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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: 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: 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: 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…

Philanthropic Fun: Sensory Dining

La Petite Grocery welcomed 80 guests to a seated dinner and live auction for the fifth annual “A Blind Taste,” which benefits the WRBH Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Impaired. The FM reading radio station broadcasts over a…

Philanthropic Fun: Thanks for the Memories

The Louisiana Children’s Museum opened its big blue doors for the 20th and last “CHAIRish the Children” on Julia Street, Saturday, August 25. More than 600 “Chairished” guests enjoyed a fun and festive evening of gourmet cuisine from more than…

Philanthropic Fun: Medical Missionaries

The New Orleans Medical Mission Services hosted the 16th annual “Mission Possible Gala,” which allows the organization to deliver medical expertise and treatment to the underprivileged population of foreign countries by providing services, treatment and supplies with dignity and self-esteem…

Philanthropic Fun: Dressing The Part

Dress for Success, the organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing tools of support and professional attire, hosted its ninth annual “Suits and Salads Luncheon” at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Client of the Year Daviauna Morrell…

Philanthropic Fun: Moving Away from MS

The Roosevelt Hotel Waldorf Astoria Ballroom provided an elegant setting for the “On the Move Luncheon,” which leverages support for the National MS Society. The fundraiser supports the organization’s mission to empower communities with the knowledge, inspiration and relentless resolve…

Philanthropic Fun: Learning for a Lifetime

City Year’s recognizable emblem and signature red – the color of the jackets that AmeriCorps members wear while tutoring and mentoring students – could be seen throughout Messina’s at the Terminal on April 25 for the organization’s benefit party, “School…

Philanthropic Fun: Sweetness of Life

In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness month, proceeds from “Dvash: a Celebration of Modern Israeli Cuisine” directly benefited JFS mental health services, which are made affordable through a sliding-fee scale based on income. JFS mental health services include…

Philanthropic Fun: Tri-colored Tricentennial

Coinciding with the King and Queen’s costume decree for members of their court to join them in celebrating the New Orleans Tricentennial, court members and attendees attired festively for Bridge House/Grace House’s 22nd annual “Cochon Cotillion.” The ball honored King…

Philanthropic Fun: Exemplary Entrepreneurs

Guests, honorees and Tulane students attending “The Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2018 Awards Gala” had the opportunity to network with some of the most successful and well respected entrepreneurs from around the region. The event began with…