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33 IN EVERY ISSUE 4 BEV’S NOTE + ON THE COVER 6 MORGAN'S NOTE 8 KIDS PLAY ’Tis Still the (Snowball) Season: Sneaking in some learning while cooling off 10 WHAT’S HOT Home Furnishings 12 THE DISH Of Shade Trees and Sandwiches: Grabbing the right bite for your (distanced) gathering 20 ENTERTAINING WITH BEV Celebration Central: Creating positive vibes during a pandemic 22 WITH THIS RING Hines – Odom

24 YOUNG BLOODS Josh D’Arcangelo: President, No Days Offline 25 STUDENT ACTIVIST Carina Ruth Swonger: Archbishop Chapelle High School 27 SHOP TALK Joy Cronvich: Store Manager, Ballin’s LTD & New Orleans Knitwear 28 SHOP TALK Tricia King: Founder & Owner, Tricia King Exquisite Properties with Gardner Realtors 30 SNAPSHOTS 40 NOSTALGIA The Glass Kitchen: An idea of the future from the past




Looking forward to

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Longue Vue House & Gardens is kicking off its centennial year! It is such a treasure and we're thrilled to feature Chairman of the Board Lee Ledbetter, President of the Friends of Longue Vue Marian Gibbs, Executive Director Baty Landis and Centennial Committee Member Deidre Hall. This fall, the Friends of Longue Vue fundraiser will be “Games in the Garden,” on October 22, 5-7 p.m. at Longue Vue. You will be in a safe and controlled outdoor party featuring croquet, boules, an open air auction, garden-harvested refreshments, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Definitely wear your flower bedecked mask to the event! Be sure to get your tickets quickly – only $100 or $75 for Members – by calling 293-4722 or online at LongueVue. com/games-in-the-gardens. We are going to miss Catherine Freeman and her phenomenal column, “Making a Difference.” She was with us for three years and introduced us to so many nonprofits in which we could get involved. Good luck to you in all of your endeavors!

As we go through this pandemic, we at St. Charles Avenue magazine, want to thank our advertisers who have been so loyal. My column features Home Malone, Feet First, Betty Hunley Designs, Judy at the Rink and Starr Hagenbring of Art & Eyes! I am excited to share a group of advertisers with you each month, and I urge you to go visit them and mention that you saw them in our magazine! Thanks to you all! This month, I'd like to recognize the fabulous real estate agents who advertise with us. We have a special section featuring Glenda Bach/Latter & Blum, Jeanne Harang/Boughton Real Estate, Eleanor Farnsworth/ Gardener Realty, Nora Vaden Holmes Agency, Tricia King/ Gardener Realty, Elizabeth McNulty/Gardener Realty, Sarah Martzolf/McEnerny Company, Ashley Nesser Real Estate, Susan Price/Gardener Realty and O'Dwyer Realty. All of these are the best! Thanks again! Hope you are staying safe!

Beverly Reese Church


The Young Leadership Council is reviving their “Proud To Call it Home Campaign” by encouraging everyone to buy a Garden Flag for $20 or a Porch Flag for $40. This flag was designed by YLC member Lorraine Lorio and they want all New Orleanians to display them to remind everyone to come together to put public health and safety first during this pandemic! Purchases directly support YLC's volunteerled community projects that develop the young leaders moving New Orleans toward a more equitable, inclusive and prosperous future for everyone! Please visit YLCNola.org/proud/to/call/it/home or call 858-1500 to purchase a flag today!



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If you look carefully through this magazine, you’ll notice that it’s a little different than any issue before – there are no Philanthropic Events. Due to the pandemic there was a gap in time when every fundraiser had to be cancelled or postponed. To keep you busy this month, we've doubled our Snapshots –24 photos this month! And not to worry, Philanthropic Events will be back in our next issue! Thanks to the ingenuity of our city’s nonprofits, we’re excited to bring you some virtual events as well as small in-person fundraisers in our next issues. This month's feature is the "Registry of Charitable Events: September-December 2020." To my mind, this is our most important Registry since Hurricane Katrina. We have listed more than 50 fundraisers scheduled to take place in person and virtually through the next four months. Be sure to read through to find out what your favorite nonprofit has planned and learn more about innovative events to add to your calendar. Much like the time after the storm, though decisions are constantly being made in almost every field many of us feel lost, adrift in the seemingly insurmountable amount of questions and decisions to be made – many without any one good answer. One of the easiest decisions to make is to support our city. That is what not only the Registry, but this magazine is here to do! Our goal is to support our city’s nonprofits by featuring their fundraisers, writing about their goals and introducing them as they’re founded. If you know of a nonprofit that isn’t being rep-resented here, please let me know by emailing me directly: Morgan@MyNewOrleans.com. And remember that you can submit a nonprofit event to our calendar at any time online at: MyNewOrleans.com/ submit-a-charitable-event. With many parents out of work funds are tight, and some are having to make the horrible decision between feeding or diapering their child. Inspired by this harsh reality, the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) founded its Diaper Bank in 2014 to support New Orleans families. September 21-27 is “Diaper Awareness Week.” You can help by donating diapers, hosting a diaper drive, purchasing from their wish list (visit Amazon.com and search for “Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank”), donating “dollars for diapers” on their website or at their headquarters, sharing information and volunteering. Learn more and donate today at JLNODiaperBank.org. “COOLinary New Orleans” continues its tasty run through September 13. Many of New Or-leans’ finest restaurants are participating by offering prix-fixe menus of two-course lunches for $20 or less, and three-course dinners and brunches for $39 or less. Menus are available for dine in, takeout and delivery. Visit their amazingly easy to navigate website to see which restaurants are taking part, and order today: NewOrleans.com/coolinary! Stay safe, wear your mask, wash your hands and check in on your friends!

Morgan Packard Griffith





’Tis Still the (Snowball) Season Sneaking in some learning while cooling off By Brittany Kennedy

While so many of us were hoping the arrival of fall and going back to school would also bring a the return of “normal” life, that hope seems to a bit further in the horizon. In times like these there are things that always stay the same, especially in New Orleans. It is September and it’s still hot, which make snowball stands a beacon of hope as we pray for temperatures to drop. Everyone has a favorite stand, flavor and topping. Often these

opinions have been formed over long periods of time over generations of families, but there are so many options these days that it’s worth taking a break from your favorite haunt. Meanwhile, trying new things, comparing qualities and styles are all great lessons that can make a snowball hunt into a fun activity for the entire family. Because the snowball has such an iconic place in New Orleans history and is so ubiquitous, one can do a public service for their


children by explaining a little bit of its history and warning them what will come to pass when they travel away and order the snowball’s distant cousin, the snow cone. Local author Megan BradenPerry’s book, Crescent City Snow: The Ultimate Guide to New Orleans Snowball Stands is a great book to keep in the car and is an exhaustive guide to snowball stands throughout the metro area. While Braden-Perry’s book is very much a guide, it also has a lot of personal stories and memories from the snowball stand owners themselves as well as the author herself. As she writes in her introduction, every snowball is an “icy, sweet token of affection” that brings us back to the memory of a friend who brings us one as a surprise or a getting picked up from school to get one as a surprise. Her book also has pages that allow you to document your own observations and take notes. While the snowball has a solid place in every New Orleanian’s heart, the sweet treat isn’t immune to change. In picking the stands to put in your family hunt, it’s worth including the classics, the classics that have evolved a bit themselves and even the newer, dare-I-say, artisanal variety. In the classic snowball stand department, Plum Street Snowballs is a constant presence at festivals and standard for your classic flavors like wedding cake. In addition to the Uptown location, they also run a summer stand near the Carousel in Lafreneire Park. Another classic is Hansen’s Sno-Bliz on Tchoupitoulas Street. While Hansen’s always featured flavors that weren’t “traditional” (you can get apple juice poured on their snow, for example), the original owners’ granddaughter, Ashley Hansen, has updated the original menu with flavors like pomegranate, cardamom and ginger and has even expanded the toppings list to include warm Banana’s Foster along with the traditional condensed

milk to top your icy treat. Finally, a newcomer in the game doesn’t have an official “stand,” but instead is operating as a pop-up in the Bywater. Chance in Hell snowballs describes themselves as “frosty treats for a world on fire,” and “artisanal AF,” so this one may need to be censored a bit for younger children. They have small-batch syrups for their flavors like Satsuma Basil, Mango Chili and Cucumber Cardamom Basil. The pop-up was the creation of two local Drag and Burlesque performers looking to make up for the lack of work during COVID-19, and it has been making a splash in Instagram (where you DM to get the address). They even feature dog snowballs flavored with chicken stock. What is probably most comforting in these times is that there are some things that always stay the same but that still allow New Orleanians to embrace something new and be creative – a lesson that will likely not be lost on our kids as they face a very different beginning of the school year. ✦

➺ Just the Facts: Book: Megan Braden-Perry, Crescent City Snow: The Ultimate Guide to New Orleans Snowball Stands (2017) University of Lafayette Press Note: It is always a good idea to confirm opening and closing times and days for snowball stands by calling ahead or checking on social media. Plum Street Snowballs: 1300 Burdette St. 866-7996 Open every day from noon-8 p.m., except Sunday (2-8 p.m.) Hansen’s Sno-Bliz: 4801 Tchoupitoulas St. Open every day, except Mondays and Tuesdays, 12-6 p.m. Chance in Hell Snowballs: Open weekends, 3-7 p.m. Check @ChanceinHell_Snoballs for address and details



Home Furnishings By Amy Gabriel

Since we’re spending more hours at home than ever before, there’s no time like the present to create a warm and welcoming space. Cozy up your personal cocoon with concepts and furnishings that make for a chic and comfortable respite.

