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
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 MorrisJeffSchool.org for tickets, sponsorship opportunities and more information about the 21st-century vision of Morris Jeff!