Children from Kid’s of Excellence Daycare receive books and food to fuel healthy minds and bodies; City officials join shoppers on cart race through store

WHO:             Neighbors in three New Orleans communities in need of grocery stores; city officials; representatives from Save-A-Lot, the nation’s leading extreme-value grocery chain, First Book and Second Harvest; and pre-school children from Kid’s of Excellence Daycare …
WHAT:          … will gather to celebrate the openings of three new Save-A-Lot grocery stores at an official grand opening “Dollar-Cutting” ceremony to benefit First Book, an organization that provides new books to children in need, and The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
WHERE:       Save-A-Lot Food Store
                        1841 Almonaster
                        New Orleans, LA 70117
WHEN:          Thursday, March 12, 2009
                        10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHY:             Save-A-Lot is dedicated to supporting New Orleans with the opening of new food stores in neighborhoods where they are needed most.  The stores will fulfill an important need by providing budget-conscious, quality-focused shoppers with great food at great prices, often in communities ignored or abandoned by conventional grocery chains, especially after the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
The two other new Save-A-Lot stores are located at 2841 South Claiborne and 3610 MacArthur. As part of its commitment to community organizations, activities and events, Save-A-Lot is making a $5,000 donation to First Book and a $5,000 food donation to The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.

Men and Women of Fashion to Host 37th Annual  Prix D’Elegance Awards Luncheon

Proceeds Benefit NOBA’s Scholarship Program for Talented Youth

On Tuesday, April 14, The Men and Women of Fashion will host the 37th annual Prix D’Elegance Luncheon at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.  This event, which will introduce the 2008 “Best Dressed” honorees, benefits the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) and BRAVO (Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization), helping to continue NOBA’s nationally award-winning scholarship program.
NOBA’s education programs provide access to quality arts programs with 2,500 free dance classes and workshops annually at eleven sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Annually, scholarships are provided for talented youth to study dance at prestigious schools around the country, including Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco’s LINES Ballet, and American Dance Festival.

2008 Men and Women of Fashion Honorees


Bobby Asaro                                                               

Brett Bauman

Calvin Fayard

Byron Harrell

Dr. Corey Hebert    

Alexis Hocevar

Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr.

Newell Normand

Carl Panebiango

Ted Selogie                    


Cat Aschaffenburg

Toni Bachmann

Dr. Laura Badeaux

Nancy D’Amico

Myra deGersdorff

Judy Rush Eckhardt

Kay McArdle

Helena Moreno

Joyce Pulitzer

Cathy L. Vaughn

Each year, the members of the Men and Women of Fashion organizations choose a former recipient to receive the special honor of Hall of Fame for sustained excellence. The Hall of Fame Honorees for 2008 are Blaine Kern, Sr. and Mimi Bowen. 

The Men and Women of Fashion are philanthropic organizations that recognize outstanding members of the community while supporting fashion and retail in New Orleans and creating a forum for further charitable outreach. For more than 37 years, the Men and Women of Fashion organizations have paid tribute to dozens of men and women in New Orleans who exemplify unique personal style, as well as excellence through business, civic and charitable endeavors that specifically better the local community.

“For more than 35 years, the Men and Women of Fashion organizations have had the honor and privilege of recognizing men and women not only of fashion and style, but also of substance, of integrity and of community involvement.  Through their efforts, the annual award recipients truly exemplify outstanding leaders who make a difference in our community,” said Kathleen N. Mix, Women of Fashion President.

This year’s event is chaired by Jacquee Carvin and Teresa Guzzetta. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m with a patron party, followed at 11 a.m. by a silent auction featuring an array of items, including an exclusive live auction item—an exquisite south sea pearl necklace donated by Friend & Co Fine Jewelers. The luncheon will also include a style show with the latest fashions by Mimi and Jeff’s Haberdashery.

          Tickets to the event are $75 (table of 10 for $750) and $100 (table of 10 for $1000), which includes a champagne patron party at 10am. For more information or to order tickets, contact NOBA at 504.522.0996. 

Woofstock 2009
Where can you find live entertainment, food, fun, all your friends and cheap drugs? Back by popular demand, the outdoor love fest known as Woofstock is returning to Bogue Falaya Park Sunday, March 29th for a full day of fun, frolicking in the Park.

The low cost clinic will begin at 9:00a.m. offering $60.00 annual K-9 vaccinations, $10 microchip IDs, and discounted flea, tick, and heartworm preventative. You guessed it, that’s your cheap drugs! The clinic will be open until 2:00.

The festival complete, with live music from Christian Serpas & Ghost Town and home-grown legend, Amanda Shaw, doggie contests, fun and games begin at 11:00a.m! Food, provided by Pelican Bark Park, will be on sale all day as well as soft drinks, water and the specially-brewed doggie beers of Abita (TurboDog, Hound Dog, Golden Retriever, and Purple Pooch).
The groovy rags of Woofstock will also be on sale at the festival, but for any ZooToo-er with 1,000 points or more will receive the much sought-after t-shirt for free. To register with ZooToo for your points, go to www.zootoo.comand select the St. Tammany Humane Society as your sponsored shelter and then begin racking up the points by uploading pics, writing journal entries and inviting your friends and family to gab about your four-legged friends.
Tickets are available for $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. Children under 12 get in for $4 or $5 at the gate. You may securely purchase tickets online at or by calling the St. Tammany Humane Society at 985-892-PETS(7387).
Vendors can purchase a spot in the middle of all the excitement for only $100 or can sponsor the entire event for $500. Sponsorship includes a 10’ x 10’ space at Woofstock Festival, advertising on all 2009 Woofstock t-shirts and 4 free tickets to the festival.  Sponsors will also receive a 2’ x 1’ banner ad adorning our mobile adoption van, visible in the community for weekly off-site pet adoptions, local festivals and area events!!
Sale items must be approved prior to purchase, and space is limited, so reserve your spot today! For more information or to purchase your spot or sponsorship, please contact Vaughn at 985-892-PETS(7387).
In an effort to make this an adoption-day-to-remember, the St. Tammany Humane Society has invited shelters and animal rescue groups from across the region to participate free of charge. The St. Tammany Humane Society has also opened the event to any/all non-profit organizations to showcase their charity for free. For more information or to reserve your space, please call Vaughn at 985-892-PETS (7387).
Join us March 29th at Bogue Falaya Park for Woofstock 2009-a day full of peace, love and doggie poop!