” Dr. Lake explains. “But we took our time and were able to deliver him a great surgery with a speedy recovery.” The Barrilleauxs were pleased with the results. “North Oaks is so fortunate to have Dr. Lake, someone who does robotic surgery. We (the community) used to have to go to Baton Rouge or New Orleans for this type of treatment,” Mrs. Barrilleaux says. After two days in the hospital, a resilient Barrilleaux returned to his part-time job at Ross Downing Cadillac within two weeks. Today, he has beat cancer and has regular six-month checkups with Dr. Lake. “Mr. Jimmy is doing fantastic and is cancer-free. He is enjoying life knowing his cancer has been taken care of,” Dr. Lake observes. “He has no side effects from surgery and tells me every visit how pleased they have been through the entire process.” Last year, Barrilleaux, 71, was recognized as honorary captain in the Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University football game in Baton Rouge, where he played offensive guard in the 1960s. Because of the family history, the Barrilleauxs have encouraged their son to get regular check-ups. They agree that “staying on top of it” and awareness are the keys to early detection.

“Mr. Jimmy is doing fantastic and is cancerfree. He is enjoying life knowing his cancer has been taken care of,” Dr. Lake observes. “He has no side effects from surgery and tells me every visit how pleased they have been through the entire process.”

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“Make that first appointment,” Barrilleaux recommends. “And make sure you get a guy like Dr. Lake.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call Northshore Urological Associates at (985) 230-7860 in Hammond or (225) 686-4960 in Livingston. June/July 2019

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BEAU CHENE COUNTRY CLUB

Mike Hall & Samuel Pons

Ryan Mears, Buster Finney & Chuck Wattigny

Carlos Almeida & Mark Quigley

Boys Hope Girls Hope GOLF TOURNAMENT STORY & PHOTOS BY ANA NEBEKER

Kelley Engman & Chris Kenny

The Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans held their 32nd Annual Golf Tournament on May 6, at the Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville. It was nice and warm at the greens as the competition began with a shotgun start and ended with an awards and dinner served by the best restaurants in town. A special tribute given to the honorary councils, Mr. & Mrs. Ron and Sandy Patron for their unconditional love and support to this cause. This faith-based, family oriented, nonprofit organization has helped raise and support academically motivated middle and high school students who are facing barriers such as poverty and other challenges. Recipients get to live in either of the two residential homes and receive scholarships in private schools in the Greater New Orleans area. The Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans have been shaping lives in a holistic approach focusing on every scholar one whole person at a time.

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RAISING THE ROOF FOR CHARITY

Keith & Susan West

Sarah Ertz & Corrinn Fisher

Staci Arceneaux & Tracy Randazzo

Raising the Roof STORY & PHOTOS BY KAYLA PARADELAS

Raising the Roof for Charity holds an annual project that builds a home whose proceeds go to local charities. Th Northshore Home Builders Association puts on this project every year through help of our entire community. This year’s builder is Keith West of West Custom Homes who humbly gives credit to the success of the house to the many people and companies who also donated their time, supplies, or money for the completion of this amazing charity project. Keith is a past president for NHBA and has spent countless hours organizing, planning, and building the home. The benefits will go to Habitat for Humanity St Tammany West, North Oaks Health System (North Oaks Foundation), and New Orleans Mission. Winning a gorgeous home and being able to give to the community, what more could you ask for out of a charity project?

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Northshore Business P rofessionals STORY & PHOTOS BY ABIGAIL SIBLEY

The Northshore Business Professionals hosts quarterly events for local businesses to network and learn about topics that are faced in the business world. Sheila Gunderson and Misty Lopez are Vice Presidents of the organization and the hostesses of this quarters event on May 23rd at the Old Rail Brewing Company. Subjects that were discussed included encouragement for women in the workplace, business relationships, and networking. David Kiviaho, founder and C.O.O. of Kiisa Corporation, was the evenings guest speaker. The purpose of the the Northshore Business Professionals is to empower and inspire fellow business owners, to successfully network among each other, and establish community connections.

