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For 20 years, St. Charles Avenue magazine has been profiling the fashionable and fashionably philanthropic in our city. See this year’s honorees and learn more about the causes they support, starting on pg. 47.


St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events September-December 2019 BY JYL BENSON


Fashionable New Orleanians Dr. Juan Gershanik, Yvonne LaFleur, Mary Matalin and Stephanie Osborne, BY SARAH RAVITS PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT

Presenting Sponsors Natasha and Ronnie Lamarque; Co-Chairs Archie and Adrienne Casbarian and artist Terrance Osborne. Not pictured Co-Chairs Stephen and Amy Farnsworth; Dylan Tête, founder of Bastion, for St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” Preview Party and Tablescapes Luncheon. St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” Preview Party and Tablescapes Luncheon this year will take place Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3, at – as always – the Audubon Tea Room. Though the Luncheon is almost sold-out, there are still tickets left for the Preview Party. Both events will feature wine, cocktails and cuisine by the Audubon Tea Room; over the top decorated tables by local designers; and an auction offering staycations, trips foreign and domestic and one-of-a-kind artwork by Terrance Osborne – there may even be a surprise singer! For the past four years, this event has benefited Bastion, “a nonprofit organization that supports returning warriors and their families through their transition from military service and beyond by providing a healing environment within an intentionally designed neighborhood.” Founded by West Point graduate and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Dylan Tête, Bastion is beginning Phase 3: a $4.5 million addition that will house a wellness center with a neuro-rehabilitative clinic, an adaptive gym and a yoga studio. Purchase your tickets and learn more by calling 830-7264 or visit



In Every Issue




Zeus’ Rescues: Helping place pets in forever homes


A Sweet Investigation: The beignet as a learning experience


Home Décor


Decadence With a Drizzle: Roseann Melisi Rostoker of Red Gravy shares her Si Si Toscana


Magazine Tour de Force: A worldwide culinary exploration on one spectacular street


A New Adventure: Out on the open road!






Gardner – de Lauréal Great Heights The Audubon Zoo bolstered its giraffe conservation program with the annual “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do.” 20 Surrounded by Spring Friends of City Park gathered for a celebration of natural beauty and whimsical hats. 22

Around the World WYES celebrated the “golden age of travel” with more than 300 guests. 30 We Can Do It! NCJW thanked its community for their commitment to service with a patriotic party. 32

On the Avenue The St. Charles Avenue Association preserves our picturesque local landmarks and live oaks. 24

Helping Hands, Helping Home Project Lazarus provides a home for people living with HIV and experiencing homelessness. 34

Fouettés and Fashion “Prix d’Elegance” enabled NOBA to provide tuition-free dance training to students. 26

Imagine a World ... Kingsley House dreamed big at its 10th annual “Friendraising Luncheon.” 36

Dressing the Part DFSNO honored the organization’s founder, Hope Encalade, as the nonprofit turned 20. 28

Agents of Change The Lepage Center presented its annual awards to highlight outstanding entrepreneurs in the community. 38


Joe Eagan: Funeral Home Director & General Manager, Leitz-Eagan Funeral Homes & Grace Funeral Home & St. Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden


Margot Marie Roussel: Isidore Newman School


Elizabeth B. McNulty: Realtor & Founder, New Orleans Luxury Living


Julia W. Bland: Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Children’s Museum

66 SNAPSHOTS 80 NOSTALGIA Belleville to Ellawohl to Christian Brothers: The history of the home that became a school

SEPTEMBER 2019 VOL. 24 ISSUE 4 Editorial



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B E V ' S N OT E

We are over the moon for this year’s “Wine Dine & Design” that benefits Bastion and our wounded warriors! Just check out our cover with Natasha and Ronnie Lamarque who, along with Lamarque Lincoln, are our Presenting Sponsors. Pictured also are our Co-Chairs Adrienne Casbarian, Archie Casbarian and Terrance Osborne, who is donating a fabulous painting for our live auction. Not pictured are Co-Chairs Amy Farnsworth, Stephen Farnsworth and Dylan Tête, founder of Bastion. The Preview Party will be Wednesday, October 2, 6-8 p.m., and the luncheon will be Thursday, October 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., both at the Audubon Tea Room. Tickets are available by calling 830-7264 or visiting We will have fabulous food and cocktails presented by the Audubon Tea Room and the Casbarians and Farnsworths promise surprises galore. The fabulously decorated tables by our talented designers are always over the top (some might remember live birds and fish, and structures over 12-feet-tall from previous years) and the auction will offer staycations, trips and the most amazing Terrance Osborne original painting ever – we might even have a surprise singer! Stay tuned for more or, better yet, get your tickets or tables immediately! St. Charles Avenue magazine believes in Bastion, and our entire staff is dedicated to its success by ensuring that all proceeds go directly to helping our veterans. Bastion seeks to address the social and community based gaps in society for veterans

and their families with life changing injuries they have sustained while fighting for our country! When we started supporting Bastion four years ago, there wasn’t even a building. Now there’s a wellness center and 58 homes with 78 adults and 38 children. There are outreach programs reaching hundreds of our veterans and there’s interest from over 500 families who want to live at Bastion. Bastion is a local program founded by West Point graduate and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, Dylan Tête. Now beginning Phase 3, this$4.5 million initiative will house a wellness center with a neuro-rehabilitative clinic, an adaptive gym and a yoga studio, and will serve more of our wounded warriors and their families. Morgan Packard Griffith has worked tirelessly on our Registry of Charitable Events (Editor Note: Thanks to Elizabeth Christy for compiling them into a readable format!) which includes all of the major fundraisers in the city. Be sure to register your fundraiser with us so you won’t have a competing event on the same night. If you don’t see your event in our Registry, fill out our online nonprofit events form today:! Le Petit Théâtre will kick off its 103rd season on Friday, September 13, with its largest fundraiser of the year, the “Curtain Call Ball.” Chaired by Stephanie Barksdale and Kaylea Hill, the event will feature cocktails and Creole cuisine from Tableau, silent and live auctions with jewelry, art and experiences and a performance by Broadway star Betsy Wolfe and a cast of local favorites. All funds raised by the ball go to support New Orleans’ most historic playhouse, which has been presenting the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate

our diverse community since 1916. Our Fashionable New Orleanians are over the top and you’ll enjoy seeing what fundraisers they love the most. Thanks to Mary Matalin, Stephanie Osborne, Dr. Juan Gershanik and Yvonne LaFleur. In this feature, they’re dressed as though they’re going to their favorite gala in one of their favorite rooms in their homes, and you’ll get tips from them for where they like to shop and more. I just got to see the new Children’s Museum and was led by Julia Bland and Leslie Doles around the most amazing new building in New Orleans! Thanks to Linda and Gordon Kolb Sr. and Holt and Gordon Kolb Jr.; for chairing the opening gala at City Park, which will be September 21! What a gift to our children – but the adults are going to love it more than the kids.You can have events, meetings or weddings there, as well as corporate events. I urge you to explore the 8.5 acre indoor/ outdoor campus that highlights six educational focus areas: Sustainability, Health,Wellness, Literacy, STEM and Arts and Culture. City Park is the setting with impressive views of the fabulous oak trees and lagoons and the address is 15 Henry Thomas Drive – right next to the extension of the Sculpture Garden and right behind the New Orleans Museum of Art! The patron Party begins at 7 p.m. and general admission is 8:30-11 p.m. Presenting Sponsors are Linda and Gordon Kolb Sr.; Holt and Gordon Kolb Jr.; Hancock Whitney; and Oscar J.Tolmas Foundation. Get your tickets now by calling 266-2415 or visiting! We are all ready to get back to school – get ready for the dreaded but necessary school zones!

Beverly Reese Church

The Gala Chairs can’t wait for you to see the new Louisiana Children’s Museum on September 21 in its new home in City Park. Enter the gala through the VestiBlue, a nod to the iconic big blue doors on Julia Street. Enjoy fine dining provided by Dickie Brennan and Co. (operators of the new Acorn Café), spirits, live entertainment from the Bucktown Allstars and an exciting new auction featuring their exciting new chairs. There also will be artwork by Terrance Osborne, Alex Beard, Walt Disney World tickets, a $4,500 shopping spree at Lee Michael’s Jewelry and so much more! Call 266-2415 or visit for tickets and information today.



M O R G A N ' S N OT E

There is so much going on in this issue and so much going on in our lives! Our family has had so many firsts this last month, from travel (My son got the first stamp in his passport!) to all of us getting used to him attending school (It’s only half-day three days a week, but I think that I’m the one having the most trouble adjusting.) to my husband and I taking our first trip by ourselves (Only two nights, and it was wonderful, but I couldn’t wait to get back!). This issue is jam-packed with our What’s Hot for Home Décor to freshen up your favorite space; our annual Fashionable New Orleanians showcasing not only their style, but also the causes that are near and dear to their hearts; and, after you add their events to your calendar, check out our Registry of Charitable Events: September-December 2019 to fill in the rest of your free afternoons and evenings. Note: If you have a nonprofit event during those months that you don’t see there, please fill out our online form – CharitableEvent – and email me – Morgan@MyNewOrleans. com – with any questions or concerns. This month also includes New Orleans Fashion Week! The brainchild and passion of my dear friend Tracee Dundas since 2011, NOFW9 will be even bigger than before! The events running September 22-28 will include a series of runway shows, presentations, pop-up boutiques and social experiences, and returning this year is the Top Design Competition, which allows emerging designers the opportunity to present their collection to a panel of esteemed fashion professionals with the chance to win a career launching prize package. In addition, there are a number of auxillary events, from the official Kickoff Party to Fashion Panel discussions, Fashion Career Day and more! Visit for a complete schedule of events and to purchase your ticket today. Coming up quickly are St. Charles Avenue’s sixth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes events! Below is an image of the painting that nationally celebrated local artist Terrance Osborne has donated for our live auction. You know about the amazing work Bastion is doing in our community, so please join my mother and I (We always have a table!) to support this great cause at these fun events. To get your ticket, call 830-7264 or visit today – before it sells out again!

Morgan Packard Griff ith



Zeus’ Rescues Helping place pets in forever homes By Catherine Freeman

My husband and I have been blessed with three wonderful children, but we like to joke that we also have a “perfect” fourth child: our dog Olive. While she did have a few unfortunate chewing incidents as a puppy, we all agree otherwise she’s the best behaved, most attentive and least demanding of anyone in our family. Sadly, unlike Olive there are thousands of equally lovable pets in our city who, through neglect and homelessness, are placed in high-kill animal shelters. But thanks to Zeus’ Rescues, caring volunteers are working tirelessly to alter this upsetting trend through strategically and enthusiastically connecting people to the many pets needing forever homes. As a small girl, Executive Director Michelle Ingram felt a passionate life-long calling to help rescue and place homeless pets. So when forced to reevaluate her career post-Hurricane Katrina, she made a decision to begin “doing something she loved.” She opened Zeus’ Place offering pet boarding and grooming in 2006. Noticing the number of abused, abandoned animals combined with overcrowding in animal shelters during the city’s recovery, Ingram responded by starting Zeus’ Rescues. Originally operated in the Zeus’ Place Freret Street location and funded through its success, a lawyer friend assisted Ingram in forming Zeus’ Rescues as a nonprofit in 2014, which ultimately moved into their own Napoleon Avenue facility in 2017. They now successfully operate as an allvolunteer organization relying completely on private donations and grants, receiving no local or state funding.


Through strong relationships with metro shelters, Zeus’ Rescues fulfills its mission to eradicate pet homelessness and euthanasia within the New Orleans area by taking in adoptable pets from these facilities and matching them with loving owners. Each animal accepted at Zeus’ Rescues receives necessary vet care, three rounds of shots, is spayed or neutered, microchipped and most importantly is shown lots of love. By adhering to values of practicing compassion and kindness to meet the needs of the animals they save, the Zeus’ Rescues staff relies on their application procedure to provide the best match of the pets to caring human companions. In addition to the adoption program, they also encourage temporary fostering of animals, which alleviates space in the facility to save even more animals. Since their founding, Zeus’ Rescues has placed a whopping 4,000 animals in new homes: 706 in 2018 and 255 already in 2019! Zeus’ Rescues also actively aids with disaster response in New Orleans, throughout the United States and internationally, such as Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Now that we’re in hurricane season, Ingram stresses the

importance of pet preparedness and offers these evacuation tips: have a three-day food supply in an airtight, waterproof container; have at least three days of water specifically for your pet; have medicines, medical records and important documents handy; make sure your pet has a collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash; and bring a crate or pet carrier. Further committed to communitybuilding and pet education with a focus on children and the elderly, Zeus’ Rescues offers student service hour opportunities through partnerships with Tulane and Loyola Universities, a pet food bank for neighborhood low income pet owners, and daily “resident” visitation hours for the general public. From the tiniest kitten to the heftiest dog, Zeus’ Rescues’ compassion and determination enhances our community by saving the many lovable animals who might otherwise never find their forever homes. n

A little more... For more information to adopt, foster, donate or volunteer with Zeus’ Rescues visit or call 309-2144.



A Sweet Investigation The beignet as a learning experience By Brittany Kennedy

As we head to the point of summer when we don’t remember the last time we felt cold air outdoors and our brains seem to be melting, keeping kids from falling away into heat-induced doldrums and complaining of boredom seems an almost impossible task. If you’re looking to keep kids mentally sharp as we enter the school year, there is nothing like a food-based adventure seeking out and comparing something just about every New Orleanian loves: the beignet. While almost all of us have found ourselves covered in powdered sugar at Café du Monde at least once in our lives, there are a number of places in town that offer the classic beignet as well as places that have their own spin on the iconic dessert. While most kids won’t turn down dessert of any kind, taking a moment to teach kids about comparisons comes with another important lesson about how things may seem the same, but are actually very different. Couple this lesson with a little history on the beignet, and you’ve just introduced your child to the burgeoning field of foodways, which seeks to explore the historic and cultural significance of national and regional cuisines. What is so interesting about the beignet is its universal appeal. Just about every culture – dating back to the Greeks and the Romans – has some sort of fried dough. The beignet is specific to the French and was popularized by the French colonists in New Orleans, quickly becoming a staple of Creole cuisine. Before embarking on your adventure, have kids make a list of qualities, tastes and textures they associate with a beignet: crunchiness, chewiness and sweetness, for instance. If you want to make it a competition, you can also have a rating system. It almost goes without saying that the either


the first or last stop on your family beignet tour should be at Café Du Monde. Opened in 1862 in French Market, you can get beignets 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the only days closed being Christmas Day and for the occasional hurricane. While the standard operation is to sit down at a table, I’ve had people swear the beignets are better from the to-go window. Either way (Or maybe you should try both to compare?), the iconic café is effectively the control group in this experiment. Nearby, however, is Café Beignet, which gives a smaller, more intimate, atmosphere and, from what I’ve been told, a very different beignet experience. There are also sandwiches if you need a palate cleanser or a blood-sugar leveler. If you’re looking for a departure from the traditional beignet, you can head Uptown to New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Co. to try what many consider either an inspiration or an abomination: a chocolate beignet. Finally, you and your little foodies can do a little investigating and find even more folks around town experimenting with beignets. There are multiple places in town that periodically experiment with filling beignets, and the crawfish beignets at Jazz Fest have inspired many chefs to create other savory varieties. Meanwhile, your journey doesn’t need to stop in New Orleans. The Berrytown Corner Café in

Ponchatoula is famous for their fruitfilled beignets, and summer strawberry season in the state’s strawberry capital is the perfect time to try that variety. After your journey is complete (or after you’ve collapsed from a sugar crash), it’s it fun to see what your children have discovered about a dish that seems simple but has a lot of variation and inspires creativity. It may even inspire some creativity in your own home – no doubt resulting in floors covered in flour and powdered sugar, but also some memories of little fingers working dough and smiles spreading across faces. n

Just the Facts ... Café Du Monde 800 Decatur St. Hours: Seven days a week (Closed Christmas Day), 24 hours Café Beignet 334 Royal St. Hours: Mondays-Sundays, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Co. 4141 St. Charles Ave. Hours: Sundays-Thursdays, 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Berrytown Corner Café 100 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m.-noon



Home Furnishings

By Amy Gabriel The personality of your home is as layered as your own. Select complex pieces with unexpected design elements to reflect the many dimensions of your domicile.

