Sunday, May 11, 2014

"Dreamgirls" and better business in Southeast Texas

I have a Facebook friend who must have re-typed most of the program to praise all the cast members for the Beaumont Community Theater’s production. My “review” of “Dreamgirls” is much shorter: You will love it. Some little girls I spoke to at intermission were loving the dresses. My mom can’t stop talking about the amazing singing. It’s a really big show.

Better Business Torch Awards
I attended my first Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust at the Beaumont Civic Center and remain impressed by the large-scale production and packed-house this event drew. Being a foodie, I have to note that guests at the chocolate and Champaign reception were buzzing with talk about bites from the new Sweet Cheeks Macarons, on Boston Avenue in Nederland. The owner says macarons are different from the coconut macaroons we are used to. But, back to the event. With all the fanfare of a marching band, really, one came right through, the night of May 6 unfolded like this:
Entergy Texas, Inc. in Beaumont, Classic Forms & Products, Inc. of Beaumont, and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont and Orange are the winners of the 2014 Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust, presented by Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas during its 17th annual awards presentation banquet.          BBB Consumer Education Foundation, Inc. helped to contribute to the Scholarship Funding that includes all four-area higher education institutions - Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College - Port Arthur, and Lamar State College - Orange.  Proceeds from the Torch Award Banquet and silent auction allowed BBB to contribute toward scholarships for college students across Southeast Texas. Total contributions over the past 17 years now totals $215,000.

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