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BayouLife Icons Ball

By Melanie Moffett
In Bayou Scene
Apr 27th, 2015

More than 200 people turned out to honor the inaugural class of Bayou Icons at the first annual BayouLife Icons Ball, held at Bayou DeSiard Country Club March 26. Dressed to the nines, more than a dozen of the 21 icons to date were the guests of honor at the party, which was organized as a fundraiser for the Cooley House Foundation, a nonprofit group that has undertaken restoration of the historic G.B. Cooley House on South Grand in Monroe.

Bayou Icons John Denison and Jorenda Stone emceed the event, which featured a special appearance by Icon Mary Simpson, who delighted attendees with her musical stylings—including a special engagement shoutout to her son, James.

Following the presentation, Rod Allen Payne entertained the crowd and got feet tapping with a few choice dance numbers. The event not only raised money for the Cooley House restoration, it also raised significant awareness of one of the region’s most historic structures.