1. A charred wood Shou Sugi Ban Mirror adds texture to your wall. Vision Wood, 6010 Magazine St., 265-8983, 2. Part ceiling fan and part chandelier, a fandalier gets you the best of both worlds for lovely lighting and air flow. Élan Studio Design, 1509 Metairie Road, 267-2792, É 3. Liven up your lounge area with a luxe and multi-hued Masson Hair On Hide Pouf. Z Gallerie, 10156 Perkins Rowe #100, Baton Rouge, (225) 769-9473,

4. Create points of interest in your pantry with custom flat panel shutters with dynamic color. Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design, 1533 Prytania St., 525-7409,

5. Give baby’s room a bit of modern luxury with a contemporary style bassinet made of chrome and walnut. Modern Market, 1200 Annunciation St., 896-2206, 6. The Fiona Chandelier by Ro Sham Beaux, complete with clear faceted beads, gold hemp and brass hardware, will give dinner guests a dazzling conversation topic. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336,

8. A traditional statement chair becomes extraordinary when embroidered prints are featured. Katie Koch Home, 3905 Magazine St., 410-1450,

7. Dinnerware storage is elevated when housed in a feminine and flowered Daniella Buffet. Anthropologie, Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 5929972,

9. A burled wood coffee table has a hint of modernity with the addition of angular chrome-plated steel legs. Sunday Shop, 2025 Magazine St., 342-2087,



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Decadence With a Drizzle Roseann Melisi Rostoker of Red Gravy shares her Si Si Toscana Si Si Toscana 8 slices brioche 6 Tablespoons room temperature butter (split for two uses) 1/4 cup local honey (local raw is best, but local will do just fine) 1 cup Polly-O ricotta 1 cup candied walnuts 1 large apple 1 large pear 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon

BLEND sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside. Quarter the apple and pear to remove cores, then slice quarters into 1/4-inch slices. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a sauté pan slowly until butter starts to brown. Add apple and pear slices, swirling pan to coat. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar blend on fruit, cooking for no longer than 2 minutes – fruit should retain its shape. Keep warm while preparing brioche. HEAT a griddle or heavy sauté pan to medium. Butter both sides of brioche with remaining butter. Grill brioche until lightly browned, flipping midway and browning both sides. Keep warm until all pieces are browned. TO PLATE: Cut brioche in half, on the diagonal, making two triangles. Arrange 4 triangles on 4 plates. Drizzle equal portions of honey over the warm bread. Sprinkle equal portions of the walnuts over the honey. Dollop equal portions of ricotta on top of the honey and walnuts. Spoon warm fruit and liquid in pan over ricotta

RED GRAVY 125 Camp St., 561-8844,




*Note: Red Gravy changes this dish all year, using fresh berries in the spring, stone fruit in the summer, apples and pears in autumn and citrus in winter.



Magazine Tour de Force A worldwide culinary exploration on one spectacular street By Jyl Benson


Crawfish Boil Hot Fried Chicken from Picnic Provisions & Whiskey


What change three decades can bring. As a college student I was the assistant manager of La Casa & The Garden Pottery, a funky, upscale home furnishings store at Magazine Street and Louisiana Avenue. La Casa was a rarity. Pretty much everything else on the street was either an antique store or a bar. The only restaurants I remember are Bouligny, on Magazine at Marengo streets and Joey K’s. When La Casa closed at 6 p.m., I locked the door, raced to my car and took off. The neighborhood was flat out dangerous. I recall a hostage situation at a grocery store. The streets were empty at night. Magazine Street has evolved to be a source of pride with worldclass privately owned boutiques of every ilk and an array of bars and restaurants that keep the street buzzing at all hours. Craving a picnic in Audubon Park? Send in your order to Picnic Provisions & Whiskey and they’ll deliver your meal to you under your favorite tree. A good time is to be had in their colorful dining room at the corner of Magazine and State streets. Consider the Smoked Fish Dip with house-made saltines; Pimento Cheese with roasted chilies; Crawfish Boil Hot Fried Chicken; and Campfire Cookie

Dough S’mores, an irresistible combination of chocolate chip cookie dough, Butterfinger pieces, broken pretzels, crushed potato chips and torched marshmallows. Head down the street a few blocks to Saba, chef Alon Shaya’s contemporary homage to his Israeli heritage, where he cooks his ethereal pita bread in a wood-burning oven, and turns out the creamiest hummus imaginable and tops it with every decadent ingredient he can get his hands on. A recent visit brought lumps of jumbo lump crabmeat, roasted corn, lemon butter and mint. The marinated Lamb Kebabs are served with charred scallions, pea purée and pine nuts, while the juicy, perfectly charred Hanger Steak is flavored with zesty muhammara, charred peppers and fresh herbs. Family meals meant for passing are also offered. At Apolline, chef Michael Shelton offers his contemporary Creole brunch menu Tuesdays through Sundays. Before the dinner rush starts, what must be one of the greatest happy hours ever ensues: Tuesdays-Fridays, 5-6 p.m. offers $2 mimosas, $4 beer, $5 glasses of house wine and $6 classic cocktails. Small plates – think chicken poutine for $6, or a trio of plump charbroiled oysters topped with caramelized leeks, bacon marmalade and Pecorino, also for $6. Perhaps the longest running restaurant on the street, New York Pizza offers the thin crust New York is known for with a French-style dough for a bit of New Orleans flair. For the ultimate bargain head in for the Pint and a Slice Special: $5 for a slice with one toping and a choice of six beers – mainstream, craft

and imported – on draft. Mahoney’s has grown to two locations from its original Magazine Street outpost where the line is usually out the door. Both the Buffalo Oysters and the Buffalo Shrimp are out-of-control good, topping friend specimens with a piquant Crystal Buffalo sauce and creamy bleu cheese dressing. A large oyster poor boy is pricey at $20.95, but large enough to satisfy two. The lunch combo is a relative bargain at $10.95 when 14 different sandwiches are offered with a soda and a bag of Zapp’s chips. Catch up with the beautiful youths at Little Korea BBQ when they pack the place on Friday and Saturday nights.You save not a cent occupying a table with a built in grill to cook your own meat as opposed to having the kitchen do it for you, but that seems to be a thing for the college set. Check out the crispy KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) Wings, Japche (sweet potato starch noodles with vegetables, tofu and/ or beef); or one of the many meat platters on offer. Magazine Street, you’ve come a long way. n APOLLINE, 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881, LITTLE KOREA BBQ, 2240 Magazine St., 821-5006, MAHONEY’S PO-BOYS & SEAFOOD, 3454 Magazine St., 899-3374, NEW YORK PIZZA, 4418 Magazine St., 891-2376, PICNIC PROVISIONS & WHISKEY, 741 State St. (corner of Magazine Street), 266-2810, SABA, 5757 Magazine St., 324-7770,



Great Heights


The Audubon Zoo bolstered its giraffe conservation program with the annual “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do.” By Shelby Simon

More than 4,000 attendees enjoyed a memorable evening of fine dining and dancing on the picturesque grounds of Audubon Zoo at the annual philanthropic event featuring a mouth-watering array of cuisine from 70 of the city’s most famous eateries and specialty and full-service bars serving premium cocktails. The theme of this year’s “Zoo-To-Do” events was “Reaching New Heights in Giraffe Conservation!” in honor of Audubon’s conservation work with giraffes at Audubon Zoo and Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center. Festive African décor carried the giraffe theme throughout the zoo with lighting and floral accents. Pyramid Audio Productions created an LED Talking Giraffe Wall at Goldring Plaza. Patrons enjoyed early admittance and all-night access to the Patron Lounge & Patio, featuring upscale cocktail bars and delectable cuisine. Musical entertainment and activities were staged throughout five areas of the zoo. The Main Attraction Band took the headliner stage with support by Vivaz. Ambush Band and Electric String Quartet entertained guests as they walked and danced around the plazas, as well as Uncle Wayne Caricatures and Boogie Booth on Sea Lion Road. The 2019 silent auction, with bidding entirely online, featured staycations, recreation packages, jewelry, dining experiences and much more. Highlights included team trips with the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, a three-night stay at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in California, a Manchester United team experience for two and an opportunity to meet the giraffe herd and other endangered animals at the Audubon Species Survival Center. A highly popular 2019 LEXUS ES350 Luxury Vehicle Raffle donated by LEXUS of New Orleans sold out before the event. The 2019 Chance to Win presented by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry & Distinctive Gifts offered an opportunity for one lucky winner to receive a Rolex, as well as for 10 participants to win a $250 Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry gift certificate. Serving as the “2019 Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Gala Chairman was Carmen L. Duncan and husband J. Kelly Duncan. n



Event at a Glance

1. Brent and Lele Wood with Roger Ogden 2. Joe and Debbie Exnicios with Gary and Carolyn Lorio 3. 2019 Chairwoman Carmen Duncan (seated center) and President and CEO Ron Forman (center back) with past Zoo-to-Do Queens 4. Kevin Clifford, Poco Sloss and Dr. George Cary 5. Stephanie and Ludovico Feoli with Ileana Feoli 6. Martin Irons and Leah Brown



WHAT: “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” benefiting Audubon Zoo WHEN: Friday, May 3 WHERE: Audubon Zoo






Surrounded by Spring


Friends of City Park gathered for a celebration of natural beauty and whimsical hats. By Shelby Simon

A stunning display of color, flowers and greenery surrounded the second annual “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon” in City Park, from the outdoor lush scenery to the fashion-forward headpieces. Guests were encouraged to boldly decorate hats and fascinators to welcome the start of spring. Elaborate designs incorporated fresh flowers and greenery, with standouts including a hat adorned with a majestic oak tree and another decorated with a golf course theme. Caroline Reily helped many attendees come up with creative and daring designs. Creatively decorated golf carts shuttled guests to the Patron Party at Popp Fountain, driven by gentlemen donning boater hats and navy sport coats. The St. Augustine Band entertained the more than 400 guests enjoying the outdoor ambiance and sipping Moët champagne. Following the reception, guests second-lined into the Arbor Room, where palm fronds and Bahama-themed floral arrangements coupled with the spring hat decor brought the outside into the luncheon portion of the program. Guests dined on a lunch of cold cucumber soup, lobster salad and fresh strawberry shortcake. Pamela Pipes, dressed as an oak tree, sold cypress and oak trees – also utilized as décor – to be planted in City Park. Seven auction items elicited lively bidding from the crowd, a highlight of which was a painting by Ashley Longshore. Other paintings were offered by Hunt Slonem, David Harouni, Avery Rowan, Mac Ball and an Alex Harvie painting of the party, as well as a Cal-a-Vie spa trip donated by Terri and John Havens. Event Chairs were New Orleans Town Gardeners Tina Kern and Cathy Cary, as well as City Park representative Margo DuBos. Decoration Chairs were Virginia and Michael White and Barbara Rosenberg. Patron Sponsor Chairs were Beverly Church, Barbara Bush and Anne Milling. “Heart of the Park” supports the management and protection of City Park’s mature live oak trees, the largest stand in the world, as well as community projects of the New Orleans Town Gardeners including Grow Dat Youth Farm and the Edible Schoolyard. n



Event at a Glance

1. Event Co-Chair Tina Kern, Patron Sponsor Co-Chair Barbara Bush, Bob Merrick, Patron Sponsor Co-Chair Beverly Church and Event Co-Chair Cathy Cary 2. Flower Co-Chair Virginia White, President of New Orleans Town Gardners Catherine Freeman and Flower Co-Chair Barbara Rosenberg 3. Event Co-Chair and Auctioneer Margo DuBos with Auction Chair Juli Miller Hart (looking on) 4. Darryl Byrd CEO of Presenting Sponsor IberiaBank and Kara Van de Carr 5. (Left side front to back) Ella Bright, Jane White, Havens Cary, Zana Georges, Elizabeth Lyons Reily and (right side front to back) Betsy Fortin, Fitz Kern, Grace Catherine Cary and Michael White 6. Peggy Laborde, Ashley Bright and Ethel Clay (Photo by Jeff Strout) 22 ST. CHARLES AVENUE SEPTEMBER 2019


WHAT: Second annual “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon,” benefiting New Orleans Town Gardeners and Friends of City Park WHEN: Thursday, April 11 WHERE: City Park (Popp Fountain and Arbor Room)






On the Avenue


The St. Charles Avenue Association preserves our picturesque local landmarks and live oaks. By Shelby Simon

The St. Charles Avenue Association, which hosted its “Inaugural Fundraiser” on May 8, advocates for the historic and residential character of St. Charles Avenue. The Association spearheaded the designation of the streetcar line as a National Historic Landmark and currently provides funding to maintain the over 1,000 live oak trees on the avenue. IberiaBank on St. Charles Avenue hosted the event and also served as Lead Sponsor. The fabulous invitation was artfully designed by Tim Trapolin. President Paul Masinter welcomed the approximately 100 attendees, and especially thanked IberiaBank for its lead support. He also recognized Ted LeClercq for leading the charge to have the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line designated a National Historic Landmark. Laura Arrowood Catering provided bites and the John Parker Trio performed. Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Florals • Gifts created the floral arrangements. Tommy Westervelt and Anne Redd served as Co-Chairs. n



Event at a Glance

1. President Paul Masinter with Co-Chairs Anne Redd and Tommy Westervelt 2. Bill and Lulu Freiberg with Holly Snodgrass and Ted LeClercq 3. Edmund Redd with Ella and Walter Flower 4. Elizabeth Boh with Ted and Mary Merle Laborde 5. Ned Bergin, Suzanne Brown, Lesley Hardin and Michael Brown 6. Sybil Favrot with John and Shelby Mills



WHAT: “St. Charles Avenue Association Inaugural Fundraiser” WHEN: Wednesday, May 8 WHERE: IberiaBank






Fouettés and Fashion


“Prix d’Elegance” enabled NOBA to provide tuition-free dance training to students. By Shelby Simon

For more than a decade, Women and Men of Fashion have worked alongside NOBA’s staff and board and the members of BRAVO (Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization) to benefit the nationally award-winning education and scholarship programs of the New Orleans Ballet Association. The 47th annual “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show” followed suit, and recognized two Hall of Fame Honorees: Sidney Torres IV and Sandra Stage Chaisson. Angela Hill served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Debbie Buchler and Kathy Pastorek served as Luncheon Chairs. Jeff Chouest of Jeff ’s Haberdashery and Rebecca Nordgren of Chatta Box presented the runway Fashion Show for this year’s event. The fashion show, which in addition to professional models features New Orleans notables, is always a highlight of the event. On the runway, four students of the NOBA Center for Dance performed a piece set to the music from West Side Story. Auctioneers Brett and Cheryl Baumann led the live auction of a dinner for 12 in the Martine Chaisson Gallery by Herbsaint’s Chef de Cuisine David Rouse. The silent auction featured over 115 items including artwork, restaurant and hotel gift certificates, concert tickets, Saints and Pelicans tickets, jewelry, designer handbags and beauty baskets, golf packages, vacation homes and more. A raffle offered a $2,500 Shopping Spree from Kenny Rubenstein and Rubensteins, and an exquisite pair of 18 karat gold and pavé diamond David Yurman Starburst earrings valued at $2,950, which were donated by Chad Berg and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. An Honorees’ Cocktail Reception was generously hosted in November 2018 by the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. A Champagne Reception took place in the morning, prior to the luncheon. Nearly 700 of New Orleans’ top community and business leaders were in attendance. n



