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Event Chair Jane Heidingsfelder, Co-Chair Jim Ashbee, President Renee Vidrine, Co-Chair Jim Perrier and Event Chair Anne Villere for Lighthouse Louisiana’s “Light Up the Night” Friday, September 16.




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On the Cover Lighthouse Louisiana’s annual fundraiser “Light Up the Night” will take place on Friday, September 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Event Chairs Jane Heidingsfelder and Anne Villere; Co-Chairs Jim Ashbee and Jim Perrier and President Renee Vidrine invite you to a night of food,

cocktails, dancing and fun at the beautiful home of Dana and Steve Hansel. The evening will include Hayward Hillyer IV as DJwood, Travers Mackel as Emcee, flowers by Ambrose Garden and food vendors including: Joel Catering, Sucré, Chez Nous, Red Dog Diner, Cava, Mandina’s and Arnaud’s.

Live auction donors include: a dinner for eight by Ralph Brennan’s Catering; jewelry from Friend & Company; and artwork by Mitchell Gaudet, Jennifer Ansardi and George Dunbar. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 899-4501, extension 230.

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to Lighthouse Louisiana Communications Manager Anne Springer

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In Every Issue


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10 & 12

Entertaining With Bev

Editors’ Notes

Pool Party: Just for the girls



Making a difference

STAIR: One child, one tutor, since 1985 16 Kids Play

Team Players: Carrollton Boosters offers much more than just team sports 18 Southern Glow

Small Prices, Big Rewards: Three great drugstore finds 20 What’s Hot

Home Furnishings 22 On the Menu

Seasonal Supper: Chef de Cuisine Tommy DiGiovanni shares Arnaud's Restaurant's Southern Succotash 24 The Dish

When Work Is Play: A month with my favorite chefs

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68 With This Ring

Rogers – Habig

Philanthropic Fun Clothing With Confidence Dress for Success hosted its seventh annual luncheon. 26 Tools for Teaching The AHA showcased its Teaching Garden at its "Heart & Soul Gala." 28 Entrepreneurs for Empowerment Bridge House/Grace House's formal fundraising luncheon honored three local females. 30

Serving Families, Preserving Traditions Jewish Family Services honored Julanne Isaacson for decades of dedication. 36 Guardian Angels Project Lazarus recognized David Cortez and Anne Milling. 38 Renovating and Rejuvenating "Juleps in June" celebrated citizens committed to preservation. 40

70 Young Bloods

Life City: Chief Executive Officer, Liz Shepard 72 Student Activist

Ingeborg Henrietta Hyde: Ursuline Academy 74 Shop Talk

Cody Bertone: General Manager, The Pontchartrain Hotel 75 Shop Talk

Home Is Where the Art Is The NOCCA Institute hosted an art-filled Saturday night. 32

Freedom for All IPNO honored citizens committed to justice. 42

Karen Flournoy: Co-Owner, Chateau Sew & Sew

Best In Business Entrepreneurs and local business leaders joined JA's "Business Hall of Fame" Class of 2016. 34

A Royal Welcome NOWFE's "Welcome Party" kicked off the "Royal Street Stroll" festivities. 44

76 Snapshots

84 OnStage calendar

88 Nostalgia

The Orpheum Theater: From opening night to "Resurrection"

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We are so excited to bring to you “Light Up the Night” benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana for our cover this month! Thanks to Co-Chairs Jim Perrier and Jim Ashbee, Event Chairs Anne Villere and Jane Heidingsfelder; and Renee Vidrine, President of Lighthouse Louisiana. They promise us a magical night on Friday, September 16, at the home of Steve and Dana Hansel beginning at 7:30 p.m. with great music, food, a live auction and open bar! Here are some of the fabulous features: Hayward Hillyer IV as DJwood and Travers Mackel as Emcee; flowers compliments of Ambrose Garden and food from Arnaud’s, Joel Catering, Mandina’s, Sucré, Chez Nous, Red Dog Diner and Cava. There will also be a live auction with items including a Ralph Brennan catered dinner for eight, jewelry from Friend and Company and George Dunbar artwork. You don’t want to miss this, so call 899-4501, extension 230 for tickets! Lighthouse Louisiana serves people in Southeast Louisiana who are blind, deaf or have other disabilities by providing job training, competitive employment, access to communication and skills for independence. This is an amazing cause you’ll want to support! Be sure to check out our annual Fashionable New Orleanians feature that profiles New Orleanians who are not only stylish on the outside, but also philanthropically stylish in their efforts. Turn to page 47 to see and learn more about Ruthie Frierson, Dr. Corey Hebert, Susan Johnson, Kay Kerrigan, Bivian “Sunny” Lee III and Barbara Rosenberg! Be sure to check out where they shop and their secrets to having great style! What’s Hot this month features Home Furnishings with great ideas for updating your home, including everything from stools and settees, to art and trays. We spend most of our time in our kitchens and bathrooms, so check out our feature on updates large and small to bring your countertops and technology to the cutting edge! We can’t be in our pools for long, so this month my “Entertaining With Bev” column features a girls’-only pool party with great ideas for casual entertaining. Thanks to Lynne and Hunter White for letting us use their garden! It is back to school time, and if you have any extra time to spend with a child who needs a little extra tutoring – maybe as little as one hour a week – go to a school in your neighborhood and volunteer. Our children need us and education is the key to a bright future for us all! I’m helping at Arise Academy and they need your help, too – or you can tutor through STAIR (see "Making a Difference," pg. 14).  Have a great fall,

Beverly Reese Church

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Morris Jeff Community School is excited to introduce its beautiful new Mid-City campus during a “Community Gala” on October 6! Everyone from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to local parents are buzzing about this unique school and its visionary principal, Patricia Perkins, pictured here with Gala Co-Chair Baty Landis, her three Morris Jeff students (Alexander, Leo and Loucie), and eighth grader Kobe Aguillard. (Co-Chair Jennifer Weishaupt isn’t pictured.) Morris Jeff is the only elementary school in Louisiana accredited by the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) – the gold standard of education in today’s global world. The IB curriculum takes a rigorous, critical approach to math, literacy, science and social studies. IB is also committed to music, visual art, foreign language (Spanish at Morris Jeff) and independent research – areas not covered by public education funding. This year’s Gala will raise funds for these programs, nurturing the readiness of Morris Jeff students to face a changing, challenging world with creativity, awareness, and intellectual acuity. Support the programs of this amazing school on October 6! A “Patron Hour” (starting at $125) will spotlight the school library, with catering by Susan Spicer’s Mondo. The Gala ($60) will feature international food and wine pairings, music and a silent auction. Call 208-8376 for tickets, and visit for tickets, sponsorship opportunities and more information about the 21st-century vision of Morris Jeff!

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When I was growing up, September meant school, falling leaves and the start of cooler weather. These days the cooler weather seems to take longer to arrive, but in the meantime school is in session and stores are filling up with boots and sweaters. Look to our What’s Hot for Home Furnishings for small updates – a settee or a tray can change a whole room – while our feature on kitchen and bath trends highlights seven local experts with advice on the latest high-tech kitchen gadget to geometrically shaped air tubs for when you need a larger change. Our annual Fashionable New Orleanians feature is a perennial favorite for me! This year introduces six locals whose inner style – their dedication to giving back to their community – is reflected in how they dress. Also in this issue is our “Registry of Charitable Events: September-December 2016.” If you have a nonprofit event during that time and you don’t see it listed, please go online and fill out our events form: CharitableEvent. If you have any issues, please feel free to email me directly at Our next “Registry” will be January-April 2017 and we’re starting to put it together now! If you have an event during that time, please fill out our form now! The deadline for that will be Thursday, December 1, 2016. St. Charles Avenue will be beginning to discuss our 2017 covers in November. If you have an event you feel needs to appear on one of our covers, there are a few things you should know: Before we can consider your event, we must have received a Charitable Event form for your event. Our policy is not to cover the same event within three years and to not have the same person on a cover within a year and a half – though we reserve the right to change our minds. If you have fulfilled all of the above, then please email me with why you want your event on one of our covers and any details you have that are relevant. I hope that as the weather begins to cool a bit you find a fabulous outdoor table at your favorite restaurant or coffee shop and enjoy this issue!

Morgan Packard

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STAIR One child, one tutor, since 1985 by Catherine Freeman

On a flight during a recent family trip, I scrolled through the available movies and was excited when I found a favorite I hadn’t watched in quite some time: Driving Miss Daisy. While the movie highlights the unlikely friendship of the cranky widow Miss Daisy and Hoke, her chauffeur,;the scene that profoundly struck me the first time and every other time I’ve seen it since is the moment when Hoke confides in Miss Daisy that he doesn’t know how to read. Miss Daisy doesn’t hesitate to assure Hoke he can indeed learn to read with some work and insists she can help him reach this goal – one on one. Hoke agrees, and before long a common sight in the film features Hoke sitting at the kitchen table happily reading the newspaper. It is probably fairly difficult for most of us to imagine not knowing how to read. However, many public elementary school students in the greater New Orleans area experience deficiencies in reading skills that aren’t adequately addressed during the busy school day. One local organization reaches out to schools to offer help. Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) aims to “… improve the reading skills and self-esteem of lower elementary school students.” A volunteer-based, nonprofit literacy organization founded 31 years ago, STAIR provides free reading tutors for first through third grade students in danger of academic failure. STAIR’s formula is simple. Like Miss Daisy and Hoke, one volunteer teaches one child. In collaboration with the school principals, teachers and parents, “skill deficient” students are paired with trained volunteers who meet with their tutors after school two days a week or on Saturdays at partnering schools and churches for three hours of reading instruction and activities. Through a professionally designed curriculum, STAIR volunteers not only read together, but also

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play word games, write stories and develop unique and rewarding relationships. One current tutor who was also a STAIR student says “… I remember looking forward to going two times a week and growing a tremendous love for reading. … I used to be just like many of the children involved in STAIR, shy, quiet and lacking confidence when it came to reading. The program helped me to be more enthusiastic when it came to reading and to be more aware of my ability to be a good reader.” Many of the benefits of the STAIR program are intangible, but the impact is evident in the improved test scores and parent evaluations. On average, participating STAIR students improved an incredible 100 percent on Oral Reading Fluency tests, and 95 percent of parents reported that their child is more interested in reading. Executive Director Veronica Reed states that, “The dedication of our volunteers, parents and students is the key to STAIR’s success. Strong

partnerships with schools, churches, universities, community groups and funders are the keys to STAIR’s longevity. None of these elements are independent of the others.” It is the relationships that make the difference as STAIR continues to share the joy of reading with thousands of children in our community. n

A Little Bit More … STAIR has grown from 5 schools and 5 volunteers to 26 schools serving 200+ students annually in 5 parishes. (Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa) Don’t miss STAIR’s major fundraiser “STAIR Affair” on November 10 at the Audubon Boulevard home of Kerry and Chris Bruno with Honorary Chairs Vonda and Charles Rice. Become a STAIR Volunteer! Find tutor information and 2016 training dates on STAIR’s website. For more information: 1545 State St., 899-0820,

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Team Players Carrollton Boosters offers much more than just team sports by Lynne Gibbons

It isn’t unusual to come across a company that’s highly productive and delivers a first-rate product; however, when that group is actually an extremely organized and committed network of volunteers, it’s a bit more noteworthy, particularly when our children are the beneficiaries. Such is the case with Carrollton Boosters. My husband participated in Carrollton sports when he was a child, but when we rediscovered Carrollton Boosters about a decade ago for our own family, we were surprised and impressed with its growth. Carrollton Boosters operates continuously throughout the year, offering myriad recreational sports team experiences to children from all over the region. Its mission is to provide youth sports teams that balance learning skills and having fun. Sport teams available for boys include fall and spring soccer; flag football; fall and summer baseball; basketball; and lacrosse. Options for girls include fall and spring soccer; co-ed flag football; softball; basketball; and lacrosse. The age group varies for each sport, but includes children as young as 3 for soccer and continues into high school for most sports. Registration, specific age cut-offs, dates for each sport and sponsorship opportunities are easily accessible on their website: Another significant improvement since the days when my husband was the player, not the coach, is in the quality of the facilities. Soccer, softball and baseball use the complex at the Riverview, and flag football, baseball and lacrosse take place at Avenger Field in Audubon by Children’s Hospital. The quality of these fields is top-notch, but the quality of the experience is what draws the crowd. The concessions sell beer and wine for adults, and the grill is usually cooking burgers. On too

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many occasions, my kids have asked, “Are we eating dinner at the Fly?” and the answer is always, “Of course.” As soccer has grown in popularity, Carrollton Boosters has responded by partnering with the New Orleans Jesters to offer professionally coached clinics for players and training for coaches. At the under 10 age group, players can play rec soccer as well as participate in the Jesters program. For 11 and older, players have the option of traveling with the Jesters or playing in the rec league and training with the Jesters. Carrollton Boosters has also been responsible for introducing the game of lacrosse to many children in New Orleans and has helped grow the game in our region. The vast majority of all Carrollton Boosters games are played locally; however, the baseball select teams, Jesters soccer team and the lacrosse teams also travel in the region. An educator at heart, I’m a firm believer in how much children learn from being part of a team. Of course they end a season with increased skills and knowledge of the funda-

mentals of the game. But I would argue that even more importantly, they grow in their abilities to take direction, hold their head up in defeat and be victorious and gracious at the same time. Over the almost decade that my children have participated in Carrollton Boosters sports, they have been on a combined 31 teams – and we’re still counting! The number of friendships that my children (and my husband and I as well) have formed on the fields and courts of Carrollton Boosters are impossible to numerate. Carrollton Boosters contributes greatly to our community by providing literally thousands of children the opportunity to receive the benefits both physical and personal, of being part of a team sport. As a parent, I’m grateful for the countless volunteers who ensure the high quality of Carrollton Boosters programs. If you have very young children or just haven't yet become involved in youth sports, look into Carrollton Boosters – I believe you’ll be glad you did! n

