Author: Shelby Simon

Philanthropic Fun: Taking to the Trail

  More than 450 patrons came to celebrate trailside for “The Greenway Soiree,” the largest crowd yet for Friends of Lafitte Greenway. The $97,000 raised at the benefit goes right back in supporting work that benefits all, including making safe…

Philanthropic Fun: Away With ALS

Over 3,500 partygoers filled Champions Square for a fun-filled “Gleason Gras” presented by Dave and Buster’s and the Kavanagh Family Foundation. The festivities raised more than $335,000 for the Team Gleason Foundation, which aims to empower people living with ALS…

Philanthropic Fun: Thrilling Tablescapes

  A stunning display of 23 tables with towering centerpieces, bright and colorful florals, sparkling glassware and whimsical accents decorated the Audubon Tea Room for the sixth annual “Wine, Dine & Design.” St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance…

Philanthropic Fun: Serving a Healthier Future

  March of Dimes presented its annual “Signature Chefs Auction” on October 4, 2019 at the Omni Royal, which raises awareness and funds to advance scientific research and educational programs for the health of all moms and babies. John R.…

Philanthropic Fun: Art Amongst the Oaks

  Sydney and Walda Besthoff were honored at “LOVE in the Garden” Presented by Hancock Whitney, which hosted 1,600 at the New Orleans Museum of Art. For the first time, the new Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion opened for the Patron…

Philanthropic Fun: Star Students

  “Everybody is a Star” at the 2019 Blue Rose Ball, where 800 guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency for a sold-out gala to support the mission of ensuring every student with special educational needs is able to reach their…

Philanthropic Fun: Pasta for the Performing Arts

  The 24th annual “Pasta and Puccini Fundraising Gala” provides the Jefferson Performing Arts Society with resources for its youth programs and cultural endeavors for the 2020-2021 Season. The 2019 gala presenting sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shane. Hon.…

Philanthropic Fun: The Answer to Cancer

  Since 1976, Cancer Crusaders’ mission has been to raise funding for research to eradicate cancer. The 19th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon” continues to champion that cause and honored cancer survivors in the community who are making a difference.…

Philanthropic Fun: Contribution of Character

  The 34th annual “Catholic Community Foundation Dinner” celebrated Catholic generosity in our community and honored 2019 St. John Paul II Award winner, Peter “Pete” R. Quirk, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on Thursday, October 10. The award is…

Philanthropic Fun: Valuable Volunteers

  St. Elizabeth’s Guild continues to support the well-being of the various children’s programs serviced by Catholic Charities, bolstered by proceeds from their “Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon” presented by Angel Wings Foundation. This year’s program raised $80,000 for Padua House,…

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: 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: 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: 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…