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on the cover

For the first time, choosing who to honor as Activists of the Year was simple – all of them! For St. Charles Avenue’s 20th anniversary, what better way to celebrate than to once again honor the 49 individuals who, since 1995, Avenue has chosen for their activism. Obviously we couldn’t fit them all on one cover, we couldn’t even fit them in three – but we tried! Thank you to the Activists who went out of their way to be at our covershoot: Gayle Benson (2010), Louellen Berger (2009), Barbara Bush (2006), Ana Gershanik (2009), Dr. Juan Gershanik (2009), Dr. Stephen Hales (2006), Dana Hansel (2012), Bill Hines (2004), Susan Read Johnson (2013), Kay Kerrigan (2014), Anne Milling (2008), King Milling (2008), Betsy Nalty (2012), Roger Ogden (2009), Julie Wise Oreck (2008), Dr. Tony Recasner (2007), Anne Redd (2004), Suzanne Walther Rusovich (2011), Phyllis Taylor (2007) and Tommy Westervelt (2014). Learn more about these Activists and more in our feature “A Class Act.” Without these individuals and their efforts, our city wouldn’t be the same, so we hope that their inspirational words move you, as they have us, to strive to achieve and give back to New Orleans, who gives so much to us all. n

Photography by Danley C. Romero of Romero & Romero Photography Special thanks to Calvin and Frances Fayard for allowing us the use of their home. | 1

contents features 24 Break a Leg The inaugural “Curtain Call Ball” supported Le Petit

Théâtre du Vieux Carré.

26 Silver Linings Seventeenth annual “CHAIRish the Children” was

attended by more than 500 patrons.

28 Post-Hurricane Heroes


The Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross honored eight women.

30 Dedicated Leaders

The YLC’s 2015 Role Model class included 24 who drive positive change.

32 Return to the Stage

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra joyously celebrated its return to the Orpheum.

34 Our Local Justice League

The Pro Bono Project hosted its annual benefit for the underserved.

36 Building a Community

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity marked a decade of rebuilding.

38 Around the World


Save Our Cemeteries and NACE partnered to host an internationally inspired dinner.

40 Blue Strong

Crimestoppers GNO honored local law enforcement officers.

42 Woofs and Wags

NOLA City Bark hosted a Western-themed fête to improve the dog park.

44 A Class Act Twenty years of Activism in St. Charles Avenue magazine 51 Celebration Central All you need for a perfect New Year’s Eve

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contents in every issue 10 Editors’ Note 12 Making a Difference Press Street Gardens: This outdoor classroom goes

beyond growing

14 Kids Play A Holiday Happening: Visiting NOLA ChristmasFest 16 Southern Glow Holiday Glamour: From vampy colors to strobing shimmers


18 What’s Hot Jewelry 20 On the Menu

Savory Sicilian: Nick Lama, chef and owner of Avo, shares his Chicken Cacciatore

22 The Dish

A World of Possibility: A local tour of worldly cuisine

64 Entertaining With Bev

A Luxe Local Celebration

66 With This Ring

Gray – Yates

68 Young Bloods


The Urban Conservancy: Executive Director Dana Esses

70 Student Activist

Dianna Roxas – Cabrini High School

72 Shop Talk

Starr Hagenbring: Owner, Art & Eyes

73 Shop Talk

Don Wise: Owner, Louisiana Custom Closets

74 Snapshots 84 OnStage Performance Calendar 88 Nostalgia From Dumaine to St. Charles: The history of The Academy

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of the Sacred Heart’s campuses

New Orleans’ definitive social magazine December 2015 / Volume 20 / Issue 7

Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Art Director Sarah George contributing editor Mirella Cameran Beauty Columnist Lorin Gaudin Society Columnist Marilee Hovet Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson Associate Editor Melanie Warner Spencer web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout interns Lani Griffiths advertising vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan sales manager Brittany Brady (504) 830-7248, Account Executive Erin Duhe (504) 830-7226, Production/Web Manager Staci McCarty Production DesignerS Ali Sullivan, Monique Di Pietro traffic coordinator Jessica DeBold Administration Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND EVENTS Cheryl Lemoine Distribution Manager John Holzer Subscriptions Sara Kelemencky Mallary Matherne (504) 830-7231 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Denise Dean

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Editors’ Note

Many Happy Returns It is almost unbelievable that we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of St. Charles Avenue! This three-fold cover is a first for us and a tribute to all of you and to the Activists those who’ve worked so hard to make New Orleans the best city in the world to live in because of all of their selfless acts for the nonprofits they support through not only monetary contributions but also the countless volunteer hours! There was no way to put all of the honorees on our cover, so please look to our feature for more on who they are, as well as the personal statements from many

of our activists who answered our call to explain why activism is so important to them. The best part of our job at the magazine is to spotlight all of the nonprofits and special causes that New Orleanians care about! As I write this, I’ve just found out that one of our activists and friends, famed musician and singer-songwriter Allen Toussaint, has passed away. We have lost a New Orleans legend and our city has lost one of its best ambassadors! He was a true gentleman, kind, elegant, generous and a friend to so many nonprofits.

He has helped me on every project I’ve chaired over the many years that I’ve known him, and I’m sure many of you can say the same thing. He performed at Dollars for Scholars in the 1980s, Zoo-To-Do in ’99 and wrote songs for both of these organizations as a gift. He loved the SPCA, YAYA, New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, which he co-founded with Aaron Neville, and so many more. Whenever he played for YAYA, the young students were inspired and he always took time to take a picture with each one and encourage each of them and their artistic efforts! I know that he’s playing now for all of the other angels and shining a bright light for everyone – just like he did here! We will miss him and send our condolences to his children and family. The family would like donations to go to NOAAAHH in lieu of flowers and the nonprofit will be presenting a benefit concert on the 8th. New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy uses photo juxtaposition to portray New Orleans culture as seen through the lens of one of our favorite photojournalists, Cheryl Gerber. The photos span 20 years and include many iconic moments. A perfect gift! Surround yourself with those you love this holiday season, Bev

I began working on St. Charles Avenue almost eight years ago. Stepping into the incredibly large, metaphorically of course, shoes of the consummate Sue Strachan, I can say now that I might have been a little out of my depth. I wasn’t born in New Orleans and wasn’t raised in its social scene, but thanks to the welcoming and enlightening tutelage of the incomparable Bev Church, I’ve learned how giving, kind and honest those involved in local philanthropy are, and how welcoming they can be to anyone who’s likewise interested in giving of their time and efforts. I feel incredibly blessed to have helped shepherd Avenue into its second decade, and for the relationships, laughs, tears and memorable moments that working on this magazine has given me. Among those tears are ones I’ve shed for our two Activists who have passed away: Dr. E. Ralph Lupin and Allen Toussaint. I was privileged to have known both men personally. Each was a hero in his own way and larger than life, and each is missed by many – including me. But we’re not going to rest on our laurels; we’ve got lasting favorites and new surprises up our sleeves for 2016 See you in the new year! Morgan

“Home for the Holidays” is a spectacular night of art and music benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, which honors the memory of NOCCA alumnus Daniel Price. Pictured here from last year’s event are Trombone Shorty, Daniel’s father Dr. Steve Price and Jon Batiste. In keeping with Daniel’s twin passions for art and music, the fund provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students at NOCCA. This year’s event will take place Tuesday, December 22, at the House of Blues at 6 p.m. for the Patron Party and at 7:30 for the general gala. For more information and to purchase tickets call 310-4999.

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events DECEMBER 1

“A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner,” benefiting The Anti-Defamation League, 780-5602,


“Fête de Noel,” benefiting the Ladies Leukemia League, Inc.,


“Opera Ball,” benefiting the Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9527,


“A Tribute to Allen Toussaint Featuring Paul Simon and Friends,” a benefit concert presented by New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH),,


“Home for the Holidays,” benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists and the NOCCA Institute, 310-4999

Note: The January 2016 issue of St. Charles Avenue will, as always, include the Registry of Charitable Events: January-April. If you have a nonprofit event taking place during those months, please fill out our form found at the following link as soon as possible: MyNewOrleans. com/CharitableEvent. | 11

making a difference

By marilee hovet

on the floor and in the kitchen as their schedules allow, and future plans include launching a series of dinners dreamed up and prepared solely by Culinary Arts students. The restaurant, which is housed in a wonderfully inviting space, also serves as a venue for performances by NOCCA students.

Press Street Gardens This outdoor classroom goes beyond growing Sowing the Seeds of Learning A couple of years ago at “Art In Bloom,” which is always one of my favorite events, I had the pleasure of hearing Marguerite Green give a fantastic lecture about flowers. Green is a naturally talented gardener and a witty and engaging speaker; she’s also the Director of Press Street Gardens at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. A project of The NOCCA Institute (the nonprofit organization that provides supplemental funding to NOCCA’s programs), Press Street Gardens is a vibrant and engaging green space that benefits NOCCA students across all disciplines of study. Gardens and urban farms as venues for learning are popping up all across New Orleans – and across the entire country. Even

in this digital age of smart boards and laptops, educators are not discounting the invaluable benefits of hands-on learning. At NOCCA, Press Street Gardens functions as an outdoor classroom in which faculty members teach classes that run the gamut from science to visual art. Most importantly, Press Street Gardens is a central component of NOCCA’s Culinary Arts program.

Distinguished Alumni Go Beyond When most of us think of NOCCA students we think of ballerinas, musicians or perhaps fine arts students. After all, NOCCA is a world-class school for the arts that counts the Marsalis brothers, the actor Wendell Pierce and the one and only Trombone Shorty

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among its notable alumni. In years to come, however, I’m certain that we’ll be adding the names of famous chefs to that list. Culinary Arts is yet another one of NOCCA’s excellent programs, with Press Street Gardens and neighboring Press Street Station playing key roles in the curriculum. The NOCCA Institute’s Press Street Station is a full service restaurant that also hosts cooking classes and workshops. For those in the Culinary Arts program, the restaurant offers unlimited opportunities to learn the restaurant business. Students may work both

Superstars of Tomorrow The development of the Press Street corridor has added an exciting new dimension to NOCCA, particularly in the way it invites the public to enjoy the creative output of its talented students. And with the holidays upon us, The NOCCA Institute is offering several options for gift giving. The Art Market at Press Street Gardens (which will include works from the NOCCA community as well as a variety of local artists) will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., every Saturday between November 28 and December 19. For online shopping, visit the NOCCA Marketplace at where, among other things, you’ll find delectable treats from the Culinary Arts students, gift certificates to Press Street Station, holiday cards and works of art from NOCCA’s 5 Press Gallery. All proceeds benefit The NOCCA Institute, which, in turn, helps support the extraordinary programs, faculty and students of NOCCA. Perhaps in supporting NOCCA today, you’ll be making a difference in the life of a superstar of tomorrow. n

Heard something interesting for “making A difference?” If so, please send it to: St. Charles Avenue, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 or email Morgan@ with the subject line “Making A Difference” | 13

kids play

By lynne gibbons

A Holiday Happening Visiting the inaugural NOLA ChristmasFest All-Weather Fun I am betting that you’ve heard of the 12 days of Christmas, but this year there are 10 days in December that you’ll want to mark on your calendar. December 18-27, The Ernest Morial Convention Center will play host to NOLA ChristmasFest, a celebration of the season for families with activities for all. As you drive down Convention Center Blvd, it’ll be hard to miss the literally hundreds of thousands of lights decorating the exterior of Hall B and signifying the holiday fun inside. In its third year, NOLA ChristmasFest offers a wide variety of activities, all in the comfort of the climatecontrolled Convention Center, so the weather outside doesn’t need to impact your experience. Winter Wonderland Inside you’ll find a variety of amusement park rides, including the Winter Whirl and the Snowy

