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Director's Gala for "RENT" a Huge Success Thanks to Many

University of Louisiana Monroe
The cast of "RENT" at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

What a party! Even with some unpredictable weather, we had a great time of food and enjoyment.

The KEDM Director's Gala for "RENT" at the University of Louisiana Monroe was held Friday night, March 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. before the curtain of "RENT" at 7:30. Click here for our original post about the event. It was such a pleasure to partner with the ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts.

So many people worked so hard to make it a success!

Corporate Sponsors:


  • BayouLife Magazine
  • Choice Brands
  • DeltaStyle Magazine
  • Friends of KEDM
  • Kelsey Klean
  • Landry Vineyards
  • Marsala Beverage Company
  • The News Star
  • The Radio People
  • Sammy's Plant World
  • Sir Speedy Printing
  • Southern Beverage Company
  • University of Louisiana Monroe Office of Public Information
  • ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts

Silent Auction Donors:

  • Ageless Skin
  • Arely Castillo Photography
  • Arrive In Style
  • Beaver Productions
  • Blue Sky Yoga
  • Brewster Designs
  • Coco's Ann Cookston
  • Define Lash Co
  • Diamond Parlor
  • Elements
  • Fit Right Active
  • Flirty Ginger 
  • FreeBirds
  • Governor's Cigar
  • Hamilton House Inn
  • Herringstone's
  • Hot Spot Tanning
  • Josh Madden
  • Jude Southerland Kessler
  • Kin-Mar's Boutique
  • Lagniappe Jewelers
  • Leah Reitzell
  • Legacy Silver & Gifts
  • Louisiana Purchases 
  • Mark Clark
  • Material Things
  • Paul Michael's
  • Rumo's Barber
  • Salon 723 
  • Spice & Tea Exchange
  • Stacy ZUMBA
  • The Gingerbread House
  • The Haven
  • Tonore's
  • Vieux Carre Market
  • Vintage Market
  • Walsworth & Co
  • Woodstock


  • Daily Harvest
  • Restaurant Cotton
  • Cilantro Cafe
  • The Fieldhouse
  • Tonore's Wine Cellar

Special Thanks:

  • Judy Babb
  • Karen Bennett
  • Laverne Bodron
  • Mike and Donna Bouy
  • Mare Brennan
  • Arely Castillo
  • Nell Garwood Garvey
  • Caitlyn McKeighan
  • Shelbi Penny
  • Ann Smith
  • Jorenda Stone
  • Chip Strode

Also, a huge thank you to the hard-working staff of KEDM and VAPA: Derle Long, Lila Strode, Deb Lindley, Kenneth Sanders, Steven Burnside, Lyndsay Turner, Peyton Remy, Chandler Russ, and Sarah Harris.

Jay calls himself a "media producer" in a world of diversification. Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Production from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and worked in video, feature film and television production for over 10 years before joining KEDM full time.
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