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Philanthropic Fun: A Fruitful Decade

The 10th annual “An Edible Evening” gathered guests for a garden party to benefit Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. All proceeds from this celebration of local cuisine, wine, live music and student-made goods ensure that children learn to make healthy connections…

Philanthropic Fun: Vive le Cochon!

With more than six decades of providing critical resources for substance abuse recovery for the New Orleans community, Bridge House / Grace House served up a festive Carnival-themed “Cochon Cotillion” in the event’s 23rd year. The Court and Patron Party…

Philanthropic Fun: Springing to Life

More than 250 guests attended the “2019 ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” making it one of the largest ACCESS events. Proceeds from the brunch and auction allow ACCESS and Catholic Charities Pro-Life Services to continue providing complimentary pregnancy support services and a…

Philanthropic Fun: Man of the Hour

It was standing room only in Harrah’s Casino for the Delgado Community College Foundation’s 15th annual “Roast of the Town” featuring this year’s Roastee, Warner Thomas, CEO of Ochsner Health System. The funds raised at the event are a part…

Philanthropic Fun: Magnificent Musicality

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual “Opus Ball” was divided into two major events this year: the “Sponsor Dinner” on March 13 and the “Opus Ball” on March 23. The “Sponsor Dinner” was held at the iconic St. Charles Avenue mansion…

Philanthropic Fun: Art All Around

The NOCCA Institute’s annual “Art & Soul” Gala offered top-notch entertainment featuring NOCCA alumni throughout the entire program, spanning from Press Street Station to 5 Press Gallery, the Solomon Family Hall and the block party along historic Homer Plessy Way.…

Philanthropic Fun: Serving the Solution to Ending Hunger

The largest food bank in Louisiana honored the 10th anniversary of “Harvest at Home” with a lineup of talented chefs, scrumptious bites and the support of more than 200 guests in attendance. Guests were impressed with the beauty of the…

Philanthropic Fun: Festing at The Fillmore

French Quarter Fest kicked off the celebration nearly a month early, on March 22, with its annual gala fundraiser at New Orleans’ dazzling new venue, The Fillmore New Orleans. Guests experienced a night with Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton, a full…

Philanthropic Fun: Enchanted Playground in the Park

Friends of City Park is celebrating a momentous year: its 40th anniversary. Nearly 35 years after its last major renovation, Storyland in City Park will receive a refurbishment supported by the funds raised at the gala, which will enhance the…

Philanthropic Fun: Selfless Service

More than 500 guests attended the “2019 Soul Revival,” which marked the 20th anniversary of the Legacy Donor Foundation’s signature event to increase public awareness and education about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation in Louisiana. Ansley Seaver…

Philanthropic Fun: Festive Fun

“Fête de Fezziwig” was held to support Le Petit’s mission to present the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate the diverse population of the New Orleans area. The family-centric event was held in the Green Room at Tableau, which…

Philanthropic Fun: A Lifetime of Service

Mark Romig, recognized for his unwavering love and extraordinary commitment to our great city, was honored with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award. Each year, the award is presented to a recipient who has made a lifetime commitment…

Philanthropic Fun: Radiant in Red

Shades of red were worn by guests at the “Red Tie Gala,” with many donning a custom red tie designed by Ochsner and NOLA Couture, featuring the Ochsner life mark in white and gold. Funds raised from the event and…

Philanthropic Fun: Turn of a Century

This year’s annual BRAVO Gala dedicated two glamorous evenings to kick off NOBA’s Golden Anniversary. On January 26, the “Evening of Stars” performance at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre began with a lifetime board member induction ceremony and presentation featuring youth…

Philanthropic Fun: Local Legacies

  The Louisiana Museum Foundation (LMF) debuted its “Founders Ball,” an annual gala that honors the contributions of individuals or families who have contributed in historical times to our city or state, or current individuals who have made a significant…

