We are thrilled to present the “Azucar Ball” on the cover this month! As you know, the ball is the premiere black-tie event for the Hispanic community. There is non-stop dancing, fabulous food from some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, a silent auction and the presentation of the prestigious Galvez Cup. Thanks to our cover models: Ana Gershanik, co-founder Cristina Fowler and her daughter co-chair Cristi Fowler Chauvin and co-chairs Ashley Ryan Rayborn, Victoria White Baudier and Sofia Pigna Bellini. The ball will be Friday, November 16 at Mardi Gras World East Bank from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., and you don’t want to miss it! Put it on your calendar now and call Juan Barona for tickets at 895-5139. All proceeds go to scholarships for worthy Hispanic high school students.

Now that all of the premiere fundraisers are getting underway, you’ll want to check out our “Registry of Charitable Events” from September to December 2012 and read up on “What’s Hot for Fall Accessories” to jazz up your new outfits!

There are four events that didn’t make our deadline for inclusion in the registry that we want to make certain you’re aware of. On Saturday, October 13 beginning at 8:45 a.m., the United Negro College Fund will be hosting its 25th anniversary “Walk for Education;” call 581-3794 for more information. On Saturday, October 20, the Louisiana SPCA will host its 34th annual “Howling Success” gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Call 368-5191 or visit La-SPCA.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Then, on Thursday, November 15, the Tocqueville Society of United Way of Southeast Louisiana is holding its annual award dinner to fête Carol Wise. Visit UnitedWaySela.org or call 527-6846 for more information. And,YAYA’s big fundraiser is Thursday, November 15; contact 529-3306 for more information.

On our cover last month Craig Cordes, CFO and co-founder of Cordina Frozen Cocktails, was misidentified; we apologize for the error.

You will love our five “Fashionable New Orleanians,” Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Daphne Berger, Sheila Collins, Nicette Goodier and Beth Lambert, who’ll be dressed “to the nines” for their favorite fundraisers. Be sure to register to play in the Colin Goodier Golf Tournament at the Audubon Golf Club on September 28; all proceeds go to scholarships provided to deserving children in Colin’s honor, so get your raffle ticket now by emailing Goodier at nggoodier@aol.com!

St. Anthony’s Garden has two events that Sara Dunbar wants you to attend (see the picture above for more details). This is the oldest garden in the Unites States; Dunbar has raised $600,000 and you can be a part of the renovation at any level.

Whimsy, an upscale party supply and gift store, is the newest addition to boutique row on Magazine Street (5420 Magazine St., 273-5900, MyWhimsy.com). Darling party accessories and the finest balloon selection Uptown make this a destination shop. The hip hostess gifts; local artist offerings; funny, quirky beverage napkins and go-cups; the East Coast’s hottest bag trend, Scout; and party favors for all the season’s events are reasons to stop by on a regular basis. And you all know how much I love party favors!

Skin Science (3213 17th St., Metairie, 309-7048, SkinScienceLLC.com) is Metairie’s newest anti-aging medical spa, offering state-of-the-art laser treatments, a wide range of skin rejuvenation treatments and carefully selected pharmaceutical-grade skin care lines, such as Obagi, Jane Iredale and SkinCeuticals. Located across from the Dillard’s side of Lakeside mall, its grand opening will be Saturday, September 8 from noon to 4 p.m. The medical spa also offers monthly discounts, memberships and gift certificates. Call them for your complimentary skin analysis today!