Event at a Glance

1. Jamie Moreau, Hall of Fame Honoree Sidney D. Torres IV, Gail Barnes McKenna and Hall of Fame Honoree Sandra Stage Chaisson 2. Co-Chair Debbie Buchler, Fashion Show Presenters Jeff Chouest Jr. and Rebecca Nordgren and Co-Chair Kathy Pastorek 3. Martine Chaisson Linares, Henson Davis, Charlotte Reiss and Wes Palmisano 4. Honoree Greg Reggio, Kathy Singleton, Jacquee Carvin and Kenny Rubenstein 5. Stephen Sonnier, Honoree Ann D. Duplessis, Kathleen Mix and Chad Berg 6. Men of Fashion President Lee Giorgio, Women of Fashion Board Chair Teresa Guzzetta, Women of Fashion President Deborah Alciatore-Empey and Men of Fashion Board Chair R.K. Hoddinott III 26 ST. CHARLES AVENUE SEPTEMBER 2019


WHAT: Men and Women of Fashion’s 47th annual “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show,” benefiting New Orleans Ballet Association and Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization WHEN: Tuesday, April 9 WHERE: Hilton New Orleans Riverside






Dressing the Part


DFSNO honored the organization’s founder, Hope Encalade, as the nonprofit turned 20. By Shelby Simon

This year marked the 20th anniversary of Dress for Success and the 10th annual “Suits & Salads” luncheon. In honor of these milestones, DFSNO specially recognized Hope Encalade, founder of Dress for Success. DFSNO is also celebrating its one-year anniversary in its new location at 1700 Josephine St. All programs are now facilitated in this location. Those programs include the signature suiting program, the Professional Women’s Group, the Capital One Career Center and Mentoring, as well as the facility’s ability to hold small special events, quarterly sales, board meetings and more. Co-Chairs were Arie Roth Kaller, Martine Chaisson Linares and Tracee Dundas; Aimee Gowland was Honorary Chair and DFSNO Founder Hope Encalade was Honoree. Also recognized was Client of the Year, Shametria Gonzales and Volunteers of the Year Debbie Kerr Leathem and Celine Hannon. Dress for Success Worldwide CEO Joi Gordon served as the keynote speaker. Board President Meaghan Ryan Bonavita, was Mistress of Ceremonies. The annual fashion show presented fabulous entertainment for more than 500 attendees. Rupa Jolly and Tina Dang walked for Angelique; Ingrid Thompson and Helise Madden walked for DFSNO; Martine Chaisson Linares and Jen Hale walked for Monomin; Carol Starr and Ayesha Motwani walked for Lukka; and Logan Howcott and Corey Thomas walked for Pilot & Powell. Attendees were treated to rosé and white wine courtesy of Glazer’s Southern Wine & Spirits, and champagne courtesy of Moët Hennessy. A silent auction offered hotel stays, jewelry, designer handbags, trips, spa packages and more. Friend & Company provided a raffle for a diamond necklace, and Porter Lyons did a jewelry pull helping to raise more than $2,000. Kendra Scott and Basics Underneath donated surprise giveaways to lucky attendees. Each guest was gifted a DFSNO cookie courtesy of Apple Berry Delights. The program presented the largest attendance ever. n



Event at a Glance

1. Carol Asher, Honoree Hope Encalade, Leigh Thorpe and Sarah Marzolf 2. Board President and Mistress of Ceremonies Meaghan Bonavita and Joi Gordon 3. Rupa Jolly, Client of the Year Shametria Gonzales and Carol Starr



WHAT: “2019 Suits & Salads Luncheon,” benefiting Dress for Success New Orleans WHEN: Friday, May 11 WHERE: Hyatt Regency



Around the World


WYES celebrated the “golden age of travel” with more than 300 guests. By Shelby Simon

Dressed inspired by their travel destinations, guests gathered to celebrate the myriad of arts, culture and educational experiences from across the globe that WYES brings into our homes. The gala took place at the home of Bob and Sheryl Merrick in New Orleans, opening with a large replica of the Eiffel Tower on the front lawn. As guests approached the house, they were greeted by members of the Amelia Earhawts, a pilot and stewardesses in vintage costume. Inspired by London’s Buckingham Palace, a “Queen’s Guard” stood guard at the front door. Inside the main hall stood a life-size British telephone booth, which provided a great photo op for guests. In keeping with the international travel theme, patrons were greeted with offerings of the specialty cocktail “Moscow Mule,” as well as champagne or their libation of choice from one of the full bars, courtesy of Goldring Family Foundation and Sazerac Company. Guests indulged in delectable passed offerings from the Windsor Court. Mike Morris started the party off with his musical stylings inside the home. Later, Luv Sexy took to the stage outside and got guests grooving. Popular songs were the inspiration to designate and represent various travel areas throughout the home. The main hall and rooms off it represented Europe with Dreaming of Paris, London Calling and Roman Holiday. One room off the main hall represented Paris, with a cheese spread and pastry delicacies, as well as a digital caricaturist. Another was London/Rome with British, Indian and Italian specialties. “Keep Calm and Curry On” was one of the creative and popular themed food inspirations. The pool house “rocked the casbah” as it showcased a draped and tented area complete with Marrakesh style lanterns and colorful cushions. The porch became a “Slow Boat to China” with Asian themed cuisine such as Chinese take-out styled food, custom message fortune cookies and more. Bali Hai! was the Polynesian feel around the pool with tiki torches as well as hula dancers mixing and mingling with the crowd, and a seafood display of large crab claws and jumbo shrimp that delighted the guests. The event also featured an online auction sponsored by Sunrise Homes. The auction items were on display in the backyard and in the pool house, which enticed attendees to bid on numerous trips, jewelry, art, pillows, concert or sporting tickets and other items. Co-Chairs were Bridget and Bobby Bories, Lauren and Ken Flower and Lisa and Karl Hoefer. Honorary Co-Chairs were Paulette and Frank Stewart. Multiple generations of supporters were in attendance. Proceeds from this event support the WYES mission of providing educational, entertaining and enlightening programming to Greater New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. n

WHAT: “WYES Passport to the World Gala,” benefiting WYES WHEN: Friday, April 12 WHERE: Home of Bob and Sheryl Merrick 1. Kaylea Hill, Donna Flower and Co-Chair Bridget Bories 2. Co-Chairs Lisa and Karl Hoefer with Sherry and Alan Leventhal 3. Hosts Sheryl and Bob Merrick 30 ST. CHARLES AVENUE SEPTEMBER 2019



Event at a Glance




We Can Do It!


NCJW thanked its community for their commitment to service with a patriotic party. By Shelby Simon

Decked out in patriotic colors, guests at the “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman!” National Council of Jewish Women Gala enjoyed an evening of entertainment, eating well and supporting the GNO Section’s efforts in service and advocacy. Rosie the Riveter signs decorated the WWII Museum and the Stage Door Canteen, with photo opportunities where guests could insert their own face into a cutout of Rosie. Red, white and blue streamers with small flags and themes decorated tables throughout. Co-Chairs were Susan Kierr, Alysse Fuchs and Ina Davis. Susan and Alysse welcomed the crowd that filled the room to capacity and highlighted the goals of NCJW with different guests rising with flags announcing goals and themes. Margie Bissinger led the blessing. The Stage Door Canteen catered dinner, through which Spencer Racca crooned Frank Sinatra. Afterwards, the Victory Belles and the Victory Trio entertained a delighted crowd. Barbara Greenberg, Development Vice President, concluded the evening thanking the chairs and attendees for attending, noting that without their support, NCJW couldn’t help others in the community. She also expressed gratitude to the Oscar Tolmas Trust (which already supports NCJW Way Program) and Isaacson/Bissinger families for their support of the Isaacson Scholarship Program. NCJW provided party favors in NCJW colors of green or blue with instructions to wear when volunteering. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Susan Kierr and Alysse Fuchs with Development Vice President Barbara Greenberg 2. D.J. and Lisa Romano with Donna and Vincent Giardina 3. Susan Hess, Rollie Rabin and Joyce Pulitzer



WHAT: “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman!” benefiting National Council of Jewish Women GNO Section WHEN: Tuesday, April 16 WHERE: National WWII Museum, BB’s Stage Door Canteen



Helping Hands, Helping Home


Project Lazarus provides a home for people living with HIV and experiencing homelessness. By Shelby Simon

The annual “Guardian Angel Award Gala” for Project Lazarus saw the 2019 Guardian Angel Award presented to Laura Fine by Larry Lehmann. The award was also presented to the group of Michael McIntosh, Robert Lucky, Jason Allen and Dr. Khanh Ho by Maryam Bahman, last year’s honoree. The Guardian Angel is def ined as being a volunteer of Project Lazarus who has made an unforgettable and lasting impact on the state of its agency and mission. Project Lazarus Co-Founder Fr. Paul Desrosiers was celebrated with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Bishop Roger Morin. Guests were treated to a seated three-course dinner. A silent auction presented 50 packages for bidding, highlights of which were a handmade candelabra by Hernan Caro and Tina Marie, and a one-night stay at the new Hotel Peter and Paul. Auctioneers Warren Backer Jr. with David Cortez-Backer and Mark Romig auctioned off six live auction packages, including a one-week stay at a mid-century modern vacation home in Palm Springs and an original painting by David Lumpkin. Lawrence Henry Gobble and Sr. Judy Gomila served as Co-Chairs and Co-Hosts to the 250 guests who attended the sold-out event. n



Event at a Glance

1. Executive Director Steve Rivera, Guardian Angel Award Honoree Laura Fine and Founder and Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Fr. Paul Desrosiers 2. Honorees Michael McIntosh, Robert Lucky, Khanh Ho and Jason Allen 3. Co-Chair and Co-Host Lawrence Henry Gobble with Development Manager Lily Hannigan



WHAT: “Project Lazarus Annual Guardian Angel Award Gala 2019,” benefiting Project Lazarus WHEN: Thursday, May 10 WHERE: Ace Hotel



Imagine a World...


Kingsley House dreamed big at its 10th annual “Friendraising Luncheon.” By Shelby Simon

“Imagine a world where every family was given the tools to thrive”: that’s the mission at Kingsley House, which has provided essential resources and community to families and individuals at all life stages since it was founded in 1896. In a “World of Imagination,” Kingsley House hosted its 10th annual “Friendraising Luncheon” in a whimsical land of candy with larger-than-life confections. To welcome guests to Kingsley House, preschool students sang “The Candy Man” by Sammie Davis Jr. Karen Hansell, Kingsley House Preschool Teacher and Artist, designed the sweet décor. Sheldon Lykes, Gil Brechtel, LaVerne Toombs and Ryan Gootee served as Event Chairs. The Board Vice President Chimene Grant Saloy served as Emcee. Sweet video testimonials highlighted the impact Kingsley House has on children, families and seniors in the community. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski provided a delicious lunch to the approximately 300 guests were in attendance. n



Event at a Glance

1. Skip Brechtel, Margi Sunkel, Janice Parmelee and Bill Hammack 2. Katherine Gelderman, Board President Miles Thomas and Board Vice President and Emcee Chimene Grant Saloy 3. Keith Liederman, Luanne LeBlanc Liederman and Vincent Giardina of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust



WHAT: “Friendraising Luncheon,” benefiting Kingsley House WHEN: Tuesday, April 9 WHERE: Kingsley House



Agents of Change


The Lepage Center presented its annual awards to highlight outstanding entrepreneurs in the community. By Shelby Simon

The Tulane University Freeman School of Business hosted the “2019 Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards Gala” at the Audubon Tea Room on Monday, April 8. The program began with a cocktail reception followed by the Awards Dinner and presentation of the honorees. The 2019 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneurs of the Year were Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Katie Rodan, founders of skin care company Rodan+Fields. This award honors individuals who combine entrepreneurial success with philanthropic generosity and community service. The 2019 Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs of the Year were Stephanie Barksdale of Tulane University and David Barksdale of Alluvian Capital. This award recognizes those who are solving social problems and meeting community needs through the use of entrepreneurial principles. The 2019 Tulane Business Model Competition Winner was RentCheck, a rental inspection app developed by Tulane Students Marco Nelson (MBA ’19) and Lydia Winkler (MBA/JD ’19) to streamline the security deposit process. The startup, which also won the top prize at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week two weeks prior, was presented a cash prize of $35,000. n



Event at a Glance

1. Honoree Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Garry Rayant 2. Rob Lalka with 2019 Tulane Business Model Competition Winners Marco Nelson and Lydia Winkler 3. Andy Kopplin, Susan and Dean Ira Solomon and Tim Williamson



WHAT: “2019 Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards Gala,” benefiting A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University WHEN: Monday, April 8 WHERE: Audubon Tea Room


St. Charles Avenue’s

Registry of Charitable Events September – December 2019 Compiled by Elizabeth Christy

September 3 “BELLES & BEAUS BALL” BENEFITS: American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge. EVENT INFO.: This year the event will feature entertainment by T. Ray the Violinist and the Royal Essence Show Band with a multi-course dinner buffet provided by 12 Seasons Catering. TICKETS: $200/Ticket; $500/Patron Ticket LOCATION: Mardi Gras World CONTACT:

7 “DOWNRIVER FEST” BENEFITS: New Orleans Jazz Museum EVENT INFO.: The Downriver Festival celebrates impact of the Mississippi River through live music, food and educational activities. Enjoy music by local artists, learn about the future of our coast through their lecture series and make crafts with the kids. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: New Orleans Jazz Museum CONTACT:

7 “GET ON BOARD” BENEFITS: Junior League of New Orleans EVENT INFO: Started in 2008, this single day workshop aims to provide knowledge and skills to current board and staff members and those that wish to be placed on a nonprofit board at the conclusion of the training. Through engaging presentations from nonprofit experts and interactive role-playing, participants learn a board member’s responsibilities and how these responsibilities relate to others within the organization. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Junior League of New Orleans CONTACT: 891-5845,

10 “STRIKES FOR SON OF A SAINT” BENEFITS: Son of A Saint EVENT INFO.: A lively evening of bowling, beverages and food along with some favorite local celebrities at Fulton Alley; a fun way to engage your employees in the community or an evening with friends and family. TICKETS: $50/Ticket LOCATION: Fulton Alley CONTACT:

12 “A NIGHT OF BLUE” BENEFITS: Crimestoppers EVENT INFO.: The Patron Party will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the gala following. The evening will feature blues music from local artists including Rockin Doopsie and Robin Barnes, as well as food from area restaurants and auction items. All money raised will go toward funding youth crime prevention programs. TICKETS: $85/Ticket; $60/Young Professional Ticket; $175/Patron Ticket LOCATION: Generations Hall CONTACT: 837-8477,

12 “OPENING NIGHT GALA” BENEFITS: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra EVENT INFO.: This event begins with 5:30 p.m. cocktails followed by a 6 p.m. dinner in the Fountain Lounge of the Roosevelt. After dinner, guests will head to the Orpheum Theater for a 7:30 p.m. concert featuring Pacho Flores and the LPO under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto. Following the concert, there will be a champagne reception in the Roosevelt Hotel’s Blue Room. TICKETS: $250/Ticket LOCATION: Roosevelt Hotel CONTACT: 523-6530, extension 301

13 “CURTAIN CALL BALL” BENEFITS: Le Petit Théâtre EVENT INFO.: The evening will begin with cocktails and Creole cuisine at Tableau before moving into Le Petit’s historic playhouse. This year’s ball will feature a performance by actress and singer Betsy Wolfe, who starred in Broadway’s Waitress, Falsettos and The Last Five Years, among many others. Wolfe will be joined on stage by a cast of local favorites, celebrating the wealth of talent we have in our community. Silent and live auctions will offer art, jewelry and experiences. TICKETS: $150-$10,000/Ticket LOCATION: Tableau & Le Petit Théâtre CONTACT: 558-9328

