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Spring 2011

Coleen Perilloux Landry

“Every great city needs a great park that needs great friends!”

John E. Popp’s widow bequeathed $25,000 for a memorial to her husband, a wealthy lumberman and music lover. In 1937 the Fountain was completed. It was designed by the Olmsted Brothers of Brookline, Massachusetts. The Fountain’s center waterspout with the stylized dolphins was designed by Enrique Alferez. Hundreds of weddings and parties were held at the Fountain and thousands of visitors came to admire it. In 1990, it was completely restored with the Friends of City Park donating some of the money. Following Hurricane Katrina work began again.

AAreaRENAISSANCE IN CITY PARK Near Popp Fountain is Flourishing For many decades, the focus of City Park’s activities have centered around the area bordering Bayou Metairie, the Museum, the tennis courts, the Carousel Gardens, the Casino, the Botanical Garden, Amusement Park and Storyland. Suddenly, the focus has shifted and is now being shared with the area around Popp Fountain. The Fountain itself has been cleaned, restored and re-landscaped with physical help from the Friends’ volunteers and volunteers from all over the United States. A gift of $500,000 was presented by the Friends of

City Park to help in the construction of the Arbor Room, a huge facility next to Popp Fountain, which will be used for parties and weddings and is scheduled to open by July 1. The new City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center nearby were dedicated on March 24 and will shift the tennis activity to the area near Popp Fountain. The Dog Park, which was partially funded with a $25,000 donation from the Friends of City Park, is in the same area as Popp Fountain and brings hundreds of people and their dogs to the park on a daily basis.

In the meantime, plans are being made for the construction of the Miniature Golf Complex to be built across from the Amusement Park. Some of the monies for the Complex will be a donation from Friends who have dedicated all of its funds raised at “Lark in the Park 2011” to the Miniature Golf Complex. The Renaissance of the Park following Hurricane Katrina continues and the Friends of City Park has had a great hand in it with physical labor and finances.

Lark is Great Success! Friends of City Park held its annual premier fundraiser, “Lark in the Park”, on Friday, March 18. This year’s event billed as “Swing Fore City Park” raised money for the new Miniature Golf Complex which is slated to open early next year across from Storyland and adjacent to the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn on the site of the former tennis courts. Lark kicked off with a Patron Party for event sponsors at The New Orleans Museum of Art Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Patti Constantin provided the food, Cont on page 5


Constantin, the culinary delights. The evening proved memorable under a magical, full moon. As the thematic campaign “Swing Fore City Park!” inspired by the artwork of renowned artist, Tim Trapolin gained momentum, sponsor banners of distinction decorated the wrought iron fence near the Miniature Golf Course site. Many rallied for the cause and helped score a “Hole in Won” for City Park! As we all know success breeds success and to date the Friends, working closely in conjunction with Dessa Rutter Giffin, President City Park’s Capital Campaign, has Friends of City Park successfully raised funds for the first phase of the project! An exciting feature of the project is that for a donation of $1,000 and above the donor will be recognized on a permanent plaque at the golf complex. Hello Dear Friends! There is so much going on this In addition, $25,000 hole naming rights (for 10 years) equates to spring in our beloved City Park!! $2,500/year with 24/7 exposure to a The Friends of City Park’s signature, annual fundraiser “Lark huge demographic market. That is less than the cost of some billboards in the Park” on Friday, March for 1 month!! What a slam-dunk, 18th was a huge success!! We natural choice and a wise marketing surpassed our goal well in decision!! advance of the event! The night following“Lark in the Hats off to our dynamic chair people Joey Brown, Leila Gamard Park”, Equest Farms hosted “Tails, But No Black Tie”, a premier and Mary Schmidt, our honorary equestrian event! This event is chair couple Mayor and Mrs. unlike any other sports event held in Mitch Landrieu and our Masters New Orleans!! If you missed it, of Ceremonies Fletcher Mackel please make plans to attend next and Travers Mackel! This year’s year. It is such fun! Lark funds are dedicated to the Upcoming Friends’ events Miniature Golf Complex to be include the Friends’ Fest on July 27, located across from Storyland and the Botanical Garden. The Patron 2011, and the ever popular Martini Madness on Friday, September 16, Party was held in New Orleans Museum of Art Sydney and Walda 2011. Ghosts in the Oaks in October is also on tap!! Besthoff Sculpture Garden with Friends’ members need to avail the Orleans Original Jazz themselves of the many benefits Ensemble providing musical throughout City Park that are for accompaniment and Patti

