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Golden Nugget Chef Win’s Landry’s Award

Landry’s, Inc. has announced the winners of its 10th Annual Iron Chef Competition, an annual culinary contest in which the company’s most talented executive chefs from coast to coast competed for the title of “Landry’s Iron Chef.” Out of 31 chefs and 65 unique dishes that were presented to a panel of Landry’s executive judges, Lake Charles’ own Charles Reed of Golden Nugget Lake Charles Country Club was awarded “Best Overall Dish” and “Best Dessert” for his exceptional Chocolate Butterscotch Cake. Chef Reed is a 36-year member of the American Culinary Federation.

Entergy Supports Lake Charles Events

Frank Shannon and Ron Childress presented Mayor Randy Roach with a check for $10,000 on behalf of Entergy in support of several of the City’s community events. Programs such as Downtown at Sundown, Red White Blue & You, and the Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration rely strictly on corporate sponsorships such as Entergy’s. For more information on community events go to www.cityoflakecharles.com.

Reid Re-elected LAMP Board

Richard Reid, VP for university advancement at McNeese State University and executive vice president for the McNeese Foundation, has been re-elected to a one-year term on the Board of Directors of Louisiana Asset Management Pool, Inc. and appointed to the investment advisory panel at the group’s annual meeting in Houma. LAMP was created in 1994 as a cooperative endeavor to assist local Louisiana governmental entities in the investment of their cash balances.


Northrop Grumman Corporation presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to the SWLA Alliance. This donation is the most recent investment to the SWLA Alliance Foundation’s SWLA on the Move economic development campaign.  The current plan of work for the campaign is to address the critical issues facing our region: workforce development, business recruitment, business retention and expansion, regional marketing, and enhancing the regional partnership.

G2X Energy Donates to Family & Youth

Family & Youth Counseling Agency received $50,000 from G2X Energy. The funds were raised at the 3rd Annual G2X FISH-O-RAMA, which was held October 17 at Calcasieu Point Landing. Over 150 individuals participated in the tournament and enjoyed great food, fun, and entertainment while supporting the divisions of Family & Youth. Several participants graciously donated their winnings from the tournament back to Family & Youth.

Walnut Grove Donates to Noland Episcopal Day School

Walnut Grove hosted the 3rd annual Walnut Grove 5K and Nutty Fun Color Run recently. The event raised $5,970 to benefit the Bishop Nolan Episcopal Day School’s Eagle Fund, which is dedicated to enriching the educational experience for EDS students and faculty.

SOWELA Honors Phillips66

The SOWELA Technical Community College Foundation recently honored Phillips66 at the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Southwest Chapter’s Philanthropy Day® celebration. Process Technology is SOWELA’s fastest growing program and due to the generosity of Phillips66 in donating $2 million to construct an education and training facility, the College can accommodate both student needs and employer demands.

Lake Charles LNG Partners with SOWELA

Lake Charles LNG and SOWELA Technical Community College announced a partnership that will make a difference by directly investing in technical education, preparing high school students for well-paying jobs in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and related industries.  Lake Charles LNG has provided a $250,000 grant to SOWELA that will be used to purchase equipment for the Calcasieu Parish School Board’s Lake Charles Boston Academy of Learning, which will introduce new classes required for industry-based qualifications in Process Technology and Industrial Instrumentation.

LAMC Physicians Recognized as 2015 Best Doctors

Lake Area Medical Center is proud to acknowledge 16 members and independent members of their medical staff who recently were recognized in the Louisiana Life magazine by their peers as a Best Doctors for 2015. Cardiovascular Disease: Carl Fastabend, M.D., Richard Gilmore, M.D. & Michael Turner, M.D. Family Medicine: Thomas Le Beau, M.D. & Arthur Primeaux, M.D. Obstetrics/Gynecology: Eugene Fontenot, M.D. & Stanley Kordisch, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgery: Alan Hinton, M.D. & Thomas Ford, M.D.
Otolaryngology (ENT): Keith De Sonier, M.D. & Mark Williams, M.D. Pathology: Reginia Burton, M.D., Stephanie Richard, M.D. & John Van Hoose, M.D.Pediatrics/Neonatal Medicine: Juan Bossano, M.D. Plastic Surgery: Ralph Colpitts, M.D.

LAMC Earns Recognition from The Joint Commission

Lake Area Medical Center announced that it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.  LAMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance during 2014 in the measure set areas of Surgical Care, Immunization and Perinatal Care. This is the second year Lake Area Medical Center has been recognized as a Top Performer.  The hospital was recognized for its performance in 2011 in the measure set areas of Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

McNeese Continues to Rank High in LA

McNeese State University ranks second among public and private schools in Louisiana for affordable tuition, fourth in the state for the best average starting salary for its graduates and fifth for the best college education value, according to SmartAsset, a New York City financial technology company. In ranking tuition in Louisiana, SmartAsset had LSU-Shreveport as No. 1, with McNeese, Southeastern Louisiana University, Grambling State University and the University of Louisiana of Lafayette rounding out the top five. In ranking the best average starting salaries in the state, Louisiana Tech was No. 1 with $49, 400, followed by LSU at $47,300, Xavier University of Louisiana at $44,600, McNeese at $43,600 and Tulane University at $43,100. In ranking the best college education values in Louisiana, SmartAsset again had Louisiana Tech at No. 1 followed by Tulane University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and McNeese.

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    ake Area Medical Center announced that it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.


    Good article, Thanks!