St. Charles Avenue January 2020

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Lisa Picone Love Sales Manager 830-7248,

Samantha Shiff Senior Account Executive 830-7226, Samantha@myneworleanscom

Colleen Monaghan Vice President of Sales 830-7215,




On the Cover

Adults of any age should consider ways they can plan for an active and engaged lifestyle in their later years. This month we took a look at some of the trends in senior living and the reasons behind them, starting on pg. 45.

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Board Member Heather Lolley, Founders chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski and Foundation Director Emery Sonnier for The Link Stryjewski Foundation’s “Bal Masqué.”


St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events January-April 2020 COMPILED BY ELIZABETH CHRISTY

45 Senior Living More than a dozen ways to live your best life – starting now BY KELCY WILBURN

Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski created the Link Stryjewski Foundation to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans. The “Chef’s Dinner” on Friday, January 17, at Calcasieu will feature dishes from Link, Stryjewski and chef Nancy Oakes from San Francisco and chef Nancy Silverton of Los Angeles. This year’s Link Stryjewski Foundation “Bal Masqué” on Saturday, January 18, at the Sugar Mill will kick off Carnival season with a masquerade party featuring live New Orleans Brass, Creole Zydeco and Caribbean music. Chefs Nina Compton, John Currence with Vishwesh Bhatt, Suzanne Goin, Paul Kahan, Mike Lata and more will provide the food. Mixologist Neal Bodenheimer of Cure will present Caribbean and classic cocktails along with Champagne Henriot, fine wines and beer. Attire is black tie or costumes, and masks are a must. General admission, reserved seats and group packages are available. For tickets and information call 588-2189, extension 8, or visit .


In Every Issue

18 6&8





Geaux Girl!: A magazine created for and with New Orleans teen girls


Joan of Arc Parade: Kick off Carnival by celebrating Jeanne d’Arc’s 100th anniversary of sainthood.

14 WHAT’S HOT: Beauty


Savory Satisfaction: Chef de Cuisine Taylor Lorio shares Palace Café’s Crabmeat Cheesecake


Hitting Reset: A healthy start to a new year


America the Beautiful: Trips across our incredible country



McHenry – Smith Art Amongst the Oaks “LOVE in the Garden” celebrated the expansion of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. 20 Away With ALS The Team Gleason Foundation gathered a crowd in Champions Square for a party that pays it forward. 22 Star Students St. Michael Special School raised funds to give every student a chance to thrive. 24 Thrilling Tablescapes St. Charles Avenue magazine proudly presented “Wine, Dine & Design” benefiting Bastion for the sixth year. 26 Pasta for the Performing Arts JPAS raised funds for their 2020-2021 Season of programs. 28

Serving a Healthier Future Leading the fight to protect the health of moms and babies, March of Dimes hosted a benefit featuring top New Orleans chefs. 30


Valuable Volunteers Over 550 guests attended a luncheon to bolster the programs supported by Catholic Charities. 32

Christy Zurcher: Director of Communications, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans

Taking to the Trail Donning their breeziest attire, partygoers enjoyed a summery fall evening on the Greenway. 34

Tammy O’Shea: Chief Marketing Officer, Fidelity Bank

Contribution of Character Peter R. Quirk was honored for his dedication and service to Catholic Charities. 36


The Answer to Cancer Cancer Crusaders funds research to find a cure for cancer. 38


Amos Martin Liles: Lusher Charter School





Benjamin Gordon: Founder, Ell & Atty

80 NOSTALGIA Arts History: The history and future of M. S. Rau Antiques

B E V ' S N OT E

Get ready for the amazing “Bal Masqué” presented by the Link Stryjewski Foundation! This year, Founders chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, will be joined by chef Nancy Oakes from San Francisco and chef Nancy Silverton of Los Angeles for the fifth annual weekend January 17-18! Thanks to chefs Donald and Stephen for gracing our cover, along with Foundation Director Emery Sonnier and Board Member Heather Lolley. All proceeds will go to nourish and educate New Orleans youth that face extreme poverty, trauma and violence, empowering them to realize their potential and become active, positive members of our community. The Chef ’s Dinner on Friday night at Calcasieu will feature dishes from Link, Stryjewski, Oakes and Siverton, and the “Bal Masqué” on Saturday will feature chefs Nina Compton, John Currence with Vishwesh Bhatt, Suzanne Goin, Paul Kahan, Mike Lata and more. Each will prepare unique small plates for the guests. Mixologist Neal Bodenheimer of Cure will present Caribbean and classic cocktails along with Champagne Henriot, fine wines and beer. There will be live music from the Caribbean and Cajun Country bands. Attire is black tie or costumes, and masks are a must. For tickets and information call 588-2189, extension 8, or visit You don’t want to miss this! Please check out our Registry of Charitable Events: January-April 2020 for your favorite fundraisers and new events. Please put them on your calendar so you can plan your activities now! This calendar is important so that you don’t schedule competing events on the same nights. If you don’t see your event listed, please fill out our online form: We have a wonderful feature on Senior Living: Where to live, what to do and how to care for and treat yourself! Whether you’re reading for you or a loved one, this will give you all of the information you need to make great decisions on the proper care necessary to have a great life. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will hold its kickoff for the upcoming “2020 Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta” presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana on Tuesday, January 21 at Southern Yacht Club. This complimentary event is an opportunity to learn more about LLS and how the donations raised through the Regatta will fund blood cancer research, as well as support local patients and their families. For more information call Jean-Preston Lucius, Senior Campaign Manager, at 758-3208 or visit We are excited to tell you about the New Orleans Ballet Association’s “50th Anniversary Evening of Stars,” which will be on January 26 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.You will be treated to a stunning evening of dance by dancers from around the world! Presenting sponsor the Hyatt Regency and General Manager Michael Smith will magically transform the stage following the concert to a glorious ballroom for the seated dinner prepared by the Hyatt Regency New Orleans’ 1718 Catering. Fabulous flowers will be created by Dunn & Sonnier Antiques, Flowers & Gifts! The new year brings new beginnings, and often those are associated with making yourself look and feel better. What’s Hot for Beauty features new products to take you from sleepy to shining. Have a wonderful New Year filled with love and happiness!

Beverly Reese Church


This year the “Good Apple Gala” will be January 23, 2020, at the NOPSI Hotel. This year will fête Social Justice Honorees John Hairston and David Kerstein and Pro Bono Honorees Jeannine Sullivan, Salyria Gumms and Patricia Smith! Louisiana Appleseed’s mission is to increase access to justice, opportunity, education and social justice. Please call 561-7312 for tickets and information!

JANUARY 2020 VOL. 24 ISSUE 8 Editorial



VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES Colleen Monaghan (504) 830-7241, SALES MANAGER Lisa Picone Love

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Jeanel Farrell Luquette EVENT COORDINATOR Abbie Dugruise DIGITAL MEDIA ASSOCIATE Mallary Matherne

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Rosa Balaguer, Meghan Rooney TRAFFIC COORDINATOR Lane Brocato




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M O R G A N ' S N OT E

I always think I’m going to get a break after the holidays. That after all that time preparing, cooking, planning, wrapping, hosting, visiting with friends and family, etc., etc., etc., that there would be some time to take a breath and get back to a regular (maybe a little less stressful) schedule. And then I remembered that 12th Night is here and Mardi Gras Day is February 25! Now there are more parties to plan, parades to attend, balls to get ready for – all with a new color scheme. Mardi Gras fills my husband’s celebratory cup, while Christmas does mine. There is just something about observing your favorite holiday that can energize you – while sapping all your energy and bandwidth for socializing. Life in New Orleans is one celebratory opportunity after another. And sometimes we have to take a step back. Sometimes we need to take some time, even 10 minutes, to do something that f ills our soul. I am not talking about the type of self-care that comes with a hefty price tag and hours of time – though I love those and indulge in them as often as I can. I am talking about making a cup of tea and walking outside under the big, open sky, looking at our beautiful trees and giving yourself permission to take a deep, full breath that comes from the bottom of your feet all the way to the top of your head, and then letting it all go. Sometimes just that, just taking a deep breath, can change your entire outlook for the better. And believe me, with a 2-and-a-half-year-old who is learning and saying and running more every day, a momentary deep breath is sometimes all I get! Happy New Year and Happy Carnival!

Morgan Packard Griff ith




Geaux Girl! A magazine created for and with New Orleans teen girls By Catherine Freeman

When I was about 12 years old, my friends and I liked to walk to a neighborhood book store to buy stick candy and peruse the book selection. The owners graciously allowed us this pleasure although we never purchased anything but candy and left sticky fingerprints on many books during our visits. That is until they telephoned our parents to alert them we had shown specific interest in one book, and perhaps they should purchase it. The next thing I knew, the book Where Did I Come From was presented to me by my mother and she intended for us to read it together! Not unlike most teen girls, I would have much preferred exploring the my adolescent questions with my girlfriends instead of my mother, despite her good intentions. With unlimited information from the internet and social media, teen girls today have similar questions but are faced with more complex situations; however, surprisingly, they often lack reliable resources or platforms that offer access to meaningful health information. Created for and with New Orleans teen girls, Geaux Girl! fills this need by providing a unique print and online magazine with a mission to inform, inspire, engage and empower. When Geaux Girl! Founder


and Editor in Chief Heide Winston moved to Louisiana from her native Germany, she was surprised by the lack of comprehensive sex education offered, especially in a state with some of the highest rates of STIs, HIV and teen pregnancies in the country. Upon further realization that Louisiana doesn’t require schools offer sex education, Heide and a friend were inspired to develop the magazine, loosely based upon a similar publication she enjoyed as a teen in Germany. Each free issue includes articles on a wide range of topics – from mental health to astrology – and always features “Real Talk”, a question and answer forum for girls with Dr. La’Nasha Tanner and her team at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. “Real Talk” provides a resource that normalizes conversations around puberty and sexuality in addition to empowering girls to make healthy, responsible decisions. What makes Geaux Girl! unique, however, is their Teen Advisory Council. The group of 15 girls from varied backgrounds, 12 to 18 years old, shape content for each issue by sharing feedback and ideas, and choosing their favorite teen writing and visual arts submissions, thereby ensuring

the authenticity and realistic representation of teen girls. Together with magazine’s editorial team, they help produce an entertaining, educational and wholesome magazine – and connect and collaborate with girls from around the city in the process. Speaking of Geaux Girl!’s mission to foster inclusion and belonging, Teen Advisory Council member Mylah shares, “The Geaux Girl! Teen Advisory Council is a sisterhood of young girls coming together as one to help other girls follow in their footsteps.” Geaux Girl!’s readership is all teen girls in the Greater New Orleans area, and 11,000 free copies are distributed annually citywide at Orleans and Jefferson parish public libraries, NORD locations, community centers, schools, doctors’ offices and hospitals. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Geaux Girl! relies on the generosity of local individuals and corporate sponsors to fund their publication. They strive to increase financial support by connecting with potential sponsors and advertisers to continue producing this invaluable resource and platform for local teen girls. Teen contributor Y’vonne says, “Geaux Girl! is an uplifting organization for young girls, an influential magazine and a way for girls to feel like themselves while being told, ‘You geaux, girl.’” n

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Joan of Arc Parade Kick off Carnival by celebrating Jeanne d’Arc’s 100th anniversary of sainthood. By Brittany Kennedy

The beginning of Carnival season has its own milestones within every household. The first King Cake bought for the season. The change of decorations. For the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc, however, their parade on the first day of Carnival marks another important milestone that they will celebrate this year: Jeanne d’Arc’s 100th anniversary of sainthood. Founded in 2008, the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc honors the “Maid of Orléans” on her purported birthday and reminds the city of its French heritage. The event is one of the most family-friendly of those that pass in the French Quarter, and spectators will find a large number of children among the krewe members. The krewe’s primary goal is to honor the life and sacrifice of the young woman who led France during the 100 Years War and was later burned at the stake at 19 years old. Her belief that God had chosen her to lead France to victory against the British made her an enduring figure in history. By the time she was canonized in 1920, the Maid of Orléans was considered one of the most important figures in French national history, and an obvious connection to our own city inspired the creation of the krewe. Instead of traditional floats, the parade honors Jeanne’s life through sub-krewes that march in the parade, and children interested in medieval lore with knights and queens will no doubt be delighted as they see a swarth of young “foot soldiers”


(the parade’s volunteers) as well as krewe members brandishing swords to represent the young maid’s time as a French warrior. Later, a krewe of passersby engulfed in LED-lighted flames symbolize her burning at the stake only to be followed by a group of angels. The parade follows a short route through the French Quarter, stopping at St. Louis Cathedral for a blessing of the sword and, of course, a visit to the golden statue of Saint Jeanne in the 900-block of Decatur Street to sing “Happy Birthday.” Spectators are encouraged to bring their favorite first-of-the-season King Cake or, if feeling particularly in-theme, a galette du rois, the traditional French cake served on Twelfth Night. What the parade is probably best-known for, however, are their unique throws. While one member makes wooden swords to give to kids (which he prefers to surprise children with instead of being asked for), there are prayer cards, parchment scrolls wrapped with metal crowns and necklaces with angel wings, to name a few. Paper throws range from having historical information about the saint to simply wishing her a happy birthday. The younger krewe members often pass out handmade butterflies – meant to represent the clouds of butterflies that supposedly followed the young Jeanne into battle.

In celebrating the 100 years since Jeanne’s canonization, the krewe this year is welcoming 100 16 to 19-year-olds – the age Jeanne was when she was a leader – to be either acolytes or angels. There will be both a new Jeanne d’Arc statue in the procession as well as commemorative doubloons. The Krewe is also pioneering a #St.Joan100 taskforce to plan events during this year to commemorate the anniversary of her canonization. While the Krewe of Jeanne d’Arc has grown a great deal since the 50 marchers that first paraded, honoring New Orleans’s unofficial patron saint has been a mainstay in the parade’s history. This year’s anniversary celebration offers families a unique chance to go downtown and open carnival season by learning about the Maid of Orléans and her connection to our own Nouvelle Orléans. n

Just the Facts... What: The Krewe of Jeanne d’Arc Parade When: Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. At 6:45 there will be a City Proclamation the corner of Bienville and N. Front Street by Council Member Kristin Gisleson Palmer. Tips: Parking is available in the Premium Lot on Decatur Street, or you can find street parking in the CBD. Bathrooms are available at Jax Brewery and Canal Place. More Information:



Beauty By Amy Gabriel

There is no time like the first of the year to turn over a fresh new leaf and give your beauty routine some much deserved TLC. Keep rejuvenation at the top of your mind by incorporating a few restorative and repairing products into your beauty routine.