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Misty Lopez, Tina McCarthy & Sharon Cappony


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William Crain, Elizabeth Reno, Gary Stanga

Donna Dardar, Steve Leon, William Crain

Carissa Husser, Kellie Turnage, Andrea Wheat

Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation Luncheon STORY & PHOTOS BY AARYN STORMS

Mark Duconig & Brandon Long

The day was buzzing with excitement as business professionals from all around Tangipahoa Parish gathered at Southeastern Louisiana University for the annual TEDF Luncheon, which was hosted in the Student Union Grand Ballroom. In partnership with the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, this lively business event was not to be missed! The theme and focus of this year’s annual luncheon was “Small Town to Big Time: Tangipahoa Parish Goes Global,” putting the spotlight on the worldwide impact of businesses born right here in the heart of Tangipahoa. Keynote speakers included Smitty’s Supply, a company that originated in Roseland and has since gone worldwide with their product sales, and Inner Parish Security Corporation, who was the presenting sponsor for the event. There is a reason that Tangipahoa one of the fastest growing parishes in the state of Louisiana, and its charm shines through the businesses and business owners who thrive here. The Greater Hammond Chamber hosted a fabulous luncheon, and we are already looking forward to the one next year!

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Bonura STORY BY HAYLEY MILLS

A great deal can be said about a person that gives their valuable time and energy in service to other people. Volunteering is about helping those who have been through struggles, helping those that can’t help themselves and it comes from the heart. Amanda Bonura of Amite, Louisiana, has one of the most compassionate and caring hearts around. She began her volunteering journey at American Red Cross in 2014 and later began working with New Life Missions Outreach in 2016. She has since been named Assistant Director of missions with New Life. Amanda, her husband Joshua, and their two kids have a family motto, “We are blessed to be able to bless others.” Her family is also very active in these volunteer projects and they try to give back to their community by helping with emergency needs and through the power of prayer. Her 15-year-old daughter, Destanie, enjoys volunteering at the distribution center and helping to package items for individuals in need while her 12-year-old son, Josh, enjoys volunteering at the warehouse to help package and ship items needed for disaster relief around the world. New Life Mission Outreach Ministry is extremely involved in all aspects of hurricane relief when necessary. They begin with the distribution of emergency supplies by foot to families that were affected, and afterwards they begin the case management of individual families in need of further assistance. Based on their individual needs, New Life reaches out to networks of volunteers to send crews that will help gut the ruined houses and assist with rebuilding them. Once the homes are ready to be rebuilt, the

organization collects building supplies to help with the process along the way. Eventually, the families are ready to move back in and are provided with furniture and household supplies to bring a sense of normalcy and comfort back into their lives. New Life has grown tremendously over the years. They began with a small distribution center located in Loranger, LA, where they have served over thousands of individuals in the surrounding communities. They now have attained a warehouse in Independence, LA, where disaster relief supplies are shipped to millions of people all over the world. This organization has been able to send life-changing emergency items to Haiti, Columbia, Venezuela, Honduras, and many other countries that have experienced natural disasters around the globe. Amanda and the other volunteers truly believe that God has led them to be able to reach and help not only the local communities but people all over the world. “We like to say that we are there through each phase an individual goes through during the recovery process. We could not do any of this without the support we have gathered from our community. We are 100 percent non-profit and every donation that we receive goes to helping those less fortunate. The volunteers that dedicate their time, the donations and the many organizations that we work closely with all play a huge part in how New Life Missions can keep doing God’s work.”

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Todd Whalley, Shannon Lipps & Joel Treadwell

Katelyn Markovits & Dalyce Burvant

Daniel Calmes, Rick Clasen & Rebecca Ferran

Business After Hours STORY & PHOTOS BY KAYLA PARADELAS

Sponsored by Stirling Properties and hosted by St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours was a fun and sociable event held on May 23rd at the Retreat at River Chase in Covington. After work, members along with non members were invited to come out to network, build report and relationships to help grow their businesses. The Retreat was packed with everyone enjoying appetizers from Jim Carey Distributing and beverages from Champagne Beverage. The St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce’s mission is “to strengthen the business climate, promote community development and enhance the economic vitality of the region”. If you’re not a member of this vast organization I would encourage you to check them out so you can become part of networking events such as this!

