Wine tasting to benefit Southeastern's library


Tuesday, October 18, 2022 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The group Friends of Sims Library is hosting its 14th annual “Wine with Friends,” a fundraiser for Southeastern’s Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.
     Held at the library, the event will feature six wines paired with food samplings, live music, a silent auction and door prizes, said Sims Library Director David Sesser.
     “We have some interesting auction items this year, such as a gift certificate for the Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed and Breakfast, Columbia Theatre tickets, and a signed copy of ‘The History of Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics, 1930-1999’ by local author Larry Hymel,” Sesser 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.
Sesser said all funds raised go directly to the library, thanks to donations from area businesses.
     Tickets are $70 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. The deadline for reservations is Friday, Oct. 28. 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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