President’s Message

New Workout Equipment

members only. Two new reasons to join Friends of City Park are: the Amusements Season Pass and Tennis Center member benefit discounts. Friends who purchase a season pass to the Amusement Park receive 10% off of the purchase of a Carousel Gardens Amusement Park Season Pass. (The pass gives the cardholder unlimited free admission to the Amusement Park and unlimited rides). That’s $5 in savings on an individual pass at the full cost of $49 and $15 savings on a four person family pass at the full cost of $149. Friends’ members also receive 10% off tennis services and merchandise in the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center gift shop. We are so very happy to offer these member benefits! An exciting venue quickly coming to completion is the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain. Scheduled for completion over the summer, it already has fall events scheduled! There are many more events and activities in the works for the Friends of City Park. Details are available on our website and will be featured in upcoming newsletters and in City Park e-newsletters. For more information and to become a Friends’ member, please go to friendsofcitypark.com. Again, it is an honor and privilege to serve. Thank you for being a Friend of City Park. Sincerely,

1 Palm Drive New Orleans, LA 70124 504-483-9376 2011 Friends of City Park Board of Directors OFFICERS P re s i d e n t Dessa Rutter Giffin P re s i d e n t - e l e c t Mary Johnson Tr e a s u r e r Peggy McCranie C o - Tr e a s u r e r Jackie Palumbo R e c o rd i n g S e c re t a r y Kathi Zimmerman I m m e d i a t e Pa s t P r e s i d e n t Debbie Perrone

Board Members Joey Marcotte Brown Karen DeBlieux Jeanie Favret Leila Sutherlin Gamard Barbara Hammett Suzette Herpich Nina Killeen Janet Larue Lana Lovick

Dessa Rutter Giffin President Friends of City Park

Team Views Tennis Center

Lucille McDonnell Ron O’Rorke Mary Hassinger Schmidt Ginger Logan Smith

Communications Chair/Editor Coleen Perilloux Landry S t a ff / E x . D i re c t o r Rodney Thoulion D i r. o f M a r k e t i n g / M e m b e r s h i p Kelley Allenspach Staff/Accountant Michelle Burke Meyer Staff/Special Events Rebecca Thiel

Friends of City Park purchased new workout equipment with funds provided by The Theresa Bittenbring Marque and John Marque Fund. The new equipment is located behind the Botanical Garden. Pictured are members of the Friends of City Park Executive Board: Dessa Rutter, President; Peggy McCranie, Treasurer; Jackie Palumbo, Treasurer Elect and Mary Johnson, President Elect. 2 • Friends of City Park • Spring 2011

Members of the Horticulture and Grounds Committee of the City Park Improvement Association recently met to view the landscape project at the new City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center. Pictured are, left to right, front row: Andrea LeGrand and Jane Brooks; second row: Paul Soniat, Director of the Botanical Garden; Bob Becker, CEO, and Dan Preziosi of the Botanical Garden staff; third row: John Hopper, Chief Development Officer and Errol Laborde.

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NOMA Advanced Exhibition Calendar February 11 – April 17, 2011: The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin The Sound of One Hand is the first exhibition in the Western world devoted to the art of Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768), who is regarded as the most significant Japanese Zen master of the past 500 years, and is likewise seen as the most important Zen painter. Hakuin invented a new visual language for Zen, using folk and everyday subjects in addition to traditional Zen themes. His influence in both teaching and art remain unequaled in Zen today.

Lucy Delatte Mouledous is shown with some of the trophies she won in the more than 50 years that she played tennis at City Park. She represented City Park in tournaments nationwide and was also an instructor at the Park. She died in March, 2010 at the age of 99 years.

