Regions Bank to again sponsor President's Toast at Chefs Evening

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Regions Bank sponsors Chefs Evening President's Toast
by: Rene Abadie

REGIONS TO SPONSOR ‘TOAST’ – Regions Bank will be the exclusive Premier Sponsor of Chefs Evening and the President’s Toast, the prelude event to Chefs Evening, scheduled this year for Sunday, March 13. Pictured, from left, are Southeastern President John L. Crain; Byron Bankston, branch manager at the Morrison Blvd. Regions branch; Chef Paul Farlow of Jacmel Inn; Shelly Robinson, Branch Manager at the downtown Regions branch; and  Debbie Terrebonne, Regions consumer banking manager.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s largest fundraiser, Chefs Evening, will launch the annual event with the President’s Toast as a featured prelude thanks to the exclusive Premier sponsorship of Regions Bank.
    Providing the food and wine pairings for this year’s event is Executive Chef Paul Farlow of Jacmel Inn.
    The President’s Toast precedes the grand event and is scheduled this year for Sunday, March 13, at the President’s Residence from 4 to 5 p.m. Chefs Evening follows from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Southeastern’s Student Union Grand Ballroom.
    A regional tradition for over three decades, Chefs Evening is the Southeastern Foundation’s signature fundraiser, providing critical funds to support university scholarships and academic programs. The theme of the evening is special wine tastings and unique culinary offerings provided by some of the finest regional restaurants and distributors.
    “Again this year, we are excited to have long established partner, Regions Bank, as the presenting sponsor of the President’s Toast,” said Wendy Lauderdale, vice president for advancement. “At this special event hosted at the President’s Residence, wine and food pairings will be prepared by Executive Chef of Jacmel Inn, Paul Farlow. Having Regions Bank and Jacmel Inn as our partners speaks to the strength of this event and its importance in the region’s culinary calendar.”
    “Regions has a strong presence in the region and is proud to be a part of Chefs Evening and the support it gives Southeastern,” said Byron Bankston, Morrison St. branch manager for Regions. Shelly Robinson, branch manager of the downtown Hammond branch agreed, “Southeastern is such an important asset to our region and we are so pleased to be a partner through Chefs Evening.”
    For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Southeastern Foundation at 985-549-2239. Chefs Evening information is also available online at

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