1. Warm up your salon with a paprika hued cotton throw in a herringbone weave, finished with a light twisted fringe. Sotre, 3933 Magazine St., 304-9475, SotreCollection.com 2. The lovely camel leather on the Neat Settee will patina with use and time, becoming all the more handsome for your abode. Modern Market, 1200 Annunciation St., 896-2206, ModernMarketLifestyle.com 3. A softly textured silk velvet throw pillow with floral embroidery and pale gold accents from Bella Notte Bedding adds a luxurious touch to any lounge space. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336, RelishNewOrleans.com



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4. Incorporating design elements like a coffered ceiling in the shape of an “X” can conceal overhead lighting and built-in cabinetry allows for wellappointed hidden storage. Ashley Hall Interiors, 832 Howard Ave., 524-0196, AshleyHallInteriors.com 5. Give your kids a fun space all to themselves by way of a custom built a-frame open front playhouse. Sequoia Outdoor Supply, 4717 Airline Drive, 837-3300, SequoiaOutdoorSupply.com Photo credit: Lori Baskin Photography

6. Soften a formal dining room with the addition of custom accent wall paneling in sweet chestnut. Vision Wood Gallery, 6010 Magazine St., 265-8983, VisionWood.com 7. Dictate the amount of light cast in your bedroom with a three-in-one silhouette shade. Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design, 1533 Prytania St., 525-7409, WrensTontine.com




Of Shade Trees and Sandwiches Grabbing the right bite for your (distanced) gathering By Jyl Benson

As our protracted quasiquarantine state drags on and my own backyard, usually a resplendent, verdant sanctuary, has devolved into an overgrown, buggy bog, I’ve identified several large, centuries-old oak trees with ground sweeping boughs in public spaces in various small neighborhood parks around town. It is always 10 to 15 degrees cooler under such a tree, and I have taken to arranging intimate picnic luncheons or happy hours with small groups if friends under the trees’ leafy canopies. Under such circumstances, take-out entrées are simply too onerous to eat, balancing a cardboard container on your knees as you attempt to knife and fork your way through, but a sandwich – poor boy or otherwise – is just the thing. Those planning to join the socially distanced gathering can dust off their festival chairs and grab their own hand-held meal from their favorite sandwich shop or restaurant to bring along. A few sandwiches have been real standouts and we’re sure to discover more as the temperature finally begins to drop and we gather more frequently. Fresh and surprisingly light, grilled catfish poor boys from Frankie & Johnny’s served dressed to order on Leidenheimer bread were just the thing with cold Abita Ambers when our group met at nearby Alma Peters Park. Sloppy but oh-so-good breaded chicken Parmesan,

Ω Chicken Portobello Roll from Fresco Cafe



saucy roast beef or meatball with mozzarella and red gravy poor boys, were among the choices from R & O’s in Bucktown when we decided to meet on the nearby Lakefront, where no oaks are present but a breeze always is. Numerous sandwiches, all of them built on fluffy pita baked in a wood-burning oven, are available at Tal’s Hummus, our stop for fortifications when we gather at Wisner Dog Park a few blocks away. Filling options range from vegan falafel, a folded herb omelet, grilled chicken and eggs poached in fiery tomato shaksuka with feta cheese to kebab burgers. Missing the divine garlic rib-eye Yakiniku poor boy you enjoy every year at Jazz Fest? Ajun Cajun has it on the everyday menu! The Sambal chicken poor boy is also a standout. Ajun Cajun is located just a few blocks from the Mississippi River levee where it turns into Jefferson Parish, a fine and breezy spot for an al fresco gathering. Nearby Fresco Cafe on Maple Street is a good bet of you’re heading to either Audubon Park or one of the many shady spots on the Tulane University campus. The menu includes many sandwiches, but those on lavash are particular standouts. The Chicken Portobello Roll includes plenty of succulent grilled chicken breast, Portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach and feta cheese sautéed in a creamy house-made roasted red pepper sauce. The Spinach & Artichoke Roll is loaded with baby spinach, artichokes, sun-dried tomato and caramelized onion sautéed with garlic butter cream sauce and melty mozzarella cheese. All sandwiches come with sides of excellent garlic roasted baby new potatoes. ✦

➺ Try This:

Ready for a change of scenery and a dining deal? Through September 30, St. Tammany Parish is celebrating a Taste of Summer with prix fixe and BOGO dining specials and a special Summer Savings Pass. Deals are offered at numerous places for overnight stays, restaurants and attractions. As participants redeem offers in their savings pass books they can enter to win a grand prize of a private wine dinner or a charter fishing excursion. Participating restaurants include Annadele’s, Café Lynn, Dakota, Gallagher’s Grill, Impastato Cellars, The Lakehouse, Restaurant Côté and many more. Attractions offering deals include Bayou Adventure, Brooks’ Bike Shop rentals, Cajun Encounters Honey Island Swamp tours, Canoe and Trail Adventures, Culinary Kids, Escapology Covington, Gold Coast Skydivers, Louisiana Tours and Adventures and 30xNinety Theatre. Summer savings books can be acquired and discount overnight accommodations can be booked directly at TammanyTaste.com. Participating accommodations include Blue Heron B&B (25%), Southern Hotel or Abita Springs Hotel (10%), and Wingate by Wyndam in Slidell (35%).

Ajun Cajun, 8433 Oak St., 866-7077, AjunCajun.com Frankie & Johnny’s, 321 Arabella St., 243-1234, FrankieAndJohnnys.net Fresco Cafe, 7625 Maple St., 862-6363, OrderFrescoCafe.com R & O Restaurant, 216 Metairie-Hammond Highway, 831-1248, r-opizza.com Tal’s Hummus, 4800 Magazine St., 267-7357, OrdertalsOnline.com



St. Charles Avenue’s

REGISTRY of CHARITABLE EVENTS September-December 2020 Looking forward to 50+ events! This fall will be unlike any other we’ve experienced. With restrictions changing daily, the information herein was finalized on August 14. If necessary, almost all of these events are ready to pivot virtually – if they’re not already scheduled to be so. Please visit the nonprofits’ websites and call to find out the best way to support and enjoy gathering for such wonderful causes. Compiled by Elizabeth Christy

