Author: Shelby Simon

Philanthropic Fun: Backing the Boys

Son of a Saint raised $7,500 in support of the organization’s many programming events and resources for its young mentees at its “Dine Around.” CeCe and Trevor Colhoun generously hosted the event at their Uptown home. A trio of musicians,…

Philanthropic Fun: At Home in the Park

The Louisiana Children’s Museum opened new doors for CHAIRish the Children, showcasing its new home in City Park, which was meticulously designed to be a social, cultural…

Philanthropic Fun: The Show Must Go On

More than 300 guests joined Le Petit Théâtre’s “Curtain Call Ball” to provide vital support for its mission to present the highest quality theatrical…

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: Friends Like Family

Garden District Association flags could be seen flying throughout the neighborhood as New Orleanians of the historic neighborhood came together for the annual “Fall Affair.” Patrons attending the party…

Philanthropic Fun: Leading by Example

The hallways of The Fillmore were lined with nearly life-size portraits of the Role Models for the Young Leadership Council’s 33rd annual “Role Model Awards…

Philanthropic Fun: Home Away From Home

Mardi Gras World transformed into a magical environment with a shimmering star wall and blue, amber and white-accented lighting and confetti globe balloons for the…

Philanthropic Fun: Cocktails for City Park

Aptly named “Martini Madness,” Friends of City Park hosted a craft cocktail-forward celebration at the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, joined by a sold-out crowd of 1,100 guests.…

Philanthropic Fun: Hats With Heart

“The Bigger the Hat, the Bigger the Heart,” as they say at FestiGals at the inaugural “Hats Off” luncheon. Benefiting the Greater New Orleans American Heart Association, 350 gathered at Jung Hotel & Residences to tip off their hats to…

Philanthropic Fun: Empower Women, Empower All

The Contemporary Arts Center hosted “You Night New Orleans 2019” to a sold-out audience of 750 guests, comprised of friends, family members, health care providers and program sponsors who attended to cheer on 24 cancer survivors who walked the runway…

Philanthropic Fun: Champagne and Shoes

The first weekend of August marked the 12th anniversary of The Historic New Orleans Collection “Antiques Forum,” which, themed “Fancy Footwork,” offered a series of educational and entertaining talks by renowned experts from across the country. Presentations explored the use…

Philanthropic Fun: Backing the Blue

Shades of blue filled Generations Hall as 400 partygoers gathered for a night of blues music, the best of local bites and support for the youth crime prevention programs of Crimestoppers GNO. Bunches of blue balloons, twinkle lights and flowers…

Philanthropic Fun: Orchestraic Opulence

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its upcoming 36-week season, in which they will perform at 100 concerts, with a trifold “Opening Night Gala.” The evening began with cocktails, a seated dinner and dessert reception, held in the newly redecorated Blue…

Philanthropic Fun: Dancing Deeply

To commemorate the 203rd anniversary of Argentina’s independence, Casa Argentina hosted its annual “Tango Celebration,” which made donations to benefit the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, the Second Harvest Food Bank, Young Audiences and other local and international charities. The…

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: Community and Culture

A record-breaking 48,000 filled Julia Street to experience art, build community and celebrate culture throughout the Arts District of New Orleans for the “Hancock Whitney White Linen Night.” During the “Art in Focus” kick-off event, the CAC and the Arts…

Philanthropic Fun: Healthy Hearts

The “New Orleans Heart Ball” highlighted the diversity of heart disease this year, emphasized through its “Walk a Mile in My Heart” exhibit. Guests strolled through a red fabric draped maze featuring dramatic floor lighting while seeing the many faces…

Philanthropic Fun: Medical Miracles

Poster-sized pictures of smiling patients who received major surgeries, treatment and eyeglasses during NOMMS missions were on display throughout the 16th “Mission Possible Gala,” which honored individual and corporate supporters of the organization’s critical medical work. Archbishop Gregory Aymond delivered…

Philanthropic Fun: Remarkable Role Models

Bridge House / Grace House presented the 24th annual “Women of Substance Luncheon” honoring local female role models for the many women in the BHGH substance abuse treatment program. The luncheon featured three primary honorees centered around the unifying theme…

Philanthropic Fun: Barred from Freedom

Innocence Project New Orleans hosted its 18th Anniversary Gala in celebration of the organization’s freed, innocent clients and in recognition of the scores of innocent men and women still incarcerated and needing legal assistance. This year, 450 attended the event…

Philanthropic Fun: Spectacular Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare was the showcased performance at the annual “New Orleans Shakespeare Festival Opening Night Party” hosted by Tulane University. The festival produces professional, classical theatre with a primary focus upon Shakespeare’s works and additionally…

Philanthropic Fun: Fundraising Frenzy

A 10-week philanthropic competition for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) “Man & Woman of the Year” campaign provided a platform for local leaders and their teammates to honor local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the year.…

Philanthropic Fun: Art Night at the Museum

The “2019 Magnolia Ball” celebrated the museum’s exhibition “Piercing the Inner Wall: The Art of Dusti Bongé.” The ball brought to life Bongé’s Surrealist “Circus Series” with a festively engaging evening. The event raised over $75,000 through ticket sales and…

Philanthropic Fun: Passing the Gavel

The 95th anniversary gala of the Junior League of New Orleans presented an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s lasting positive impact, in addition to an opportunity to “pass the gavel” to the next generation of leadership: the 2019-2020 JLNO…

Philanthropic Fun: The Show Must Go On

Southern Rep touted its new home on Bayou Road at its “Annual Gala 2019”. The Audubon Tea Room, decorated in candles and pink and orange rose petals, reflected the refreshed Southern Rep logo that accompanies the change to headquarters at…

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: American Altruism

This year’s “American Spirit Awards” presented by Hancock Whitney highlighted the importance of civil discourse and working together for a common cause – a core value that was integral to securing victory in World War II. Vice President Richard B.…

Philanthropic Fun: A Light of Hope

“Soirée de Lumiere,” which raised over $85,000 this year, is Lighthouse Louisiana’s premier fundraising event that brings awareness to the organization’s mission to empower individuals with disabilities through services, employment and advocacy. A three-piece jazz band greeted guests for the…