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NOTEWORTHY

WOW American Eats Celebrates Ribbon Cutting in Covington Seth Bleakley named Member Relations Manager The Greater Hammond Chamber is pleased to welcome Seth Bleakley as Member Relations Manager starting May 6. “Seth's understanding of the Greater Hammond Chambers' mission, his skill set and knowledge of Tangipahoa Parish will help him succeed in his new role" President and CEO Melissa Bordelon said. "I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about our Greater Hammond Chamber members! Having a more behind the scenes and an internal view to add on to what I have already experienced as an active member, is going to allow me to better serve our members and community,” Seth said. After much anticipation, Wow American Eats opens in Covington with an updated look & modern features. Founded in 2001, in Covington, the Ballard Brothers are now back where they started.

Ribbon Cutting for $400,000 Charity Raffle Home

On Thursday, May 2, there was an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held for the Raising the Roof for Charity Home. The Home is built by Northshore Home Builders Association (NHBA) Immediate Past President Keith West of West Custom Homes and is valued at $400,000. The Raising the Roof for Charity Home benefits deserving local charities: Habitat for Humanity – St. Tammany West, New Orleans Mission, and the North Oaks Foundation. Raising the Roof for Charity Foundation has distributed over $5 million to local charities since 1994. Each year, NHBA members pool their time and talents to design and build a home of exceptional quality to benefit the community.

Seth will focus on member support, retention and new member relationships. He will join President and CEO Melissa Bordelon in outreach efforts throughout the region. He will also serve as a liaison to the Greater Hammond Chamber's Small Business Committee and Young Professionals Committee.

Lakeview Regional Volunteer Event Pays Tribute To Exceptional Service

Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, recently hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville, honoring its 73 devoted volunteers who have worked a total of 20,746 hours. Each volunteer received a pin for service hours performed, as well as a gift from Lakeview Regional. “We sincerely appreciate our volunteers for the time, care and hospitality they provide to our patients and their loved ones,” said Hiral Patel, Lakeview Regional’s CEO. “Their role in providing our patients with an exceptional experience helps ensure we are providing the highest quality care and contributes to our future success.” At the luncheon, donations were presented to various charities within St. Tammany Parish, with recipients being determined by a vote of the auxiliary members.

Healing Arts Initiative Seeks Submissions for Rotating Gallery Exhibit St. Tammany Hospital Foundation Healing Arts Initiative seeks submissions of original artwork for the summer 2019 rotating gallery exhibit at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Applications are due June 14. “Just as the incorporation of healing arts has become a core component of the hospital’s healthcare delivery model, the rotating gallery series has become the heart of our Healing Arts Initiative,” said Nicole Suhre, St. Tammany Hospital Foundation executive director. “These exhibits not only promote a healing environment, but also allow us to build relationships with the local artist community and secure new works of art for the Foundation’s permanent collection.” Applications for the rotating gallery, which takes place from July 23 to Sept. 27, are due by June 14, 2019. The Healing Arts Initiative requests artwork that creates a peaceful, restorative and healing atmosphere. The artwork presented in the galleries must complement the healing process, reduce stress and provide a pleasant distraction to all who encounter it. Healing arts galleries will be located on the first floor Education hallway off the main lobby, gift shop hallway and radiology hallway on the first floor. More information and applications can be found at www.sthfoundation.org/HAgallery. For more information, email HealingArts@stph.org.

