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The party tent floods, but it can't stop these party people: This Bayou bash rages on through torrential rains

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Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Dick DeGuerin and Rick Pratt
Dick DeGuerin, left, and Rick Pratt at the Armand Bayou Nature Center gala. Photo by Phyliss Hand
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Gary Ross, Mary Milby, Randy Robertson
Gary Ross, from left, Mary Milby and Randy Robertson at the Armand Bayou Nature Center gala. Photo by Andy Eng
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Sue Mease, Roy Mease, Jeanie Isbell, Mayor Isbell
Sue and Roy Mease, left, with Jeanie and Mayor Johnny Isbell at the Armand Bayou Nature Center gala. Photo by Andy Eng
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Dick Gregg, Jr., Wayne Dolcefino, Tom Kartrude
Dick Gregg Jr., from left, Wayne Dolcefino and Tom Katrrude at the Armand Bayou Nature Center gala. Photo by Phyliss Hand
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Mark Carnes and Martha Carnes
Mark and Martha Carnes at the Armand Bayou Nature Center gala. Photo by Andy Eng
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Hana Ginzbarg
Hana Ginzbarg at the Armand Bayou Nature Center gala. Photo by Andy Eng
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Dick DeGuerin and Rick Pratt
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Gary Ross, Mary Milby, Randy Robertson
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Sue Mease, Roy Mease, Jeanie Isbell, Mayor Isbell
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Dick Gregg, Jr., Wayne Dolcefino, Tom Kartrude
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Mark Carnes and Martha Carnes
Armand Bayou Nature Center Gala May 2013 Hana Ginzbarg

The possibility of being drowned rats did not deter more than 200 brave partygoers who headed to Armand Bayou Nature Center Saturday night in the middle of the torrential rains and thunderous lightning. In fact, when the party tent began to flood, these dedicated troopers simply shed their shoes, rolled up their pants legs and continued on.

The only thing not dampened at this fundraiser, according to one guest, was the spirits of those in the soggy scene. Benefit chairs Chris LaChance and John Wilson presided over the "Back to the Bayou" evening. They and honorary chair Dick Gregg Jr. roundly applauded the efforts of Jim Benton Catering, Capital Beverage and Bright Star Productions, each of which beautifully improvised amid the vast wetness.

Even the band, Johnny and the Spinsations, persevered as did String Theory, which provided a bit of bluegrass while the heavens let loose. Fearless former TV hurricane ace Wayne Dolcefino arrived in time, though drenched, to fulfill his duties as emcee. 

Honorees ignoring the weather were Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell, Hana Ginzbarg, the Rev. Benjamin Skyles, Mary and Charles Milby, Rick Pratt, Frank Smith and Roy Mease

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