SEPTEMBER Through 6 IPNO’s 19th “Anniversary Gala Online Fundraiser & Auction” BENEFITS: Innocence Project New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This year’s virtual event, “It All Starts With a Letter,” will feature client celebrations, awards, music, a silent auction and more. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Registration at: tinyurl.com/ipnogala2020 CONTACT: 330-2111; bit.ly/2WPvLQA 2, 9, 17 & 23 “New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Summer Wine Dinner Series” BENEFITS: New Orleans Wine & Food Experience EVENT INFO.: NOWFE’s Wine Dinners, which began in July, will continue on various

dates through September. Participating restaurants include: Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, Palace Café, GW Fins, Briquette, La Petite Grocery, Tommy’s Cuisine, the Rib Room, Ralph's On the Park and Café Reconcile with additional restaurants to be announced. Dinners will be served adhering to all safety protocols. Start times and prices vary by restaurant. Reservations made directly with each restaurant by phone. Check website for possible additional dates. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: Various CONTACT: 529-7045, NOWFE.com 3 “Groove Gala” BENEFITS: WWOZ EVENT INFO.: WWOZ invites you to wear your favorite festival attire while gathering virtually with fans around the world to safely celebrate WWOZ’s 40 years of


broadcasting and “Guarding the Groove.” The celebration will include performances by Irma Thomas, Tank and the Bangas, John Boutte, Samantha Fish, Kermit Ruffins, Amanda Shaw with Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and Tuba Skinny. LOCATION: WWOZ’s Facebook page, YouTube page and website (WWOZ.org); and broadcasting on 90.7FM CONTACT: WWOZ.org 4 –13 “Festing in Place – The Next Fest Thing” BENEFITS: WWOZ EVENT INFO.: This virtual music festival spanning seven days will feature some of the great performances in the history of New Orleans music, including performances from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest, Satchmo Fest, Crescent City Blues and BBQ Fest, WWOZ Studios and New Orleans Clubs plus rare perfor-

mances from other historical collections. These will include music by Dr. John, Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, Pete Fountain, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Louis Prima, James Booker, Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte, Professor Longhair, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Buffett, The Radiators, Treme Brass Band, Ernie K-Doe, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Al Hirt, Henry Butler, Tank and the Bangas, Jon Batiste, Mavis Staples, Rebirth Brass Band and many other Jazz, Blues, Cajun and Zydeco artists. TICKETS: Free; Sponsorships available LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: FestingInPlace@wwoz. org; WWOZ.org/festing-placenext-fest-thing 10 “Curtain Call Ball” BENEFITS: Le Petit Théâtre EVENT INFO.: Chaired by Joey

Brown and Dana Hansel, this year’s virtual event will feature beloved local actors and Young Conservatory students with special appearances by Broadway stars. The auction will offer art, experiences and jewelry. There will also be a signature cocktail recipe to share so everyone can raise a glass together to toast the theatre. TICKETS: $150-$10,000/Ticket LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: 522-2081; LePetitTheatre.com 11 “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Fashion Show and Dinner” BENEFITS: New Orleans Mission EVENT INFO.: This event will celebrate the ladies of the Mission’s Lynhaven Retreat and their stories of transformation. TICKETS: $40/Ticket; $280/ Table of 8; Email BDuncan@ neworleansmission.org for a Virtual Option LOCATION: Lynhaven Retreat CONTACT: 523-2116; e.givesmart.com/events/hIc/ 12 “Duck Derby” BENEFITS: Second Harvest Food Bank EVENT INFO.: For this annual fundraiser, supporters “adopt” rubber ducks that race for a chance to win one of 10 exciting prizes, including a $5,000 grand prize. All funds raised will support the fight against hunger and to build food security in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education and disaster response. TICKETS: $5/Entry Donation LOCATION: Big Lake at City Park & Virtual Live Stream CONTACT: 729-2820, No-Hunger.org/ducks

19 “Fall Treequinox Fundraiser” BENEFITS: SOUL EVENT INFO.: This is an intimate, elegant, offbeat affair hosted to support vital operations for SOUL. This year the event will be held at Etoile Polaire Mason’s Lodge No. 1 and will boast all of the usual favorites – local fare, craft cocktails, beer and wine, live and silent auctions and live jazz – plus lawn games. TICKETS: $100/Patron Ticket, $50/Ticket, $30/Under 30 Ticket LOCATION: Etoile Polaire Mason’s Lodge No. 1 CONTACT: 616-6888, SoulNola.org 19 “National UNCF Virtual Walk For Education” BENEFITS: UNCF EVENT INFO.: This year’s “National UNCF Virtual Walk for Education” is a nationwide initiative to raise critical funds for UNCF to fulfill their mission of supporting member HBCUs and helping students pursue their educational endeavors prepared for active participation in society. Join online to make a difference while practicing social distancing – walk, run, cycle or dance. Then, celebrate with UNCF during a nationwide virtual event featuring celebrities, member presidents, students, alumni and others. TICKETS: $25/Ticket LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: 581-3794, UNCF.org/neworleanswalk 21 – 27 “Diaper Need Awareness Week” BENEFITS: Junior League of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This event draws attention to the issue of diaper need in the U.S. A signature

initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network, of which JLNO is a member, the week provides individuals, organizations, communities and elected officials the opportunity to engage in real talk and simple actions. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Junior League of New Orleans CONTACT: JLNODiaperBank.org 23 “Stake-In for Justice” BENEFITS: New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation EVENT INFO.: Sponsors and Patrons will be able to call into a virtual video session with Chief Ferguson. TICKETS: $200+/Ticket LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: 558-9944, NOPJF.org 25 “Colors of the Mind” BENEFITS: Ochsner Health’s Neuroscience Institute EVENT INFO.: This virtual event will celebrate the advances in neuroscience and the patients served each and every day by the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute. In addition, “A Sidewalk Soirée” will be held at Ochsner Baptist, a campus of Ochsner Medical Center, and will feature a colorful curbside dinner pick up with curbside entertainment provided by The Gumbo Trio, an online auction, a Kendra Scott Color Bar Experience and a virtual program that guests are able to enjoy in the comfort of their home. The goal is to generate $250,000 for the Ochsner Neurosciences Innovation Fund. TICKETS: $150+/Couple Virtual Soirée Tickets LOCATION: Ochsner Baptist Hospital & Virtual CONTACT: Ochsner.org/colorsofthemind; specialevents@ochsner.org

OCTOBER 2 20th anniversary “Belles and Beaus Ball 2020 Virtual Experience” BENEFITS: American Cancer Society EVENT INFO.: Proceeds from this year’s event will help underwrite one year of operations at the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge in New Orleans. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: BellesAndBeausBall.com 2-11 “Crescent City Chamber Music Festival” BENEFITS: Crescent City Chamber Music Festival EVENT INFO.: The CCCMF will celebrate its fifth anniversary, titled "In the Darkest Night Shines the Brightest Light," by broadcasting four free public concerts: October 2, the Season Opener “Death and Transfiguration” live stream from Felicity Church; October 4, “Against All Odds” live stream from Temple Sinai; October 9, “Chiaroscuro” live stream from St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church; and October 11, the Season Finale “Revival” live stream from Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church. These  four unique, virtual programs will broadcast live and free to the public on Facebook and YouTube over the 10 days of the festival. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Various and Virtual
 CONTACT: CrescentCityChamber MusicFestival.com 3 “Diliberto Law Firm Leukemia Cup Regatta” BENEFITS: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society EVENT INFO.: For nearly 31 years, participants have been sailing,



power boating and paddling in communities throughout the country in support of LLS. Individuals form fundraising teams that help galvanize relationships between friends, family and business contacts. The team that raises the most in their community receives the coveted Leukemia Cup. Events take place in a number of different ways, but all help to fund life-saving research and treatment for blood cancers. Over $70 million has been raised since the first Leukemia Cup in 1988. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Southern Yacht Club CONTACT: pages.lls.org/regatta/ msla/nolasail20 3 22nd annual “CHAIRish the Children: A Fall Feast Celebrating New Orleans” BENEFITS: Louisiana Children’s Museum EVENT INFO.: This year’s theme, “A Fall Feast Celebrating New Orleans,” inspired by NOLA artist Dr. Bob, sets the stage for this event, which will consist of a gourmet take-home dinner by Dickie Brennan & Co., Rouses Markets, Louisiana Seafood and the Goldring Family Foundation. Dine at home with your family or invite your nearest and dearest over for al fresco dining – in your backyard, on your rooftop or at the park. There will also be an auction, a raffle of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry and a limited-edition Dr. Bob print exclusive for this year’s event. TICKETS: Various/Gourmet Food Bundles; $75/Easy Chair Ticket; $100/Rockin’ Chair Ticket; $150/Booster Chair Ticket; $160/High Chair Family of 4 Tickets LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: 266-2415; one.bidpal.net/lcmgala

