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On Saturday, April 10, Bridge House’s 14th Cochon Cotillion came to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World once again with close to 1,000 partygoers looking to assist in the organization’s goal of “positive change and recovery in the lives of the addicted.”

King Bob Brown and Queen Rita Benson LeBlanc reigned at the over-the-top ball featuring the famously intriguing request of “tacky formal attire.” Chief Meteorologist Bruce Katz from ABC-26 thrived as emcee. Also in attendance were Richard M. “Buzzy” Gaiennie, LAC, the CEO of Bridge House, with wife Barbara; Dr. and Mrs. Scott Beech;
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Rusovich; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spencer and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stewart. The trio of Chairpersons was Brian McDonald, Arlene Rome and Tiffany Truxillo. Tiger Woods made an appearance as well! That is, there was a clever partier in costume as the golfer. Other costumes included “The Ultimate 9th Warder,” a young ostrich and lots of Saints-inspired ensembles.

Casamento’s Restaurant, Pigeon Catering, Smitty’s Seafood & Oyster and Squeal Barbeque were among the many restaurants providing decadent delights to the merry-makers. Besides the indoor parade by a Krewe of Pork and Beads and live music by ELS, there was a huge silent auction. A popular item was a Rodrigue print of Blue Dog with his favorite QB, Drew Brees.

The creative events organized by Bridge House are successful and awe-inspiring – as is the organization in changing the lives of those in need. Next year’s 15th Annual Cochon Cotillion on April 9, 2011 promises to be bigger and better than ever before. And with the opening of a new facility on Earhart Boulevard, Bridge House’s future looks even brighter too.