Get ready for the spectacular fundraiser this month benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens – Sentimental Journeys! The Patron Party will take place October 24 with the fabulous dinner and auction event on October 25. Thanks to co-chairs: Denise Monteleone, Helen Butcher and Dathel Coleman (all wearing jewelry by Franco Valobra), and Nelson Valentin, from The Cigar Factory, for gracing our cover!

The theme this year is “A Night in Old Havana” and our co-chairs are promising an event you won’t want to miss. The patron party will be held at the gorgeous home of Pixie and Jimmy Reiss on Audubon Place. The dinner and auction will be held in the Riverview Ballroom at Kern Studios Entertainment Center, decorated by famed architect Campion Platt of New York City and floral designer Paul Norman, owner and master designer of Thibodeaux’s Florist – they’re donating their services to help in our recovery! The highlight of the evening will be an auction of 30 exclusive and exciting trips, including a stay at a private island resort in the Seychelles and a safari in Africa. I’ll be there and want you to join me in supporting Longue Vue – a true New Orleans treasure! Call 488-5488 for more information.

This Halloween, there will be a spectacular new parade. The Krewe of Boo, whose sole mission is to help first responders get back into their homes will roll for the first time October 31. Of course it will have one-of-a-kind floats designed by famed artist Blaine Kern Sr. Be sure to sign up and be a part of history – You can still be on a float! Visit www.kreweofboo.org for more information. Morgan Packard and I are both members and encourage all of you to join and help the police, firemen and other first responders who do so much for our city! Everyone else – get the kids and go to the parade after you trick or treat in your neighborhood.

This month we’re also proud to share with you the amazing stories of two cancer survivors: Thanks to Michael Milling and Sunny Duggins who stand as examples that cancer can strike anyone at anytime. There are so many strides in the fight against cancer and I urge you to go to Saks Fifth Avenue for the big Key to the Cure event on October 15.

All of us are trying to help rebuild our city and volunteer our time! Each One Save One needs your help! Call their office at 599-5904 for more information about their mentoring programs. Also, make sure to attend their cocktail party fundraiser on October 23; call 949-5252 or 599-5904 and buy your ticket today!

Getting us ready for all of the events coming up, Cat has a new twist for out readers – check out Skin Deep’s makeover of adorable Shelley Sullivan.

I also want you to check out Hope Meyer’s FixNOLA.org. She is personally trying to match volunteers with organizations that are helping in our recovery. Be sure to go to her Web site, and while you’re there, check out her beautiful jewelry and look at her ad for Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jeweler! Call for an appointment today at 957-3409 and Hope will dazzle you with her collection of antique and estate jewelry. She can also create custom one-of-a-kind pieces and has wholesale diamonds, fine colored gemstones, pearls and watches! Visit HMGjewelry.com soon.

I just talked to Charlee Williamson and she shared with me one of the best deals in town – and it’s being offered by The Junior League of New Orleans! It is the Holiday Shopping Card that can be purchased for only $50. From October 23 through November 2, you can save 20 percent off anything you buy at over 70 stores all over the city! Be sure to check out their full-page ad for the list! You can also purchase the card at the starred retailers listed, purchase it online at www.jlno.org or by calling 891-5845! You don’t want to miss this and you’ll be helping the Junior League with all of their worthwhile community projects. Thanks to Rubenstein’s and Saks Fifth Avenue for being major sponsors.

I hope you’re all recovering after the last two major hurricanes! I urge you all to help your friends and also to think about all of those in Texas who offered help to us. You can also send a donation to the American Red Cross and give blood. We all understand now how connected we are as Americans when disaster strikes. I wish you all “The Best!”