2. While ordinary cotton pillowcases pull skincare products away from your skin, Slip silk pillowcases keep your face moisturized and protected while you slumber. The Spa at Windsor Court, 300 Gravier St., 523-6000,

3. Do not dismiss your tresses. The Living Proof Restoring Mask will add healthy shine and help deep condition and repair damaged hair from the root. Bleu A Blowdry Bar, 701 Metairie Road, 309-5999; 5228 Magazine St., 325-5625,

4. Achieve results while you rest. AlphaRet Overnight Cream is a combo of an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and a retinoid that provides visible skin rejuvenation with little-to-no irritation. Chronos Body Health and Wellness, 3200 N. Arnoult Road, 267-4549,


1. Put your best face forward by using a Rose Quartz facial roller from Slow North to massage the lymphatic system and improve firmness, circulation and fine lines. Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 3248352,


5. The ideal post-shower meets pre-bed ritual, the Mediterranean algae extract in Fine Peace Body Serum helps repair UVA/UVB and pollution-induced damage to the skin. HEALER,

6. Dash away fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture with the allin-one TNS Essential Serum from SkinMedica. Dr. Sean Weiss Facial Plastic Surgery, 2201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 814-3223,

7. Suffering from unsightly skin discoloration? Massage in some moisturizing dabs of Sénica Blemish Balm. Belladonna. 2900 Magazine St., 891-4393,

8. Ward off the aging effects of free radicals by popping a oncea-day oral dietary supplement like Heliocare. The Skin Surgery Centre, 1615 Metairie Road, 6444226,



Savory Satisfaction Chef de Cuisine Taylor Lorio shares Palace Café’s Crabmeat Cheesecake PECAN CRUST 3/4 cup pecans 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 5 Tablespoons butter, chilled 3 Tablespoons ice water PREHEAT the oven to 350 degrees. Grind pecans fine in a food processor. Add flour and salt and process. Remove to a large mixing bowl and cut in butter with 2 knives until mixture resembles small peas. Add ice water and mix just until dough holds together. ROLL dough to 1/8-inch-thick on a lightly floured surface. Press into a lightly greased 9-inch tart pan, starting with side and then bottom. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

FILLING 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped 1 Tablespoon butter 4 ounces crabmeat 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup Creole cream cheese (or sour cream) 2 eggs 1 Tablespoon Crystal hot sauce Kosher salt and white pepper, to taste (Sautéed crab claws, for garnish *see below) SET oven to 300 degrees. Sauté onion in butter in a sauté pan until translucent. Add crabmeat and cook just until heated through. Remove from heat.


SPOON the filling into prepared crust and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until firm to touch.

1 lemon, peeled, cut into quarters 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup Crystal hot sauce 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 1 pound butter, chopped Kosher salt and white pepper, to taste 2 cups sliced mixed mushrooms 2 Tablespoons butter COMBINE lemon, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce in a heavy saucepot. Cook over medium heat until thick and syrupy, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Whisk in cream. REDUCE the heat to low and add 1 pound butter one piece at a time, mixing until completely incorporated before adding more butter. Remove from the heat and stir until completely smooth. Season with kosher salt and white pepper. Strain through a fine strained and keep warm. SAUTÉ the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet until the mushrooms are tender and the moisture has completely evaporated; excess moisture from the mushrooms may cause the sauce to break when the mushrooms are added. Stir the mushrooms into the sauce. .

TO SERVE: Slice cheesecake and place on serving plates. Top each serving with warm sauce and garnish with 3 sautéed crab claw fingers.


PALACE CAFÉ, 605 Canal St., 523-1661,

BEAT cream cheese in a mixer fitted with a paddle, or with a wooden spoon, until smooth. Add the Creole cream cheese and mix well. Mix in eggs one at a time. Fold in crabmeat mixture gently. Stir in hot sauce and season with kosher salt and white pepper.




Hitting Reset A healthy start to a new year By Jyl Benson


Edamame Dumplings and Grilled Redfish Tacos at True Food Kitchen


I used to go on a clean eating binge at the start of every year, sickened from the excesses of the prior season while gearing up for the ultimate excess of Mardi Gras. I gave this up two years ago when I flipped the practice of a season of vegetable-forward eating to a daily one. I knocked off 20 pounds early on, have kept it off and look and feel exponentially better. I still enjoy small samples of gumbo and remain highly susceptible to the charms of fried chicken, but now I enjoy them more as they’re infrequent treats. Here are some of my favorite places to enjoy healthy dining options that never feel like a sacrifice. I love absolutely everything about True Food Kitchen, a bright, inspiring space located on the retail floor of The Julia in the Warehouse District that opened early last autumn. The healthconscious restaurant offers a menu of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options with a smattering of highquality protein-oriented selections. True Kitchen is heavy on Mediterranean and Asian flavors represented in a plethora of choices for breakfast, starters, salads, pizzas (both traditional and gluten-free) colorful bowls, burgers, sandwiches, entrées and inventive desserts. Dazzling plant- and vegetable-oriented art pops vividly off of a backdrop of natural wood and fiber surfaces and the kitchen uses seasonal, sustainable and organic ingredients that are locally sourced as much as possible. My recommendation for the “not to be missed dish” is the Edamame Dumplings with dashi, white truffle and Asian herbs. I could enjoy this every

day. The grilled fish tacos made with Gulf Redfish also impressed with tomatillo avocado salsa, pickled jicama, dried sweet corn and coconut lime crema. The focus at Sweet Soulfood is on comfort foods familiar to locals. This hotspot was the first spot to cater to the emerging trend of vegan soul food. The colorful cafeteria-style joint turns out fresh takes on New Orleans classics like red beans and rice on Mondays and crispy fried chickpea cakes instead of fried catfish on Fridays. The Mushroom Ragu with Creamy Grits is a personal favorite. The menu changes daily and the portions are hefty, so sharing is the way to go. I just love the vibe at Good Karma Cafe, a soothing plant-based retreat operated by brothers Goshi and Deshi Berg based on the non-violent principals of Ahimsa, followed by the Hare Krishna community. Most items, all of them bright and fresh, are under $10. I will admit to being a little weirded out by what must be an extreme process to turn pea protein into something that looks and tastes (at least to me) so much like a real hamburger, but I still find the Impossible Burger at Breads on Oak pretty irresistible. I like the pseudo meat patty, which comes on a beautiful housemade brioche roll, with the optional cheese and avocado.

Located just a block or so from Audubon Park, Maxwell is a favorite spot for a healthy take-out meal to be enjoyed under the oaks. New Orleans native chef Alex Anderson worked the kitchen at NIX, a celebrated New York vegan/vegetarian restaurant, before returning home to take over the kitchen at this cheery corner spot. My menu favorites include a savory sweet potato lasagna made with lentils, walnuts, mushrooms and cashew cheese; miso-glazed eggplant scallops; and the stuffed Sante Fe jerk plantain. n

Try This: Chris Audler, Stephen Cali and Aaron Vogel, the creative trio behind District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew., have purchased and will soon reopen Seed, a celebrated vegan restaurant in the Lower Garden District. The newly revamped 2,700 square-foot-space with feature an inventive selection of New Orleans-centric vegan and vegetarian menu items that extend beyond the vegan-only dishes formerly offered. Artfully crafted cocktails and mocktails and coffee drinks will be available in the newly expanded bar.

BREADS ON OAK, 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, MAXWELL, 6101 Magazine St., 301-0510, SEED, 1330 Prytania St., 302-2599, SWEET SOULFOOD, 1025 N. Broad St., 821-2669, TRUE FOOD KITCHEN, 801 St. Charles Ave., 558-3900, GOOD KARMA CAFÉ, 2940 Canal St., 402-4698,



Art Amongst the Oaks


“LOVE in the Garden” celebrated the expansion of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. By Shelby Simon

Sydney and Walda Besthoff were honored at “LOVE in the Garden” Presented by Hancock Whitney, which hosted 1,600 at the New Orleans Museum of Art. For the first time, the new Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion opened for the Patron Party, where guests mingled to the sounds of the NOCCA Trio and enjoyed a special appearance by the 610 Stompers presented by Sazerac Company. Cuisine was provided exclusively by Commander’s Palace. The LOVE Cocktail Challenge celebrated its sixth year in 2019. Featuring 10 of New Orleans’ top bartenders, challengers vied for first place by creating a signature LOVE-inspired cocktail based on their blind drawing of a LOVE cocktail theme and a type of spirit. Themes included Forbidden Love, Love/Hate, Lust, Unconditional Love, and Unrequited Love. A panel of judges – John Cruse of WGNO, T. Cole Newtown of Twelve Mile Limit and The Domino, and Daniel Victory of Victory – awarded First Place and Best of Spirit awards. Guests awarded the “People’s Choice” cocktail by dropping a “token of LOVE” in their favorite libation’s “LOVE bank.” The 2019 Challengers included Jessie Carr of La Petite Grocery, Henry Chamberlain of Company Burger, Anna Giordano of Longway Tavern, Chris Hannah of Jewel of the South, Jennifer Hussey of Justine, Konrad Kantor of Manolito, Chris McMillian of Revel, Sarah Town of Twelve Mile Limit, Steve Yamada of Latitude 29, and Luis Zepeda of The Domino. Anna Giordano was awarded the 2019 Longway Tavern Winner! Best in Show. Chris McMillan of Revel was honored as Fan Favorite. The reigning LOVE Cocktail Challenge champion is Jesse Carr of Balise, who won the competition in 2018. Sixty of New Orleans restaurants provided catering. The NOLA Dukes also entertained patrons with a performance. Proceeds from “LOVE in the Garden” help to guarantee the future stability of NOMA and programs vital to the New Orleans community and beyond. Julie and Ted George, Cammie and Charles Mayer and Aimée Farnet Siegel and Mike Siegel served as event Co-Chairs. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Ted and Julie George with Gary Lorio 2. Co-Chair Cammie Mayer, Robert and Dr. Mary Lupo and Penny Francis 3. Co-Chairs Mike and Aimée Farnet Siegel with Director Susan Taylor and NVC Chair Jennifer Heebe 4. Sydney and Walda Besthoff with Jane and Rodney Steiner 5. Janice Parmelee, Bill Hammack and Liz Hefler 6. David Ellis and Elizabeth and Clifton LeBlanc 20 ST. CHARLES AVENUE JANUARY 2020


WHAT: LOVE in the Garden 2019 Presented by Hancock Whitney benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art WHEN: Friday, September 27, 2019 WHERE: New Orleans Museum of Art






Away With ALS


The Team Gleason Foundation gathered a crowd in Champions Square for a party that pays it forward. By Shelby Simon

Over 3,500 partygoers filled Champions Square for a funfilled “Gleason Gras” presented by Dave and Buster’s and the Kavanagh Family Foundation. The festivities raised more than $335,000 for the Team Gleason Foundation, which aims to empower people living with ALS by providing innovative technology, custom voices, equipment, assistance and more to provide added purpose and independence. New this year was the Saints Fantennial – Celebrating the NFL 100, which featured appearances by Saints players, Gumbo, Sir Saint and the Saintsations. The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic presented a two-mile Fun Run/Walk around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. There was also a super fan costume and spirit contest. A wide selection of food trucks offered cuisine from Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s, Katie’s, Mr. John’s Steakhouse, Jack Rose, Johnny Sanchez, Drago’s, Zea Rotisserie & Bar, Fulton Alley/ Copper Vine, Nagomi, NOLA Restaurant, Dab’s, Diva Dawg, Frencheeze, Afrodisiac, NOLA Boils and Kona Ice. Additionally, partygoers could enjoy libations in the beer garden. The Permobil Tent was available specifically for individuals with ALS. A kids area offered games by Dave & Buster’s, face painting and crafts. Dumpstaphunk, DJ Jubilee, Hot 8 Brass Band and Paul Varisco and the Milestones took to the stage for performances throughout the party. The live auction highlights included an “NCIS: New Orleans Experience,” a Taysom Hill-signed Salute to Service game used football, Gleason Reebok Saints-issued jersey signed by Steve Gleason and Drew Brees, artwork by Ashley Longshore and a signed game-used football by Michael Thomas. Event Chairs were Suzanne Alford and Sally Cox. n



Event at a Glance

1. Sam Panice, Katherine Denman, Co-Chair Suzanne Alford and Chris Casey 2. Tom Capella, Will Clapp, Co-Chair Sally Cox and Blair Casey 3. Paul Varisco Jr., Steve Gleason and Thomas McEachin 4. Thomas and Lauren Morstead 5. Vinne and Julie Varisco with Leslie and Lenny Culicchia 6. Jill and Paul Varisco



WHAT: “Gleason Gras,” benefiting Team Gleason WHEN: Saturday, September 28 WHERE: Champions Square






Star Students


St. Michael Special School raised funds to give every student a chance to thrive. By Shelby Simon

“Everybody is a Star” at the 2019 Blue Rose Ball, where 800 guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency for a sold-out gala to support the mission of ensuring every student with special educational needs is able to reach their potential at St. Michael Special School. This fundraiser allows the school to keep tuition affordable and to offer scholarships to those in need. Guests were greeted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel with a step and repeat and live plants decorating the entrance. The Patron Party, held in the foyer, featured a Sazerac Old-Fashioned Bar and a performance by the Archbishop Rummel High School jazz band. The candlelit ballroom glistened with stars and was accented with bright pink and orange florals. Stemless wine glasses hand-painted by St. Michael students decorated “King” Tables for Presenting Sponsors: Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, Hyatt Regency New Orleans and WDSU Channel 6, as well as the Blue Rose Sponsors. Four Unplugged provided entertainment and had guests dancing until late into the night. Mark Romig served as Master of Ceremonies. Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans, delivered the invocation. Romaine McCarthy gave principal remarks and introduced a video highlighting student education programs and social interaction opportunities. Chef John Folse specially designed the dining menu, which featured corn and crab cappuccino, veal osso buco and blue velvet cake. A wine pull offered guests a chance to win one of six bottles of wine ranging $25-$100. The wine glass raffle featured wine glasses decorated by St. Michael students; each purchase gave participants the opportunity to win a student-created clay leaf bowl tipped in gold leaf. Almost 50 silent auction items offered sentimental prizes such as Star Batik Wing Back Chair, Fused Glass Modern Triptych, Reading Nooks and Decorated Child’s Wooden Chair all created by students, as well as front-row seats to the St. Michael Christmas Play. A paddle raise by auctioneer Penny Mutz generated more than $65,000 donated to support the tuition, books, transportation and care of St. Michael School students. The live auction featured an autographed Drew Brees memorabilia package, a weekend getaway to a beautiful retreat in Hammond, Louisiana, a Vince Lombardi replica trophy and Jack Sutton jewelry. n



