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This is St. Charles Avenue’s 14th compendium of weddings featuring six local couples – Christina Marie DeLucca and Brent James Gibbs; Katherine Duncan du Quesnay and Peter “Perry” Murray Cunningham Jr.; Frances Brett Ford and James Martial Lapeyre; Elizabeth Hallowell Gardiner and Clifford Sewall Webster Jr.; Kathryn Lane Scanlon and James Campbell Roche; and Rebecca Ann Shultz and Dr. Daniel Goddard Lester – starting on pg. 45.

Blooming With Business Summer along Metairie Road by Kelcy Wilburn photos by Mike Lirette



St. Charles Avenue’s Guide to Entertaining

St. Charles Avenue’s Weddings

Top tips for a new social season

by Mirella Cameran

by Mirella Cameran

On the Cover The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s largest gala, “O What A Night!” is an unparalleled celebration of Southern art, culture and cuisine. The glamorous black-tie event on Saturday, October 21, will highlight the important mission of the Ogden Museum: to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. This year’s honoree is Pamela Joyner, whose collection of modern and contemporary work

by African and African Diasporan artists will form the basis for the upcoming exhibition “Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection,” presented by The Helis Foundation. The exhibit will be on view at the Ogden September 30 to January 21, after which it will begin its tour of the United States. Ogden Museum of Southern Art Executive Director William Pittman Andrews, The Helis Foundation Managing Director Jessie Schott Haynes, “O What A Night!” Co-Chairman Alexa Georges and

Photographed by Philip Friedman, Hearst StudioD Special thanks to The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Communication’s Director Miriam Taylor for her invaluable assistance.

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The Helis Foundation President David Kerstein invite you to enjoy a gourmet gala dinner by chef Justin Devillier, cocktails, music, décor by Ware Porter a live auction featuring artists Elizabeth Bick, Mallory Page, Aron Belka, George Dunbar, Gregory Saunders, David Borgerding, Ida Kohlmeyer, Michael Deas and John Alexander, and more. The evening will begin at 6 p.m., and will be held at the museum. For tickets, call 539-9618 or visit OgdenMuseum. org/event/o-what-a-night.

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In Every Issue



10 & 12


Editors’ Notes

Entertaining With Bev



Making a difference

Swim 4 Success: Empowering youth through swimming

Philanthropic Fun

16 Kids Play

The Music Box Village: Profound sounds from ordinary scenes 18 What’s Hot

Casino Royale A lively fundraiser for The Children’s Hospital Family Housing Initiative transported guests to Monte Carlo. 24

On the Menu

Champions of Play More than 400 partygoers joined NORD’s inaugural benefit gala. 26

Savoring Summer: Executive Chef Chip Flanagan shares Ralph’s on the Park’s Crab and Mango Salad

A Dozen Decades National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section reached a major milestone. 28

Sports & Spirit 20

22 The Dish

Lighten Up: Fresh and bright flavors for the hottest days of summer

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Parisian Party “Parkway Promenade” supported the goals of Jefferson Beautification, Inc. 34 Highlighting Heritage The French Quarter Festival’s opening night gala benefited the city’s culture. 36 Extraordinary Entrepreneurship The Tulane University Freeman School of Business hosted a gala to recognize innovative endeavors. 38

Sipping In Style: Old-fashioned tea party at the historic Pitot House 66 Young Bloods

Sydney Petite Hinds: Founder & CEO, The Village Anthology 69 Student Activist

Mallory Elizabeth Lightfoot: Academy of the Sacred Heart 70 Shop Talk

Ellen LeMaire: General Manager, NOPSI Hotel 71 Shop Talk

Kristi Brocato: Owner, The Basketry 72

Trailblazers Through Time “Jewish Roots of Past, Present & Future Gala” applauded JCRS leaders’ commitment to children. 30 Dedicated to Dance Women and Men of Fashion hosted a luncheon to benefit ballet and dance training in New Orleans. 32

Summertime Spectacle The Shops at Canal Place hosted the annual “Sippin’ in Seersucker.” 40


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Gracious Generosity Bridge House / Grace House celebrated its 60-year anniversary with the 21st annual “Cochon Cotillion.” 42


