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City Park Has Fun!

Celebration in the Oaks

Every Great City Has A Great

Park LOUISIANA’S LARGEST HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW November 28th - December 30th

WALKING TOURS $6 per person nightly Park and walk through the Botanical Garden, Storyland, a children’s theme park and the Carousel Gardens, an amusement ride area aglow with holiday magic at every turn! • Photos with Santa • Entertainment nightly • and much more Buy tickets in advance online at www.celebrationintheoaks.com or by phone 504-483-9415

Bringing in the New Year —

Pop a Cork New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance December 31, 2008 9:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M. Pavilion of the Two Sisters Band: Oak Alley

Pop a Cork for City Park Gala Dinner, dancing and open bar in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters Tickets: $125.00 per person Attire: Semi-Formal For information and tickets, call the Friends’ office at 504-483-9376 or visit our web site at www.friendsofcitypark.com


only back to its previous state but also to a much more helpful and productive level. I must thank the Friends board and staff for their hard work, dedication, expertise and friendship. These ladies and gentlemen are a terrific group that will do anything and everything to make things happen in the best way possible. On a personal note, I want to offer condolences to the family of a past President of the Friends of City Park and a dedicated, tireless Celebration in the Oaks volunteer, Betty Flair, who recently past away.

Diann Sanborn, President Friends of City Park

President’s Message

Our two fall events were terrific. Martini Madness gets better every year. Thanks to chairlady Andrea Legrand all enjoyed the night. On October 17th Ghosts in the Oaks’ non-scary Halloween party had record-breaking attendance. Chairladies Jill Rabalais, Charlene Brinkman, & Cindy Zuppardo did a great job.

Dear Friends: As 2008 comes to an end so does my two-year term as President of Friends of City Park. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as President and to be part of this exciting time in the history of City Park and the Friends. The Friends board and staff have worked diligently during the past two years to get the office and organization not

With the holiday season in full swing, it is once again time to

2008 Ornaments The 2008 Celebration in the Oaks Ornaments are available for purchase in the Friends’ office and at the Botanical Garden shop. The custom designed ornament depicts Popp Fountain and is available for $10.00. For more information, please call the Friends’ office at 504-483-9376.

purchase the 2008 Celebration ornament. This year we are offering a custom made ornament depicting POPP FOUNTAIN. This beautiful keepsake is available for $10.00 at the Friends office or at the Botanical Garden shop. 1 Palm Drive New Orleans, LA 70124 504-483-9376 2008 Friends of City Park Board of Directors OFFICERS P re s i d e n t

City Park car magnets have also just arrived and are available for $5.00. Stop by or call the Friends office at 504- 483- 9376 for further information. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 A M until 5:00 P M. When you call the Friends office you can also purchase your tickets for: Pop A Cork for City Park ~ A New Year’s Eve Gala Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 Pavilion of the Two Sisters 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Dinner • Dancing • Open Bar Band: Oak Alley Tickets $125.00 per person Attire: Semi-Formal Join us for a great night! Thank you for being a Friend of City Park.

Diann Sanborn, President Friends of City Park

Membership Report Give a gift of a membership that lasts all year long!! The Fall Garden Show was a great opportunity to welcome new members and for former members to renew their memberships. We now have close to 2,800 members. Help us reach our goal of 3,000 members by the end of 2008. Renew your membership during the month it expires. New members are important for growth, and old members are the engines that sustain our efforts to make City Park a premier urban park. You can renew your membership by calling the Friends of City Park office at 504-483-9376 or by visiting the website at www.friendsofcitypark.com. Ask a friend to join! Take advantage of the membership benefits and visit the park often! Thanks to all of you, Jackie Shreves & Dee Crosbie Membership Co-Chairmen

Diann Sanborn P re s i d e n t - E l e c t

Debbie Perrone Ex-Officio

S u s a n P. G u a r i s c o Vi c e - P r e s i d e n t o f D e v e l o p m e n t

Karen DeBlieux R e c o rd i n g S e c re t a r y

Peggy McCranie C o r re s p o n d i n g S e c re t a r y

D e n i s e Te b b e Tr e a s u r e r s

Mary Johnson Ly n e t t e F r i e d L eg a l

Patricia G. Patron Pa r l i a m e n t a r i a n

Ly n n e R o s s Business Consultant

Cheryl S. Cabes

DIRECTORS Kelley Abbott Betty Bagert George Boesch Charlene Brinkman Cheryl Cabes Sidney Carruth Dee Crosbie Judy David Karen DeBlieux David Edwards Jeanie Favrot Michelle Fos Nancy Fos Ly n e t t e F r i e d Dessa Giffin Kay Goll Sue Guarisco Ta n i a H a h n Suzette Herpich Mary Johnson Anne Lea Andrea Legrand John Martin Peggy McCranie Ann Meyers Leslie Montz Pat Breckenridge Patron Debbie Perrone Jill Rabalais Ly n n e R o s s Diann Sanborn Jackie Shreves D e n i s e Te b b e G e n Tr i m b l e B r e n d a Vi n c e n s Cindy Zuppardo Kathi Zimmerman

Editor Dessa Giffin

Staff Lisa Crochet To b i B u c h a n a n

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Volunteer Corner

Ghosts in the Oaks

Sisters Holly and Lanie DeMarcay enjoying the Carousel during Ghosts in the Oaks!