Just the Facts Carrollton Boosters

Fall Soccer: September-November

Overview of each sport by season (registration and grading occurs before each season):

Flag Football: September-November Football: SeptemberNovember

Lacrosse: Fall-March Fall Baseball/Softball: November-January Basketball: January-March

Spring Soccer: January-March Summer Baseball/ Softball: April-July 17

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Small Prices, Big Rewards

Jordana Complete Cover, Milani Conceal + Perfect, Oxalis Apothecary Mineral Mist, L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Masacara

Three great drugstore finds By Lorin Gaudin

A little known secret: the summer before college I worked in cosmetics at a Walgreen’s. Funny enough, I’ve never had any luck with drugstore makeup. Cotton pads, micellar water (Simple brand), nail polish (Revlon, Essie, Sally Hansen) and the occasionally mascara (L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Blackest Black had a long stint in my makeup bag) were about all I could count on. Drugstore eyeshadows always applied patchy; foundations and concealers had too much scent, didn’t last, came in lousy color ranges and the product color never matched the display. Speaking of displays – no testers! Things have changed, somewhat. To compete with specialty and department stores, drugstores are amping up their cosmetics game with fancy displays, knowledgeable cosmetic salespeople and, most importantly, better products. Large cosmetic companies are paying attention, too. Beauty bloggers and YouTube stars who have very captive audiences that spend a lot of money on cosmetics and skincare are offering not only the latest info on high-end beauty, but they’re adding drugstore (“High Street” if they’re from the UK) alternatives or “dupes” to their repertoire. On a recent visit to three area drugstores – CVS, Walgreen’s and Rite-Aid – I discovered three foundations that offer great coverage, feel light on the skin, have luminosity and they last! L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion: A “cushion” foundation (cushions are well-soaked sponges in a compact) that requires very little product to achieve medium to full coverage. For $16 (.51 ounces in shade N4 Buff Beige), this foundation was glowy in a pretty, but not shiny, way. A bit of pore-filling

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primer underneath helped produce a flawless complexion for day or night. Jordana Complete Cover: This two-in-one concealer and foundation is a big surprise. At $4.99 for 1 ounce, the color (05 Creamy Natural) was a great match, the coverage was full but not heavy and the finish was matte but not too flat – my skin still showed through. Most of the time I add a drop of Becca Backlight primer for a bit of glow. Milani Conceal + Perfect: A less-thanimpressive shade range from this line, and my shade (03 Light Beige) was sold out almost everywhere – almost. This thickfeeling two-in-one concealer and foundation required only one small pump of product to cover my entire face, and blended out with a foundation brush or damp Beauty Blender. Gorgeous coverage and finish, it’s an oil-free,

longwearing, water-resistant, sweat-proof formula that photographs well with no flash-back. A good moisturizer underneath and a pretty highlighter on top is a great nighttime look. n

Lorin Loves Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel and Resort Collection Sun Protection Cushion, SPF 30 (leaves a slight white caste); Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black; Essie rose gold nail polish in “Penny Talk” or “Buy Me a Cameo” (yes, for toes!); SK-II Essence Facial Treatment Essence and Clear Lotion (toner); Oxalis Apothecary Mineral Mist in Jasmine + Coconut; Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream; and Grande Lash-MD for lush, long lashes.

Pits Perfect Add these two deodorants to the list of must-try: Oxalis Apothecary cream deodorant and Pacifica Underarm Wipes.

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Home Furnishings By Amy Gabriel

� When it comes to home furnishings, play the role of matchmaker. Marrying metallics with luxe fur accents, playing Cupid between silver and gold and mixing past-era design with modern-day pieces can often result in the best couplings. Perhaps you’ll find a pairing to withstand the test of time and trend. n

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1. Trendily tropical, outfit your bookshelves with a pineapple figurine made from white ceramic and finished with gold leaves. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336,

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2. Add a bit of comfortable luxury to a settee with a custom damask applique pillow with cording. Maison De Provence, 3434 Magazine St., 895-2301, 3. Inspired by the 18th century Grecian style, the white-washed finish Aria Side Chair has a hand-carved frame, sabre legs and white linen upholstery. Ave Home, 639 Julia St., 4594909,

4. Give just a hint of exotic flair with a silver Moroccan pouf ottoman. Nadine Blake, 1036 Royal St., 529.4913, 5. The 16-light white trumpet flower pendant is glorious way to light a foyer. Perch, 2844 Magazine St., 899-2122, 6. Accent wall art with an Amiens Sconce from Aidan Gray. Lucy Rose, 3318 Magazine St., 895-0444; 534 Chartres St., 267-0305, 7. Truly posh, the sleek acrylic stool from Lee Industries is topped with real fur. Sofas & Chairs, 123 Metairie Road, 486-9622, 8. Decorative and functional trays from Austin Allen James, available in five varying sizes, make for a divine addition to an ottoman or vanity. Prices range based on size; small vanity tray shown here. JADE, 324 Metairie Road, 875-4420, 21

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Seasonal Supper Chef de Cuisine Tommy DiGiovanni shares Arnaud’s Restaurant’s Southern Succotash

Southern Succotash Ingredients


1 pound Lima beans (pre-cooked, fresh or frozen) 4 ears Yellow corn (fresh, kernels removed) 1 Green bell pepper (diced small) 1 cup Celery (diced small) 1 cup Yellow onion (diced small) 1 Jalapeno (diced small) 1 cup Smoked bacon (diced) 4 cloves Garlic (minced) 2 Vine-ripened tomatoes (diced) Kosher salt to taste 1 quart Heavy cream

Cook diced bacon over medium-low heat until fat is rendered off and bacon is crisp; remove from heat and remove half of bacon fat. Sauté peppers, onion, celery and garlic over medium-high heat in the remaining bacon fat for about 3 minutes until translucent. Add diced tomato and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add corn kernels and cook for 3 minutes. Add the beans and cooked bacon, cook for 3 minutes. Lower heat; add cream and salt. Reduce for about 5 minutes until cream coats the back of a spoon. Serves 4-6

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When Work is Play A month with my favorite chefs By Jyl Benson

In addition to serving as a dining columnist for this esteemed magazine, I’m also the Culinary Programming Director for the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFab). I do many things there, among them teaching cooking classes to big groups in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center, the wonderful state-of-theart, residential-style kitchen. It is my playground. When the museum needed a four-course, seated dinner catered for a national insurance company hosting 50 very fancy ladies in town for Essence Festival, I took on the job. No big deal. Late the night before the client ballooned the guest list to 72. I am neither a restaurateur nor a caterer, just an accomplished cook and a better-than average party planner, so an experience that started out fun devolved into madness as I tried to arrange flowers, prep, cook – all by myself. Drowning, I screamed for help. My friend, chef Melissa Araujuo of Saveur Catering and Alma Pop-up, heard my call. She kicked in and saved me, gratis. She left me to cook the major dishes while she did all of the ancillary work – boiling perfect shrimp, cooking perfect rice, plating every dish

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MoPho Shrimp tapioca noodles

Try This I celebrated my happy birthday with another of my favorite chefs, Michael Gulotta. He hits the mark every time.

photos by sara essex bradley

Knowing what her pick would be, I left my newly no longer vegan – not even vegetarian, but now pescatarian (seafood eating) – daughter, Cecilia, to choose the place. She predictably chose MoPho. We couldn’t decide (never can), so we ordered and split three entrées: Mussels Braised in Coconut Red Curry; Gulf Shrimp in Fresh Turmeric Curry; and Crispy Summer Vegetable Tempura with bulgur wheat and sweet corn and coconut risotto – another memorable meal.

in an artful way that’s leagues beyond my skill level and way below hers. I owed her big time, but all she wanted was a meal, so I offered an over-thetop experience at the place of her choice. She chose Toups’ Meatery, rock star chef Isaac Toups’ palace of pork. Melissa’s sous chef, Jordan “Flash” Holley, joined us. At my urging, with child-like glee the chefs ordered just about everything on the menu. There are few things as fulfilling as providing a fine meal to people who cook for a living, either because you cooked it yourself (although this can feel like being psychoanalyzed by Freud) or one of their chef-heroes is in the kitchen. We started our monster midday repast with the Meatery Board, a voluminous selection of house-made meats, pâtés, pickles and condiments; an order of piping hot cracklin’; a lovely salad of screamingly fresh Covey Rose vegetables in a light bacon vinaigrette; a torchon of foie gras; and veal sweetbread poutine made with cheddar cheese curds and green onion gravy.

The to-go boxes were already filling up with leftovers, but the discovery mission continued with Barbecue Goat with citrus slaw; medium-rare Venison Backstrap served with barley flecked with caramelized onions, horseradish crème fraiche and dried cherry jam; and a killer Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich. I contemplated heading to the ladies’ room for a nap, but the arrival of dessert stooped me: Chocolate Mousse made with cayenne and cane syrup and served with blood orange and candied almonds; and Warm Bourbon Cornbread Pudding. It was a meal for the ages. I figured we would talk about it for years to come. Imagine my joy when, a few weeks later, I learned that Issac Toups and his wife/ sommelier/business partner Amanda had signed the lease to take over the beautiful restaurant space within SoFab. Toups’ kitchen will be right across the building from mine. This is a thrilling new partnership. On behalf of our team at SoFab I would like to welcome the addition of Toups’ South (the Meatery will remain on Carrollton Avenue) to our happy place. They estimate opening in mid-September. n

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Clothing With Confidence


Dress for Success New Orleans hosted its seventh annual luncheon. By Shelby Simon

Once again, the “Suits and Salads Luncheon” paved the way for ongoing programs at Dress for Success, which empowers women to achieve economic independence through professional attire and support for both work and life. Lauren LeBlanc, owner of Fleurty Girl, delivered the keynote address. Approximately 450 attended the luncheon. Sue Dunne was honored as Volunteer of the Year, and Dress for Success’s New Orleans Client of the Year was Katherine C. Madere. This year’s event Co-Chairs were Meaghan Bonavita, Nadine Brown, Carol Starr and Tamara Wyre. Juli Miller Hart, past Board President, served as emcee. The event featured a Style Setter Fashion Show, featuring Claudia Powell and Charlotte Drennan representing Angelique; Eleanor Davis and Kim Elms representing Azby’s; Paulette McGlothan and Daviauna Morell representing Dress for Success; Tonya Stiel and Allison Stiel representing söpö; and Betsey Todd representing W by Worth Collection. There was a champagne toast to mothers at the end of the fashion show. The event also featured a Kendra Scott giveaway to 10 lucky guests whose champagne toast included a ticket; each was awarded a necklace, bracelet or earrings by the designer. Key auction items included a studio tour and meet and greet with Hota Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford in New York City; tea at the Windsor Court Hotel; artwork; and a host of valuable jewelry. Hiller Jewelry donated a pair of ruby, diamond and gold earrings for a raffle. n



Event at a Glance What: Seventh annual “Suits & Salads Luncheon,” benefiting Dress For Success New Orleans When: Friday, May 6

1. Co-Chairs Carol Starr, Tamara Wyre, Meaghan Bonavita and Nadine Brown 2. Style Setters Paulette McGlothan, Daviauna Morrell, Allison Stiel and Tonya Stiel 3. Style Setter Betsey Todd with Past Board President and Emcee Juli Miller Hart 4. Volunteer of the Year Sue Dunne, Keynote Speaker Lauren “Flirty Girl” LeBlanc and Client of the Year Katherine C. Madere 5. Board Member Leigh Thorpe, Auction Chair Susan Garic Wallace and Board Member Essence Banks 6. Kim Elms, Eleanor Davis, Charlotte Drennan and Claudia Powell

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Photographed by Kenn y Martinez

Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel



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Tools for Teaching


The AHA showcased its Teaching Garden at its “Heart & Soul Gala.” By Shelby Simon

Rich pink and burnt orange hues with vegetable table centerpieces highlighted the American Heart Association’s “Heart & Soul Gala” theme: the Teaching Garden. The event began with music performed by The Stooges Brass Band. Mike Maenza served as Gala Chair. Greg Reggio led the live auction, which featured six items, including a George Rodrigue framed print of “You Can’t Drown the Blues” and a dinner party for 20 at Michael Maenza’s downtown condo, Tetto Bella. Following the auction, Sha’on And The Girls With Success took the stage. The food was provided by SWEGS Kitchen and MMI Culinary. Guests were treated to an inside look at the teaching garden program in New Orleans with a video of the most recent garden at Mary D. Coghill Charter School. One hundred percent of the funds raised through the gala are invested back into the New Orleans community through educational outreach programs, CPR training and certification, placement of automated external defibrillators and funding for ground breaking medical research. n



Event at a Glance What: “Heart & Soul Gala,” benefiting American Heart Association When: Saturday, June 4

1. Vincent and Debra Maenza and Alicia and Gala Chair Mike Maenza 2. Michael Bernard, Jessica King-Bernard, Kelly Theard and emcee Greg Reggio 3. Katherine and Beau Raymond with Valerie Englade 4. Russell and Donna Klein 5. Beverly and Robert Matheney 6. Brad Schlotterer, Molly Kimball and Hollie and Kevin Ericksen

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Entrepreneurs for Empowerment


Bridge House/Grace House’s formal fundraising luncheon honored three local females. By Shelby Simon