May 13 - July 17, 2011: Ancestors of Congo Square: African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art Two hundred great examples of African tribal art from NOMA’s permanent collection, considered one of the finest in America, will be featured in a special exhibition, to coincide with the publication of a new scholarly catalogue of the African collection.

New Member Benefits! Friends of City Park is now offering two brand new member benefits: Carousel Gardens Amusement Park • FOCP members now receive 10% off the Season Pass. New City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center • 10% off all services and merchandise. Being a Friend just keeps getting better and better!

Friends’ Fest Mark your calendars for our annual member appreciation party, Friends’ Fest, on July 27 in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. This year’s event will feature an evening in the Amusement Park open ONLY to Friends of City Park members with unlimited, free rides and more! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for upcoming information.

Membership- Spring into action! As you all know, being a member of Friends of City Park not only gets you exclusive benefits to the unique, family-friendly attractions of New Orleans City Park, but it also helps sustain Friends of City Park in all the work we do to support the park. Now we need your help- please spread the word about our membership program! Tell a friend about the money you save on your visits or buy a gift membership for your neighbor!

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Easter Egg Hunt The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011. The park opens at 10 a.m. for admission and the hunt officially begins for 11 a.m. Activities for children ages 5 and under will be in Storyland and activities for children over 5 will be in the Amusement Park area. After the hunt is over, the Easter Bunny will be available for self-taken pictures under

Cinderella’s Castle. No photographer will be on site. KidCam is sponsoring the event which will have arts and crafts and storytelling by Carmen. Admission is free to Friends’ members and Amusement Park Pass holders. Otherwise, there is a $3 admission charge. Prizes include Amusement Park Season Passes and ride bands. For additional information, visit www.neworleanscitypark.com.

Fabergé Egg Hunt

Want to stay informed about all that is happening with Friends of City Park? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates about events, photos from around the park and great facts about City Park! We also have an e-newsletter that includes little tidbits about your member benefits, fundraisers and more! Just forward your email addresses to kallenspach@friendsofcitypark.com and we can add you to our email list.

Spring Garden Show Sponsored by the LSU AG Center in Cooperation With The Metro AREA Horticulture Foundation and The New Orleans Botanical Garden WHEN: April 2-3, 2011 WHERE: New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. COST: $8.00 Adults $4.00 Children, ages 5-12

The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland

The New Orleans 2011 Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden on April 2-3 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. More information about the Spring Garden Show is available from Harris at 504-483-9471.

April 9, 2011 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This annual rite of spring features bunnies, music, spacewalks, entertainers, refreshments, and, of course, an egg hunt! Children are divided by age for the hunt, and no one goes home empty-handed. Egg Hunt Times: 11:45 a.m. - Ages 5 and under. 12:15 p.m. - Ages 6 and up. Bring your camera, or relax and rely on Creative Images Photography to take some memorable, professional pictures for you! They will be graciously donating a portion of its sales to the NOMA Volunteer Committee. All proceeds benefit NOMA’s education programs. Thanks to donors: Catherine Burns Tremaine, Robert Fresh Market, Elmer Chocolate, McAlister’s Deli, Pepsi Beverages Co., Bounce Across New Orleans, Squincher, Coffee Roasters, Jump Mania and Party People. Advance ticket purchase through April 8: NOMA Members, $10; Non-members, $12. At the door, $15. Children under 2 are free! For more information, please visit http://www.noma.org/egghunt.html Spring 2011 • Friends of City Park • 3


2011 New Orleans City Park Improvement Association OFFICERS P re s i d e n t

M r. R o b e r t E . S . L u p o

Bob Becker, CEO

Vi c e P r e s i d e n t

M r. W i l l i a m H o f f m a n Vi c e P r e s i d e n t

Ms. Susan Hess Vi c e P r e s i d e n t

M r. E d m u n d S c h r e n k S e c re t a r y

Ms. Laura Claverie Tr e a s u r e r

Ms. Karen DeBlieux

Letter from the CEO It’s spring in City Park and the grounds are looking beautiful. It is the perfect opportunity to bring your family and enjoy this

magnificient park. – everyone else is! Seriously we have had large crowds for this early in the season and it is great to see people enjoying themselves and using the park. We have finished our roadway improvements and most of the lighting repairs throughout the front section. We opened our new 26 court tennis complex which gives our tennis community a first rate public tennis facility and expect to open the new reception hall at Popp Fountain in the late summer. Planning is underway for the miniature golf facility and we should start construction on the festival grounds later this year as well. We are hopeful that the Legislature will spare the park any additional budget cuts (over $2.0