Summit Climbing Wall. Perhaps the most popular ride, and the most picturesque, is the beautiful Kringle Carousel. Most rides have no minimum age or height requirement if the child is accompanied by an adult. If inflatables tend to be more of a draw for your crew, ChristmasFest has several huge ones from which to choose. They are even staffed with helpers from the North Pole to oversee the fun as the kids jump, run, climb and slide their way through the bouncy obstacle courses. Interested in meeting Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Frosty or Rudolph? They will be on hand to chat and even snap a picture. And of course, there are fun crafts to keep the younger set happily busy. Skating On Real Ice The biggest attraction of the ChristmasFest is a special – and unusual – treat for anyone in South Louisiana. If you’ve been

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in New Orleans for as many Decembers as I have, you know that there have been some holidays that we barely needed jackets to go outside. But this year, thanks to NOLA ChristmasFest, I can guarantee that there will be ice! Well, ice-skating, at least. The ChristmasFest is proud to offer New Orleans’ only indoor ice-skating rink. The large rink measures 50-by-80 feet and is real ice. In the unlikely event that you own your own ice skates you can bring them with you, but if you don’t, there’s no need to worry. Skates in sizes Youth 9 to Adult 14 are provided at the rink. There is no minimum age or height for the ice-skating. If you can fit in the skates, the rink is yours! Tickets & Parking Tickets range in price from $5 to $20. If you’re purchasing tickets for a group of 10 or more, the all-access ticket becomes just $15 each. Children ages

2 and under do not require a ticket. If you suspect that your kids or grandkids will be repeat customers, a season pass is also available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Discount parking is available at the nearby Whale surface lot and the Hilton World Trade parking garage. Just be sure to bring your parking ticket with you for validation. So if visiting cousins or grandchildren are part of your holiday plans, add NOLA ChristmasFest to list of fun things to do in our city to celebrate the season. You will keep the whole gang entertained and in the holiday spirit in addition to making wonderful memories with the people you love. For complete ticket information and a schedule with daily times and special events, visit n | 15

southern glow

By lorin gaudin

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector

Love List

Holiday Glamour

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

I lean toward higher-end cosmetics and skincare because the products tend to be better quality and have better color pay-off – most of the time. I am going through a Chanel phase, perfectly in love with the fall and holiday releases. Specifically, I’ve been into wearing the luminous cream shadow (Illusion D’ombre) in Mirage, a deep gold-bronze. I tap that on my lid and then add a lot of black mascara for my everyday look. To glam things up a bit, add Chanel’s Le Crayon Khol and Le Volume Mascara in Rouge Noir. The hint of deep red embedded in the black is fascinating and great for winter. I also picked up Hourglass’ primer, which has a lavender cast to combat and counteract any redness in my skin. However, Becca Backlight Priming Filter is all about that glow. The Becca Primer topped by Too Faced Born This Way foundation, mixed with a drop of facial oil is my night time/party base. My daily foundation is a primer (depending on how my skin is behaving) topped by Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint, allowing my skin to breathe yet look flawless. For fragrance, I’ve been rolling on newly released 9:30 Perfume, a lovely, slightly sweet jasmine and musk scent created by Regina Gardiner, an accessories editor for People Magazine’s StyleWatch. Everyone loves the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, but I’m here to tell you that Tresemme Perfectly Undone Dry Defining Spray is a dead-on dupe.

From vampy colors to strobing shimmers December heralds the start of the holiday season, and holiday cheer calls for makeup with bold colors, ramped-up shimmer and sparkle known in the beauty industry as “strobing.” This is also the month when our weather becomes colder and drier, which means paying extra attention to hydrating both face and body is a must.

Colors of the Season This year’s palette shows a return to Vamp, that dark blackburgundy made famous by Chanel a number of years ago. Chanel’s limited edition collection for holiday also includes rouge-noir, a black with red undertones. And speaking of red, brick and dark red lipsticks are everywhere. Nude lip shades continue their reign of popularity, trending brownish mauve or rose, and are perfect when rocking a smoky, grey/metal/black eye. Christian Louboutin lipsticks are the most indulgent, but also extremely comfortable and pretty.

Liquid lipsticks are hot. Intensely colored and often matte, the best formulas give great color payoff and aren’t too drying. Sephora’s house brand Cream Lip Stain is highly regarded (check out Marvelous Mauve), as is Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (the most-coveted color, Lolita, now comes in three shade varieties); Anastasia’s Liquid Lipsticks (Dusty Rose is a stunner) and Lipstick Queen’s Vesuvius Liquid Lipstick are packed with jojoba and Vitamin E. That Holiday Glow Highlighters in creams, liquids and powders are all the rage, and applying them liberally is called “strobing.” Used to throw radiance to highpoints on the face, décolletage and shoulders, there are as many shades as there are formulations – everything from bronze to pearl and big chunks of glitter to barely there gleam. Tapped on with fingers or swept on with a tapered brush (the Hakuho-do small teardrop is just right), all are easy to apply.

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Some of this season’s top highlighters include the gorgeous range from Becca Cosmetics, including makeup guru Jacklyn Hill’s collab color in Champagne Pop, glowy RMS Living Luminizer. Jouer Highlighter in Camellia and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders.

That’s Slick Keeping skin hydrated and smooth is a challenge during winter months. Lotions, butters, oils and hybrids pack store shelves. Drugstore versions do the job, but for those who like to spoil themselves, the spa brand Osmia has a feather-light Body Mousse rich with shea butter and jojoba oil, deeply scented with rosemary, a circulatory herb that gets blood flowing and has a unique warming effect. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter comes in ten scents (Sweet Citrus is rave-worthy) and has a big following for the texture, fragrance and efficacy. Australian essential oil-based Aesop is a line difficult to find in New Orleans (George Bass store exclusive), but

the heavenly-fragranced body and hand creams sink in well and leave skin soft, not sticky. In the oil category, there are two new ones to try this season: Blissful Body Facial Oil and locally made Green Evangeline are standout Etsy finds with best quality oils that can be used on body and face.

Perfect Presents Of course the holiday season means gift giving. Every brand puts together beautiful sets and boxes for body and face; they’re not only economical, but there’s always a little something extra special contained therein and a bonus for the buyer. Beauty junkies might also love getting the newest book releases from makeup gurus Dita Von Teese and Lisa Eldridge. With all the new coming in, it’s time for a clean out. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a great guide to clearing the cosmetics collection clutter in preparation for the New Year. Have questions or products to recommend? Email SouthernGlow@ n | 17

what’s hot

by amy gabriel

Jewelry Nothing makes a bigger statement during the holidays than a tiny box tied in a bow. We peeked into velvet bags and peered behind glass cases all throughout town to find the glimmering and shining jewelry pieces to make this the happiest season of all. Season’s sparklings!




1. Make a refined statement with an 18 karat yellow gold necklace, circa 1945. The show-stopping piece has approximately 1.50 carats in diamonds on top of an open gold knot with three decorative tassels. Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jewelry, 3617 Magazine St., 957-3409, 2. A divine duo, the 18 karat white gold, white diamond and pavé black diamond chandelier earrings are an elegant gift. Adler’s, 722 Canal St., 517-9469; 3301 Veteran’s Blvd., Lakeside Mall, Metairie, 523-5292; 3. Hark! Who wows there? A dazzling diamond engagement ring from the Tacori Dantela Collection, available in 18 karat gold and platinum. Boudreaux’s, 701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-2602; 4550 Highway 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-1666; 4. A pair of present bow earrings, available in silver or 2-micron gold overlay, makes a sweet duet. Cristy’s Collection,; also available at Adler’s, 722 Canal St., 517-9469; 3301 18 | St. Charles Avenue December 2015

select photos by cheryl gerber

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Veterans Blvd., Lakeside Mall, Metairie, 523-5292; 5. Handmade and inspired by water, this dÊcolletage decor consists of rough aquamarine embedded in brass. Sotre, 3933 Magazine St., 304-9475, 6. Give your wrist a sense of sophistication with a Michele Serein 16 Diamond watch with a diamond dial on a silver and black glitter strap. Lee Michaels, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 832-0000, 7. Part of the new hardware collection, gift the gentleman in your life with a sterling silver interrupted chain tie bar and interrupted chain cufflinks available in sterling silver or 14 karat gold. Mignon Faget, 3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; 333 Canal St., 524-2973; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Mall, Metairie, 835-2244; | 19

on the menu Chicken Cacciatore 4 Tablespoons olive oil 6 chicken thighs and leg quarters 2 yellow onions, diced 2 stalks of celery, diced 1 carrot, diced 1 1/2 green bell pepper, diced 1/2 cup pancetta 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 pounds chanterelles 3 pounds San Marzano whole tomatoes, crushed by hand 1 bunch thyme, rosemary, oregano 1 bay leaf 1/2 cup dry red wine Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Salt and pepper chicken on both sides. Place chicken in pan skin-side down and cook until golden brown. Turn chicken and cook until brown on underside. Remove chicken from pan. Sweat pancetta in pan and remove to chicken. Add onions, celery, carrot and bell pepper and sweat until soft, adding olive oil if necessary. Add garlic and red pepper and cook for 1 additional minute. Pour in red wine and deglaze pan. Place tomatoes, herbs, mushrooms, pancetta and chicken into pot and cover. Braise in oven until tender, about 2 hours.

Cipollini Onions 3 Tablespoons olive oil 15 peeled Cipollini onions 1 sprig of thyme 1 cup of white wine Salt and pepper to taste Heat olive oil in pan over high heat. Sear onions and then season with salt and pepper. Add thyme and wine. Cover and reduce until sauce has thickened.

Savory Sicilian Nick Lama, chef and owner of Avo, shares his Chicken Cacciatore

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To plate Serve chicken alongside black Tuscan rice and Cipollini onions. Serves 6

Avo, 5908 Magazine St., 509-6550,

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the dish

By jyl benson

Koreole’s bulgogi poor boy

A World of Possibility A local tour of worldly cuisine My childhood dining experiences in the 1970s involved friend seafood from Don’s Seafood Hut, SidMar’s and Bozo’s, meatballs and spaghetti from Mandina’s and chicken cordon bleu from Delmonico. While all of this sounds glorious now, for a kid constantly on the prowl for new taste sensations this was torture. After school visits for ice cream had me

seeking the weirdest thing in the case – like licorice ice cream with bits of bubble gum and hunks of peanut butter cups. When I was 7, I heard of chicken Kiev and whined until a book with a recipe for the concoction materialized. My father arrived home from work to some bastardization of chicken Kiev for months. I moved on to fettuccine Alfredo, still considered pretty

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TRY THIS In this season of gustatory excess, sometimes simplicity should rule the day. New York Pizza is celebrating 35 years in business and the time-tested institution’s “Pint and a Slice” pairs a slice of any one of their standard pizzas and a pint of your choice of draft beers. For only $5, it’s one of the best deals around.

exotic back then. While other kids sat in front of the television watching “The Brady Bunch” and “Speed Racer” I assumed the lotus position on the floor in front of the console television to absorb Julia Child on PBS. The 1980 opening of Benihana of Tokyo on St. Louis Street gave me my first experience at the communal hibachi cooking table, my first taste of seaweed and my first bite of raw fish. My patient father sat mystified, probably grossed out, wondering whose offspring he had mistakenly carried home from the maternity ward at Touro Infirmary 12 years before. The past month would have been an adventure to share with him. I unwittingly embarked on a culinary world tour without leaving the area. When Emeril Lagasse opened NOLA in 1992, Vietnamese food was still uncommon and people swooned for Miss Hay’s Stuffed Chicken Wings ($13). They were just as good when I had them a few weeks ago. Now under the direction of Chef de Cuisine Brian Mattola, the kitchen is still

turning out amusing surprises. Of particular delight is a warm Ooey

Gooey Cake with moist chocolate cake, marshmallows, toasted coconut and coffee ice cream ($8).