One of Bridge House/Grace House’s biggest annual fundraisers, this year’s “Women of Substance Luncheon” brought together Tiffany Adler of Adler’s, Lauren LeBlanc of Fleurty Girl and Erika Olinger of Cole Pratt Gallery who, by their “Creative Graces” in the arts and creative entrepreneurship, were honored as influential role models to the women in the Grace House substance abuse recovery program. The event also recognized three other individual honorees: Ronnie Briggs with the Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award, Barbara Gaiennie with Volunteer of the Year Award and Sandi Newman with Alumna of the Year Award. The Vice President of Network Development at third-year returning sponsor Peoples Health, Macon Moore, spoke at the opening of the program. Bryan Batt and Mark Romig served as emcees. The Auction Co-Chairs were Andree Batt and Walton Goldring. Prizes included a 2016 Jazz & Heritage poster Remarque Edition; a Navarre Beach one-week condo package; and 50 guest movie screening packages at The Theaters at Canal Place. The silent auction offered more than 150 items, including signature suits from Jos. A. Bank; dinner for six with whiskey and wine pairings from Kenton’s Restaurant; and a custom-made Sylvia hanging pot rack from Julie Neil Designs. Raffle items included a Comfort cruiser bike donated by The Bicycle Connection and a John James Audubon painting. Approximately 375 attended the event in the Audubon Tea Room. n



Event at a Glance What: 21st annual “Women of Substance Luncheon,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House When: Friday, May 13 Where: Audubon Tea Room

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1. BHGH CEO Else Pedersen, BHGH Executive Director of Development Kevin Gardere and BHGH Executive Director of Clinical Services Michelle Gaiennie 2. Auction Co-Chair Walton Goldring and Volunteer of the Year Awardee Barbara Gaiennie 3. Emcees Bryan Batt and Mark Romig 4. Alumna of the Year Awardee Sandi Newman with Richard "Buzzy Gaiennie Awardee Ronnie Briggs and 2016 Honoree Erika Olinger 5. 2016 Honoree Lauren “Flirty Girl” LeBlanc and Ryan Haydel 6. Judge Regina Bartholomew-Woods, Auction Co-Chair Andree Batt, Board Member Eneid Francis and Tywana Lewis



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Home Is Where the Art Is


The NOCCA Institute hosted an art-filled Saturday night. By Shelby Simon

This year’s “ART&SOUL” gala drew more than 700 attendees to Press Street Station, 5 Press Gallery and Solomon Family Hall in NOCCA’s Chevron Forum. Co-Chaired by NOCCA alumni Celeste Marshall and Calvin Johnson Jr., the theme was “Home Is Where the Art Is,” and the focus was on what makes NOCCA so special: its students, staff and alumni. NOCCA jazz students performed during the Patron Party, sponsored by the Arlene & Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation, with Visual Arts students drawing portraits and Creative Writing students penning poems on the spot. Gary Solomon Jr., a NOCCA Theatre Design alum, current Board President of The NOCCA Institute and President of Solomon Group Entertainment, once again donated his company’s creative and technical talents to produce the event. The Gala was catered by Press Street Station, NOCCA’s Culinary Arts Department and two dozen revered local restaurants and chefs. Entertainment featured many NOCCA alumni, including Calvin Johnson Jr., Roxie le Rouge, Sweet Crude and Big Sam’s Funky Nation. The live and silent auction featured vacation packages, artwork and one-of-a-kind experiences. This year’s auction was the most successful in “ART&SOUL” history, thanks to the committee and auctioneers, Mark Romig and Claire Elizabeth Thriffiley. All proceeds from ART&SOUL support The NOCCA Institute, which invests in young artists, their mentors, and the community through programs that encourage educational and cultural innovation. n



Event at a Glance What: “ART&SOUL: Home Is Where the Art Is,” benefiting The NOCCA Institute When: Saturday, May 21

1. Kyle Wedberg, Gary Solomon Jr., Martha and Gary Solomon Sr. and Sally Perry 2. Bill Haines, Floyd and Rita Gue and Chris Haines 3. Niki and David Rubenstein and Joyce Schenewerk 4. Robert and Danielle LeBlanc 5. Roxie Le Rouge, Calvin Johnson Jr. and Celeste Marshall 6. Terrance Osborne and Big Sam Williams

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Where: Press Street Station, 5 Press Gallery and Solomon Family Hall in NOCCA’s Chevron Forum



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Best in Business


Entrepreneurs and local business leaders joined JA’s “Business Hall of Fame” Class of 2016. By Shelby Simon

The Junior Achievement “Business Hall of Fame” presented by First NBC Bank raised funds to support JA programs, including the provision of program materials to schools at no charge and to facilitate trainings of teachers and volunteers. The 2016 laureates honored included: John Besh, chef and owner of Besh Restaurant Group; David Fennelly, chairman of Associated Terminals & Turn Services; Michael L. Hecht, President and CEO of GNO Inc.; William Raymond Manning, owner and managing principal of Manning Architects; and Virginia C. Miller, partner and owner of Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald Inc. Leah Chase was awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Sixteen members of the Business Hall of Fame in attendance were introduced in procession style by class year to begin the evening. Each honoree was featured in a special video tribute and introduced by a fellow Hall of Fame laureate, also on video. Furthermore, each honoree received a Crystal Eagle designed by Waterford as a symbol of their entrepreneurial spirit and excellence in business leadership. The Roosevelt Hotel provided a three-course meal accompanied by music by pianist Phillip Melancon. Key auction items included a family portrait session by Pappion Artistry, a framed and signed Blue Dog and Drew Brees print and a four-course dinner and wine pairing for eight at Ralph’s on the Park. H. Merritt Lane III, President and CEO of Canal Barge Co., served as this year’s Event Chair. JA programs teach students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness in 12 Southeast Louisiana parishes; last year, JA reached more than 30,000 students with the help of 1,000 volunteers. Approximately 300 patrons attended the event, which raised nearly $180,000. n



Event at a Glance When: Wednesday, May 18 Where: The Roosevelt Hotel

1. Ashton Ryan, Lifetime Achievement Awardee Leah Chase and Clark Todd 2. Bob Merrick, Awardee David Fennelly and Event Chair H. Merritt Lane III 3. Awardees William Raymond Manning and Michael Hecht

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What: “Business Hall of Fame,” benefiting Junior Achievement of GNO, Inc.

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Serving Families, Preserving Traditions Jewish Family Services honored Julanne Isaacson for decades of dedication. By Shelby Simon

“Rhythm & Soul 2016” drew 200 patrons to the Audubon Tea Room to support Jewish Family Service in offering individuals and families access to affordable care, support and resources to enhance their well-being and self-sufficiency at every stage of life. Co-Chairs for the event were Aviva Bowman, Vivian Cahn and Nancy Bissinger Timm. The evening raised $86,000. Julanne Isaacson, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service 1973-1994, was the honoree this year in honor of the several programs launched during her leadership that remain core to JFS’s mission today. These programs include: Homemaker, which offers light housekeeping and transportation for older and disabled adults; Teen Life Counts, a suicide prevention education program presented in area schools; Lifeline, a personal emergency response system; and Passover Food Distribution, which provides kosher for Passover food for all members of the Jewish community to participate in the holiday. In Julanne Isaacson’s honor, a patron-hour special cocktail was dubbed The Mint Julanne. Deena Gerber, Former Executive Director, presented the award to Julanne, as well as an original artwork by Lizano Glass Haus, and a plate by Faber awards. Event speakers included Dr. Tom Haspel, who spoke on behalf of the family; Julie Wise Oreck, Board President; and Roselle Ungar, JFS Executive Director. The Mike Rihner Trio provided musical entertainment. n



Event at a Glance What: “Rhythm & Soul 2016,” benefiting Jewish Family Service of GNO Where: Audubon Tea Room

1. Stanley and JFS Executive Director Roselle Ungar (standing), with Irwin and Honoree Julanne Isaacson (seated) 2. Cathy and Walter Isaacson with Marshall and Board President Julie Wise Oreck 3. Co-Chairs Nancy Bissinger Timm, Vivian Cahn and Aviva Bowman

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Guardian Angels


Project Lazarus recognized David Cortez and Anne Milling. By Shelby Simon

The 2016 annual “Guardian Angel Award Gala” raised $45,500 in support of Project Lazarus, a home for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Guardian Angel Award, given to an individual who has had a significant relationship with Project Lazarus and made a positive impact on the agency through service, advocacy and support, was presented to David Cortez. This year, Project Lazarus also presented the Pawell-Desrosiers Award, the highest and most prestigious award from the organization, to Anne Milling. Video introductions for the honorees were created and produced by Avita Pharmacy as part of their sponsorship. Event Host Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV was joined by his wife and auctioneer Bethany Paulsen, along with auctioneer Warren Backer Jr. with awardee David Cortez. Founder Fr. Paul Desrosiers delivered the invocation. Additional speeches were made by Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Board Chair Lauren Fine, Honorary Co-Chairs Jason Waguespack and Mark McKeown and Executive Director Steve Rivera. Jeff Morgan also served as Honorary Co-Chair alongside Waguespack and McKeown. The Gala Committee included Jonas Dominique, Tyler Douglas, Laura Fine, Bruce Gallassero, Lawrence Gobble, Lily Hannigan, Marguerite Moisio, Cynthia Molyneux, Quinton Rasberry and Steve Rivera. The cocktail hour music included famous Royal Street violin and guitar duo Tanya and Dorise. Meanwhile, a silent auction hosted 21 art, vacation, wellness and restaurant packages, including a two-night stay at the Ace Hotel with dinner at Sylvain and a George Dureau original photograph. The live auction featured eight art and vacation packages. Messina’s at the Terminal catered a three-course meal. Approximately 250 were in attendance. n



Event at a Glance When: Wednesday, May 25 Where: Messina’s at the Terminal, Lakefront Airport

1. Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Guardian Angel Awardee David Cortez, Pawell-Desrosiers Awardee Anne Milling and Co-Founder Father Paul Desrosiers 2. Lawrence Gobble with Bethany and Event Host Eric Paulsen 3. Sister Marcy Romine OSF and Archbishop Alfred Hughes

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What: Annual “Guardian Angel Award Gala,” benefiting Project Lazarus

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Renovating and Rejuvenating


“Juleps in June” celebrated citizens committed to preservation. By Shelby Simon

“Juleps in June,” the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s annual fundraiser, was a night for renovators. Honorary Co-Chairs were Preservationist Andrea Bland and Attorney David Bland. Attorney Joe DeSalvo and Designer and Author Rosemary James, who recently completed re-renovating Faulkner House, are Co-Founders of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, which presented the event. The Party Committee also included attorney Angela Bowlin and Martin Robinson and Chris Fransen. Many guests have also recently invested in restoring historic homes. The gala honored Faulkner’s love of good whiskey, and mint juleps were served in silver cups, which are the traditional patrons gifts for the event. Food and flowers were provided by Glenn Vatshell, owner and chef of Palate New Orleans. Jimmy Lee, an investments broker, and wife Vicky, an artist, were successful bidders on this year’s painting of the society’s namesake, Nobel laureate William Faulkner, who wrote his first novel while living on Pirate’s Alley. The painting, created and donated by Grayce DeNoia Bochak, was auctioned to benefit the society’s literary and literacy projects. Literary guests of honor included novelists John Gregory Brown, a New Orleans native and author of the new novel, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, and his wife, Carrie Brown, author of the new novel, The Stargazer’s Sister, as well as Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, non-fiction author of The “Baby Dolls”: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition, which is the focus book this year for the literary initiative of One Book One New Orleans. The Faulkner Society is partnering with One Book One New Orleans for their literary initiative and the Society’s 2016 BIG READ, targeting teenagers at risk for illiteracy. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, June 3 Where: Residence of Andrea and David Bland

1. Founders Rosemary James and Joseph DeSalvo 2. Novelists John Gregory Brown and Carrie Brown with Honorary Co-Chairs Andrea and David Bland 3. Representatives of One Book One New Orleans Ian Blanchard, Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville and Dr. Megan Holt

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Freedom for All


IPNO honored citizens committed to justice. By Shelby Simon

The annual fundraiser for Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) to celebrate freedom and gather for justice drew 300 patrons to The Cannery on June 3. Honorees were Gregory A. Pechukas, “because justice came from the Per Curiam;” Aleem Maqbool; Ashley Semier; Pete Murtaugh/BBC News “for telling a story no one else would tell;” and JusticeAid “for raising money, raising hopes and raising a ruckus.” At The Cannery, food was catered by Jacques-Imo’s, Cafe Degas and Shake Sugary, including lamb chop lollipops and shrimp Creole. Beverages were provided by Pal’s Lounge, Juan’s Flying Burrito, Gordon Biersch, the Rusty Nail, Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden. Centerpieces were loaned by Charvet’s Garden Center, and musical entertainment was provided by the Black Chorale Group. The event featured 90 silent auction items, including framed photographs of Mardi Gras Indians by Robert Warren, a stay at the new Ace Hotel and a one-of-a-kind decorative banjo by Ani DiFranco. IPNO is a nonprofit law office with full time staff attorneys working cases from start to finish, supported by investigators, paralegals and volunteers, offered pro bono to their clients. In memoriam, 558 candles were lit, one for each year IPNO’s innocent clients spent wrongly incarcerated. n



Event at a Glance What: “15th Anniversary Gala,” benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans Where: The Cannery

1. Former Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr., Michael Williams and Honoree Gregory A. Pechukas 2. Robert Jones, Judge Perry Martinez, Councilmember-at-Large Jason Rogers Williams and Michael Friedman 3. Jerome Morgan and IPNO Board Chair Michael W. Magner

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A Royal Welcome


NOWFE’s “Welcome Party” kicked off the “Royal Street Stroll” festivities. By Shelby Simon

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience “Welcome Party” at Brennan’s iconic pink Royal Street location introduced VIPs to the start of NOWFE’s signature event, the “Royal Street Stroll.” Proceeds from the four-day event support culinary education. The event was made possible by NOWFE Board President Ted Selogie and NOWFE Board Vice President Traci Beninate. Approximately 100 patrons dispersed throughout the second floor of Brennan’s restaurant for the celebration. Chef Slade Rushing of Brennan’s served small bites of his Creole specialties to pair with wines provided by Louis Jadot and Kobrand. The event concluded with a sabering of champagne that was done by Krug Ambassador and Master Sommelier Garth Hodgdon. After the event, all guests enjoyed the activities of the “Royal Street Stroll,” presented by Rouses. n



Event at a Glance When: Thursday-Sunday, May 26-29 Where: Brennan’s Restaurant

1. Harsha Chacko, Liz Williams, NOWFE Board President Ted Selogie 2. Kim Priez, Garth Hodgdon, NOWFE Board Vice President Traci Beninate 3. Ralph Brennan and Cameron Perry

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Difficult to define, impossible to buy and instantly recognizable, style comes from deep within. You can spot it a mile away; it’s an innate quality that’s never restricted by age, gender or race. Take Kate, the Duchess of Cornwall. Despite the many sartorial protocols about what she can and cannot wear, she’s always stunning, whether she’s in a pair of jeans (as she was for her first Vogue cover) or donning a designer gown for a state dinner. This enviable exterior is truly enhanced when the inside is as impressive as the outside. That is the reason for this article, to profile six New Orleanians who not only cut a stylish figure around town, but do it often and for the sake of the community and the philanthropic endeavors they support.