12 30th annual “New Orleans Golf Tournament” BENEFITS: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana EVENT INFO.: Lunch will be provided and the four-man scramble tournament will start at 11:30 a.m., followed by a buffet dinner and awards ceremony. TICKETS: $250-$7,500/Ticket LOCATION: English Turn Golf and Country Club CONTACT: 861-4500 13 “2020 RMHC-SLA Golf Classic” presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans BENEFITS: Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana EVENT INFO.: This annual fundraiser provides funds for programs that offer comfort, compassion and care to hundreds of families and their children each year. Socially distanced activities for the Golf Classic include lunch on the clubhouse porch starting at 11:30 a.m., prior to the 1:30 p.m. shotgun start, scramble format and a graband-go dinner. All player packages include lunch, dinner and unlimited beer and soft drinks. Golfers will have opportunities to win holein-one and other prizes, as well receive golf-related gear. TICKETS: $20 & $25/Additional Mulligans; $100-$5,000/ Sponsorships Available LOCATION: Bayou Oaks Golf Course CONTACT: 486-6668; golf.rmhc-sla.org 13 “Power Our Promise, A Virtual Event Celebrating our 2020 Women of Distinction and Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Honorees” BENEFITS: Girl Scouts Louisiana East EVENT INFO.: Tune in to this new, exciting virtual fundraiser to


celebrate and honor nine outstanding community leaders who have made a positive impact on girls and young women in our community. There will also be more than 40 terrific silent auction items. All proceeds will support GSLE and the 10,000+ girls it serves across southeast Louisiana. TICKETS: $25+/Ticket; $500+/ Sponsorships LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: 355-5886; one.bidpal.net/gsle 15 “At Home with Ochsner featuring The Commissary” BENEFITS: Ochsner Health EVENT INFO.: Join Ochsner and The Commissary for a multicourse meal with a libation pairing and virtual program from the comfort of your own home. Orders will be available for curbside pick-up and a portion of proceeds will benefit Ochsner Health. TICKETS: $100/Ticket LOCATION: The Commissary CONTACT: Ochsner.org/athome 17 “Tails But No Black Tie” BENEFITS: Equest Farm EVENT INFO.: This unique equestrian evening of elegant fun will offer USEF Champion Jumpers and World Class riders executing jumps with speed and precision in the New Orleans’ only Grand Prix Calcutta, competing for $10,000 in prize money. There will also be a Ferrari and other Exotic Car Exhibition, along with food trucks, kids activities and more. Patrons will also be able to join the competition with other betting opportunities on horse and rider teams.  TICKETS: $15/Ticket; $10/Child over 4; $175/VIP Grandstand Ticket LOCATION: Equest Farm
 CONTACT: 483-9398, TailsButNoBlackTie.org

20 “Woman Entrepreneur Fellowship” BENEFITS: Junior League of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: Started in January 2016, JLNO’s Woman Entrepreneur (WE) Fellowship is a yearlong program supporting a female business owner with funding as well as mentoring and in-kind services sourced through JLNO’s membership. The WE Fellowship Committee reviews the submissions and selects up to six finalists. Each meets with a growth consulting firm to craft a 10-minute pitch. A judging panel selects the Fellow, and JLNO members develop a plan to secure in-League mentors and resources. The WE Fellowship goes beyond giving financial support to a small business. It aligns with the Junior League mission tenet to “develop the potential of women” by offering mentoring, training and support. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Junior League of New Orleans CONTACT: JLNO.org/community/ woman-entrepreneur-fellowship/ 21-25 “Ghosts in the Oaks” BENEFITS: Friends of City Park EVENT INFO.: This family-friendly, spooktacular Halloween event will have trick or treating, rides, arts and crafts and pumpkin patch – all with Covid-19 precautions in place. Proceeds will benefit capital improvements in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park & Storyland. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: New Orleans City Park Amusement Park & Storyland CONTACT: FriendsOfCityPark.com

22 “Games in the Gardens” BENEFITS: Friends of Longue Vue EVENT INFO.: This event will be an evening of genteel lawn games and sunset cocktails on the beautiful grounds of Longue Vue. A high-spirited competition of croquet, boule and horseshoes on the Spanish Court and throughout the gardens will benefit the Discovery Garden. TICKETS: $75/Member Ticket LOCATION: Longue Vue House & Gardens CONTACT: 293-4722; LongueVue.com 24 18th annual “Louisiana Sporting Clays Classic” BENEFITS: The Chartwell Center EVENT INFO.: This event is a friendly skeet shoot competition with other games, food, drinks, a raffle and a silent auction featuring local New Orleans artists. TICKETS: Sponsorship Levels Available; see website for Regular and Young Professional Rates LOCATION: Covey Rise Lodge CONTACT: 913-7041; TheChartwellCenter.org/lscc/ 29 “Cocktails for KID smART” presented by Regions Bank BENEFITS: KID smART EVENT INFO: Whether partying in person or partying in place, this art-filled evening that has become synonymous with the KID smART brand will take place! If the event goes virtual, each supporter will be delivered their very own sponsor-branded gift bag to “party in place” on the night of the event. TICKETS: $125-$10,000/Ticket LOCATION: Uptown home of Calais and Patrick Waring or Virtual CONTACT: 940-1994; KidSmart.org/cfk2020/

NOVEMBER TBD 25th anniversary “Stake Out for Justice Patron Party” BENEFITS: New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation EVENT INFO.: This year’s Parton Party for the virtual “Stake-In for Justice” will take place at the home of Katherine and Tony Gelderman. TICKETS: $1,000/Patron Ticket LOCATION: Home of Katherine and Tony Gelderman CONTACT: 558-9944, NOPJF.org 1 Eighth annual “Moonlight and Miracles” BENEFITS: Ochsner Health EVENT INFO.: This year the virtual gala will be televised on the Fox 8 news channel from the centerfield of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and will feature compelling presentations, an online auction, a Mercedes-Benz car raffle and more. Proceeds will support the Ochsner Cancer Institute patient assistance funds. TICKETS: $150+/Couple Ticket LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: specialevents@ ochsner.org ; Ochsner.org/ moonlightandmiracles 4-22 31st annual “New Orleans Film Festival” BENEFITS: New Orleans Film Society EVENT INFO.: The festival brings the best of independent film to New Orleans with a special focus on emerging, diverse storytellers from the South and around the globe. This year, the festival will also have parts of its lineup available to stream online reaching global audiences. Film premieres, galas, video and virtual reality exhibitions, filmmaker panels, workshops, networking events and its infamous par-

ties have kept the New Orleans Film Festival on the MovieMaker Magazine’s list of “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” for years in a row. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Various CONTACT: NewOrleansFilmFestival.org 5 “Magic In the Moonlight” BENEFITS: Botanical Garden Foundation EVENT INFO.: This annual threecourse, seated al fresco dinner is served under the beautifully lit oaks on the grounds of the New Orleans Botanical Garden. TICKETS: $300/Ticket LOCATION: Botanical Garden at City Park CONTACT: 483-9386 5 “Magnolia Moonlight Gala” BENEFITS: Magnolia Community Services EVENT INFO.: This year’s virtual gala will honor staff and employees for their care and attention. The funds raised at this annual gala go directly to client care and services. TICKETS: $100/Ticket Suggested Donation LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: 731-1397; mcs-nola.org 6-8 “You Night Cancer Survivor Runway Show & Celebration” BENEFITS: You Night Events EVENT INFO.: One hundred Cancer Survivors will walk the runway in a three-day live stream broadcast themed “Purple Reign – Let Love Reign.” The state-of-theart filmed runway show will be livestreamed to friends, family members and the general public. This allows the participants to practice safe,

social distancing while at the same time being able to share the experience (albeit virtually) with their many friends and family members. Following, the virtual event wrap up party on November 14 at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center will celebrate all 50 You Night candidates and sponsors. TICKETS: $45+/Ticket; Sponsorships Available LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: (877) 591-5936; YouNightEvents.com 6, 13 & 14 “Odyssey Ball 2020” BENEFITS: New Orleans Museum of Art EVENT INFO.: This year “Odyssey Ball” will take place over five art- and music-themed evenings exclusively limited to 80 guests each night (other dates are December 3-4). Guests will begin with cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and a special curatorial tour, art or artist spotlight lead by one of NOMA’s top curators. Guests will then enter the NOMA’s newly renovated Courtyard to enjoy themed music and a fabulous three-course seated dinner by Ralph Brennan Catering & Events. Funds raised will provide crucial general operating support to NOMA. TICKETS: $250-$12,000/Ticket LOCATION: NOMA CONTACT: 658-4121; NOMA.org 8 19th annual “New Orleans Kidney Walk” Benefits: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana Event Info.: In Louisiana, kidney patients and transplant recipients have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-competitive two-mile walk presents opportunities for



the medical community to share information and services that focus on new treatment options and prevention of kidney disease along with the awareness of the need for organ donation. TICKETS: Free; $5/Encouraged Donation LOCATION: Audubon Park CONTACT: 861-4500, kidney.rallybound.org/nola 14 “March for Recovery” BENEFITS: Bridge House / Grace House EVENT INFO.: Addiction is a disease that affects everyone – family, friends, and the community. All are invited to “Second Line for a Second Chance” at the “March for Recovery,” a community celebration honoring those recovering from addiction – a treatable disease, not a moral failing – while remembering the lives that have been lost. The event will include food, music, inspiring speakers and a secondline around the park. Advanced registration is requested. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Palmer Park CONTACT: 821-7134, BridgeHouse.org/events/marchfor-recovery 14 “Center Celebration 2020– A Virtual Affair” BENEFITS: New Orleans Jewish Community Center EVENT INFO.: This year’s “Celebration” offers a “best of” previous events, offering an eclectic mix of entertainment from Broadway show tunes to New Orleans jazz, comedy acts and more – all from the comfort of home. TICKETS: $150-$250+/Patron Ticket LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: 897-0143; NOJCC.org/centercelebration