Always a sure bet for a top-rate culinary mash up, Juan’s Flying Burrito recently met the challenge with a Red Chile Chicken and Goat Cheese Quesadilla served with a cumber dipping sauce ($8.50).

I don’t get out to Metairie much, but in one day I experienced two solid reasons to cross the 17th Street Canal more often. Soho Asian Cuisine, a big place offering Fried Intestine, Marinated Duck Tongue

(both $ 9.95) and Cold Jelly Fish ($6.95) on the menu along with excellent renditions of Eggplant in Clay Pot and Mandarin Chicken (both $10.95). About a mile away I was able to indulge my passion for ethnic markets at Golden City. I scored red bean cakes ($2.59), Jonggavi hot pepper paste ($3.99) and a tin of French butter made from grass fed cows’ milk ($7.99). In my month of exploration, nothing trumped my visit to St. Roch Market. Gentrification aside, it’s a microcosm of the food cultures represented in New Orleans today. At Koreole I had a shockingly good Korean beef

bulgogi poor boy with andouille, gouda cheese and slaw ($9.50) and an order of sweet sticky chicken wings that stung the tongue with ginger and garlic ($7.50). Ten feet away at La Mezcala my friend Kelly went for fried catfish tacos ($10) and a Jarritos guava soda

($2.74). One stall over, we shared an order of boiled peanut hummus with freshly fried sweet potato chips ($5.50) from PDR Nola. n

Emeril’s NOLA 534 St. Louis St., 522.6652, Golden City 2712 N. Arnoult Rd., 780.8588, Juan’s Flying Burrito 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000, New York Pizza 4418 Magazine St., 891.2376, Soho Asian Cuisine 601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 301-2266, St. Roch Market 2381 St. Claude Ave., 609-3813,

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philanthropic fun

by shelby simon


Break a Leg The inaugural “Curtain Call Ball” supported Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré. The Inaugural “Curtain Call Ball” allowed Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré to continue its mission: To embrace the work of the city’s professional artists both onstage and backstage and to nurture up-and-coming talent with educational and outreach programs. Event Co-Chairs included longtime supporters Shon Baker, Kay McArdle, Brenda Moffitt and Kathleen Van Horn. Kay Favrot served as Honorary Chair. The event was held at the iconic antique theatre and Dickie Brennan’s Tableau restaurant. The open space and courtyard provided a beautiful setting for mingling, support and fun for the patrons. The theatre offered entertainment throughout the evening, including music and theatre. Performers included David Torkanowsky & Friends (George French, Roger Collins, Roderick Paulin’s and Shannon Powell) and Idella Johnson performed both solo and with The Big Easy Babes, a trio comprised of Idella Johnson, Whitney Mixon and Ashley Rose Bailey. The evening program was offered in the form of a fan that patrons used to bid on auction items announced by Artistic Director Maxwell Williams. Key auction items included festival admissions, meals prepared by local celebrity chefs and even cameo appearances on the Le Petit stage for next winter’s Sleeping Beauty. Over 225 patrons in attendance ranged from philanthropists, theatre patrons, season ticket holders and Drawing Room Players, actors, and theatre enthusiasts. The evening concluded with dancing to the sounds of Motown and R&B favorites. n



event at a glance What: “Curtain Call Ball,” benefiting Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré When: Friday, September 11 Where: Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré and Tableau Restaurant

1. Co-Chair and Board Member Brenda Moffitt, Honorary Chair and Advisory Board Member Kay Favrot, Co-Chair and Board Vice President Kathleen Van Horn and Co-Chair and Advisory Board Member Kay McArdle 2. Co-Host Steve Pettus, Board Member Barbara Motley and Co-Host Dickie Brennan 3. Artistic Director Maxwell Williams, Managing Director Katie Hallman and Fred Holley 4. Tom Cianfichi, Advisory Board Member Andree Moss and Board Member Bryan Batt 5. Advisory Board Member Sybil Favrot, Board President Bruce Hoefer and Board Member Janet Daley Duval 6. Board Member and Secretary Ned Benjamin, Advisory Board Member Alexandra Stafford and Bill and Advisory Board Member Mary Hines

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photographed by Kenny Martinez



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philanthropic fun

by shelby simon

Silver Linings


Seventeenth annual “CHAIRish the Children” was attended by more than 500 patrons. The Louisiana Children’s Museum opened its big blue doors for the 17th annual “CHAIRish the Children” sponsored by Capital One Bank. Guests joined Chair Amy Lawler for a fun and festive evening featuring gourmet cuisine and spirits, exciting silent and live auctions, lively entertainment and a $2,000 Lee Michaels Jewelry shopping spree raffle. This year’s theme, Silver Linings, acknowledged the ways in which the revitalization of the region post-Katrina has given our children more opportunities to grow into their full potential. This year, the Louisiana Children’s Museum celebrated Silver Linings Honorees: Dr. Robert W. Becker, Leslie Jacobs, Derrick Tabb, Sarah Newell Usdin and Warner M. Williams. Each has made a lasting and positive impact on the lives of young children in our community since the storm. The museum was decorated with inspiration from the event invitation, designed by local artist Katie Rafferty, including sparkling, whimsical white clouds lined in silver, cascading colorful raindrops and touches of silver and blue. The Jimmy Maxwell Trio featuring Mark Monistere provided musical entertainment. More than 20 restaurants catered delicious dishes. Middleton O’Malley led the live auction. The silent and live auctions combined offered more than 185 items, which brought in a record-breaking total to support the museum’s educational programs and exhibits. The most coveted item of the silent auction was the “City Park Bench” created by Bobby Zabler of Kern Studios/ Mardi Gras World in honor of City Park CEO Dr. Robert W. Becker. Additional one-of-a-kind commissioned chairs designed for Silver Linings Honorees featured the creativity of Tami Curtis, Leonard Galmon, Lizano’s Glass Haus and Shannon Kelley. n



event at a glance What: 17th annual “CHAIRish the Children,” benefiting Louisiana Children’s Museum When: Saturday, August 22 Where: Louisiana Children’s Museum

1. King and Anne Milling 2. Chair Amy and Christopher Lawler 3. Donna Glapion, Museum Director Julia Bland and Tina Dixon Williams 4. Honorees Leslie Jacobs, Dr. Bob Becker, Sarah Newell Usdin and Derrick Tabb 5. Stephanie and Terrance Osborne 6. Mike and Michelle Yenni

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Post-Hurricane Heroes


The Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross honored eight women. The “Power of Women” luncheon recognized the work of eight outstanding female volunteers and community leaders who have made a significant contribution to the ongoing recovery efforts of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. As the Red Cross marks 10 years since the storm, the nonprofit sought to acknowledge the spirit of volunteerism that helped mobilize and drive recovery efforts in its aftermath, and continues to drive the Red Cross today. The honorees were: Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.; Yvette Jones; Adrianne M. LeBlanc; Anne Milling; Margaret Orr; Sally-Ann Roberts; Denise Thornton; and Connie Uddo. Hoda Kotb served as the keynote speaker and discussed her experiences in covering the aftermath of Katrina and the Red Cross efforts to assist those in need. Kotb is a co-host of NBC’s Today Show, a Dateline NBC correspondent and a New York Times Best Sellers author. She covered the aftermath and one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which was a personal story for Kotb as she lived in New Orleans as a WWL-TV anchor from 1992-’98. Honorees, VIPs and members of the Tiffany Circle attended a meet and greet with Hoda Kotb before the luncheon. Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres were served. A second line kicked off the luncheon, led by Hoda Kotb, the honorees and the Rebirth Brass Band. The program included a welcome address by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, words from Tiffany Circle member Cindy Nunez, Co-Chairs Lori Murphy and Olivia Manning and an introduction of the keynote speaker by Archie Manning. Kay Wilkins, Red Cross Louisiana Regional CEO, thanked attendees for joining the Red Cross to honor the eight women. The Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross hosted the luncheon. The Tiffany Circle is a group of exceptional women who dedicate their resources and talent to supporting the mission and work of the Red Cross all year long. n



event at a glance What: “Power of Women,” luncheon benefiting American Red Cross When: Friday, August 21 Where: Marriott New Orleans

1. Honorees Anne Milling, Sally-Ann Roberts and Margaret Orr 2. Archie Manning, Keynote Speaker Hoda Kotb and Co-Chair Olivia Manning 3. Carolyn Chandler, Honoree Connie Uddo and Mayor Mitch Landrieu 4. Patricia Brinson and Christine Briede 5. Honoree Adrianne LeBlanc, Red Cross Louisiana Regional CEO Kay Wilkins and Honoree Denise Thornton 6. St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and Keynote Speaker Hoda Kotb

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Dedicated Leaders


The YLC’s 2015 Role Model class included 24 who drive positive change. This year’s “Role Model Awards Gala” honored 24 local New Orleanians who have dedicated their lives to the New Orleans community. The event raised funds to grow the Young Leadership Council’s community service and leadership development projects. The Patron Party was held in the 8 Block Restaurant in the Hyatt Regency and was open to a limited number of distinguished guests and honorees. Guests had the opportunity to meet and greet this year’s Role Model class before proceeding to the Empire Ballroom for the dinner and awards ceremony. The 2015 Role Model class included: E. Tiffany Adler, Hardy B. Fowler, Timothy B. Francis, Will “Bill” Hornsby, David A. Kerstein, Erika McConduit-Diggs, Brenda Braun Moffitt, Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Sonia Perez, J. Stephen Perry, Laura Fox Politz, Katherine Kleinpeter Raymond, Charles L. Rice Jr., Lisa N. Sibal, Michael J. Siegel, Claire Ferrier Stahel, Hasting Stewart Jr., José S. Suquet, Vera Triplett, Mark Uddo, Steven W. Usdin, Kay W. Wilkins, Ellen S. Yellin and Jay C. Zainey. Joy Okoro served as Gala Chair, and Mark Romig performed as Master of Ceremonies. Pastor Shawn Moses Angli of First Grace United Methodist Church delivered the invocation; T. Semmes Walmsley, President, and Matthew Treuting, Past President, also delivered remarks. Sazerac provided complimentary beverages to guests before the dinner and awards ceremony began. Flow Tribe provided live music entertainment. There was also a live auction with 20 prized items, in addition to gift card raffles. n



event at a glance What: 29th annual “Role Model Awards Gala,” benefiting Young Leadership Council When: Saturday, September 12 Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

1. Gala Chair Joy Okoro, Honoree Mike Siegel and YLC Board President Elect Calais Waring 2. Board Member Scott Sternberg and Honoree Vera Triplett 3. Honoree Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Betsie Gambel and Honorees Laura Politz and Hardy Fowler 4. Honorees Tim Francis, Claire Stahel and Jay Zainey 5. Curry W. Smith and Honoree Tiffany Adler 6. Susan Guidry with Honoree Steve and Melanee Usdin

