Author: Shelby Simon

Philanthropic Fun: Serving the Solution to Ending Hunger

The largest food bank in Louisiana honored the 10th anniversary of “Harvest at Home” with a lineup of talented chefs, scrumptious bites and the support of more than 200 guests in attendance. Guests were impressed with the beauty of the…

Philanthropic Fun: A Federation Fête

The ninth annual “Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner” expressed gratitude to major donors of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’ 2019 Annual Campaign. 73 major donors were in attendance. The intimate setting at the Windsor Court Hotel featured ivory linens…

Philanthropic Fun: Festing at The Fillmore

French Quarter Fest kicked off the celebration nearly a month early, on March 22, with its annual gala fundraiser at New Orleans’ dazzling new venue, The Fillmore New Orleans. Guests experienced a night with Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton, a full…

Philanthropic Fun: Enchanted Playground in the Park

Friends of City Park is celebrating a momentous year: its 40th anniversary. Nearly 35 years after its last major renovation, Storyland in City Park will receive a refurbishment supported by the funds raised at the gala, which will enhance the…

Philanthropic Fun: Selfless Service

More than 500 guests attended the “2019 Soul Revival,” which marked the 20th anniversary of the Legacy Donor Foundation’s signature event to increase public awareness and education about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation in Louisiana. Ansley Seaver…

Philanthropic Fun: Tip of the Hat

More than 450 guests attending the 35th annual “Mad Hatter Luncheon” celebrated in style at a whimsical wonderland filled with over-the-top hats. New Orleans Opera Association President Karen Villavaso delivered the opening greeting, and Cantor Josh Colman delivered the invocation.…

Philanthropic Fun: Youth Enrichment

The third annual fundraiser for the Youth Empowerment Project, “YEP Fest,” which included a lively Patron Party and festival, raised more than $250,000 to help underserved youth through education, mentoring and employment readiness and enrichment programs. The Patron Party kick-off,…

Philanthropic Fun: Courageous Community

Crimestoppers GNO hosted its annual “Awards Luncheon” on March 22 to honor the community of civilians and law enforcement who defend and serve a safer New Orleans. The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office presented the nation’s colors and Pastor Tyrone Jefferson…

Philanthropic Fun: Masked Magnificence

The “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball 2019" at The Hyatt Regency New Orleans Celestin Ballroom was adorned with bold lighting and the event's signature mask. As guests arrived, they were greeted by student volunteers from Xavier and Dillard universities on the…

Philanthropic Fun: Motorcycle Chic for the Cantor

The “Temple Sinai Gala,” themed “This Is Your Life Cantor Joel Colman,” honored Colman for 20 years at Temple Sinai with a sold-out crowd of 235 friends and congregates. The cantor uses a motorcycle as his means of transportation, so…

Philanthropic Fun: Festive Fun

“Fête de Fezziwig” was held to support Le Petit’s mission to present the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate the diverse population of the New Orleans area. The family-centric event was held in the Green Room at Tableau, which…

Philanthropic Fun: Festival Flair

More than 450 masked revelers paraded into “Bal Masqué” at the start of a spirited Carnival season. The masquerade party featured live musical entertainment, a lineup of celebrity chefs and mixologists dishing out their best bites and an auction offering…

Philanthropic Fun: Anchors Aweigh for the Cure

Held at the Southern Yacht Club, the “2019 Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta Kick-Off” served to excite guests about the upcoming regatta and educate about the important mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This free event is…

Philanthropic Fun: Fruits of Good Labor

The 10th anniversary celebration of the “Good Apple Gala” honored the work of Louisiana Appleseed volunteers who embody the organization’s mission. Social Justice awards were given to individuals whose daily work exceeds expectations in creating access to justice, education and…

Philanthropic Fun: A Lifetime of Service

Mark Romig, recognized for his unwavering love and extraordinary commitment to our great city, was honored with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award. Each year, the award is presented to a recipient who has made a lifetime commitment…

