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Round Louisiana: Ochsner, PitchNola, Lafayette Chamber, BRAC, Deanie's, Vince Vance

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BATON-ROUGESo, what's happening "Round Louisiana" today?


For starts, Ochsner Health System has a major event among significant announcements.  Both the Lafayette and the Baton Rouge chambers have important business matters approaching.  Those wanting to propel their business ideas to the stars, first try attending PitchNola, held at the Propeller Club.

Vince Vance and Deanie's Seafood has some Christmas offerings for the young ones.  

Round Louisiana is a compilation of business and organization press releases received by Bayoubuzz and offered to our audience:

Ochsner in the light 

Ochsner Health System has plenty reasons to glow, lately. Even in the moonlight.

This Friday, Ochsner Health System is holding a party under the “stars” on the turf of the Superdome at the Moonlight & Miracles Gala on Friday, November 15! Following the theme “Today’s Gift, Tomorrow’s Miracle”, funds raised will benefit the Ochsner Cancer Institute, the largest nonprofit system in the Gulf South region to provide multidisciplinary care for adult and pediatric cancer patients.

The first annual event, which will raise money for a different medical program each year, includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner and dancing to the band Simply Irresistible -- all on the Superdome turf. A live auction will feature out-of-this-world trips, jewelry and more. And, one lucky guest will drive away in a brand new Mercedes-Benz that will be raffled off that night.

“The Moonlight & Miracles Gala is Ochsner’s largest fundraising event of the year and I am touched by the many volunteers who are working to make this a hallmark event,” said chairwoman Gayle Benson. “I’m honored to participate in something that will be so much fun while also benefiting so many cancer patients across our region.”

Tickets to Ochsner’s Moonlight & Miracles Gala begin at $150, which includes the cocktail party and seated dinner as well as free valet parking.

To purchase tickets for the event or the raffle or for additional information, please visit or call 504-842-7113.

The Ochsner event actually happens to coincide with some other big news stories. In a recent announcement, CareChex®, a division of COMPARION, has named Ochsner[1] number two in the country and number one in Louisiana in Overall Hospital Care in its 2014 hospital ratings. Ochsner received the highest rating of ++ and a score of 99.9 out of 100 in the national rankings. Over 4,000 hospitals from across the country were ranked in the Overall Hospital Care category which comprises ratings of all[2] inpatient medical conditions and surgical procedures treated and performed by full-service hospitals, such as cancer care, cardiac surgery and spinal surgery. Ochsner was second only to St Mary’s Hospital, which is part of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

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Also, Ochsner Health System will soon be opening up its women’s services departments from the Jefferson Highway location to a state-of-the-art Women’s Pavilion at Ochsner Baptist hospital. The $40 million Women’s Pavilion has been under construction and will open on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of Ochsner Baptist on Napoleon Avenue.

Pitching it

You are invited to: PitchNOLA on Nov. 19.

Hosted by Propellor, PitchNOLA is a platform for community members to voice their solutions to our city's most pressing social and environmental challenges. Contestants will pitch their ideas and the three judges (Judy Reese Morse, Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff of the City of New Orleans, Leslie Jacobs, Educate Now! Founder, New Orleans Startup Fund CEO and John Frazee, Senior Vice President, News Services, CBS News) will select who wins a $5000 (!) prize. There will also be a special audience award, so come and make your voice heard. It's going down at Tulane Universitynext Tuesday and the cost is free. RSVP here.

Lafayette Chamber at Work
Louisiana Workforce Commission presents Hot Topics for Employers Labor Law Seminar held on December 3, 2013 from 8 am until 1 pm at the Holiday Inn Lafayette.
This seminar is a half-day seminar designed to equip you with current information on the latest legal developments that affect your workplace as well learn about three U.S. Supreme Court decisions and their affect on your business.

Presentations held by Rob Roux, Attorney for Louisiana Workforce Commission and Keynote Speaker Jason El Koubi, President & CEO Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

Deanie’s Seafood Introduces new Family Friendly Holiday Program and Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Party 

• Offering new Family Friendly Program over two weekends in December
• Portion of proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of NOLA
• New Orleans-style holiday program features live performance by Vance
NEW ORLEANS--(November 13, 2013)--Deanie’s Seafood in the French Quarter, 841 Iberville St., is introducing a new New Orleans-style holiday program, the Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Party benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Orleans. Reservations are required, and seating is limited.