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Six fashionable New Orleanians embody true style

Barbara Rosenberg Age: 46 Occupation: Full time mom Which nonprofit have you chosen to represent? New Orleans Women’s Shelter What do you prefer to wear to nonprofit events? A simple dress with a great pair of shoes. How would you describe your personal style? Classic with a twist Is your significant other well dressed? His closet is significantly larger than mine, if that tells you anything! He has great taste in clothing and always looks handsome. Where do you like to shop? I shop in a variety of different places, but locally one of my favorites is Em’s Boutique. Emily and her manager, Jill, always help me find the perfect outfit. However, the best thing to “wear” is a positive attitude, and you can’t buy that in any store! Whose style do you most admire? My mother, Mary Lou Brogan. She always reminds me of Grace Kelly with her effortless elegance. What are you wearing in this photo? Emilio Pucci dress with my favorite Christian Louboutin heels

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Bivian “Sonny” Lee III Age: 34 Occupation: Founder and President, The Son of a Saint Institute ( What event have you chosen to represent? The Son of a Saint fourth annual Gala, December 2 What is appropriate attire for this event? Semi-formal  How would you describe your personal style? I like things that are classic, comfortable and of good quality Is your significant other well dressed? I assume, I can’t get past the beauty of her face. Where do you like to shop? Locally, I’ll stop by Vegas on Magazine Streets or catch a deal at Saks’ Men’s Department or Allen Edmond.  Whose style do you most admire? Former Son of a Saint Board member, Dr. Jay Dumas. He’s always sharp. What are you wearing in this photo? Black Hugo Boss suit, Saks Fifth Avenue tie, White Mizzen + Main Manhattan shirt and Black Allen Edmond shoes 49

Corey Hebert M.D. Age: 46 Occupation: Physician; CEO, Community Health TV; Assistant Professor LSUHSC; and Chief Medical Editor, WDSU What event have you chosen to represent? I am a very charitable person, so I’m always serving as a chairman or on a planning committee for so many great events. The Daughters of Charity “Keeping Our Promises” gala, The Blessed 26 “Hope for 2morrow Gala” (Ed. note: Took place June 11) and the inaugural African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative, to mention just a few this year.  What is appropriate attire for these events? I am always working at these events so my basic “workout gear” is a custom suit and signature bow tie, cufflinks and two anklets, but never socks!  How would you describe your personal style? Business Bohemian. I love mixing genres of fashion to bring diversity to the stodginess of classic American Style. Is your significant other well dressed? Absolutely impeccably dressed. Where do you like to shop? Luca Falcone, Brinkman’s Menswear and Brooks Brothers Whose style do you most admire? Actor Idris Elba What are you wearing in this photo? Bespoke two-piece windowpane plaid suit, custom French cuff shirt, shoes by Gucci, belt by Hermès and a pocket square by Etro

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Ruthie Frierson Age: 76 Occupation: Wife, mother and grandmother; civic activistfounder; and Chair Emeritus, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans What event have you chosen to represent? The New Orleans Botanical Garden’s fall gala, “Magic in the Moonlight.” I have served on the board for years and I love the many opportunities the garden’s programs provide for learning What is appropriate attire for this event? Cocktail How would you describe your personal style? Classic, tailored clothes with accessories, as they give the finishing touch to any outfit – casual or dressy! Is your significant other well dressed? Yes, Lou always looks great to me and he’s always dressed appropriately for the occasion, be it a gala, dinner party, meeting, fishing or working in the garden! Where do you like to shop? Saks, Ballins, Carlisle and dress designer Yvonne Counce  Whose style do you admire most? I admire the style of a number of family and friends What are you wearing in this photo? Jacket by Escada, dress pants by Carlisle, jeweled purse was handmade in Japan and heels by Stuart Weitzman 51

Kay Kerrigan Age: Feeling 18 and happy to be 68! Occupation: Community Activist and BUG (aka Best Uptown Granny) What event have you chosen to represent? “Just Say YAYA,” which is YAYA’s annual fundraiser. This year’s theme is “YAYA Goes Gardening.” YAYA’s mission is to empower creative young people to become successful adults. We provide educational experiences in the arts and entrepreneurship to New Orleansarea children and youth, fostering and supporting their individual ambitions What is appropriate attire for this event? Creative and fun How would you describe your personal style? Classically tailored with an edge Is your significant other well dressed? Always, but it really doesn’t matter because he’s so handsome!  Where do you like to shop? Carlisle, Angelique, Victoria’s and out of town. Whose style do you most admire? Iris Apfel – need I say more?  What are you wearing in this photo? Carlisle fringed leather skirt, black knit top and belt.

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Susan Read Johnson Age: 69 Occupation: Wife, mother, grandmother and volunteer What event have you chosen to represent? I am highlighting “The Historic Houses Society Gala� that benefits the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses. The money raised from this event is used to preserve these beautiful museums and their collections for generations to come. What is appropriate attire for the event? Cocktail How would you describe your personal style? My style is fairly traditional. When I buy something, I keep it for years! Is your significant other well dressed? My husband is always well dressed. His favorite style is casual. Where do you like to shop? I like to shop at small boutiques. Two of my favorites are CK Collection and East Bay Clothiers in Fairhope, Alabama. Whose style do you admire? I have three wonderful daughters who make me very proud. They always look great, and I really admire their unique styles. What are you wearing in this photograph? I am wearing a Lela Rose dress that my husband gave to me last Christmas with a black pearl necklace with matching black pearl and diamond earrings. 53

Registry of Charitable Events september – december 2016 compiled by Marie Simoneaux


Le Petit Théâtre evening of theater, music, food and fun will kick off Le Petit Théâtre’s centennial season. Tickets: N/A Location: Tableau Contact: 522-2081

is a party with a purpose with all proceeds going to support the NOWCS’ mission, to enable women and children to transition out of homelessness. The evening will feature food, an open bar, dinner and dancing with music by the Soul Rebels Brass Band and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Tickets: $125/person Location: People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market Contact: 522-9340




“The Centennial Curtain Call Ball” Benefits:

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“‘There’s No Place Like Hope’ Fall Gala”

“Martini Madness”

Boys Hope, Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans Event Info: Celebrate the success of the scholars and alumni of Boys Hope Girls Hope during their annual gala. Guests will be provided with a diverse mix of food and specialty drinks from local restaurants, music from Lost in the Sixties and an auction, raffle and wine pull. Tickets: $125/person Location: City Park Pavilion of Two Sisters Contact: 484-7744

Friends of City Park Event Info: Tastings of over 25 specialty martinis from Republic National Distributing Company and food from over 20 of New Orleans’ best restaurants define this annual City Park event. Tickets cover all food and drinks and proceeds will go towards the renovation of City Park Police Building. Tickets: $45/member; $55/ non-member Location: The Arbor Room and Popp Fountain at City Park Contact: 483-9369




Third annual “Pharmacy Museum Golf Tournament” Benefits: Pharmacy

Museum Event Info: The Pharmacy Museum will host their third annual golf tournament to raise money for the museum’s building renovation project. The day will include food and drink, both on and off the course, and the opportunity to golf for a cause. Tickets: $125/individual golfer; $400/foursome; $600/hole sponsor; $1,500/event sponsor. Location: Audubon Golf Club Contact: 565-8027


“There’s No Place Like Home” New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter Event Info: This annual fundraiser Benefits:


dancing and music from the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra. Dinner will follow, along with more dancing to music from the Yat Pack band. A silent auction and surprise performances will keep attendees on their toes throughout the evening. Location: The Terminal at New Orleans Lakefront Airport Tickets: $150-$250/person Contact: 267-9527

30th annual “Role Models Awards Gala”

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“Justice for All Ball” Pro Bono Project Event Info: Raffles, auctions, food and drink from more than 25 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and bars will make up this year’s annual fundraiser to provide legal services to those in need in New Orleans and surrounding parishes. Entertainment will be music by Flow Tribe, and several special cocktails will be created to celebrate the evening. Tickets: $150/person in advance; $175/person at the door Location: Audubon Tea Room Contact: 581-3480


30th annual “Fall Affair”

Benefits: American Red Cross Event Info: The Power of Women Luncheon will honor a group of extraordinary female volunteers and community leaders who have made significant contributions to the continual recovery efforts of New Orleans and Louisiana. Tickets: $150/person Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Contact: 620-3105



Benefits: The

Benefits: Lighthouse

“September Seduction” Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera Association Event Info: This year’s sultry theme is inspired by Don Juan. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks,

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Garden District Association Event Info: This year’s “Fall Affair” will include cocktails and dinner at the Garden District’s famous Commander’s Palace. Money raised from the event will go towards the continuing efforts to preserve and improve the Garden District as a vital, historic residential neighborhood. Tickets: $250/person Location: Commander’s Palace Contact: gardendistrictno@

“Power of Women Luncheon”

Louisiana who are blind, deaf or have other disabilities. Lighthouse Louisiana works with them to provide job training, competitive employment, access to communication and the skills for independence. Tickets: $100/person Location: 1 Garden Lane Contact: 899-450, extension 230


“Light up the Night” Louisiana An evening of food, cocktails and dancing at a beautiful New Orleans home will benefit people of Southeast Event Info:

Benefits: Young


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annual gala works to inspire through celebrating the achievements of this year’s class of leaders. Tickets: $200/person; $2,500+/ table Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 585-1198


“Blue Rose Ball” Benefits:

St. Michael Special

School Event Info: An elegant evening featuring a four-course seated dinner, live music and both silent and live auctions will raise funds for St. Michael Special School. St. Michael provides a Catholic environment for students with special education needs to grow. Tickets: $150/person Location: Hilton Riverside Contact: 524-7285


“National African American Male Wellness Walk & Run 5K” The National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative Event Info: Inaugural event featuring free health screenings, a 5K walk/run and a kids walk/ run because "healthy men make healthy families." Tickets: Free Location: Joe W. Brown Memorial Park Contact: Benefits:


“LOVE in the Garden” presented by Whitney Bank Benefits:

New Orleans Museum

of Art Event Info: A fun, festive and casual evening will serve to celebrate both the visual and culinary arts in New Orleans. The event will include food from over 60 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, local entertainment and craft cocktails mixed by the city’s top bartenders, who will be competing in the second annual LOVE Cocktail Challenge. Local food trucks will be on site to offer partygoers late-night eats. This year’s honorees are New Orleans artists Elenora Rukiya Brown, Skylat Fein, Gene Koss, Ashley Longshore, Alexa Pulitzer and Josephine Sacabo. Tickets: $50-$150/person Location: New Orleans Museum of Modern Art Contact: 658-4121


“Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon” St. Elizabeth’s Guild Event Info: This event will honor 10 outstanding community activists, and will feature a fashion show by Dillard’s, entertainment, a silent auction, a parade of prizes and more. The proceeds of this event will support the work of three Catholic charities: Independent Living Skills Program, Padua House and St. John’s Community Center. Tickets: $75/person Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Contact: 301-4321 Benefits:


“Belles & Beaus Ball: A Salute to Survivors” Benefits: American

Cancer Society Join ACS for an evening as they "Finish the Fight Against Cancer" with food provided by over 40 local establishments, an open bar, live music by Karma and live and silent auctions. Tickets: $150/person General Admission: $250/person Seated Location: Mardi Gras World Ballroom Contact: 219-2282 Event Info:


“NOLA on Tap” Louisiana SPCA Taste more than 400 beers and enjoy food and live Benefits:

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music all while helping to save animals’ lives at the annual “NOLA on Tap” beer festival presented by The Bulldog and Louisiana SPCA. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. Dogs are welcome. This year’s main sponsor is SweetWater Brewing Company. Tickets: $5/person; $25/VIP Location: New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds Contact: 762-3308


“Notre Dame Seminary Gala” Notre Dame Seminary Event Info: This year’s gala will honor Mr. and Mrs. Greg Raymond, and will include a silent and live auction, raffles and food and desserts from local restaurants. Tickets: $100/person Location: Notre Dame Seminary Contact: 236-0776; Benefits:


“Hannah G. Solomon Award Luncheon” National Council of Jewish Women Event Info: Ana and Juan Gershanik have been chosen to be the recipients of the 2016 Hannah G. Solomon Award and will be honored at the annual luncheon to benefit the National Council of Jewish Women, a grassroots organization of volunteers who turn progressive ideals into action. Tickets: N/A Location: Westin Canal Place Contact: 861-7788 Benefits:


