You wouldn’t know it from the adorable faces, but we had to coax smiles out of a few of our winners during their photo shoot. It seemed being in a strange place with bright lights and new faces was a little uncomfortable. Who knew?! In the end, our champion photographer, Shonda Manuel, managed to get a perfect shot. We’ve included the winner photos and a several of the Cutest Baby entries throughout our baby section. We appreciate the support from OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital for sponsoring our Cutest Baby contest, and for the SWLA community for voting on our Facebook page to choose the winners.
From babies to weddings (wait, shouldn’t it be the other way around?), our Last Minute Wedding Guide gives a run-down of the "must do’s” for your "I Do’s”. For wedding favors, my favorite is the personalized CD: create a soundtrack to your wedding and share with wedding guests. Music is a powerful way to relive the moments, from the bride’s entrance to when Uncle Frank lets loose on the dance floor! Check out our tips and feel free to pass along to a frazzled bride-to-be.
First Person highlights Doug Gehrig, owner of 11 McDonald’s restaurants in Calcasieu Parish. In the story, Gehrig talked about his motivation for giving back to the community. He gives to so many organizations, we didn’t have room to print them all, but they are all deserving of recognition, including his support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA, the Children’s Museum and Children’s Miracle Network. McDonald’s of SWLA was a presenting sponsor for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Tournament last summer in Sulphur. His efforts aren’t just monetary. Annually he works with Tyson Foods to help give 30,000 pounds of chicken to Abraham’s Tent, along with numerous other food pantries. His commitment and reach to help those in need is inspiring.
The May issue is packed with so much more, including Front-Porch Sittin’ at Lloyd’s Country Store – a definite must read – so pick up a copy and read on your own front porch, and when you do, drop us a note here or on our Thrive Facebook page and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you.