Event at a Glance

1. Darbi Philibert, Ann Heslin and Jessica Tantardini 2. Eddie and Lisa Corcoran with Selby and David Melius 3. Chairs Joanna and John Theriot and Lori Ourso Babin 4. Nancy and Kevin Colomb with Mim Glancey 5. Ricky Dantagnan and Principal Romaine McCarthy 6. Sam Mickal Solomon and Ashley Deshotels



WHAT: “Blue Rose Ball,” benefiting St. Michael Special School WHEN: Saturday, September 28 WHERE: Hyatt Regency Hotel






Thrilling Tablescapes


St. Charles Avenue magazine proudly presented “Wine, Dine & Design” benefiting Bastion for the sixth year. By Shelby Simon

A stunning display of 23 tables with towering centerpieces, bright and colorful florals, sparkling glassware and whimsical accents decorated the Audubon Tea Room for the sixth annual “Wine, Dine & Design.” St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance Publishing LLC and the Renaissance Foundation, together with Presenting Sponsor Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque – Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln with Chairs Archie and Adrienne Casbarian and Amy and Stephen Farnsworth raised over $100,000 for Bastion. Retailers and designers partnered to meticulously create each table with no detail overlooked. Preceding the luncheon, a Preview Party on Wednesday, October 2, gave 225 guests a sneak peek at the displays while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by the Audubon Tea Room. The Kinfolk Band & Music Group, LLC provided a musical backdrop while patrons had the opportunity to bid on six packages that were live auctioned at the luncheon the following day. On Thursday, October 3, nearly 240 guests enjoyed the elegant tablescape creations as their place settings for the luncheon, at which they dined, wined and learned more about Bastion. The Renaissance Foundation delivered thank yous and live auctioned an “ultimate staycation package” filled with gift cards to local restaurants, hotel stays, golf packages and more; a custom tailored jacket by Luca Faltone; stays at the Swansons’ Napa Valley estate and the Mumfords’ home in Puerta Vallarta; and a live painting by Alex Harvie and “Madame Nola,” a giclée by Terrance Osborne. The Renaissance Foundation’s mission is to support nonprofit organizations through marketing, events and financial support. n



Event at a Glance

WHAT: “Wine, Dine & Design,” benefiting Bastion WHEN: Thursday, October 4 WHERE: Audubon Tea Room



1. Co-Chairs Archie and Adrienne Casbarian and Amy and Stephen Farnsworth 2. Gayle Benson with Sponsors Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque 3. Bastion resident Charise Harper-Taylor with Bastion Founder Dylan Tête and Bastion resident Michelle Bidwell 4. Ann Packard, Jacquee Carvin, Betty Griffith and Stephen Sonnier 5. Carolyn Fredricks, Kim Starr Wise, Eric Fredricks and Vivian Eppling 6. Herb Oldknow, Miquel Gibbs, Lisa LaFrance and Gene Luke






Pasta for the Performing Arts


JPAS raised funds for their 2020-2021 Season of programs. By Shelby Simon

The 24th annual “Pasta and Puccini Fundraising Gala” provides the Jefferson Performing Arts Society with resources for its youth programs and cultural endeavors for the 2020-2021 Season. The 2019 gala presenting sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shane. Hon. Conrad and Carol Appel hosted the Patron Party in their Metairie home on Friday, September 27. Patrons enjoyed a festive Italian-themed reception catered by Toulouse Caterers with music by Jim Walpole. At the gala on October 5 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, complimentary spirits and wine throughout the evening were courtesy of Dorignac’s. Bistro Orleans provided corn and shrimp bisque and Nor Jo’s served marsala tortellini. Coca-Cola Bottling provided soft beverages for all. Guests also enjoyed a meal of tomato basil mozzarella salad and a filet of beef accompanied with glazed broccoli and carrots. Capping the meal, dessert offered a shortbread with whipped topping and amaretto sauce. Entertainment was provided by the JPAS Symphonic Orchestra accompanied by a plethora of world-class vocalists. Following the concert, patrons danced to the JPAS Big Band. A Destination Vacation Raffle rewarded one lucky guest. Two hundred silent auction items included products by Quarter Smith Jewelers, Fisher & Sons, The Windsor Court, a team-signed Saints football, LSU child’s chaise-lounge chair and a matching umbrella. The live auction featured a black lacquered Saints guitar signed by Drew Brees, a fleur-de-lis 14 karat white gold diamond pendant and a four-day stay at a summer home in WaterColor, Florida. Anne, Celeste and Cherie Gauthier served as Event Co-Chairs. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Cherie Gauthier, Anne Gauthier and Celeste Gauthier 2. Paulette and Frank Stewart 3. Olympia Panarella Accardi, David Sherman, Valerie Hart and Sandra Hecker



WHAT: 24th annual “Pasta & Puccini Fundraising Gala,” benefiting Jefferson Performing Arts Society WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2019 WHERE: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel



Serving a Healthier Future


Leading the fight to protect the health of moms and babies, March of Dimes hosted a benefit featuring top New Orleans chefs. By Shelby Simon

March of Dimes presented its annual “Signature Chefs Auction” on October 4, 2019 at the Omni Royal, which raises awareness and funds to advance scientific research and educational programs for the health of all moms and babies. John R. Nickens IV, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, served as Event Chair. Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Bridget DiFranco and daughter Emma-Kate were this year’s Ambassador Family. The DiFrancos experienced the loss of Jack, Emma-Kate’s twin who passed. Their daughter Emma-Kate survived and spent 129 days in the NICU. They began supporting March of Dimes as a way to remember Jack and to help prevent other families from feeling their pain. Showcasing top culinary talent, eight chefs prepared signature dishes for the event. The lineup included Lead Chef Tom Wolfe from The Rib Room, chef Jon Bel from Meauxbar, chef Brack May from Cowbell, chef Bradley McGehee from Blue Line Sandwich Co., chef Bill Prat from Apolline, chef Mark Quitney from Metairie Country Club, chef Gregory Rosary from Arnaud’s and chef David Whitmore from Jack Rose. DJ Ann Glaviano performed. The highlight of 10 live auction packages included a chartered fishing trip with NBA star Lance Thomas and private chef Bradley McGehee. An additional 20 silent auction items featured a package with a suit from Jos. A Bank’s, a Galatoire’s gift card, sunglasses from Krewe, a gift card to Clarets Wine Bar and a five-class package to Romney Studios. n



Event at a Glance

1. Esteban Gershanik, Courtney Garret, Chair John R. Nickens IV and Philip Garrett 2. Brooks and Mallory Kiser with Morell and Sharon Crane 3. Kelly and Robert Grace with Melissa Fuselier



WHAT: “Signature Chefs Auction,” benefiting The March of Dimes WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2019 WHERE: Omni Royal New Orleans



Valuable Volunteers


Over 550 guests attended a luncheon to bolster the programs supported by Catholic Charities. By Shelby Simon

St. Elizabeth’s Guild continues to support the well-being of the various children’s programs serviced by Catholic Charities, bolstered by proceeds from their “Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon” presented by Angel Wings Foundation. This year’s program raised $80,000 for Padua House, St. John the Baptist Head Start, Cornerstone Kids, Isiah 43 and Therapeutic Family Services. Master of Ceremonies was Mark Romig. Guild President Kathleen Robert introduced the Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans, who delivered the Invocation. Gayle Benson, Honorary Chair, praised the organization for their work. Irma Thomas sang the National Anthem. The Volunteer Activists for 2019 each walked the runway as their biographies were read to the audience. The honorees were: Bebe Babst, Barra L. Bircher, Deborah and John Blancher, Elizabeth A. Boh, Celie Fraiche Clark, Gayle Leaumont Gaubert, Stacy Favre Pellerin, Erin Shea Stahnke, Paulette Stewart, Blanche M. Comiskey, Ronnie Kole, John P. Laborde and Sybil Haydel Morial. Honoree Ronnie Kole played “Amazing Grace” on the piano after the procession. Entertainment followed by the Big Easy Boys, who sang pop songs from the 1960s. Shortly after, Dillard’s presented a fashionable and fun Style Show with models from the local community, including Marianite Sister Marjorie Hebert, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. There was a large auction with many bidders as well as a Parade of Prizes for guests to take chances on. A raffle for a three-night condo stay in Crested Butte, Colorado was well-received. A Patron Party, held one hour before the regular luncheon, welcomed attendees with champagne and hors d’oeuvres as they mingled with the Honorees. Event Chairs were Debbie Alciatore-Empey and Sonda Stacey. n



Event at a Glance

1. Hall Of Fame Honorees Sybil Morial, John P. Laborde (seated), Ronnie Kole and Blanche M. Comiskey 2. Honoree Stacy Favre Pellerin, Honoree Paulette Stewart and Cindy Paulin 3. Honorees Gayle Gaubert, Elizabeth Boh and Celie Fraiche Clark



WHAT: “St. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon,” benefiting St. Elizabeth’s Guild WHEN: Friday, September 27, 2019 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans



Taking to the Trail


Donning their breeziest attire, partygoers enjoyed a summery fall evening on the Greenway. By Shelby Simon

More than 450 patrons came to celebrate trailside for “The Greenway Soiree,” the largest crowd yet for Friends of Lafitte Greenway. The $97,000 raised at the benefit goes right back in supporting work that benefits all, including making safe bike and pedestrian connections, completing the last half-mile of the trail and bringing the Greenway to life with arts, culture, fitness and events for all. Thirteen local restaurants provided bites for partygoers, including: Clesi’s Restaurant and Catering, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, Gabrielle Restaurant, Hey Coffee Co., Katie’s Restaurant and Bar, MOPHO, Napoleon House, Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Piece of Meat, Quintin’s Natural Ice Cream, Rosedale Restaurant, St. James Cheese Company and The Velvet Cactus. Libations were provided by Second Line Brewing, Bizou Wines, Seven Three Distilling, The Velvet Cactus, Mystic Vines and The Barman’s Fund. Musical entertainment on the Greenway included Mario Abney & The Abney Effect and Slick Leo. Live and silent auctions featured Greenway businesses. Honorary Hosts were Larry Barabino, Rusty White and Jeff Schwartz. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx was also honored for building a new inclusive playground on the Greenway, debuting in 2020. Friends of Lafitte Greenway works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, NORD and other public entities to build, program and promote the Greenway as a great public space. n



Event at a Glance

1. Henry Kothmann, Tim Levy, Honoree Host Rusty White, Stacey Zimmer 2. Sophie Vorhoff and Jared Brossett 3. Nellie Catzen, Co-Chairs Ellen Frischhertz and Leonetta Terrell and Sophie Vorhoff



WHAT: “The Greenway Soiree,” benefiting Friends of Lafitte Greenway WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2019 WHERE: The Cellar on St. Louis



Contribution of Character


Peter R. Quirk was honored for his dedication and service to Catholic Charities. By Shelby Simon

The 34th annual “Catholic Community Foundation Dinner” celebrated Catholic generosity in our community and honored 2019 St. John Paul II Award winner, Peter “Pete” R. Quirk, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on Thursday, October 10. The award is given annually to a person who exhibits high moral character, exemplary values and unselfish volunteer service to the institutions and programs of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Two videos were presented at the dinner. The first video detailed the good work going on within the archdiocese, which helped attendees to “find themselves within their community.” Interviewees included Fr. Emmanuel Mulenga, pastor of St. Augustine Church; Timmy McCaffery, director of CYO/Youth and Young Adult Ministries; Shannon Bland, head of school at St. Thérèse Academy; and Dominican Sisters of Peace Sr. Suzanne Brauer, Sr. Pat Thomas and Sr. Ceal Warner of the Peace Center. A surprise tribute video honored Mr. Quirk’s years of volunteer service. Several of his friends and colleagues were featured, including the Honorable Jay C. Zainey, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. RaeNell Houston, and Very Rev. Jim Wehner, Rector/President of Notre Dame Seminary and congratulated Mr. Quirk on the award. The highlight of the video were participants of the God’s Special Children’s Mass, which Mr. Quirk tirelessly helps facilitate, giving their thanks. Mr. Quirk’s wife, Marilyn Quirk, won the award in 2016. Previous award recipients also include Mary Jane and John Becker, Mary Ann Valentino, Michael O. Read, Betty Lauricella, the late Deacon Everett J. Williams, Leon J. Reymond Jr., Dr. Jack A. Andonie, John P. Laborde, Judge Jay C. Zainey, Anne and Jack Dardis, Sharon Rodi, and – in 2018 – Miles Gordon Stevens, III. The annual Dinner Committee is Co-Chaired by Patricia T. “Patsy” Hotard, Anne Dardis and Cindy Nolan. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Cindy Nolan and Patricia Hotard 2. Archbishop Aymond, Marilyn Quirk, Honoree Peter “Pete” R. Quirk and Cory Howat 3. Quinn and Karen Eagan with Mary Jane and John Becker


WHAT: 34th annual “Catholic Community Foundation Dinner” WHEN: Thursday, October 10, 2019 WHERE: Hilton New Orleans Riverside



The Answer to Cancer


Cancer Crusaders funds research to find a cure for cancer. By Shelby Simon

Event at a Glance WHAT: 19th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon,” benefiting Cancer Crusaders WHEN: Friday, October 11, 2019 WHERE: New Orleans Marriott Hotel 1. Dr. Prescott Deininger, Co-Chairs Dawn Miller and Charleen Boos and Dr. Augusto Ochoa 2. Mickey Rodriguez, Co-Presidents Linda Daigle and Susie Baker and Julie Beltz 3. Executive/Artistic Director Maestro Dennis Assaf with Presenting Sponsors Pat and Henry Shane