Breastoration, which works with women requiring breast reconstruction following mastectomies from breast cancer. The evening will include an auction and food and drink provided by Galatoire’s. Tickets: $1,000/person Location: Galatoire’s Contact: 293-2618


“HeartGift Heroes Golf Tournament” Benefits: HeartGift

This 18-hole golf tournament, presented by Bryan Subaru will celebrate the 36th life saved in Louisiana through HeartGift. The afternoon will end with a cocktail party for players and guests. Tickets: $150/player; $600/team Location: English Turn Contact: 676-4323 Event Info:


Third annual “Children’s Hero Awards” Benefits:

Children’s Bureau of New

Orleans Event Info: This

year’s annual fundraising event will be presented by Liberty Bank at the home of Jeff and Laurie Young. Four individuals who have shown an exemplary commitment to improving the quality of life of children in the New Orleans area will be honored. Tickets: $125/person Location: Home of Jeff and Laurie Young Contact: 525-2366


“City Stars Soiree”


Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans Event Info: Six young entrepreneurs will be honored at this year’s Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans annual gala. The event will feature music, a silent auction and food from New Orleans’ finest restaurants. Tickets: $50/person Location: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans Contact: 569-8657



Third annual "'Mini Box' Auction Gala” Benefits: Community Visions Unlimited Event Info: Food, fun, libations and Jazz music by Heifijo to support the beautification of our city. Tickets: $35/person Location: Parisian Courtyard Inn Contact:

“Galatoire’s Goes Pink” Benefits: Breastoration Event Info: Galatoire’s will be a sea of pink at this cocktail and dinner event to raise funds for


29th annual “Walk for Education” UNCF Proceeds from 29th annual “Walk for Education” will Benefits:

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provide scholarships to students in need in Louisiana as well as Xavier and Dillard universities, UNCF’s member institutions. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 8:30. Tickets: $40/adults; $20/children under 12 Location: Audubon Park and Zoo Riverview Area Contact: 581-3794


“Drinks for DHP” Benefits: Disposable


Project Event Info: Toast

the troops at Tracy’s when all profits from the bar will be donated to the Disposable Heroes Project, which recognizes, honors and supports wounded, former, fallen and active troops. Tickets: Free Location: Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar Contact: 400-5683


“Feast with Leah” Benefits: Parkway

Partners Usually entitled “Feast with the Stars,” this year’s gala, “Feast with Leah,” will be a seated Jazz brunch at Dooky Chase. Dr. Bob Thomas will be honored with the Green Spirit Award. Tickets: Sponsorships range $250$15,000 Location: Dooky Chase Contact: 620-2224 Event Info:


“Stake Out for Justice” Benefits: New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation Event Info: New Orleans Police Department officers will be honored at this annual luncheon. Badge of Honor Awards will be presented to outstanding officers who are dedicated to protecting and serving the community. The keynote speaker will be Chuck Wexler, the Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum in D.C. Tickets: $150/person Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Contact: 558-9944


“Operetta on Broadway” Lambeth House will be served a three-course meal made by chef John Joffe of Lambeth House, while being serenaded by local


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opera singer Casey Candebat. The evening will also include a raffle, and proceeds from the event will go to the Lambeth house, which works to assure the highest level of physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social wellbeing for older adults. Tickets: $150/person Location: Lambeth House Contact: 865-1960


“Magic in the Moonlight” Botanical Garden Foundation Event Info: This magical evening will include an al fresco dinner made by chef Alex Harrel of Angeline, served under the lit oaks of the New Orleans botanical gardens. This year’s event will showcase the new entrance to the Botanical Garden and Storyland, and will include an auction and entertainment by the New Orleans Moonshiners. Tickets: $300/person Location: Botanical Gardens Grounds at City Park Contact: 483-9386 Benefits:


“West Jeff Family Fest” West Jefferson Hospital Foundation Event Info: This free festival serves to benefit the cancer center at the West Jefferson Medical Center, and will include amusement rides, music, food and drink and the third annual “I Pink I Can” walk. The two-mile walk/run on the 15th will start at 8 a.m. and costumes are encouraged. Tickets: Free Location: 920 Avenue B, Marrero Contact: 349-2525 Benefits:


Sixth annual “CADA Carnivale” Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Event Info: Join CADA at a private Garden District home for its annual Patron Party. The evening will include food, music, entertainment, an open bar and a live auction. Come to the City Park Carousel Garden the next night for unlimited rides, entertainment and free cotton candy. Tickets: $100-$500/Patron Party; $8-$10/Gala Location: Patron Party – Private Garden District Home; Gala – City Park Carousel Garden Contact: 821-2232 Benefits:


“Strike for STEM” Benefits: Core

Element year’s annual fundraiser will feature a night of bowling, food, cocktails and entertainment by the Disco Amigos and the Wise Guys. The celebration is sponsored by Schlumberger and proceeds will go towards the promotion of quality teaching in science, technology, engineering and math across the greater New Orleans area. Tickets: $50/person in advance; $60/person at door Location: Rock ‘n’ Bowl Contact: 274-3611 Event Info: This


Ogden Museum of Southern Art Event Info: The Ogden is set to celebrate the American South at their annual fundraiser, which will honor Fran Villere. The evening will begin with a large silent auction in the Patrick F. Taylor Library with cocktails and appetizers by Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise. Guests will enjoy live musical and artistic surprises before enjoying a seated dinner by Donald Link of the Link Restaurant Group and a live auction to feature major works by important Southern artists. Tickets: $500+/person Location: The Ogden Museum Contact: 539-9600 Benefits:


“Fête du Jardin” Louisiana Landmarks

Society Event Info: Enjoy

the unique character of New Orleans with local cuisine, wine and music at one of the city’s iconic treasures, the Pitot House. This year’s event will be honoring Consul Général de France Grégor Trumel and Madame Ingrid Trumel. Tickets: $75/person; $35/person 35 years or younger Location: The Pitot House Contact: 482-0312


“Voyage dans la Lune Gala” Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents and Associates Event Info: On the night of the harvest moon, join the oldest preservation advocacy nonprofit in Louisiana. The theme of the Benefits:

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“Rock the Runway You Night 2016 – St. Tammany” Benefits:

“O What a Night!”


evening is “A Journey to the Moon,” a nod to George Méliès’ classic silent film. The event will include a live and silent auction, live music and food made by local chefs. An original painting donated by the Michalopoulos Gallery, entitled “Catchin’ the Corners,” will be the highlight of the live auction, and the artist will be the night’s honored guest. Ticket: $250/patron; $150/person; $100/junior Location: Beauregard-Keyes House Contact: 581-7200

You Night Empowerment

Events Event Info: "You

Night" helps women embrace life beyond cancer, and is designed to address the emotional and mental effects experienced after a cancer diagnosis. Ticket: $125/person Location: Castine Center, Mandeville Contact: (877) 591-5936


“Golf Ball Gala” Benefits: Fore!Kids

Foundation Foundation is dedicated to raising money to fund children’s service organizations through golf events, including the “Golf Ball Gala,” which will include food, drink, a live band and live and silent auctions. Tickets: $100/person Location: Club XLIV off Champion Square Contact: 342-3000 Event Info: Fore!Kids


“Susan G. Komen New Orleans Race for the Cure” Susan G. Komen New Orleans Affiliate Event Info: The world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer returns to New Orleans. The event donates 75 percent of the net funds raised to local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment, and the remaining 25 percent will support the Susan G. Komen® Grants Program. Tickets: $40/adults; $30/teens; $25/kids Location: City Park Contact: 455-7310 Benefits:


“Fall Into Fashion” Benefits: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers Event Info: Help the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra recognize Mrs. Louis Claverie, who started the Encore Shop 60 years ago to benefit the LPO. The celebration will begin with a shopping event to highlight the Encore Shop’s new fall consignments and will include champagne and priority shopping at the designer boutique. A Patron Party will follow with live music, a light supper and wine. Tickets: $125/ Patron Party & shopping; $75/Gala Location: Encore Shop & 1134 First St. Contact: 861-9028


“Cocktails for KID smART” Benefits: KID

smART one of the top 11 parties of the year by, “Cocktails for KID smART” is a celebration of arts integration in schools. This year’s event will feature New Orleans artist Nicole Charbonnet, whose work is inspired by lingering effects of history on her native city. The evening will begin with a Patron Party, followed by the cocktail party. Tickets: $375-$5,000/person Location: 1619 Arabella St. Contact: 940-1994 Event Info: Named


“Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure Gala” Benefits: Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium Event Info: The “Key to the Cure Gala” is the kickoff event for Saks Fifth Avenue’s four-day charity shopping weekend. The Gala will take place at Saks and will feature many of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers, local New Orleans music, as well as a designer fashion show. From October 26-30, Saks Fifth Avenue will donate 2 percent of all sales to the cancer research programs of Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. Tickets: $75/person Location: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: 293-2618


“St. Mary’s Dominican High School Tennis Tournament” St. Mary Anne McSweeney faculty endowment fund Event Info: Help raise money for Dominican High School’s endowment fund with a day of tennis, food and fun. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets: $80/team; $40/person Location: City Park Tennis Club Contact: 915-6032 Benefits:


“A Night of Blue” Crimestoppers GNO Event Info: Enjoy food from area restaurants, blues music from local artists, including Rockin’ Doopsie and Robin Barnes and auction items to raise money for youth crime prevention programs Tickets: $85/person or $150/ couple in advance; $100/person at the door Location: Generations Hall Contact: 837-8477 Benefits:


“Celebration of Life Luncheon” Cancer Crusaders, Inc. Event Info: Honor cancer survivors who have given back to the community at this luncheon, presented by the Cancer Crusaders. All money raised will be donated to Tulane and LSU for cancer research. Tickets: $75/person Location: New Orleans Marriott Contact: 455-7065 Benefits:


22nd annual “Poydras Home Art Show” Benefits: Poydras

Home This year’s annual art show will feature traditional and contemporary paintings, photography, sculptures, metalwork, pottery, jewelry and selected crafts by regional artists. Tickets: Free and open to the public Location: Poydras Home Contact: 897-0535 Event Info:


“Deo Gratias” Benefits: Saint

Joseph Abbey and Seminary College Event Info: This year’s annual gala will feature a buffet dinner, music by the Ed Barrett Jazz Ensemble and the opportunity to meet many of the monks, seminarians, faculty and staff who devote

themselves to the mission of Ora et Labora – pray and work. This year's featured artwork is "Weathering the Storms of Life" by Jim Seitz. Tickets: $95/person; $125/person after October 25 Location: Saint Joseph Abbey, St. Benedict Contact: (985) 867-2284,

Services’ work with people with developmental disabilities. Tickets: $125/person; $1,500/table sponsor Location: Whitehall Plantation Grounds Contact: 731-1362


“Boudin, Bourbon & Beer 2016” Emeril Lagasse Foundation Event Info: Over 60 chefs from across the nation will create their own original boudin dishes at one of the region’s premier outdoor food and music festivals. The festival kicks off the “Two Nights, One Cause” fundraising weekend, presented by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which creates opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth to succeed through culinary, nutrition and arts education. Tickets: $99/person Location: Champion Square Contact: 212-2222 Benefits:

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“Alexis de Tocqueville Awards and Gala” United Way of Southeast Louisiana Event Info: The Tocqueville Society of United Way of Southeast Louisiana will host their annual gala to honor some of the community’s most outstanding philanthropists. Tickets: $250/person Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 827-6894 Benefits:


“Historic Houses Society Gala” Benefits: The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Museums Event Info: This year’s annual gala to thank and honor the Society’s Circle Level donors will be held at the Garden District home of Kim and Jamey Roddy. The gala will include music, drinks and food provided by the Link Restaurant Group and all proceeds will go towards preservation efforts for the Hermann-Grima and Gallier museums. Tickets: N/A Location: Home of Kim and Jamey Roddy Contact: 274-0746



“Carnivale du Vin” Benefits: Emeril Lagasse Foundation Event Info: A highly acclaimed group of chefs and vintners come together to form the 2016 Krewe du Vin for the Emeril Lagasse’s 12th annual “Carnivale du Vin” Gala. The evening will include food, wine and entertainment, along with a reception and sit down dinner. “Carnivale du Vin” is the second event in the “Two Nights, One Cause” fundraising weekend for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which has granted more than $7 million to children’s charities that support culinary, nutrition and arts programs. Tickets: $1,000-$10,000/person Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 897-9843

“Moonlight on the River Gala”


Magnolia Community Services Event Info: Join Magnolia Community Services to empower independence, show compassion and honor their client’s abilities at their annual gala. Enjoy food from local restaurants and caterers; entertainment from the Top Cats and Pussyfooters; a silent and live auction; and more. Proceeds from the event will help fund Magnolia Community

The Alzheimer’s Association Event Info: The Alzheimer’s Association’s signature event will raise awareness and funds in order to support the resources they provide for those affected by Alzheimer’s. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., the opening ceremony at 9, and the walk at 9:30. Tickets: Free to supporters of the organization


“Walk to End Alzheimer’s” Benefits:

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“Dancing for the Arts” Young Audiences of Louisiana Event Info: Celebrity dancers will take to the floor for an evening of rug-cutting competitions to support arts education in New Orleans. The event will raise money for the Young Audiences of Louisiana’s after school and summer programs. Tickets: $100-$5,000/person Location: Harrah’s New Orleans Contact: 523-3525 Benefits:


“Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala” Benefits: Touro Infirmary Foundation Event Info: Join Touro in celebrating the recipient of the 2016 Judah Touro Society Award, Stephen Kupperman. The celebration will include a Patron Party, dinner and awards, and then cocktail hour with entertainment throughout the evening. Tickets: $200/person Location: Mardi Gras World Contact: 897-8435


“The 50th Odyssey” presented by IBERIABANK Benefits:

New Orleans Museum

of Art Event Info: The

“Odyssey” is celebrating its 50th year with another night of delicious cuisine, craft cocktails, live entertainment by Timothee Lovelock and Karma, dancing and art. The evening is inspired by the museum’s fall exhibition, “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection.” Guests will view a survey of George Dunbar, a New Orleans artist who helped to bring abstract art to the South. Tickets: $155-$2,500/person Location: New Orleans Museum of Art Contact: 658-4106


“Schmancy” Tulane Hillel presents its third annual event, “Schmancy,” at the Glazer Club. The night will include cocktails, live entertainment, food by HK Nola and more.


