Author: Photos by Jeff Strout

Philanthropic Fun: Holiday Cheer for a Cure

The primary fundraiser for Ladies Leukemia League is the annual “Fete de Noel,” which ushered in the Christmas season in early December. Celebrating 50 years, the Past Presidents in attendance were recognized before the start of the Fete. LLL Co-Presidents…

Philanthropic Fun: Pearls of Purpose

American Cancer Society’s Junior Executive Board brought in $281,000 during their second annual “Shuck Cancer” event in partnership with Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar and Latter & Blum. The event was held on the two blocks of Napoleon Avenue’s neutral…

Philanthropic Fun: Butterfly Brilliance

A new exhibition of the Louisiana State Museum, entitled “Chasing the Butterfly Man: The Search for a Lost New Orleans Cabinetmaker, 1810-1825,” celebrates the genius work of an unknown New Orleans cabinetmaker for the repetitive use of a butterfly-shaped joint.…

Philanthropic Fun: Holidays at Home

The Holiday Home Tour and its Patron Party serve as fundraisers for the Preservation Resource Center, which supports the organization’s mission of preserving New Orleans’ historic architecture, neighborhoods and cultural identity through collaboration, empowerment and service to the community. The…

The New Canseco’s

From his open kitchen Chef Antonio Saladino presides over a culinary operation devoid of mood lighting, fine linen, courtly tableside service or soothing music. The floors of his establishment are polished to a high shine offset by megawatt overhead lighting.…

Philanthropic Fun: By the Light of the Moon

Large white spheres hung from the ceiling of the Superdome created a celestial ambiance for “Moonlight & Miracles” benefiting Ochsner Health System on November 8, 2019. Dr. David Margolin and Dr. Bobby Rodwig were this year’s Miracle Makers. The event…

Philanthropic Fun: Historic Heritage

The “Historic Houses Society Gala” welcomed and honored the organization’s highest level of museum members. Their support allows the organization to maintain and preserve two 19th century historic house museums, which are National Historic Landmarks and important to the architecture,…

Philanthropic Fun: Reclaiming Sustainable Creativity

The Green Project’s mission is to cultivate a culture of creative reuse and build a marketplace for reclaimed materials. “Salvations Exhibition + Auction” exemplifies this mission in real time by pairing reclaimed materials with beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind design as featured…

Philanthropic Fun: Loving the Local Library

Latter Library opened its doors to local vendors and artists for a family-friendly party benefiting the library’s future projects and continued maintenance of the beautiful gardens. The current project in the works is an outdoor reading garden that can be…

Philanthropic Fun: Wonderful Wines

“Carnivale du Vin 2019” marked the 15th year for the nationally recognized wine auction and gala dinner for Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s signature program, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen, and nationwide nonprofit youth organizations supported by the foundation’s community grants…

Philanthropic Fun: Justice Leaders

The Anti-Defamation League hosted a dinner program to celebrate the mission of “stop[ping] the defamation of the Jewish People and secure justice and fair treatment for all.” The program honored award recipients Dr. Stephen Hales and the Bissinger-Timm Family, who…

Philanthropic Fun: Musical Magnificence

The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans presented an electrifying program of piano performance by Kenny Broberg at their annual “NOCTURNE XVII” gala, held at the Ritz-Carlton. MASNO supports music education, provides mentorships, manages the New Orleans International Piano Competition…

Philanthropic Fun: An Arts Education for All

The 10th annual “Dancing for the Arts Gala” featured a cocktail reception, dinner and dance competition at Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre. Funds raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, voting and the silent auction benefit YALA’s after school, summer and early childhood…

Philanthropic Fun: Festive Fashion

The New Orleans Garden Society hosted its “Bewitching Affair” luncheon and fashion show at the Audubon Tea Room. Festive Halloween-themed décor filled the room, including lanterns laced with bows and topped with witches legs. The fashion show contest featured awards…

