Author: Shelby Simon

Philanthropic Fun: Wining & Dining

The rainy skies cleared up for a wonderful event at this year’s VIP Welcome Party for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. At the exclusive event prior to the “Royal Street Stroll,” NOWFE presented a $30,000 check to chef…

Philanthropic Fun: A Fruitful Decade

The 10th annual “An Edible Evening” gathered guests for a garden party to benefit Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. All proceeds from this celebration of local cuisine, wine, live music and student-made goods ensure that children learn to make healthy connections…

Philanthropic Fun: Vive le Cochon!

With more than six decades of providing critical resources for substance abuse recovery for the New Orleans community, Bridge House / Grace House served up a festive Carnival-themed “Cochon Cotillion” in the event’s 23rd year. The Court and Patron Party…

Philanthropic Fun: Monte Carlo Magic

Blackjack, craps, roulette and poker games filled the Grand Ballroom at Chateau Golf and Country Club, transformed into the Casino de Monte-Carlo for Parkway Promenade XXVII. Prior to the event, the Patron Party was held in the Main Lounge, which included many…

Philanthropic Fun: Fashion Forward

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service “Jewish Roots of Fashion Gala” carried its theme throughout the night’s festivities by honoring the “fashionable” Mrs. Betty Kohn and presenting a style show in partnership with Dillard’s of Lakeside. With 500 in attendance, this…

Philanthropic Fun: Reviving Raw

The former Union Savings and Loan Building came alive for “The Revival Gala: 42nd Annual Julia Jump,” with a host of music and entertainment, local food and beverages, live art painting and more. Held in the Mid-Century Modern former bank…

Philanthropic Fun: Lessons from the Garden

The New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation’s “RESPONSE: Artists in the Park” in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters supported the newly constructed October Teaching Garden, a kitchen garden within the Botanical Gardens. Co-Chaired by Pam Bryan, Beverly Matheney, Reagan Charleston…

Philanthropic Fun: Springing to Life

More than 250 guests attended the “2019 ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” making it one of the largest ACCESS events. Proceeds from the brunch and auction allow ACCESS and Catholic Charities Pro-Life Services to continue providing complimentary pregnancy support services and a…

Philanthropic Fun: Cancer Aweigh!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted a day of nautical fun on Lake Pontchartrain to secure funds in support of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to continue to improve the quality of life for…

Philanthropic Fun: Man of the Hour

It was standing room only in Harrah’s Casino for the Delgado Community College Foundation’s 15th annual “Roast of the Town” featuring this year’s Roastee, Warner Thomas, CEO of Ochsner Health System. The funds raised at the event are a part…

Philanthropic Fun: Magnificent Musicality

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual “Opus Ball” was divided into two major events this year: the “Sponsor Dinner” on March 13 and the “Opus Ball” on March 23. The “Sponsor Dinner” was held at the iconic St. Charles Avenue mansion…

Philanthropic Fun: Gala in Green

The 10th annual “Paint the Town Green” gala for Raintree Children & Family Services honored Kathy Randall, longtime volunteer and supporter, for her service and support for our community’s most vulnerable children and youth. The event took place in the…

Philanthropic Fun: Soirées and Sips

More than 200 patrons gathered in the 1831 courtyard of the Hermann-Grima Historic House in the French Quarter for “Amazing Grapes” 2019. The classic courtyard features original garden beds and flagstone from when the home was built, beautiful brick walls…

Philanthropic Fun: The Pigs are Coming!

“Hogs for the Cause” kicked off the 2019 festival season in New Orleans with its 11th annual event on March 28-30. The second annual sold-out “Bacon Night” kicked off the festival on Friday, with teams serving up nearly two tons…

Philanthropic Fun: Beyond the Blooms

One of the most anticipated springtime events in New Orleans, “Art in Bloom 2019” showcased spectacular floral designs created by more than 100 exhibitors that remained on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art March 28-31, 2019. The annual…

Philanthropic Fun: Sharing Vision and Values

Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans hosted its eighth annual “Keeping Our Promises” gala at The National World War II Museum’s U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The Patron Party began at 7 p.m. with entertainment by the One…

Philanthropic Fun: Mind, Body & Heart

The 2019 “Go Red for Women Luncheon” highlighted the importance of heart health and served as a platform to educate women about the warning signs and risk factors of heart disease. The event, which welcomed 450 to the Hyatt Regency,…

Philanthropic Fun: Glitzy Golfing

The Sugar Mill set the stage for an elegant evening of Southern charm for this year’s “Sugarplum Ball” for Children’s Hospital. Playfully themed “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” the spectacular golf oasis setting invited guests to participate in games of miniature…

Philanthropic Fun: Art All Around

The NOCCA Institute’s annual “Art & Soul” Gala offered top-notch entertainment featuring NOCCA alumni throughout the entire program, spanning from Press Street Station to 5 Press Gallery, the Solomon Family Hall and the block party along historic Homer Plessy Way.…

Philanthropic Fun: Playwright’s Party

The “Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival” returned to the historic French Quarter for its 33rd annual celebration of contemporary literature, culture, theater and the works of Williams on March 27-31. The five-day event offered a range of diverse speakers and…

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…