Board of Commissioners 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 Edgar Chase Laura M. Claverie Karen DeBlieux S. Stewart Farnet Thomas G. Fierke E d w a r d N . “ Te d ” G e o r g e Dessa R. Giffin Ben Hales Cynthia Hedge-Morrell A l a n T. H e i n t z e n Steven C. Hemperley Susan O. Hess Wi l l i a m D . H o f f m a n Larry Katz Errol Laborde Ti m L a F r a n c a Andrea LeGrand Robert Edward Smith Lupo Michael J. Marsiglia Paul J. Masinter Shelley S. Midura Joseph Pappalardo David B. Payton Mark C. Romig Gerard L Schoen, III Edmund Schrenk Jacqueline Shreves M r. D a v i d E d w a r d s Representing Botanical Garden Foundation Chief Executive Officer

M r. R o b e r t W. B e c k e r E x e c u t i v e D i re c t o r

M r. B e a u L . B a s s i c h Chief Operating Officer

M r. R o b e r t D e Vi n e y D i re c t o r o f D ev e l o p m e n t

M r. J o h n H o p p e r Chief Administrative Officer

M r. G e o r g e P a r k e r

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million has been cut from our operating budget over the last two years by the State) and perhaps approve some of our capital outlaying requests including desperately needed repairs to our maintenance facility. Thank you for your support for our budget requests. So enjoy the spring and look forward to additional improvements in City Park

Robert W. Becker Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer City Park

City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center State-of-the-art City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center Now Open The City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center opened with much fan-fare on March 24 with a Dedication Ceremony. The first 100 players who donated $100 were able to play at the state-of-the-art complex which some have likened to a Florida resort. The general public was introduced to the complex at a Community Fun Day held March 26. City Park Tennis Club members answered questions and Parker, City Park’s raccoon mascot, played a “Celebrity Mascot Match” with Sir Saint, representing the New Orleans Saints; Xavier University’s Gold Digger and Boudreaux from the Zephyrs. Another reality of the Master Plan for City Park, the new $3.9 million, 26-court complex, features 16 hard and 10 clay tennis courts in a complex that encompasses several acres. Pepsi Beverages Company made a significant contribution to endow the complex. “We have experienced many milestones over the past few years but the opening of the new City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center is certainly one of the most significant,” said

Bob Becker, CEO of City Park. He continued, “We are providing the metropolitan area’s premier public tennis facility to the community.” The clubhouse was designed by the late Carlos Cashio and is 3,500 square feet which includes locker rooms, restrooms, a meeting room and front and back porches. Center court can be viewed from the front porch area. Highlighting the grounds are 54 palm trees as well as majestic mature oaks and cypress trees. Hours of operation are Friday – Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday – Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Court rental fees are $10/hour for hard courts and $13 per hour for clay courts. Friends of City Park members will receive 10% off of tennis services and merchandise in the gift shop. Tennis has been a part of City Park for more than a century. The old courts will be demolished to make way for a Miniature Golf Complex. For additional information, call 504-483-9383 or visit www.citypark.com.

• 26 courts — 16 hard which includes one center court and 10 clay courts. • Total cost — $3.9 million. Major donor to the facility is the State of Louisiana. The City and the Park have also provided additional funds. • Pepsi Beverages Company has made a significant pledge to endow the tennis center. As a result the facility will be named the City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center. • Square footage of clubhouse – 3,500. Clubhouse will include locker rooms, restrooms, a meeting room and front and back porches, with the latter offering a view of center court. • Extensive landscaping featuring 54 palm trees. • Parking lot will accommodate 100 vehicles. • Pepsi products will be served. Some pre-packaged food items will also be offered for sale. • The old clay courts between Dreyfous and Victory Avenues will remain in play for the foreseeable future. • Demolition of the old hard courts in the same area is scheduled to start on Monday, March 28th.


