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Philanthropic Fun: Children at Heart

“Sugarplum Ball 2020” transported guests to the whacky and whimsical world of Wonderland. Hedge walls created a maze that led to the rabbit hole filled with oversized flowers and greenery. The main ballroom featured tables covered in an array of…

Philanthropic Fun: From the Heart

This year’s “Red Tie Affair” on Friday, March 6, which took place on The Riverboat Louis Armstrong, welcomed more than 600 patrons to raise funds for the lifesaving work happening at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute (JOHVI). The…

A Philanthropic Fun: A Taste for Good

For those impassioned by good food, the “Taste America Gala Dinner” benefiting the James Beard Foundation offered both an opportunity to enjoy creations from the region’s most celebrated chefs and a way to give back to our community. On February…

Philanthropic Fun: Racing for a Cup & a Cure

The “Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta Kickoff,” a free event held annually, rallies volunteers, donors and participants for the anticipated regatta through education of how the Leukemia Cup Regatta raises funds towards the mission of The Leukemia &…

Philanthropic Fun: Access & Opportunity

The 11th anniversary of the “Good Apple Gala” was the highest grossing event in the organization’s history. The 2020 event, which took place at the NOPSI Hotel on January 23, celebrated the good work of their pro bono network members…

Philanthropic Fun: Astounding Activism

St. Charles Avenue magazine is committed to honoring the exemplary philanthropic efforts of New Orleans citizens and nonprofits whose community activism strengthens the core of our community. For the 23rd year, our “Activists of the Year” awards event invited patrons…

Philanthropic Fun: Home Fulfillment

“Building Dreams” for Eden House raised funds to support the Eden House operating costs and to furnish the second Eden House residence via an interactive home registry. The event was held at the home of Eden House Founder and Board…

Philanthropic Fun: A Star-Studded Soirée

One of two annual fundraiser events held to sustain and enhance Kingsley House programs and services, “A Benefit Under the Stars” raised funds to meet the ever-evolving needs of the more than 7,000 children, families, seniors, veterans, mentally-fragile adults and…

Philanthropic Fun: A Celebratory Citizen

United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s annual gala, backing the nonprofit’s mission to eradicate poverty in the region, presented the esteemed Alexis de Tocqueville Award to 2019 honoree Roger H. Ogden. Upon receiving the award, Ogden said, “If you can paint…

Philanthropic Fun: A Safer City

More than 650 guests supported the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation at “Stake Out for Justice,” hosted at the Sheraton Hotel.…

Philanthropic Fun: Chefs for a Cure

To mark the 18th annual “Summer Cure,” Susan G. Komen New Orleans honored five outstanding chefs who each prepared a delicious dinner course paired with fine wine for an audience of 200. The Windsor Court Hotel hosted the benefit, Co-Chaired…

Philanthropic Fun: Embracing Entrepreneurship

More than 300 people attended the gala honoring nine individuals who embody the spirit of business leadership and community values. The evening began with the introduction of 20 members of the Business Hall of Fame, who were introduced in procession…

Philanthropic Fun: Helping Hands, Helping Home

The annual “Guardian Angel Award Gala” for Project Lazarus saw the 2019 Guardian Angel Award presented to Laura Fine by Larry Lehmann. The award was also presented to the group of Michael McIntosh, Robert Lucky, Jason Allen and Dr. Khanh…

Philanthropic Fun: Fashion Forward

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service “Jewish Roots of Fashion Gala” carried its theme throughout the night’s festivities by honoring the “fashionable” Mrs. Betty Kohn and presenting a style show in partnership with Dillard’s of Lakeside. With 500 in attendance, this…

Philanthropic Fun: A Federation Fête

The ninth annual “Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner” expressed gratitude to major donors of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’ 2019 Annual Campaign. 73 major donors were in attendance. The intimate setting at the Windsor Court Hotel featured ivory linens…

Philanthropic Fun: Courageous Community

Crimestoppers GNO hosted its annual “Awards Luncheon” on March 22 to honor the community of civilians and law enforcement who defend and serve a safer New Orleans. The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office presented the nation’s colors and Pastor Tyrone Jefferson…

Philanthropic Fun: Anchors Aweigh for the Cure

Held at the Southern Yacht Club, the “2019 Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta Kick-Off” served to excite guests about the upcoming regatta and educate about the important mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This free event is…

Philanthropic Fun: Fruits of Good Labor

The 10th anniversary celebration of the “Good Apple Gala” honored the work of Louisiana Appleseed volunteers who embody the organization’s mission. Social Justice awards were given to individuals whose daily work exceeds expectations in creating access to justice, education and…

Philanthropic Fun: Successful Service

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans Annual Meeting welcomed YMCA Board of Trustees members, Advisory Board members from across the region and special guests to welcome the new board members and thank those who have fulfilled their service. The reception…

Philanthropic Fun: Caring Into Action

  The Anti-Defamation League’s “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner” presented its esteemed award to honorees Warner Thomas of Ochsner Health System and Steve Gleason, former New Orleans Saint and founder of Team Gleason. Award recipients personify the noblest…

Philanthropic Fun: Dueling Duets

  The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO) presented its “NOCTURNE XVI” fundraiser gala on December 2, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton. Celebrating the event’s 16th year, MASNO presented a very exciting piano duo, the Emmy-nominated Anderson & Roe Piano…

Philanthropic Fun: Love for the Library

  “Growing Partnerships with Latter Library,” benefited the Latter Library Garden Conservancy, which is in charge of the ongoing beautification of the grounds of the Milton H. Latter Memorial Library on St. Charles Avenue. This year, the event surpassed its…

Philanthropic Fun: A Safe House

  The seventh annual “Evening in the Garden of Eden” proved to be Eden House’s largest-ever benefit with 375 attendees in attendance. The gala supports the movement to eradicate human trafficking, and proceeds from this year’s fundraiser go directly towards…

Philanthropic Fun: Honoring Humanitarians

The “Weiss Awards” recognized members of the Greater New Orleans community whose civic and humanitarian contributions to the furtherance of human dignity were outstanding and an example to be followed. This year, the “Weiss Awards” were presented to outstanding community…

Philanthropic Fun: Perspectives in Painting and Pottery

More than 200 attendees enjoyed the “Poydras Home Patron Party & Art Exhibition,” which presented a new event format for Poydras Home this year: a solo fine art exhibitor with one guest artisan. This year’s solo exhibiting artist, Billy Solitario,…

Philanthropic Fun: A Spooky Soirée

Over 150 patrons attended the “Bewitching Affair,” a Halloween-themed soirée benefiting the New Orleans Garden Society. Patron Party guests received complimentary champagne glasses etched with NOGS. “Haunted House” cache pots filled with sensational succulents encased in purple tulle and ribbon…

Philanthropic Fun: Catholic Community

  The Catholic Foundation hosted its annual dinner to bring the Catholic community together for an evening of fellowship, and to publicly thank and recognize those who have contributed to the success of the organization’s mission. The evening began with…

Philanthropic Fun: Celebrating a Changemaker

  The National Council of Jewish Women proudly honored Susan Hess as the 2018 recipient of the coveted Hannah G. Solomon Award. Susan Hess was selected for epitomizing the qualities of NCJW founder Hannah G. Solomon, and for acting as…

Philanthropic Fun: Greenway Growth

  Ensuring the Lafitte Greenway remains a healthy and vibrant public space that connects people to nature, their destinations and to each other, Friends of Lafitte Greenway hosted the sixth annual “Greenway Soirée,” the organization’s largest annual benefit. Held trailside…