14 “You Night Cancer Survivor Celebration” BENEFITS: You Night Events EVENT INFO.: After the threeday live stream broadcast themed “Purple Reign – Let Love Reign,” this wrap up party will celebrate all 50 You Night candidates and sponsors. TICKETS: $45+/Ticket; Sponsorships Available LOCATION: Jefferson Performing Arts Center CONTACT: (877) 591-5936; YouNightEvents.com 15 “NOCTURNE XVIII” BENEFITS: Musical Arts Society of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: The evening will include a champagne reception, a salon recital by a worldrenowned pianist and a dinner. TICKETS: $250/Patron Ticket; $150/Young Patron Ticket (40 and under) LOCATION: Ritz-Carlton CONTACT: 899-4826, MASNO.org 16 13th annual “Mark Mitchell Golf Tournament” BENEFITS: Cancer Crusaders EVENT INFO.: There is a noon Shotgun Start for this premier golf outing, which will also include VIP gift bags, Beat the Pro, a Hole in One contest for a car along with lunch and multiple course food stations. There will also be dinner and libations along with a parade of prizes. Tournament is limited to the first 36 foursomes. All proceeds are used solely for the purpose of cancer research and are donated for programs locally at LSU and Tulane cancer research centers. TICKETS: $250/Player LOCATION: Bayou Oaks at City Park South CONTACT: 606-7328, CancerCrusadersLA.com


19-22 “Words & Music Literary Festival” BENEFITS: One Book One New Orleans EVENT INFO.: Focused on the stories of New Orleans, the “Words & Music Literary Festival” is a four-day celebration of the arts, featuring literature, photography, musical performances, writers workshops, and more. “Words & Music” is a welcoming space where all voices are validated and valuable. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: (205) 310-8537; WordsAndMusic.org 19 “Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala” BENEFITS: Touro Infirmary and Touro Infirmary Foundation EVENT INFO.: This year, the virtual gala will celebrate the Judah Touro Society Award recipient as well as the community’s resolve in the face of COVID-19. The Touro Infirmary Foundation was established in 1991 to support the mission of Touro Infirmary and the hospital’s commitment to patient care, health education and community service through leadership, resource development and financial stewardship. TICKETS: $150/Ticket LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: 897-8435, Touro.com/gala 19 “Historic Houses Society Gala” BENEFITS: Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses EVENT INFO.: Whether this event takes place in-person, in small groups or virtually, this event will celebrate historic preservation and HGGHH’s top donors with

an evening to remember. TICKETS: $1,000/Ticket LOCATION: TBD CONTACT: 274-0744; HGGHH.org 20 “Just Say YAYA” BENEFITS: YAYA EVENT INFO.: This art-filled cocktail party will be a hybrid of live and virtual opportunities to meet the YAYA artists and buy their artwork; experience glass blowing demonstrations; and bid on silent auction items. For over 30 years YAYA has served our young people who have become professional artists, designers, teachers and leaders in New Orleans and all over the country. This is the annual sales event for YAYA teen artists, who spend the year preparing artwork for the event. This year we will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the YAYA Arts Center and will honor Beverly Church, Kay Kerrigan and Baty Landis, who led the capital campaign. TICKETS: $50-150/Ticket LOCATION: YAYA Arts Center & Virtual CONTACT: 529-3306, YaYaInc.org 21 “Virtual Tour de Cure New Orleans” BENEFITS: American Diabetes Association EVENT INFO.: Ride, run or walk in your neighborhood or at home, “Tour de Cure” events across the country raise funds for research, advocacy, programs and education with motivated participants and strong support from the business community, including sponsorship and corporate teams. TICKETS: Free Registration; $100/Earn Event T-shirt, $50/12 and under LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: 889-0278; Diabetes.org/neworleanstour

25 25th annual “Women of Substance Luncheon” BENEFITS: Bridge House / Grace House EVENT INFO.: This luncheon honors local female role models for the many women in the substance use disorder treatment program who are striving to become sober and self-sufficient. Three outstanding women from the New Orleans community, who BHGH feels possess the ideals that Grace House women look for in a role model, are chosen as the honorees. The event also recognizes three other individual honorees: a “Richard ‘Buzzy’ Gaiennie Award” recipient, a “Volunteer of the Year Award” recipient and a Grace House “Alumna of the Year” recipient. TICKETS: $1,000/ Table of 10; $100/Ticket LOCATION: Audubon Tea Room CONTACT: 821-7134, BridgeHouse.org/events/womenof-substance DECEMBER 3-4 “Odyssey Ball 2020” BENEFITS: New Orleans Museum of Art EVENT INFO.: This year “Odyssey Ball” will take place over five artand music-themed evenings exclusively limited to 80 guests each night (other dates are November 6, 13 and 14). Guests will begin with cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and a special curatorial tour, art or artist spotlight lead by one of NOMA’s top curators. Guests will then enter the NOMA’s newly renovated Courtyard to enjoy themed music and a fabulous three-course seated dinner by Ralph Brennan Catering & Events. Funds raised will provide crucial general operating support to NOMA.

TICKETS: $250-$12,000/Ticket LOCATION: NOMA CONTACT: 658-4121; NOMA.org

LOCATION: TBD CONTACT: 828-6334; JCRS.org/events/latkes-with-a-twist/

3 Poydras Home second annual “Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival” BENEFITS: Poydras Home EVENT INFO.: Catch the spirit as Poydras Home brings back holiday traditions enjoyed by the young orphans who once lived there: Corinthian columns wrapped in green garlands, gaily decorated halls, sing-a-longs and a grand Christmas tree with twinkling lights. The event will begin with a holiday-themed Patron Party in the 1857 Hall followed by the celebratory outdoor Tree Lighting & Music Festival for residents, families, patrons and the community, followed by a musical concert. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Poydras Home CONTACT: 897-0535; PoydrasHome.com

4 “Mr. Legs XX” BENEFITS: Bridge House / Grace House EVENT INFO.: “Mr. Legs” is one of Bridge House / Grace House’s largest fundraisers and features male contestants who show a little leg for charity. As a parody of a beauty pageant, contestants don costumes and perform on stage for a few minutes each, entertaining the crowd. Contestants solicit funds before and during the event; the title of “Mr. Legs” is awarded to the contestant that raises the most money. Prizes are also awarded for first and second Runner Up. Celebrity Judges select winners from various categories such as: Best Costume, Sexiest Legs, Hairiest, Skinniest Legs and Best Performance. The event also features complimentary food from local restaurants, a silent auction and raffle. An open bar is available to all guests from 6-8 p.m.; VIP ticket holders have an open bar from 6-10 p.m. in the VIP area only. TICKETS: $50/Advance Ticket; $65/Ticket at Door; $100/VIP Ticket LOCATION: Generations Hall CONTACT: 821-7134, BridgeHouse.org/events/mr-legs

3 Seventh annual “Latkes with a Twist” BENEFITS: Jewish Children’s Regional Service EVENT INFO.: This communitywide Hanukkah party was listed by the Washington Post as one of the Top 10 Hanukkah parties in the U.S.! JCRS provides needsbased scholarships for summer camp experiences, college aid and assistance to children with special needs. Additional outreach programs include the Oscar J. Tolmas Hanukkah Gift Program and the PJ Library program for Jewish children ages 11 and under. Today, JCRS is as vital as ever, as it will serve or fund over 1,800 Jewish children from our seven-state region, including 54 percent of Jewish youth, ages 17 and under, in Greater New Orleans. TICKETS: N/A

12-13 “Holiday Home Tour” BENEFITS: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This annual event will go virtual this year in a video series that will take viewers inside some of New Orleans' chicest homes, all decked out in holiday finery. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Virtual
 CONTACT: 581-7032, PRCNO.org




Celebration Central Creating positive vibes during a pandemic By Bev Church

Everyone is staying at home and ordering out, so I decided to go to some of our favorite advertisers to create parties outside! We all should get creative and support our small businesses. Please visit websites of Feet First, Home Malone, Starr Hagenbring, Judy at the Rink and Betty Hunley to see the items we featured. âœŚ

Feet First: For a picnic, take a bag filled with takeout from Briquette, fill shoes with flowers and have favors for friends.




