Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc. is having their 30th anniversary “Business Hall of Fame Gala” on Thursday, May 16, and you don’t want to miss it! Thanks to honorees: Tom Benson (not pictured), Owner and Chair of the New Orleans Saints; Roy Glapion, Senior Vice President at Professional Service Industries, Inc.; Patrick J. Quinlan M.D., CEO of Ochsner Health Clinic Foundation and International Services; Mike Rodrigue, Owner of Acme Oyster House; José A. Suquet (not pictured), Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Pan American Life Insurance Group; and Dr. Norman Francis, President of Xavier University of Louisiana with chair Phyllis Taylor for gracing our cover.

The dinner awards presentation will be at the Roosevelt Hotel and begins at 7:15 p.m. Please call 569-8658 for tickets and information.

Junior Achievement inspires and encourages young people to successfully participate in our economy through workforce development, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy and is empowering young people to own their own economic success! Junior Achievement and the
Idea Village are putting our city “on the map” encouraging startups and entrepreneurs to stay in New Orleans.

Speaking of anniversaries, it’s the 60th anniversary of the “Symphony Book Fair,” the oldest fundraising book sale in the city. Please support the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and visit them Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18 – Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 to 4 p.m. – $10 admission only on Thursday. Call 861-2004 for tickets. The event will be at the Delgado Community College Student Life Center, 916 Navarre Ave., behind WYES TV.

Want to know what incredible fundraising events are coming up? Check out our Registry of Charitable Events for May through August 2013. If you don’t see your event on this list, there’s still time to be considered for coverage; visit MyNewOrleans.com/St-Charles-Avenue/Submit-a-Charitable-Event/ and fill out the form you find there.

We have a feature on corporate giving that you should read – whether you’re a nonprofit or a corporation – because our city benefits from everyone working together.

I am so excited about my entertaining column featuring the elegant and “over the top” party that Gayle and Tom Benson planned for the Super Bowl. Gayle wanted to show the best that New Orleans has to offer – hospitality, music and a menu created by Susan Spicer – and she did it! She wanted to make sure that New Orleans gets the Super Bowl again, and if this party has anything to do with the choice, she’s already won!