Gex wins big at Greater Hammond Chamber's Chillin' in Hammond, America

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August 14, 2018
Over 350 business and community leaders celebrated a fun night in Hammond, America on Saturday, Aug. 11, with the Greater Hammond Chamber.
“The entire event exceeded our expectations! You could feel a huge sense of community when you walked into our street fair style event,” said Board Member and Chillin’ Committee Chairman Sally Carlisle. “So many people showed up to support the Greater Hammond Chamber.”
Madeline Gex was the winner of the $10,000 grand prize and Bubba Lauderdale was the winner of the $500 bracelet donated by George Ibert Jewelry and Gifts.
A first-time ticket buyer, Gex bought her winning ticket from the Greater Hammond Chamber’s No. 1 seller during the special “Mrs. Frances Chauvin Day” hosted by the Chamber in July.
“It was my first time, but it won’t be my last,” Gex said of Chillin’, stating how much she enjoyed attending the event with her husband, especially getting to meet people and sample great local cuisine. Gex said she will likely use the money for landscaping projects, among other things.
“Leading the way again in ticket sales, Mrs. Frances sold more than 230 tickets,” Chamber President and CEO Melissa Bordelon said. “I’m so proud of the efforts of our entire board of directors, Chillin’ committee, staff and Mrs. Chauvin.”
The title sponsors for the event were Cypress Pointe Pain Management and YNRC. During the event, Dr. Chad Domangue offered samples of his new YNRC product – all natural relaxation shots – as well as unveiled artist renderings of additions to Cypress Pointe Hospital.
Gold sponsors for the event were Cypress Pointe Hospital, Emery & James Ltd., Gohres Insurance, First Guaranty Bank, Hammond Square/Stirling Properties, Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Homes & Crematory, H Rocker Electric, Lighthouse Community Care, Inc., Northshore Broadcasting, Smith & Purvis Carpet One and Utility Metering Solutions.
Silver sponsors were AmeraCare Family Hospice and Home Health, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Hammond, LA, Chehardy Sherman Williams, Cleco Power, LLC, Fidelity Bank/NOLA Lending, Moody Law Firm, On the Run, Pedelahore & Co., LLP and S&W Wholesale Foods, LLC.
“We are extremely appreciative to all of our sponsors, restaurants and everyone who purchased a ticket making our Chillin’ with the Chamber a great success,” said Chamber Chairman Elsbet Smith Hollywood.
Food and libations were provided by Southeastern Catering by Aramark, Champagne Beverage Co., Crescent Bar & Package Liquor, Chick-fil-A of Hammond, Coop DeVille, Don’s Seafood, Eddie’s Famous Frozen Custard, The Jambalaya Shoppe, Jim Carey Distributing Company, Le Fleur de Lis, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Superking Seafood, Zaxby’s and Zocalisa Fine Chocolates. Mrs. Frances Chauvin also had a table full of her signature pies for eventgoers.
The Greater Hammond Chamber also had individual raffle items available at the event. Lindsey Palmer won the Hot August Night Package, Jeff Dameron won the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow Package, Brandon Recotta won the Hammond Home Décor Package, Dr. Vince Kidd won the Hammond, America Decorating Package, Susan Spring won the Night on the Town for Couples, Carlee Gonzales won the Family Night on the Town and John and April Hatcher won the Lion Up Basket. Raffle items were donated by Bayou Booksellers, Berryland Insurance, Child Advocacy Services, Hammond Downtown Development District, Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow, CI Sports, Local Honey, Noland Stewart Salon, Our Mom’s Restaurant and Bar, Romano Promo, Southeastern Louisiana University, the Southeastern Louisiana University Bookstore, The SteaKhouse, and Sweet Rolls.
Chillin’ with the Chamber is held annually to raise funds which the Greater Hammond Chamber uses for the care and upkeep of the Historic Hammond Train Depot, as well as for programs and services benefitting members. For more information on membership, call the Chamber at 985-345-4457 or visit

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