Author: Shelby Simon

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…

Dining Together, Apart

This series provides an opportunity to support the innovative work happening daily at Ochsner all while enjoying fine dining from the comfort of your own home. The series of summertime events brought the community together virtually while helping to advance…

Creatively Connecting

The “Paint the Town Green Gala” is typically held in person, welcoming luminaries from across the Greater New Orleans area. However, the COVID-19 pandemic challenged Raintree Children & Family Services to get creative in this year’s fundraising to help vulnerable…

Keeping the Arts Alive

Arts District New Orleans (ADNO), the organization that founded the popular White Linen Night event, hosted “White Linen Light” throughout the entire month of August. The event took place both physically in the New Orleans’ historic Warehouse Arts District and…

Test Your Knowledge

On Sunday, June 28, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society gathered participants to play virtual trivia with proceeds benefiting the charity’s Mississippi and Louisiana Chapter. Registration was $19.49, a nod to the year LLS was founded, and individuals were presented with…

A New Dining Experience

NOWFE kicked off its “Summer Wine Dinner Series” at Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, the first of a sequence of 11 intimate dinners around New Orleans. This year, especially, encourages diners to support our local economy during this time and enjoy…

A Museum Moving Ahead

Usually, the “Magnolia Ball” is a big celebration at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art with halls filled with DJs, food, drinks, art and dancing. Since patrons couldn’t safely gather this year, “Magnolia Ball” turned virtual and offered a magnificent…

Healthy Hearts

The New Orleans American Heart Association branch hosted its first ever virtual event, swapping their usual “New Orleans Go Red For Women Luncheon” for a virtual “Lunch-in” to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for women…

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…