Starr Hagenbring / Art & Eyes: Create a picnic at City Park with a wrap from Starr, flowers in an olive jar from Italy and takeout from Cajun Caviar.

Home Malone: The pirogue holds a giant flower, wine, a crab and crawfish door hanger and hydrangeas. Now you’re ready for your seafood soirée for backyard fun! Thanks to Betty Hunley Designs for the invitations! 

Judy at the Rink: Plan dinner by the pool and use the best items from Teri Walker and Chad Ridgeway, favors from JAX and worry beads from Ann Lee Stephens.




Hines – Odom By Megan Holt

During this uncertain time, many of us have had to pause and reflect on what’s really important in life. That is exactly what happened to Elizabeth Ashland Hines and Blake Turner Odom, who found themselves in the unexpected position of having their meticulous wedding plans brought to a halt by a global pandemic. Forced to cancel their plans, they realized that being married was, at the end of the day, the only thing that mattered. Ashland and Blake’s story began with a chance meeting at mutual friend’s house during Mardi Gras. As Ashland was leaving the party, Blake asked if he could join their group for dinner. Though he was living in Baton Rouge, Blake just knew he had to drive back to New Orleans and take Ashland out on a proper date. That date, dinner at Meril, led to more dates and a year and a half later Blake was ready to propose, which he did while on a trip with his family in Sea Island, Georgia. Wanting it to be a true family celebration, Blake had let Ashland’s parents in on the plan. After she happily said yes to his proposal outside the Cloister Hotel, her parents surprised her! The soon-to-be family all had dinner at the Georgian Room. With this family-focused first step toward a lifetime

together, it’s no wonder that Ashland and Blake’s family rallied around them as the country began to shut down due to COVID-19 just two weeks before their scheduled wedding date. Everyone came together to make a new plan – a wedding in the Hines’ garden attended by just their immediate family. On Saturday, March 28, Ashland and Blake were married by Judge Dennis Waldron. The greenery of the garden was perfectly complemented by


flowers from Meade Wenzel. Ashland looked stunning in a dress that she designed and had made by Mary Williams. While it was originally her going-away outfit, it was perfect for the small ceremony. Blake also revised the plan for his attire, wearing a dashing Norton Ditto suit he had bought for the rehearsal dinner. Following the ceremony, everyone enjoyed caviar and champagne. To their surprise, Ashland and Blake’s close

friends re-imagined a secondline, driving by the house and honking their horns. Seeing the smiles on their friends’ faces made the newlyweds’ day! The family also re-imagined the wedding reception, transforming it from a large party to an intimate meal. Chef Sue Zemanick of ZaSu restaurant prepared a dinner for the nine people in attendance, who enjoyed gnocchi, heirloom tomato salad, red snapper and duck confit. They paired it with delicious wine from Mr. Hines’ collection. They finished dinner off with Chef Zemanick’s lemon sorbet and sugar cookies, and a two-tier wedding cake from Beth Biundo. The day after the wedding, the couple packed up and drove to Houston, where Blake is from and where they currently live. Ashland works as the senior account manager for South House Public Relations, and Blake is a trading analyst for Enterprise Products. They plan to eventually take a honeymoon trip to France, and they look forward to a larger religious ceremony at Sacred Heart Chapel on March 27. 2021. ✦

Engagement Ring: Blake designed the ring with a Houston jeweler Bride’s & Groom’s Wedding Bands: Friend and Company





Josh D’Arcangelo President, No Days Offline By Lindsay Mack


just as schools began closing for the coronavirus pandemic. Making tech access available for all students in the city was more important than ever. “This has shined a light on our cause, and we’ve been able to increase donations and get out more laptops,” says D’Arcangelo. The team at No Days Offline was in place and ready to help students with the pandemic shutdown right away. Although it’s still a new organization, the No Days Offline team has already given away 30 laptops to students at three different organiza-


tions: Brothers at Peace, Son of a Saint and Daughters Beyond Incarceration. Anyone who knows a student in need of a laptop is welcome to get in touch with the organization. Moving forward, D’Arcangelo wants to give out as many laptops as possible to area students, as well as find ways to provide reliable internet access. With many area schools relying on remote education for the months ahead, the mission is more important than ever. Along with the team at No Days Offline, which includes people from all walks of life throughout

the city, D’Arcangelo hopes to close the digital divide that exists in New Orleans today. ✦

➺ Get Involved Donations are welcome on the No Days Offline website. Because it’s so important for students to have access to this technology for schoolwork, college prep and job searches, your donation can provide others with the opportunity to succeed. Visit NoDaysOffline.com or email NoDaysOffline504@gmail.com for more information.


Sometimes the right idea comes along at just the right time. When Josh D’Arcangelo and Stuart Seiler decided to start a nonprofit benefiting New Orleans, they settled on the idea of providing computers and internet access to students in need throughout the city. Although this technology is easy to take for granted, many people are still left without reliable internet access in New Orleans. D’Arcangelo and Seiler founded No Days Offline in 2018, received tax exempt status in 2019 and started donating laptops to students


Carina Ruth Swonger Archbishop Chapelle High School


By Mallory Lindsly

“It is by touching the lives around us that we change the world. There are always people who need us in our own neighborhood,” says Carina Ruth Swonger, a senior at Archbishop Chapelle High School. During her junior year, Swonger was very active at Chapelle with many honor societies and various leadership positions. She is also involved in many Catholic organizations including Teen C.R.O.S.S., a youth council that organizes the local World Youth Day, an altar server at St. Clement of Rome and a teacher for weekly catechism classes. One of Swonger’s most rewarding experience has been her volunteer religious teaching. Swonger loves working with kids and teaching them about faith. For many of these kids, this is the only religious education that they get outside of the home.  “I never would have thought I could use my love for education and passion for my Catholic faith as a form of activism,” says Swonger. “But, by impacting the lives of one class, I’m changing the world through them.”

The summer before Swonger’s sophomore year, she went on a mission trip with St. Clement’s CYO to Atlanta, Georgia. During that week, Swonger assisted in a soup kitchen. “It was humbling to feed the hungry and share a smile with the homeless,” she says.  During that trip, the CYO also planted a garden for a school in need. The school children were appreciative of the new garden.  “I am proud I participated in this trip because I got to get out of my comfort zone. Working with Atlanta’s less fortunate also helped me to appreciate what I have and want to give back to my community here at home,” says Swonger.  Patty and Bill Swonger, Swonger’s parents, have guided her through a life of service. Her father has demonstrated what it means to be a hard worker while her mother gives her whole life to the church.  “They remind me every day that life is meant to be lived for others,” she says.  Even though Swonger doesn’t know where she wants to go to college just yet, she is looking forward to attending a university after she graduates. She hopes that she can participate in more mission trips in the future and can combine her passion for serving others with her desire to travel. She hopes to be a teacher and is committed to using her gifts and talents to help those around her. ✦ SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM




Joy Cronvich Store Manager, Ballin’s LTD & New Orleans Knitwear By Lani Griffiths

What makes Ballin’s special? At Ballin’s we pride ourselves on the high-quality service that’s offered to every customer. Our expertise is in assisting the customer to find the perfect outfit for each of their occasions. We are a curated clothing selection that includes casual sportswear, career options, cocktail attire and “after five” wear.


What clothing is your specialty? We offer many options but our specialty is “after five”: casual-fine attire and luxury sportswear. What are some best sellers? Our best sellers include the brands Marie Saint Pierre, Iris Setlakwe, Hazel Smyth, Lafayette 148, Teri Jon, Frascara and Lucian Matis. What summer lines are you excited about? We are particularly excited about the lines by Trina Turk, Marella and Iris Setlakwe.