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and champagne was served to the guests. The Orleans Original Jazz Ensemble accompanied the evening. Honorary chair couple Mayor Mitchell and Mrs. Cheryl Landrieu were in attendance as were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lupo, City Park CEO Bob Becker, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Masters of Ceremonies Fletcher Mackel and Travers Mackel and hosts of others. The Gala Event, which was attended by over 400 people, featured silent and live auction items, food from over 35 restaurants and entertainment by Harvey Jesus and Fire. Some of the items auctioned were A Father/Son Fishing Trip, an 8-foot live oak, a signed Phil Mickelson Maters Pin Flag, a Saints collage, an original Grace Newberger giclee, a House of Blues Foundation Room Silver Membership and scores of other items. Republic National Distributing and Coca-Cola Leila Gamard (Lark Co-Chair), the Honorable Mitchell J Landrieu, Refreshments provided the beverages for the evening. Pamela Buckman (Manager, New Orleans Museum of Art, The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden) Friends of City Park thanks all of its sponsors, auction donors and ticket holders for making our event a success.

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Home and Art Tour

This very popular series with an array of musicians runs through October 13. Open 5 'til 8pm, Performance at 6pm Botanical Garden • Pavilion of the Two Sisters

April 16, 2011 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The NOMA Volunteer Committee’s Home and Art Tour is back for the museum’s centennial year after being missed by many design and art aficionados since 2005. This year’s tour features six stately Uptown homes - many opened to the public for the first time! Put on your walking shoes and tour these historic homes along St. Charles Avenue and State Street admire their art collections. NOMA Volunteer Committee members will greet you at each home and provide historical information. Participants are free to follow their own schedule, visiting the six homes between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Avoid the lines! Patron level attendees receive priority entrance at each home and a NOMA Centennial Plaque. Advance tickets: Patron, $75; NOMA Members, $25; Non-Members, $30. All tickets (otherthan Patron Level) on the day of the tour, $35. This year's event is co-chaired by Carol Hall and JoAnn Christopher. For more information, please visit http://www.noma.org/homearttour.htm

Special Thanks to the Lark in the Park Donors:

Mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water, and food available for purchase. No outside food and drink or pets allowed. Seating is limited to 400 people per performance. Admission: $8 for adults, $3 for children age 5-12 Admission is not included in Friends of City Park membership. Season Passes are now available at the Gift Shop. Full Season ($225); March-June ($120); July-October ($105). Additional Support by WWNO 89.9 FM. Call 504-483-9488 for more info or visit garden.neworleanscitypark.com

2011 Performers and Lineup April 7 – Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue: vintage Honky

June 2 – Musica da Camera “Love, Medieval Italian Style”: The oldest sur-

Tonk, Rockabilly, Classic Country and Western Swing.

viving early music organization in the country, the group is dedicated to making that music current and living for the listeners of the 21st century.

April 14 – Tony Green: Acoustic Eurocentric guitar that Green calls Gypsy Jazz.

June 9 – New Orleans Moonshiners and Cristina Perez: Hailing from around the April 21 – Chip Wilson and Jesse world and trained in music schools all over, Moore: jazz, blues, folk, country, R & B the Moonshiners add a creative modern ener-

and funk..

April 28 – SPECIAL OUTDOOR CONCERT – “Threadhead Thursday”: Pre-Jazz Fest outdoor concert from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Chip Wilson, Jesse Moore, Ensemble Fatien, New Orleans Night Crawlers, Alex McMurray, Shamara Allen and the Under Dawgs, and Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show.

gy and their unique originals to traditional jazz. The Moonshiners will be joined by vocalist Cristina Perez.

