Author: Shelby Simon

Friends of City Park’s “Lark Picnic in the Park”

The 2021 “Lark Picnic in the Park” focused on building City Park’s endowment for the future of New Orleans to ensure that generations of people living in or visiting New Orleans can create memories in this historic park that will…

NOCCA’s “Home for the Holidays”

Named in memory of a New Orleans Center for Creative Arts alum, “Home for the Holidays” supports the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, overseen by the NOCCA Foundation, which was established to give exceptional graduates the opportunity to…

“Ballo di Natale”

  The Elenian Club hosted their annual “Ballo di Natale” welcoming six new Debutante members and one Lady in Waiting on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at the International Ballroom of the downtown Doubletree Hotel. Each Debutante and Lady in Waiting…

“WYES Holiday Par-TEA”

  WYES supporters enjoyed a fanciful high tea party together, but apart. A Zoom broadcast showcased participants’ attire, hats, tea services and themed setups, including a “Christmas with the Grinch” tea party by Kathleen Mix and Carol Short; a decadent…

“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…

Shuck Cancer

  What is usually known as the block party that shuts down the neutral ground from Napoleon Avenue from St. Charles Avenue to Prytania Street went virtual in 2020, broadcast live into the living rooms of guests and small watch…

“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,…

“Moonlight & Miracles Gala”

 VP & General Manager of Fox 8 WVUE Ronna Corrente, Host & Chief Meteorologist of Fox 8 WVUE David Bernard, Host & Ochsner Health Foundation Board Member Lori Ochsner and Host & SVP & Chief Marketing Officer at New Orleans…

“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…

LCM’s “CHAIRish the Children”

Will and CEO Julia Bland with Dr. Kim and Will Bland     Partygoers dined safely and socially distanced for the 22nd “CHAIRish the Children: A Fall Feast Celebrating New Orleans.” The annual event benefits the Louisiana Children’s Museum, for which…

Ogden’s “O What a Night!”

Executive Director William Pittman Andrews, Event Chair and Board of Trustees Member Catherine Makk and Auctioneer CK Swett     With the health and safety of its supporters in mind, Ogden Museum of Southern Art transitioned its annual “O What…

Longue Vue’s “Games in the Gardens”

Elizabeth Leblanc, Executive Director Baty Landis and Sponsor Sweet Dupuy True to its name, “Games in the Gardens” welcomed guests to Longue Vue House and Gardens with a festive, engaging and safe atmosphere throughout the lush grounds. Flower arrangements created…

“Cocktails for KID smART”

“Cocktails for KID smART” was held virtually over Zoom, with in-person “Parties in Place” hosted across the city. These small gatherings offered opportunities for people to watch the virtual program, celebrate their support of the arts in schools, eat, drink…

NOPJF’s “Stake-In for Justice”

President and CEO NOPJF Melanie Talia, NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson and Event Chair Elizabeth Boh   The virtual “Stake Out for Justice Patron Party,” available for viewing on NOPJF.org, supported the New Orleans Police Department in its efforts to make…

American Cancer Society’s “Belles & Beaus Ball”

Jordan and Co-Chair Jessika Schulman with Co-Chair and Hostess Stacy and Jim Guest at private viewing party This annual fête exclusively benefits the operating costs of the American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road in New…

IPNO’s “19th Anniversary Gala Online Fundraiser & Auction”

Still from the District Attorney Candidate Forum The Innocence Project New Orleans’ weeklong virtual gala culminated with a digital fundraiser and auction with a dedicated site with videos, silent auction and more, available for patrons to view between August 28…

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

Director Alba Huddleston, Auctioneer Chuck Mutz and Board Member Blanca Robinson   The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana honored leadership and community engagement within the Hispanic community at its “Excelencia Gala,” which serves to fund critical programming and services.…

WWOZ’s “Groove Gala”

Beth Arroyo Utterback and John Goodman   Fans of WWOZ donned their favorite festival attire in a virtual, worldwide gathering to celebrate WWOZ’s 40 years of broadcasting and Guarding the Groove. Instead of the usual French Quarter gathering, which typically…

Sylvain Society’s “Summer Seersucker Soirée”

Roulaison Distilling Co-Founder Patrick Hernandez and Co-Chair Amanda Credeur   The Sylvain Society kicked off the 2020-2021 Opera Season with their annual “Summer Seersucker Soirée.” The virtual event was held on Saturday, August 22, via Sylvain Society’s Facebook live, streaming…

Le Petit Théâtre’s “Curtain Call Ball”

  The “Curtain Call Ball” is Le Petit Théâtre’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and the $150,000 raised at this year’s virtual gala will support the theater’s main stage season,…

Life is a Cabaret

The National Council of Jewish Women hosted “A Diva Cabaret Zoom Party” virtual gala on August 8 featuring the renowned theater, dance and burlesque duo Kitten N’ Lou as principal entertainment. The pair performed a medley of songs to the…