Philanthropic Fun: Architectural Aesthetics

  The Patron Party kicked off the festivities for the 43rd annual “PRC Holiday Home Tour” presented by McEnery Residential, held December 8-9 in the Garden District and Lower Garden District. CeCe and Trevor Colhoun hosted the party at their…

Philanthropic Fun: Cemetery Saints

  To support tomb restoration and educational programs, Save Our Cemeteries’ “All Saints Soirée” offered 200 guests a festive evening of historic tours, cuisine, artwork and music. Due to the predicted weather forecast, the event moved from the grounds of…

Philanthropic Fun: For Our Freedom

  The National WWII Museum celebrated Victory Ball on the weekend of Veterans Day to salute the men and women who have and continue to dedicate their lives to our freedom. The 2018 Victory Ball reception honored featured guest, Medal…

Philanthropic Fun: A Fine Philanthropist

  Each year, the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of United Way of Southeast Louisiana presents its highest award for exemplary leadership in community volunteerism and philanthropy. The 2018 award was conferred upon Mary Keller Zervigon – philanthropist, public servant and…

Philanthropic Fun: All For One and One For All

  Guests arrived to the beautiful Garden District home of Honorary Chairs Anna Beth and John Goodman dressed for the “Masquerade for The Three Musketeers”-themed gala for Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR). The benefit supports the ongoing community work…

Philanthropic Fun: Southern and Sweet

Louisiana Landmarks Society’s major fundraiser of the year, the “Fête du Jardin” – this year held in honor of the tricentennial of New Orleans – is essential to the organization’s ability to continue its preservation advocacy and education programs and maintaining…

Philanthropic Fun: Taste of Cuba

  The “Feast at the Board of Trade” transported guests to Old Havana with an elegant, tropical brunch evoking Cuban style and cuisine. The event honored Dr. Lake Douglas. The courtyard at the New Orleans Board of Trade featured tables…

Philanthropic Fun: “Stelllllllaaaaaa!”

  Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s themes of desire and passion, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival staged a benefit called “An Evening of Desires.” Guests enjoyed music, scenes from plays and poetry by and inspired by the works…

Philanthropic Fun: Encore for Musicians

  The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra hosted “Baubles and Bubbly for Beethoven” to publicize the Encore Shop, a resale boutique which specializes in designer clothing, shoes and accessories that directly benefits the musicians and artists of the LPO. The beautiful home…

Philanthropic Fun: Preserving the Vieux Carré Character

  The Vieux Carré Commission Foundation celebrated the launch of “The New Vieux: An Education & Engagement Program” for the craftsmen and caretakers who will carry the cultural heritage of the beloved French Quarter and city into the future. The…

Philanthropic Fun: Think Pink

  All three floors of Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans were decked in an elegant array of pink décor to celebrate “Key to the Cure” benefiting the Louisiana Cancer Research Center. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the annual…

Philanthropic Fun: Elegance Under the Oaks

  This year’s “Magic in the Moonlight” featured an elegant dinner served under the majestic oaks and the twinkling lights of the New Orleans Botanical Garden on flower-filled, candlelit tables. An opening cocktail party was held in the Azalea/Camellia garden…

Philanthropic Fun: Cuisine for a Cure

The sold-out “Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner,” hosted by the Windsor Court Hotel, invited guests to enjoy a magnificent five-course meal and wine pairings prepared by a lineup of local chefs in support of the organization’s ambitious mission to reduce…

Philanthropic Fun: Teaching Through the Arts

The historic home of Anne Montgomery provided the backdrop for “Miss & Sip,” The Crown and Shield Foundation’s benefit to support the organization’s day programs for children, which utilize the arts and media production as an influential tool. Each program…

Philanthropic Fun: Lighting the Way

Held at the Grace-Montgomery Mansion on St. Charles Avenue, Lighthouse Louisiana welcomed patrons to the foundation’s annual “Light Up the Night,” which benefits programs to empower persons with disabilities through services, employment and advocacy. Approximately 422 partygoers attended. The Patron…