Jolly Clown

Corporate Volunteers Starbucks sent 1,000 volunteers and $67,000 worth of supplies. Volunteers painted in Tad Gormley Stadium, cleared shorelines and planted shoreline grasses along the new Wisner Bike Path. Starbucks also paid for the ten beautiful picnic tables around the Girl Scout Cabin. Johnson Controls gave the park $15,000 and sent 200 volunteers to spruce up the Amusement Park and Storyland.

Chairladies (left to right) Cindy Zuppardo, Jill Rabalais, and Charlene Brinkman

The Friends of City Park award-winning scarecrow

Super Saturday makes a difference! City Park welcomes volunteer efforts on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. to rake, mulch, plant and generally beautify this treasure of a park. For more information, contact the Park’s volunteer coordinator, Jim Morrison, at jmorrison@nocp.org.

Friends of City Park Volunteers The Friends of City Park would like to send a special thank you to all of the volunteers who have generously given of their time to assist with our recent events. We are extremely grateful for their continued support of City Park. Summer Rum volunteers included Charlene and Jay Baudier, Darlene Broussard, Eileen and Dennis Campbell, Michelle Campell, Ashley Collins, Carolyn Constance, Javier Jacome, Gail Lejeune, Ann Meyer, Natalie Fernandez, Stacy and Rick Roniger, and Wilma Mpelo. Martini Madness volunteers included Diane and Harold Bauer, Darlene Broussard, Eileen and Dennis Campbell, Ashley Collins, Jason Fein, Natalie Fernandez, Lynette and David Fried, Michelle Fos, Kristen Gonzales, Pam Keller, Ann Meyer, Wilma Mpelo, Elizabeth Murla, Kathy Murla, Lindsey Stuart and Erin Valls.

Diann Sanborn and Debbie Perrone Ninja Nicolas Gautreaux and Pirate Benjamin Schiff

Upcoming Event! Mark Your Calendars! The 2009 City Park Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival will be held on March 28, 2009, and plans are already underway. Last year, 652 anglers registered to fish for bass, bream, catfish, redfish and cichlids. A fishing clinic is scheduled two weeks before the rodeo. Sponsorships are available. Please check www.neworleanscitypark.com in early 2009 for details or call 504-483-9373 for more information.

Costumed revelers show their talents at pumpkin decorating.

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the list goes on and on. Since September alone, our sales and catering department has hosted nearly 50 events from picnics to weddings. All of these events take extensive planning and occupy a great deal of our time. We are proud we are able to host so many different activities during this season.

2008 New Orleans City Park Improvement Association O ffi c e r s

M r. Pa u l J . M a s i n t e r , P r e s i d e n t M r. M i c h a e l J . M a r s i g l i a , P r e s i d e n t - E l e c t M s . S a l l y P e r r y, Vi c e P r e s i d e n t M r. A l a n T. H e i n t z e n , Tr e a s u r e r Ms. June Rogers, Secretary Board of Commissioners

Oakland Adams Pam Breaux Susan Brennan Jane S. Brooks E r r o l l F. B r o u s s a r d , J r. Laura M. Claverie Karen DeBlieux D a v i d F. E d w a r d s S . S t ew a r t F a r n e t Thomas G. Fierke E d w a r d N . “ Te d ” G e o r g e D e s s a G i ff i n Ben Hales E d w a r d F. H a r o l d Cynthia Hedge-Morrell A l a n T. H e i n t z e n Susan O. Hess Wi l l i a m D . H o ff m a n Larry Katz Andrea Legrand Robert Edward Smith Lupo Nolan A. Marshall, III Michael J. Marsiglia Paul J. Masinter Peggy McCranie Shelley S. Midura Sally Perry G e r a l d F. P l o u g h June C. Rogers Mark C. Romig G. Edmund Schrenk Gerard L. Schoen, III J a c q u e l i n e S h r ev e s Wi l l Tr e g r e C a r o l B . Wi s e

Bob Becker, CEO

Letter from the CEO If you thought spring and summer were busy, come and experience fall and winter with us! Over 50 football games are being held between the renovated Tad Gormley Stadium and the completely rebuilt Pan American Stadium. Soccer is being played every weekend and we’ve hosted a variety of tennis tournaments. We have held the Fall Garden Show, Ghost in the Oaks, Voodoo Fest, an International Arts Festival, a variety of run/walk events and

We finally were able to put Hurricanes Gustav and Ike behind us and open the North Golf Course and we are very pleased with the opening play. While the golf course has been repaired, not totally renovated, we have completed a variety of enhancements including new tee boxes, trap drainage, among other improvements. Billy Casper Golf, who has been hired to manage the course and driving range, is doing a terrific job and we expect continual improvement to the course and range. We are starting to get increased group and tournament play as well. It feels very good to have golf return to City Park!

