The New Orleans Museum of Art will celebrate its 100th anniversary this November 12 with the centennial “Odyssey Ball” and we are honored to present them on the November cover! Thanks to Susan Taylor, the new and fabulous director of NOMA; co-chairs of the “Odyssey Ball,” Brenda and Michael Moffitt; board president Cammie Mayer; and NVC chairwoman, Kimberly Zibilich. In its first century, NOMA built a world-class collection and facility and is known as one of the finest museums in the mid-south. In the next century, the “Odyssey Ball” will mark the opening of “100 4 100: Gifts For NOMA’s Second Century.” When you attend the ball on November 12, you’ll see extraordinary additions to their permanent collection given in honor of the commencement of the second century.

Be sure to call 658-4121 for tickets so you can be treated to Deacon John’s incredible music, international cuisine, live and silent auctions and valet parking.

What a night; don’t miss it!

I am so proud to say that this is our 15th anniversary issue of St. Charles Avenue magazine. When Bill Metcalf asked me to be editor of St. Charles Avenue, I saw it as an extraordinary way to spotlight New Orleanians who volunteer their time and resources to make this the best city. The volunteers are “The A List,” from City Park to Audubon Park, from the ballet to the symphony, from public schools to Hispanic scholarships through the Azucar Ball, from Children’s Hospital to The Hermann-Grima/Gallier Houses, from NOMA to the National World War II Museum to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art – the list goes on and it’s you who makes it all work thanks to all of your hard work and dedication! We will continue to shine the spotlight on all of the good causes you pursue.

I want to highlight the Azucar Ball, which will be held November 19 at the Intercontinental Hotel. Carmen Duncan is chairman and promises a night of fabulous Latin music, delicious food from local restaurants and auction items that feature art, jewelry, travel, dining and more, with all funds raised going to
scholarships for Hispanic students so they can attend private, parochial and public schools. Call Rosa at 595-5139 to purchase tickets and for more information.

Leila Schumacher told me about her son, David, who has co-founded A’s & Aces, a nonprofit organized to provide academic assistance and to teach life skills through tennis to public school students. They are having a fundraiser on November 12 at the Lawn and Tennis Club. Please visit their website, AsandAces.org, for more information and to purchase tickets.

We all want our homes to be fabulous and up-to-date, so check out “What’s Hot for Home Furnishings” and see our feature “At Home in New Orleans.” You will learn about adding flair to your home without sacrificing your personal style! And we all love to eat out, so look to our special section “Fall Eats & Drinks” to learn about upcoming specials and treats.

The Academy of the Sacred Heart’s “Avenue Marketplace” will be held on Friday, November 11, in the courtyard of the school’s main campus at 4521 St. Charles Ave. Gates open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a $5 admission. Get out your holiday shopping list: 80 of the area’s top vendors, featuring jewelry, clothing, art, holiday decorations, stationery and more, will be on hand. The holiday luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. with food provided by Clancy’s restaurant (tables of eight are available) for $45 per person with shopping ticket included – reservations required. All proceeds benefit the Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Contact Elaine Montgomery, Director of Special Events at 891-1943 for more information and to purchase tickets; luncheon registration forms and more information about the event can be found at AshRosary.org under the “events” tab.

Perfect Fit Shoes has just opened a new location at 5525 Magazine St. Gini Davis, the owner of Perfect Fit Shoes, and the physical therapist with specialization in the treatment of foot and ankle problems for more 35 years. Perfect Fit Shoes’ mission is “comfort and style for all ages and all stages of foot problems.” The store is the “outgrowth” of Davis’ experience with physical therapy treatment of many women with foot problems who couldn’t find attractive, “nutritive” shoes in New Orleans. “I would not want to wear ugly, orthopedic shoes just because I had a foot problem,” Davis says. Perfect Fit Shoes is unique to New Orleans and the Gulf South featuring Comfort Couture brands not available elsewhere in New Orleans – brands well known on the east and west coasts.

For our 15th anniversary, in order to honor all of St. Charles Avenue’s Activists, Tiffani Reding has designed an “Activist Flag” that you’ll soon see flying at the homes of our amazing New Orleans activists and volunteer leaders. We will honor our new honorees in the magazine next month and at an event on the evening of December 7 at the Columns Hotel, so be on the lookout!

Have a wonderful family Thanksgiving. It is a time to be grateful for all with which we have been blessed!

A Note from Bev

Addendum: The wedding of Constance Julie McIntosh to Patrick Anthony Hunley Jr. was featured in our September issue. Above is a picture of the bride with her parents: Ken McIntosh, Connie McIntosh Hunley and Penny McIntosh.