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A note from Bev

Bev with Warren Easton senior Burnell Elzy; Elaine Garvey, senior management at Price Waterhouse Coopers; Warren Easton Principal Alexina Medley; and Therese Johnson of Price Waterhouse Coopers, where Bev was “Principal for the Day.” Read her column for more information.

We are so proud to present the “movers and shakers” of the incredible new exhibit at the Presbytère called “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond: Louisiana Museum Foundation President Thomas P. Westervelt, Exhibition Patron Co-chair Sally Lapeyre and Exhibition Committee Co-chairs Daryl Byrd and Ruthie Frierson. This riveting exhibit opened in October and you really must see it! It consists of moving galleries telling stories of real people caught in hurricanes’ wrath. It tells of their rescue, recovery, rebuilding and renewal, complete with sound, video, computer graphics and artifacts – even Fats Domino’s flooded baby grand piano, also featured on our cover. Visitors will leave knowing the power of hope and the strength of a city rebounding with the help of New Orleanians who won’t give up on their incredible city. Call (800) 568-6968 or visit www.KatrinaAndBeyond.com for more information. Please don’t miss it!

Now that the holidays are over you’ll want to check out What’s Hot: “What You Can’t Live Without,” which covers everything from fur repair and storage to fabulous underwear.

Our Health, Beauty and Wellness feature, “A New You for the New Year” will help you rejuvenate, restore and relax, all while learning the latest fitness, beauty, health and wellness tips so that you can kick off 2011 at your healthiest.

While you’re getting fit and back in shape, you’ll want to visit one of my favorite stores, Priorities! All of us who love owner Marloe Goodman are so glad she’s back and at her new location on Magazine Street. She has a new partner, Melanie Perret. They’re going into golf and tennis clothing in the spring, and sharing space with Miss Smarty Pants now. Visit them at 5523 Magazine St., or call 899-2212 for more information.

If you all missed the incredible fundraiser founded by Allen Toussaint, New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, you don’t want to miss it next December. It featured Allen, Jimmy Buffet, Dr. John, Little Freddy King and more, including beautiful food and cocktails, and Eric Paulsen as emcee. In these hard economic times, it was so needed. Please continue to help those less fortunate than us in any way you can. They always need volunteers as well as monetary contributions.

 I loved being one of the “Principals for the Day” – a project of Hands On New Orleans that aims to transform communities through volunteer service and leadership development – at Warren Easton High School with Principal Alexina Medley. What a dynamo; she knows every student’s name and is a constant advocate for every one of them! She has secured over 750 computers for her school and even has a heath clinic. Please help any of the public, recovery or charter schools in the city; these children are our future!

Have a great New Year!

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