June 16 – The New Orleans Mystics:

Don’t miss this show featuring the music of Motown. Songs from the Temptations, O’Jays, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding will all be part of this soulful tribute to some of the greatest music from the 1970’s. June 23 – Pfister Sisters: Holley May 5 – Patrice Fisher and ARPA: Bendtsen, Yvette Voelker, Debbie Davis and a blend of music from Central, South and Amasa Miller representing the New Orleans North America. swing era, featuring vocal jazz harmony and recreation of The Boswell Sisters May 12 – Tim Laughlin: New arrangements. Orleans-based clarinetist and his strong impression on the traditional jazz scene. June 30 – Symphony Chorus of New Orleans: A volunteer group of singers from May 19 – Banu Gibson: one of the all over the city. Carol Barnett’s recently few swinging jazz singing vocalists to composed The World Beloved: a Bluegrass maintain exclusive loyalty to songs of Mass (with fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. and bass) with American folk, popular and May 26 – Storyville String Band: gospel selections. Led by guitarist Seva Venet, the New July 7- New Orleans Banjos + 2: Orleans traditional jazz band performs 4 banjos, bass, piano, and vocals, on strings rather than horns. performing old favorite 1920’s music. 6 • Friends of City Park • Spring 2011

Compass Furniture City Park Celebration in the Oaks Hampton Inn & Suites City Park Botanical Gardens Bucktown Dental Care Astor Crowne Plaza BeBe Marchal/ Carlisle Collection “Buddy” Stall Avondale Self Storage Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Diane Rose, M.D. of Rose Dermatology and Laser Center, LLC Mike Marsiglia Mike Marsiglia, Bob Becker, Beau Bassich Armstrong Supply Glenn Michael Salons Hurwitz Mintz Furniture Company The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans The New Orleans School of Cooking Martin Wine Cellar Perlis Grey Line / Steamboat Natchez City Park Carousel Gardens Amusement Park Nick’s Snowballs Boscoli Foods Bedding Plus Hotel Monteleone Chateau Golf & Country Club Pippen Lane Bevelo Gas & Electric Lights, Inc Honey Baked Ham Foundation Room, House of Blues Tulane University School of Continuing Studies Romaguera Photography BooKoo Bounce Metal Fusion Inc Bayou Tree Service Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy New Orleans Paddlewheels TLC Rx Pharmacy TPC Louisiana Dots Diner City Park Tennis Club City Park Golf Course The Grill Room David Sepulveda “The Line King” Mon Coeur Kosher Cajun NY Deli and Grocery Cut Loose Hair Studio Progressive Guitar Studio Adventure Laser Tag Deane Retirement Strategies, Inc Chris Owens Club W New Orleans Hotel

Bienville House Hotel New Orleans Museum of Art EarthSavers Lunch and tour of New Orleans Fire Station Ristorante Filippo Mignon Faget Ltd Equest Farm LLC The Blues Jean Bar Party Bus Grand Hotel Point Clear Resort & Spa Treasure Bay Casino & Hotel Jefferson Performing Arts Society Patio Drugs John & Debbie Perrone American Luxury Limousines Coleen Perilloux Landry Toots ’n Bunny Ampersand Fair Grounds Beau Rivage Resort & Casino The Garden Gates 7 on Fulton New Orleans Cooking Experience Dynasty Jewelry Doerr Furniture Peyroux’s Custom Curtains Shop of the Two Sisters The Palms 201, LLC Welliver Weddings Video Delta Festival Ballet Clancy's Restaurant Acme Oyster House Dominique Giordano Jewelry Design Thomas Mann Gallery Lakeside Camera and Photoworks Marriott New Orleans Fetch! Mid-City Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant NOLA Snow Maurice Milleur Gallery Mike’s on the Avenue Studio M Jean Therapy Le Chat Noir Monmouth Plantation Bourbon Orleans IP Casino Resort & Spa Gautreau’s Errol Laborde Peggy Scott Laborde Acadian Landscape of Louisiana Grace Newburger Friend & Company Fine Jewelers Ashley Furniture Bedding Plus Superior Grill Comany