Sugar Bowl Support

City Park officials and members of the Sugar Bowl committee recently took to the field for a pre-game ceremony at the newly renovated Tad Gormley Stadium. The park recognized the Sugar Bowl committee for their support and improvements to the stadium, specifically in the concessions area, locker rooms and restroom facilities.

New Scoreboard Sign M r. R o b e r t W. B e c k e r Chief Executive Officer

M r. B e a u L . B a s s i c h E xe c u t ive D i r e c t o r

M r. R o b e r t D e Vi n ey C h i e f O p e r a t i n g O ffi c e r

M r. J o h n H o p p e r D i r e c t o r o f D eve l o p m e n t

M r. G e o rg e Pa r ke r Chief Administrative Officer

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The Friends of City Park new scoreboard at Tad Gormley Stadium was recently unveiled. The sign has a new placement below the game information. It features the updated logo as well as the Friends web site. Stadium officials expect approximately 100,000 fans to visit Tad Gormley during the football season alone, with many more expected during the soccer and track seasons. Friends helped with the purchase of the new scoreboard.

We are also in serious preparation for Celebration in the Oaks, which will run from November 28 through December 30th. New exhibits and activities should be a must see for everyone this holiday season. Our amusement park also received two new rides, a bigger and better Ferris wheel and a new parachute drop ride. Both these rides are installed and should be operating by Celebration in the Oaks. Finally, we continue to benefit from numerous volunteer efforts. From the volunteers from the Friends who staff Ghost in the Oaks and other events to the thousands of local citizens and folks from around the country who continue to help in the Park’s recovery, we say thank you! Everyone in the region appreciates your efforts. I hope to see you at Celebration in the Oaks!

Robert W. Becker Chief Executive Officer City Park


NOLA City Bark Scenes from the Friends of City Park’s

Fifth Annual

Martini Madness

Take the Bark to the Park! Plans for New Orleans’ premiere dog park continue its momentum. “Shampooch”, a dog wash and fundraiser, held at the uptown Whole Foods on October 11 was highly successful. Food, games, music, contests and treats highlighted the day! With over 100 dogs shampooed, it was a great day for NOLA City Bark. Another Shampooch is slated for the spring. Email info@nolacitybark.org or visit the www.Nolacitybark.org for updated information about how to donate and get involved with NOLA City Bark. This state-of-the-art facility, to be located on 4.6 acres near Popp Fountain, will be a wonderful gathering place for the city’s dogs and their two-legged friends.

New in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park —

Martini Madness partygoers Sue Guarisco, Fred Holley and Peggy McCranie.

David and Lynette Fried

New Ferris Wheel

New Coney Tower

This sixty-seven foot Ferris Wheel and the forty foot Coney Tower Parachute Drop are sure to be crowd pleasers. The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park will be open nightly during Celebration in the Oaks, weather permitting.

George and Andrea Legrand, chairlady of Martini Madness.

Pat and Chris Fabacher with Tania Hahn at Martini Madness.

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LOUISIANA’S LARGEST HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW November 28th - December 30th

Bringing in the New Year

Pop-a-Cork

New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance

WALKING TOURS $6 per person nightly Park and walk through the Botanical Garden, Storyland, a children’s theme park and the Carousel Gardens, an amusement ride area aglow with holiday magic at every turn! • Photos with Santa • Entertainment nightly • and much more Buy tickets in advance online at www.celebrationintheoaks.com or by phone 504-483-9415

1 Palm Drive New Orleans, LA 70124 504-483-9376

Return Service Requested

Mark Your Calendar Nov. 28 - Dec 30, 2008 Celebration in the Oaks

December 31, 2008 Pop-a-Cork for City Park

March 20, 2009 Lark in the Park

March 28, 2009 Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival

December 31, 2008 9:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M. Pavilion of the Two Sisters Band: Oak Alley

Dinner, dancing and open bar in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters Tickets: $125.00 per person Attire: Semi-Formal For information and tickets, call the Friends’office at 504-483-9376 or visit our web site at www.friendsofcitypark.com

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Celebration, Pop-A-Cork, Dog Park

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