New Orleans’ premier entertainer and composer Vince Vance has created a special family holiday program especially for Deanie’s to entertain kids and kids at heart alike with a Christmas sing-along, storytelling, games, activities and breakfast with Santa. Guests will get to meet Deanie’s adorable new mascot, Pincher the Crawfish, and Vance will be signing copies of his new children’s book, “The Littler Angel.”

The Vince Vance Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Party will offer four seatings from 10-11:30 a.m., over two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8 and 14-15. (Doors open at 9 a.m. for pictures with Santa.) Tickets are $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and include breakfast with Santa and a commemorative Christmas songbook signed by Vince Vance and Santa Claus.

Tickets are available at or by calling the Deanie’s Holiday Hotline at 504-267-9322. Deanie’s is partnering with the Bourbon Orleans Hotel to offer a discounted hotel package when you book your Vince Vance Holiday Kids show tickets.

Deanie’s will donate proceeds from pictures with Santa to the Ronald McDonald House of Greater New Orleans to help bring holiday cheer to families traveling with children undergoing treatment or hospitalized during the holidays. A $10 donation or gift valued at $10 is requested. A wish list and information is available at

The Ronald McDonald House serves all area hospitals. “We offer families a ‘home away from home’ with comfortable beds, hot showers, laundry facilities, playrooms, a friendly kitchen and stocked pantry,” said RMH Executive Director Janet Goforth. “Most importantly, we provide an environment with a built-in support system where families help each other as they face and overcome some of the most trying times in their lives.”

“The holiday is a great time of year to remember to spread goodwill, and we’re very pleased to remind people of the good work the Ronald McDonald House does for families all year long,” said Deanie’s Proprietor Barbara Chifici.

A new event during the city's Christmas New Orleans Style celebration, the Vince Vance Holiday Sing-Along takes place at Deanie's French Quarter location. Located a block off of Canal Street in the old D.H. Holmes Store & Cafeteria, Deanie’s offers traditional department store holiday window displays on Dauphine Street reminiscent of your childhood. The displays add a dose of holiday spirit to the neighborhood, and each highlights a familiar Christmas theme, including Santa’s workshop, animatronic elves decorating a tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus in a winter wonderland, and a traditional Nativity scene.


Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Party
Four seatings: December 7-8, 14-15 at Deanie's Seafood Restaurant

Title of Event: Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Party
Date: Sat. & Sun., Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15
Location: Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, 841 Iberville St., New Orleans
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $35 (plus tax and gratuity)

It's a new family holiday tradition: Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along and Dance Party at Deanie’s Seafood in the French Quarter! New Orleans’ premier entertainer and composer Vince Vance has created a special family holiday program especially for Deanie’s to entertain kids and kids at heart alike with a Christmas sing-along, where little ones will get a chance to have breakfast with Santa and enjoy Christmas caroling, games, activities, and a performance by Vince Vance.

Pictures with Santa will be available for a $10 donation benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. Tickets are $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and include breakfast with Santa and a commemorative Christmas songbook signed by Vince Vance and Santa Claus. Reservations are required, and seating is limited.

Baton Rouge Eco. Outlook

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) will be closing the 2014 Economic Outlook surveytomorrow, Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm. The organization has been seeking input from business and community leaders throughout the nine-parish region. The responses will be compiled and presented as part of BRAC’s 2014 Economic Outlook presentation. The survey can be found at

All businesses in the Baton Rouge Area who have not done so already are encouraged to take a moment to complete the survey. This should take less than five minutes. The information gathered will be used to assemble crucial data that can be utilized by area businesses as they plan and prepare for the year to come, which means a high level of participation from area businesses is very important. The data will allow regional business leaders to stay in front of trends and benefit from the economic prosperity of our region.

The 2014 Economic Outlook presentation will be given on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in conjunction with Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, at BRAC’s Regional Stakeholder’s Breakfast. The presentation will offer insights, analysis, and forecasts of the Capital Region’s economy for upcoming year. The breakfast will be held at the City Club from 7:30 – 9:00 am. The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Details about the event can be found at

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