PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

July 20, 2013

Southern Summer Night; fundraiser filled with dance, food, fun

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Couples hit the dance floor early and grooved to the beat of the music during this year’s Southern Summer Night celebration on Saturday.

The mood was casual with table decorations made from lighted Mason jars, auction items lined a table near the stage where The Classics Recovered Band and The Group J.A.G. brought the tunes.

Proceeds from the annual event are split between the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce programs and the Port Arthur International Seafarer’s Center.

Rocky Armstrong with Leak Seals Environmental had a quick dance then headed back to his table. The company he works for, he said, is proud to be a partner in the community and support the event.

The Rev. Sinclair Oubre, executive director of the PAISC, was pleased with the crowd.

“The community really came out and filled the place up,” Oubre said of the 44 tables filled with guests. “There’s a good spirit tonight and people are dancing early.”

Doreen Badeaux, president of the PAISC, said the line-up of bands and types o music made for a more inclusive crowd with guests of all cultures, tastes and ages.

Marian Ruiz, chairperson of the event, was also pleased with the turnout.

“There’s a lot of excitement, a lot of dancing and mingling,” Ruiz said.

Guests also took in a meal prepared by the Golden Triangle Chef’s Association.

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