Swimming With Sharks: Stocking the Aquarium of the Americas

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The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a gem in our city and is known internationally as a repository for the most fabulous Southern artists and their creations. This year, the biggest gala for the museum, “O What A Night!” will be held Saturday, October 21, and will honor Pamela Joyner & The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. The exhibition, “Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection,” presented by The Helis Foundation, will be on view at the Ogden September 30 to January 21. The exhibition will begin its tour of the United States here in New Orleans, which is a huge feather in our cap! Thanks to our cover models: Ogden Museum of Southern Art Executive Director William Pittman Andrews, The Helis Foundation Managing Director Jessie Schott Haynes, “O What A Night!” Co-Chairman Alexa Georges and The Helis Foundation President David Kerstein. Guests will be treated to a fabulous black-tie evening spotlighting the collection, along with a gourmet gala dinner by chef Justin Devillier, cocktails, music, décor by Ware Porter a live auction featuring artists Elizabeth Bick, Mallory Page, Aron Belka, George Dunbar, Gregory Saunders, David Borgerding, Ida Kohlmeyer, Michael Deas and John Alexander, and more. The evening will begin at 6 p.m., and will be held at the museum. For tickets, call 539-9618 or visit You don’t want to miss this amazing night! Attention brides and grooms: In this year’s annual St. Charles Avenue’s Weddings we’re bringing you weddings that were held in Maine, Alys Beach, Florida and, of course, in New Orleans. Thanks to Christina Marie deLucca and Brent James Gibbs; Katherine Duncan du Quesnay and Peter “Perry” Murray Cunningham Jr.; Frances Brett Ford and James Martial Lapeyre; Elizabeth Hallowell Gardiner and Clifford Sewall Webster Jr.; Kathryn Lane Scanlon and James Campbell Roche; and Rebecca Ann Shultz and Dr. Daniel Goddard Lester for sharing their memories with us! We all love our shops and restaurants on Metairie Road, so check out our feature that spotlights new places and our old favorites, from I’Land PediSpa to The Linen Registry. All of our children and grandchildren are involved with baseball, golf, swimming and more sporting activities for the summer, so check out What’s Hot Sports and Spirit, where you’ll find a Superdome certified bag, gold sneakers and great accessories in between. Last but not least, our annual Guide to Entertaining offers more than 20 tips and tricks from local experts – including new trends and new ways to use old pieces. I hope you’ll celebrate the last days of summer in special ways; there are so many fun things to do with families here in New Orleans, so take advantage of our parks, museums, restaurants and more! Happy end of summer,

Beverly Reese Church

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August is the turning point in our minds between summer and fall (even if the temperature doesn’t actually get cooler). But before we jump into pumpkin spice, turning leaves and football, football, football, let’s take time for (at least) one more trip to the beach and plan one more summer blowout before going back to school. To that end, look to our What’s Hot for Sports and Spirit for your new favorite sports-related accessory, and to our feature on Metairie Road to be reminded of some favorite stores and introduced to new ones. We also bring you our annual Guide to Entertaining, which this year highlights more than 20 tips from 12 local experts. August is also our annual Weddings issue. This, our 14th compendium, brings you a curated selection of six locals’ weddings for your enjoyment that prove no matter the size, location or opulence, love shines through. The old adage goes “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby carriage,” and as we go to press, that’s what I’m preparing for right now. Thank you to all of your who have sent me kind words and advice; I’m excited for this new stage of my life and look forward to catching up with you all in the September issue. With that in mind, that issue will bring our Registry of Charitable Events: September-December 2017. If you have a nonprofit event taking place during those months, be sure to fill out our online form so that we can include it: Enjoy the rest of your summer and keep that sunscreen handy!

Morgan Packard Griffith

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August Events 3-6 “New Orleans Antiques Forum,” benefiting The

Historic New Orleans Collection, 523-4662, AntiquesForum.html 11 “Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner,” benefiting Susan

G. Komen New Orleans, 455-7310 19 Fifth annual “Mom’s Night Out,” benefiting

New Orleans Moms Blog, 19 “101 Donations Presents ‘Bow Wow Luau,’”

benefiting City Bark, 483-9377 26 Sixth annual “Senior Moments,” benefiting

Jefferson Council on Aging, 207-4691 26 18th annual “CHAIRish the Children,” benefiting

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Swim 4 Success Empowering youth through swimming By Catherine Freeman

In New Orleans, we seem to spend most of the summer months figuring out how to stay cool. It is a challenge but luckily there are some viable remedies to help beat the heat: snowballs, award-winning museums, art galleries, performing arts venues and restaurants. But probably one of the more popular options for all ages is found in the oasis of the nearest swimming pool. One of my favorite summertime memories is of my children with wrinkled fingertips, “green” chlorine hair and bloodshot eyes being coaxed out of the pool after hours of unbridled fun. That bliss found through swimming is a gift former Tulane University student Laura White felt compelled to share with all local children, despite limited access to instruction and pools. After she rescued five children from drowning during an outing to a local lake in Georgia, the then-15-year-old White realized the true inaccessibility of swimming lessons. In July 2006, White and her swim team friends, coaches and swim parents organized volunteers to teach lessons in various pool locations in the Atlanta area. The organization became so successful she expanded the program to New Orleans in 2008 while a Tulane student. Having now taught hundreds of children, Swim 4 Success in New Orleans thrives through the volunteer support of Tulane students and university funding. Over 50 trained volunteers offer free water safety and basic swimming skills at the Reily Center over eight weeks to 75 students in the fall and spring. The five Sunday afternoon one-hour sessions for children ages 5 to 15 have become so popular there is a two-year waiting list for new students. Fortunately, the program was able to offer an additional class during the 2016-2017 sessions, but hopes to accommodate

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even more interested students in the future either at Tulane or other area pools. Swim 4 Success has also recently added healthy snacks and nutrition education to each session and is searching for outlets to provide a higher level of instruction or swim team opportunities for its program graduates. The Swim 4 Success Executive Board of 10 Tulane students and an advisor from the Tulane Department of the Center for Public Service is inspired to continue to grow the mission and reach of the program to an even larger audience of low-income families in New Orleans. Picture the face of the child finding the courage to jump off the side of the pool into the water for the first time. It is one of fear, excitement and then pride as the instructor applauds the accomplishment. Executive Director and Tulane senior Alex Pavlakis says, “The members of Swim 4 Success are committed to providing safety as well as creating a bond between the Tulane

community and the New Orleans community. Our members have been privileged to be involved with swimming in one way or another, and through this program we are able to share these enjoyable experiences with New Orleans’ children. We realize our ability to affect the lives of these children, whether it’s providing a safety service, a consistent weekly exercise program or a place to talk and play with one of our instructors.” Swim 4 Success is providing the invaluable service of saving lives through water safety education but the organization is giving back so much more by empowering low-income New Orleans youth through sharing the undeniable pleasures of swimming. n