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Proceeds will go towards Hillel, a nonprofit community center that fosters leadership and community engagement. Tickets: N/A Location: Yulman Stadium Glazer Club Contact: 866-7060

gaming, food, prizes and an open bar. Guests will enjoy blackjack, craps, poker, roulette tables and a 50/50 raffle, all in progressive drawing. Tickets: $118/person Location: Gates of Prayer Contact: 887-4091



“STAIR Affair 2016: Treasure Island” Benefits: Start the Adventure in Reading Event Info: This year’s annual cocktail party and fundraiser is centered around the literary theme of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. The evening will feature food from local restaurants that will embrace the exotic island spirit of the theme, along with drinks and an auction. The money raised will provide free volunteer reading tutors for public elementary school students in danger of failing reading. Tickets: $60/person Location: 170 Audubon Blvd. Contact: 899-0820


“Howling Success” Benefits: Louisiana

SPCA Event Info: The Louisiana SPCA’s annual fundraiser will feature a Patron Party and Gala, a silent auction, live music and specialty performances. The event will include local food, an open bar, a photo booth, music and dancing. Attire is either black-tie, cocktail or costumes. The theme of the evening is "Pop Culture." Tickets: N/A Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 762-3308

“2016 Azúcar Ball” New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation Event Info: The “2016 Azúcar Ball” will honor Mr. Arnold Donald of the Carnival Corporation. The black-tie event will include music, dancing, food, entertainment, the awarding of the Gálvez Cup and a silent auction. This year’s theme is “an enchanting evening in the land of fire and water.” Proceeds from the evening will go towards the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit community organization to cultivate and promote Hispanic heritage of New Orleans. Tickets: $150-$250/person Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans Contact: 636-0107 Benefits:


“Nocturne XIII”


Musical Arts Society of New Orleans Event Info: This annual gala and fundraiser is a black-tie event that will include a champagne reception, salon recital by world renowned Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan and a fabulous dinner. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans’ ongoing work to provide a wide variety of musical programming and events. Tickets: $200/person Location: Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Contact: 899-4826

Benefits: Ochsner


“Moonlight & Miracles Gala” Cancer Institute Ochsner’s fourth annual event will be held on the grounds of the Superdome and will benefit services and research at their Cancer Institute, the largest nonprofit system in the Gulf South. Tickets: $400/person Location: Superdome Contact: 842-7125 Event Info:


“Gala Night: Celebrating 21 Fabulous Years” Benefits:

Jewish Community Day

School Event Info: A

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“New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter Shaya Dinner” New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter Event Info: From 7-10 p.m., the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter presents a delicious meal at renowned Israeli restaurant, Shaya. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Women & Children’s Shelter. Tickets: $500/person; $1,000/ couple Location: Shaya Restaurant Contact: 522-9340 Benefits:

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“Essence of Style Design Symposium” Friends of Longue Vue three-day floral design symposium will feature various events, including a designer reception at a private home on the 17th; a luncheon and lecture on the 18th at the Audubon Tea Room; and a holiday centerpiece workshop on the 19th. This year’s symposium will feature renowned floral designer René vans Rems, and will provide three opportunities for design enthusiasts to participate. Tickets: $100-$175/person Location: N/A Contact: 488-5488 Benefits:

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“Just Say YAYA: YAYA Goes Gardening” Young Artists, Young Aspirations Event Info: YAYA’s annual benefits event will support their ongoing programs, including the YAYA Guild, a tuition free, after school program for high school students, Urban Heroes and an in school arts enrichment program for kids ages 6-12. This year’s event is garden themed and will include an art sale created by the YAYAs, a live auction and live music. Tickets: $150/person Location: YAYA Arts Center Contact: 529-3306 Benefits:


“#iGiveCatholic” The Catholic Foundation This online giving event is sponsored by the Whitney Bank and will provide the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux parishes the opportunity to connect with their current donors and establish relationships with new ones. All day, the Catholic community can come together on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving back. Tickets: N/A Location: Online Contact: 527-5788 Benefits:

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December 1

“Annual Foundation Dinner” The Catholic Foundation Event Info: This year’s foundation dinner will honor Marilyn Quirk


with the St. John Paul II Award, to be presented by Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond. Tickets: $150/person; $1,500/table of 10 Location: Hilton Riverside Contact: 596-3045


“Fete de Noel” Benefits:

The Ladies Leukemia

League Event Info: This

festive event will usher in the Christmas season and honor children fighting leukemia. The luncheon will include a fashion show by Dillard’s, door prizes, auction items, a visit from Santa and a parade of prizes. Proceeds from this event will go to the Ladies Leukemia League, which has raised more than $3.4 million towards finding a cure. Tickets: $75-$100/person; $750-$1,000/table Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Contact: 466-8875


Fourth annual "Son of a Saint Gala" Son of a Saint Son of a Saint exists to enhance the lives of fatherless boys through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills, exposure to constructive experiences and formation of a positive and lasting peer-topeer relationships. Tickets: $150/person Location: Le Méridien New Orleans Contact: 655-8416 Benefits:

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“A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner” Anti-Defamation League Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’s annual “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award” this year will go to Carroll Suggs and Walter Isaacson. Their accomplishments will be celebrated with a festive dinner. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Anti-Defamation League, a 103-year-old civil rights agency that fights against discrimination and bigotry of all kinds. Tickets: N/A Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Contact: 780-5602 Benefits:

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“Quartz countertops now have impressive veining options that imitate natural marble with throughbody engineered patterns.” – Kristen Mason Klamer, Partner at Payne & Mason architecture and interior design practice

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W Kitchen & bath trends With so many technological advances and aesthetic shifts in home design, it can be hard for the average person to keep their finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to kitchens and baths – the rooms of the home that give you the most bang for the buck. If you’re building a new home or renovating your current one, there are so many options to weigh for appliances, finishes and surfaces that it can feel like a full-time job. Whether you choose to hire an expert or go at it yourself, it doesn’t hurt to start with a little insight from the industry. Advances in technology seem to be the driving force in new kitchen and bath

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products, and as homes become “smart” homes, the ability to monitor, maintain or modify settings is becoming more hands-off. The kitchen is the room with perhaps the most advances, with everything from smart refrigerators that know what you need while you grocery shop to ovens that know exactly what temperature your protein is via wireless probe. Coffee systems and faucets that can be controlled by your phone or tablet are also big sellers. “We’re seeing technology really at its infancy in the kitchen, and I see that market growing and changing over the next few years significantly,” says Randall Shaw,

President of Nordic Kitchens & Baths (1818 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 888-2300, Customers aren’t hesitant to pull the trigger on these new technologies – as with smart phones and tablets, you can often update or upgrade your firmware as the technology improves over time. One of Shaw’s favorite new appliances is the combination steam oven. “It’s probably the biggest selling product that people haven’t had before,” says Shaw. Functional as a steam oven, a convection oven or a combination of the two, these items are popular for gourmet sous vide 61

cooking as well as simply reheating your leftovers to their restaurant-level freshness. A kitchen or bath’s solid surface is one way people choose to make a statement, and many of the experts interviewed expressed a universal admiration for quartz surfaces. “Man-made quartz countertops have come a long way over the last 10 years. Companies such as Silestone, Vicostone and Cambria are able to produce beautiful and durable material suitable for just about any application – kitchen, vanity, fireplace and tub surrounds,” says Cortland Fillman of Louisiana Granite & Marble (Luling, (985) 785-0805). According to Fillman, the engineered quartz is both lighter in weight and more durable than most granites and marbles, which lessens worries over scratches and staining. There is also more consistency in color and veining from slab to slab. Even pieces of granite quarried from the same mountain can differ in color. “Quartz countertops now have impressive veining options that imitate natural marble with through-body engineered patterns,” adds Kristen Mason Klamer, Partner at Payne & Mason (517-3220, architecture and interior design practice.

“We’re seeing technology really at its infancy in the kitchen, and I see that market growing and changing over the next few years significantly." – Randall Shaw, President of Nordic Kitchens & Baths

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Though quartz offers superior durability, marble still has its appeal, according to Partner Kim Payne Allen. “Marble slabs are still popular on freestanding kitchen islands – the natural veining provides rich, textural statement pieces within the kitchen and sets it apart from the walls we typically flank with quartz countertops,” says Allen. Cabinets are a consideration as well, and natural wood is making a comeback over all-white kitchens. Allen notes the beautiful tones and attractive graining of walnut and maple complement the hard, fabricated surfaces by adding a soft and natural component. At Nordic, Shaw has seen a resurgence of oak cabinetry. “Oak is making a comeback, but not the red oak that our parents knew. White oak is becoming popular with a wash on top of it. The other thing we’re starting to see with oak is wire brushing, where they brush the oak to enhance the grain and give it a texture,” says Shaw. Cabinetry as a concept is changing, too, according to John Chrestia, President of Chrestia, Staub, Pierce (7219 Perrier St., 866-6677, design firm.

Chrestia notes the growing popularity of storage towers and open shelving over horizontal cabinetry that runs above and below countertops. Combinations of open shelving and cabinetry are popular as well. While he recognizes there are sometime no ways around it (especially in small spaces), he enjoys foregoing horizontal cabinetry to improve the openness of the kitchen and the cooking station especially. “It goes a long way to give the kitchen a lot of style,” says Chrestia. Less horizontal cabinetry above the countertops offers more design flexibility with tall backsplashes and range hoods. At the Bella Cucina (227 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 626-7886, designer showroom in Covington, boutique brands of kitchen appliances such as La Cornue from France, Ilvé from Italy, Bertazzoni from Italy, Verona from Italy and AGA from England continue to trend upward. According to Owner Susan Brechtel, these fine appliances are sought for their beauty and aesthetics – many are brightly colored and trimmed in metals – and for their customization. “La Cornue has a line called the Chateau Series, which is completely custom-built.

“We’re seeing more manufactures create products that address this ‘Approachable Pro’ trend, as we call it at Ferguson. Approachable Pro-style products are elegant, understated and integrate seamlessly with a variety of design choices, while maintaining high-powered performance and hard-working functionality.” – Stacey White, Showroom Manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery

It takes five months. They are completely handmade and can be customized to the nth degree,” says Brechtel. One man fabricates these high-end pieces in a Parisian atelier. In addition to their beauty and customization, the advantage to cooking in these ovens is doors that totally conceal and don’t lose heat, eliminating the need for large cookers. According to Brechtel, they can cook a 20-pound turkey in just two hours. Bella Cucina is currently scheduling exclusive demonstrations and tastings (complemented by wine, of course) in their newly renovated showroom. Each tasting event will feature a different chef and type of cooking, from Cajun to French fine dining. Call Bella Cucina for details and invitations. Though some of the higher-end kitchen appliance companies are moving away from industrial ranges and toward modular cooking, pro cooking is still a trend among many companies. “We’re seeing more manufactures create products that address this ‘Approachable Pro’ trend, as we call it at Ferguson. Approachable Pro-style products are elegant, understated and integrate seamlessly with a variety of design choices, while maintaining highpowered performance and hard-working

functionality,” says Stacey White, Showroom Manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery (901 S. Labarre Road, Metairie, 849-3060, Kenneth Wiles, Merchandise Manager at Beth Claybourn Interiors (401 Tchoupitoulas St., 342-2630), compares today’s kitchen appliances to yesterday’s trophy bed. Today, everyone wants that wow factor in their kitchen, and appliances play a role in that overall wowing design. He and Designer Tricia Reichert see using luxury materials as playing another part – combining items such as hand-carved cabinetry, quartz countertops and metal finishes to give the room depth and texture. Today’s bathrooms, accord to Wiles, are no longer basic and boring. People are seeking a spa environment with more square footage in their master baths. Wiles sees the converted chest of drawers vanity sink as a thing of the past as more manufacturers are designing interesting, sculptural sinks. “For the bath, we’re seeing a rise in freestanding tubs; however, the styling has moved away from claw-foot tubs and is now more modern, showcasing a geometric shape,” says White at Ferguson.

John Chrestia is seeing the same trend with traditional tile or stone tub decks giving way to sculptural tubs made in different finishes. “What’s neat for us is you can set this freestanding tub in front of a window with a shade on it, obviously for privacy, but it’s good looking, a bit of sculpture and we’ve also set it in front of a wall of decorative tile or stone,” says Chrestia. At Nordic, Shaw sees increasing interest in soaking baths and air baths rather than whirlpool tubs. According to Shaw, air baths offer an invigorating bath experience without requiring the same maintenance as a whirlpool. As to plumbing fixtures, a number of the experts mentioned above have observed a rise in gold and brass fixtures, as well as black matte, and a trend away from brushed finishes on plumbing fixtures. “One thing that’s continuing is folks want a really beautiful bathroom and kitchen,” says Chrestia. With help from experts like these, beautiful rooms are completely attainable. And thanks to today’s media and apps, you can rest assured trends in New Orleans are as current as ever. 63 65

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Pool Party Just for the girls By Bev Church

September still feels like summer here,

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tree attached to their glass with their name on it, so they can keep their glass to take home after the party. Once friends get to the pool area, greet them with a giant floating flamingo with flowers balanced in the middle. This has to be in the water before anyone swims so the flowers don’t fall over! Luis Colmenares created this arrangement for the “Azúcar Ball,” and of course I had to buy several and create my own arrangement of lilies, sweetheart roses and penta from the garden.