Since 1976, Cancer Crusaders’ mission has been to raise funding for research to eradicate cancer. The 19th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon” continues to champion that cause and honored cancer survivors in the community who are making a difference. Luncheon Co-Chairs were Charleen Boos and Dawn Miller. 2019 Co-Presidents were Susie Baker and Linda Daigle. Sponsors included Angel Wings Foundation, Harbor Towing & Fleeting LLC, LSU Health Sciences Center and Tulane University Cancer Center. A Patron Party was held at The Elms Mansion where all honorees and guests attended the cocktail reception. Arriving at the luncheon, members entered the Marriott Ballroom to musical entertainment by Loyola School of Music’s Gordon Towell and Adam Brock. Mistress of Ceremonies Angela Hill welcomed the 560 guests. The National Anthem by Lauren Mouney Gisclair opened the event. The 13 honorees who are cancer survivors and are active in their communities were introduced by Honoree Liaison Kathy Pastorek. The honorees were Nicholas G. Bazan, M.D., Ph.D.; State Representative Ray Garofalo; Minnie Guas; Alison HotardTreas; Mary Myers Jones; Kenneth Kerth; Julianne Lansing; DeNean La Roche; Carol Ludwig; Don Mouney; Missie Arata Noel; Yvonne Spicuzza; and Phyllis Stacy. The check from 2018 fundraisers for $171,521 was presented to Dr. Prescott Deininger with Tulane and Dr. Augusto Ochoa with LSU by the 2018 Co-Presidents Celia Deininger and Cindy Wooderson. Amanda Shaw provided luncheon entertainment. Guests were served salad, grilled New York strip and crème brulée for dessert. Guests bid on the 188 auction items and 105 items in the parade of prizes along with raffles for Southwest Airlines tickets, Disney theme park tickets, pearl earrings, a necklace from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry and a mystery prize. n


January By Fritz Esker

9 & 10


9 & 11


BILL BURR Incendiary comic Bill Burr is on tour again after his latest Netflix special, Bill Burr: Paper Tiger. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052, LPO: BEETHOVEN’S “EROICA” The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works, “Eroica.” Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


OLIVER! Charles Dickens’ memorable characters from Oliver Twist are brought to life in this Tony Awardwinning musical that also became an Oscar-winning film. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,


SUPER SATURDAY COMEDY EXPLOSION WITH MS. SHIRLEEN Christainee Porter is an actress, writer, singer and comedian also known as Ms. Shirleen. She will highlight this show featuring other talented comedians and musicians, including D.J. Jubilee. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

MIRANDA SINGS! American comedian Colleen Ballinger brings her talentless, misguided and delusional character, Miranda Sings, to the stage. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, HARRY AND THE THIEF Physicist Jeremy builds a time machine and sends his thief cousin Mimi back in time to 1863 to provide Harriet Tubman with lots of modern-day guns in this sci-fi farce. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3805,

17-February 2

SOMETHING ROTTEN! Set in 1595, this hilarious comedy tells the story of two brothers’ efforts to write the world’s very first musical. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

17-February 9

VIAGARA FALLS On Charley’s 77th birthday, he is forced to examine the importance of friendships and emotions that haven’t dimmed with age. Westwego Performing Arts Theater, 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000,

22-February 2

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN Bertolt Brecht’s classic drama is transported from Europe during the Thirty Years War to the American Southwest after the Civil War. Southern Rep Theatre, 2541 Bayou Road, 523-9857,


JIM JEFFRIES: OBLIVIOUS After a wildly successful 2018 tour, provocative comedian Jim Jeffries is back on the road with an entirely new routine. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,

31-February 9

THE MOUSETRAP A group of strangers discover one among them is a murderer in this classic whodunit from Agatha Christie. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700,

31-February 1

LOUIS C.K. Six-time Emmy Award winning comedian Louis C.K. will perform for two nights at the Orpheum. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


MISS SAIGON A young Vietnamese woman meets an American soldier shortly before the fall of Saigon and their lives are changed forever in this beloved musical. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,


St. Charles Avenue’s


Compiled by Elizabeth Christy

January – April 2020

JANUARY 8 PAST PRESIDENT HIGH TEA BENEFITS: The New Orleans Garden Society EVENT INFO.: This annual event will feature a guest speaker from Pistil & Stamen. TICKETS: $55/Ticket LOCATION: Windsor Court Hotel CONTACT: 655-2727

15 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE RECEPTION BENEFITS: Preservation Resource Center EVENT INFO.: Daniela and Elie Khoury will host this annual event celebrating the PRC’s President’s Circle members at their French Quarter home. Libations will be provided by the Khoury family and Moet Chandon, and hors d’oeuvres provided by Catering by Laura Arrowood. Remarks will be made by PRC Executive Director Danielle Del Sol, PRC Board President Jeanne H. Boughton and host Elie Khoury. TICKETS: Ticket included with President’s Circle PRC membership LOCATION: Home of Daniela and Elie Khoury CONTACT: 581-7032,

16 FRENCH QUARTER BUSINESS ASSOCIATION GALA BENEFITS: French Quarter Business Association EVENT INFO.: This annual event will feature a silent auction, sounds from DJ Raj Smooth and food from French Quarter restaurants. TICKETS: $100/Ticket LOCATION: Harrah’s New Orleans CONTACT: 309-1423




BENEFITS: Sylvain Society of the New Orleans Opera EVENT INFO.: Sylvain Society, the Young Professional organization of the New Orleans Opera Association will host this fourth annual event Chaired by Gabriel Virdure and Elliot Hutchinson. The ball will kick off the Carnival season in style beginning with a Patron Party with the main ball immediately following. Local sponsors will be providing music, food, drink and festivities. Wigs are required upon entry, and guests are invited to wear either cocktail or costume attire to celebrate New Orleans legends. A panel of judges will select their favorite wig wearing guests, then choose who will be crowned the “Big Wig 2020.” TICKETS: $65/Ticket; $250+ Donation/ Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: Opera Guild Home CONTACT: 267-9534

BENEFITS: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society EVENT INFO.: This kickoff event for the 2020 Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta campaign supports the mission of LLS and local patients and their families. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Southern Yacht Club CONTACT: 758-3208

17-18 BAL MASQUÉ BENEFITS: Link Stryjewski Foundation EVENT INFO.: Kick off Carnival season with a masquerade party featuring live New Orleans Brass, Creole Zydeco and Caribbean music. On January 18th, James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski (Herbsaint, Cochon, Butcher, Pêche, Gianna and La Boulangerie) bring together a host of nationally renowned celebrity chefs and mixologists for an unforgettable evening. General admission, reserved seats and group packages are available. The Chef’s Dinner will be held on the 17th and the gala will be held on the 18th. TICKETS: $285+/Ticket LOCATION: The Sugar Mill CONTACT: 588-2189, extension 8;

23 2020 GOOD APPLE GALA BENEFITS: Louisiana Appleseed EVENT INFO.: At this annual gala Appleseed awards select volunteers who have risen above the typical pro bono commitment with a Pro Bono Good Apple Award, and celebrate pillars within our communities whose daily lives align with Louisiana Appleseed’s mission to increase access to justice, opportunity and education with a Social Justice Good Apple Award. TICKETS: $125/Ticket LOCATION: NOPSI Hotel CONTACT: 561-7312

24 BLUSH BALL ~ PARTY WITH A PURPOSE BENEFITS: Pussyfooters fundraising for Metro Centers for Community Advocacy. EVENT INFO.: The Patron Party will include an open bar, sneak preview of auction items and an extra hour to party with the Pussyfooters. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the ball, with entertainment on the main stage by The Phunky Monkeys. DJ Ally Bea will be spinning tunes all night on the dance floor. Fresh Johnson will serve as Master of Celebrations. Plus several performances by The Pussyfooters, including a dance that will only be performed at ball. There will be two dance floors and

seven bars throughout the venue. Online bidding for silent auction items will run all night until close. TICKETS: $40/Ticket; $60/Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: Generations Hall CONTACT:

25 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENING OF STARS BENEFITS: BRAVO (Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization) of the New Orleans Ballet Association EVENT INFO.: The evening will begin with special performances by NOBA Center for Dance alumni and students in honor of Pamela and Warner Williams. Reginald Toussaint will perform a tribute to Allen Toussaint with a performance by NOBA Center for Dance youth and alumni of the commissioned work by David Parsons, “Lagniappe,” that was performed with Toussaint at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on May 10, 2014. Plus, NOBA alumnus and Texas Ballet Theater dancer Alex Danna will perform for the first time on the Mahalia Jackson stage. Guests will then experience a full performance of classical and contemporary masterworks danced by some of the world’s preeminent artists from companies such as National Ballet of Canada, The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Pennsylvania Ballet. Plus, the show-stopping “World of Dance” and U.S. champion ballroom stars Antonina Skobina and Denys Drozdyuk will again join the roster. After the performance, guests will join the performers for the gala grand seated event by 1718 Catering by Hyatt Regency on the stage. With gifts and an exciting raffle generously provided by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, a silent auction of premium items and a champagne reception in the lobby after the performance.

TICKETS: $400/Ticket; $550/Patron Ticket; $1,250+/Benefactor Sponsorship LOCATION: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts CONTACT: 522-0996, extension 208

complimentary food from local restaurants, a silent auction (with additional items other than the outfits modeled on the runway), a cash bar and a raffle. TICKETS: $25/Ticket in Advance; $40/ Ticket at the Door; $50/VIP Ticket LOCATION: Rock ’N’ Bowl CONTACT: 821-7134

serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. and provides fans with a direct way to support the organization. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: Filmore New Orleans CONTACT: 522-5730,

tions. Proceeds from this year’s party will benefit new technology and enhancements for “Celebration in the Oaks.” TICKETS: $75/Party Flock (under 35) Ticket; $90/Member Ticket; $100/Ticket LOCATION: New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park CONTACT: 483-9376

27 INTIMATE CREOLE DINER BENEFITS: French Heritage Society Louisiana Chapter EVENT INFO.: An elegant black tie dinner in a historic setting limited to 60 guest. TICKETS: $300/Ticket LOCATION: Beauregard-Keyes House CONTACT: 897-1605, (212) 759-6846

29 ELLA BRENNAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GALA BENEFITS: New Orleans Wine & Food Experience EVENT INFO.: The Ella Brennan Award recognizes one individual each year that has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the community. TICKETS: $175+/Ticket LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton CONTACT: 655-5158

FEBRUARY 1 JEWISH ROOTS OF RHYTHM & BLUES BENEFITS: Jewish Children’s Regional Service EVENT INFO.: This annual event will feature an evening of music from The Great American Songbook performed by JCRS “success stories” – educational scholarship recipients who are currently pursuing advanced degrees in musical performance. Basil Alter, violin, is at the Manhattan School of Music; Joshua Dolney, trumpet, is at the University of Illinois; Joshua Sadinsky, piano, is at the California Institute of the Arts; and Caroline Samuels, double bass, is at Boston University. The evening will also include a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner. A silent auction focused on boutique shopping, restaurants and once-in-a-lifetime vacations will round out the evening. TICKETS: $250+/Ticket LOCATION: Hilton New Orleans Riverside CONTACT: 828-6334

9 11TH ANNUAL RECYCLED FASHION SHOW BENEFITS: Bridge House / Grace House EVENT INFO.: This annual event showcases local designers who re-use and highlight what their thrift stores have to offer. Attendees will not only be treated to a fashion show with over 30 local designers, but will also have a chance to bid on the outfits in the show. The event will also feature

12-13 TASTE AMERICA BENEFITS: James Beard Foundation EVENT INFO.: New Orleans will welcome the James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America®” presented by Capital One for a Gala Dinner and Raising the Bar event as part of the larger national tour, which brings delicious food and thought-provoking conversation surrounding the nonprofit’s mission of cultivating a better food world for all. Spotlighting issues within the Foundation’s Good Food for Good platform, including food waste reduction, sustainability, inclusivity and chef advocacy, the seventh annual cross-country food series will highlight the organization’s missionforward impact programs and initiatives, while dishing out tasty bites to the foodloving community of New Orleans. TICKETS: $280+/Ticket LOCATION: Ritz-Carlton New Orleans CONTACT: 583-5550

MARCH 4 STUDENT OF THE YEAR KICK-OFF BENEFITS: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society EVENT INFO.: Honoring 16 high school students and their teams as they embark on their seven-week fundraising campaign for the society. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Rock ’N’ Bowl CONTACT: 758-3213

6 RED TIE AFFAIR BENEFITS: Ochsner Clinic Foundation EVENT INFO.: The 2020 Red Tie Affair will benefit the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, and will be a celebration of the accomplishments of Hector Ventura, FACC, FACP, who will be receiving the John Ochsner Award. The event will include a seated dinner provided by Ralph Brennan’s Catering. TICKETS: $250+/Ticket LOCATION: River Boat Louis Armstrong CONTACT: 842-7125

6 FRENCH QUARTER FEST GALA FUNDRAISER BENEFITS: French Quarter Festivals, Inc. EVENT INFO.: French Quarter Fest kicks off the celebration over a month early with its annual gala fundraiser. The gala

7 TEMPLE SINAI 150TH CELEBRATION BENEFITS: Congregation Temple Sinai EVENT INFO.: Temple Sinai will celebrate its 150th birthday with a spectacular “Roaring Twenties” extravaganza. The evening will feature 1920s themed music by Meryl Zimmerman, a gourmet sit down dinner and a luxurious auction. The evening will also include a glamorous Patron Party featuring show-tunes in a neighboring Uptown mansion. TICKETS: $125/Ticket LOCATION: Temple Sinai CONTACT: 861-3693

7 39TH ANNUAL SUGARPLUM BALL BENEFITS: Children’s Hospital New Orleans EVENT INFO.: “Sugarplum Ball” is the longest running and most successful fundraising event of the year for Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Its purpose is to raise money for a specific program or project at the hospital and this year ball proceeds will benefit the new Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s. The 39th annual ball, themed “A Night in Wonderland,” will feature a silent auction, live entertainment and food from some of the best restaurants in New Orleans. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: The Fillmore CONTACT: 896-9375

13 NEW ORLEANS GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON BENEFITS: American Heart Association EVENT INFO.: Guests can participate in free health screenings and silent auction starting at 10 a.m. At 11:30 am doors open, and the ticketed hearthealthy luncheon and program begins at noon with their 2020 survivor’s story. The New Orleans Go Red for Women luncheon is Chaired by Desiree Charbonnet and sponsored nationally by CS Health and locally sponsored by FestiGals and Entergy. To continue to raise awareness and empower women to make heart health a priority, Go Red for Women invites New Orleans to share your red on social media in a public post and include #NOLAGoRed. TICKETS: $100/Ticket LOCATION: Hyatt Regency New Orleans CONTACT: 615-9888,