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The Music Box Village Profound sounds from ordinary scenes By CeCe Colhoun

Finding The Music Box village was slightly outside of my proverbial box, but upon entering there’s an immediate magic in the herbally enriched air, an energy that’s almost tangible. Saying that the village incorporates natural elements and respects the placement of the topography of the location would be an understatement – the ticket box, for instance, is built around a tall and slender young tree. Immediately you get the sense of the use of natural elements, almost in a state of decay; objects that one typically thinks of as debris are used in a newly formed manner. This invites deterioration in a way that New Orleanians revere and are familiar with; maybe because we have to be, but also because it’s the product of the environment in which we live. Our tepid, dank air seems to strangle every element it touches, causing boards to creak, tin to rust and wood to rot. At The Music Box Village they see this as an opportunity; they’re inspired by the unique architectural elements of New Orleans and they quite literally see the music in them. At the village, they claim that, “The project pushes artistic boundaries, but more importantly it brings together people of all stripes for a heartwarming, creative experience that has equal appeal for a musical giant such as Thurston Moore or a gaggle of 5-year-olds.” When speaking with Jay Pennington, one of the founders of the project, he explains the concept as creating instrumental houses that embody the sounds of your home by using ruins of old homes such as reclaimed wood and rusty tin. The village began as a nomadic project; the installations were intentionally movable so each of the tiny houses could be broken down and put back together with ease. In 2016, The Music Box Village found its 16 st. charles Avenue AUGUST 2017

permanent home, and with this came the opportunity to make it even more dynamic. The village, which welcomes children as long as they’re accompanied by adults, allows adults to “get just as weird as the kids,” says Pennington. On Thursdays during the school year they provide regular educational programming, and children can come and make their own music. My personal favorite of the houses is the “Chateau Poulet,” where you pull and hold ropes to unleash sonic fans. The results are hissing, high pitched tones that can easily be manipulated to make a rhythmic tune. Another favorite is “The Shake House,” which claps together old, squeaking floorboards. Being inside these houses immediately catapulted me into my childhood and cauterized my deep love and heritage for the homes we all know and love so deeply. Everyone knows that the sound of a whirring fan, especially in the depths of the humid haze of August, is a profound survival tool. And we memorize the location and sound of the swelling and shrinking boards beneath our feet so we might reliably step on or avoid them if, for instance, trying to sneak away from a sleeping baby. Pennington and his team have taken these everyday elements and placed our imaginations in them. When coupled with profound professional musicians, the result is vibrant and new. Over time, The Music Box Village will become a landmark cultural center for New Orleans children to use as another venue to embrace and explore music in a less conventional way.

In my opinion, the most profound effort of this project is that it appeals to child and parent alike to think of music in newfound ways, and reminds us that music isn’t limited to speakers – it’s everywhere. Through the noise you can always hear the music – if you step outside of your box. n

Just the Facts: 4557 N. Rampart St. “Find us in the grove of trees where Rampart Street ends, at the levee in the Bywater neighborhood. Hours are subject to change and based on a month-to-month basis; check website. Online tickets are Will Call; there are no paper or e-tickets issued. Check in at the Will Call window on arrival, or print your confirmation email and show it with your ID at the back entry gate. Online ticketing closes at midnight, the night before each show. Admission: $12; local admission and kids 5-18: $5; Free for kids 5 & under. Beverages: Their bar offers coffee, soft drinks, water and more. Private Event Rentals are offered Disclaimer: “The Music Box Village is a oneof-a-kind, artist-built sculpture garden. We require children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult at all times, with a minimum of one adult per three children due to safety concerns. … While we welcome exploration and play, children must be supervised at all times due to the delicate nature of our instruments. The Music Box Village isn’t intended as a playground. Entry is at your own risk.” 17

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Sports & Spirit By Amy Gabriel

Here in the Crescent City we take our love of the game very seriously, and are just as fanatical about our spirited accessories. Look stadium chic with these tailgate-friendly trends that are sure to complement your season tickets. n

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� 1. A set of linen blend cocktail napkins not only deliver a game day motto to live by, but also make for an elegant watch party hostess gift. Jane Hudson Napkins,

2. Wear your LSU team spirit around your neck with a ferocious football tiger pendant. Cristy’s Collection, Adler’s, 722 Canal St., 523-5292; 3301 Veterans Blvd., 523-5292; Detour Nola, 3363 Severn Ave., 862-6652,

3. A feminine way to be a fanatic, this darling little ruffle bomber by Frame is perfect to throw on for a night game. FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250,

4. A clear bucket bag from local label Flying Fox is fashion forward and stadium approved. Available in black or tan leather. Flying Fox,

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5. He will score style points in a 100 percent cotton jersey rugby shirt in a winning black and gold striped pattern. Perlis. 6070 Magazine St.; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd.; 600 Decatur St.;