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Return to the Stage


The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra joyously celebrated its return to the Orpheum. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its return to the newly restored and renovated Orpheum Theater following a 10-year hiatus due to Hurricane Katrina. It was also the celebration of the LPO’s 25th Anniversary Season. The event began with cocktails and an opening dinner in the Blue Room of the Roosevelt Hotel, a sold-out event with 250 guests. Prior to the concert, a short film narrated by Angela Hill told the story of rebuilding the orchestra and the Orpheum Theater. Following, guests enjoyed Carlos Miguel Prieto’s directed Concert at the Orpheum Theater entitled Mahler “Resurrection” Symphony, symbolic of the Orpheum rising from the ashes. The concert sold out at 1,400 seats and ended with a 12-minute standing ovation. Following the concert, 300 guests enjoyed a champagne reception back at the Blue Room in the Roosevelt Hotel. Key figures included Carlos Miguel Prieto, Principal Conductor and Musical Director of the LPO; James Boyd, CEO of the LPO; Hugh Long, President of the Board of the LPO and John Reeks, Orchestra President. n



event at a glance What: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Return to the Orpheum Theater,” benefiting the LPO When: Thursday, September 17 Where: Roosevelt Hotel

1. Hugh Long, Kira Long, Marilyn Dittmann and Paul Leman 2. Mignon Faget and Matt Eckenhoff 3. Misook Yun, James Boyd and Charlotte Bollinger

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Our Local Justice League


The Pro Bono Project hosted its annual benefit for the underserved. The 2015 “Justice For All Ball” had exciting new venues, food purveyors, music and prizes. The Patron Party took place at the Pelicans Indoor Practice Facility. Pigeon Catering, led by Lea Freeman, provided a beautiful spread of food. Joe Simon’s Jazz provided entertainment. Pierre the Pelican was on hand to help guests second line to the Ball at the Saints Indoor Training Facility. Gayle Benson served as honorary chair, with special thanks to her husband Tom Benson, who made the evening possible by agreeing to host both the Parton Party and the Ball in both Pelicans and Saints facilities. Steve Lane, also a board member of the Pro Bono Project, served as committee chair. More than 40 food and beverage purveyors provided for the evening. Leslie McMichael and her team at LesCo Productions donated services for a stunning event design pro bono. McMichael and her team created 12 miniature indigenous New Orleans houses with doors reflecting the overall theme of opening doors. Each house offered a different story about The Project, its volunteers, the clients it serves and the overall impact of the organization in the New Orleans community. The Yat Pack provided the evening entertainment. Guests were treated to “half time” performances by the Saintsations, the Pelican Dance Team and the 610 Stompers. Stephen Lindsley was also available for caricatures. A live auction provided prizes such as original artwork and a New Orleans Saints exclusive package. There was also a raffle. The Pro Bono Project would like to acknowledge the entire 2015 Ball Committee and the lawyers and staff of Herman, Herman & Katz LLC, with a special shout out to the Volunteers and The Pro Bono Project Staff who worked tirelessly throughout the evening to make certain that the event ran smoothly for all 700 guests. n



event at a glance What: 27th annual “Justice for All Ball,” benefiting The Pro Bono Project When: Friday, September 18 Where: Patron Party in Pelicans Indoor Practice Facility; Gala in Saints Indoor Training Facility

1. Peter Lane, Ellen Lane, Committee Chair Steven Lane and Lauren Lane with Jake Tremblay 2. Maury Herman, Gayle and Tom Benson and Cristina Wysocki 3. Mike DePetrillo, Judge Bernadette D’Sousa, Juli Miller Hart and Paul Wittmann

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Building a Community


New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity marked a decade of rebuilding. “Songs From the Heart” marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing efforts of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity to secure housing and affordable home ownership. Event proceeds covered the cost to build a new New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity home. Warner Music and Nonesuch Records sponsored the event. Bob Hurwitz, Nonesuch Records President, attended the event and spoke about how privileged and gracious he felt to be able to contribute to the rebuilding of New Orleans and to the creation of a Habitat home. New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity’s director, Jim Pate, also spoke at the event. Recording artists Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell provided musical entertainment. Featured performances also included Dirk Powell, a Lafayette musician who tours with Joan Baez. Special guests in attendance included Mohammad Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador to the State of Qatar, who donated $100 million toward relief in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Habitat Board Chair Katie Crosby, Greg Beurman, Peyton and Barbara Bush, Cleland Powell, David Culpepper and others. Chef Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie catered the event with hors d’oeuvres of pickled shrimp, andouille “pigs in a blanket,” a charcuterie spread and more. Dinner included beef bourguignonne, seared scallops and jerk chicken tamales. Gifts of Randy Newman’s Harps and Angels, as well as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s Old Yellow Moon, were given out. Approximately 250 attendees attended the event. n



event at a glance What: “Songs From the Heart,” benefiting New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity When: Wednesday, August 26 Where: Home of Danielle Kavanagh

1. Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Nonesuch Records President Bob Hurwitz and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jim Pate 2. Hostess Danielle Kavanagh and Virginia Moulton 3. Alice Wright, Rodney Steiner, Jane Steiner and Bill Wright

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Around the World


Save Our Cemeteries and NACE partnered to host an internationally inspired dinner. “Soiree de la Societe Internationale” highlighted society tombs of the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, and the culture and cuisine brought to the city by its diverse immigrant population. The soirée featured a four-course dinner with Portuguese hors d’oeuvres and courses of German, Italian, Spanish and French cuisine. Esteemed chefs included Eric Solar of Mizado’s Cocina, Glen Hough of Redemption Mid-City, Alan Ehrich of Audubon Nature Institute, Xavier Laurentino of Barcelona Tapas and Julie Barreda of the New Orleans School of Cooking and Destination Kitchen. Each course included an expertly paired wine. There were also live and silent auctions, which included bidding on vacations ranging from a luxurious stay on the San Antonio Riverwalk to a mountain retreat week in North Carolina. This event marks the second partnership between the National Association for Save Our Cemeteries and the National Association for Catering & Events, New Orleans Chapter. Proceeds benefit the restoration and education programs of Save Our Cemeteries. Katie McNulty chaired the event, and Leigh Thorpe served as auction chair. Dennis Woltering and Jay Ducote hosted the event. This year, Save Our Cemeteries is focused on closing breached society tomb vaults in Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 and Valence Street Cemetery, as well creating an online interactive map of Carrollton Cemetery. The organization is also hosting “Twilight Tours” in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 beginning in June, in partnership with the Archdiocese of New Orleans to raise funds for restoration efforts in this cemetery. n



event at a glance What: “Soiree de la Societe Internationale,” benefiting Save Our Cemeteries & the National Association for Catering & Events, New Orleans Chapter When: Wednesday, September 9 Where: Audubon Tea Room

1. Host Dennis Woltering, Amanda Walker and Host Jay Ducote 2. President Tony Leggio and Chloe Henderson 3. Vice President Michelle Dunnick, Chloe Henderson, Kayla Lebouef, Vera Faucheux and Chair Katie McNulty

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Blue Strong


Crimestoppers GNO honored local law enforcement officers. “Crimestoppers Blue Night” honored law enforcement officers with a benefit concert by NOLA greats and blues legends, including: James Andrews, Irvin Mayfield, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Blinddog Smokin, Billy Branch of Chicago, Charmaine Neville, Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias and Rockin’ Doopsie Jr. Bryan Batt served as event emcee and Jay Batt served as Event Chair, assisted by Caryn Rodgers and Darlene Cusanza. Members of Law Enforcement present included: JPSO Sheriff Newell Normand, St. Charles Sheriff Greg Champagne, NOPD Chief Michael Harrison; St. John Sheriff Michael Tregre, Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz, Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Gretna Chief Arthur Lawson Jr., US Marshal Genny May, FBI SAC Michael Anderson and New Orleans DA Leon Cannizzaro. The event featured a special tribute song by Dr. Donnie Markowitz, entitled “How Much I Love You,” which honors law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. Jason Villemerette of Fire on the Bayou produced the music video. Families of slain officers joined the Crimestoppers GNO family to preview the emotional tribute, which is available on YouTube. More than 600 patrons attended the event, which raised approximately $90,000. n



event at a glance What: “Crimestoppers Blues Night,” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO When: Wednesday, September 9 Where: House of Blues

1. Event Chair Jay Batt, Ron Samford, Darlene Cusanza and emcee Bryan Batt 2. Cynthia Molyneux, Charmaine Neville, Jason Villemarette and Caryn Rodgers 3. FBI SAC Michael Anderson, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and Walter Martin

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Woofs and Wags


NOLA City Bark hosted a Westernthemed fête to improve the dog park. “101 Donations Goes Western: Happy Tails to You” raised funds for City Bark to provide various structural improvements, including a bone-shaped sand pit in the center of the large dog area, automatic gate closures, annual hill repair and re-sodding as well as security improvements. Sue Guarisco and Jackie Shreves were event chairs. The event took place at Popp Fountain across from the dog park. Guests arrived decked out in Western attire. The decorations committee carried out the Western theme with a life-size horse surrounded by bales of hay at the entrance, mason jars filled with daisies, cowboy hats and paisley scarves. The Fleas, headed by permit holder Matthew Schrenk, greeted guests on his keyboard at the entrance. The Prescriptions, a combination of medical, clergy and educators who are all NOLA City Bark’s permit holders, provided music from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including dog songs such as “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window,” “Hound Dog” and others. City Park Catering provided a host of barbecue items, and New Orleans Ice Cream Company brought dessert. Alyssa Gele provided cookies in the shape of Dalmatians. Libations featured a signature cocktail, The Blue Mongrel from The Velvet Cactus, amongst other beer and wine selections. The hot auction item of the night was dinner for six at Galatoire’s chef Michael Sichel’s home, who just happens to be a frequent user of the dog park. Another popular item was Bevelo gas lanterns designed by Andrew Asprodites, another dog park permit holder. The auction included many dog-themed items and local art. n



event at a glance What: “101 Donations Goes Western: Happy Tails to You,” benefiting NOLA City Bark When: Friday, August 21 Where: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain

1. Bruce and Co-Chair Jackie Shreves with Co-Chair Sue and Mike Guarisco 2. Monica Frois, Dean Howard and Pat Williamson 3. Reba Confrey, Karen Dugan and Kathy Ehrlicher-Conefry

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The heart and soul of St. Charles Avenue are its Activists and their generous philanthropic works. After six years of production, Avenue named its first Activists of the Year in 2001. Throughout the years the write-ups on each Activist, and the number of Activists, grew.

by Morgan Packard & 20 past Activists

So when it was time to decide not only how to celebrate Avenue’s 20th Anniversary, but also who would be our Activists of the Year, the answer was simple: We would do both! The best way to do so, we decided, was to ask our past Activists to tell us what activism means to them. Twenty of their answers – short and long, heartfelt and tearjerking, committed and inspiring – are below. We hope that they inspire you, as they have us. Here is to 20 more years!


20 Years of Activism in St. Charles Avenue magazine

Darryl Berger

Gayle Benson “When I first met my husband, Tom Benson, in 2004, I was very aware of his charitable giving throughout his life. I was also very active in philanthropy, and I believe in giving back when and where you can to make our community that much stronger. Tom and I have always believed that we should actively participate in our community, whether that’s creating commerce or helping financially to charitable endeavors that are near to our heart. It is important.

Barbara Bush

"To me, Activism means what the word implies: That one should continuously be active and focused on matters that benefit the community, address the issues of individuals in need and generally advance the betterment of society. An Activist is someone who constantly thinks of the needs of others and dedicates a portion of their time and resources to such matters on a consistent and prioritized basis."

Actively helping where we can brings about change and the opportunity to improve people’s lives, which is most fulfilling.”