I love Arnaud’s and their cookbooks, so we chose to make Shrimp Macque Choux Salad and The Count’s Deviled Eggs from Arnaud’s Restaurant Cookbook. We also had Boursain Cheese surrounded by cherry tomatoes with assorted crackers. Dessert can be mini doberge cakes and mini ice cream cones. It is so fun to have a group of girls to just chat and do nothing by the swimming pool. Send everyone home with their glass and a brightly colored bandana napkin! n

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so you have time to have a pool party for just the girls! Hand deliver small blow-up flamingos or the plastic ones with a note with date, time and what to wear attached. Greet guests at the door with a decoration that says “Here’s the Party” and summertime music by Jimmy Buffett or The Great American Song Book by Rod Stewart! As they make their way to the backyard, offer them a fabulous rum drink to cool them off. Of course, everyone has a palm 67

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Rogers – Habig By Mirella Cameran

Just when Chandler Briland Rogers and Matthew Turney Habig decided that the perfect remedy for their respective break-ups was to enjoy being single, they bumped into each other. Chandler was visiting one of her best friends from college in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and while walking down the parade route, her eyes set upon this handsome young man. Fortunately, a mutual friend knew him and they were introduced. Matthew wasted no time in asking Chandler for dinner the next evening. Instead of one reservation, Matthew curated a night to remember, featuring several of the city’s top spots to help her fall in love with his hometown. Two and a half years later, at a Thanksgiving gathering at Chandler’s parents farm house in Virginia, Matthew and Chandler braved the snow for a walk.

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At the top of a hill Matthew proposed and as Chandler cried and said “Yes!”, she looked down to see her family cheering and taking photographs. On July 14, 2016, Chandler and Matthew were married at St. John’s Anglican Church on Harbour Island in The Bahamas. Chandler’s parents had become engaged on the island many years before, and they had visited every year for family vacations. The couple and their guests were led back to their reception at The Ocean View Club by a tropical marching band. Ginger margaritas and lemongrass mojitos were enjoyed, along with full roasted pig, jerk chicken, gourmet macaroni and conch fritters. Coordinated by The Ocean View Club, the décor reflected the island vibe with driftwood, string lights, palms and candles.

Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” was the song Matthew serenaded Chandler with on their first date, and it was their choice for their first dance. The happy couple stayed on the island for four days after the wedding for a mini-moon and then returned home to Uptown New Orleans, where Chandler works as a social worker at Tulane University Hospital’s Cancer Unit and Matthew is attending Tulane Law School. n

Celebrant: Father Russell Bride’s Gown: Daughters of Simone, New York City Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Two Birds Bridesmaid Groom’s Attire: White Chinos, Navy Blazer Rings: Friend & Company Invitation: Scriptura Wedding Cake: Arthur’s Bakery Photographer: Lyndah Wells Photography Bride’s Hair: Chandler’s Aunt, Shelly Kelly 69


LifeCity Chief Executive Officer, Liz Shephard By Lindsay Mack

Business owners in the greater New Orleans area have an ally when it comes to going green. LifeCity helps businesses make social and environmental changes in a profitable way. To learn more, I spoke with Liz Shephard, the chief executive officer. Beginnings

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Building relationships and partnerships in the New Orleans community has been LifeCity’s greatest success so far. In fact, one of these partnerships allowed the organization to secure a designation for the region, making over $1 billion of federal funding accessible

to Louisiana. As the Louisiana Chemical Manufacturing Initiative shows, there can be huge financial rewards for partnering with LifeCity to go green. Going Green Benefits Businesses

According to Shephard, going green can help businesses run more efficiently, save money and improve environmental impact. By using their social and environmental resources in a smart way, businesses can have benefits such as lower utility bills and increased productivity. And LifeCity can help these organizations strategically analyze their business practices to cut costs and improve their environmental and social impact. n

Get Involved At this time, LifeCity is seeking investment and a software partner to help automate current processes so they can scale more quickly. In addition, the organization also needs interns to research sustainable tools. Lastly, LifeCity wants to promote the message that companies can achieve greater financial success by connecting their products and services to environmental and community solutions. Visit them online to learn more at

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The idea for LifeCity was sparked from an adventure. When Shephard circumnavigated Cuba on a 125-foot 10-sailed Schooner, she learned to cook, manage waste and fuel and take turns captaining the ship. “I realized it was a metaphor for our planet – we have one home, with limited resources, and I wanted to help others understand how to take care of it so that we can ultimately take care of ourselves,” she says. After getting accepted into the 2011 Idea Village Accelerator program, Shephard worked with mentors to create a business model around the idea of helping local organizations go green in a profitable way.

Although breaking this big vision into smaller steps wasn’t easy, LifeCity now has the staff and know-how to help businesses become both sustainable and fiscally successful. In addition, community members can use LifeCity’s online Impact Directory to locate local businesses that operate in a green, sustainable way.

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Ingeborg Henrietta Hyde Ursuline Academy By Mallory Lindsly

Thurs - Sat 7:30PM | Sundays 3PM

Tickets: | 504.522.2081

Book by ROGER O. HIRSON / Music & Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Orchestrations by LARRY HOCHMAN Originally produced on the Broadway stage by Stuart Ostrow / Directed on the Broadway stage by Bob Fosse / Theo Ending Originally Conceived In 1998 by Mitch Sebastian PIPPIN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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how blessed I am to live in the United States,” says Hyde. “Unlike my parents, I’m raised in a country where I’m free, and with hard work and determination, I can do whatever I set my mind to.” I realized that I cannot change the whole world but that I can make a difference in someone’s life and that’s enough to create a ripple effect that will one day produce this huge wave of “Activism to me is just a goodness that will somehow way of living, and that’s why I create a better world,” she says. pledge to always keep true to Hyde traveled to Belize with the Ursuline motto, Serviam the organization Beyond Borders or “I will serve,” says Ingeborg to help build a house for a Henrietta Hyde, a senior family in need. During that trip, at Ursuline Academy and a Hyde visited her father’s country daughter of two immigrant and was humbled to give back parents. to the country that has given her At Ursuline, Hyde is involved her father and culture. in many different organizaMaritza Escobar Hyde, tions and clubs, but this year Hyde’s mother, inspired her to she’ll serve on the school’s become an activist. Ever since Executive Board. She also she was a little girl, Maritza represents Ursuline as a Teen taught Ingeborg to help the Ambassador Against Crime, a less fortunate, to do things for program sponsored through others, to pay it forward and Crimestoppers. Through this to develop a social conscience. program, Hyde voices her Hyde’s mother has always been opinion to local leaders and supportive of her projects. One politicians, attends a Youth Peace of those projects was the “Happy Conference and learns more Feet Campaign,” which collects about the criminal justice system. used socks and distributes them Hyde participated in the to homeless people so they have program Freedoms Foundation something warm on their feet. at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Hyde would like to attend a tour program that brings George Washington University students to where “American or Tulane University, where she was born through the love and wants to study Public Health labor of our earliest civic heroes.” for her undergraduate degree. “While in the program, After that she plans on going to I was reminded once again medical school. n

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Cody Bertone General Manager, The Pontchartrain Hotel By Mirella Cameran

How did the hotel’s re-opening come about? New Orleans is a fantastic city that’s rich in history. AJ Capital’s Founder, Ben Weprin, the driving force behind the Pontchartrain’s restoration, has a real knack for restoring a historical gem to its once shining glory. The team had their eyes set on The Pontchartrain, but upon collaborating with Cooper Manning and chef John Besh, the possibility began to become reality.

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In addition to the Mile High Pie, what are the other specialties on the menu that are going down well? There are so many fantastic dishes at the Caribbean Room, Silver Whistle and Bayou Room, but a real stand out is the Shrimp Saki. What are people loving most about the hotel? That we’re back! Every day I hear a guest talk about their connection to the hotel and the memories they created here. The hotel’s loyal local following mixed with travelers creates a remarkable atmosphere. The Pontchartrain Hotel 2031 St. Charles Ave. 323-1400

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Tell us three things we don’t know about the hotel: The hotel staff is as hospitable and memorable as the hotel itself. The view from every room is great, but in my opinion the Calliope King Suites overlooking St. Charles Avenue have the best view. The Pontchartrain’s bars and restaurants create a quintessential New Orleans experience without even needing to leave the hotel.

Who are the most famous people to have stayed in the hotel? It has been host to Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, President Gerald Ford and Tennessee Williams, among others. Tennessee Williams lived in The Pontchartrain while writing A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Karen Flournoy Co-Owner, Chateau Sew & Sew By Mirella Cameran

How and why did you start Chateau Sew & Sew? I moved to New Orleans three years ago and I couldn’t find a place that had the range of fabrics I was looking for, so my mother and I decided to create one. What’s your background? I was an elementary school teacher before starting a family, but I’ve always had a love for all things handmade. As a child I loved to craft, sew, decorate and bake. That passion carried into my adulthood.

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Tell us about your customers? They are of all ages; men, women and children; and beginners to experienced seamstresses and quilt makers. Tell us some of the things we might not know about Chateau Sew & Sew? We have monthly sewing classes, private lessons and sewing machines available to rent. We also offer embroidery services. All of our kids sewing summer camps were completely full!

You also sell gifts; what are your best sellers? Our baby items: bibs, burp cloths, towels and lunch bags. Is there anything coming up you would like to share? We are gearing up for the holidays, with Halloween treat bags that we make in the store and creating special Halloween costumes. For Christmas we’ll be making custom stockings and tree skirts. Is there anything else you would like to add? We love our customers. The best part of Chateau Sew & Sew is helping someone make an item and seeing the pride and satisfaction that comes with the completion of the project.  Chateau Sew & Sew 1115 St. Mary St. 533-9221 75

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1. Pizza Poetry laureates Juana Cash, Akilah Toney, Amaya Smith, Ysonde Laboreur, Billy Braunig and Thai Wilson being introduced at Big Class’s third annual “Pizza Poetry Project.” Working together with local pizza places, Big Class publishes poems of all kinds written by students between the ages of 6 and 18 on pizza boxes that were available for delivery and pick up on April 15, 2016, in honor of National Poetry Month. 2. Pam Brierre, Guy Brierre, Joy Wade and Jill Perez were among the more than 400 guests that attended “The Peake BMW Leukemia Cup Regatta” presented by Harland Clarke and Jack Henry & Associates on April 16. This year was their most successful Post Race party; it raised over $325,000 toward research for the cure of Blood Cancers. 3. David Erwin, Jenny Kottler, Holly Callia and Bob Kottler at “The Peake BMW Leukemia Cup Regatta,” which named Rylie “Roo” Richards, a blood cancer survivor, Honored Skipper. Prior to the auction, she shared her story of survival with the crowd. At the end of the night she was presented with a cake that said “Sailors Delight, Win the Fight” to celebrate her fourth anniversary of being cancer free. 4. Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni holds his daughter after participating along with his wife, Michelle Yenni, in a fashion show with clothes from Dillards at a “Champagne Brunch” held by the JPAS Leading Ladies on April 17 at the Hilton Airport. A check for $10,000 was given by chair Kim Hasney to Dennis Assaf to help with production of shows. A check for $3000 was given as a theatre scholarship to the JPAS Theatre Kids. 5. Leading Ladies President Carrel Epling smiles with this year’s “Pasta and Puccini” chairs, Frank and Paulette Stewart, at a “Champagne Brunch” held by the JPAS Leading Ladies. 6. In May, Dr. Erin Fleming, Dr. Jane Miller, Incoming President Penny Baumer and Karen Villavaso of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association held their Installation Luncheon at Ralph’s on the Park. Five Volunteer Honorees were presented with an engraved silver bowl to show the Guild’s appreciation for their many years of service to the organization. The Incoming president, Penny Baumer, introduced her officers and committee members, who were all installed by Jean Rice. 76 st. charles Avenue SEPTEMBER 2016

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7. On May 3, Construction Coordinator Rachel Bland (center) explained the new homes program to two guests at “The Showcase” wine and cheese fundraiser for Project Homecoming, which currently sells new homes to low- to moderate-income first-time home buyers. These homes are built by the men and women employed at Project Homecoming through the Work Force Development Program. 8. “Magnolia Ball” Chairmen Cory Moll, Hattie Moll, Nicole Hershey and Elliot Hutchinson are pictured at “The 2015 Magnolia Ball Kickoff Party” on May 11, which was held at Billy Reid’s on Magazine Street. Over 140 guests stopped by for Bee Sting cocktails featuring Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, delicious passed bites by The John Besh Foundation and a 15 percent storewide discount. 9. President of Helen Brett Enterprises Brett Kolinek, John Jay, Honoree Beverly Daigle and Jen Hale on Friday, May 13, when Helen Brett Enterprises honored local beauty icon Beverly Daigle with the Pinnacle Award. Beverly was honored for her superb hair styling skills and her philanthropic work outside of the hair salon. During Beverly’s more than 30-year career, she has volunteered her time at several nonprofits such as Children’s Hospital, St. Michael Special School and Dress for Success. 10. After a tremendous successful performance at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City last summer, the award-winning Symphony Chorus of New Orleans (SCNO) performed a concert in Florence, Italy. MidAm International presented the Second Annual Great American Choral Series on Wednesday, June 8, in the Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte. Under the direction of Steven Edwards, SCNO performied the Schubert Mass No. 2 in G Major with the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina. 11. Gen Trimble’s 95th Birthday Celebration was held at Dooky Chase Restaurant on Wednesday, July 13. 12. Ruthie Frierson and Bev Church fêted two Louisiana treasures: Leah Chase, 93, the Queen of Creole cooking, and Gen Trimble, The Queen of Afton Villa and the New Orleans Botanical Garden, at Dooky Chase Restaurant.