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6. You’ll wish every game had a midday kick-off when you’ve got a pair of Allied Metal Works from Japan. $630. Art & Eyes, 3708 Magazine St., 891.4494. Cheryl taking image. 7. Start a new pregame ritual by lighting your Drew Brees candle. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800; 526 Royal St., 569-0005; 8. Step up your shoe game with a brushed, antique gold pair of Johnston Murphy sneakers. Ballin’s, LTD, 721 Dante St., 866-4367; 2917 Magazine St., 8914502; 806 East Boston St., Covington, (985) 8920025; 19

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Savoring Summer Executive Chef Chip Flanagan shares Ralph’s on the Park’s Crab and Mango Salad

Crab and Mango Salad 4 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat, picked clean 1½ ounces crème fraîche 2 teaspoons chives, sliced thinly ½ ounce sunflower sprouts 2 ounces heirloom tomatoes, sliced ½-inch thick 3 ounces mango, sliced thinly 6 teaspoons olive oil 6 teaspoons Mango Vinegar *recipe below ½ ounce snap peas ½ ounce radish, sliced thin using a mandolin 1 ounce cane vinegar 1 crispy cracker, for garnish Directions Heat a large skillet on high heat. Add a thin layer of blended oil to the hot skillet and wipe out most (skillet shouldn’t be dry but you shouldn’t see any running oil when you tilt it). Place tomato slices in skillet with 1 inch of space in between each and char for 5 minutes; don’t remove until you can see a black rim around each slice. After 2 minutes of charring, turn heat down slightly. Very carefully, remove slices with a metal fish spatula. Only cook one side of tomato, then spread slices on a sheet pan to cool. Once you’ve charred all tomatoes, drizzle slices with olive oil and cane vinegar. Season each with salt and pepper. Cut slices into quarters. Blanch snap peas in boiling water for 10 seconds, then chill immediately in ice water. Slice thinly on the bias. Toss crabmeat with crème fraîche and chives, and season with salt. Toss radishes, peas and sprouts with olive oil and season with salt.

Mango Vinegar 1 mango 1 pint white wine vinegar Directions Peel, slice and purée mango. Add puréed mango to a good white wine vinegar. Infuse for a week in an airtight container, then strain.

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Ralph’s on the Park 900 City Park Ave. 488-1000

To plate: Lightly drizzle the inner rim of the plate with mango vinegar. Place two separate spoonfuls of crab on top of mango vinegar. Alternating ingredients, lean 3 slices of charred tomato, peas, mango and radishes on the crab. Spread sprouts over the crab and vegetables. Season the salad with additional mango vinegar and garnish with a crispy cracker. 21

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Lighten Up

Steak Salad from Namese

Fresh and bright flavors for the hottest days of summer By Jyl Benson

For several months now,

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to step outside has meant enduring the feeling that a big dog is breathing on me and I’ve devolved into my annual summer Smoke & Mirrors Act. Dressing for a business meeting means tossing a flowing tunic or a feather-weight wrap over my yoga pants and sports bra, slipping into ballet flats and accessorizing with jewelry and a handbag designed to distract, while hoping no one notices what a hot, sweaty mess I really am. Mine is hardly an original method of dealing with the persistent heat: Every woman fortunate enough to work in a creative profession seems to be sporting some variation of my summer uniform as we look upon our proper, office-bound sisters who must suit up to the nines each day. With my hair pulled back in a ponytail or worse, clamped atop my head in a configuration resembling a whale spout, I gaze upon those polished women with a mixture of both pity and awe. I could no more pull off coiffed hair, full makeup, a proper blouse, suit and heels in the swelter of August than I could scarf down a bowl of thick, dark Cajun gumbo, meaty cassoulet or braised short ribs. I relish those foods on the coldest days of winter but right now? No way.

When the heat is on I crave fresh, often chilled offerings like the Hawaiian raw fish salads at Poke Loa. Here, diners build their own one-bowl meals starting with a base of white or brown rice or mixed greens; protein options that include fresh, butchered-in-house yellowtail, tuna, octopus, salmon, spicy tuna or tofu; and either baby cucumbers, sweet onions or fresh cilantro. Diners then further customize their meals with an array of sauces and toppings, including seaweed salad, mango, three kinds of tobiko, citrusy Ponzu, sesame oil, lemon-miso aioli, chili paste, macadamia nuts, sesame seeds, edamame or pickled ginger. If you’re lazy, like me, a selection of signature bowls are also available. The $15 King Loa Bowl is fresh, flavorful, visually stunning and abundant enough for two to share. It includes a base of white rice and spring mix; two scoops of each salmon and tuna; cilantro sprigs, cucumbers, tamari, sesame oil and seeds; chili paste, crab salad, edamame, seaweed salad and red, orange and wasabi tobiko; lemon miso; and avocado.