Do you sell anything in addition to clothing? Our selection also includes shoes, handbags and jewelry. Do you have any exclusives? We have many exclusives, including ARTE, Lucian Matis, Annemieke Broenink, Amelline, Lilli Sucre and New Orleans Knitwear. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself or your business? We have been dressing the women of New Orleans for over 35 years. We have seven locations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Ballin’s LTD & New Orleans Knitwear, 721 Dante St., 866-4367; 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502; NewOrleansKnitwear.com SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM



Tricia King Founder & Owner, Tricia King Exquisite Properties with Gardner Realtors By Lani Griffiths

What is your specialty as a Realtor? I am unique because I establish strong relationships with my clients and understand all the different neighborhoods New Orleans has to offer. I am a native New Orleanian and share with my clients a love of the city’s architecture, aided by my 12 years of experience in real estate. I stay abreast of trends in the real estate market, offer the highest level of professionalism and create a process that’s tailored to each individual’s needs in order to create a smooth and successful final result. What is the core of your business philosophy? I utilize my professional expertise to guide my clients in design and space planning. I implement high-profile media promotion; Exquisite Properties marketing is meant to produce results and we share those results with you. I manage expectations with the latest sales data and pricing strategies. I possess essential skills for seller and buyer advocacy, like cutting-edge technology, pricing strategy, marketing and advertising. I also incorporate personal management of all professional photography and videos. With what kind of property do you usually work? I specialize in New Orleans homes. I am a full-time licensed Realtor in Louisiana and Mississippi who warmly invites you to share a memorable, life-changing experience. I represent all types of homes 28 ST. CHARLES AVENUE SEPTEMBER 2020

and clients wherever they need me. I also specialize in historic homes, condos, successions and estate planning. What are some of your favorite philanthropic endeavors? I enjoy spending time with my family and am an active member of my community. I was recently honored with the Gardner Realtors Lifetime Achievement Award for my dedication to community service. I am a sustaining member of the Junior League of New Orleans, Orléans Club of New Orleans and the Preservation Resource Center. Additionally, I was also nominated as Woman of the Year by my colleagues and peers as a candidate for the annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society campaign for cancer research.

Exquisite Properties, 2727 Prytania St., Suite 20, 891-6400 extension 6140, TriciaKing.com



S N A P S H OT S By Marie Simoneaux







1. Gary Van Vonderen posed with Charles Barnes, Founder and President of NOLA Code, and the Very Rev. Bill Terry, rector, at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church during “Anna’s Place NOLA Champagne and Chocolates” fundraiser in January. The event was held at the church to benefit its music, arts and education enrichment programs. 2. Karen Judge and Nicole Gottschalk attended the fundraising event to benefit Anna’s Place, which has provided holistic, engaging after school programming for at-risk New Orleans youth for the past 10 years. 3. Darryl Durham, Founder of the kid’s programs at Anna’s Place, posed with Sheldon Stockstill, one of the program’s students, at their semi-annual fundraiser, “Champagne and Chocolates” in January. 4. Roberta Wilson, Danette Brown and Nicole Gottschalk enjoyed a drink to raise funds for Anna’s Place NOLA during their semi-annual benefit in January. Guests were treated to champagne, all-you-can-eat chocolate desserts, casino-inspired games and live music. 5. Frank Stewart, Paulette Stewart, John Nickens and Ron Forman attended the second-annual Patron Party for “Audubon Zoo Lights,” presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans in December 2019 at the Audubon Tea Room. 6. Leslie Gottsegen and son Will Gottsegen enjoyed a festive evening at the Audubon Tea Room during the Patron Party for “Audubon Zoo Lights” in December 2019.


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7. Cassandra and Freddie King posed with their children at the Patron Party for “Audubon Zoo Lights” presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans in December. Guests were treated to an early viewing of” Zoo Lights,” which transforms Audubon Zoo into an enchanting winter dreamland every year. 8. Kaylea and Hunter Hill shared a smile with their children at “Audubon Zoo Lights’ Patron Party” in December 2019. More than 500 guests attended the festive event, which featured delicious food and drink, cookie decoration and a surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 9. Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Bobby Palmer and French Quarter Business Association Vice President Anthony Viloria attended FQBA’s annual fundraising gala in January. 10. FQBA board member at-large Maggie Matlak and board member Robert Rizzuto celebrated the organization’s annual fundraising gala, which was held at Harrah’s New Orleans in January to support FQBA’s mission to assist in the development and success of business in the Vieux Carré, while protecting the integrity of the historic and cultural district throughout 2020. 11. John Paige and FQBA Vice President Lori Paige attended the FQBA’s 2020 gala. The more than 200 guests in attendance enjoyed the sounds of DJ Raj Smoove, while bidding on fabulous silent auction items and tasting delicious offerings from some of the French Quarter’s top restaurants. 12. FQBA board member Gene Sausse posed with Connie DeBlieux and board member at-large Jeremy DeBlieux at the 2020 FQBA fundraising gala, held at Harrah’s in January. Guests were treated to music, food and a silent auction featuring 45 items, including a six-month membership to the House of Blues New Orleans’ Foundation Room V.I.P. Club and a two-night stay at the Windsor Court Hotel. SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM


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13. Judge Paulette Irons and Marcy Delatte attended a special showing of Mandatory Merriment at Southern Rep Theater to benefit the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter in December 2019. 14. Dawn BradleyFletcher, Executive Director of New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter, and Katawan Fletcher posed at Southern Rep Theater in December for a benefit showing of the holiday musical, Mandatory Merriment. Guests were treated to a three-course dinner by top New Orleans chefs and a viewing of the play. All proceeds from the event go towards NOWCS to help transition homeless families from poverty to self-sustainability. 15. Dan Silverman, Derrick Freeman and Jackie Silverman enjoyed dinner and a show at Southern Rep Theater in December 2019, to help raise funds for the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter. The event was sponsored by the Silvermans, alongside Ashley Longshore, Colleen and Allen Kirkley, Lisa and David Schlakman and Kathleen and Robert Zetzmann. 16. David and Jeni Hammer enjoyed a night of comedy, cuisine, and philanthropy with Lisa and David Schlackman at the Southern Rep Theater’s showing of Mandatory Merriment to benefit the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter. 17. Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Nicki Hancock, Janine Hundley, Alyssa Lang, Kathleen Francis and Judge Monique Morial, the first female Sugar Bowl President, shared a table at the College Football Playoff and the New Orleans College Football Championship Host Committee’s women’s luncheon in January to kick off the CFP festivities in New Orleans and celebrate female playmakers in sports and business. 18. ESPN’s Alyssa Lang emceed a panel discussion during the CFP/CFCHC’s women’s luncheon in January with Judge Monique Morial, Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Kathleen Francis.


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19. Molly Mazzolini, partner and brand integration director at Infinite Scale, and Andrea Williams, chief operating officer of the College Football Playoff, attended a women’s luncheon in January to kick off the CFP festivities in New Orleans and celebrate female playmakers in sports and business. 20. Allstate Sugar Bowl Members Caroline Zatarain, Jennifer Guenard, Allison Badon and Anne Teague Landis posed together at the CFP/CFCHC’s women’s luncheon in January, the kick-off to an event-filled weekend that culminated with LSU defeating Clemson in the 2020 CFP Championship game on January 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 21. Carl “Gator” Theriot, Maurice Trosclair, Justina Billiot and Barret Bernard attended Heartbeat NOLA’s first-ever major fundraiser, “A Grateful Heart Celebration,” held at Tipitina’s in December 2019. 22. Musicians Antoine Diel, Gerald Watkins and Maurice Trosclair performed at Tipitina’s for Heartbeat NOLA’s “A Grateful Heart Celebration.” Proceeds from the show supported Heartbeat NOLA’s mission to spread awareness of the importance of knowing how to perform CPR and having quick and public access to automated external defibrillators. 23. Kate Abreo and Maurice Trosclair performed at Heartbeat NOLA’s fundraising event “A Grateful Heart Celebration,” at Tipitina’s. During the benefit show, Trosclair debuted his first solo album, Grateful – A sudden cardiac arrest survivor’s awakening by Miracle Meaux. All original songs were inspired by Trosclair’s experience as a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. 24. Lisa Thompson, Cynthia Moreau, Jules Bustillo, Kent McDonald, Annette McDonald, Stephanie Bernstein-Platt, Heartbeat NOLA Executive Director Nancy Trosclair and Eileen Flanagan enjoyed live music at Tipitina’s during Heartbeat NOLA’s first-ever major fundraising event, “A Grateful Heart Celebration.” Hundreds of guests enjoyed the sounds of Maurice Tosclair’s first solo album, Grateful – A sudden cardiac arrest survivor’s awakening, performed by local New Orleans musicians.