13 35TH ANNUAL CRIMESTOPPERS GNO AWARDS LUNCHEON BENEFITS: Crimestoppers EVENT INFO.: This annual luncheon will honor community and business leaders, law enforcement and media that work to fight crime in our community. TICKETS: $125/Ticket; Sponsorships Available LOCATION: New Orleans Marriott CONTACT: 837-8477

7 BLUE GOOSE JAMBALYA COOK-OFF BENEFITS: Louisiana Pond Honorable Blue Goose EVENT INFO.: All of the proceed raised at this event will go to: The Kingsley House, homeless veterans, the Alzheimer’s Association and Diabetes and Breast Cancer research. TICKETS: $15/Ticket; Sponsorships Available LOCATION: Kingsley House CONTACT: (225) 400-2557

13 LARK IN THE PARK BENEFITS: Friends of City Park EVENT INFO.: Join Friends of City Park for its premier party in the park. The fundraiser will feature live music and entertainment, silent and live auctions, raffles, delicious restaurateurs and festive liba-

14 TAILS BUT NO BLACK TIE BENEFITS: Equest Farm in New Orleans City Park EVENT INFO.: This year’s event is celebrating “20 Years of Horse Power with Fast Cars & Jumping Horses!” “Tails” is a unique Equestrian Evening of sophisticated fun. This year, patrons will see USEF Champion Jumpers and World Class riders execute jumps with speed and precision – competing for $10,000 in prize money! A special addition this year is the Ferrari Club Car Exhibition, along with food trucks, kids activities and more. Attire is “Cowboy Casual.” TICKETS: $15/Ticket; $175/ VIP Grandstand Ticket LOCATION: Equest Farm CONTACT: 483-9398,


14 LEGACY GALA: “SEAS THE NIGHT” BENEFITS: St. Mary’s Dominican High School EVENT INFO.: The Patron Party will start at 7 p.m., and will feature entertainment by the Dominican Jazz Band. The gala and auction will begin at 8, with music by The Benchwarmers. TICKETS: $75/Ticket, $95/Ticket After March 1; $200/Patron Ticket; $300/Patron Ticket after March 1 Location: St. Mary’s Dominican High School CONTACT: 865-9401, StMarysDominican. org/event/dominican-gala-2

14 UNCF MAYOR’S MASKED BALL 2020 BENEFITS: UNCF EVENT INFO.: This premier fundraising event focuses on raising public awareness and corporate and individual donations to support deserving students through UNCF. Hosted by a diverse group of corporate sponsors and local businesses, it involves celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF’s mission of investing in better futures for us all by getting students to and through college. TICKETS: $600/Ticket LOCATION: Hyatt Regency New Orleans CONTACT: 581-3794,

14 OPUS BALL BENEFITS: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra EVENT INFO.: The ball will feature a Patron Party, seated dinner, concert, live auction and dancing. The concert will feature the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra with additional performances by clarinetist Doreen Ketchens and singer Germaine Bazzle. TICKETS: $250-$10,000/Ticket LOCATION: Jung Hotel and Residences CONTACT: 523-6530

14 NIGHT UNDER THE STARS SOIRÉE BENEFITS: Cabrini High School EVENT INFO.: Theis annual event will include delicious food, an open bar, a silent auction, raffles and live jazz entertainment. The event will be held in Cabrini’s Esplanade building courtyard. Notable alumnae and guests attend this event each year. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Cabrini High School CONTACT: 482-1193

14 SOUL REVIVAL BENEFITS: Legacy Donor Foundation EVENT INFO.: Since 1999 Legacy Donor Foundation’s signature spring fundraiser has been known for its block party feel,


delicious soul food and great music! Each year guests from the New Orleans area join LDF to for a soul-shaking good time. The event kicks off with a gospel choir, putting the “soul” in “Soul Revival.” Then there will be dancing to a live band and delicious dishes from top restaurants in a fun and casual atmosphere! TICKETS: $100/Ticket for Under 30; $150/Ticket LOCATION: The Orpheum Theater CONTACT: 558-8900

16 NEXT GENERATION GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS: Next Generation Ministries EVENT INFO.: This is four-man scramble event benefiting the 50+ Next Generation School Clubs across the Gulf South Region. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Beau Chêne Country Club, Mandeville CONTACT: 885-0980

16 & 18 YEP FEST PRESENTED BY IBERIABANK BENEFITS: Youth Empowerment Project EVENT INFO.: The Patron Party will be on the 16th at a private home. The annual street festival and fundraiser will be on the 18th, and will feature live music, pedicab races, kids zone, food and drinks and a day of fun for all ages. TICKETS: $250/Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: Patron Party: Private Home; Festival: 1600 block of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. CONTACT: 522-1316, extension 248; nwoolfolk@youthempowermentproject. org;

18-22 NEW ORLEANS WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE BENEFITS: New Orleans Wine & Food Experience EVENT INFO.: Each year, hundreds of wineries and restaurants participate with menus featuring local flavor and innovative new creations inspired by diverse cuisines. Top chefs from around the city create culinary experiences like no other. Over two dozen restaurants feature special dining evenings throughout the New Orleans festival. The weekend also features over 1,000 wines from around the world, with special tasting events from wineries. There will be grand tasting events, promenade evenings in the French Quarter and seminar series. Over the past 28 years, NOWFE has raised more than $1.5 million for local nonprofit organizations. TICKETS: $75+/Ticket LOCATION: Various CONTACT: 655-5158

19 SIXTH ANNUAL THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME BENEFITS: New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter EVENT INFO.: This annual fundraiser benefits the food works of the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter and will honor Kimberly Rivers Roberts TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: The Cannery CONTACT:

20 2020 DRAFTS FOR CRAFTS SUPPORTED BY IBERIABANK BENEFITS: The National WWII Museum EVENT INFO.: This annual event will celebrate the restoration of The National WWII Museum’s unique collection of military vehicles. These warbirds, ground vehicles and boats are essential pieces of WWII history that help tell a complete story of the war that changed the world. Hosted by the museum’s young professionals group, The Young Benefactors, this year’s event is expected to attract over 600 young professionals from across the region and will feature a beer garden, delicious bites from local restaurants, top-shelf specialty cocktails inspired by the macro-artifacts, lively entertainment and dancing. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: The National WWII Museum CONTACT: 528-1944, extension 334,

20 WINE FETE BENEFITS: Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses EVENT INFO.: This spring garden party will take place in the historic courtyard of the Hermann-Grima House in the French Quarter and will feature wine pairings, live music, delicious food, specialty cocktails and a silent auction of wine, experiences, art and special items. The party will support HermannGrima + Gallier Historic Houses in their efforts to preserve the two 19th-century historic house museums and to continue immersive educational programs such as open-hearth cooking, school field trips and seasonal exhibitions. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Hermann-Grima House CONTACT: 274-0744

20 11TH ANNUAL PAINT THE TOWN GREEN GALA BENEFITS: Raintree Children and Family Services EVENT INFO.:. The “voice of the New Orleans Saints” Mark Romig will return as emcee for this annual evening, along with a live performance from The Yat Pack. Guests will enjoy delicious cuisine from New Orleans’ top restaurants, a live and silent auction and more. Proceeds

from the event benefit over 350 at-risk children and youth served at Raintree. TICKETS: $125+/Ticket LOCATION: Pavilion of the Two Sisters CONTACT: 899-9045, extension 235

21 GREENWAY FEST BENEFITS: Friends of Lafitte Greenway EVENT INFO.: This event is a day filled with local live music, food, drink, crafts, guided walking tours and a kid zone. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Greenway Great Lawn CONTACT: 702-6776

21 GAME CHANGER GALA BENEFITS: Team Gleason & Answer ALS EVENT INFO.: This Co-Chairs Gayle Benson and Drew and Brittany Brees invite you to honor four “Game Changer” Honorees as well as Steve Gleason receiving Congressional Gold Medal. This event celebrates the efforts of Team Gleason and Answer ALS, and also pays tribute to those who have been and continue to be game changers in the fight to live with and end ALS. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: Hyatt Regency New Orleans CONTACT:

21-22 PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER’S ANNUAL SHOTGUN HOUSE TOUR BENEFITS: Preservation Resource Center EVENT INFO.: Enjoy a self-guided, walkable tour of seven private residences that showcase the livability and versatility of New Orleans’ beloved shotgun houses. This event is Co-Chaired by Cecily Bell, Caroline Graham and Mary Frances Parker. TICKETS: $20/Member Ticket in Advance; $30/Non-Member Ticket in Advance; $35/Ticket at Tour Headquarters LOCATION: Tour HQ: Coast Roast Coffee & Tea CONTACT: 581-7032,

22 ART&SOUL BENEFITS: The NOCCA Institute EVENT INFO.: This annual gala fundraiser will feature food and beverages from dozens of the city’s best restaurants, performances by current NOCCA students and alumni including Sweet Crude, and fabulous silent and live auctions. The theme of this year’s ART&SOUL is taken from Keith Perelli’s original painting, “Dewdrops in the Paper Garden,” created to be auctioned live at the gala. Florals and headdresses encouraged! TICKETS: $100/Ticket; $250/Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: NOCCA CONTACT: 940-2851,

25-29 34TH ANNUAL THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS & NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL BENEFITS: The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival EVENT INFO.: This annual celebration of contemporary literature, culture, theater and the works of Tennessee Williams is more than a typical book festival; TWNOLF showcases award-winning writers, actors, musicians and other artists in over 150 events in the French Quarter and other New Orleans venues. The 2020 Festival will includes writing workshops, literary panels, theater events, a book fair, Tennessee Williams tribute reading and scholars conference, walking tours, music events, culinary events, interviews and the Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival. TWNOLF will present a range of diverse speakers and performers, including Jami Attenberg, Sarah M. Broom, Andrei Codrescu, Maureen Corrigan, Beth Ann Fennelly, Jewelle Gomez, Jac Jemc, Sister Helen Prejean, Leigh Camacho Rourks, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Colm Tóibín, John Warner Smith, Katy Simpson Smith, Edmund White and many more. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: The Hotel Monteleone CONTACT: 581-1144,

26-29 ART IN BLOOM 2020 | BEAUTY, INGENUITY, AND TRADITION PRESENTED BY IBERIABANK BENEFITS: New Orleans Museum of Art EVENT INFO.: For four days NOMA will showcase spectacular floral designs created by more than 100 garden clubs, floral designers and creative talents from across New Orleans. This year’s theme will bring together exhibitors from New Orleans and beyond to celebrate the diverse artistic cultures that animate our history. Events will include a Patron and Preview Party on the 25th; a lecture series on the 26th featuring celebrated women’s fashion designer, Tanya Taylor of Tanya Taylor Clothing, and legendary floral designer and event planner, Lewis Miller of Lewis Miller Design; and a luncheon and fashion show featuring looks from Taylor’s collection presented by Tanya Taylor Clothing and SOSUSU. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: NOMA CONTACT: 658-412,

will go directly toward providing meals and quality programs geared towards improving the physical and mental wellbeing of the senior citizens we serve. TICKETS: $50/Ticket LOCATION: Mercy Endeavors CONTACT: 568-0607

26 CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS BENEFITS: Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights EVENT INFO.: This cocktail reception will recognize LCCR’s successes achieved over the past year and look ahead to a brighter future for Louisiana’s children. TICKETS: Donation Required LOCATION: The Building CONTACT: 658-6862

27-29 17TH ANNUAL THE SAINTS + SINNERS LGBTQ LITERARY FESTIVAL BENEFITS: The Saints & Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival EVENT INFO.: This annual LGBTQ literary conference will feature panels and writing workshops by authors, editors and publishers for emerging writers and LGBTQ literature fans. The 2020 event will include noted speakers such as Leona Beasley, Michael Carroll, Elana Dykewomon, Trebor Healey, Matthew Griffin, Greg Herren, Paula Martinac, Alex Myers, Colm Toibin, Don Weise and Edmund White. TICKETS: $10/Single Session On-Site; $25/Student Weekend Pass; $25/Partner Party Pass; $50/Day Pass; $150/Weekend Pass LOCATION: The Hotel Monteleone CONTACT: 581-1144

27-28 HOGS FOR THE CAUSE BENEFITS: Hogs for the Cause EVENT INFO.: The largest BBQ-and-music festival in the country, this year will feature 85 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite and Fundraising Champion. This two-day event is full of local and national music, local beer and fundraising. Friday night is Bacon Night and Saturday is the main event. TICKETS: $45+/2-Day Ticket LOCATION: UNO Lakefront CONTACT:

26 EIGHTH ANNUAL JAZZIN’ ON JACKSON BENEFITS: Mercy Endeavors EVENT INFO.: A a festive evening of entertainment, a silent auction, food and spirits from some of New Orleans’ best restaurants. All proceeds from the event


BENEFITS: Ascension DePaul Foundation of New Orleans (Formerly Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans) EVENT INFO.: This annual gala will start with a Patron Party at 7 p.m. with the gala following at 9, and will feature dynamic live entertainment, great food, drinks, the Inspired Cross Awards presentation, a silent auction with some unique offerings and much more. TICKETS: $100/Ticket; $175/Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: US Freedom Pavilion in The National WWII Museum Complex CONTACT: 212-9544

28 NCJW DIVA DINNER GALA BENEFITS: National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans EVENT INFO.: The NCJW Diva Dinner Gala will feature festive impersonations of well-known celebrity Divas. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute CONTACT: 861-7788

28 NOTRE DAME SEMINARY GALA BENEFITS: Notre Dame Seminary EVENT INFO.: This annual gala will feature food, music, a raffle and live and silent auctions. All money raised go towards educating priests of the future. TICKETS: $125/Ticket; $200/Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: Notre Dame Seminary CONTACT: 866-7426,

29 PARKWAY PROMENADE XXIX – AN EVENING AT THE MOULIN ROUGE BENEFITS: Jefferson Beautification, Inc. EVENT INFO.: Enter the famous cabaret Moulin Rouge for fabulous food and drink, live music, games, raffles and silent and live auctions. TICKETS: $80/Ticket LOCATION: Chateau Estates Golf and Country Club CONTACT: 466-6063

31 48TH ANNUAL PRIX D’ELEGANCE LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW BENEFITS: Men and Women of Fashion EVENT INFO.: This annual event will honor 10 men and 10 women who exemplify a unique personal style and are significant contributors in helping enhance our community. Including a delicious lunch, silent auction and raffle, the event will present a glamorous fashion show sponsored by Chatta Box Boutique and Jeff’s Haberdashery.