New Orleans Social House 746 Tchoupitoulas St. 581-1103 Namese 4077 Tulane Ave. 483-8899 Pizza Domenica 4933 Magazine St. 301-4978 Poke Loa 3341 Magazine St. 309-9993

Try This: Creole Cuisine Concepts has a new hots pot in the Warehouse District. New Orleans Social House (NOSH) features a relaxed atmosphere, an international wine list, craft cocktails from Bar Manager Jay Teichmann and live music every night. An inventive, progressive small plates menu from kitchen king chef Michael Farrell, who recently returned from a years-long stint at a posh resort in the Bahamas, encourages sharing with plenty of snacks, flatbreads, tartines and a fresh seafood bar. Look for house-made fingerling potato chips with shallot cream dip, charcuterie, a Brussels sprout salad, Gulf shrimp spring rolls, bison sliders, lobster tacos and beef carpaccio. The seafood bar shimmers with Gulf oysters, salmon carpaccio, Hamachi tiradito, Peruvian ceviche and grilled octopus carpaccio.

If raw fish is simply not your jam, Pizza Domenica’s fire-roasted Cauliflower Steak with toasted pine nuts, Parmigiano Reggiano and whipped goat feta is perfect for a shared appetizer and the light tastes – both warm and cool at once – make it just right for summer. Follow it up with a Roasted Carrot Pizza with goat cheese, red onion, Brussels sprouts, beets and hazelnuts from the wood-burning oven and you have the perfect, satisfying summer date night meal that feels virtuous, too. One the other side of town Namese offers a selection of Vietnamese entrée salads. The Asian Slaw combines fresh herbs with grilled pork belly, grilled shrimp and the bracing house dressing. The classic Papaya Salad substitutes the fresh herbs for a base of sturdy ribbons of julienned green papaya; and the Vietnamese Steak Salad features mixed greens and pickled vegetables n 23

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Casino Royale


A lively fundraiser for The Children’s Hospital Family Housing Initiative transported guests to Monte Carlo. By Shelby Simon

The 36th annual “Sugarplum Ball” themed “Casino Royale: A Night in Monte Carlo,” funded The Children’s Hospital Family Housing Initiative. The facilities, located across the street from the hospital, will provide patient families from all over Louisiana with a place to stay just a short walk away from their child. The event raised more than $318,000 for this initiative. This year’s “Sugarplum Ball” Co-Chairs Cherie Albro and Jamie Cangelosi attended the ball with their husbands, Donald and John, respectively. Children’s Hospital President and CEO Mary Perrin presented the 2017 “Sugarplum Ball” honorees, Maureen and Whit Huguley. The couple was chosen as honorees for their philanthropic contributions, both to Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees and as current members of the Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health Boards of Trustees, in addition to numerous other community achievements. “Royal Flush,” “Full House” and “High Roller” sponsors were invited to the exclusive VIP party aboard the “Le Train Bleu” train cars. Restaurant August serves hors d’oeuvres during the hour-long party. The main event, inside the transformed train station decorated in scarlet and gold, housed two bars, 38 restaurant serving stations, the silent auction, casino tables and the main stage, which was complete with a wall of meticulously handmade red rosettes. The sold out “On the Rocks” raffle offered guests the chance to win an array of prizes, including Kendra Scott jewelry and gift cards. The James Martin Jazz band entertained patrons at the Le Train Bleu VIP Party. Four Unplugged entertained as guests danced and bid on spectacular auction items, including a brand-new Subaru Outback 2.5i premium,VIP tickets to a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in Burbank, California, a seven-night stay at a resort in Aruba and “Inside the Ropes” passes to the 2017 Zurich Classic. n



Event at a Glance What: “Sugarplum Ball,” benefiting Children’s Hospital Where: New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

1. John and Co-Chair Jamie Cangelosi with Co-Chair Cherie and Donald Albro 2. President and CEO Mary Perrin with David and Dottie Haydel 3. Cheryl and Mayor Mitch Landrieu with VP Development Alicia Franck and COO Justin Olsen 4. Stephen Dwyer and Jennifer Van Vrancken 5. Honorees Whit and Maureen Huguley with Gordie Huguley 6. Jason and Liz Broekman, Tammy O’Shea, Jackie Bryant and Todd Shexnayder

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Champions of Play


More than 400 partygoers joined NORD’s inaugural benefit gala. By Shelby Simon

The New Orleans Recreation Department hosted its inaugural fundraising gala at Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium honoring longtime supporters Peyton Manning and Jerome Smith. Freedom Rider and community leader Jerome Smith was presented the Unsung Hero Award by Sybil Haydel Morial. Peyton Manning, Legacy Tribute Recipient and former NORD participant, was awarded for his commitment to philanthropy. Manning accepted his reward “talk show style” with an interview from his older brother, Cooper Manning. NORD also recognized individuals and organizations who have honored major commitments to revitalize NORD with the “Wall of Fame” distinction award, presented to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City of New Orleans; Andy Kopplin, City of New Orleans; Mark Hatfield, Chevron; Charles Rice, Entergy New Orleans; Ashton Ryan, First NBC Bank; Robert Boh, Boh Brothers; Bobby Garon, NORD Citizens Advisory Panel; and Roy Glapion, NORD Citizens Advisory Panel. Mayor Mitch Landrieu opened up the program, and NORD Foundation Chairman Louis Lauricella, gave welcome remarks. Traffic reporter Tamica Lee of WWL-TV served as emcee. Prior to the gala, around 200 people attended the Patron Party, which featured cuisine by Olive Blue Catering and offered a photo opportunity with Legacy Tribute Recipient Peyton Manning. Food for the gala was provided by Zea’s, 1718 Catering| Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Odi’s Cookies, Marché, Tommy’s Cuisine, Boulevard American Bistro, Galatoire’s and Bombay Club. Libations were provided by Sazerac Company and Coca-Cola. Piano students from NORD performed selections from their musical repertoire. The event also featured a silent auction, which included sports memorabilia, dining experiences and excursions. n



