Wine tasting to benefit Southeastern's library


Monday, October 21, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The group Friends of Sims Library is hosting its 11th annual “Wine with Friends,” a fundraiser for Southeastern’s Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.
     Held at the library, the event will feature six wines paired with food samplings, a jazz combo, a silent auction featuring art and photography, themed gift baskets, wine, and gift certificates to local restaurants, and door prizes, said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson.
     “We have some interesting auction items this year, such as a round of golf for four at Oak Knoll Country Club, Columbia Theatre tickets, a football signed by LSU Coach Ed Orgeron, and event packages,” he said. “Once again, wines will be introduced by the knowledgeable and very entertaining Todd Delaune from The Red, White & Brew. This year, food will be catered by Oak Knoll Country Club.”
     Friends of Sims Library is an organization that supports the activities and collections of the library. Funds generated by the group are used to supplement the library’s annual budget, purchase needed equipment and resources, and provide programs and lectures, including the popular “Let’s Talk Art” series, author readings and signings, and other special events.
     Johnson said all funds raised go directly to the library, thanks to donations from area businesses.
     Tickets are $45 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
     Order tickets online at or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation, SLU 10896, Hammond, La., 70402.
     For more information about the wine tasting or the Friends of Sims Library, contact Janie Branham at (985) 549-2186 or

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