TICKETS: $125/Ticket; $1,250/Table; $2,500 & $5,000/Sponsorship Tables LOCATION: Hilton Riverside Hotel CONTACT: 522-0996, extension 208

APRIL 1 11TH ANNUAL HARVEST AT HOME BENEFITS: Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana EVENT INFO.: This annual event is designed to encourage conversation about hunger in our community, while providing financial support for Second Harvest – the campaign is centered on a fresh fruit or vegetable to symbolize the campaign, and anchored by a local guest chef and a signature recipe. Chef Michael Gulotta of Mopho & Maypop will serve as guest chef for the Patron Reception, which will be held at the home of Skylene Montgomery and Sean Payton. TICKETS: Donors at the $1,500+ LOCATION: Home of Skylene Montgomery and Sean Payton CONTACT: 729-2820

1 37TH ANNUAL MAD HATTER’S LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW BENEFITS: Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association EVENT INFO.: This annual event will feature a silent auction, a fashion show by SAKS Fifth Avenue and a Hat Contest judged by local celebrities. A Patron Party with a jazz trio and flowing libations will preceed the event. TICKETS: $110/Ticket; $130/Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: Marriott Hotel CONTACT: 267-9534

2 11TH ANNUAL AN EDIBLE EVENING BENEFITS: Edible Schoolyard New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This garden party under the stars is a celebration of local cuisine, signature wine, live music and student-made goods is held to ensure that children learn to make healthy connections through food and the natural world, through hands-on, garden-based food and nutrition education classes at all FirstLine Schools. This year “Chef Goddesses” (a women-run businesses, to be announced) will host the Patron Party, in addition to food by 30 local restaurants at the main party, immediately following. Presqu’ile Wines Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the official wines and Cure will present the signature cocktail. A beer garden of local microbreweries will be featured as well. TICKETS: $60/Ticket LOCATION: Langston Hughes Charter Academy CONTACT: 941-0089


3 WYES GALA “VICTORIA & ALBERT” BENEFITS: WYES EVENT INFO.: WYES invites you to celebrate the popular MASTERPIECE period drama, “Victoria” and dance the night away. An online auction will offer an array of fun items for bidding, and Catered Events by Windsor Court will provide the sumptuous fare for the Patron Party and the following gala. TICKETS: $100/Jr. Ticket (Ages 21-40); $200/Ticket; $225/Jr. Patron Ticket (Ages 21-40); $500/Patron Ticket LOCATION: WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media CONTACT: 486-5511

4 COCHON COTILLION XXIV PRESENTED BY THE OSCAR J. TOLMAS CHARITABLE TRUST BENEFITS: Bridge House / Grace House EVENT INFO.: The first “unofficial” ball of the 2021 Carnival Season invites guests to don their best costumes and tackiest attire and join King Bill Metcalf and Queen Karen DeBlieux for an evening of festivities, including the marvelous music of ELS and Mike Morris, the “Cochon Cotillion” mini-parade, delicious fare from local restaurants, an open bar, a large silent auction and a raffle! TICKETS: $100/Ticket; $150/Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: Mardi Gras World CONTACT: 821-7134

4 31ST NEW ORLEANS FILM SOCIETY ANNUAL GALA BENEFITS: New Orleans Film Society EVENT INFO.: This year’s gala will honor 2020 Celluloid Hero Alexa Georges and feature a Patron Party followed by a gala and silent auction. TICKETS: $400-$5,000/Ticket LOCATION: Home of Leslie and Scott Rodger and home of Anne and Edmund Redd CONTACT: 309-6633

4 NOMA EGG HUNT AND FAMILY FESTIVAL 2020 BENEFITS: New Orleans Museum of Art EVENT INFO.: Bring your family for a fun-filled day featuring egg hunts, a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, activities and more. TICKETS: $10-$15/Ticket LOCATION: Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden CONTACT: 658-4121


5 SUNSET GARDEN GALA BENEFITS: Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden EVENT INFO.: As the sun sets, guests will feast on a buffet, bid on fabulous auction items and dance to the incomparable Deacon John and the Ivories. TICKETS: $75/Ticket LOCATION: Beauregard-Keyes Historic House CONTACT: 523-7257

18 2020 HTC ANNUAL GALA – “COME SWING WITH HARRY!” BENEFITS: Harry Tompson Homeless Center EVENT INFO.: This annual gala is the primary fundraising event for the center, and showcases live entertainment, delicious local cuisine and desserts, and unique live and silent auction opportunities. TICKETS: $40/Age 40 and Under Ticket; $75/Ticket LOCATION: Sacred Heart Nims Fine Art Center CONTACT: 273-5547

21 2020 FRIENDRAISING LUNCHEON BENEFITS: Kingsley House EVENT INFO.: The annual luncheon provides an insider look of the transformative work of Kingsley House. Proceeds ensure that Kingsley House can continue its impactful legacy of educating children, strengthening families and building community. TICKETS: Donations Encouraged LOCATION: Kingsley House CONTACT: 523-6221, extension 196

22 HEART OF THE PARK HAT LUNCHEON PRESENTED BY IBERIABANK BENEFITS: Friends of City Park and The New Orleans Town Gardeners EVENT INFO.: This annual fundraiser benefits the management and protection of the park’s magnificent and much celebrated live oak trees – the backbone of our historic New Orleans City Park – as well as the community projects of The New Orleans Town Gardeners, including Grow Dat Youth Farm and the Edible Schoolyard. TICKETS: $250/Patron Ticket; $150/ Ticket; Sponsorships Available LOCATION: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain CONTACT: 483-9376

22 STUDENT OF THE YEAR GRAND FINALE BENEFITS: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society EVENT INFO.: Celebrating the success 16 High School Student Candidate Teams have achieved over the past seven weeks. TICKETS: Tables Available for Purchase LOCATION: Audubon Tea Room CONTACT: 758-3213

24 ZOO-TO-DO FOR KIDS PRESENTED BY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NEW ORLEANS BENEFITS: Audubon Zoo EVENT INFO.: A memorable night of family fun activities to support Audubon Zoo with entertainment for kids of all ages, including animal meet-and-greets; kidapproved food and drinks; giant inflatables and arcade games; and a toddler play area; as well as many stages featuring live music and sing-along groups; and games, inflatables, crafts, magicians, face painters and more. TICKETS: $20/Member Ticket; $25/Ticket; $40/Early Admittance Ticket LOCATION: Audubon Zoo CONTACT: Events.AuduboNnatureInstitute. org/ztdk

26 ACCESS JAZZ BRUNCH “SPRING TO LIFE” BENEFITS: Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans ACCESS Pregnancy & Referral Center EVENT INFO.: The annual brunch includes an awards program honoring pro-life people and parishes; a silent auction and a parade of prizes; brunch cocktails; a served meal; and live jazz music. TICKETS: $80/Ticket LOCATION: Audubon Tea Room CONTACT: 885-1141

Senior Living More than a dozen ways to live your best life – starting now By Kelcy Wilburn

With promises of a “new you” for the New Year, the early days of January are often prime time for exploring the many advertised health tips and trends. Among the many ways to pursue wellness is the broader concept of aging well. It would behoove adults of any age to begin considering ways they can plan for an active and engaged lifestyle in their later years while also planning for smooth and healthy transitions into care when needed. From retirement living communities to in-home caregivers, educational programming and medical enhancements, there are a variety of ways seniors today are living their best lives. This month we took a look at some of the trends in senior living and the reasons behind them.

Retirement Living: Communities & Engagement According to Courtney Bartholomew, Executive Director at Vista Shores Assisted Living and Memory Care, aging in place options are increasingly attractive to today’s seniors. Because many communities offer a continuum of care from completely independent living to assisted living and memory care, residents have access to suitable levels of care at each life stage without having to relocate to other facilities. Additionally, access to healthcare is a driving factor in the popularity of communities such as Vista Shores. “We have implemented on-site healthcare clinics that


provide routine exams and yearly immunizations,” says Bartholomew. “Podiatrists, dentists and audiologists are common visitors at our community along with primary care physicians.” In addition to aging in place, another good reason to pursue community living is to avoid the detrimental effects of loneliness that accompany isolation. According to D.J. Rankey, Executive Director of HomeLife in the Gardens, studies have shown that loneliness can cause a decrease in older adults’ ability to perform everyday activities and increase their risk of mortality. “Typically, when older adults become socially isolated, they stop managing their medications, eating well and cease exercising,” says Rankey. “That is one of the benefits of moving your loved one into a community such as HomeLife in the Gardens. Our staff is trained and attentive to these changes, empowering them to provide immediate remedies with the best interest of residents and their families in mind.” At Christwood, Director of Marketing Elizabeth Jackson says they have noticed a trend of younger seniors moving in, people who want to enjoy the outdoors without being responsible for upkeep. “They appreciate the beauty of our 117 landscaped acres, perfect for long walks and bike riding, while still being close to nearby shopping,” says Jackson. “Many of our residents regularly volunteer their time with local nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity,” she says. Technology is playing a new role in retirement communities as well, benefitting both residents and caregivers. One of the area’s newest retirement communities, The Blake at Colonial Club, is estimated for completion in fall of 2020 and will feature fine dining, landscaped courtyards, multiple activity rooms, a chapel, spa, coffee shop, piano bar and more.


“We are finding that seniors are more and more tech-savvy,” says Lauren Weber, Executive Director of The Blake at Colonial Club. The community has incorporated high-speed wireless internet connectivity throughout, and its activities program utilizes an interactive software program called It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) that allows for the creation of customized profiles for residents. A state-of-the art staff call system enables residents to summon care experts wherever they are in the building, and a secured memory care community is equipped with an innovative motion sensor system that can be customized to the needs and preferences of residents. At Lambeth House, President and CEO Scott Crabtree says that advances in technology will provide more opportunities to live fuller lives as we age. Lambeth House and Ochsner Health System recently worked together on a 12-month pilot study demonstrating how telehealth can effectively aid in the treatment of seniors with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related illnesses. According to Crabtree, residents are equipped with iPads and FitBits from which information is gathered to help staff understand individuals’ unique challenges. “The plan is to continue the study for an additional year, as it’s providing invaluable information for Lambeth House Memory Care residents and their families,” says Crabtree. In addition to the integration of advanced technologies, communities are also integrating programming and activities that enhance residents’ lives. In November, Poydras Home forged a partnership with Southern Rep Theatre to launch Care for Creatives Drama Club, which meets for six consecutive weeks and engages residents living with dementia and their supporting family members. “The techniques the team uses offer participants’ care partners new tools for coping with the day-to-day challenges of communication,” says Elena Cambre, Director of Memory Support and Day

Program at Poydras Home. “Drama and improv are about meeting a situation in front of you, taking what’s given with an honest connection and making something new together. We are just getting started, but I can already see some amazing sparks coming to life within our group members,” she says. At Peristyle Residences Memory Care Assisted Living Homes, seniors experience a home setting – a shared residential home – that enables them to enjoy the benefits of assisted living without giving up privacy and comfort. “We realize that food connects us in many ways, and we strive to make dining one of the highlights of each day,” says Jason Hemel, Co-Owner of Peristyle. Award-winning chef Aaron Burgau of Restaurant Patois creates thoughtful, well-balanced menus – dietician approved – that focus on brain foods such as nuts and fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, beans, greens, fruits and a wide array of nutrient-dense vegetables, both cooked and raw. “We serve red beans on Mondays around our large dining room table,” says Hemel. “We’re proud to provide Southern cuisine that’s both delicious and health-focused.” Another ways seniors are staying active and engaged is through the New Orleans People Program, which offers holistic classes on a 15week semesters basis to those ages 50 and above. Classes range from exercise such as dance, yoga and strength training to art classes, games, genealogy, sign language and more. “We offer classes to help improve your physical and mental health and a great way to make new friends,” says Steve Lenahan, Executive Director. “Our spring semester, starting January 21, has

Opposing page and photo above from Christwood

over 172 unique classes taught by over 125 community volunteers and experts in their field,” he says.

In-Home Care Trends Plenty of seniors still choose to remain in their homes as they age, and services such as Home Care Solutions help make this possible. Offering non-medical,

in-home caregiving services, Home Care Solutions provides assistance with activities of daily living and now offers Professional Aging Life Care Managers, who help counsel and support individuals and families who are overwhelmed by care decisions. “In this unique model, the Care Manager develops a personalized plan, including the right mix of services, to

Above photos from Peristyle Residences


time. One popular treatment is RF Microneedling, which Dr. Weiss says is great for improving texture and tone, especially along the jawline and neck. Similar to standard microneedling, this technology delivers thermal energy that begins a woundhealing response causing skin tightening and contraction along with new collagen and elastin production. At her Skin Body Health practice, Dr. Kelly Burkenstock assists a number of senior patients through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. According to Dr. Burkenstock, the therapy is helpful to both men and women who are looking to increase vitality, lose weight, and alleviate many of the symptoms associated with menopause and andropause. “We have clients that seek us out in their 70s and 80s and those that seek us out in the 40s and 50s,” says Dr. Burkenstock. “My passion is to help clients look and feel their very best at any age,” she says. While many people think varicose and spider veins are a cosmetic issue associated with aging, they’re actually symptoms of a more serious problem known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), a condition that occurs when valves in the leg veins fail to properly propel blood back to the heart. Left untreated, CVI can lead to a number of health problems. At the Gitter Vein Institute, Dr. Richard Gitter emphasizes the need for proper diagnosis, which is conducted in-house through a standing venous ultrasound. After diagnosis, patient-friendly, cutting-edge technologies and medicines contribute to reduced recovery times and little to no downtime. “It’s so gratifying to see a happy patient walk away feeling and looking healthier,” says Dr. Gitter.

Above photos from Poydras Home. 2019 Fall Southern Rep Theatre Care For Creatives program facilitators Soren Ramsey, Annie Rooney and Penny Roberts

ensure that a client’s needs will be addressed all while honoring their values and independence,” says Rachel Palmer, Community Liaison. Services might include making recommendations for care, coordinating and attending medical appointments, managing crisis situations, acting as a family liaison and evaluating residential options.