Event at a Glance What: “CHAMPIONS Inaugural Gala,” benefiting New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation Where: Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium

1. Honoree Andy Kopplin, Fran Gladden, Tiffany Adler and Anthony Pope 2. Archie, May, Olivia and Cooper Manning 3. Honoree Roy Glapion and Scott Howard 4. James Gray and Karla Rivera 5. Jerome Jupiter, Susan Landry and Judge Byron C. Williams 6. Mark Hatfield, Betty Lauricella, Annie LaRock and Louis Lauricella

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A Dozen Decades


National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section reached a major milestone. By Shelby Simon

The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section celebrated 120 years of dedicated service, social justice and advocacy in the New Orleans area. NCJW’s achievements and the women who have led the organization over the decades were honored at the celebration at Metairie Country Club. Barbara Kaplinsky, new President of NCJW 2017-2019, and Eileen Wallen served as Gala Co-Chairs, assisted by a committee of 35 members. Susan Kierr served as the organization’s President, and Angela Hill served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Past Presidents of NCJW were honored at the gala, which included a video presentation about the 120 years of the local organization. The video highlighted the local chapter’s history, featured interviews with some of the Presidents and shared many of NCJW’s accomplishments over the years. Major sponsors included The Angel Wings Foundation, Sara Stone, Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel LLC. The Patron Party preceding the event took place on the patio with a view of the grounds, and featured Rhodes Spedale & Live Jazz Group. Later at the gala, guests enjoyed dancing to the sounds of the Yat Pack Band and bid on an assortment of 90 items at the silent auction. President Susan Kierr and Vice-President of Development Barbara Greenberg led a historical tribute display and cake lighting ceremony, surrounded by the Past Presidents in attendance: Julanne Isaacson, Celia Katz, Beth Bloch Rosenthal, Flo Schornstein, Joan Berenson, Barbara Bresler, Beth Hershberg, Dana Shepard, Mimi Schlesinger, Loel Weil Samuel, Pamela Lyles, Shellye Farber, Ina Weber Davis, June Leopold and Susan Kierr. n



Event at a Glance What: “A Dozen Decades of Dedication,” benefiting National Council of Jewish Women GNO When: Saturday, April 22 Where: Metairie Country Club

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

1. Irwin Marcus and Mistress of Ceremonies Angela Hill with President and Gala Co-Chair Barbara and Mark Kaplinsky 2. Event Co-Chair Eileen Wallen, Past President Susan Kierr, Vice-President of Development Barbara Greenberg, Gail Fenton Pesses 3. Past Presidents Ana Gershanik and Mimi Schlesinger 4. Past President Dana Shepard, Kathy Shepard and Past President Flo Schornstein 5. Tricia Kirschman Past President Ina Weber Davis, Carole Neff and Liz Kahn 6. Sue Singer, Patty Barnett and Susan Hess



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Trailblazers Through Time


“Jewish Roots of Past, Present & Future Gala” applauded JCRS leaders’ commitment to children. By Shelby Simon

The “Jewish Roots of Past, Present & Future Gala” honored all Jewish Children’s Regional Service former Presidents and Scholarship Committee Chairs for their leadership and commitment to improving the lives of Jewish children throughout the South. The “Past, Present & Future” theme carried throughout the night’s festivities by highlighting New Orleans’ culinary institutions past and present. Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts presented the entire menu to more than 350 attendees at the cocktail reception and throughout a three-course dinner from many of its establishments, including Broussard’s, The Bombay Club, Tommy’s Cuisine, Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails and special event venue Marché. A NOCCA jazz ensemble provided musical entertainment. New Orleans native Amanda Abrams, Chief Program & Innovation Officer at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and JCRS past camp and college aid recipient, shared her personal “success story” journey to JCRS during a brief program. Today, JCRS provides scholarships, support and services to Jewish youth in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants and assistance to children with special needs. Sheila Gold served as Gala Chair, along with Vice-Chairs Ellen Balkin, Tracey Dodd, Laura Glazer, Amy GainsburghHaspel and Hallie Timm. n



Event at a Glance What: “Jewish Roots of Past, Present & Future Gala,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service When: Saturday, April 1

1. Hugo and Lis Kahn 2. Joan and Dr. Gerald Berenson with Betty Kohn 3. Brian and Lisa Katz with Michelle and Shea Soll 4. Josh and Mia Kaston with Betsy and Jeff Kaston and Stephanie Kaston and R.J. Gutierrez 5. David and Helen Schneider 6. Joshua, Chaviva, Charisse, Mark, Mirit and Sara Sands

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

Where: Hyatt Regency



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Dedicated to Dance


Women and Men of Fashion hosted a luncheon to benefit ballet and dance training in New Orleans. By Shelby Simon

