Children’s Hospital has been a life saver for so many of us through the years, and the “Sugarplum Ball” is their primary fundraiser –we’re so excited to present it to you on our March cover – and all funds raised this year will benefit The Clinical Outcomes Research Center! Can you believe Children’s Hospital is 60 years old? Thanks so much to co-chairs Lisa Happoldt and Marianna Trepagnier, and to President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Mary Perrin and Vice President and General Manager of this year’s honoree, Valero St. Charles Refinery, Ralph Phillip for being on the cover! The “2015 Sugarplum Ball presents The Classics” on March 27 will begin at 8 p.m. and will be held at their State Street Campus at 210 State St. Lisa and Marianna promise a night of 1950s-inspired fun with a raffle for a necklace valued at $20,000 donated by Valobra Jewelry and Antiques New Orleans, ’50s and ’60s music by Sha’on and the Girls of Success, a tented parking lot transformed into a ’50s-era house, a soda shop featuring soda jerks and a sampling of foods from more than 30 local restaurants. There are still sponsor levels available and tickets; call 896-9373 or visit CHNola.org now to reserve yours. Children’s Hospital is the only full service hospital exclusively for children in Louisiana and the Gulf South and really deserves our support!
Mardi Gras is over but we are featuring four wonderful debutante parties honoring: Scout Beron, Grace Catherine Cary, Eleanor Davis, Ellie George, Elizabeth Hines, Isabel Irvine, Maddy Livaudais and Lane Porter. It is such fun to see how each party represents the girls and their personalities – what a year!
Every time I go down Magazine Street, there’s another new store or restaurant, so be sure to check out our feature for everything you need for spring fundraisers and workout clothes to jewelry, shoes and more from 11 of the best places.
All of us love to spruce up our houses or condos with a new twist. What’s Hot is featuring home décor, and we also have a feature on home renewal.
I want to thank everyone who gave to the Sterling Everidge family, and his website is still up and their family still needs help! Visit GoFundMe.com/js529c to contribute. Thanks again to writer Katy Reckdahl for sharing their story in The Advocate.
I am excited each year to see the often lavish and always extraordinary parties New Orleans debutantes and their families throw each year. I was a deb in Dallas, and it was a time I greatly enjoyed and will always fondly remember. This year we feature four fabulously varied parties, and each will give you great ideas for future events.
This month is chock-a-block with amazing events for nonprofits, from the Legacy Donor Foundation to the Preservation Resource Center, to the UNCF, NCJW, NOMA and so many more. Do what you can to support these programs that support our city.
One last thing: March and April are the busiest months of the year in terms of nonprofit events. We do our best to inform you about all the fundraising happenings around town, but we can’t do it alone. If you haven’t already, please submit your event to our magazine by filling out the form found at this link as completely as possible: MyNewOrleans.com/St-Charles-Avenue/Submit-a-Charitable-Event/.
1 Sixth annual “Recycled Fashion Show,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7134
6 “Julia Jump – Our City, Our Home,” benefiting the Preservation Resource Center, 581-7032, PRCNO.org
7 “Soul Revival,” benefiting Legacy Donor Foundation, 588-8900, SoulRevivalOnline.com
7 “Paint the Town Green,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, 899-9045
8 “Celebration: A Treasure Odyssey,” benefiting the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, (985) 246-4714
13 “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park, 483-9369, FriendsOfCityPark.com/Events/LarkInThePark.htm
14 “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,” benefiting the United Negro College Fund, 581-3794
15 “Puttin’ On The Glitz … A Gem Of A Party,” benefiting the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section, 782-4091
15 “2015 Light of Hope GALA,” benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates Jefferson, Inc., 533-8757
18 “Spring Benefit,” benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana, 899-4501, extension 230
18-19 “Art in Bloom: New Orleans by Design,” benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4100
19 “’The Great Outdoors’ Patron Party,” benefiting The Secret Gardens Tour (719) 306-6871
20-27 “2015 Entrepreneur Season,” benefiting The Idea Village, 858-3806, Cameron@ideavillage.org
21 “Leukemia Cup Regatta Party,” benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 837-0945
21 “The Secret Gardens Tour 2015,” (719) 306-6871
21 “Fêtes des Chefs,” benefiting The John Besh Foundation, FestesDesChefs.com
21-28 “New Orleans Fashion Week,” 628-3223
25-29 “Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival,” 581-1144
26 “An Edible Evening,” benefiting the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 421-1060
26 “Crimestoppers Annual Luncheon,” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO, 837-8477
27 “Sugarplum Ball 2015 presents ‘The Classics,’” benefiting Children’s Hospital, 896-9373
27-28 “Hogs for the Cause,” HogsForTheCause.org
28 Fourth annual “Keeping Our Promises Gala,” benefiting the Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans, 212-9568
28 “Louisiana Children’s Museum’s World’s Fair Presented by DOW,” 266-2415, LCM.org
28 “NOMA Egg Hunt,” benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4100
28 “New Orleans Film Society Gala,” NewOrleansFilmSociety.org
Check out the picture of the City Year teachers (pictured here are Program Manager at Joseph S. Clark Spencer Nessel, Javon Bracy, Maria Dambriunas, Caitlin Riddle, Jasmine Sanville, Kristen Watkins, Kelly Manske, Michael Dodson and James Gutsch) who are doing so much to help our students succeed! Corps members are highly trained interventionists who act as tutors, mentors and role models alongside teachers to make sure that our kids stay in school. They teach math and literacy to students who are one to two grade levels behind. I had the group from Clark high school over for dinner and am so impressed with these bright young college graduates who are giving up a year in their lives to help underperforming children in our schools!
City Year’s “School House Rocks” is April 9 at Rosy’s Jazz Hall, 500 Valence St., 6 to 9 p.m., honoring Dr. Scott Cowen and Dr. Norman Francis! To purchase tickets, call 302-5063 or visit CityYear.org/New-Orleans/Events/School-House-Rock.