Looking & Feeling One’s Best In addition to staying active and engaged at home and in the community, looking and feeling one’s best can be a part of aging well. At Art & Eyes, Co-Owners Starr Hagenbring and Paul Wilcox love helping customers pick out the perfect glasses frames. “The power of a cool frame is amazing,” says Hagenbring. “When I see an older person wearing a cool pair of frames, I think to myself, ‘That person has a grip on what’s going on!’” she says. According to Hagenbring, eyewear should enhance one’s look, not show the wear and tear of life. At his Facial Plastic Surgery practice, Dr. Sean Weiss works with a number of seniors who want to turn back the hands of


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America the Beautiful Trips across our incredible country By Bev Church


ABOVE: Our RV OPPOSITE TOP: Santa Fe – A cactus with candles surrounded by eight small clay pots filled with roses; Santa Fe artists created the snake, cowboy and RV. OPPOSITE LEFT TO RIGHT: Key West – Palm trees, a tent on the beach, a crab and a turtle along with a colorful vase filled with tulips; Yellowstone National Park – Bag with fir tree and a large leaf filled with white roses and an RV; and Memphis and Nashville – Paintings by artist Kata and red roses on a zebra and leopard scarf.


As many of you know, my husband and I purchased a new Airstream Mercedes-Benz RV about three months ago. So many people asked about our adventures, so I decided to fill you in! We are having a ball and it’s the best way to see our beautiful exquisite country. This is an entertaining column, so today I’ll represent four of the many places we’ve visited. One of our first trips was to Yellowstone National Park and along the way, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Tetons, Mount Rushmore and more. Close to home we went to Memphis, Tennessee, the home of Elvis and Beale Street and more! Nashville was on the list with the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, the Blake Shelton’s Ole Red bar and many more. We listened to an Elvis recording at Studio B on Music Row and stood where all of the country music greats recorded. Santa Fe, Taos, Red River and Angel Fire, all in New Mexico, featured a part of our country that you have to drive through to appreciate. Our last trip was to Key West and along the way Tampa, St. Petersburg, Miami and Naples, Florida. We loved the sunsets, beaches, Hemingway’s home, the Truman Little White House and of course dive bars and gardens! “America the Beautiful” is my favorite song, and I urge you to see this country, its National Parks, rolling hills, mountains, farm land, forests, rivers and oceans. We have a lot to be thankful for in this country! n




McHenry – Smith By Megan Holt

Victoria Knox McHenry and Derek Michael Smith were both first-year medical students at LSU, and neither was looking to meet someone. That all changed when Derek’s lab partner, who was also a good friend of Victoria’s from college, invited them both to her birthday party and introduced them. Derek casually asked Victoria “F&M’s or Grit’s?”, and from there sparks flew. Their first date was dancing at an outdoor concert in New Orleans, followed by a small show at the House of Blues. Seven years later, Victoria treated Derek to dinner for his birthday at Ralph’s on the Park. Afterward, they went for a walk in City Park. As they were walking over a scenic bridge, Derek surprised Victoria by asking for one more birthday gift – her saying yes to his proposal! When the time for the wedding came, Derek and Victoria began the celebration with a rehearsal dinner at Broussard’s, where guests chatted and got to know one another. Having everyone able to mingle comfortably was a priority for the couple both during the rehearsal and on the wedding day, which is one of the reasons that they chose Il Mercato for both the ceremony and the reception. The indoor and outdoor spaces at Il Mercato were the perfect spaces to make their décor, inspired heavily by Monet and French Impressionism, come to life. The structured setting of the venue complemented the abundance of greenery and flowers, and An.Gle Events created a whimsical feel to the celebration by perfectly blending navy blue, whites, golds and a touch of blush. On October 12, 2019,Victoria and Derek were married by Reverend Dr. William MacIntosh – the 95-year-old minister who married Victoria’s parents 33 years ago – in an elegant ceremony featuring music from the Harry Hardin New Orleans Finest Musicians trio. Derek had added a touch of playfulness to the elegant event: his groomsmen wore cufflinks in the shape of Play Station controllers and socks with Drew Brees’ face on them! Derek’s love of the Saints also inspired his groom’s cake, a replica of the Halo Saints Helmet. This cake and the wedding cake, both by Flour Power, were the perfect sweet treats after everyone enjoyed a reception menu created by Joel Catering, which featured beef tenderloin, Louisiana lump crab ravigote and a raw oyster bar. Guests enjoyed these dishes and more as they sipped on the bride’s cocktail, a jalapeño margarita, and the 66 ST. CHARLES AVENUE JANUARY 2020

groom’s cocktail, a Moscow mule. Victoria and Derek chose “Coming Home,” by Leon Bridges for their first dance, because the song feels timeless and because they had found “home” in one another. Afterward, Big Bling & the Funk Machine stole the show and kept guests dancing all night! After the festivities, the newlyweds spent five days in Tulum, Mexico. They relaxed at a small resort on the beach and ate lots of tacos. They then returned to New Orleans, where they live in Mid-City. Victoria is in her last year of OB/GYN residency at Ochsner, and Derek, who finished his training last June, is a full-time hospitalist. n

Coordinator: An.Gle Events Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier, I Do Bridal Boutique, Baton Rouge Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Classic black tuxedo from Perlis Florist: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events Invitation: Scriptura Photographer: Paul Morse Wedding Photography Videographer: Nathan Willis Wedding Film Hair: Marcia Gauthreaux and Dale McElwee Makeup: Andrea Wyman, Wyman Studio Ceremony music: Harry Hardin New Orleans Finest Musicians Second line band: Kinfolk Brass Band Solo violinist for cocktail hour: Saun Ward Xperience Dance Band: Big Bling & the Funk Machine




Christy Zurcher Director of Communications, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans By Lani Griffiths

What is your role at Ursuline Academy? I have the privilege of promoting and sharing all of the wonderful things that take place at the nation’s first all-girls Catholic school. Every day is different. From assemblies to performances to class projects and everything else in between, I love being out and about on campus – learning from our girls and sharing it with the community. Does being an Ursuline alumna help you with the day-to-day management? The first quote that comes to mind is: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I became an Ursuline girl at the young age of 7. Ursuline has always been a special part of my life and has helped mold me into the woman I am today. Being an alumna makes me even more motivated to be successful in my career.


How do you incorporate the Academy’s mission in your work? At Ursuline, we believe in every girl. Ursuline girls are part of a sisterhood that celebrates girls with different backgrounds, beliefs and talents. We understand each other. We learn from each other and we raise each other up. As Director of Communications, it’s my honor to promote this sisterhood and promote this mission by making sure that each and every girl is celebrated. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about the Academy or yourself? At Ursuline, we blaze our own trails. It’s our legacy. From the first female law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, to a U.S. senator and a U.S. Army colonel, Ursuline women lead fearlessly. URSULINE ACADEMY OF NEW ORLEANS, 2635 State St., 861-9150,


What kinds of community activism or outreach does the Academy participate in? The academy’s motto is “Serviam:” I will serve. Service is at the heart of what it truly means to be an Ursuline girl. On the feast day of our foundress, St. Angela Merici, the entire academy serves in the surrounding community. Throughout the

school year high school students participate in a service-learning program where they focus on a specific service area in each grade level. These areas include hunger, poverty, homelessness, environmental ethics and people with special needs.


Tammy O’Shea Chief Marketing Officer, Fidelity Bank By Lani Griffiths

What are some of your duties as Chief Marketing Officer of Fidelity Bank? As CMO I’m responsible for brand management, advertising and public relations strategy, social media and all donations and events and sponsorships. I also serve as the corporate spokesperson. I work with all business entities to help them achieve their goals and to make sure our product lines are meeting the needs of our clients.


How does social media figure into your marketing strategy? Social media is an important part of our overall strategy. We use it to humanize our brand, create a personality and to educate. We are careful in trying not to “sell” Fidelity on social media. We want our audience to learn more about us and how we give back. What is Fidelity Bank’s mission and how do you embrace it in your work? Our mission is simply to be “Here for Good.” We have been around for 111 years, and so we make all of our decisions around our core value of longevity – so we can remain a safe, sound and relevant business in a rapidly changing industry. As a mutual organization we give back to the communities we serve. We do that through financial gifts, education and volunteerism. We “do good” by our clients by using our consultative approach, and by discovering our clients’ needs and offering the best solutions for them.

What sets the Fidelity Bank experience apart from other banks? We are a mission, vision and value-driven bank. In addition to our values, we combine personal service with technology. Our newer offices allow clients to visit with their banker or use self-service options. Are there any Fidelity programs, partnerships or community outreach events that you would like to highlight? Our P.O.W.E.R. program was designed to meet the needs of women in business. In its second year, it has been highly successful and the women are extremely passionate about their involvement. We also offer a Community Partner program that we feel demonstrates our commitment to nonprofits. It provides an annual gift for banking with Fidelity. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about your business or yourself? Fidelity Bank also owns a large mortgage division, NOLA Lending Group. We have been the largest mortgage lender in the New Orleans area for a number of years. We are also proud of our Small Business Administration department. We were recently ranked the highest in the state by the number of loans closed. FIDELITY BANK, 830 West Causeway App, Mandeville, 9139805, SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 69

S N A P S H OT S By Marie Gabriel 1






1. Then-Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Cynthia Lee Sheng and Nora Vaden-Holmes are pictured at Dr. Bradley Bartholomew’s home in Metairie Club Gardens for a cocktail reception for the Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful’s board members and sponsors ahead of the Tree School’s 19th annual fundraising event in April. Lee Sheng has since been elected Jefferson Parish President, the first woman to ever hold the role. 2. Holley Haag, a Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful board member, poses with board President Bobbie Gattuso during a cocktail reception held the day before Tree’s 19th annual benefit event, which was hosted at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Tree School is a comprehensive, one-day workshop on the care and preservation of tree canopy in the urban landscape. 3. Maxwell Williams, artistic director of Le Petit Théâtre, welcomed supporters and educators to celebrate arts education efforts at the second annual “Evening for Education,” held in April at the historic French Quarter playhouse. Attendees were treated to an evening of entertainment, including a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by members of Le Petit Young Conservatory. 4. McCaffery Leyoud, Madison McGeathy, Hrilina Rakhs, Megan McGeathy, Leah McGeathy, Claire Borges, Bella Carbo, Evan Roux and Elizabeth Burris participated in Le Petit Young Conservatory’s junior production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream during a special benefit performance during the theater’s second annual “Evening for Education.” 5. Lauren Ferrand, Mary Len Costa, Casius Pealer, Alexandra Mora and Libra LaGrone Pealer attended “Bottomland Jubilee,” a fundraising event for A Studio in the Woods in celebration of 50 years of “land and legacy.” The benefit was held in May and featured displays of local wildlife and plants, food by Mosquito Supper Club, live music by Panorama Jazz Band’s Ben Schenck and Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, art by the studio’s former residents, an auction and more. 6. Maria Cherry Rangel, Michelle Coffey, Bill Fagaly, and Ama Rogan are pictured at the McDermott Lodge in the Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center for “Bottomland Jubilee,” a celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of Lucianne Carmichael’s purchase of the land A Studio in the Woods sits upon.


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7. Marvette Harris (left) was named the recipient of the 2019 National Direct Support Professional of the Year for her work providing long-term supports and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Harris, a New Orleans native, was one of many outstanding support work professionals nominated for the American Network of Community Options and Resources’ prestigious award. 8. Keynote speaker Laurie Berenson Maas and Ann Goldfarb attended the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “On the Move Luncheon” in May. The luncheon was held at the Roosevelt Hotel and helped raise over $93,000 for MS research, services and treatment. 9. Marie Claire Bennett Amort presented Dr. Jesus Lovera with the Person On the Move Award at the “MS On the Move Luncheon” in May. Hancock Whitney was honored with the 2019 Company On the Move Award at the luncheon. 10. (Seated) Leatrice Siegel, Frances Salvaggio, Maria Villafranco, Lisa Ingraham and Robin Hummel with (standing) Mary Lynn Roberts, Marian Montalbano, Madelyn Gengo, Nancy Hamburger, Virginia Eckholdt, Eileen Boudin, Lee Anne Leopold Savoie, Maria Mire and Faith Peperone are pictured at the Elenian Club’s annual “President’s Luncheon” at Il Tony’s Restaurant in July to welcome in newly instated President Maria Villafranco. 11. Jeff Kaston, Stephanie Kaston Gutierrez, Betsy Threefoot Kaston and Hallie Timm attended Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans’ “DVASH: A Celebration of Modern Israeli Cuisine” at The Cannery in May. For the second year in a row, “DVASH” treated guests to 18 different food vendors’ take on modern Israeli food. (Photo by Willow Haley for Willow’s World Photography). 12. David Radlauer and his wife, Julie Schwartz, posed with JFS Executive Director Roselle Ungar and her husband Stanley Ungar at “DVASH” in May. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, proceeds from DVASH directly benefited JFS’ affordable mental health services, which are available to everyone in the Greater New Orleans community regardless of faith, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or financial standing. (Photo by Willow Haley for Willow’s World Photography).



Benjamin Gordon Founder, Ell & Atty By Lindsay Mack


inspired by his father, Kenneth Gordon, who has worked in the clothing industry since the 1960s. “It’s a family business, and we consider everyone who interacts with us part of the family,” says Gordon. Both of his parents are involved in the company’s operation. Dogs are definitely part of the Gordon family as well. In fact, Ell & Atty is named after Gordon’s four dogs: Eleanor, Lady, Lola and Atticus. He calls them the “most selfless and loving creatures I know.” When he adopted Lady from the Louisiana SPCA, Gordon was impressed with all the good work that the organization does. In their honor, Ell & Atty released a limited edition Louisiana SPCA sock, and its profits support the shelter. Featuring a

heart motif with a cat and dog silhouette inside, the socks sell for $25 a pair. Going forward, Gordon hopes to continue this mission of using socks as a way to inspire creativity and give back to the community. Gordon hopes to launch entire collections of socks that are designed and inspired by members of the community and supporters of organizations, then have the proceeds from sales directly support their mission. n

Get Involved If it feels like your organization would be a good fit, then reach out to Gordon and his team; anyone who’s interested in contributing sock design ideas is welcome to get in touch: visit or email


Combining philanthropy with a flair for fashion, one local sock company is making a positive difference. By purchasing a pair of socks from New Orleans-based Ell & Atty, shoppers can help give back to the local community as well. Benjamin Gordon drew on his background in the clothing industry to create Ell & Atty. Socks were always his favorite product to sell because they add a bit of expression to any outfit, from casual to formal. Available in a whole array of colors, designs and motifs, the sock collection has something for everyone. Mardi Gras beads, martinis and of course plenty of fleurs-de-lis designs are all represented here. Launching Ell & Atty was largely


HEALTH + BEAUTY Dr. Sean Weiss Facial Plastic Surgery 2201 Veterans Blvd., #408, Metairie 504-814-3223 (FACE) | Dr. Sean Weiss is a double boardcertified Facial Plastic Surgeon and expert in facial aesthetics. Start the new year by taking advantage of incredible offers including discounts on fillers, HydraFacials, RF Microneedling, Skin Pen and more! Exclusive offers for St. Charles Avenue readers on Skin Medica skincare products, Injectable Fillers and Botox. Visit for details!

