Our cover this month features the Tocqueville Society of United Way of Southeast Louisiana, which is honoring Carol Wise! Wise is the 24th recipient of the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for her exemplary leadership in community volunteerism and philanthropy, and she’s an accomplished businesswoman, devoted mother and grandmother and a community activist. Flo Schornstein is chairing this event and is also a former award winner. Both Wise and Schornstein were instrumental in founding the Women’s Leadership Counsel of United Way, Success By 6 and the Child Care Rebuild Collaborative, and have been in the forefront of improving childcare in our city. Thanks as well to John Hollowell, Executive Vice President of Deep Water Shell Energy Resources Company, former honoree Frank Stewart and especially to C. Allen Favrot, former recipient and the original founder of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, who has been a tireless supporter of the United Way!

The gala is Thursday, November 15, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. with the awards gala following. Emcee Angela Hill will lead the evening featuring entertainment by Joe Simon and surprise guests. Call 827-6846 or email TocquevilleGala@unitedwaysela.org to purchase tickets and for more information.

This month has lots of fabulous activities that you don’t want to miss! Coming up on the 15th is “Just Say YaYa”, see above, and the 16th is Sacred Heart’s Avenue Marketplace, where there will be over 100 vendors in the school’s front courtyard and you’ll have lots of opportunities to buy Christmas gift items: jewelry, books, food, fashion apparel, home decor, works by local artists and merchandise from local boutiques. Admission is only $5, and you can even stay for the lunch at 11:30 a.m. that Clancy’s is providing for only $40. You can call 269-1210 for reservations or email them at mgele@ashrosary.org. You can also go to the school’s website AshRosary.org, and click on Special Events!

Grab a tiara, lace up your sneakers, and “trot” around Audubon Park December 9 for a great cause! “Tiara Trot” is a run/walk that raises money for the Second Harvest Food Bank’s programs for kids. For every $100 raised, runners earn three tickets in a drawing for an all-expense paid New Orleans wedding and reception for 100 guests! Register at Tiara Trot Facebook page: facebook.com/tiaratrot, or contact Lauren Darda by emailing TiaraTrot@gmail.com.

Market Umbrella’s “Hot List 2012” fundraising campaign is starting November 10. Visit the website (MarketUmbrella.org) and sign up for a one-of-a-kind experience including creating a namesake cocktail with a local chef and so much more … next month!

The Poydras Art Show is November 2 through 4 and it’s always a hit! In its 18th year, the art show, which runs Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, November 4, from noon to 4 p.m., on the beautiful grounds of Poydras Home at 5354 Magazine St., is free to the public. Tickets to the patron party on Friday, November 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. are $100 and include entertainment and fabulous food. Buy tickets and learn more by calling 897-0535 or by visiting PoydrasHome.com.

We are so sad that we’ve lost a wonderful friend, Diana Pinckley! She was an extraordinary woman who connected everyone she knew to each other. She shared her talents, love and insatiable intellect with us all and with every cause in which she believed. Pinckley was a communications strategist, civic activist (especially Women of the Storm) and book reviewer, and she will be missed!