Early & Primary _______________ Ecole Bilingue De La Nouvelle-Orléans 821 General Pershing St., New Orleans 504-896-4500 | EBNola.net Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is the only private French school in New Orleans accredited by the French Ministry of Education and State of Louisiana. The school’s mission is to provide a strong, distinctive education by combining the best of French and American academics. Ecole Bilingue follows the curriculum of the French Education Nationale, one of the most rigorous educational systems in the world. The campus off Magazine Street with students and teachers from the U.S. and around the world offers classes from preschool (18 months) through eighth grade. The student/teacher ratio is 7 to 1, allowing each student an opportunity to have personalized attention for a better, differentiated education.

Jewish Community Day School 3747 W Esplanade Ave., Metairie 504-887-4091 | JCDSNola.org Jewish Community Day School offers a challenging academic and Jewish Studies program for children in Preschool through sixth grade. At JCDS, each child is seen and each child is valued. With the benefit of small classes and differentiated instruction, kids find themselves meeting challenges that they never before thought themselves capable of tackling. By learning about Jewish identity and history, by learning about each person’s duty to make the world a better place (Tikkun Olam) and by participating in a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, JCDS graduates become better critical thinkers, better advocates for themselves and better advocates for others.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School 8012 Oak St., New Orleans 504-861-3743 | StAndrewsEpiscopalSchool.org St. Andrew’s, the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with over 63 years of experience, enrolls boys and girls 12 months through eighth grade, offering nurturing yet challenging ed-


ucation that focuses on Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders. St. Andrew’s utilizes small classes to promote a learning environment where students interact with teachers and grow spiritually, socially and intellectually. A strong academic program, enhanced by state-ofthe-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics and library skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports and community service round out the program. This year, virtual one-on-one tours and in-person tours are available by appointment only. For more information, visit saesnola.org/admissions.

Stuart Hall School for Boys 2032 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans 504-861-1954 | StuartHall.org 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 are available by appointment. Call 504861-5389 to schedule.

Trinity Episcopal School 1315 Jackson Ave., New Orleans 504-525-8661 | TrinityNola.com Trinity Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students age 15 months through eighth grade. The school’s talented and experienced faculty are committed to educating students in a nurturing environment dedicated to our ideals of Gentle, Generous, Truthful, Kind, and Brave. Trinity’s mission is to build confident, resilient upstanders on a foundation of academic excellence, moral responsibility and faith who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world. Trinity strives to strike a balance between the safety of isolation and the benefits of in-person interaction that


are so crucial to the development of young people. Email admission@trinitynola.com for more information and to schedule your virtual or in-person tour!

Continuing (K – 12) ____________

their ideas confidently and compassionately and solve problems collaboratively. High School Open House (grades 8-12) is Thursday, October 22, 5-7 p.m. Elementary Open House (Toddler 1-grade 7) is Friday, October 23, 8:30-10 a.m.

Higher Education _____________

Academy of the Sacred Heart 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-269-1213 | ASHRosary.org Academy of the Sacred Heart: United in tradition. Defined in spirit. Faith. Academics. Service. Community. Growth. The five goals of Sacred Heart have been the cornerstone of their educational foundation from the day they first opened their doors in 1867. Now, Sacred Heart invites you to schedule a Personal or Virtual Tour to meet teachers, students and learn about the advantages of an all-girls, Sacred Heart education. Come see how Sacred Heart girls are truly inspired to change the world. To schedule a Personal Tour, call 504-269-1213 or visit ASHRosary.org/virtual.

Metairie Park Country Day 300 Park Rd., Metairie
 504-849-3110 | MPCDS.com Metairie Park Country Day School is a co-ed, non-denominational, independent school where care and cultivation of each child, from Pre-K through 12th grade, come to life with exciting and innovative approaches to teaching. Its use of advanced technology and expansive, rigorous curriculum opens the world to its students.

Ursuline Academy 2635 State St., New Orleans 504-866-5292 | go.uanola.org Serving Toddler 1 through 12th grade, Ursuline Academy has the distinction of being the first all-girls’ Catholic school in the nation. As girls progress through Ursuline Academy, a highly interactive approach exposes them to increasingly complex concepts in STEM and the arts that go beyond learning the material. Ursuline girls learn to think creatively, articulate

University of Holy Cross 4123 Woodland Dr., New Orleans 504-394-7714 | UHCNO.edu A fully accredited Catholic university in New Orleans, the University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College) offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 1,200 students. With 154 faculty members and a studentfaculty ratio of 12 to 1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active campus where they’re encouraged to explore spiritual values and pursue service opportunities. Some of the university’s most distinctive programs are in Business, Education, Counseling, Healthcare and Arts & Sciences.

Tutoring ______________________ NOLA Learning Support 8131 Oak St. #100, New Orleans NOLALearningSupport.com 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 campuses and students’ homes. Whether your child is in the first grade or the twelfth, they can assist in helping them meet success and build selfadvocacy skills to live happier lives.




HOME FOR FALL Claire Lewis Designs

310.801.6622 | 
ClaireLewisDesigns.com Whether in-person or virtually, Claire Lewis Designs can conceptualize a range of projects from large-scale remodels and new construction to quick makeovers, both residential and commercial. Services include architectural plan consulting and space planning; concept development using inspiration boards and 3D renderings; and professional sourcing, both domestically and abroad. Claire Lewis Designs // Design for Life.

Ashley Hall Interiors

504.524.0196 | AshleyHallInteriors.com Ashley Hall Interiors, a full-service design studio and retail shop, is celebrating it’s 53rd year of creating beautiful spaces for homes and businesses nationally and internationally.  Their showroom is open for retail shopping or you can set up a personal consultation for your own custom interior or exterior design today!

Feet First

504.899.6800 | 
FeetFirstStores.com Take home a kitchen towel from Feet First of each color; keep your favorite and gift one to a friend. These cotton jacquard towels are lovely in your kitchen or bathroom – especially for those who may be missing home right now.

Home Malone

504.324.8352 | 504.766.6148 | HomeMaloneNola.com Shopping local has become an essential service to keep our community thriving. At Home Malone you can find home décor, accessories and gifts all made in the USA by Southern artists. If we ask you to shop small and support locals, so will we.

Louisiana Custom Closets 504.835.3188 | 985.871.0810 LouisianaCustomClosets.com

Let experienced designers help you bring ideas to life to create the perfect organizational spaces for your home in your closet, pantry, garage or utility room. Professional installation crews and office staff deliver world-class service to every installation at an extremely competitive price. Call for a free estimate! 36 ST. CHARLES AVENUE SEPTEMBER 2020

Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design 504.525.7409 | WrensTontine.com

These Top-Down/Bottom-Up Woven-Wood Roman Shades are perfect for rooms where privacy is important but natural sunlight is desired. The lifting system allows you to drop your shade from the top or raise it from the bottom. These Woven-Wood Roman Shades are lined in room darkening lining with edge banding. Wren’s Tontine is a design shop that specializes in window treatments.




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The Glass Kitchen An idea of the future from the past By Seale Paterson

Public Library’s Main branch and the original Moisant International Airport terminal), was striking in its modern, bold lines and attentiongrabbing both night and day. The showroom was built to display and sell electrical appliances, but also gas appliances that could be powered by liquefied petroleum gas, as sold by Petrolane. The Glass Kitchen featured large appliances like ranges, refrigerators, and washing machines down to smaller items like fry pans, toasters, and the Westinghouse


Adjust-O-Matic Iron. Customers could also purchase plumbing and tank gas system services. There was a two-day opening celebration in October 1954 with executives from oil and appliances companies attending, and full crowds competing for door prizes. During the following spring, the Petrolane Glass Kitchen was hosting daily cooking school classes. The Louisiana Food Store provided free bags of groceries to each of the 24 students per day, who used the floor model appliances to cook. A series of fires and

explosions at the Petrolane offices over the following years saw an all too fast end of the Glass Kitchen. âœŚ The Petrolane Glass Kitchen in December 1954. Louis Abramson, a Shreveport native and LSU quarterback, made oil and gas his career, starting multiple businesses soon after graduating in 1924. He started Petrolane Gas Corp. in 1936. Petrolane distributed liquefied petroleum gas, appliances and containers, and had about 25 outlets around Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.


In 1954, the Petrolane Gas Company built the Glass Kitchen, a new showroom unlike anything seen in New Orleans before. Located at 917 Jefferson Highway, the glasswalled room was 65 feet long and 12 feet wide. Suspended seven feet in the air and held in place by two 75 foot arches, customers could pull up and park underneath it. Steel stairwells led up to showroom. The one-of-a-kind building, designed by Goldstein, Parham, and Labouisse (architects who also designed New Orleans

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