16 “A BLIND TASTE” BENEFITS: WRBH Reading Radio EVENT INFO.: This annual blindfolded dinner will heighten guests’ sense of taste and ability to discover the unique flavors of the event’s special menu created by chef Justin Devillier, a James Beard award finalist and former contestant on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” A live auction will be held during the event. TICKETS: $200/Ticket; $1,500/Table of Four; $3,000/Table of Eight LOCATION: La Petit Grocery CONTACT: 899-1144

20 “MARTINI MADNESS” BENEFITS: Friends of City Park EVENT INFO.: This annual young professional-aimed event offers 25 specialty martinis and cuisine from over 30 different New Orleans restaurants, as well as raffle prizes, beer garden area, a photo booth, a DJ and more. TICKETS: $65/Member Ticket; $75/Nonmember Ticket LOCATION: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, City Park CONTACT: 483-9376

20 31ST ANNUAL “JUSTICE FOR ALL BALL” BENEFITS: The Pro Bono Project EVENT INFO.: This black tie optional event will begin with a Patron Party at Mardi Gras World’s Riverview Room followed by the gala at 6:30 p.m. Music, dancing, food and a silent auction will entertain guests as they party for a purpose. Original artwork of “Lady Justice” by Christy Boutte will be auctioned off. The event will feature live entertainment from the Bucktown All-Stars. Food and beverages from more than 25 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants will be offered. TICKETS: $200/Ball Ticket; $500 Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: Grand Oaks Mansion, Mardi Gras World CONTACT: 581-4043

21 SIXTH ANNUAL “NOLA BLUEDOO” BENEFITS: Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Program at Tulane Cancer Center EVENT INFO.: This festival-style celebration of prostate cancer survivorship will include food, drink, music, costuming, a kids’ tent, a two-mile walk/run and more. Proceeds from donations, sponsorships, auctions/parade of prizes, raffles and festival passes directly benefit research. TICKETS: $25/Ticket (ages 12 and up); $15/Student Ticket LOCATION: Gibson Quad, Tulane University CONTACT: 988-6592,

21 “NOLA ON TAP” BENEFITS: Louisiana SPCA EVENT INFO.: With past attendance records breaking 25,000 beer lovers, this event is truly the kick-off event to Oktoberfest in

New Orleans. This dog-friendly beer festival features an amazing music lineup, more than 400 local, national and homebrewed beers, delicious food vendors, games, prizes, Beer Judge Certification Program awards, Barktoberfest and much more. TICKETS: $5/Pre-sale Ticket; $10/Ticket at Door LOCATION: City Park CONTACT: 368-5191,

year will include the award-winning designer and author, Charlotte Moss, as the keynote speaker for Symposium. Joining Charlotte Moss will be Margot Shaw, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Flower Magazine, who will also be promoting her new book Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers. TICKETS: $140/Ticket LOCATION: Audubon Tea Room CONTACT: 488-5488


27-November 2

BENEFITS: Louisiana Children’s Museum EVENT INFO.: Celebrate the new Louisiana Children’s Museum in City Park (15 Henry Thomas Drive) and explore its 6.8 acre indoor/outdoor campus! The evening will begin when guests enter the VestiBlue: a nod to the iconic big blue doors on Julia Street. Guests will enjoy specialty cocktails, lively entertainment with the Bucktown All-Stars, fine dining provided by Dickie Brennan & Co. (operators of LCM’s new Acorn Café), an exciting auction featuring LCM’s signature chairs created by local artists and much more. TICKETS: $100/Ticket; $75/Member Ticket LOCATION: Louisiana Children’s Museum CONTACT: 266-2415,

21 “TREEQUINOX: AN AUTUMN EVENING WITH SOUL” BENEFITS: Sustaining Our Urban Landscape (SOUL) EVENT INFO.: An intimate, offbeat and elegant evening of music, custom cocktails, local fare and silent and live auctions to support SOUL’s urban reforestation program. TICKETS: $50/Ticket LOCATION: 1413 Philip St. CONTACT: 642-2443

23 “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:

24-25 “DESIGN SYMPOSIUM” BENEFITS: Longue Vue House and Gardens EVENT INFO.: Since 1991, the Friends of Longue Vue have presented the Design Symposium featuring top speakers in the fields of design, horticulture and art. This


“SCOUT ISLAND SCREAM PARK” BENEFITS: New Orleans City Park EVENT INFO.: This “Halloween Festival for the Whole Family” by the creators of The Mortuary Haunted Mansion and New Orleans City Park features haunted attractions, fright zones, carnival thrill rides, music, food and a ScareFree Kids Zone with haunted hay rides and family friendly entertainment for all ages. TICKETS: Various Levels LOCATION: Scout Island CONTACT:

27 “LOVE IN THE GARDEN 2019” BENEFITS: New Orleans Museum of Art EVENT INFO.: NOMA’s annual fall soirée, presented by Hancock Whitney, will be a night of dining and dancing under the stars and oaks. TICKETS: $75-$150/Ticket LOCATION: Besthoff Sculpture Garden CONTACT: 658-4163,

27 “ST. ELIZABETH’S GUILD VOLUNTEER ACTIVISTS AWARDS LUNCHEON” BENEFITS: St. Elizabeth’s Guild EVENT INFO.: This event will honor 10 Activists and four Hall of Fame Activists, and will include a fashion show presented by Dillard’s, entertainment, a silent auction, raffles and a parade of prizes. TICKETS: $85/Ticket LOCATION: Hyatt Regency CONTACT: 236-8720

28 “BLUE ROSE BALL” BENEFITS: St. Michael Special School EVENT INFO.: The Blue Rose Ball is a special celebration of dining, dancing and friends in support of the over 200 students attending St. Michael School. The ballroom will be transformed into a whimsical space with entertainment from Four Unplugged. The black-tie optional event will include a seated three-course meal, open bar and dancing until late into the night. TICKETS: $150/Ticket; Sponsorship Levels Available LOCATION: Hyatt Regency New Orleans CONTACT: 524-7285

28 “GLEASON GRAS” BENEFITS: Team Gleason EVENT INFO.: Over 5,000 attendees will enjoy live music, a kids area, auction, pep rally, players, food and more. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness for ALS and to support the Team Gleason Foundation TICKETS: Free/Ticket; $250/VIP Adult Ticket; $50/VIP Child Ticket LOCATION: Champions Square CONTACT: 934-1037

28 “SIP TO SAVE: CELEBRATE THE NIGHT IN BLACK & WHITE” BENEFITS: Karen T. Stall Research Breast Foundation EVENT INFO.: The Patron Party will be held at 6:45 p.m. with live music, a sommelier pairing with deluxe hors d’oeuvres and a Sparkle Stroll led by honorees to the main event, which will include live music, food and cocktails, a silent auction and raffles. TICKETS: $100/Ticket; $1,200+/Patron Ticket LOCATION: 13 Nassau Ave., Metairie & 580 Woodvine Ave., Metairie CONTACT: 450-7411

October 1 “BUBBLES AND BUBBLY FOR BEETHOVEN” BENEFITS: This elegant evening will feature ready-to-purchase designer accessories including handbags, shoes, scarves, jackets and jewelry from the Encore Shop. TICKETS: $85-$500/Ticket LOCATION: 1931 State St. CONTACT: 861-2004

2-3 “WINE, DINE & DESIGN” BENEFITS: Bastion EVENT INFO.: This eighth annual Preview Party and Luncheon, hosted by St. Charles Avenue magazine, features the most overthe-top tablescapes, and the live auction will offer staycations, trips a Terrance Osborne original painting and more. TICKETS: $50/Preview Party Ticket; $200/ Luncheon Ticket LOCATION: Audubon Tea Room CONTACT: 830-7264,

4 “SCALES & ALES” BENEFITS: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas EVENT INFO.: This year celebrating sharks, this annual event offers beer, wine and delicious cuisine from local restaurants with live entertainment and a unique aquatic

atmosphere are highlights of the event as it flows throughout the Aquarium and onto the plaza overlooking the Mississippi River TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas CONTACT: AudubonNatureInstitute. org/scales-and-ales

4 “SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION” BENEFITS: The March of Dimes EVENT INFO.: Over 250 guests will attend this annual event offering a variety of spirits, music, culinary offerings from many of New Orleans top restaurants and a premier silent/live auction with alluring auction items. Chef Tom Wolfe of The Omni Royal will serve as lead chef. TICKETS: Entrance to event only available through sponsorship LOCATION: Omni Royal Orleans CONTACT: 264-9288

4 SEVENTH ANNUAL “THE GREENWAY SOIRÉE” BENEFITS: Friends of Lafitte Greenway EVENT INFO.: The trailside event will offer food from some of the city’s best restaurants, live local music, sample craft cocktails, beer and wine and an auction. TICKETS: Various Levels LOCATION: The Cellar on St. Louis CONTACT: 702-6778

5 “DEO GRATIAS” BENEFITS: Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College EVENT INFO.: This annual gala features dining, entertainment and an auction. All proceeds from this event benefit the Seminary College, the largest seminary college in the country. TICKETS: $100/Ticket LOCATION: Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College CONTACT: (985) 867-2264

5 “BEIGNET FEST” BENEFITS: Tres Doux Foundation EVENT INFO.: From traditional sweet treats covered in powdered sugar to savory options bursting with seafood, cheese and more, Beignet Fest will feature more than 30 beignet dishes from some of New Orleans’ best restaurants and food trucks. The festival also features live, local music performances, a Kid’s Village, Artist Market and VIP Experience. TICKETS: $5/Ticket; $40/Adult VIP Ticket; $15/Child VIP Ticket LOCATION: Festival Grounds at New Orleans City Park CONTACT:


5 24TH ANNUAL “PASTA & PUCCINI” BENEFITS: Jefferson Performing Arts Society EVENT INFO.: The black-tie soirée features world-class vocalists accompanied by the JPAS’ Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Dennis Assaf. Guests can enjoy complimentary libations, appetizers, dinner catered by the Sheraton New Orleans, live and silent auctions, a wine raffle and a destination vacation raffle. Proceeds benefit the JPAS Youth Programs and cultural endeavors. TICKETS: $200/Ticket; $260/Ticket Pair; $1,350/Table of 10 LOCATION: Sheraton New Orleans CONTACT: 885-2000

10 “2019 CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNUAL DINNER” BENEFITS: Catholic Community Foundation EVENT INFO.: The annual dinner brings the Catholic community together for an evening of fellowship and allows the foundation to publicly thank and recognize those who have contributed to the success of their mission. TICKETS: $150/Ticket; $1,500/Table LOCATION: New Orleans Hilton Riverside CONTACT: 596-3044

11 “CELEBRATION OF LIFE LUNCHEON” BENEFITS: Cancer Crusaders EVENT INFO.: This annual luncheon with over 100 silent auction items, a parade of over 100 prizes, jewelry and trip raffles will honor cancer survivors. TICKETS: $85/Ticket LOCATION: New Orleans Marriott Hotel CONTACT: 454-7869

11 “MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT” BENEFITS: The Botanical Garden EVENT INFO.: This annual three-course, 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

12 32ND ANNUAL “WALK FOR EDUCATION” BENEFITS: UNCF EVENT INFO.: This anticipated familyoriented 5K (3.1 mile) walk and certified run is for corporate teams, fraternities, sororities, groups, churches, organizations and individuals who realize that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”® and understand the importance of “giving back.”

TICKETS: $35/Ticket Before October 10; $15/Under 12 Ticket Before October 10; $40/Adult Ticket After October 10; $20/ Under 12 Ticket After October 10 LOCATION: Audubon Park CONTACT: 581-3794


Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF). TICKETS: $150/Ticket LOCATION: Stone Creek Club and Spa, Covington CONTACT:


BENEFITS: LSU Department of Neurosurgery’s Brain Tumor Center EVENT INFO.: The Half-Mile Kids Run will be followed by the Adults 5K Run/Walk, with live music, refreshments and an award presentation after. All proceeds go toward funding a chair in pediatric neuro-oncology at LSU Neurosurgery in New Orleans. TICKETS: $30/Pre-Registration Entry Fee LOCATION: Audubon Park Shelter #10 CONTACT:

BENEFITS: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This social gala will feature food, libations, music, a silent auction and more, while celebrating the “Rising Stars:” young entrepreneurs, 40 and under, who are the founder, co-founder, owner and/or integral key person of a growing entrepreneurial business who have demonstrated strong entrepreneurial skills with high moral and ethical standards. TICKETS: $75/Ticket LOCATION: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans CONTACT: 569-8657



BENEFITS: Louisiana Cancer Research Center EVENT INFO.: Formerly “Key to the Cure,” the annual Research for the Cure gala will feature some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and caterers providing fine cuisine while local musicians serenade guests as they shop and browse at Canal Place shops, including Saks. TICKETS: $75+/Ticket LOCATION: Canal Place CONTACT:

BENEFITS: KID smART EVENT INFO.: This event will celebrate 20 years of artful learning in New Orleans schools with local music, culinary artistry and the art and science of mixology, courtesy of Sazerac Company. The party favor for sponsors and patrons is a limited edition print from acclaimed artist Marjorie Brown Pierson. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Home Christa and Matt Schwartz CONTACT: 940-1994



BENEFITS: Vieux Carré Commission Foundation EVENT INFO.: Featuring cuisine from Broussard’s and music by Sweet Crude, join the VCCF to support the national importance of the Vieux Carré Historic District and the foundation’s essential role in its preservation. TICKETS: $125/Ticket; $75/Junior Ticket (Under 40); “$250/Patron Ticket; Sponsor Levels Available LOCATION: Broussard’s Restaurant CONTACT: 342-4760,

17 “KICKIN’ PARKINSON’S” BENEFITS: Kickin’ Parkinson’s, a Team Fox in support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation EVENT INFO.: This annual event will feature live music from Flow Tribe, food from Northshore restaurants, open bars and live and silent auctions. This year’s theme is “Equestrian, Race for the Cure,” and guests are encouraged to wear their best derby hats and take a photo with a real thoroughbred. This event will be preceded by “The Winner’s Circle,” a sponsor reception starting at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit Parkinson’s research done by the

BENEFITS: Audubon Zoo EVENT INFO.: This annual extravaganza is a safe, fun-filled Halloween event for children up to age 12, featuring trick-ortreat houses with candy, a Ghost Train, a haunted house, activities, entertainment and more. All games and treats, except concessions, are free with admission. TICKETS: $20/Ticket; Free/Under 1 Year LOCATION: Audubon Zoo CONTACT:

26 “A HAUNTING AFFAIR” BENEFITS: Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association EVENT INFO.: Costumes are preferred at this black tie optional affair that begins at 7 p.m. with wicked libations, delectable food, dancing to The Yat Pack, fortune tellers and a costume contest. TICKETS: $125 & $150/Ticket LOCATION: New Orleans Women’s Opera Guild House CONTACT: 267-9534

26 “2019 TOUR DE CURE NEW ORLEANS” BENEFITS: American Diabetes Association

EVENT INFO.: For riders, runners and walkers of all abilities, and featuring three well-marked cycling routes with safety marshals and safety vehicles, and fully stocked rest stops to fuel your journey, this event will also have a celebration party for all to enjoy. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: UNO Lakefront Arena, 6901 Franklin Ave., New Orleans CONTACT:

30 “BEWITCHING” BENEFITS: New Orleans Garden Society EVENT INFO.: This annual event will begin with a Champagne Patron Party in the gardens followed by sumptuous luncheon with a Fashion Show hosted by Yvonne Lafleur, featuring local models, a hat and costume contest, a parade of prizes, a raffle and a silent auction. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Audubon Tea Room CONTACT: 655-2727

31 “JULIETTE LOW LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON” BENEFITS: Girl Scouts Louisiana East EVENT INFO.: Five community leaders, organizations and businesses who exemplify the legacy of Girl Scout founder Juliette Low will be honored at the luncheon, annually held on Low’s birthday. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans CONTACT: 733-8220,