Philanthropic Fun: A Season of Growth

The annual “Design Symposium” celebrates the legacy of design and giving that's Longue Vue’s heritage, thanks to the example of Edith and Edgar Stern. This year’s symposium event, attended by 275 patrons, benefited the Education Center in Longue Vue’s Discovery…

Philanthropic Fun: Meaningful Mentorship

The “2019 Son of a Saint Annual Gala,” in partnership with The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, raised funds to support the core mission of supporting its myriad of programming events, activities and holistic services provided to more than 100 young mentees…

Philanthropic Fun: Garden Goodness

Lush garden-inspired tablescapes and votive lanterns flickered around The Pavilion of the Two Sisters for “Magic in the Moonlight,” the first event held in this new venue. Proceeds from the Botanical Garden Foundation benefit will be used to restore the…

Philanthropic Fun: A Legal Legend

The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women presented Madeleine M. Landrieu, Dean of Loyola University College of Law, with the prestigious 2019 Hannah G. Solomon Award. Dean Landrieu has spent a large part of her…

Philanthropic Fun: A Toast to Home

New Orleans itself set the theme for Lambeth House’s annual gala, which took place on the grounds of Lambeth House and allows the organization to support its residents in times of need, to make improvements in our community and for…

Philanthropic Fun: Taking to the Trail

  More than 450 patrons came to celebrate trailside for “The Greenway Soiree,” the largest crowd yet for Friends of Lafitte Greenway. The $97,000 raised at the benefit goes right back in supporting work that benefits all, including making safe…

Philanthropic Fun: Away With ALS

Over 3,500 partygoers filled Champions Square for a fun-filled “Gleason Gras” presented by Dave and Buster’s and the Kavanagh Family Foundation. The festivities raised more than $335,000 for the Team Gleason Foundation, which aims to empower people living with ALS…

Philanthropic Fun: Thrilling Tablescapes

  A stunning display of 23 tables with towering centerpieces, bright and colorful florals, sparkling glassware and whimsical accents decorated the Audubon Tea Room for the sixth annual “Wine, Dine & Design.” St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance…

Philanthropic Fun: Art Amongst the Oaks

  Sydney and Walda Besthoff were honored at “LOVE in the Garden” Presented by Hancock Whitney, which hosted 1,600 at the New Orleans Museum of Art. For the first time, the new Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion opened for the Patron…

Philanthropic Fun: Star Students

  “Everybody is a Star” at the 2019 Blue Rose Ball, where 800 guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency for a sold-out gala to support the mission of ensuring every student with special educational needs is able to reach their…

Philanthropic Fun: The Answer to Cancer

  Since 1976, Cancer Crusaders’ mission has been to raise funding for research to eradicate cancer. The 19th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon” continues to champion that cause and honored cancer survivors in the community who are making a difference.…

Philanthropic Fun: At Home in the Park

The Louisiana Children’s Museum opened new doors for CHAIRish the Children, showcasing its new home in City Park, which was meticulously designed to be a social, cultural…

Philanthropic Fun: Friends Like Family

Garden District Association flags could be seen flying throughout the neighborhood as New Orleanians of the historic neighborhood came together for the annual “Fall Affair.” Patrons attending the party…

Philanthropic Fun: Home Away From Home

Mardi Gras World transformed into a magical environment with a shimmering star wall and blue, amber and white-accented lighting and confetti globe balloons for the…

Philanthropic Fun: Cocktails for City Park

Aptly named “Martini Madness,” Friends of City Park hosted a craft cocktail-forward celebration at the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, joined by a sold-out crowd of 1,100 guests.…

Philanthropic Fun: Hats With Heart

“The Bigger the Hat, the Bigger the Heart,” as they say at FestiGals at the inaugural “Hats Off” luncheon. Benefiting the Greater New Orleans American Heart Association, 350 gathered at Jung Hotel & Residences to tip off their hats to…