For the past decade, the members of Women and Men of Fashion have worked alongside the New Orleans Ballet Association’s staff and board and the members of BRAVO (Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization) to benefit the nationally award-winning education and scholarship programs of NOBA. At this year’s “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show,” Men of Fashion presented the Emeritus Award to Mr. James E. Fitzmorris Jr. and the Women of Fashion presented the Founder’s Award to Dr. Aysen Young. The annual luncheon highlight, Jeff Chouest of Jeff ’s Haberdashery and Rebecca Nordgren of Chatta Box presented the runway Fashion Show for this year’s event, which featured New Orleans notables in addition to professional models. A Champagne Reception sponsored by Brown-Forman preceded the luncheon, and the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans generously hosted an Honorees’ Cocktail Reception. The main event featured a silent auction, which included more than 120 prizes such as artwork, vacations, restaurant gift certificates, concert tickets, Saints tickets, jewelry, golf packages and more. Auctioneers Brett and Cheryl Baumann led the live auction of a four-day stay in a luxury penthouse in Chicago donated by Carl Panebiango. A raffle featured a $2,500 Rubenstein’s Shopping Spree and an exquisite sterling silver and diamond David Yurman Wheaton ring donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. There was also a champagne pull, which for the third year sold out bottles of champagne donated by members. Luncheon Chairs were Melanie Cannatella and Cheryl Georgusis; Juli Miller Hart served as emcee. n



Event at a Glance When: Wednesday, April 5 Where: Hilton Riverside New Orleans

1. Honorees Joseph S. DiFatta Jr., Patricia Riddlebarger and Steen Trotter 2. Honorees Monique Gougisha Doucette and Walter J. Leger III with Lori Ramsey 3. Hall of Fame Honorees Ashton Ryan Jr. and Teresa Guzzetta with Jeff Chouest Jr., Rebecca Nordgren and Jeff Chouest III.

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

What: “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show,” benefiting Women of Fashion & Men of Fashion

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Parisian Party


“Parkway Promenade” supported the goals of Jefferson Beautification, Inc. By Shelby Simon

Jefferson Beautification, Inc. honored Dr. Joseph Rumage with the Frederick Law Olmsted lifetime achievement award for his continued support of beautification and environmental education. The “April in Paris” theme came to fruition via a delightful Parisian atmosphere in pink and black, as well as a wall mural of Paris at night created by artist Michelle Martinez. The annual ensemble content brought out creative Parisian attire. Contest winners were: JoAnn Bohm, Laura Grasso, Joyce Laporte, Dr. Jane Miller, Debbie Mora, Dr. Henry Andressen, Rusty Bang, Jerry Fucich, Dr. Robbie Gaffney, Jeri Nims, Paulette Stewart and Valerie Hart. The sit-down dinner featured French cuisine by chef Denis Hutley of Chateau Country Club. The Get Back Band provided easy listening and lively dance music. Entertainment by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society featured can-can dancers and aria by soloists. Presented by Auctioneer Henry Shane, the live auction prize was a giclée by internationally renowned artist and Honorary Chairman James Michalopoulos. Sharon Hannahan served as Event Chairman and Todd Matherne as Corporate Chairman; 320 attended the benefit. n



Event at a Glance When: Sunday, April 2 Where: Chateau Country Club

1. Kay Donnelly and Honoree Dr. Joseph Rumage 2. Beulah Oswald-Soto, Event Chairman Sharon Hannahan and Debbie Settoon 3. Joy Shane, Honorary Chairman James Michalopoulos and Auctioneer Henry and Pat Shane

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

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Highlighting Heritage


The French Quarter Festival’s opening night gala benefited the city’s culture. By Shelby Simon

More than 450 partygoers took over Antoine’s to kick off the French Quarter Festival at its opening night gala. This is the fourth year French Quarter Festivals, Inc. has given away fundraising generated from the opening night gala, and this year’s event showed support for The Roots of Music and New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint as beneficiaries committed to the young musicians of New Orleans and the cultural and musical heritage of the city. The Patron Party preceded the event, featuring entertainment by Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz. Players Ella and Louie Tribute Band kicked off the gala with a performance in the Antoine’s Annex, while Sarah Quintana performed upstairs. Patrons mingled throughout Antoine’s many themed dining rooms and enjoyed the restaurant’s cuisine and an open bar. The dynamic crowd included artists, public officials, festival organizers, the Merry Antoinettes and more. Emcee Dino Hanson welcomed guests and introduced event speakers, which included Jeremy Thibodeaux, Chairman of the Board; Emily Madero, Incoming FQFI President and CEO; Leah Brown, Policy Government and Public Affairs Manager at Chevron to discuss partnership highlights; and Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Romig highlighted the impact of the French Quarter Festival on New Orleans and Louisiana. Event Chairs included Mr. and Mrs. Barrett Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Smith and Mr. and Mrs. David Teich. Honorary Chairs were Governor John Bel Edwards, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Chevron Gulf of Mexico VP Mark Hatfield. n



Event at a Glance What: “French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc. Where: Antoine’s

1. Co-Chairs Barrett Cooper, David Teich and Jon Smith with Dennis Pearse 2. Speaker Mark Romig, Honorary Chair Mayor Mitch and Cheryl Landrieu and Tod Smith 3. Chairman of the Board Jeremy and Kelly Thibodeaux, Emcee Dino Hanson and Incoming FQFI President and CEO Emily Madero

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Extraordinary Entrepreneurship


The Tulane University Freeman School of Business hosted a gala to recognize innovative endeavors. By Shelby Simon