November 1 10TH ANNUAL “DANCING FOR THE ARTS” BENEFITS: Young Audiences of Louisiana, Inc. EVENT INFO.: This gala features celebrity dancers, a dancing competition, cocktails, a live art auction, and fine fare hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies Camille Whitworth. Vote for your favorite dancer in advance online or at the gala! Funds raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, voting and the live art auction benefit YALA’s afterschool and early learning arts education programs. TICKETS: $75+/Ticket LOCATION: Theater at Harrah’s New Orleans CONTACT: 523-3525

1 “MAGNOLIA MOONLIGHT GALA” BENEFITS: Magnolia Community Services EVENT INFO.: Over 600 guests are expected to dance the night away to the sounds

of The Benchwarmers and the raucous entertainment of the Pussyfooters, while enjoying a silent auction, a wine pull, a Krewe of Tucks 2020 Mardi Gras membership raffle and food from some of the area’s most beloved restaurants and caterers. TICKETS: $125/Ticket LOCATION: Whitehall Plantation Grounds CONTACT: 731-1397

1 “SON OF A SAINT ANNUAL GALA” BENEFITS: Son of A Saint EVENT INFO.: This annual gala, which regularly sells out, raises significant portion of the organization’s operating budget and is known for an impressive program of speakers and music. TICKETS: $350/Ticket; $500/VIP Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton CONTACT:

1 “JAZZ AND JOIE DE VIVRE” BENEFITS: French Quarter Citizens EVENT INFO.: The evening will feature cuisine provided by many of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, along with an open bar, dancing, the jazzy music of New Orleans’ own Phillip Manuel and both live and silent auctions presided over by Angela Hill. TICKETS: $125/Ticket; $250/Patron Ticket LOCATION: Orleans Ballroom of Bourbon Orleans Hotel CONTACT: 588-2929

2 “TOUCH A TRUCK” BENEFITS: Junior League of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: With the purchase of a single ticket or group discount for a large family, children and adults receive an up-close look at their favorite “big trucks” and the opportunity to meet the people that protect, serve and build the Greater New Orleans area. TICKETS: $15/Ticket; $60/Family Pack; Advance Purchase Discounts Available LOCATION: Pontchartrain Center CONTACT: 891-5845

2 “TOURO INFIRMARY FOUNDATION GALA” BENEFITS: Touro Infirmary Foundation EVENT INFO.: This annual celebration and award ceremony honors the Judah Touro Society Award recipient with a cocktail event, a Patron Party, a seated dinner, the award ceremony and an After Party reception geared towards Touro Tomorrow, the Touro Foundation’s young professionals group and Touro Employees. This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the Judah Touro Society. TICKETS: $200+/Ticket LOCATION: NOCCA Institute CONTACT: 897-8435

3 18TH ANNUAL “NEW ORLEANS KIDNEY WALK” BENEFITS: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana EVENT INFO.: The Kidney Walk invites dialysis patients, organ transplant recipients, donor families, living donors, the medical and business communities and the general public to participate in an inspiring, communitybased special event while raising funds for the programs and services offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana (NKFL). 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: $5/Ticket LOCATION: Audubon Park’s Newman Bandstand, Shelter #10 CONTACT: 861-4500

3 “NOCTURNE XVII” BENEFITS: Musical Arts Society of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This event is the annual gala and primary fundraiser of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. The evening will include a champagne reception, a salon recital by a world-renowned pianist and a dinner. TICKETS: $250/Ticket; $150/Young Patron (40 and under) Ticket LOCATION: Ritz-Carlton CONTACT: 899-4826

6 “SOUPER BOWL GALA” BENEFITS: The Salvation Army EVENT INFO.: This annual event will feature a sit-down dinner with music and a program. TICKETS: $150/Ticket LOCATION: The Audubon Tea Room CONTACT: 509-7790

7 “STRIKES FOR SIGHT” BENEFITS: Southern Eye Bank EVENT INFO.: This evening of bowling, zydeco music, food, beverages, spirited competition and prizes will allow participants a unique experience, as each game will include several blindfolded rounds (or “blindfolded frames” for the bowling buffs out there). Eighteen teams of up to six players will compete for prizes and the opportunity to claim the title of 2019 Strikes for Sight Vision Champion. TICKETS: $40/Ticket; $250/Team LOCATION: Rock ’n’ Bowl CONTACT: 309-2283

8 “VICTORY BALL” BENEFITS: The National WWII Museum EVENT INFO.: The annual ball will be a lavish reception featuring cocktails and

culinary creations by The American Sector Restaurant & Bar, live music, entertainment and dancing, as well as unlimited access to the museum’s amazing pavilions and exhibit galleries throughout the evening. TICKETS: $50-$175/Ticket LOCATION: The National WWII Museum CONTACT: 528-1944 extension 363

8 “SALVATIONS 2019” BENEFITS: The Green Project EVENT INFO.: Derived from “salvage” and “creations,” “Salvations” is a Salvage Design Competition that culminates in a one-night exhibition and auction celebrating all things salvage and benefiting the Green Project. The evening event features furniture, lighting and art handmade by local designers and is complimented by sustainable food, craft beverages and live music. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Marigny Opera House CONTACT:

8 “MOONLIGHT & MIRACLES” BENEFITS: Ochsner Health System EVENT INFO.: Help the Ochsner Cancer Team celebrate a “World of Hope” at this event where black tie is preferred for men, and cocktail and formal attire preferred for ladies. Complimentary valet parking is provided on Superbowl Drive off Poydras Street at Gate A. TICKETS: $400+/ Ticket; Sponsor Levels Available LOCATION: Mercedes-Benz Superdome CONTACT: 842-8467

8 “BOUDIN, BOURBON & BEER” BENEFITS: Emeril Lagasse Foundation EVENT INFO.: Last year, almost 5,000 people attended the South’s biggest boudin bash to savor creative dishes from more than 70 of the country’s best chefs. In addition to top culinary talent, the event will feature bars stocked with a variety of local craft beers from Abita Beer and bourbon cocktails from Buffalo Trace. The bars will also feature premium spirits, fine wines and more provided by sponsors Au Bon Climat, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Landmark Vineyards and FIJI Water. Guests can also enjoy a cigar-tasting tent hosted by sponsor Nat Sherman, as well as a silent auction curated by featured chefs. TICKETS: $135/Ticket In Advance LOCATION: Champions Square CONTACT:

9 “CARNIVALE DU VIN” BENEFITS: Emeril Lagasse Foundation EVENT INFO.: This annual event is a nationally recognized charity wine auction that brings together the top names in food, wine and entertainment to benefit children’s causes. The black tie evening closes with music and

dancing – and more wine. TICKETS: $1,500+/Ticket LOCATION: The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center CONTACT:

14 “SOUTHERN DOMINICAN GALA 2019” BENEFITS: Southern Dominican Province, USA EVENT INFO.: This annual gala will offer auction items and food from many of the best New Orleans’ restaurants, with entertainment by The Big Easy Boys. TICKETS: $140/Ticket; $5,000+/Tables of 10 LOCATION: Copeland Tower, Metairie CONTACT: 837-2129 extension 8

15 “JUST SAY YAYA” BENEFITS: YAYA EVENT INFO.: The theme of this year’s annual gala is “ARTrepreneur,” celebrating YAYA’s unique program of visual arts and entrepreneurship training! There will be food and drinks from some of New Orleans’ best restaurants, live music, glassblowing demonstrations, artwork for sale including ceramics, sculpture, paintings, YAYA chairs and more. TICKETS: $50/Ticket; $150/Patron Ticket; Sponsorship Levels Available LOCATION: YAYA Arts Center CONTACT: 529-3306,

15 “ODYSSEY 2019: MYSTÈRE LOUISIANE” BENEFITS: The New Orleans Museum of Art EVENT INFO.: This annual event celebrates and enhances NOMA in an evening of unparalleled elegance. Critically important to our treasured museum and the wide community it serves, “Odyssey” raises the funds necessary to support NOMA’s nationally recognized exhibitions and educational programs. TICKETS: $150-$1,000/Ticket LOCATION: New Orleans Museum of Art CONTACT: 658-4163,

16 “FÊTE DES FROMAGES” BENEFITS: New Orleans Jazz Museum EVENT INFO.: The French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Gulf Coast region is excited to host the 2019 Fête des Fromages, a celebration of artisan cheeses from all over the world. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your brand, products and services to industry experts, culinary professionals and enthusiastic cheese aficionados throughout the New Orleans area and beyond. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: New Orleans Jazz Museum CONTACT:


16 “CENTER CELEBRATION” BENEFITS: New Orleans Jewish Community Center EVENT INFO.: Center Celebration 2019 is the JCC’s annual fundraising event. Funds from this event support the many programs and services offered for the community. TICKETS: Various Packages Available LOCATION: JCC CONTACT: 897-0143

16 “CADA FAMILY FEUD” BENEFITS: CADA Prevention & Recovery EVENT INFO.: Fundraising teams of five compete against each other in a “Family Feud”-style game for a chance at prizes and bragging rights. A silent auction, raffle, buffet dinner and libations will be offered. TICKETS: $75/Ticket LOCATION: Theater at Harrah’s New Orleans CONTACT: 821-2232

20 “BUILDING DREAMS” BENEFITS: Eden House EVENT INFO.: Featuring country artist singer/songwriter Elizabeth Lyons, with cuisine, cocktails and libations from local restaurants. All proceeds go to furnishing the second Eden House. TICKETS: $250/Patron Ticket; $200/Ticket; $100/Under 30 Ticket LOCATION: Home of Darryl Byrd and Kara Van de Carr CONTACT: 407-0943

21 “HISTORIC HOUSES SOCIETY GALA” BENEFITS: Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses EVENT INFO.: Every fall HGGHH celebrates the Historic Houses Society with a special gala. This top-level museum membership directly supports the mission of preservation. This year’s gala will take place at a historic Garden District home that also embodies the spirit of preservation. Guests will revel in the beautiful setting for the evening while enjoying top local fare, libations and live music. TICKETS: Historic Houses Society membership LOCATION: N/A CONTACT: 274-0744

22 “CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS PREVIEW PARTY” BENEFITS: New Orleans City Park EVENT INFO.: This soirée will kick off the light festival with a first glimpse of the lights and


exclusive access to the Botanical Garden and Train Route. TICKETS: $100/Ticket LOCATION: City Park CONTACT: 483-9417

22 “FOUNDERS BALL’” BENEFITS: Louisiana Museum Foundation/ Louisiana State Museum EVENT INFO.: Co-Chairs Jane Scott and Philip Hodges, the Louisiana Museum Foundation and Louisiana State Museum with present the “2019 Founders Ball” featuring the opening of the exhibition, “Chasing the Butterfly Man,” and honoring the legacy of Joy Nalty Hodges. The Butterfly Man was an early 19th century cabinetmaker about whom there’s an aura of mystery, so to play on this theme this costumed ball will also feature a period “whodunit.” Cabinetmaker, 1810-1825. TICKETS: $300/Member Ticket; $350/ Non-Member Ticket LOCATION: Cabildo, Louisiana State Museum CONTACT: 588-0493

29 “AUDUBON ZOO LIGHTS PRESENTED BY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NEW ORLEANS” BENEFITS: Audubon Zoo EVENT INFO.: Larger than life, silk-lighted replicas of some of the zoo’s most popular animals, nightly live entertainment, delicious holiday treats, craft tent and more. TICKETS: $10/Member Pre-Sale Ticket; $15/Non-Member Pre-Sale Ticket; $13/Member Ticket at Door; $18/NonMember Ticket at Door LOCATION: Audubon Zoo CONTACT: AudubonNatureInstitute. org/zoo-lights

December 4 “SOUND COLLAGE” BENEFITS: New Orleans Jazz Museum EVENT INFO.: Over the course of several evenings, Sound Collage and LUNA Fête will transform the Jazz Museum’s historic architecture into a playground of light, art, and music with illuminated installations, digital sculptures, art animated by technology and musical performances intended to engage and inspire audiences of all ages. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: New Orleans Jazz Museum CONTACT:

5 INAUGURAL “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

7 SECOND ANNUAL “IMPROVISATIONS GALA” BENEFITS: New Orleans Jazz Museum EVENT INFO.: An elegant evening of music, dancing, art and illuminations to help the Jazz Museum to globally promote jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms through highlyinteractive exhibits, as well as support ongoing musical and educational programming. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: New Orleans Jazz Museum CONTACT:

7 “BALLO DI NATALE” BENEFITS: Elenian Club EVENT INFO.: The Debutantes and LadiesIn-Waiting will wear long white dresses, white gloves and carry a bouquet of red roses. Each member and guest will receive an Engraved Elenian Club ornament from Santa Claus. The room will have a Christmas theme. TICKETS: $100/Ticket LOCATION: International Ballroom, Double Tree in New Orleans CONTACT: 416-4096

11 50TH ANNUAL “FETE DE NOEL LUNCHEON” BENEFITS: Ladies Leukemia League EVENT INFO.: This luncheon raises funds for leukemia/lymphoma research. Over 1,100 attendees will watch a New York-style runway Fashion Show presented by Dillard’s, a presentation of children battling leukemia, Santa and Mr. Bingle, a silent auction, a parade of prizes and raffles. TICKETS: $85/Ticket LOCATION: Hyatt Regency New Orleans CONTACT: 458-4288

12 SIXTH ANNUAL “LATKES WITH A TWIST” BENEFITS: Jewish Children’s Regional Service EVENT INFO.: This community-wide Hanukkah party was listed by the Washington Post as one of the Top 10 Hanukkah parties in the U.S.! Frank Brigtsen, James Beard Award winning chef and owner of Brigtsen’s, will be the featured Latke master along with NOCCA culinary students and friends. The evening will also feature live music, an open bar featuring a Vodka Latke Punch, a Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Hanukkah Hi-Ball, wine and beer courtesy of Sazerac Brands. TICKETS: $36/Ticket LOCATION: Press Street Station CONTACT: 828-6334

13 “HOLIDAY HOME TOUR PATRON PARTY” BENEFITS: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: Kick off the PRC’s “Holiday Home Tour” weekend with a festive soirée in one of New Orleans’ most beautiful homes. TICKETS: $200+/Ticket LOCATION: N/A CONTACT: 581-7032

14-15 “HOLIDAY HOME TOUR” BENEFITS: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: Visit seven private residences dressed up for the holidays in the Garden District and Lower Garden District. TICKETS: Advance Tickets: $45/Nonmember In Advance Ticket; $30/Member In Advance Ticket; $50/Day-of Ticket LOCATION: Bishop Polk Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church CONTACT: 581-7032

20 “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” BENEFITS: Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists & The NOCCA Institute EVENT INFO.: This annual night of art and music honors the memory of NOCCA alumnus Daniel Price. In keeping with Daniel’s twin passions of art and music, the fund provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students at NOCCA. TICKETS: $45/Ticket LOCATION: House of Blues CONTACT: 310-4999



What we wear often reveals our personalities. Our collective sartorial sense as New Orleanians is eclectic and rarely boring, drawing from a range of influences. In a city where it’s equally acceptable to show up in a creative costume as it is a linen suit or an elegant ball gown, it’s difficult to choose just a few of the most fashionable. But we chose to celebrate the following individuals — and their taste in dress — because their styles reflect their vibrant personalities as high-achieving, generous philanthropists who passionately support a range of causes. After all, giving back to the community will always be en vogue.

