Author: Shelby Simon

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: 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.…

Philanthropic Fun: Cheers to 150 Years

Temple Sinai celebrated its 150th birthday on March 7, 2020, with a Roaring Twenties Gala presented by the Goldring Family Foundation. The Patron Party took place at the home of Joan and Julian Feibelman. Julian is the son of Rabbi…

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…

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: 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: 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: 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: 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…

Philanthropic Fun: Tree Traditions

Debuting an entirely new annual event, Poydras Home hosted their first “Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival” on December 5, 2019. This burgeoning Uptown tradition featured a majestic, 30 foot lighted tree, which shone brightly until January 1, 2020. More…

Philanthropic Fun: Dazzling Displays

The “Celebration in the Oaks” soirée helped kick off the holiday season in New Orleans with an exclusive look at the annual lights display, where guests donned in festive holiday cocktail attire get the first glimpse of the illuminated City…

Philanthropic Fun: Holiday Cheer for a Cure

The primary fundraiser for Ladies Leukemia League is the annual “Fete de Noel,” which ushered in the Christmas season in early December. Celebrating 50 years, the Past Presidents in attendance were recognized before the start of the Fete. LLL Co-Presidents…

Philanthropic Fun: A Musical Menagerie

The grounds and gardens of the New Orleans Jazz Museum were transformed  for the “Improvisations Gala.” The fundraiser enabled the museum to globally promote jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms through highly-interactive exhibits, as…

Philanthropic Fun: Pearls of Purpose

American Cancer Society’s Junior Executive Board brought in $281,000 during their second annual “Shuck Cancer” event in partnership with Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar and Latter & Blum. The event was held on the two blocks of Napoleon Avenue’s neutral…

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: Butterfly Brilliance

A new exhibition of the Louisiana State Museum, entitled “Chasing the Butterfly Man: The Search for a Lost New Orleans Cabinetmaker, 1810-1825,” celebrates the genius work of an unknown New Orleans cabinetmaker for the repetitive use of a butterfly-shaped joint.…

Philanthropic Fun: Holidays at Home

The Holiday Home Tour and its Patron Party serve as fundraisers for the Preservation Resource Center, which supports the organization’s mission of preserving New Orleans’ historic architecture, neighborhoods and cultural identity through collaboration, empowerment and service to the community. The…

Philanthropic Fun: Latin Legacies

“The 2019 Azúcar Ball: Nueva Vista Social Club” highlighted the many contributions of Cuba and its music to the city of New Orleans. Nueva Vista Social Club is inspired by the documentary A Tuba to Cuba, which follows New Orleans’…

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: By the Light of the Moon

Large white spheres hung from the ceiling of the Superdome created a celestial ambiance for “Moonlight & Miracles” benefiting Ochsner Health System on November 8, 2019. Dr. David Margolin and Dr. Bobby Rodwig were this year’s Miracle Makers. The event…

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: Historic Heritage

The “Historic Houses Society Gala” welcomed and honored the organization’s highest level of museum members. Their support allows the organization to maintain and preserve two 19th century historic house museums, which are National Historic Landmarks and important to the architecture,…

Philanthropic Fun: Reclaiming Sustainable Creativity

The Green Project’s mission is to cultivate a culture of creative reuse and build a marketplace for reclaimed materials. “Salvations Exhibition + Auction” exemplifies this mission in real time by pairing reclaimed materials with beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind design as featured…