Philanthropic Fun: Future Planning

The Preservation Resource Center’s President’s Circle members were invited to an exclusive unveiling of the PRC’s new Strategic Plan to get a special look into the future of…

Philanthropic Fun: Radiant in Red

Shades of red were worn by guests at the “Red Tie Gala,” with many donning a custom red tie designed by Ochsner and NOLA Couture, featuring the Ochsner life mark in white and gold. Funds raised from the event and…

Philanthropic Fun: An Artist’s Legacy

Daniel Price, and up-and-coming artist and New Orleans native, was killed in San Francisco on December 19, 2003. A graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School and NOCCA, Louisiana’s only public arts conservatory for high school students, Daniel was a talented…

Philanthropic Fun: Turn of a Century

This year’s annual BRAVO Gala dedicated two glamorous evenings to kick off NOBA’s Golden Anniversary. On January 26, the “Evening of Stars” performance at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre began with a lifetime board member induction ceremony and presentation featuring youth…

Philanthropic Fun: Successful Service

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans Annual Meeting welcomed YMCA Board of Trustees members, Advisory Board members from across the region and special guests to welcome the new board members and thank those who have fulfilled their service. The reception…

Philanthropic Fun: Hispanic Heritage

  The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s annual fundraiser event, “Azúcar Ball” presented by Pan American Life, provides funding for the foundation’s mission to encourage and support talented Hispanic high-school students by providing them with educational scholarships via the NOHHF…

Philanthropic Fun: Caring Into Action

  The Anti-Defamation League’s “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner” presented its esteemed award to honorees Warner Thomas of Ochsner Health System and Steve Gleason, former New Orleans Saint and founder of Team Gleason. Award recipients personify the noblest…

Philanthropic Fun: Architectural Aesthetics

  The Patron Party kicked off the festivities for the 43rd annual “PRC Holiday Home Tour” presented by McEnery Residential, held December 8-9 in the Garden District and Lower Garden District. CeCe and Trevor Colhoun hosted the party at their…

Philanthropic Fun: An Extraordinary Life

  Touro Synagogue’s L’Chayim Award is given every other year to a person or persons who have demonstrated support and a long-standing deep commitment to the Congregation. On December 1, 2018, Touro Synagogue presented the prestigious L’Chayim Award to Joyce…

Philanthropic Fun: Dancing With the Activists

  Young Audiences of Louisiana hosted a cocktail reception, dinner and dance competition featuring local philanthropists and community activists partnered with professional dancers at Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre. The event benefits Young Audiences of Louisiana’s mission of 56 years to…

Philanthropic Fun: Dueling Duets

  The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO) presented its “NOCTURNE XVI” fundraiser gala on December 2, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton. Celebrating the event’s 16th year, MASNO presented a very exciting piano duo, the Emmy-nominated Anderson & Roe Piano…

Philanthropic Fun: Express to the Cure

  An over-the-top New York runway-style fashion show by the Ladies Leukemia League (LLL), sponsored by Dillard’s and produced by Sue Webber Productions, offered 1,000 guests a way to give towards leukemia/lymphoma research and “Believe” in a cure. The fashion…

Philanthropic Fun: Cemetery Saints

  To support tomb restoration and educational programs, Save Our Cemeteries’ “All Saints Soirée” offered 200 guests a festive evening of historic tours, cuisine, artwork and music. Due to the predicted weather forecast, the event moved from the grounds of…

Philanthropic Fun: Local Legacies

  The Louisiana Museum Foundation (LMF) debuted its “Founders Ball,” an annual gala that honors the contributions of individuals or families who have contributed in historical times to our city or state, or current individuals who have made a significant…

Philanthropic Fun: YAYA Celebrates 30

  “Just Say YAYA” welcomed more than 600 guests to an art-filled cocktail party featuring work by current YAYA students and alumni spanning 30 years, with an arts market of glassware and a silent auction with works by acclaimed local…