“Activism is citizens unselfishly working together for the common goal of a better, stronger community and brighter tomorrow.”

Ana Gershanik “Activism has been important since my childhood as I watched my maternal grandfather build a better community in my native town of Rosario, Argentina, where he had migrated from Ukraine in the early 1900s. It is a significant legacy that we passed to our children. To give back to the country and community that nurtured us, sharing our blessings with those less fortunate and making a difference in their lives, advocating for social justice and building a better future for humanity.”

Ruthie Frierson “Citizen activism has played a central role in the recovery, reform and rebuilding of our city – but much work remains to be done. To continue building a stronger and better community for all of our citizens, citizens must remain vigilant, focused and persistent, never underestimating the importance of an engaged citizenry. Effective advocacy requires broad-based,

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diverse coalition building and most importantly building consensus and trust. The future of the city and its continued recovery depends on how well certain lessons have been learned: that there is power in the citizen voice; that citizens must remain informed and engaged in demanding honest, accountable government; and that the common good

must come before self and must prevail over politics. A personal hope is that the younger generation will pick up the baton of civic activism and propel our city to new heights, and that good citizenship and the importance of volunteerism will be taught in all of our schools from prekindergarten through college.”

Bill Goldring “Communities cannot thrive without greater participation by individuals who step to the forefront. Words and money alone will not create a vibrant community. By being active in a community, individuals can step out in front of the pack to set examples for others. Then, and only then, will momentum build in forming grassroots movements

in every segment of our community, whether it be in politics, philanthropy, the arts, education, etc. For me personally, it’s trying to set those examples to my children, employees and the community in general. Watching a community come together to be better in everything we do is exciting.”

Dana Hansel “Activism is important to me because it: Allows me to give back to those less fortunate than I am; provides an opportunity to get people to rally behind a worthwhile common cause; provides a larger community than my own, broadening my circle of contacts and enriching my life with diversity; creates personal satisfaction by doing what I believe is right; and hopefully helps improve our city, state and nation.”

Dr. Stephen Hales “More than most American cities, New Orleans has been sustained for nearly three centuries by the commitment of its people. New Orleans’ citizens could have found easier places to live – wars, epidemics, fires and floods have challenged our spirit. But time after time civic commitment and activism have helped us rebuild and renew our city, our neighborhoods, our hospitals, our schools and our concert halls. We choose to be here, and we choose to make our city better.”

Bill Hines “Activism is important to me because I believe everyone deserves the best life possible. I enjoy both the positive and social aspects and the more challenging, problem-

solving aspects of life. Living and working in New Orleans for most of my adult life has certainly provided the opportunity for me and many other New Orleans activists to

Leslie Jacobs “There are few things more enjoyable and meaningful to me than working hard to drive impact in the areas of educational and economic opportunity, both so critical to our city and the quality of life of its citizens.”

utilize our skill sets to improve conditions in many sectors of the city. But we all know that there is much work left to do.”

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R. King Milling “Thriving communities are built on honest government, vibrant businesses, solid education and committed citizens. Essential to that broad framework is the requirement of activists to critique decisions, establish the foundation for contrary opinion and join with like-minded associates to modify behavior. Whether the subject is education, political reform, safety, conservation or neighborhood rejuvenation, without that collective voice fundamental change is rarely achieved.”

Suzanne Rusovich roger ogden “Following somewhat of a personal epiphany when I was 15 years old, I have followed a life-long commitment ‘to leave this world a better place than I found it by giving more than I take from this life.’ This personal commitment has been the guiding light of my life.”

Dr. Tony Recasner “When I was growing up my mother always cooked extra food to share with family, friends and neighbors. She also kept an eye on the elderly folks on our block, making sure they took their medicine, kept their appointments and had groceries in the house. Jackie, my mother, cared deeply about our neighborhood and about all of the people that we knew. It was and still is important to her that people get the help and support they need to make it through each day. I guess the apple doesn’t fall from the tree.”

Anne Redd “My family instilled in me from an early age the importance of volunteerism. I feel like it’s important to give back to a place that has given me so much. It has been an honor to meet and work with so many interesting and inspirational people through my various community endeavors. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world!”

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"New Orleans is a unique place unlike any other in our country. We have a remarkable history that has woven a beautiful fabric of people from all over the world. They each brought their own unique architecture, food, religious beliefs, folk traditions, languages, art and music to this place that over time created our incredibly rich culture which we proudly and happily love to share with anyone. We are a loving and caring community that has always been vigilant in supporting those in need. I have lived my life with a strong faith and always believed that we are only as strong as our weakest neighbor and thus should embrace and empower any member of our community that struggles. Juveniles and those suffering with addiction are some of our most necessitous. And this is shameful as our community is missing their life contributions and more importantly our future."

Fran Villere “Activism makes our country great. The whole concept is uniquely American and we can all be proud of the thousands of hours of volunteer accomplishments every day.”

Phyllis Taylor

ROD WEST “The best testament I can give to the importance of civic engagement is my example. In so doing, I hope to inspire the next generation of leaders.”

“Activism is giving of your time and resources to maintain and improve the great and unique city we live in.”

2014 Kay Kerrigan Nancy Marsiglia Sally-Ann Roberts Dr. Troy Scroggins Gen Trimble Tommy Westervelt 2013 Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Boysie Bollinger Julie Livaudais George Susan Read Johnson Allen Toussaint (deceased) Rod West

“Today is a time of hope and possibilities in New Orleans. I feel blessed to do what I can to help bring about positive change.”

Tommy Westervelt

Activists by Year

2012 Herschel Abbott Jr. Dr. Scott Cowen Dana Hansel Betsy Nalty Dottie Reese Greg Rusovich 2011 Mimi Robinson Bowen Leah Chase Dr. Norman Francis Leslie R. Jacobs Diana Monroe Lewis Dr. E. Ralph Lupin (deceased) James J. Reiss Jr. Suzanne Walther Rusovich 2010 Gayle Benson Tom Benson

2009 Louellen Berger Darryl Berger Ana Gershanik Dr. Juan Gershanik Roger Ogden 2008 Robert Brown Ruthie Frierson & Citizens of 1 Greater New Orleans Anne Milling & Women of the Storm King Milling Julie Wise Oreck 2007 Dr. Tony Recasner Phyllis Taylor 2006 Barbara Bush Dr. Stephen Hales 2005 Bill Goldring Fran Villere 2004 Bill Hines Anne Redd

2001 (Fifth Anniversary Cover) Walda Besthoff Sydney Besthoff Alden McDonald Bill Hines Anne Redd | 49

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Celebration Central: All you need for a perfect New Year’s Eve


hether you view New Year’s Eve as a celebration of 2015’s successes and memorable moments or a welcome ushering-in of 2016, the night provides an opportunity to indulge in celebration with friends and family. There are a number of ways to celebrate the once-a-year occasion, all with their own unique preparations and wardrobes. From formal occasions to casual house parties or nights on the town, find out how to prep, what to wear, how to accessorize, where to eat and what to do with the following ideas from local experts.

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Prepping for the Night: Spas & Skincare


ew Year’s Eve is the night of the year for glitz and glamour, and if you’re looking for an opportunity to turn back the hands of time and show off younger-looking, more vibrant skin, the holidays are a perfect time. With photo opportunities galore, ’tis the season for smooth skin and confident, wrinkle-free smiles. About Face of New Orleans offers professional makeup services, skincare services and different cosmetic and skincare lines for all types of skin and faces. They boast a “down to earth” atmosphere that’s comfortable and unintimidating, with makeup artists available to help customers create the look that’s right for them. “In preparation for New Year’s Eve, it’s important to keep your skin exfoliated because you wouldn’t want your skin to appear dry and chapped beneath any makeup you may be using,” says Lindsey Benoit, Franchise owner and lead makeup artist. “Glo Minerals Pumpkin Scrub is a fabulous product to use. We also offer an Ultimate Exfoliation Treatment to redefine your skin. This service will remove dead skin cells and stimulate new growth in just one sitting,” she says. If you’re looking for your holiday preparations to be just as indulgent as your night, the Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Roosevelt New Orleans is an exclusive spa with eight private treatment rooms, two couples therapy suites and a VIP

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Aesthetic Surgical Associates

About Face of New Orleans 701 Metairie Road Metairie 304-1556 Waldorf Astoria Spa 130 Roosevelt Way 335-3195 Audubon Dermatology 3525 Prytania St., Suite 501 895-3376

treatment room. According to Spa Director Jill Haidler, the spa is “a haven of absolute relaxation and uninterrupted tranquility.” Haidler recommends the 50-minute makeup application service and the special occasion hairstyle. Appropriately for the occasion, the Waldorf Astoria Spa offers complimentary champagne to start your evening. Other recommended services for those looking to be pampered before a long night out include a detoxifying wrap, hydra facial or a rejuvenating aromatherapy massage. Product lines include Osea skincare, Kevyn Aucoin and Carita beauty products. For treatments overseen by a skin specialist, the services at Audubon Dermatology offers simple skin care product regimens or complex treatment plans, depending on patients’ preferred paths to rejuvenation. Drs. Hooper and Jackson provide innovative and comprehensive treatments for all anti-aging concerns. “We love our Audubon Dermatology Medical Facial done three to four days before your event. This innovative treatment will smooth, brighten, and stimulate collagen for a fabulous celebrity-like glow,” says Dr. Hooper. The medical facial combines the benefits of

dermaplaning, laser genesis and a light chemical peel. It can be done once a month and requires no downtime. “If you’re a last minute preparer, adding a Vitamin C and a Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer to your pre-party skin care regimen will help to brighten and smooth your skin,” says Dr. Jackson. One of the most popular services at Aesthetic Surgical Associates is Ultheraphy, which uses ultrasound technology to tighten and tone skin. The process takes about six months to show the full effects, and according to Medical Aesthetician Chantel Bales it “works wonders” and serves as a non-invasive alternative to the facelift. Since the process takes time, it could be a great head start for next year’s celebrations. “If you’re looking to improve skin in a short amount of time,” says Bales, “microneedling reduces fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and pigmentation and produces results after just one treatment.” Recommended products carried by Aesthetic Surgical include Obaji and Neocutis, which stimulates collagen and elastin production in the body. The practice also carries vitamins and EltaMD dermatologist sunscreens and skincare products.

