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Philanthropic Fun: Fêteing the French Quarter

The French Quarter Fest kicked off what would usually begin the 2020 festival season on Friday, March 6, with its annual gala fundraiser at The Fillmore New Orleans, setting a glamorous evening for the more than 500 guests in attendance.…

A Philanthropic Fun: Reinvention & Recovery

The annual Bridge House / Grace House “Recycled Fashion Show,” which took place on February 9, invited 19 local designers to showcase the possibilities of renewal with re-envisioned treasures found in their thrift stores for a unique fashion show experience.…

Philanthropic Fun: United by Flavor

Each year, the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award is presented to a recipient who has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the community. The “New…

A Philanthropic Fun: A Symphony of Service

Jewish Children’s Regional Service held its ninth annual “Jewish Roots of Rhythm & Blues” Gala on February 2 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The event was Chaired by three former JCRS Presidents: Neil Kohlman, Bruce Miller and Leon Rittenberg…

Philanthropic Fun: Cooking for Community

Several of New Orleans’ best-known and most talented chefs came together to cook, teach, entertain and serve lunch at the 43rd annual “Chefs’ Charity for Children” on Monday, January 27 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The theme, “Angels of…

Philanthropic Fun: Passion for Performing Arts

On December 20, 2019, The NOCCA Institute, The New Orleans Advocate and the Family of Daniel Price welcomed patrons to a night of art and music benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists. The scholarship fund honors the…

Philanthropic Fun: Going Off Book

One Book One New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra presented the world premiere of their first collaboration on November 23, 2019. NOJO Artistic Director Adonis Rose composed an original jazz suite based on OBONO’s 2019 selection, Vengeance by…

Philanthropic Fun: Festive in the French Quarter

The Preservation Resource Center “President’s Circle Reception,” which took place on January 15, is just one of several exclusive events held in historic venues for the PRC’s top level of membership. The annual reception offers President’s Circle members a chance…

Philanthropic Fun: Golden Grand Jeté

The “50th Anniversary Season Evening of Stars,” benefiting the New Orleans Ballet Association dedicated two glamorous evenings to NOBA’s Golden Anniversary Season. On January 25, the Mahalia Jackson Theater of Performing Arts hosted 1,500 guests. The program began with a…

Philanthropic Fun: Masked Revelry

“Bal Masqué,” the glitzy masquerade opener of Carnival season, which took place on January 18th this year, once again supported the Link Stryjewski Foundation’s mission to nourish, educate and empower New Orleans youth. James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link and…

Morgan's Note

While I knew that my son was going to miss playgrounds, museums and especially the zoo and aquarium, I didn’t expect him to break into tears after seeing two kids about his age that he didn’t know playing down the…

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…