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

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

Archbishop Chapelle High School 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie (504) 467-3105 Archbishop Chapelle High School is a leading private Catholic high school for girls in grades 8-12 offering exceptional academics alongside spiritual formation and leadership development. Chapelle provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with increased AP and Dual Enrollment classes and a strong emphasis on STEM and Fine Arts. The school's 1:1 student technology initiative integrates technology into every subject through individualized Google Chromebooks and a new STEM Center for interdisciplinary learning. Chapelle women excel in college and their future careers while always remembering Deus Providebit, "God Will Provide." Open House is Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m.!

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Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school, has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since it was founded in 1957. Consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News and World Report, Franklin has received the highest School Performance Score in Louisiana, making it the No. 1 public school in the state, year after year. Franklin has been repeatedly named a National Blue Ribbon School Excellence and recently won the National Green Ribbon Award. The school produces Presidential and National Merit Scholars each year with 99.9 percent of students attending four-year colleges. Franklin has the No. 1 Advanced Placement Program in Louisiana, with 991 AP exams administered in 2016 and 221 students earning AP Scholar Awards for their exceptional achievement. The students, faculty and staff of Benjamin Franklin High School are the best and the brightest of New Orleans.

Chateau Sew & Sew 1115 St. Mary St. New Orleans (504) 523-9221 Independence, pride, confidence … all of these qualities are fostered here at Chateau Sew & Sew. Children age 7-12 learn to use a sewing machine, complete a project from start to finish, read patterns, and cut fabric. Find more information on our after school sewing, Saturday sewing and more at or call them at (504) 533-9221.

Ecole Bilingue De La NouvelleOrléans 821 General Pershing St. New Orleans (504) 896-4500 Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is the only private French school in New Orleans that's accredited by the French Ministry of Education and State of Louisiana, providing multilingual education for 18-month-old students to eighth grade. Since its founding in 1998, Ecole Bilingue's mission has been to provide a strong and distinctive bilingual education for children in New Orleans by combining the best of French and American academics.


Isidore Newman School 1903 Jefferson Ave. New Orleans (504) 896-6323

Metairie Park Country Day School 300 Park Road Metairie (504) 837-5204

Trinity Episcopal School 1315 Jackson Ave. New Orleans (504) 525-8661

Newman is a non-sectarian, coeducational, independent college preparatory day school serving highly motivated and high-achieving students from pre-K through grade 12, with Green Trees Early Childhood Village enrolling children ages six weeks to 4 years. Founded in 1903, Newman continues its mission to foster achievement in academics, athletics, the arts and extra-curricular activities. Newman remains committed to the success and ethical development of each individual student. Call 896-6323 for more information or to schedule a private tour.

Metairie Park Country Day School is a coeducational, non-denominational, independent school where care and cultivation of each child, from pre-K through grade 12, come to life with exciting and innovative approaches to teaching. Its use of advanced technology and expansive, rigorous curriculum opens the world to students. Attend an Open House: pre-K, October 19 at 6:30 p.m.; grades 6-12, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.; kindergarten-grade 5, January 12 at 8:30 a.m.; Grades 6-12, January 19 at 8:15 a.m.

Trinity is a pre-K through eighth grade coeducational school located in the Garden District. Trinity offers a challenging curriculum that applies the latest and best educational practices, fostering the intellectual, spiritual, moral and physical development of their students within a creative and nurturing learning environment. Open Houses for grades pre-K through eighth will take place October 13, November 4 and January 10. 

Kehoe-France School 720 Elise Ave. / Metairie (504) 733-0472 / 25 Patricia Drive / Covington (985) 892-4415 / Kehoe-France School and Kehoe-France Northshore are independent, nondenominational, coeducational day schools open to students from 8 weeks old through seventh grade. KehoeFrance has long been recognized as a school that stands out for its academic curriculum, but also for the importance we place on developing the child intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Kehoe-France students have the foundation that prepares them for high school, college and life beyond.

Louise S. McGehee School 2343 Prytania St. New Orleans (504) 561-1224

Stuart Hall School for Boys 2032 S. Carrollton Ave. New Orleans (504) 861-1954

With over 100 years of excellence in education, Louise S. McGehee School is an all-girls college preparatory school for grades pre-K through grade 12. Founder Louise S. McGehee's mission was to build a school for girls that would focus on the individual student and foster a lifelong love of learning. In addition to competitive athletics and rigorous academics, honor, service and leadership are at the core of the McGehee experience. Learn more about the McGehee Advantage at one of the school's Admission Open Houses for Pre-K through grade 12, 8:30-10 a.m., October 13 and 20. Call 561-1224 to schedule a private tour.

Stuart Hall School for Boys, "Where Good Boys Become Great Men," is an independent, ISAS school offering a Catholic education to students pre-K3 through seventh grade. It is the mission of the faculty and staff to work with parents to help each child build a foundation for life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others and a commitment to Gospel Values. Stuart Hall School for Boys is open to all qualified boys, regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin.

St. Mary’s Dominican High School 7701 Walmsley Ave. New Orleans (504) 865-9401 ext. 5030 Since 1860, St. Mary’s Dominican High School has been a leader of Catholic education in the greater New Orleans region. Dominican’s 156-year legacy is rooted in the tradition of prayer, study, community and service. Dominican forms students into believing thinkers and thinking believers. Open House: Thursday, October 20, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Ursuline Academy 2635 State St. New Orleans (504) 866-5295 Ursuline Academy is an all-girls Catholic school offering a diverse educational environment from early childhood (toddler 2) through a college preparatory secondary program (grade 12). Combining tradition and innovation, the Ursuline experience empowers girls to become leaders of confidence and compassion. An Ursuline girl is strong and unique in all ways: spiritually, intellectually, physically. 83

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September By Lauren LaBorde

9-25 Let the Good Times Roll

The Big Easy Buddies return for another jukebox musical of retro hits. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 461-9475, 9-25 Detroit

Dominique Morisseau’s play takes place in the Motor City at the height of Motown, where a pair of siblings have turned their basement into an after-hours jazz club. Anthony Bean Community Theater, 3728 Paris Ave., 862-7529, Sept. 20-25 The Sound of Music

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic comes to the Saenger. Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, Sept. 23-Oct. 2 West Side Story

Kenneth Beck directs Stephen Sondheim’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City, where star-crossed lovers are caught between rival gangs. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 885-2000,

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PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Ace and the Louisiana Open Housing Act, which make it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. For more information, call the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-273-5718.

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P r o pert i es ELEANOR FARNSWORTH Top Residential Producer CRS, GRI, BRC, HRS

Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211 5631 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$6,000,000 1004 Falcon Road.....................SOLD...................$5,600,000 3 Audubon Place ......................SOLD...................$5,250,000 16 Audubon Place ....................SOLD...................$4,500,000 1512 Lakeshore Blvd, Slidell..................................$4,500,000 295 Walnut Street .....................SOLD...................$3,990,000 8 La Salle Place .........................SOLD...................$3,650,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$3,000,000 525 Madison Street ..................SOLD...................$2,800,000 8 Rosa Park................................SOLD....................$2,490,000 120 W Scenic Dr, Pass Christian, MS...................$2,489,000 1527 Sixth Street......................................................$2,385,000 1776 State Street .......................SOLD...................$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ..............SOLD...................$2,300,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge......SOLD .......$2,200,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue.........SOLD .......$2,199,000 2503 St Charles Avenue .........................................$2,195,000 15370 LA HWY 10, St Francisville .....................$1,950,000 841 Barracks Street ..................SOLD...................$1,850,000 1427 Eighth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,850,000 7 Rosa Park................................SOLD...................$1,800,000 1518 First Street .......................SOLD...................$1,750,000 2600 Gay Lynn Drive .............................................$1,730,000 1328 Felicity Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1415 Cadiz Street ....................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1800 Jefferson ...........................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1732-34 Palmer..........................SOLD...................$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,625,000 1233 Second Street...................SOLD...................$1,600,000 576 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,595,000 1203 Marengo Street...............................................$1,499,000 6015 Prytania Street ................SOLD....................$1,497,500 4613 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$1,495,000 2707 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,490,000 2507 Prytania Street .................SOLD...................$1,490,000 6433 Paris Avenue ....................SOLD...................$1,450,000

1542 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,450,000 1641 State Street.......................SOLD...................$1,425,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street ......................SOLD...................$1,399,000 3717 Rue Chardonnay, Metairie .............................$1,395,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,370,000 1413 Philip Street .....................SOLD...................$1,370,000 447 Audubon Street ................ SOLD ..................$1,300,000 9 Blanc Place .............................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1137 State Street ......................SOLD...................$1,295,000 6502 Woodsward Bluff, Long Beach, MS ..........$1,275,000 434 Lakeshore Parkway ...........SOLD...................$1,275,000 1207 State Street .......................SOLD...................$1,250,000 571 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,220,000 1539 Soniat Street ....................SOLD...................$1,220,000 6554 Oakland Drive.................SOLD...................$1,200,000 441 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,199,000 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington............................$1,190,000 2006 Jefferson Avenue.............SOLD...................$1,100,000 17 Chateau Palmer ...................SOLD...................$1,085,000 1701 Valence Street ..................SOLD...................$1,075,000 1919 State Street .......................SOLD...................$1,050,000 1221 First Street .......................SOLD...................$1,050,000 1221 Exposition Blvd ..............SOLD...................$1,045,000 3225 Prytania Street .................SOLD...................$1,000,000 1844 State Street .......................SOLD......................$995,000 1022 Webster Street .................SOLD......................$995,000 3447 Camp Street .....................SOLD......................$985,000 45 Savannah Ridge Ln .............SOLD......................$950,000 1543 Henry Clay Avenue.............SOLD......................$950,000 1729 Jefferson Avenue.............SOLD......................$950,000 4525 Prytania Street .................SOLD......................$950,000 3937 Camp Street .....................SOLD......................$950,000 1510 Arabella Street ...................................................$939,000 239 Aurora Avenue ..................SOLD......................$425,000 2836 Constance Street, Unit F ..SOLD......................$349,000 1205 St. Charles Avenue #416..................................$165,000 87

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The Orpheum Theater From opening night to “Resurrection” By Seale Paterson

In 1918, a new vaudeville theater was

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Severe water and wind damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was followed by a series of owners who did little more than board up a few windows, until new investors purchased the property in ’14 and restored it to its original grandeur. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returned in time for its ’15-’16 season, opening with a performance of Mahler’s “Resurrection.” The theater once again hosts a variety of performances, including a return to movie showings. n

The Orpheum Theater advertising the 1947 movie Dead Reckoning. Two years later a ’49 renovation added wood flooring, new seats, improved A/C, a new box office and a new flashing marquee. The original terra cotta exterior was replaced partially with maroon colored structural glass and stainless steel trim. A subsequent renovation in ’89 restored the theater to close to its original terra cotta look on the exterior, expanded the lobby and removed the large theater marquee, replacing it with a more historically accurate one.

The Charles L. Franck Stu dio Collection at The Historic New Orlean s Collection, acc. n o. 1979.325.5893

planned to replace the 19-year-old Orpheum Theater on St. Charles Avenue. Opened on February 7, 1921 at 129 University Place, the new Orpheum was one of the most modern theaters in the United States, and the only one in the South with an elevator. The unusual vertical seating arrangement ensured that no seat in the auditorium was more than 60 feet from the stage. An elaborate heating and cooling system was powered by ice and fans in the summer and a furnace in the winter. The décor included an elaborate proscenium arch with luxurious draperies in gray and orange, a blue circle at the top of the ceiling dome decorated with stars, and a general color scheme of gold, blue and pinks. Brown leather chairs were placed flanking taupe carpet aisle runners. Opening night featured headliners “Singer’s Midgets,” with a cast of 30 people, 35 ponies and three elephants. Other acts in those first years included plays, music, dancing, medical marvels and animal performances; tanks were built in the basement to accommodate travelling seal acts. Helen Keller, Harry Houdini and Mickey Rooney graced the stage, among many others. By the 1930s, vaudeville was losing out to the lure of motion pictures, and the theater transitioned into a movie house. After years of decline in movie and neighborhood quality, the Orpheum was threatened with demolition in ’79. The New Orleans Symphony Orchestra stepped in as tenants, the Louisiana Legislature provided renovation funds and the building was saved and added to the National Register of Historic Places in ’82.

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Chairmen: Peyton and Elizabeth Bush and Lamar and Michelle Villere

Luncheon Tickets - $150 per person Call Margaret Strahan at 830-7264

St. Charles Avenue invites you to our 3rd Annual Wine, Dine & Design extravaganza featuring 25 elaborately decorated tablescapes crafted by top designers. View these true works of art at the Preview Party as you indulge in tasty tidbits, cocktails and live music. Or, enjoy a three-course, lunch with wine while seated at one of our beautifully decorated tables. 100% of all ticket sales and proceeds will benefit Bastion.

Preview Party October 12 | 6-8pm Luncheon October 13 | 11:30am-1:30pm Audubon Tea Room 6500 Magazine St.

Preview Party Tickets - $50 per person available at

Sponsored by:

Boysie and Joy Bollinger; Sally and Walter Cockerham

About Bastion: Bastion is a nonprofit organization that is building an intentionally designed neighborhood in New Orleans for returning warriors with lifelong rehabilitative needs and their families. Through their powerful community model that empowers neighbors as volunteers in a warrior’s care plan, Bastion will sustain a thriving recovery from the wounds and casualties of war.

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St. Charles Avenue September 2016  

St. Charles Avenue September 2016