The Sculpting Center of New Orleans is making waves with an innovative new treatment already sought by 400 patients in less than two years. A non-surgical, non-invasive treatment, Coolsculpting® can reduce fat by about 25 percent in targeted areas of the body after only one treatment, and the center offers free consultations. Results are typically seen within two to three months, so while it may be too late to seek the treatment for a New Year’s Eve night out, now’s the perfect time to consult with the center’s Dr. Robin Bone in advance of Mardi Gras balls, springtime weddings and festival season. “A Coolsculpting treatment takes about an hour, and there are no needles, no surgery, no downtime. The FDA-approved applicator is applied to a pocket of fat. During the course of treatment, the fat cells are frozen and then naturally eliminated by the body over time,” says Dr. Bone. While Khoobehi & Associates is most known for its plastic surgery procedures for the face, breast, and body, many non-surgical options are also available for rejuvenation, lifting the face and neck, and contouring the body with little or no downtime. According to

Aesthetic Surgical Associates 3223 Eighth St., Suite 200 Metairie 309-7061 Sculpting Center of New Orleans 4500 Clearview Parkway, Suite 202 Metairie 309-9456 Khoobehi & Associates 3901 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie 517-7800 4500 Magazine Street, Suite 1 New Orleans (504) 304-1248 Dr. Kamran Khoobehi, patients will come in ahead of a night out to freshen up their complexion with a chemical peel, SkinPen or microdermabrasion. “One popular treatment before New Year’s Eve is Juvederm to plump up the lips for that kiss at midnight,” says Dr. Khoobehi. Juvederm is a filler that’s injected into the lips to provide fullness or add to a thin lip. Other popular non-surgical procedures and treatments include Ultherapy, CoolSculpting, Botox and Voluma. The practice also supplies SkinMedica products, which contain growth factors. | 53

Sparkle & Glitz: The Perfect Wardrobe


pecial occasions call for special new duds, and plenty of area boutiques know just the styles that will have you turning heads. “My feeling is that a girl must be prepared,” says Yvonne LaFleur, Proprietress of the 10,000-squarefoot, longstanding fashion haven by the same name. “New Year’s Eve falls on a Thursday, which means we’ll have a long weekend with multiple clothing needs,” says LaFleur. She recommends a short, sexy cocktail dress for Thursday night, a casual cashmere sweater, fashionable pants and sparkling jewelry for New Year’s Day, a casual dress or pants with a cashmere poncho for Saturday brunch and another casual game day outfit for the Saints on Sunday. “It all depends on how people entertain and what their activities are. In New Orleans, we dress up – we dress for the occasion. We might even dress a couple times a day,” she says. Located in Old Metairie, FeBe is popular for its designer clothes and denim, with over 4,000 square feet of the season’s latest fashions. Current lines for fall include items from Elizabeth and James, Vince, Theory and Halston. “This season, we have sold so many things with fringe details,” says Ron Jones, Store Manager. “We have beautiful taupe overthe-knee boots, handbags in all colors and tops perfect for a night out,” he says. Jones’ suggestions for New Year’s Eve include an

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option popular with many of the fashion experts we spoke to: Fur. “We love fur vests this season. They come in so many shapes and colors. This versatile option can be worn either over a dress or to dress up a silk top, jeans and boots for a fun night out,” says Jones. Catering to women of all ages, Fini is a beauty boutique that, according to owner Danni Perez, leans towards a bohemian aesthetic with a polished, chic edge. A few favorite lines kept in stock are Show Me Your Mumu, Free People, Veronica M and Greylin. “I think [New Year’s] is your night to shine – literally,” says Perez. “We love a sequined dress with a cage heel, or for a more unexpected look, a chic jumpsuit. You can wear sequins much more casually than ever before, so if your plans are more low-key, pair a sequined pencil skirt with a chunky sweater and a great pair of booties,” she says. As to seasonal wear everyone should have: the flared jean and a great pair of booties. At Clover, owner Melissa Coleman focuses on the elegant essentials. She hones in on finding the perfect tees, jeans, cashmere sweaters and

dresses for nights out. Some of Coleman’s favorite designers include IRO Paris, L’Agence, skin and Frame Denim. This season’s sweater collection is hot and selling like crazy at Clover. Coleman’s wardrobe suggestions for New Year’s Eve depend on plans. “For a dressy night on the town, I love a great dress or pair of tux pants and a silk blouse. Always have a great jacket or wrap handy, as NYE can often be chilly!” says Coleman. “For a night in, I love an oversized cashmere sweater and jeans. That never goes out of style,” she says. Sweaters are also popular at Haute in the CBD, and according to owner Sanja Alickovic cashmere is a “must.” Haute clientele are also enjoying the season’s winter white dresses and bronze jumpsuit. Haute specializes in brands no else carries and exclusively offers lines such as Mason, ICB, Kempner, Lemlem and Clare Vivier as well as haute hippie, Velvet, Ty-lr. Alickovic’s New Year’s Eve advice is simple: “Sparkle, sparkle, and more sparkle! This is the time to put your shiniest, sparkliest outfit, and celebrate the New Year.” Haute’s

Facebook page (Haute New Orleans) is a great place to check out the latest offerings. For many people, New Year’s is much more than a one-night holiday. The party extends into New Year’s Day, and this year an entire weekend follows. Located on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie, Chatta Box Boutique has been at the center of women’s fashion for over 50 years. The boutique’s team styles ladies and teens from head to toe in ready to wear, bridal and formals for any occasion. Ready to wear designers include Alexis, Yohana Barashi, Trina Turk, Pink Tartan and Alice & Trixie, while formals include Jovani, Sherri Hill, Monique Lulliere, Montage by Mon Cherie, Teri John and Eleni Elias. “New Year’s Eve ensembles can be selected from every designer we carry depending on the New Year’s Eve event, whether formal or informal,” says April Stolf, Fashion Stylist. In terms of what to look for in evening and cocktail attire for the holidays, Stolf recommends tuxedo-inspired rompers, capes and capelets, shrugs, refined silhouettes, glitzy backings, plunging necklines and metallic fringe.

Yvonne LaFleur 8131 Hampson St. 866-9666 FeBe 474 Metairie Road, Suite 102 Metairie 835-5250 Fini 6250 General Diaz St. 304-0633 Clover 2240 Magazine Street, Suite 101 272-0792 Haute 725 Magazine St. 522-8687 Chatta Box Boutique 4114 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie 454-1527 | 55

The Final Touch: How to Finish Your Outfit


ccessorizing is just as important as the base of your wardrobe, and New Year’s is the night to do it up. An upscale store catering to the fashion-minded customer, Elizabeth’s in Old Metairie carries women’s clothes from casual to cocktail. Owner and buyer Sal Trentacoste says to accessorize for the holiday with sparkle and glitz to finish your wardrobe with a festive look. Chunky necklaces, both long and short, glitzy earrings, rhinestones and other jewels are a few options that can help play up simple outfits. “You can also always do metallics, which are important this year – gold, silver and pewter make for festive high heels,” says Trentacoste. If it’s cool enough, Trentacoste likes a fun fur vest or ruana to top off the outfit. In just three months, Peony is experiencing a tremendous response from customers after its recent arrival as a small department store on Magazine Street. Carrying women’s, girl’s and infant clothing, loungewear and accessories, Peony is art- and travel-inspired with a whimsical feel accentuated by its antique piano salvaged from a local dumpster. Owner Jennifer Atkins describes the store as a travel experience in itself, as you see the influences of Louisiana, Europe and Morocco as you walk through the store.

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Angelique Shoe

Elizabeth’s 204 Metairie Road Metairie 833-3717 Peony 2240 Magazine St., Suite 102 300-7908 Angelique Shoe 5421 Magazine St. 891-8992 Feet First 4122 Magazine St. 899-6800 Trashy Diva 2048 Magazine St. 299-3939 “I see New Year’s Eve as an opportunity to overdo,” says Atkins. “You can’t have enough sparkle, faux fir, sequins and silk,” she says. Atkins suggests the modern appeal Indian designer Deepa Gurnani’s jewelry line, which complements jeans, boots and cashmeres, as well as more formal wear. Accessorizing is the name of the game at Angelique Shoe, also on Magazine Street, and co-owner and buyer Heather Catalanotto agrees that jewelry is a must-wear on a night like New Year’s Eve. “I always love a good cocktail ring – or two for that matter,” says Catalanotto. “On New Year’s Eve, toasting with champagne always looks good with a beautiful ring, right?” At Angelique Shoe, shoppers will find an eclectic selection of shoes, accessories and jewelry, most of which are Europeanmade. “Both classic and on trend is my motto,” says Catalanotto. A must-have for the season, she says, is an over-

the-knee boot, which add sass to an outfit and can be either dressy or casual. New Orleans’ largest independent shoe and accessories retailer, the family owned and operated Feet First is spread across three metro area locations and is home to over 50 lines of women’s shoes, handbags, accessories and more. According to sales manager and lead stylist Anastasia Apostolos, trends are moving away from minimalism and towards the dramatic. “For example, the it high heel of last year has now been updated with cascading fringe around the ankle strap of Pelle Moda’s Taft. Excess with a dash of bohemia is the vibe communicated by rich colors and textures such as plum, emerald and rust velvets and brocades,” says Apostolos. Other recommendations include a clutch with long fringe, a bold lip color from Kismet Cosmetics, oversized rings and earrings with great movement and wardrobe accouterments such

as fashion tape, foot cushions, weather protector, etc. At Trashy Diva, owner and designer Candice Gwinn reproduces vintage patterns and prints to create collections that reflect the 1940s through ’60s with an emphasis on flattering styles. To finish the look, she hand selects shoes, accessories and lingerie to complement the vintage aesthetic of her clothing designs. When asked for shoe suggestions, the Magazine Street boutique Manager Kaci Thommassie says, “For the special occasion, it’s all about metallic! The Remix Balboa in gold or the Chelsea Crew Latino heel are perfect for a vintageinspired evening out. Both have a T-strap and modest heel, making them ideal for a night of dancing!” Besame lipsticks are another favorite of Thommassie’s, which she says won’t come off when you go in for a New Year’s kiss. A. Renée Boutique is a funky French Quarter boutique that, according to owner April Renee,

A. Renée Boutique 824 Chartres St. 299-3965

is “for women ‘who dress to kill.’” Whether dressy or casual, Renee emphasizes soft fabrics and lots of color in her lines. “We carry contemporary lines for the career girl who hits the scene after work and on weekends. Our women’s line is edgy and elegant with sizes from XS to XL,” says Renee. A lot of people go with classy black on a night like New Year’s, so for those traditionalists Renee recommends finishing with striking earrings and an eye-catching bag. Renee is proud to introduce cocktail purses featuring designs accented with Swarovski crystals, which are sure to add some sparkle to the night. | 57

Dining & Imbibing: Food-filled Celebrations


ining out is a part of the New Year’s Eve tradition for a lot of people, and in a city like New Orleans good food abounds and it’s easy to make the last meal of the year a memorable one. Almost a century old, Arnaud’s is a dining institution in the French Quarter, and it continues to specialize in the authentic Creole cuisine that has made it famous for generations. “For New Year’s Eve, we offer guests selections from our extensive a la carte menu. There really is something for everyone, says co-owner Katy Casbarian. “For those who stay through midnight, we pass out festive accessories for guests to ring in the New Year.” Some of Arnaud’s most famous and most popular dishes are soufflé potatoes, shrimp Arnaud and fresh Gulf fish topped with savory French sauces and butters. Do not pass up Arnaud’s French 75 bar, where Chris Hannah serves up seasonal cocktails such as Dickens’ Toddy, the Tom & Jerry and hot buttered rums. Susan Spicer’s flagship restaurant Bayona will host a special four-course prix fixe menu for $100 on New Year’s Eve. According to proprietor Regina Keever, the restaurant tries to highlight more exotic selections on the holiday, including uni and pheasant. Past menu selections have included veal osso bucco

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Mr. B's Bistro

with buckwheat polenta, cipollini agrodolce, rapini and pompano with artichokes, olives, fennel purée and blood oranges as entrées, along with a variety of appetizers, soups, salads and dessert options. The popular Bayona cocktail of the season is the Royal Dauphine, developed by bar manager Robby Farmer. “It’s a deliciously warming concoction of Bulleit Bourbon, King’s Ginger Liqueur, lemon, orange bitters and vanilla,” says Keever. For more French Quarter dining, Tableau is a relatively new offering from Dickie Brennan & Co. On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will offer its signature dishes as well as some festive specials, all dependent on what’s in season. “We offer contemporary versions of Creole and French classics in an elegant, bustling atmosphere, located on historic Jackson Square. The wrap-around balcony and courtyard paired with the cuisine make it your quintessential New Orleans experience,” says John