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Dear FOCP Board Members & Volunteers, A very special thanks goes out to all of our board members and volunteers who came together on Friday to put together a fantastic evening. Hats off to our three Lark chairmen, Joey, Leila & Mary, and all of their committees, whose tireless efforts resulted in a hugely successful event. We are extremely grateful to all of our volunteers who came out that day to help with set-up, all of our volunteers who did all of the pick-ups from the restaurants and last but not least, all of those that worked that night at patron party, registration, ticket sales, will call, servers, runners, auction and more. We also extend a warm welcome to all of our new volunteers that worked with us for the first time on Friday night. We are delighted to have you join our very loyal group of volunteers. We would also like to very specially acknowledge all of the Capital One employees who come out every year to assist us in so many ways. Without each one of you, it would be impossible to put on an event of this size. We are extremely grateful for your continuous support of our FOCP events and look forward to working with you again in the near future. Dorignac's Je Our very best to all, zz's Kitchen Suzette & Kathi Suzette Herpich, Volunteer Coordinator, suzieqkenner@aol.com Kathi Zimmerman, Volunteer Coordinator, kathikz1@cox.net

Bernard Productions Coca-Cola Refreshments Patti Constantin Funtastic Fotos The Honorable and Mrs. Mitchell J. Landrieu Fletcher Mackel Travers Mackel Lucille McDonnell Mpress Grace Newburger New Orleans City Park and Botanical Garden New Orleans Museum of Art Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden River Parish Disposal Schlumberger Sherman Productions Terminix Rhett Thiel Tim Trapolin White Oak Productions WVUE Fox 8

Restaurants Blue Frog Chocolates Brocato’s Broussard's Restaurant Byblos Mediterranean Cuisine Cabot Cheese City Park Catering Cool Brew Coffee Court of Two Sisters Cupcakes & Company Desire Oyster Bar at the Royal Sonesta Dorignac’s Jezz's Kitchen Galvez Restaurant Hurricane BBQ & Seafood Co. Lagniappe Luncheonette & Cafe Lakeview Harbor Maple Street Cafe Mandina’s McAlisters Deli Mondo Mr. John’s Steakhouse Mr. Mudbug Catering NOLA Palace Cafe Parkway Bakery and Tavern Ralph’s on the Park Riverside Grill

Russell’s Short Stop Po-Boys Sammy's Deli Sucre The Columns Hotel Tony Mandina’s Toots ‘n Bunny Venezia’s Whole Foods Zea Rotisserie & Grill

Sponsors

Mr & Mrs Edmund Schrenk Jackie & Bruce Shreves State-Investors Bank TechniCAL Putter Gibby Andry, The Andry Law Firm Michelle Barkemeyer Mr & Mrs R. Stephen Chauvin Laura & Philip Claverie Ed Smith’s Stencil Works, LTD

Hole In One Capital One Bank The Theresa Bittenbring Marque and John Henry Marque Fund Nineteenth Hole Republic National Distributing Company Double Eagle Gustaf Westfeldt McIlhenny Family Foundation Eagle Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC Superior Energy Services, Inc. Birdie Cashio Cochran, LLC EarthSavers Latter and Blum Property Management, Inc Lupo Enterprises, LLC Projects with Purpose Textron Marine and Land Systems A Friend of City Park Anonymous Donor Par Adams and Reese LLP Mr & Mrs Alfred Brown, III Peter & Karen DeBlieux Mr & Mrs Ralph O. Brennan Dot's Diner/ Larry Katz Sally Duplantier David & Dessa Giffin Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman Hahn Enterprises, Inc. Harrah’s New Orleans Denise & Bill Hoffman Lynne & Patrick Ross Dessa Rutter & Family Schlumberger Mary & Justin Schmidt

Jeanie Favret & Family Thomas B. Favrot Family Fund Barbara & Keith Hammett Keith & Mary Johnson David E Koch Hansen Koch Laitram, LLC Janet and Roger Larue State Representative Nick Lorusso Peggy & Burgess McCranie Alane & Bob Nuzum Jim & Denise Tebbe Knox Tumlin Timothy Young

Broussard’s

Caterer Patti Constantin and her staff .... purveyors of fine fare for Lark’s Patron Party!

pe tomatoes p remoulade with gra NOLA serving shrim

Photo credit: Mike Maples

Special Thanks

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“Every great city needs a great park that needs great friends!”

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Mark Your Calendar April 3, 2011

“Latin Sunday in City Park” April 9, 2011

“Fabergé Egg Hunt” April 27, 2011 (Rain Date: April 28)

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Concert May 13, 2011

“Cork in the Park” September 16, 2011

“Martini Madness”

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