A note from Bev

We are so honored to have the IberiaBank Victory Ball featured on our cover this month! Thanks to Honorary Chair Phyllis Taylor and co-chairs Rita Benson LeBlanc and Daphne and Brandon Berger for giving us a night to remember on June 4 at the National World War II Museum. This year’s theme, “The Legacy of Women in World War II,” will honor women who have exhibited extraordinary service and loyalty to their country during the war and beyond. The black-tie optional dinner by Chef John Besh accommodates 600 national, state and local distinguished business leaders; there’s also an exclusive patron party presented by Superior Energy Services, Inc., and a dessert party presented by Otto Candies, LLC; you can purchase your ticket for the dessert party by visiting www.nationalww2museum.org/vbdessertparty. You definitely want to be “in that number!” Get your tickets today by calling 528-1944 ext. 555, e-mailing rsvp@nationalworldwar2museum.org or visiting www.nationalww2museum.org/victoryball.

Mother’s Day is near so you’ll want to check out our gift ideas in “What’s Hot” for everything from art to a scarf to surprise her on her big day. You might not need a special occasion to take her to “Brunch, Lunch or Happy Hour” but our special feature will give you myriad choices.

Our vintage wedding this month features Avery and Beau Bassich, who were married at Avery’s family home on Avery Island. Beau of course is “the King” of City Park and has been instrumental in City Park’s revival and success along with Bob Becker, Mike Marsiglia, Paul Soniat, and the late Peggy Read – what a wonderful woman; we will all miss her!

Our Registry of Charitable Events for May through August is featured this month so you’ll know exactly when to stay in town to support your local charity.

The much-anticipated Belladoggie Resort Spa for Dogs will offer everything imaginable for man’s best friend – and more. What owner Kim Dudek has provided for people at her award-winning Belladonna Day Spa, she has translated to dogs at Belladoggie, located a few blocks away at 815 Washington Ave., just off Magazine Street. It will be “the” destination for boarding, day care, grooming, retail, premium dog foods, recreational swimming and special events, in addition to the rehab and vet services provided at Dag’s House [Dudek’s third business, a facility for special needs dogs]. It will open sometime in June. Listen for the bark!

Look for the new $10 million Bridge House men’s resident and treatment facility at S. Dupre Street and Earhardt Boulevard. Its grand opening will be May 21 at 10 a.m. Now that Bridge House has merged with Grace House, the woman’s facility will be located at Camp and Calliope streets, with the thrift store and car lot at the same location.

Bridge House will now house 104 critical beds. So far $6 million has been raised; if you’d like to contribute, please call Kevin Gardere at 821-7133.

I am so sorry that I didn’t include the photographers’ names in my last column on the Christovichs’ 60th Anniversary Party. Jeffery Johnson photographed the flowers and food, and Donna Matherne of Face to Face Photography shot the photo of Mary Lou in the cake and Bill and Mary Lou dancing.

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