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Lakeview Regional observes National Stroke Awareness Month Louisiana Department of Health Awards STPH The Gift Shining Star Louisiana Department of Public Health Gift Shining Star has conferred upon St. Tammany Parish Hospital its highest designation within The Gift program. The Gift is a quality improvement initiative and hospital designation program through the Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health – Bureau of Family Health. Louisiana birthing facilities that achieve rigorous standards of performance in outcomes and participation as defined by the program are eligible for either Gift or Gift Shining Star designation.

Michael Taylor always enjoyed walking in his garden and spending time outdoors. A 65-year old man, he took medications and followed a doctor-prescribed diet – but even the best practices can fail. On the morning of March 20, Michael collapsed in his garden.

Birthing facilities are reviewed for their performance on specific maternity care practices and policies that are aligned with the evidence-based, internationally recognized Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding from the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. St. Tammany Parish Hospital earned the Baby Friendly designation in 2018.

During May, National Stroke Awareness Month, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, is sharing the story of stroke patients like Michael to remind patients that every second counts when a stroke occurs. The best chance for full recovery comes when recognizing the symptoms and calling 9-1-1, which is exactly what Michael’s wife did that morning.

Additionally, LDH assesses hospitals for their degree of participation in quality improvement activities and implementation of available patient education materials. Policy development, education of staff, patient education and provision of discharge resources for breastfeeding mothers are key components of the program.

The Lacombe Fire District EMS quickly responded and indicated he had suffered a stroke. The Taylors asked EMS to take him to the closest emergency room, assuming that would be the best option. However, the EMS team advised that Lakeview Regional is a certified Primary Stroke Center, and they decided to transport Michael there.

“We are thrilled to join the family of birthing facilities in the state that have received The Gift Shining Star designation,” said Cindy Ingram, director of women’s and children’s care at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. “This achievement demonstrates our team’s commitment to offering quality, patient-centered care and highlights improvements our hospital has made to help produce better outcomes for all mothers and infants.”

As he arrived, a team of doctors and nurses were waiting for him, standing outside ready to help the second they could. “Having this team of people waiting for me impressed on me immediately that I was in the right place,” Michael said. “I knew at that moment that I was going to get the best care possible.” “Code Purple,” the stroke protocol procedure, was activated en route to Lakeview Regional, and the lifesaving drug tPA was administered only 38 minutes after the stroke. “This was my first time at Lakeview Regional and I was so comforted by every single person who administered care to me, especially Dr. Laurie Lawrence and ER staff,” Michael said. “Each person introduced themselves, helping to put me at ease. They explained every procedure, every needle stick, every test. The nursing staff was so caring to me and my wife, and having that level of communication made a scary situation less scary.”

The Gift is an evidence-based designation program for Louisiana birthing facilities designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care. The Gift Shining Star designation indicates STPH’s excellence in meeting national and international quality measures and standards of care. “Our goal is to provide mothers and babies with the very best information and tools at this crucial moment in their lives and we are able to do so through valuable hospital partners like St. Tammany,” said Marci Brewer, State Breastfeeding Program Manager, Bureau of Family Health. “The Gift program encourages continued progress toward the pursuit of the international designation, Baby-Friendly, a global initiative to promote hospitals and birthing centers that offer optimal care in lactation services.”

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Michael was released from the hospital with zero deficits. “God and grace took me to Lakeview that day, I feel blessed that I received my care there,” he said.

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ST. PAUL’S

Allison Kingsmill & Brett Lozes

Emily, Kory, & Kennedy Stephens

John, Caroline, Patrick, & Ellie d’Hemecourt

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Crawfish Cook-Off STORY & PHOTOS BY PAIGE KIRKLAND

April 13th, St. Paul’s Alumni Association held the 10th Annual Crawfish Cook-Off; the weather was perfect and so was the food. With a plate of crawfish in one hand and a drink in another, there wasn’t a better way to spend part of the weekend. This year’s event raised money for Hope House, along with Saint Paul’s School, and the Alumni Association. An entry fee covered all you can eat crawfish from each booth. The boil competition had sponsors from 30 teams with 800 pounds of crawfish to be eaten. In the end everyone left full, happy, and ready for next year!

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