It is November, and we’re so excited to feature New Orleans Museum of Art’s “50th Odyssey” presented by IberiaBank! Thanks so much to Co-Chairs Susu and Andrew Stall; Volunteer Committee Chair Dana Hansel; Board President Julie George; and Presenting Sponsor IberiaBank CEO Daryl Byrd for gracing our cover! Susu and Andrew promise a night you won’t forget, inspired by NOMA’s fall exhibit: “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” including 40 masterpieces spanning five centuries of European and American landscape painting. The gala is November 12, 7 p.m. to midnight at NOMA. Patrons will enjoy delicious cuisine, craft cocktails, live music and more! I can’t believe that the first “Odyssey Ball” was 50 years ago! Call 658-4106 for ticket information!

There are so many amazing events taking place in November! The “Azúcar Ball” is Saturday, November 19. Ileana Suquet is President of the Board and wants you to come so they can raise money for more scholarships for Hispanic children. “Just Say YAYA” is Friday, November 18, at the new YAYA Art Center and promises a great night with magical music, food by Dickie Brennan and a live auction, all to help young artists become successful adults. ”Magic in the Moonlight” chaired by Gayle and Tom Benson is November 11 and benefits cancer research at Oshsner. Please check our calendar for more November nonprofit events!

With all of our fabulous fundraisers going on now, check out our Holiday Fashion feature and What’s Hot for Holiday Fashion Accessories. Not only will you see the latest, but also what will be great to go with it!

We are also featuring 14 of the best brunches around town. It is so much fun to try new places, especially after church or on a day without football.

We are very proud of our fundraiser “Wine, Dine & Design,” chaired by Elizabeth and Peyton Bush and Michelle and Lamar Villere, which benefited Bastion this year. There were two massive donations of $100,000 each, but our Preview Party and Luncheon also raised more than $87,000. Just as the Luncheon was over, an "angel," who wants to remain anonymous, offered to match every penny we raised, bringing our total to more than $174,000! Congratulations to Dylan Tête, founder an executive director of Bastion! Thanks to the staff of St. Charles Avenue, all of the designers who did a fantastic job, our "angel," presenting sponsor Bryan Subaru, and to Joy and Boysie Bollinger, Hibernia Bank, Sally and Walter Cockerham, Tia and Jim Roddy, Patricia and Vernon Brinson, the Saints and all of the table sponsors! You are the best!

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Have a great Thanksgiving!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church


Bev's Note
The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation will hold its 26th annual fundraiser, the "2016 Azúcar Ball," on Saturday, November 19, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. (Standing) Immediate Past President George J. Fowler III, Executive Director Raúl V. Fonte, Board President Ileana Suquet and (seated) "2016 Azúcar Ball" Committee Co-Chairs Heidi A. Kiesling and Aimee Bonomolo invite you to join them for a night themed "An Enchanted Evening In the Land of Fire and Water" presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group.

This event will celebrate Hispanic culture with dancing to the rhythms of local Latin bands Julio y César and AshéSon; food prepared by some of New Orleans' finest restaurants; bidding at a silent auction; and special features, such as Carl Mack Presents and glamorous decorations.

The Patron Party will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the Ball at 8. Arnold Donald, the New Orleans-born CEO of Carnival Corporation, will be honored with the Galvez Cup.

For more information and to purchase tickets, email Raúl V. Fonte at