Nov. 10, 2015 03:54 PM

Lourdes Foundation held its fourth annual Soiree in the meditation gardens at Our Lady of Lourdes in late October. More than 400 guests attended the event for an evening of skyhigh delights and flight of fancy for a good cause. Patrons made direct donations to Lourdes Foundation outreach ministries like St. Bernadette Clinic and Northside High Health Center or purchased chances to win a surprise weekend fly-away trip leaving the very next day. Tracey and Tory Gunderson were the big winners of the secret trip for four to Andell Inn on Kiawah Island, S.C.

1. Michelle Killeen, Yvette Davis, and Renee and Richard Helmer

2. Drs. Aleicia and Chancellor Donald

3. Elisabeth Arnold, Jenny Baudoin, Kristen Wilson, Jeigh Stipe, Jennifer Trahan, Kylie Tahana and Hunter Trahan

4. Tracey Gunderson and her husband Tory won the surprise fly away trip to Kiwah Island, S.C.

5. Spencer Racca

6. Allison El Koubi, Donna and Greg Landry, and Jason El Koubi

7. Lourdes Meditation Garden (event design by Ted Viator)

8. Sister Uyen Vu, Doug Taylor, Sister Betty Lyons (seated), Dr. Margarida Vasques, and Sisters Catherine Luu and Barbara Arceneaux


The La Marquise ballroom was filled with more than 500 physicians, hospital employees and supporters of Lafayette General Health System during its annual gala Oct. 15. The gala is hosted by the Lafayette General Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the local hospital system. The swank affair’s theme, “Healthcare Heroes of Acadiana,” honored heroes connected to the local hospital system, including Acadian Ambulance for its response to the Grand Theatre shooting.

1. Dr. Natalie Harder, Ashley and Joe Zanco, and Zack and Stephanie Landry

2. Paul Molbert, Allen and Sally Meadows, Alicia Molbert, Mary Guidry and Matt Dugas

3. Edwina and Raymond Mallery

4. Tiffany Landry-Young, Trish Guillot, Casi Hammer, Joelle Guidry, Dr. Julie Broussard, Samantha Cormier and Nicole Sonnier

5. Bryant and Brenda Poche (top) with Danny and Renee Nugier

6. The event at La Marquise brought out supporters for the Lafayette General Foundation

7. David Callecod and Cian Robinson

In his informative presentation Oct. 15 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, economist Loren Scott gave his predictions for how the state and local economies will perform over the next two years. Scott told the audience at ABiz’s annual Entrée to Business Breakfast that a barrel of oil will likely average about $55 in 2016 and $60 in 2017, at times hitting potential lows of $30 and highs of $90 — though he stressed the extreme difficulty in accurately assessing what the future holds for this now-highly volatile commodity. The event is presented by IberiaBank and Dwight Andrus Insurance; additional sponsors include Cox Business, One Acadiana, Cane River Pecan Company, Andrus Boudreaux Complete Title and Vidox Motion Imagery. View Scott’s full report online at acadianabusiness.com.

1. Monte Danos

2. Derrick Malbrew, Kelly Dugas, Dave Beasley, James Smith, Lewis Lemoine, Joan Dubuisson, Judge Marilyn Castle, Meri Burroughs and Alex Lazard

3. Janice Landry, Amy Simon, Angela Morrison, Tina Breaux and Cinnamon Beaugh

4. Jason El Koubi, Jady Regard, Loren Scott, Jerry Vascocu, David Andrus, Steven Ramos, Christopher Allain and Monte Danos


Global Data Systems Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its new international headquarters at 310 Laser Lane in Lafayette. After 28 years in business, GDS (No. 37 on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Private Companies in the region) also has office locations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lockport and Houston. The new corporate headquarters located in LEDA’s Northpark Technology Center is home to the state’s only Gen 2 modular data center and commercial satellite teleport with a redundant CLEC telecommunications infrastructure.

1. Gregg Gothreaux, Chuck and Caroline Vincent, Chris and Gretchen Vincent and Leslie Daigle

2. Gregg Gothreaux and Chris Vincent

3. Chuck and Caroline Vincent

4. Mark Ditsious

5. Sharon Landry, Gretchen Vincent and Michelle Clement

6. Chuck Vincent, Jamie Guidry, Ned Fasulo and Stacey Zawacki

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