Our cover features Executive Director Baty Landis; Creative Director and former YA/YA, Rondell Crier; and co-chairs Kay Kerrigan and Amanda Rivera representing the new fundraiser, “Just Say YA/YA!” Tuesday, July 21, begins the fun at the patron party, to be held at the YA/YA studio at 338 Baronne St., on the third floor. From 6 to 8 p.m. you can enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres, see the artists at work and be the first to buy their art or commission a new piece of furniture that they can sketch for you “on the spot.” Patron tickets are $500 for four tickets to the patron party and the main event, and $250 gets you two tickets to both. On Thursday, July 23, the main event will take place at the IP Building, located at the corner Magazine and Girod streets, from 6 to 8 p.m. Great food, music and libations, and a chance to commission a YA/YA piece of art and have a great time! Every kid wants to do well, and for artistic kids with lots of creativity and energy, YA/YA is the hook. Thousands of children in this program aren’t in the prison system; instead are completing school and becoming positive role models in our city! Just say YA/YA and join us!

Be sure to check out my entertaining column on the Whitney Zoo-To-Do that was chaired this year by Virginia Rowan. You will love to see how she and her committee raised over $1 million despite the weak economy!

It is definitely time for you to take advantage of Bora Bora’s best sale of the year, especially when summer is in full swing. They have everything you need to be “the chicest” on the beach or at the pool. If you’re a junior or size a  “GG”, they have swimwear for everyone! There are fabulous cover-ups that would look great with jeans and also hats, flip-flops, accessories and more!

After you go to the sale, plan a vacation right at home at The Cornstalk Hotel at 915 Royal St. They have just undergone a fabulous renovation and are catering to wedding parties and anniversaries – they offer dinner, champagne and a buggy ride; what fun! Check out their Web site at www.cornstalkhotel.com.

Be sure to visit the renovation of St. Louis Cathedral’s St Anthony’s Garden! It was totally destroyed after Hurricane Katrina, a group chaired by our own Sarah Dunbar is raising money for its restoration. They have already received several grants but need our help in restoring a New Orleans treasure that dates back to 1717. I am pictured above with Ann Fuselier, who’s doing a major part in raising money for this New Orleans treasure and landmark! Famed French landscape designer Louis Benech, who’s worked on the Tuilleries Gardens in Paris, will oversee the renovation. Please support this effort by e-mailing stephenswaine@bellsouth.net.

Have a great summer and join us at the YA/YA event!