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Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana’s “Excelencia Gala”

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and the amazing contributions of exceptional leaders with the “Excelencia Gala.” Originally planned with a September date to celebrate the September Independence Day of nine Latin American countries, Hurricane…

Bridge House / Grace House’s “Mr. Legs”

Dedicated contestants showed up to strut their stuff on stage for the “Mr. Legs” parody beauty pageant and benefit, a competition to see who could raise the most money for Bridge House / Grace House, whose mission is to provide…

One Book One New Orleans’ “Juleps in June”

Champions of literacy – friends, supporters and volunteers – gathered on the first Wednesday in June for the annual “Juleps in June” summer fête on behalf of One Book One New Orleans (OBONO). A campaign for literacy and community through a shared…

Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s “Magnolia Ball”

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosted the eighth annual “Magnolia Ball” on Saturday, June 12. The event celebrated the exhibition “Outside In, Improvisations of Space: The Ceramic Work of MaPó Kinnord,” which brought together works from throughout Kinnord’s career…

NOCCA Institute’s “Art of the Feast”

  The NOCCA Institute and friends gathered both in-person and from the comforts of home for “Art of the Feast,” a celebration of music, food and fine art. Patrons experienced a fabulous meal, great music and a chance to win…

Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses’ “Wine Fête”

  Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses hosted a hybrid digital and in-person “Wine Fête” event to support the educational programming and ongoing preservation of their two 19th century historic houses in the French Quarter. This is a celebratory year for…

Kingsley House’s “Picnic For A Purpose”

  More than 125 patrons gathered in the Kingsley Gayle & Tom Benson Community Center, joined by nearly 300 patrons on Facebook Live, to celebrate the organization’s 125 years of life-changing programs and services in the courtyard of their historic…

“SweetArts 2020: CHANGES: Into A Radiant Future”

  Initially conceived as an elegant event for a few hundred guests in a private home, the CAC’s “SweetArts 2020” was transformed into a series of small dinner parties of no more than 25 guests that were hosted by couples…

“Historic Houses Society Gala”

  The historic courtyard of the Hermann-Grima House in the French Quarter, in its original layout from 1831 and filled with flowering plants and trees popular in the 19th century, provided a special ambiance for the 2020 “Historic Houses Society…

“Just Say YAYA at Home”

  The “Just Say YAYA at Home” virtual gala, benefiting Young Artists/Young Aspirations (YAYA), celebrated five years at the Arts Center and honored Avenue’s own Beverly Church, Kay Kerrigan and Baty Landis for their leadership in the organization’s capital campaign.…

“JCC’s Big Night In”

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center (JCC) asked patrons to wear their most comfortable pajamas, sit back in their favorite chairs and indulge in an evening of star-studded entertainment from locally and internationally renowned performers for its annual Center Celebration,…

“You Night Cancer Survivor Runway Show & Celebration”

“You Night” is a year-round program that helps women emotionally cope after a cancer diagnosis and build sisterhood and confidence. “You Night 2020” offered 50 local women from New Orleans and St. Tammany the experience of participating in a runway…

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…