What an appropriate name for the Preservation Resource Center’s Fabulous Fundraiser: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Thanks to our cover models who promise that on April 4th, you’ll be dazzled at the Ritz Carlton! Thanks to co-chairs Julia Habetz and Kendall Hales, auction co-chairs Odette Rouseau and Nini Scriber and PRC Board President Bob Brown. Don’t miss the patron party preceding the party on the same night and then get ready to dance to Bobby J. and Stuff Like That, fabulous food from some of our top restaurants and a terrific silent auction.
 
Make sure to check out our special section, “Looking North for Spring,” where you’ll find tips, trends and special touches that make spring blossom from those in the know – the owners themselves.

 Then go into Chatta Box in Metairie and see all of the incredible clothing – from evening dresses to sporty styles, they offer “with it” fashions. I talked to Brenda Romair, founder and creator of Chatta Box, about the fact that her store is an “oldie but goodie,” offering great lines that never go out of style. Recently her daughters Rebecca and Monette have taken the reins; they’ve kept the fabulous designers that made them famous and are constantly bringing in new lines!

With March’s roar upon us, now is the time to prepare your garden for May’s flowers! Check out “What’s Hot” for the touches that will make your next garden party the hit of the year.

    To celebrate your achievement, why not head down to the French Quarter and celebrate at the Pelican Club and Restaurant? If you haven’t been there lately, it’s worth the trip – especially on those intoxicating spring evenings that make dining al fresco in picturesque Exchange Alley divinely memorable. Be sure to try their lighter – but still scrumptious – new menu offerings. Open for dinner seven nights a week (until 10:30 p.m.!), make sure to park across the street at the Hotel Monteleone garage for two hours validation – just enough time to indulge!

We’ve reached our goal for the Make It Right Campaign to present Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie a symbolic check for $158,000! You can see all of the local New Orleanians and their friends who supported this effort to thank Brad and Angelina for helping to keep our Recovery in the National Spotlight on the previous page. Each of those listed contributed $1,000 or more to help purchase a house in the Lower 9th Ward! Thanks especially to John Church, Margo and Clancy DuBos, Nancy and Mike Marsiglia, Anne and King Milling, Fran and George Villere and Madeleine and Rod West for encouraging their friends to get involved. We will be able to help one hard-working family get into a new home!

Each family eligible for a Make It Right home must have owned a house in the Lower 9th Ward before the hurricane, and also must be able to pay taxes, have insurance and have a good job. These are the New Orleanians we must have back to help our city recover! If you’d like to donate to Make It Right, go to their Web site and join us: www.makeitrightnola.org – Just put N.O. Cares on your check. They have raised over $11,839,147 so far (that’s over 78 houses)! a