Martin, Chef de Cuisine. The menu includes both classics and contemporary items: steak frites, BBQ shrimp and grits, chicken Tableau and seared Gulf fish with satsuma beurre blanc. You should “Just as Well” try the drink by the same name, a bourbon-based cocktail with lemon juice, Bittermen’s cranberry bitters and rosemary simple syrup, garnished with a flaming piece of rosemary. For a more relaxed French Quarter atmosphere, experience the “clubby” atmosphere of Mr. B’s Bistro, owned by Cindy Brennan of the famous Brennan restaurant family. Also focused on Creole cuisine, Mr. B’s menu on New Year’s Eve will offer its regular fare but will add pizzazz with “extra special” nightly specials. “When thinking of our dinner menu for New Year’s Eve, we like to offer decadent dishes – really delicious, rich dishes. Scallops with truffle oil, risotto, foie gras, beef dishes and maybe lobster – all of those come to mind. It’s a great time to not watch your

waistline and just indulge,” says Julie Brignac, Marketing Director. Champagne will certainly be on hand for the occasion, and Mr. B’s famous Brandy Milk Punch is delicious any time of day. Every Tuesday through Thursday, 2-7 p.m., Brennan’s offers its Bubbles at Brennan’s happy hour, featuring deeply discounted bottles from top Champagne vintners and premier sparkling wine houses. New Year’s Eve (on Thursday) is the perfect occasion for a happy hour, and The Roost Bar and courtyard at Brennan’s will no doubt be fizzing with excitement. Additionally, bubbly cocktails add a fun spin to the afternoon, including a take on the original Brennan’s Red Rooster named the Rooster Royale: house made citrus liquor, cranberry juice and sparkling wine, served on the rocks. “Continue your celebration with a coveted New Year’s Eve reservation for dinner,” recommends Christina Persand, Marketing and Promotions Manager.

Arnaud’s Restaurant 813 Bienville St. 523-5433 Bayona 430 Dauphine St. 525-4455 Tableau 616 St. Peter St. 314-9270 Mr. B’s Bistro 201 Royal St. 523-2078 Brennan’s 417 Royal St. 525-9711 | 59

Confetti, Fireworks, Music & More: What to Do


hether you’re looking to celebrate with the kids or for an adults-only affair, a variety of entertainment options abound for locals this year. For parents looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve both with and without the kids, the Louisiana Children’s Museum offers a creative solution: the “New Year’s Eve Kids’ Countdown to Noon.” The festivities run December 31, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with the annual countdown culminating in a colorful confetti toss and balloon release. With live music and the crafting of noisemakers and festive bags, the Louisiana Children’s Museum event allows families to ring in 2016 together and much earlier than the actual countdown to midnight. “The museum’s three-story atrium is filled with a burst of color. Kids love catching and tossing the confetti,” says Julia Bland, CEO. Bland strongly recommends pre-registration. Entrance is $5 for LCM members and $10 for non-members. For private parties, music performances and more the Civic Theatre has become a favorite of the New Orleans entertainment scene, hosting performances by legends such as BB King and Aaron Neville as well as rock progressives such as Modest Mouse, Neutral Milk Hotel and alt-J. Whether you’re looking for an event space to host your

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Civic Theatre

Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St. 523-1358 Civic Theatre 510 O’Keefe Ave. 308-0353 Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Boat & Ticket Booth Location No. 1 Poydras Street (800) 445-4109

Louisiana Children's Museum

own New Year’s bash or for an exciting performance, keep an eye on The Civic’s offerings. “The beautifully restored white patina modern bar with specialty cocktails created by Neil Bodenheimer of Cure and Bellocq, state-of-the-art sound and lighting capabilities and modular flooring make the Civic a wonderful, unique option for events in New Orleans,” says Cali Gabrielle, Sales Director. Upcoming this month: Kim Russo “The Happy Medium” (December 5), “A John Waters Christmas” (December 17), and Zebra (December 18).

Fireworks are a signature part of the New Year’s Eve holiday, and for those wanting a spectacular view the downtown festivities, the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen offers a front-row seat from the mighty Mississippi. The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise lasts 11 p.m.-1 a.m. and offers patrons an opportunity to eat, drink, dance and toast aboard an authentic Paddlewheeler powered by a 24-foot diameter paddlewheel. “Luxurious private rooms, stereo music and sound systems, modern restrooms and handicapped accessible

facilities all combine to make the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen a true ‘floating palace,’” says Norm Glindmeyer, owner of Breen & Glindmeyer Advertising. The cruise offers a late-night buffet of New Orleans favorites and call-brand drinks at the open bar. Guests also enjoy dancing to hits offered by a live DJ and toasting the New Year with Champagne and festive party favors. If dancing the night away in a Vegas-style club is more your style, The Metropolitan Night Club (which takes over Generations Hall on Saturdays) is New Orleans’ New Year’s

The Metropolitan Night Club 310 Andrew Higgins Drive 568-1702

Eve dance party central and will host famed German-American DJ Markus Shulz. All three rooms, two floors each, will feature various talent and DJs spinning EDM (electronic dance music), Top 40 and more. Hosting numerous Top 100 DJs throughout the year, The Metropolitan has brought New Orleans performances by Steve Aoki, Nervo, Eric Prydz and others. Tickets for New Year’s Eve will range $20-35 for General Admission or a $75-$100 option for VIP with open bar access (prices dependent on day of purchase). | 61

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entertaining with bev


A Luxe Local Celebration Gretchen Bjork and Chris Garner were married in style Gretchen Bjork and Chris Garner lived right across the street from each other in Atlanta, Georgia, but didn’t know it until they met on They decided to go on a date and realized they were perfect for each other! They met each other’s friends and family, dated for a year and

were married in New Orleans on September 19 at Latrobe’s on Royal Street. There were nonstop parties: the bridesmaids celebrated in Chicago while the groomsmen partied in New Orleans; there were showers locally and as far away as Wisconsin; the bridesmaids’ luncheon was

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held at Galatoire’s and the rehearsal dinner at Arnaud’s! Two hundred fifty guests came in from all over the country to celebrate, and Latrobe’s was the perfect spot for the wedding and the reception. The flowers were created by Meade Wenzel and the cakes by Zoë’s, and there was

dancing to Mo Jeaux. Gretchen’s dress was by Yvonne LaFleur. Gretchen and Chris danced the night away and left in a decorated pedicab bound for the Ritz-Carlton and then to the Ritz in Bali! n

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with this ring

By Mallory Lindsly




Gray – Yates The Saints were playing the Cowboys in Fort Worth when Michael Leonard Yates knew he wanted to propose to Caroline Martin Gray. It was days before Michael was leaving for a job in Geneva for six months, and he planned to propose in a nearby park. But due to Caroline’s “dilly-dallying” the two never made it to the park, and Michael proposed to Caroline right before they went to a steak dinner.

When the happy couple got to the hotel lobby to meet Caroline’s family, Caroline was surprised to see the whole Yates clan was also there to celebrate. The Yates held a rehearsal dinner for friends and family at Broussard’s in anticipation of the June 20 wedding. Caroline and Michael wed at Christ Church Cathedral. Ella Events & Design assisted with the coordination. Rachel

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Van Voorhees coordinated the ceremony music compromised of The Louisiana Philharmonic Brass Quintet and Zion harmonizers. Photographer Charlotte Latham and videographer Tres Bien were there to capture all the special moments of the ceremony and reception. Guests then attended a reception at Arnaud’s. Steve Baker from Ambrose Gardens provided planters to adorn the entrance and used silver vases for flowers. The wedding cake was created by Purre Cake while Arnaud’s pastry chef created a

Baked Alaska shaped like the groom’s own Stubbs & Wooten monogrammed loafers. Escalade provided music throughout the evening, and The Jaywalkers second-lined guests to continue the fun at the Ritz-Carlton. After the wedding, the couple traveled to Harbour Island, Bahamas for seven days before settling back into their home in Houston, Texas, where Michael is Director of Structured Finance for Koch Supply & Trade and Caroline is Regional Brand Manager for Ralph Lauren. n



Celebrant: Father Rob Courtney Wedding gown: Ines de Santo Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ralph Lauren navy chiffon dresses Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren bespoke navy tux Groomsmen’s attire: Their own tuxes Wedding bands: Aucoin Hart Invitation: Ella Events & Design Hair: Allison Schacherl

1. Caroline Martin Gray and Michael Leonard Yates 2. Bridesmaids (in alphabetical order) Caroline Milling Fabacher, Whitney Miller Janke, Carlotte Atwood Laborde, Elisabeth Gray Laborde, Leslie Yates McCracken, Caroline Reed Landry, Collen Key Zbrzeznj; Charlotte Atwood Laborde; the Bride and Groom; Groomsmen (in alphabetical order) Robert Sim Barnwell III, Mark Lee Burleson, Houston Korth Frost, Brian Lee Laborde, Alfred Patrick McEvoy III, John Thomas Steen III, Thomas O’Neil Turner and Christopher Hugh Yates 3. William and Kathy Gray, the Bride and Groom and Patricia Yates 4. Bride and Groom 5. Bride and Groom | 67


By Lindsay Mack

The Urban Conservancy Executive Director Dana Eness Since 2001, the Urban Conservancy has provided research, education and advocacy for stewardship of the local environment, as well as the protection of local businesses. The organization has helped New Orleanians understand and provide input on land use decisions. Furthermore, the Urban Conservancy has expanded to include projects such as Stay Local!, which promotes locally owned and operated businesses, as well as Building Active Stewardship in New Orleans (BASIN), which provided environmental awareness education to local students. With so many great initiatives, Executive Director Dana Eness has a full

schedule devoting her time to promoting sustainable recovery in New Orleans.

Planting Over Paving Eness speaks well of the Urban Conservancy’s latest project, the Front Yard Initiative. “I’m really excited about our program in schools for kids, as well as the homeowners, on exciting and really fun ways that they can make their city more beautiful by paving less and planting more,” she says. She explains that excessive paving starves our groundwater by preventing water from reentering the soil. This contributes to the city’s problems with sinking and street flooding.

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By planting more, citizens can create more opportunities for natural water runoff. Furthermore, water that runs off of pavement (especially where cars park) may carry pollutants into the waterways, whereas water that soaks into the ground first can filter naturally before it enters the waterways. With this in mind, the Front Yard Initiative encourages homeowners to refrain from paving their yards and to consider planting instead. For homeowners who already have paved yards, the Front Yard Initiative can help them tackle the technical and financial challenges that are involved in removing the pavement. By providing resources and

examples of other homeowners who have completed the renovation, the initiative can help make the process easier. Growth Eness praises her “dynamite staff” at the Urban Conservancy, and notes that they’re trying to build out. The organization is seeking grant funding for the Front Yard Initiative, as well as sponsors for their Stay Local! programs and workshops.

