Bowties for Babies

April 17, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Capitol Park Museum
660 N. 4th St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802

This reception-style event will feature live music by the Big Easy Jazz Band, delicious food, a silent auction, a live painting by Stephanie Torregrossa, presentation of the 2018 Leadership for Life Award and more. Patron levels start at $250 and include tickets to the event. Individual and couple tickets are also available starting at $75.

2018 Leadership for Life Award

The 2018 Leadership for Life Award winner is A. Hays Town Jr., who launched the St. Elizabeth Foundation in 1988 to give young, pregnant women without resources more options for adoption in Baton Rouge. He currently serves as chairman of organization’s Board of Directors.

Since its founding, the St. Elizabeth Foundation has placed more than 600 babies, almost double the average rate for other Louisiana adoption agencies. The foundation provides services in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, and throughout Louisiana. Leaders credit its small, family-like atmosphere and the unparalleled level of support it offers to both its birth mothers and adoptive parents for its success.

In addition to his dedicated work with the St. Elizabeth Foundation, Mr. Town has volunteered countless hours with numerous service organizations in Baton Rouge, where he lives with Gay, his wife of more than 60 years.

Live Painting

Stephanie Torregrossa, a Baton Rouge artist and longtime Bowties for Babies supporter, will bring her art to life before your eyes tonight with a live painting of a Louisiana-inspired masterpiece. This will be the second year Stephanie has painted live at the event. Last year’s painting was raffled off; this year the painting will be auctioned off.

Stephanie always enjoyed drawing and painting, but she feared becoming a “starving artist.” So when she graduated from LSU in 2013 she did so with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design, and she worked in that field for a few years. But her love of painting took over, and it became increasingly clear to her that the more she thought about the excitement of painting all day, every day, the less fulfillment she felt doing the work she once loved. So she quit her job at a local advertising agency and became a full-time artist.

Check out some of Stephanie’s work at her website,

Chairs and Host Committee

Legislative Co-Chairs: Rep. Frank Hoffmann and Sen. Dan Claitor

Host Committee: Brannon and Stephanna Alberty, Royal Alexander, Dr. Charles and Mary Aycock, Baton Rouge Right to Life, Drs. Louis and Lauren Barfield, Beau and Lindsey Bennett, Travis and Summer Broussard, Dan and Sharmaine Claitor, Dan and Celie Clark, Ryan and Monica Cooney, Charlie and Ellen Davis, Warren and Alison Dazzio, Pete and Carol Dazzio, Jeff and Bridget Dunbar, Dr. James and Kathleen Godchaux, Phillip and Donna Gordy, Chuck and Michelle Gorney, Mike and Dana Hammer, John and Elaine Hauler, Rick and Angela John, Barry Mele, John and Emily Nickelson, Michael and Kelley Olinde, Mark and Sharon Rodi, Scott and Ashton Smith, Charles and Barbara Thomas, Hays and Marguerite Town, Dr. Ted and Dana Veillon, Ryan and Mary Rose Verret, Bill and Elizabeth Watkins, Vic and Joy Weston, Vince and Rhonda Whittington, Leslie Paul and Letreta Wilbert, Bob and Maria Winn, Jensen Young, and Luke and Katie Zumo.

About Advertise for Life

100 percent of the proceeds from Bowties for Babies go to Louisiana Right to Life’s Advertise for Life Project, which reaches women in crisis pregnancies through targeted online advertising that connects them with one of the state’s pregnancy resource centers. In 2017, the project generated more than 1,800 pregnancy help phone calls to the crisis pregnancy hotline and nearly 15,500 clicks to the website.

Studies show that 95% of women who enter a pregnancy center choose life. Even with 30 pregnancy centers across Louisiana, 25 women a day still choose abortion. Advertise for Life uses targeted online advertising to reach abortion-minded women and connect them to pregnancy centers, where they can find the support and help they  need. Visit: for more information.

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