The Skin Surgery Centre 1615 Metairie Rd., Suite 101, Metairie 504-644-4226 | The Skin Surgery Centre is staffed with skin cancer and Mohs surgery experts who specialize in guidance, consistency and communication. Dr. Keith LeBlanc, Dr. Elizabeth Bucher and Dr. Corey Rougelot are fellowship-trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, currently the most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer with the highest potential for a cure even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another method.

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EDUCATION EARLY & PRIMARY Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans 821 General Pershing St., New Orleans 504-896-4500 | Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is the only private French school in New Orleans that’s accredited by the French Ministry of Education and State of Louisiana, providing multilingual education for 18-month-old students to eighth grade. Since its founding in 1998, Ecole Bilingue’s mission has been to provide a strong and distinctive bilingual education for children in New Orleans by combining the best of French and American academics. Kehoe-France Southshore School 720 Elise Ave., Metairie 504-733-0472 | At Kehoe France School, children are nurtured in a warm and welcoming environment. With small class sizes in a secure and picturesque environment, their degreed and certified staff encourage students to explore their curiosities. As a candidate school of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program, Kehoe-France is focused on providing an inquiry-based approach to learning. Their students are actively engaged in their development, education and activities. They focus not only on academic fundamentals, but also on a child’s physical health and wellness through expressive athletics programs, exposure to fine arts through classes and clubs and a commitment to service as a school community. Their facilities are newly renovated with more improvements to come. All are invited to come tour the campus and take those first steps onto the path of success. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School 8012 Oak St., New Orleans 504-861-3743 | St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 62 years of experience in educating the mind, body and spirit of young children. St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 12 months through eighth grade, offering 10+ years of nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on “Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders.” Faculty strive to teach each child in a manner that builds on his or her individual strengths, interests and abilities while at the same time fostering teamwork within the greater school community. St. Andrew’s utilizes small classes to promote a challenging learning environment where students interact with teachers and grow spiritually, socially and intellectually. A strong academic program, enhanced by state-of-the-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics and library skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports and community service round out St. Andrew’s program. Schedule a personal tour by calling (504) 866-6553. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-21 school year.


Stuart Hall School for Boys 2032 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans 504-861-1954 | Stuart Hall School for Boys, “Where Good Boys Become Great Men,” is an independent, ISAS school offering a Catholic education to students Pre-K3 through seventh grade. It is the mission of the faculty and staff to work with parents to help each child build a foundation for life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others and a commitment to Gospel Values. Stuart Hall School for Boys is open to all qualified boys, regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin. Private tours available by appointment.

CONTINUING (K-12) Louise S. McGehee School 2343 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-561-1224 | With over 107 years of excellence in education, Louise S. McGehee School is an all-girls college preparatory school for grades Pre-K through grade 12. McGehee is a school for girls that focuses on the individual student and fosters a lifelong love of learning. In addition to rigorous academics and competitive athletics, honor, service and leadership are at the core of the McGehee experience. Learn more about McGehee Leading Women by scheduling a private tour or attending an Admissions Open House on January 9, 2020, 8:30-10 a.m. for Grades Pre-K-12. Call (504) 561-1224 to schedule a private tour. Ursuline Academy 2635 State St., New Orleans 504-866-5292 | Serving Toddler 1 through 12th grade, Ursuline Academy is proud to have the distinction of being first all-girls Catholic school in the nation. As girls progress through Ursuline, a highly interactive approach exposes them to increasingly complex concepts in STEM and the arts that go beyond learning the material. The Academy focuses on STEM and the arts as equal partners to power 21stcentury learning. Starting in early childhood, a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach builds each girl’s confidence, social-emotional resiliency and appreciation of others. Continuing throughout the academy, Ursuline’s all-girls’ environment empowers girls to challenge themselves, explore outside their comfort zones and expand what they are capable of achieving. From the first female law professor at Loyola University New Orleans to a U.S. senator and a U.S. Army colonel, Ursuline women lead fearlessly.


CONTINUING EDUCATION University of Holy Cross 4123 Woodland Dr., New Orleans 504-394-7744 | The University of Holy Cross encourages students to do good and to do well. A fully-accredited Catholic university, the University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College) offers more than 65 majors and programs. Some of the university’s most distinctive programs are in Business, Education, Healthcare, Counseling and Nursing. Located on the West Bank, minutes from downtown New Orleans, UHC offers an affordable, liberal arts education within a small, private university setting.

LANGUAGE AND ARTS Alliance Française 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans 504-568-0770 | The Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans is proving that you can, in fact, teach old dogs new tricks. People of all ages, and of all levels of French, are taking time out of their days, nights, and weekends to learn one of the original languages of New Orleans: Le Français. From French classes, to children’s programming, to conversation classes, your local Alliance Française, one of over 1,000 worldwide, has all that you need to “Start your year on a French note” in 2020. Classes start January 13th. Bonne Année! Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts 504-738-3050 | Established in 1978, the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts is Greater New Orleans’ largest private school of music and dance. Their creative and inspirational faculty have worked with over ten thousand families fostering a lifelong love of music and dance. They offer lessons in piano, guitar, voice/singing, drums, violin, band, ballet, hip hop and more for kids, teens and adults. Join the Fun and learn to PLAY, DANCE and SING to the music YOU love. Call today or stop by one of their three campuses in Covington, Harahan or Mandeville.

TUTORING NOLA Learning Support 8131 Oak St. #100, New Orleans NOLA Learning Support offers academic intervention for elementary, middle,and high school students. As two experienced educators and parents of grown children, they work as a team offering support to students needing reading, spelling, writing and organizational interventions. They specialize in working with struggling readers using an Orton-Gillingham approach and also use a variety of methods and strategies specifically tailored to each student. They provide measurable academic success which leads to gains in students’ self-confidence and pride. They offer private tutoring at their Uptown office as well as on school campus’ and students’ homes. Whether your child is in the first grade, or the twelfth grade, they can assist in helping him or her meet success and build self-advocacy skills to live happier lives.


Amos Martin Liles Lusher Charter School By Mallory Lindsly

“We all need to understand that other people may not be as healthy, protected or loved, and may not be able to afford the same things, but we’re all equal. By working together in our community, we’re benefiting other people by helping them feel safe, feel happy and feel protected at times,” says Amos Martin Liles, a student at Lusher Charter School. Camp Able is a camp that works with special needs kids. Volunteering with Camp Able is Liles’ most rewarding experience. “It has helped me realize that we’re all unique in our own way. We all need to be treated kindly, respectfully and responsibly,” he says. At first, Liles was nervous and didn’t know how to act at the camp. When the campers got there, all the counselors participated in activities and Liles was able make a difference in the campers’ lives. He was able to see the smiles on their faces that aren’t normally there. Liles is currently Lusher’s Middle School Student Council President. The student council organizes several events each year. The “Walk for Water Dance” raised money for Water for South Sudan, an organization that provides clean water to Sudanese people in need. The money that was raised helped build Lusher’s fourth well in Sudan. Liles also participated in a “Pink Out” where students brought $1 to wear pink for

the day. The pink brought awareness to breast cancer research while the $1 allowed students to participate in a raffle to win great prizes. All proceeds went to the Krewe de Pink research fund. Esther Alexis, Liles’ fourth grade English and social studies teacher, inspired him to become a student activist. Alexis would tell her students that her favorite color was the rainbow because she didn’t want any color to be left out. The same was true with her students. “I think that I’ve gained the view of perspective. I now understand that not everyone is as lucky as I am,” says Liles. Even though Liles is a few years away from college, he’s hoping to go to Wake Forest, Duke or Stanford, where he would like to study social studies and become a professional soccer player. After retiring from professional sports, Liles wants to become a middle school social studies teacher. n SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 75


SENIOR CARE Christwood 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington 985-898-0515 | Christwood opened in 1996 as the first of its kind on the Northshore, and today remains the only Life Plan Community in the area. As a faith-based non-profit, they’re dedicated to expanding possibilities and making life better in every way. At Christwood, residents enjoy gourmet dining, attentive concierge-style service, a pampering day spa, indoor saltwater pool and friendly neighbors who share similar interests. They also offer an array of supportive services and healthcare options. For inspired days and evenings, Christwood offers musical and cultural events, social clubs, educational classes, guest speakers, day trips and more. Residents can choose independent living with cottages and apartments in a variety of spacious floor plans, sizes and styles – up to 2,800 square feet and maintenance-free. Come visit Christwood’s beautiful 117-acre campus and discover the Northshore’s Premier Senior Living Community. Schedule a private tour today! Home Care Solutions 504-828-0900| Home Care Solutions specializes in compassionate in-home care, Alzheimer’s care, and Aging Life Care Management™ services to help your elderly loved ones extend their independence at home. They are committed to providing the highest quality of care while giving families peace of mind. Caregivers are carefully matched to meet your loved one’s needs and personality. Home Care Solutions Care Managers are experienced advocates with creative solutions for complex care concerns. Care Managers’ familiarity with local resources saves you time and often saves you money. Call 504-828-0900 or visit to have Home Care Solutions assist your family in navigating elder care.


HomeLife in the Gardens 1101 Aline St., New Orleans 504-894-6100 | HomeLife in the Gardens has the rewarding opportunity of caring for older adults through their golden years. Offering three living options under one roof: independent living, assisted living and memory care. Here, your life has value. You’re never too old to learn, mentor, dance and laugh. You will become friends with our team members, and other residents who share your interests. Our community is located in the heart of the Garden District. Visit today, and get ready to start a new chapter of living. Call Mary Brooks, Director of Marketing at (504) 894-6100 or (504) 220-6341. Peristyle Residences 504-517-3273 | Peristyle Residences offer Residential Assisted Living and Memory Care in the comfort of luxurious, intimate homes complete with private bedrooms and congregate dining and living areas. This alternative approach to senior living is ideal for seniors who seek assistance with day-to-day living in a more private, home-like setting than traditional assisted living communities can provide. Peristyle Residences consists of nine beautiful homes throughout Greater New Orleans. Peristyle’s quaint residences provide the highest level of care, comfort, and compassion possible to the seniors they serve, along with convenience and peace of mind for their loved ones. Expert consultation from Chef Aaron Burgau of Patois adds distinction and flavor to the healthy, delicious meals prepared at the community daily, and an array of stimulating activities, including an exceptional Music Therapy program, keeps residents active and engaged. Peristyle Residences caregivers are highly trained in dementia care and have ample experience caring for seniors. Schedule a tour today at or by calling (504) 517-3273.

Poydras Home 5354 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-897-0535 | Located in the heart of Uptown, Poydras Home offers independent living, assisted living, and nursing care with specialized memory care also available as well as an adult day program. Poydras Home is committed to designing robust programming options to enrich the lives of our entire community with special emphasis to include our residents who are experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Poydras Home celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2017. For more than 200 years Poydras Home has delivered a legacy of care, first as a haven for female children, redefining our purpose in 1957 to caring for seniors. Today we deliver our mission of enriching the lives of seniors and their families through personalized care and innovative programming in an intimate, compassionate community. Vista Shores Assisted Living & Memory Care 5958 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans 504-288-3737 | For an attentive, detail-oriented care in a tight-knit community, look no further than Vista Shores, a private luxury assisted living and memory care organization built on the former legendary Vista Shores Country Club overlooking Bayou St. John. They pay attention to detail to allow their residents to relax and enjoy themselves in the knowledge that someone is always close by if they need help. Residents of Vista Shores enjoy chef-prepared meals in the community’s bistro and dining rooms, coffee and cocktails in the lounge and vibrant sunsets from the wraparound porch. Vista Shores offers two “neighborhoods” for residents, bringing together people with shared abilities to promote greater socialization and personalized care. The staff offers personalized care plans with 24hour nursing to ensure that each resident is equipped with the care and environment they need to thrive— even with a beloved pet. Vista Shores is also home to Lakeview’s only Alzheimer’s Support Group.



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Arts History The history and future of M. S. Rau Antiques By Seale Paterson


250th birthday that showcased the desk he used while in exile in St. Helena and an 1833 cast of his bronze death mask. Once a year they highlight artwork by local teens in their gallery through their Rau for Art Foundation, which provides support to young artists through scholarship and art study trips to Italy. M. S. Rau also gives back through donations to museums. In 2015, an armoire owned by Henry Clay and later housed at the Rosewood Plantation was donated to the Cabildo for permanent exhibition. In 2015 and 2016, Rau’s was able to purchase the two adjacent buildings on Royal Street, doubling its showroom space. The renovations, finished in November 2019, have paid careful attention to historical character, keeping carriage doors,

window and door arches, stairwells and fireplaces and building facades true to their circa 1830s original form. As an added bonus for shoppers, access to the two inner courtyards is now offered. n Early collections of china, glass, art, furniture and chandeliers inside M. S. Rau’s store. In the early days of the business, antiques were sourced locally, through classified ads, pickers and trips into the surrounding areas. But discovery has become more global in modern times, and Rau’s is renowned worldwide for their museum quality collections: fine art and furniture; rare jewels and Fabergé eggs; valuable porcelain, glass, and silver sets; and more. These treasures can be found mixed in with more eclectic historic items like a cave bear skeleton, Lincoln’s opera glasses and a sword cane once owned by Elvis. The rarest of the rare can be found in a secret room accessible by a trick door.


Max Simon Rau opened M. S. Rau Antiques in 1912 at 719 Royal St.; 19 years later, he moved to a larger space at 630 Royal St., and the business has been located there ever since. Two expansions occurred in the 1940s and 1990s with the purchase of additional buildings on St. Peter and Toulouse Streets. For the last over 100 years, the business has been a family affair, taken over first by sons Joe and Elias, and currently run by Max’s grandson Bill. In-store displays and lectures often coincide with museum exhibits, as in 2001 when they showcased exquisite silverwork pieces during the New Orleans Museum of Art’s “Martele Art Nouveau” exhibit. They also create events based on local culture and interesting pieces in their collection, like the recent celebration of Napoleon Bonaparte’s