The “Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship Gala” celebrated entrepreneurship, honored this year’s awardees, connected students with alumni members and provided the opportunity to network with some of the most successful and well-respected entrepreneurs from around the region. The event began with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner program. The event was attended by 200 guests, who were affiliates of the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, including Hosts Dean Ira and Susan Solomon, Business School Council members, donors, judges for the Tulane Business Model Competition, faculty, staff, alumni, current students and guests of the honorees. During the dinner, there were video presentations highlighting the accomplishments of James J. Buquet III as the Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur, Steve Gleason as the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur. Cash awards were presented to the 2017 Tulane Business Model Competition winners: First prize, Kaleyedos of Johns Hopkins University; second prize, Instapath of Tulane University; and third prize, CMDX Biopsy of Tulane University. The competition, now in its 17th year, offers tens of thousands of dollars in startup funds to student ventures. n



Event at a Glance When: Thursday, April 20 Where: Audubon Tea Room

1. Albert Lepage and Host Dean Ira Solomon 2. Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur James J. Buquet III and Michelle Buquet 3. Tiffany and Robert Mouton

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Summertime Spectacle


The Shops at Canal Place hosted the annual “Sippin’ in Seersucker.” By Shelby Simon

“Sippin’ in Seersucker” kicked off the summer social season for the 13th year with a festive fête at the Shops at Canal Place. Patrons donned seersucker attire, and wined, dined and danced throughout the evening, which benefited the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. An annual highlight, this year’s seersucker content was hosted by Charles Divins and judged by Jolie Bensen Hamilton and Sarah Dewey Petitto, owners of the clothing company Jolie & Elizabeth. Judges roamed the crowd to select participants for this fun-spirited event. Patrons danced to music by Little Freddie King and Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses. There was also a Big Easy Photo Booth for attendees to commemorate the evening. Cocktail and food stations spanned throughout the first two floors of Canal Place. Several restaurants offered up light bites and beverages, including Aunt Sally’s Pralines, Fulton Alley, Gordon Biersch, Highly Seasoned Catering, The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Tsunami, Vega Tapas Cafe, Willie Mae’s, 14 Parishes, Banana Blossom, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, Petit Lion, Pralines by Jean, Salon by Sucré, Silk Road and The American Sector. A raffle included gift cards to The Shops at Canal Place; wine and beer packages; an entertainment package including a meal at Café Amelie; a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez; choice of a tour from Haunted History Walking Tours; and more. Event Co-Chairs were L. Kasimu Harris, Ariel M. Wilson, Benjy Lowry and Shelly Gallender. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, April 21 Where: Shops at Canal Place 1. Event Co-Chairs L. Kasimu Harris, Ariel M. Wilson, Shelly Gallender and Benjy Lowry 2. Contest Judge Sarah Dewey Petitto, Emcee Charles Divins and Contest Judge Jolie Bensen Hamilton 3. Roger Ogden, Mollye Demosthenidy, Jessie Haynes and Andrew Freeman

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

What: “Sippin’ in Seersucker,” benefiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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Gracious Generosity Bridge House / Grace House celebrated its 60-year anniversary with the 21st annual “Cochon Cotillion.” By Shelby Simon

A parody of traditional black-tie galas and customary Mardi Gras balls, “Cochon Cotillion” serves as Bridge House / Grace House’s biggest annual fundraiser. More than 800 patrons attended to support the organization’s critical substance abuse rehabilitation programs, which have served the Greater New Orleans area for 60 years. Jack Jensen and Anne Raymond were honored as Cochon Cotillion XXI’s King and Queen. Event Co-Chairs were Arlene Rome and Tiffany Markey Truxillo, and Bruce Katz served as emcee. Mardi Gras colored uplighting and décor created a festive ambience at Mardi Gras World, which hosted a massive selection of restaurants and beverage purveyors serving specialities to partygoers. The ELS Show Band played in the Main Ballroom while Mike Morris performed in the Bienville Room. Dancers from Muggivan School of Irish Dance performed as guests began to arrive, and Double-Step Cloggers led a second-line entrance into the ballroom alongside the King and Queen, followed by the Court, Patron Party guests and Muggivan Irish Dancers. Later in the evening, the Warren Easton High School Marching Band led the royal court in a miniparade. In addition to participating in this parade, The Pussyfooters and the Double-Step Cloggers performed during the band’s set break. Patrons enjoyed a Photo-To-Geaux Booth, caricatures and face painting from “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont and the Porta-Puppet Players and psychic readings from Sonnet Ireland, The Hypnotic Librarian. The live auction featured a Kendra Scott Jewelry Pull featuring 50 mystery boxes and a raffle for a trip for two to Punta Cana; 75 silent auction item packages included a meet and greet and autographed memorabilia from New York Knicks Forward #42 Lance Thomas, a framed “Drew Brees” George Rodrigue Blue Dog print signed by Drew Brees and an original painting by Terry Marks signed by Drew Brees, Archie Manning and Bobby Hebert. n

What: “Cochon Cotillion XXI,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House When: Saturday, April 8 Where: Mardi Gras World

1. Queen Anne Raymond and King Jack Jensen 2. Event Co-Chairs Arlene Rome and Tiffany Truxillo 3. Harry Schneider with Board Member Karen Tipton and Board President Bill Mimeles

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