Interviews by Sarah Ravits Photographs by Jeff Strout



Age: 77 years young Occupation: Physician Event you have chosen to represent: I selected Casa Argentina’s annual tango-themed event because combines part of my cultural heritage with a philanthropic endeavor. What is the dress code for this event and what would you say is appropriate attire for that dress code? Dress code is cocktail attire: a suit or a dressy jacket and pants. What is your favorite dress code and why? I do not have any. [Says his wife, Ana Gershanik: “My husband’s style is very casual.”] Is your significant other well-dressed? I believe so. Where do you shop in New Orleans? Nowhere – my wife shops for me. [Ana says she shops: “everywhere — including overseas in Argentina, where I get to buy great designer suits.”] Who are your favorite designers? I do not have any. [For her husband, Ana prefers Christian Dior, Calvin Klein and Yves St. Laurent.] What fashion trend in New Orleans do you dislike? Black-tie and torn jeans or pants. Whose style do you admire and why? Nobody in particular. What is your favorite outfit and why? A light blue summer jacket with a fleur-de-lis tie and a striped shirt. It’s comfortable and I get compliments. In addition, the Drew Brees jersey (No. 9) for the football games. I am the No. 1 Saints fan!


Age: 72 Occupation: Proprietress of Yvonne La Fleur & New Orleans Designer. I’m celebrating my 50th year of business dressing women from all over the world. It’s fabulous to see how style has changed from 1969 to 2019. I’m humbled to still be a part of it. Cause you have chosen to represent: Cabrini High School, because it’s my alma mater and it seeks to empower young women. What is the dress code for this? There are many events all year long. For luncheons, a tailored suit and hat. For cocktail events, a classic little black dress with statement jewelry. What is your favorite dress code and why? Feminine. Is your significant other welldressed? Yes; there’s nothing sexier than a man in a coat and tie. Who are your favorite designers? Chanel has always been my inspiration. Where do you shop in New Orleans? I shop at my store; it’s my closet – but I love grocery shopping. Robert Fresh Market for groceries. I love the incredible detail in the stocking and merchandising. What fashion trend in New Orleans do you dislike? Jeans with holes. What is your favorite outfit (including accessories) and why? A hat with a tailored suit or a picture hat and a garden party dress.

MARY MATALIN Age: 66 Occupation: Political strategist Cause you have chosen to represent: I truly have never attended any event in New Orleans, philanthropic, charitable or otherwise organized, that wasn’t a blast and a beauty to behold. If I had to pick a favorite, events like the “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon,” or those for the Women’s Wellness and Survivorship Center or the Catholic Women in Action, all of which have come together organically when good citizens see a real need for all of New Orleans’ neighbors. What is your favorite dress code? Doing my own thing without fear … And I especially love events where the dress code includes hats and one’s own style to shine or an age diversity that spans iconic fashion hits and personal constructions. Also, the attention to, and careful coordination of, shoes, bags, accessories, fragrances and makeup by New Orleanians is incomparable. Is your significant other [political commentator and prominent media personality James Carville] well-dressed? It might be better articulated that he certainly has his own style. Who are your favorite designers? Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Alice + Olivia. Where do you shop in New Orleans? On Magazine Street, mostly … I love “shopping” in my friends’ closets. I love tearing apart and remaking pieces from the 1960s through the 1980s from my dusty hoard closet. And I love putting ostensibly disconnected outfits together when the sum of the parts adds up to the greater whole. What fashion trend in New Orleans do you dislike? Honestly, none. I love the diversity of hair-dos, body art, feathers, frills and flowers. And shoes! I truly love that both men and women feel free to dress however they want yet still have maintained, unique traditions of New Orleans – like white linen or Saints gear or boas. Whose style do you admire and why? My own. Because I have different preferences for different personalities and events and days and moods. And I cannot choose until I get the right feeling. What is your favorite outfit (including accessories) and why? The one that causes me to say to myself, “Perfect choice.” Of course, that presumes it’s comfortable. I prefer big chunky, unconventional jewelry and estate pieces.


STEPHANIE GREEN OSBORNE Age: 42 Occupation: Meditation guide & CEO, Meditate New Orleans Event you have chosen to represent: Louisiana Children’s Museum’s “CHAIRish the Children.” I believe in what they;re doing to make a difference in the lives of young people and their parents. I’m also excited that they’re opening a new museum in City Park this year. This is one of my favorite philanthropic events for several reasons: I love that there are these great creatively designed chairs being auctioned off; there’s always a theme surrounding the event; fun things to do, like the photo booth; delicious foods to sample … and the energy is always great! What is the dress code for this event? The cool thing about this event is that you can come in any way that feels good to you. Some people come in costumes associated with the theme. Some come in dressy-casual and some come in cocktail [attire]. All are welcomed and blend in to this lively event. What is your favorite dress code and why? Cocktail with a little themed accessory is my favorite attire. Is your significant other well-dressed? I love the way my husband dresses. He’s always sharp and clean regardless of whether he’s at the gallery selling his art, at the gym working out or at a social event. I love his style. Who is your favorite designer? Alexander McQueen. Where do you shop in New Orleans? I like Canal Place because it has Saks, Anthropologie and BCBG. What fashion trend in New Orleans do you dislike? I personally don’t love the 1950s attire on myself, but I love to see it on others! Whose style do you admire and why? I love how Anita Demps dresses. It’s always an effortless elegance with comfort and feeling of couture. What could be better? I also like Margarita Bergen’s style because it’s fun and fancy. What is your favorite outfit and why? My favorite outfit is this wrap dress that I purchased from one of the vendors at Jazz Fest. It’s colorful, comfortableand classy.



For the past 16 years, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans has honored the best and brightest entrepreneurs in our city. We are proud to continue with our seven honorees for this year’s “City Stars Soirée.” The journeys and successes of each of these honorees are true examples why JA continues our work today. Our goal at JA is simple: That every young person grows to contribute to, to be successful in and to advance their local and global economies. Without question each of our honorees has realized that vision through the successes they’ve achieved, and I’m convinced that we’re indeed inspiring young people right here in New Orleans to follow in their footsteps. On behalf of our staff, our board of governors and the 38,000 young people in Greater New Orleans who will be impacted by JA’s programs this year, we invite you to attend the 2019 “City Stars Soirée,” on October 18 at JA’s Biz Town for what promises to be a fun and exciting night celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of our seven outstanding and deserving honorees. JA is only as strong as the community support we receive, so we’re counting on you to help empower the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and Rising Stars! Best,

Larry Washington President, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans

On Friday, October 18, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans will honor its 16th class of Rising Stars at the “City Stars Soirée.” The celebration, presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and City Stars Soirée print sponsor St. Charles Avenue magazine, will take place at JA BizTown (a kid city) located on the City Park campus of Delgado Community College. We are honored to introduce our admirable 2019 JA Rising Stars in this section of the St. Charles Avenue magazine. They are: Lacey Conway, President & Principal Broker, Latter & Blum; Caroline and Sabri Farouki, Founders & Co-Owners, Farouki Farouki; Gordon Kolb Jr., President, G.H.K. Developments, Inc.; Keith Naccari, Partner, Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC; Martin Roth, Vice President of Revenue, Levelset; and Sevetri Wilson, Founder & CEO, Resilia. Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success with its many experiential learning experiences and business lessons. A part of this education is learning about successful role models and what it takes to become one. Recipients are individuals aged 40 and under from the Greater New Orleans area that demonstrate leadership, vision, integrity and innovation. These Rising Stars serve as role models for others in business and in life. Come celebrate on October 18! For more information and tickets contact Gail Smith at or visit

Please join me and Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans for the 16th annual celebration of the “City Stars Soirée,” where we’ll honor the 2019 Rising Star honorees. The celebration, presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, will take place on Friday, October 18, at JA BizTown located on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College. Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success with its many hands-on economics learning experiences and business lessons. A part of this education is learning about successful role models and what it takes to become one. To recognize and encourage young entrepreneurs showing early excellence and business potential, the JA Rising Stars award was first celebrated in 2003. Recipients are individuals under the age of 40 from the Greater New Orleans area who demonstrate leadership, vision, ingenuity and innovation. The following Rising Stars serve as role models for students in business and in life, and will be honored as the 2019 Rising Star Honorees: Lacey Conway, President & Principal Broker, Latter & Blum; Caroline and Sabri Farouki, Founders & Co-Owners, Farouki Farouki; Gordon Kolb Jr., President, G.H.K. Developments, Inc.; Keith Naccari, Partner, Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC; Martin Roth, Vice President of Revenue, Levelset; and Sevetri Wilson, Founder & CEO, Resilia. Looking forward to celebrating with you in October!

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LACEY CONWAY President & Principal Broker, Latter & Blum Real estate is in Lacey Conway’s DNA. As a child, she says her father – Bob Merrick, CEO of Latter & Blum – introduced her to the field when she was in pre-school. “I remember driving past a fallen Latter & Blum ‘for sale’ sign and hearing my dad’s instructions: “Lacey, go pick up that sign and make it straight. You need to get used to this.” She was hooked. Latter & Blum’s mission, she says, is to be the premier full-service real estate brokerage in the Gulf South. With 150 employees and more than 3,000 agents, the company offers residential and commercial real estate, in addition to property management and relocation services in areas spanning New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles in Louisiana, as well as Houston, Texas and parts of Mississippi. As President and Principal Broker, Conway says her days are a mix of handling general operations, technology, marketing, strategy, community involvement, relationships with agents and keeping the pulse on local and national real estate trends. “I still straighten the signs,” she adds.

SABRI & CAROLINE FAROUKI Co-Owners, Farouki Farouki Architect Sabri Farouki and Designer Caroline Farouki founded their business in 2015 with with the intention of making buildings and places that “make people happy while advancing the fields of architecture and design,” says Sabri. The five-person company, run by the husband-wife team, primarily works with restaurateurs, developers and hotel groups. Caroline says, “I typically leads the interior design concept and schematic design of each interiors project. Sabri leads custom furniture and lighting design, as well as the technical aspects of building our projects.” Their portfolio includes some of the city’s most popular contemporary restaurants, including Justine, Saffron and Maypop. “The completion and opening of each project feels like a triumph, since the process can be pretty arduous,” says Sabri. “There are fun moments when we feel like we’re becoming known by our work organically by word of mouth,” he continues. “A year ago, two restaurants we designed were nominated [by Eater NOLA] as two of the best five designed restaurants in New Orleans, and that was the first big indication that we were on the right path.” The business is now becoming highly sought after. “We are trying to grow thoughtfully,” says Sabri. Their goal is to continue growing without sacrificing the quality of their ideas and the personal connections they make with their clients.

GORDON KOLB JR. President, G.H.K. Developments, Inc. With a mission to develop first-class, quality projects, G.H.K. Developments, Inc. is a leading commercial real estate developer. Headquartered on Magazine Street, the company reaches clientele throughout the South as developers of almost 3 million square feet of gross leasable area. The primary clientele includes Publix grocery store chains, Walgreens and Extra Space Self-Storage. President Gordon Hardin Kolb Jr. says it’s a family run-company that was started by his parents, Linda and Gordon Sr., and that they place great emphasis on trust, integrity and reputation. “My parents taught me, even before I came into the company, to create a team approach to development,” he says. “That strategy made a lot of sense to me. Our company is small, so whenever we can, we prefer to rely on the same people for our projects” — including engineers, lawyers and contractors. “These values are far more important to me than trying to make a dollar,” he says. “These are values I grew up with and tried to carry on when I joined G.H.K Developments and will continue practicing.”

KEITH NACCARI Partner, Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC A native New Orleanian, Keith Naccari is an attorney at law and partner at a firm dedicated to providing “integrated legal and business counsel to help our clients excel,” he says. His career path wasn’t always straightforward. After graduating college, Naccari took a position as an auditor and then went onto receive his MBA from Loyola University New Orleans. During this time, he also worked at a start-up and began attending law school at night. “In my first semester, I quit my job as an auditor and started a legal support company,” he says. Upon graduating he partnered with Clayton White and Scott Sternberg to open their firm. He also received his LLM in taxation from New York University. As a partner, he says he manages day-to-day operations and directs the strategic direction and vision of the firm. He also wants to ensure that clients’ needs are met – and that they exceed expectations. A kidney donor who also supports nonprofits, he says, “One major driving factor for me has always been the desire to help people in any capacity that I am capable.”

MARTIN ROTH Vice President of Revenue, Levelset Founded in 2007, Levelset’s mission is to empower people to “get what they earn,” says Martin Roth, vice president of the company. Main clientele includes contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in the construction industry. Roth is responsible for all customer and revenue acquisition, sales and business development. He also serves on Levelset’s executive team and is involved in planning the strategic and financial direction of the company. Roth has also experienced unique challenges and triumphs. Scaling successfully is a result of hiring the right people and empowering them to do their best work, he says. “The transition from being an individual contributor to becoming a leader was the most challenging for me. Like every leader, I’ve made poor hiring decisions and poor management decisions over the years.” But over time, he says, he learned humility and patience and how to learn from mistakes. “There are many wins that we’ve had as a team over the years,” he says, including the thousands of customers whose businesses Levelset has helped improve. “More than that, I’m most proud that we’ve built a company in a nationally competitive market that continues to have amazing market potential, and we did it all from New Orleans.” Roth says it’s one of the fastest-growing companies in the city. “We are all always learning,” he says.

SEVETRI WILSON Founder & CEO, Resilia Sevetri Wilson is the Founder and CEO of Resilia, a spinoff of her strategic communications and management firm, Solid Ground Innovations. One of SGI’s first services was “Exempt Me Now,” which simplifies the creation, compliance and management processes for nonprofits and for-profit organizations. Wilson launched Exempt Me Now as a standalone tech platform three years ago with a mission to streamline paperwork involved with gaining tax-exempt status also builds and manages the team of employees. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as small, local businesses. Her duties entail overseeing business development, communications strategy, market analytics and trends, advocacy and community outreach, team-building, project management and more. Wilson was also an appointee of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Economic Development Transition team. In this capacity she worked with 16 other business leaders from Louisiana to enhance economic growth across the state. In her leadership position, Wilson is driven to help transform the world by helping people and communities.


A New Adventure Out on the open road! By Bev Church


and umbrellas from Academy that I decorated with pink and red roses. After a trip to Party City and the Dollar Tree, I came up with the Flamingo centerpieces and added them to basil plants that I got at Perino’s. I further accented the centerpieces wtth surrounding f lamingo lights and vases f illed with sunf lowers and basil. The heart-shaped chargers were created

from cardboard cake rounds that I cut into the shape of a heart and adorned with pink, lime green and red f lowers. Voila! The decorations were complete. Friends and family enjoyed a quick tour, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and then we settled in for dinner. We’re off on our adventure! More updates after we get home. n


We did it! We bought an Airstream 2020 Tommy Bahama Special Edition and our f irst trip is to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our friends and family think we’re crazy, but we’re so excited! Of course, we had to have a party to introduce our new RV to ever yone. Decorations are key to any party, so the lighted palm tree was the first purchase, followed by hot pink chairs


Barbara Bush, Phyllis Hines and Marion Butcher are pictured above in the Airstream with Bev. Thanks to Greg Bensel and Sissy Hansen Sullivan for the use of their houses.