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student activist

By Mallory Lindsly

Dianna Roxas Cabrini High School

“We need to be aware of the social injustice in our community so that we can address the problems; we need to help others who are less fortunate than us,” says Dianna Roxas, a senior at Cabrini High School. Roxas’ most rewarding volunteer experience was when she had the opportunity to go on a mission trip in Jackson, Mississippi, through Catholic HEART Workcamp to learn and experience service to others. This week-long Workcamp had a theme of “Beautiful Mess: It is. We are.” “This theme stood out to me because it described the world we’re living in now,” says Roxas. “Even as people we’re a beautiful mess. God still loves people who are not perfect despite their messiness.” Through her different volunteer experiences, Roxas feels like she’s made others happy by showing compassion through activism. She has gained a new perspective of what it means to serve the community. This past March, Roxas attended the March For Life in Washington, D.C. with 70 | St. Charles Avenue December 2015

Cabrini. She says it was very moving to see how many people were walking alongside her and her classmates. “Throughout the trip we were reminded that we were pilgrims, not tourists,” she says. “This was a good reminder that I wasn’t on vacation, that I was on a mission to save the lives of my brothers and sisters.” Nadine Pizer, a junior religion teacher at Cabrini High School, is Roxas’ inspiration to become an activist because Pizer is involved with social justice issues. Pizer brings her students to St. Joseph’s Rebuild to give them the full experience of serving the less fortunate in their community. Roxas is also apart of Cabrini's Campus Ministry team, Teen C.R.O.S.S. and St. Clement of Rome’s church parish and CYO. These organizations have helped build up her leadership skills and opened her to spiritual and service events. Roxas would like to become a religious educator or youth ministry coordinator because she wants to help guide teenagers to a spiritual life. Throughout college, she hopes to continue her involvement in the community by volunteering at local charity organizations and in her church. n Photo by cheryl gerber | 71


By Mirella Cameran

Starr Hagenbring Owner, Art & Eyes

When did you open? In 2011 with

my sweetheart partner Paul Wilcox.

Why do people like the store?

Finding us – it’s like discovering a jewel. We are fun and we have cool stuff! Fifty percent of our customers are from out of state. They make “field trips” to see us. What are your best sellers? Not

what we expected! We sell a lot of classic shapes, but we’ve been blown away by the response to our avant-garde styles. The crazier they are, the more we sell. That said, Paul and I curate the collection. We know what looks good on a person. There is stuff out there that should never go on anyone’s face.

Tell us an insider secret.

Approximately 90 percent of eyewear is owned by a handful of large corporations. They make cheap components in China, assemble in Italy and make a huge margin. Our inventory is

95 percent made by independent manufacturers who make their own products by hand. They all have unique histories, like inventing the Breakfast at Tiffany’s sunglasses. What’s your current favorite style?

The new Francis Klein’s! They’re direct from Paris and made just for us. They are jeweled and sculpted opticals and sunglasses.

What’s hot for the holidays? Eyewear is the best jewelry; you can see and look better. This year, we’re having our semi-annual storewide sale all December through to Christmas!

Anything else? Frames run $99 to $2,200. n

Art & Eyes, 3708 Magazine St., 891-4494,

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By Mirella Cameran

Don Wise Owner, Louisiana Custom Closets

How did Louisiana Custom Closets start?

We opened in 2003 from my garage, and within the first year we moved into a warehouse, office and showroom. In ’08 we moved to our current location. What’s your success secret? We are

successful because customer service is our No. 1 priority. Our experienced sales staff listens to our customers’ needs and we customize the designs to fit. We provide our customers with 3D drawings so they can visualize their new closet immediately. As we’re a manufacturer, we’re able to customize every job. We strive every day to take care of even the smallest detail to make sure our customers are happy and they will look to us for additional closets in the future and refer us to their friends and family.

Do homes in New Orleans have special requirements? It’s challenging to

maximize storage in historic homes. Our experience in home organizing, utilization of high ceilings and designing flexible storage systems enables us to make the most of any space.

What are you excited about? We have

added new textured wood grain colors to our product line. We strive daily to update our colors and designs to be current with home decorating trends.

Why is storage so popular? Adding

custom closets and organized storage spaces in your home adds value. Once you have experienced an organized closet it is very difficult to move and not include them in your new home.

Tell us something we don’t know about your business? We can design

closets for every room in the house! From elaborate rooms with islands to systems for garages, laundry rooms, home offices, pantries and more. n

Louisiana Custom Closets, 13405 Seymour Meyer, Suite 24, Covington, (985) 871-0810,

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by lani griffiths







1. Corky Willhite, Dr. Erin Boh, Dr. Thomas Naugle Jr. and Betsy Naugle pose at the “1834 Society Reception” on Friday, March 13. The reception was held to celebrate the Tulane School of Medicine’s greatest supporters and leaders. 2. Kris Gerchar, Dr. George Kantor, Dr. Warren Bourgeois III and Dr. Usha Ramadhyani Bourgeois enjoy themselves at the “1834 Society Reception,” which honors the philanthropic leaders in the next generation of Tulane physicians and their individual commitment to the school. 3. Rabin Pokharel and Frank Aseron are pictured at The Louisiana Himalaya Association’s “Full Circle: New Orleans to Nepal,” an event to return the kindness and support Nepal in their hour of need, raising $53,000 to aid victims of Nepal’s two recent earthquakes. 4. Billy Lacrosse, Kimberly Rivers-Roberts and Kelly Lacrosse enjoy themselves at “Full Circle: New Orleans to Nepal” on July 8, where Big Chief David Montana and Wildman John of the Wild Tchoupitoulas kicked off the live auction with a procession through the Botanical Gardens. 5. Leah Brown, Public Affairs Representative of Chevron-Gulf of Mexico, and Marci Schramm, FQFI Executive Director, are pictured at “Satchmo Summerfest Opening Night Reception” on July 30. 6. David Freedman, WWOZ General Manager, Lauren “Fleurty Girl” Thom, Holly Barnett and Richard Stewart attend the “Satchmo Summerfest Opening Night Reception,” with delicious food and a special screening of High Society. 7. SPCA Community Outreach coordinator Lori Haeuser introduces Gizmo to Carnival Environmental Officer Henriëtte Smit at the release party for the new Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get?. Carnival Cruise Line and Dr. Seuss Enterprises teamed up with the LA/SPCA for the event. 8. Angela Hill, a member of the New Orleans Broadcasting Hall of Fame, is pictured with the Cat in the Hat at Carnival Cruise Line’s “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast. Along with hosting the book release party, Carnival made a $10,000 donation to the LA/SPCA following the reading of the book. 9. Fundraising Committee members Rosa Dunn, Barbara Gaiennie, Kathy Screen and Charlene Broussard are pictured at the second annual “Wine &

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Dine” event with chef John Folse. Proceeds benefit the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center. 10. Fundraising Committee Members Mary Lee Burke, Ann Babington and Father Warren Cooper attend the “ “Wine & Dine” event, with an open bar, silent auction and raffle at the Chateau Golf & Country Club on August 7. 11. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu presented his Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Laura Badeaux, Executive Director of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business, at a recent meeting in the Mayor’s Office in August. The Women’s Center, established in 1990 on the campus of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, is celebrating its 25th year of service to Louisiana. Joining in the presentation and pictured, were: LCWGB Advisory Board members Sharon Marchand, Nadia AlHashimi, Kathleen Mix, Carol Short, Donnell Zeringue, Danielle Leger, Anna Tusa, Laurie Brown, Renee Carrere, Dr. Laura Badeaux, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Board President Sandra Herman, Nicole Ferrier, Martha Ellard, Demetric Mercadel, Dedria Givens-Carroll, Marsha Jabour and Simone Bruni Crouere.  12. A ceremonial ribbon cutting was held August 20 to celebrate the grand opening of the Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Arts Building, the new home of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at the new building on the Nicholls State University campus in Thibodaux. Pictured are: Louisiana Rep. Lenar Whitney; Nicholas Cole, education policy adviser for the Office of Gov. Bobby Jindal; Tommy Eschete, mayor of Thibodaux; Randy Cheramie, spokesman and instructor for the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute; Dr. Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System; Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy; chef John Folse; Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr., Ledet Building benefactor and Nicholls Foundation board member; Louisiana Sen. Norby Chabert; the Rev. André Melancon, pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church; and Lanny Ledet’s four sons: Aaron, Brett, Justin and Blake. Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University | 75


Meet author Stanley Dry at the Louisiana Book Festival October 31st in downtown Baton Rouge.





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performing arts

By Lauren LaBorde

Performance Calendar DECember Dec. 1-20 The Winter’s Tale, Company artist director A.J. Allegra directs the production of William Shakespeare’s haunting play. The NOLA Project,

NOMA’s Great Hall, 1 Collins Diboll Circle. Information, Dec. 4-22 The Bluest Eye

The theatrical adaptation of the Toni Morrison novel explores the effects a legacy of racism in a small Ohio town has taken on a community, a family and an innocent girl. Le Petit

Théâtre du Vieux Carré, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, Dec. 1-6 Newsies

The Tony-winning musical is based on a cult favorite Disney musical. Saenger

Theatre, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

Dec. 4-13 Sister Act

The Tony-nominated musical is based on the 1992 comedy. Jefferson Performing

Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie, 885-2000,

Dec. 4-13 Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas Rivertown presents the children’s production based on the “Fancy Nancy” picture book series.

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Dec. 4-20 The Amazing Acro-Cats Meowy Catmas The touring Acro-Cats do “tricks” and “play” music in this popular annual Christmas show. The Theatre

at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., Dec. 9 The Nutcracker Suite

The New Orleans Ballet Association presents the production featuring 200 local participants of NOBA’s programs for youth and senior citizens. Performances are at 3 and 6 p.m. New

Orleans Ballet Association, Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 522-0996,

Dec. 10-13 Christmas Concerto

The Marigny Opera Ballet performs the full-length production set to music by Arcangelo Corelli and other Baroque masters and choreographed by Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Nikki Hefko and Donna Crump.

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Dec. 18-19 The Nutcracker Marking the first dance performance at the Orpheum since its reopening, the New Orleans Ballet Theatre stages a production of the ballet.

New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 210-0222, Dec. 19-20 The Nutcracker

The JPAS Symphony Orchestra backs the annual performance of the ballet.

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The touring company of world-class Russian dancers comes to the Saenger. Saenger Theatre,

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new orleans nostalgia

By Seale Paterson

Frome Dumaine to St. Charles The history of The Academy of the Sacred Heart’s campuses The Society of the Sacred Heart was founded in 1800 in France to provide quality education for young women. Their first school in New Orleans – Mater Admirabilis

– opened in 1867 at 824 Dumaine St. in the French Quarter. Attendance grew so rapidly that the order began looking for a second property Uptown.

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The John Calhoun-S. J. Peters mansion and orange plantation, built in 1847 and located on two city blocks at 4521 St. Charles Ave., was purchased for $35,000 in 1886. The school opened the following year and was dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, creating

the nickname “The Rosary.” The existing house served as the school until a new building was constructed in 1900. In 1913, a third story was added, used primarily for housing boarding students. That same year the Mater Admirabilis campus in the French Quarter was closed. Students came to The Rosary from all over the New Orleans area, including the French Quarter, where quality of life was deteriorating with the rise of jazz, prostitution and crime. The school did accept male students (a practice that ended shortly before World War II); and during the earliest years, children of actors were not admitted for fear of immoral influence. Classes offered were both academic and religious, and a reputation of graduating distinguished young ladies quickly grew. In the 1930s, a strong athletic program was added to the school: basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, hockey, dancing and in ’33, the new practice of “Danish exercises.” Over the following decades, many additions – a library, cafeteria, more classrooms – were added to the campus, and in 1950, St. Joseph’s Hall was built for the Lower School. In 2002, the school purchased new property at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon avenues. The Mater Admirabilis Campus, named after the original French Quarter school, opened in 2005 and houses the Preschool and Primary School. n

The Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel filled with girls taking their first communions in November 1945. The chapel was built in ’06, in one of the two wings added to the ’00 building designed by Allison Owen and Collins Diboll. The chapel was renovated in ’66, after the ’65 Second Vatican Council, when a call for simplicity in church décor was issued. The chapel closely resembles the renovated version still today.

Charles L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection, acc. no. 1994.94.2.1943

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