A Note from Bev

What a special month for our magazine! Our December cover honors six incredible New Orleanians who are making a positive impact on our city through countless volunteer hours and their own monetary resources. Congratulations to: Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin, Boysie Bollinger, Susan Read Johnson, Julie Livaudais George, Allen Toussaint and Rod West. Their accomplishments are varied – The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Children’s Hospital, Catholic Charities, The National World War II Museum, New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, Longue Vue House and Gardens, The Greater New Orleans Foundation – but they all believe that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Please read about each honoree; we hope their stories will encourage more volunteerism. Congratulations to all of you!

The holidays are upon us, so check out What’s Hot in Jewelry so you can surprise the special people on your list. There is a price point and style for everyone, from the most sparkly of cocktail rings to Day of the Dead-themed charms.

Books also make great gifts, so go to Britton Trice’s Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania St., 895-2266, GardenDistrictBookShop.com) and look for George Fowler’s provocative book, My Cuba Libre: Bringing Fidel Castro to Justice and Janet Wyman Coleman’s Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival, which underscores the bonds between dolphins and their trainers and among the dolphins themselves.

The Salvation Army is 25 years old! Dickie Brennan presents its “Christmas Kickoff Party,” Thursday, December 12, at Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House, 144 Bourbon St., from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with presenting sponsor Versabar. Tickets are $70 each and include food, beverages, a silent auction and music by Armand St. Martin. All proceeds go to the programs and services of the Salvation Army, which always is there for any and all disasters. For tickets call 899-4569 extension 316 or visit SalvationArmyNOLA.org.

On December 23, the NOCCA Institute and the family of Daniel Price invite you to “Home for the Holidays” at The House of Blues (see photo below). All proceeds from this event go to providing scholarships to NOCCA students. You really want to be a patron for $127 so you can get in early at 6 p.m. and have access to a buffet dinner and open bar. The regular party starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes until midnight for $37 a person. Thanks to Trombone Shorty, Rebirth, Kermit Ruffins and many more who will be among those performing.
Please call 5310-4999 for tickets.

Have a safe holiday with your family and friends! Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah and happy New Year!

A Note from BevChristopher, Dr. Steve and Cathy Price pictured at last year’s “Home for the Holidays,” benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists and NOCCA. This year’s event will take place Monday, December 23 at the House of Blues. Hosted by emcee Gralen Banks, the event will begin with a food-filled patron party and silent auction at 6 p.m., with entertainment by cellist Jee Yeoun Ko followed by Irma Thomas. The main event begins at 7:30 p.m. featuring performances by John Boutte, Rebirth, Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, My Name Is John Michael, Eric Lindell Band, the Andrews Family featuring Trombone Shorty & James Andrews with special guest Herlin Riley.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit HouseOfBlues.com, LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or call 310-4999.

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