Gardner – de Lauréal By Megan Holt

In August 2015, Savannah native Elizabeth Grier Gardner was living in Baton Rouge while completing her ENT Residency through Louisiana State University when she happened to meet New Orleans native Henry David de Lauréal, who was working in Baton Rouge. After a fantastic first date at the Radio Bar in Baton Rouge, the two soon became a couple. Two years later, David and Grier were in New Orleans visiting his parents at their new home. Out of the blue, David proposed right there on the steps. Grier, of course, said “Yes!” The proposal wasn’t the only surprise David had in store. Later that evening, the two went to Clancy’s for dinner and Grier was floored when she saw both their families there to celebrate the newly engaged couple! Grier and David set about planning a wedding to remember in the bride’s hometown. The festivities began with a rehearsal dinner at the Chatham Club, followed by a welcome party on the rooftop of the Perry Lane Hotel. The next day, May 4, 2019, Grier walked

down the aisle of Christ Church Anglican as music played by organist Mark Williams and a string trio floated up to the church rafters. Little did they know that mere hours before Reverend Marcus Bowen Robertson pronounced them Husband and Wife, disaster had struck. Grier, who grew up on the water, had her heart set on a reception at the Savannah Yacht Club. However, an hour before the wedding began, the yacht club was hit by a tornado. Wedding Coordinator Anne Bone knew it was her job to swoop in and save the day. Telling only the bride’s father moments before he was to walk Grier down the aisle, Anne raced to the Yacht Club. Despite loss of power, water, ruined band equipment and overturned boats, she and her team miraculously returned it to perfect shape by the time guests arrived, and the party went on with many not even knowing a storm had hit! The party began with a cocktail hour featuring Moscow mules, a favorite of the newlyweds. In addition to an amazing

spread catered by the Savannah Yacht Club and a delectable cake by Mollie Stone, guests enjoyed many special touches that truly reflected the couple’s personalities. The décor included a Washington & Lee University flag, representing Grier’s alma mater, and UVA sideline mascot CavMan made an appearance, reminding everyone of David’s days in Charlottesville. Though it had been an eventful day, everything slowed down as the couple danced their first dance to a saxophone version of Allison Krauss’ song “When You Say Nothing at All.” Then it was time for the guests to hit the dance floor, where the couple’s three young nephews wowed the crowd with their amazing moves! The couple left the reception by boat for a sendoff cruise down the Wilmington River. A few months later, David and Grier enjoyed a two-week honeymoon trip to France and Italy. The couple then returned to New Orleans, where Grier will begin practicing as an ENT at Ochsner in September and David is the founder of private equity firm Carr’s Hill Partners. n


Wedding Gown: Anne Barge, I Do Bridal Couture, Baton Rouge Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Black Tuxedo Engagement Ring, Bride’s Wedding Band & Groom’s Wedding Band: Friend & Company Florist: Julie Driscoll, Garden on the Square, Savannah, Georgia Invitation: The Cottage Shop, Savannah, Georgia Groom’s Cake: Mollie Stone & Annette Jones, Savannah, Georgia Photographer: Jenny Evelyn Photography, Macon, Georgia Videographer: Hart to Heart Media, Charleston, South Carolina Hair: Barbara’s Salon & Spa, Savannah, Georgia Makeup: Bride’s Side Beauty, Bluffton, South Carolina Music: The Maxx


Joe Eagan Funeral Home Director & General Manager, Leitz-Eagan Funeral Homes & Grace Funeral Home & St. Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden By Lindsay Mack


Eagen’s employment in the family business began as a sort of fluke, however. “In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Leitz-Eagan was one of the few funeral homes that wasn’t damaged by floodwaters, and my father needed any help he could find to continue to operate,” says Eagen. “So I began coming in on weekends to help maintain the grounds and change lightbulbs.” Even in his current position as manager for three facilities, Eagen admits that he still changes lightbulbs when needed. It is all part of working in a family business. For the most part, Eagan’s work involves building relationships with families who are facing incredibly tough and trying times. “I try to connect with families in a very sincere and empathetic way, and assist them in making decisions to share their loved one’s story in a unique and meaningful way,” says Eagan. He stresses the importance of listening and finding creative ways to reflect the personality and life of the person who is being honored. This empathy and concern for the families has earned him some longtime clients. “Many

times people that I have met over the years will call on me personally to assist them with another family member’s arrangements,” he says. He does encourage people to meet with funeral directors and staff far in advance to get the planning process started, as well as find which funeral provider best suits you. By all accounts, Eagan is honored to continue the family business. “New Orleans is a unique city with unique people, burial practices, religious traditions, and funeral customs,” he said. “The Leitz-Eagan properties understand this, and the knowledge we’ve gained over six generations allows us to accommodate our communities in a sincere, thoughtful and meaningful way.” n

Get Involved Leitz-Eagan Funeral Homes, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8440; 5101 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, 341-9421; Grace Funeral Home & St. Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden, 450 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, (985) 635-4745,


For 165 years, The Leitz-Eagan family has helped families in New Orleans care for loved ones after their passing. At age 29, Joe Eagan is now the Funeral Director for three funeral and cemetery facilities in the greater New Orleans area, including Leitz-Eagan Funeral Homes in Metairie and Marrero. In addition, he was recently appointed as General Manager of the newly developed Grace Funeral Home and St. Lazarus of Bethany Memorial Garden in Covington. As Eagan explains, his business is all about building and maintaining strong relationships with families all across the New Orleans area, and now the Northshore. To say Eagan’s family business has a long history in New Orleans would be an understatement. “I’m the sixth generation to lead the Leitz-Eagan Funeral Businesses, which was started in the Irish Channel in 1854 by my great-great-great grandfather, Ambrose Leitz, a German immigrant,” says Eagan. This distinguishes Leitz-Eagan as one of the oldest operating funeral firms not only in New Orleans, but also across the entire southern United States.


Margot Marie Roussel Isidore Newman School By Mallory Lindsly

“I think it’s important to be involved in your community because it makes you a better individual, and the exposure you get to other people and their experiences is invaluable,” says Margot Marie Roussel, a Junior at Isidore Newman School. In her community, Roussel participates in Breakthrough New Orleans and the Miracle Leauge of Greater New Orleans. While at school, Roussel is involved with ACTIONS, a community service club, and the Newman players improv club. She is also the editor for the school newspaper, plays varsity soccer and acts. Roussel participated in the Miracle League of Greater New Orleans, an organization that serves children who cannot play traditional sports due to their disabilities, and has had the same buddy, Olivia, for the past four years. The two young ladies have bonded over the years, which has given the opportunity to get to know each other. “I am able to see firsthand that such a simple thing of going and playing baseball can have such a tremendous impact,” says Roussel. Each volunteer experience allows Roussel to gain leadership skills and courage. “I have become more confident in my own voice and seen my hard work make an impact,” she says. Earlier this year, Roussel attended a conference for student leaders called The Student Diversity Leadership Conference. At this 60 ST. CHARLES AVENUE SEPTEMBER 2019

conference, Roussel was able to explore her identity through a series of workshops and speakers. After the conference, Roussel organized a series of student-led workshops in which the entire upper school of Newman participated. Kim Causey and Albion Sumrell are the two adults who have inspired Roussel to become a student activist. Causey is the leader of community outreach at Newman and is always willing to take on new projects and get students involved. Roussel worked closely with Causey to help plan the student workshops. Sumrell is also the director of Breakthrough, and taught a social justice elective that Roussel took this year. Roussel believes that because of this class she has grown exponentially. Roussel doesn’t know where she wants to go to college, but she wants to work with organizations that are fighting to protect human rights, like the American Civil Liberties Union. n



September By Fritz Esker


CHARLIE WILSON Eleven-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson performs some of his biggest hits like “Chills” and “There Goes My Baby.” Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,


RHETT & LINK: LIVE IN CONCERT Rhett & Link, hosts of the popular Internet daily show “Good Mythical Morning,” bring their comedic songs and sketches to the stage. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,


AND THAT’S WHY WE DRINK – A PARANORMAL AND TRUE CRIME PODCAST Fans of the popular podcast discussing crimes and ghosts can enjoy a live recording of the show. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,



CHRIS YOUNG The country star’s Raised on Country Tour hits New Orleans with special guests Chris Janson and Locash. Champions Square, LaSalle St., 587-3663,


LIZZO Singer/rapper Lizzo will play two shows at the Fillmore as her new album, Cuz I Love You, takes the country by storm. The Fillmore, 6 Canal St., 881-1555,


MEASURE FOR MEASURE A religious purist takes over Vienna at a time of depravity and debauchery, but not all is as it seems in Shakespeare’s take on politics and retribution. NOMA’s Great Hall, City Park, 302-9117,


NICKELODEON’S JOJO SIWA D.R.E.A.M. THE TOUR PRESENTED BY PARTY CITY Nickelodeon’s popular dancer, singer and actress (of “Dance Moms” fame) takes her high energy song-and-dance routines to Lakefront Arena. UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., 280-7171,

11-Oct. 6

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY A highly dysfunctional family airs their grievances with each other as they gather for their patriarch’s funeral. Southern Rep Theatre, 2541 Bayou Road, 523-9857,


TASH SULTANA Multi-instrumentalist and global sensation Tash Sultana is touring the country after the release of her album Flow State. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


9 TO 5 This stage adaptation of the hit 1980 Dolly Parton film of the same name tells the story of three working women who turn the tables on their sexist boss. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,


LORD HURON WITH HAZEL ENGLISH The Los Angeles-based indie folk band is on tour after the release of their third album, Vide Noir. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


THE HEAD AND THE HEART The American indie folk band is touring America in support of its newest album, Living Mirage. The Fillmore, 6 Canal St., 881-1555,


DEEP PURPLE Classic rock icons Deep Purple of “Smoke on the Water” fame visit New Orleans as a part of their The Long Goodbye Tour. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

27-Oct. 13

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW This stage adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows newlyweds Brad and Janet as they stumble across the mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Westwego Performing Arts Theater (Teatro Wego), 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000,


LOS TEMERARIOS Grammy-nominated Mexican folk singers Los Temerarios perform for one night only at the Orpheum. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,



Elizabeth B. McNulty Realtor & Founder, New Orleans Luxury Living By Lani Griffiths

How did you start New Orleans Luxury Living? I started as an agent four years ago under Gardner and have since expanded to create the New Orleans Luxury brand. I was inspired to do so through my own personal network of high-end interior designers, stylists and architects. Under this brand I’m not only able to offer my expertise as an agent, but serve as a facilitator for the entire process – from home buying to home design, turning real estate from a service into an experience.




How do you foster a strong and trusting relationship with your clients? Building a brand and a reputation is about the utmost commitment to your clients – and a focus on the details. It’s a change in mindset from facilitating a transaction for the client, to fostering a long-lasting relationship. It isn’t unusual for me to be in contact with clients after escrow closes –helping them with an additional property or just choosing the best restaurant for a special occasion.

What sets your business apart? My background in finance and marketing helps set me apart by my ability to properly price and prepare properties. I utilize all the latest marketing innovations to make sure my clients’ properties have the best exposure. I take personal interest in every detail, from staging for photoshoots to complex negotiations and inspections. New Orleans Luxury advises clients through the solutions-driven mindset of a startup and the sophistication of a luxury brand, built of agents who demonstrate unsurpassed knowledge, drive and results, down to every detail of the transaction.


Julia W. Bland Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Children’s Museum By Lani Griffiths

Please describe your role at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. I’m the chief cheerleader! I often think of myself as a “weaver,” weaving together big ideas, strategic partnerships, funding and key users or stakeholders – all in an effort to strengthen the lives of our children.


What does the LCM hope to achieve with their educational programs and exhibits? The museum always brings together learning and play, the real work of childhood. Everything we do on-site and in the community is purposeful in engaging children in hands-on learning about topics of great relevance, while coaching the adult caregivers about roles they can play in their child’s development through everyday moments. What are you looking forward to the most about the LCM’s move to City Park? We have worked for over 13 years to design and build a worldclass facility in one of the region’s most beautiful areas. I can’t wait for children to come and experience what we’ve been planning, and for parents to find the tips and prompts all throughout the spaces – indoors and out that will help guide them in their parenting. In many ways, the real work will start when we open our big blue doors!

Is there a specific program or exhibit that you would like to highlight? We have recognized water as a globally significant topic to address, and are really thrilled with the way something so meaningful to us in southeast Louisiana (and as global citizens) will be experienced. Inside we’ll have one of the world’s most fabulous water tables in the “Move with the River” gallery. Likewise, we have a sedimentation table in the “Dig into Nature” gallery. Outside, in the various gardens and learning environments, we offer tremendous demonstrations of water management through green infrastructure, such as our 7,000gallon cistern, runnels, bioswales and wetlands. What is the best way to support the LCM? With your engagement and your money! We want people to come and enjoy what we’ve worked so hard to create! Visit us, become a member, support our mission financially – it’s an investment in the future well-being of our community. We are also building a big volunteer program, so we welcome your time and talent! LOUISIANA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM New Location 15 Henry Thomas Drive, 523-1357, SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 65

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






1. Cindy Bowman, chef Emeril Lagasse and Eileen Schulin attended the 41st annual “Chefs’ Charity for Children” at the Hilton Riverside in January to raise money for St. Michael School, which educates children and adults with special needs and intellectual disabilities from around the New Orleans area. 2. Nina Compton posed with chef Leah Chase in January at the 2019 “Chefs’ Charity for Children,” a much-anticipated fundraising event when some of New Orleans’ best-known and most talented chefs come together to cook, teach, entertain and serve up an amazing lunch to benefit St. Michael School. 3. Chef Alon Shaya is pictured with St. Michael students Gavin Weiser, Andy Merida, Rhett Benfiglio, Tyler Grier, Kallie McGuire and Renada Bush at “Chefs’ Charity for Children.” 4. Jim and Joy Wade posed with Jenny and Bob Kottler at the Southern Sailing Foundation’s “Junior Gala” in February. The biennial event benefits the foundation’s mission to provide support to young sailors, competitive sailors and those seeking world class competition. 5. The Southern Sailing Foundation’s “Junior Gala” in February at the Southern Yacht Club. 6. Jim Cook, Melanie Talia and LaMonte Hayes attended the Galatoire Foundation’s annual “Mardi Gras Auction” in February. The event raised $148,000 for local nonprofits, including the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation and VIA Link. 7. Galatoire’s President Melvin Rodrigue poses with Gary Smith, Murray Valene and Paul Robeaux at the Galatoire Foundation’s Mardi Gras Auction. 8. Ryan Gootee, Glenn Gruber, Arnel Cosey, Katherine Gelderman, Sheldon Lykes, Richard Roth, Ted Williams, Jeffery Simoneaux, Rebecca Williams, Dottie O’Connor, Keith H. Liederman Ph.D., Nancy Romano and Vincent Giardina celebrated the unveiling of a new bus gifted to the Kingsley Adult Day Care by the Oscar J. 66 ST. CHARLES AVENUE SEPTEMBER 2019


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Tolmas Charitable Trust. 9. The past queens of Osiris gathered together for their annual luncheon at Ralph’s on the Park in February. Back Row: Mrs. Randy Argote, [Miss Maria Barbara Favor] ’90, Mrs. John Alden Meade, [Miss Charlotte Elizabeth Hudson Collins] ’98, Mrs. Thomas Pickral, [Miss Mary Kay Kurzweg] ’71, Ms. Virginia Verret De Marigny Ernst ’95, Ms. Allison Edrington Slatten ’13, Ms. Gustavo Antonio Rivera, [Miss Kelsey Virginia Evans] ’88 and Mrs. Thomas Gordon McLeod, [Miss Kathryn Claire Brennan] ’06. Front Row: Mrs. Donald Anthony Pitalo, [Miss Carolyn Ott Loria] ’80, Mrs. Kenan S. Rand Jr., [Miss Elinor Douglas Hobson] ’87, Mrs. Michael Bright White, [Miss Virginia Gore Burke] ’85, Mrs. Henry Leon Sarpy, [Miss Ann Lee Stephens] ’69, Mrs. Charles M. Johnson, [Miss Martha Bromley Stephens] ’76, Miss Cynthia Callaghan Nelson ’17, Miss Shelby Heath Sharp Meckstroth ’16. (*Please see Editor’s Note at bottom) 10. Joseph Young Jr. and Robert Lyall are pictured at the New Orleans Opera Association’s “Director’s Dinner” in February. 11. Betsy Dowling, Nina and Larry Pugh and Patrick Dowling attended the New Orleans Opera Association’s “Director’s Dinner” held inside the La Chinoiserie Ballroom at the Windsor Court Hotel. Guests were treated to dinner following the Opera’s matinee performance of Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio.” 12. Olivia Gray, Debby Wood, Ranney Mize, Dade Dufrene, Heather Phillips and Jay Gulotta attended the New Orleans Opera Association’s Director’s Dinner. In addition to dinner and a show, guests enjoyed live performances by the winners of the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition. • Editor’s Note: Past Queen’s events will be printed in chronological order; if you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please email 68 ST. CHARLES AVENUE SEPTEMBER 2019





Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Marigny Opera Ballet

504-523-6530, option 2 |

The cultural community in New Orleans is thriving! Whether you enjoy dance, theatre, opera, music, or all of the above, you are sure to find top-notch, professional options in our culturally rich city. Don’t miss all New Orleans has to offer this 2019-20 season. Contact the organizations listed here to find out more. Season subscriptions are on sale now!

There’s no better way to experience the 2019-2020 Season than to become an LPO subscriber! Options range from the Bronze Pass starting at $85 for 5 concerts, to the Platinum Pass, which includes 19 concerts and PLAY DAT! (a side-by-side concert in which more than 100 avocational musicians and students rehearse and perform with the LPO in one day). Subscriptions are also available to our Northshore Classics and Hammond Series. Other seasonal highlights include opening night Gala con Pacho featuring Pacho Flores, September 12 at the Orpheum Theater; Beethoven’s “Emperor,” September 19 & 21 at the Orpheum Theater and September 20 at First Baptist Church in Covington; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert, October 12 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater; The Music of David Bowie, November 15 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater; and Mozart Requiem, November 21 & 23 at the Orpheum Theater and November 22 at First Baptist Church in Covington.

New Orleans Ballet Association

New Orleans Friends of Music

New Orleans Opera Association

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts 504-522-0996 |

Dixon Hall, Tulane University 504-895-0690 |

504-529-3000 |

The New Orleans Ballet Association’s 2019-2020 season of dance is packed with stellar performances at the Mahalia Jackson Theater by four brilliant and world-renowned dance companies, including Trinity Irish Dance Company on October 19, Pilobolus in Shadowland – The New Adventure on November 22, Houston Ballet on March 28, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on April 18, plus a special Evening of Stars on January 25 that continues the celebration of NOBA’s 50thanniversary season. Season subscriptions available.

For 65 years, New Orleans Friends of Music has been bringing exceptional chamber music to New Orleans. Tickets available singly or by subscription; students with ID are admitted free of charge. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at Tulane University, Dixon Hall. The 2019-20 season includes Poulenc Trio with Alex Fiterstein, Clarinet on Tuesday, September 24; Christian Tetzlaff, Violin and Lars Vogt, Piano on Wednesday, October 23; Lisette Oropesa, Soprano on Wednesday, November 13; Dover String Quartet on Tuesday, December 10, Stephen Hough, Piano on Tuesday, January 28; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Piano Quartet on Monday, March 2; and Escher String Quartet on Monday, April 6.


Marigny Opera House, 725 S. Ferdinand St. 504-948-9998| The Marigny Opera Ballet is New Orleans’ resident contemporary ballet company, featuring a full season of original productions accompanied by live music including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (October 4-6); Christmas Dances (December 6-8), Paul Taylor’s Aureole (January 31 – February 2), and Follies of 1915 (March 27-29).

Opera in America’s first city of opera! New Orleans Opera Association’s mainstage productions are performed at Mahalia Jackson Theater and include Bizet’s Carmen, October 4 & 6; Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc, February 7 & 9; and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, May 1 & 3. The Opera Chamber ‘Detour’ Series includes The Falling and the Rising: A New Opera, November 6 at The Jefferson Performing Arts Center and Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird April 3, 4 & 5 at the Jazz Market. The Falling and the Rising is free and open to the public. Call the box office to secure your seat. For all other performances, subscriptions or single tickets are available through the box office. Also enjoy Opera on Tap! Performances take place most Wednesdays rotating between The Rusty Nail, The Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter and on the Northshore at The Abita Brew Pub.


Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Southern Rep Theatre

The Historic New Orleans Collection

925 Camp St. 504-539-9650 |

2541 Bayou Rd. 504-522-6545 |

520 & 533 Royal Street | 410 Chartres St. 504-523-4662 |

Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District since 1999, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomes 85,000 visitors annually to experience and learn about the artists and art movements of the American South. It is home to a collection of more than 4,000 works, making it the largest and most comprehensive repository dedicated to Southern art in the nation, with particular strength in the genres of Self-Taught art, Regionalism, photography and contemporary art. The Museum is further recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs, which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and local craft. Exhibitions: Courtney Egan: Virtual Idylls (through September 1), Piercing the Inner Wall: The Art of Dusti Bongé (through September 8), Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation (through January 5), Memory is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry (October 5 through March 1).

Southern Rep is the premiere regional theatre of the Gulf South. Save 20% off single-ticket prices and take advantage of special benefits with a 2019-2020 Mainstage Season subscription. In addition,their Lagniappe Stage hosts a variety of different events weekly. Mainstage Season shows include: the REGIONAL PREMIERE of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts (September 11 – October 6, 2019); the REGIONAL PREMIERE of Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (October 30 – November 17, 2019); the WORLD PREMIERE of Mandatory Merriment: A New Orleans Holiday Musical created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch (December 4 – 29, 2019); Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht, Translated by Ntozake Shange (January 22 – February 2, 2020); the NNPN (National New Play Network) Rolling World Premiere of Reykjavik by Steve Yockey (March 18 – April 5, 2020); and SOUTHERN REP COMMISSION: Chemin Du Bayou by Pamela Davis-Noland (May 13-31, 2020).

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Historic New Orleans Collection offers a myriad of cultural experiences this fall—many of which are free. THNOC’s exquisite new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street will feature Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation through Sunday, October 6. Guests can wander the sprawling galleries, or choose a free guided tour of the show. Saturday morning youth tours and children’s activity guides are also available. This fall also brings two impressive exhibitions of black-and-white photography to THNOC. Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River features the work of New Orleans photographer and author Richard Sexton and opens September 17. Seeking an Open Life: Photographs of Lafcadio Hearn’s Japan opens October 10 at THNOC’s Williams Research Center and features the work of author and collodion photographer Everett Kennedy Brown. Details on these exhibitions and more are available at






Graci Interiors 504-452-0051 | Get your home ready for the holidays with a few tips from Graci Interiors! Try mixing your vintage china with more streamlined pieces to keep place settings fresh and festive. Want to soften things up amidst a sea of china and crystal? Use a placemat or charger between the dinner plate and table for a more welcoming place setting. Finally, don’t forget the beauty of simple greenery as a table dressing. Even from your own or a neighbor’s yard…just don’t get caught!

JL Studio Designs 504-494-2580 | Is your home ready for the Holidays? Whether your house needs a little decor makeover or a complete renovation, JL Studio Designs will bring the magic to your home! No matter what your aesthetic, JL Studio will make sure your personality and lifestyle are reflected in the design. Visit or call them today for the gift of a lifetime!

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Belladonna 504-891-4393 | The Holidays bring family and friends closer. Belladonna offers thoughtful gifts to spruce up your guest rooms or book one of our luxury suites for your out of town guests and leave the pampering to us. Come by for a pre-party massage, party makeup touchup or nails and shop for the Holidays!

A New Leaf 601-916-5300 The holidays are hectic! Here are a few tips from organization expert Ellen Kramer. Start addressing holiday cards now! Handwriting is preferable; however, if you have a large list, enter it into a mailing label template document. Just print when you are ready to send! Organize your gift wrapping supplies in a simple under-bed container or a portion of a closet. The key is having all of your supplies in one place. Planning is the key to successful holiday shopping. Make a list and think of some possible gift ideas for each person. You won’t spend time staring at shelves or buying more than you need. Taking a few small steps now will ensure a more enjoyable holiday season.


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Lynne Uhalt Interiors 504-458-3524 | Transforming interior spaces can sometimes be a difficult task. Lynne Unhalt inspires her clients and helps them make design decisions that blend into their lifestyles. Sometimes a simple refresh such as unique furniture or piece of artwork can make a wonderful difference, and is the perfect way to prepare for the holiday season.Â



EDUCATION Archdiocese of New Orleans 1000 Howard Ave., Suite 400, New Orleans 504-596-3023 | In our New Orleans Catholic schools, it is our Catholic identity that sets us apart from the rest. Our concentration on educating the whole child, spiritually, academically, and morally is the ultimate advantage. Every school wants to provide a quality education, but our Catholic schools are doing just that and more. From a young age, Catholic schools instill in students the importance of leading a values-based, spiritually strong life. Learn more about why we have faith in Catholic schools at

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 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 8th grade. The student/teacher ratio is 7 to 1, allowing each student an opportunity to have personalized attention for a better, differentiated education. Kehoe-France Southshore School 720 Elise Ave., Metairie 504-733-0472 | At Kehoe-France School, serving children 8 weeks – grade 7, children are nurtured in a warm welcoming environment with small class sizes in a secure and picturesque 14-acre environment. As a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Program, our degreed, certified staff focus on the academic fundamentals and on a child’s physical health and wellness through our expansive athletics programs, exposure to the fine arts, and a commitment to service as a school community. Their facilities are newly renovated with more improvements to come. Kehoe-France invites everyone to schedule a private tour and take those first steps onto the path to success.


St. Andrew’s Episcopal School 8012 Oak St., New Orleans 504-861-3743 | St. Andrew’s, the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with over 62 years of experience, enrolls boys and girls 12 months through Grade 8, offering nurturing yet challenging education 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-of-the-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics and library skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports and community service round out the program. Open Houses (October 17 at 4 p.m.: Middle School, Grades 5-8; October 22 at 9 a.m.: PK3 -Grade 4) or call for a personal tour. 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 grade 7. 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. Open House for PK3 – 7th grade will be October 23 at 8:30 a.m. Trinity Episcopal School 1315 Jackson Ave., New Orleans 504-525-8661 | Trinity Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students age 15 months through 8th grade. ​Trinity’s talented and experienced faculty and staff are committed to educating students in a nurturing environment dedicated to our ideals of Gentle, Generous, Truthful, Kind, and Brave. T​ rinity’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. Open Houses for all ages will take place at 9:00 a.m. on October 16 and January 16. Private tours are also encouraged!





Academy of the Sacred Heart 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-269-1213 | Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, college prep school for girls, toddler through Grade 12. Since 1867, the school has remained committed to values of faith, intellectual advancement, social awareness, the building of community and personal growth. Come see how their girls are truly inspired to change the world. Personal tours for ages 1 – Grade 12. Call 269-1213 for details.

Benjamin Franklin High School 2001 Leon C. Simon Dr., New Orleans 504-286-2610 |

 With high-achieving students from every ZIP code in the city, Benjamin Franklin High School celebrates diversity and respects the individuality of each student. With a mission of helping students of high academic potential to be successful in life, they are ranked the No. 1 public school in the state, year after year. Last year, their inspiring, ambitious students included the Louisiana Student of the Year, their first-ever Coca-Cola Scholar, a Bezos Scholar, the Louisiana state poetry champion, and several Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair winners – and we can’t wait to see what this year will bring!

Louise S. McGehee School 2343 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-561-1224 | Louise S. McGehee School is an all-girls college preparatory school for grades Pre-K – 12. McGehee’s mission focuses on the individual, fostering a lifelong love of learning. Rigorous academics, competitive athletics, honor, service and leadership are at the core of McGehee. McGehee offers a wide range of AP and elective courses and students attend top colleges across the country. Attend an Admission Open House, October 3, 8:30 a.m. for Grades Pre-K – 4; October 16, 5:30 p.m. for Grades 5 – 12; November 5 and January 9 for Grades Pre-K – 12, 8:30 a.m.; Little Gate (Early Childhood program) Open House, October 31, 8:30 a.m. Call 561-1224 to schedule a private tour. Metairie Park Country Day 300 Park Rd., Metairie 504-849-3110 | 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. Attend an Open House: Pre-K, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.; grades 6 – 12, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. and January 16 at 8:15 a.m.; grades 3 – 5, January 8 at 8:30 a.m.; grades K – 2, January 14 at 8:30 a.m. St. Michael Special School 1522 Chippewa St., New Orleans 504-524-7285 | Since 1965, St. Michael School has educated students age six through adulthood with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The school uniquely nurtures the whole child—academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Under the leadership of Principal Romaine McCarthy, with the support of committed friends of St. Michael, the school serves over 200 students from 37 regional zip codes. Come experience all that St. Michael School provides for its students, including our new Exploration Academy, supporting the transition of recent high school graduates through a focus on independent life skills and community work experience. Sign up for a tour online or by phone. Ursuline Academy 2635 State St., New Orleans 504-866-5292 | 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 their ideas confidently and compassionately, and solve problems collaboratively. High School Open House (grades 8 – 12) is Thursday, October 24, 5 – 7 p.m. Elementary Open House (Toddler 1 – Grade 7) is Friday, October 25, 8:30-10 a.m.

CONTINUED EDUCATION University of Holy Cross 4123 Woodland Dr., New Orleans 504-394-7714 | 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 student-faculty ratio of 12:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active campus where they are 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.

AFTER SCHOOL Love Swimming 5221 S. Front St., New Orleans 504-891-4662 | Parents must remember that children can be around water even in cooler months, such as ponds, lakes, hot tubs, bathtubs and even a backyard with an uncovered pool. Having a swimmer who takes lessons year-round provides a more robust education and higher success for knowing how to react in an emergency. Parents should also remember, swimming is one of, if not the only sport a child can learn that can literally save their lives. Love Swimming is year round, sign up today.

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT / SPECIAL NEEDS Kim 4 Kids 2237 N Hullen St., Ste. 202, Metairie 504-517-5437 | Rough start to the school year? Call Kim 4 Kids and find out how an Occupational Therapy evaluation can help. At Kim 4 Kids NOLA, we love seeing your child grow! Dr. Kimberly Bradley has been an Occupational Therapist in the greater New Orleans area for over 18 years and has helped hundreds of children overcome challenges. Whether the obstacle is large or small, Dr. Bradley’s team will work with you and your child to grow beyond it!


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Belleville to Ellawohl to Christian Brothers The history of the home that became a school By Seale Paterson


lavish grounds. Many supper dance and debutante parties, teas,and receptions followed over the years. In 1935, McFadden arranged for City Park to have a long-term no-payment lease over some of the grounds. At the end of 1942, McFadden sold his 42-room mansion and the remaining grounds (including four other structures) to the City of New Orleans for $40,000 (estimated to be about half of what it was actually worth). The mansion served

as a Department of Agriculture Forest Experiment Station until the late 1940s, then as the Sam Barthe School until 1959. Since 1960, The Christian Brothers School has occupied the building. n A view of one of the gardens at Ellawohl in the 1930s. One side of the house had a sunken garden; the other featured an oriental garden where the Japan Society often met. Tiled courtyards and walled-in terraces created additional gathering places for the McFaddens’ many social events.


What is now the home of Christian Brothers School in City Park started out as Belleville, a five-bedroom home built in 1909 by liquor distributer Fred Bertrand. Ten years later, William Harding McFadden, an oilman and philanthropist, bought it for use as a second home during Carnival and other social seasons in New Orleans. McFadden renovated the home, creating a seven-bedroom, 11-bath mansion they called Ellawohl. The greatly enlarged home included a ballroom, a trophy room full of bear rugs and taxidermy, a library, a music room, a wrap-around solarium, multiple drawing rooms and more. Everything was beautifully appointed, with a grand staircase leading from the marble-lined indoor swimming pool to the ballroom, which featured Venetian glass chandeliers and a mantel designed for the Grand Theater in Mexico City. Outside the home, the McFaddens added greenhouses, stables, kennels and a few small cabins (one of which was donated to the Girl Scouts in 1931; it’s still in use by the organization). The grounds were luxuriously landscaped, with special attention given to old live oaks and rare bougainvillea. There was a lover’s lane with an iron arbor brimming over with wisteria and roses. The McFaddens were favorites in New Orleans society, frequently written about as they hosted local and out-of-town guests. Their f irst formal event was a 1923 breakfast and swimming party for two young McIlhenny sisters, followed by a horseback ride on the