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Bev's Note

Happy Holidays to all of you! We are happy to announce our 2016 Activists, all of whom have been sharing their gifts of volunteerism with us for years! Thanks to Peggy Laborde, Beverly Matheney, Alan Philipson, Paulette and Frank Stewart and Mary Ann Valentino! What a line-up of Activists who have helped everything including the: American Heart Association, Botanical Garden Foundation, Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Longue Vue House and Gardens, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana SPCA, New Orleans Museum of Art, National World War II Museum, Young Audiences of Louisiana … and the list goes on!

I am so grateful to Frances and Calvin Fayard for letting us photograph their son Carter’s fabulous Christmas party they held last year! Featured in my Entertaining column, you’ll get lots of ideas for the holidays. It was such fun for adults and children, and had everything from music, to bowling for presents, Santa, face painting and much more. The house was beautifully lit with sparkling Christmas lights and a giant Santa with presents greeted all of the guests.

With the holidays upon us, you’ll want to check out this month’s What’s Hot, featuring jewelry. Whether you’re looking for a great gift for someone special or something sparkling for you, you’ll find the perfect piece.

In our annual New Year’s Eve feature, we lay out everything you need for the perfect night, including sections on how to prepare for your big party to where to go to celebrate. Check it out!

I am also excited to feature the Anti-Defamation League’s “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner,” which is honoring Carroll Suggs and Walter Isaacson, two amazing New Orleanians (see photo).

We are still receiving donations for Bastion (which was our “Wine, Dine & Design” fundraiser beneficiary) if anyone wants to give a Christmas gift to this nonprofit that helps our veterans returning with traumatic brain injury and other wounds of war. Thank you again so much to everyone who supported our event!

I am so sad that we've lost a great friend, George Villere, who's love of life and his family, especially his wife Fran, was legendary. He devoted his life to helping many causes, but his support of Lighthouse Louisiana was closest to his heart.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season, and I hope you get to spend it with family and great friends!


Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note

Anti-Defamation League “Torch of Liberty” Committee Member and Former Board Chair Michael Botnick, ADL Regional Director Dr. Allison Padilla-Goodman, ADL 2016 “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty” Honoree Carroll W. Suggs, ADL 2015 “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty” Honoree and 2016 Dinner Chair Phyllis Taylor and 1983 “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty” Honoree and 2016 Invocation Speaker Father James C. Carter, SJ are pictured to promote the annual “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner.”

This year the event will honor Carroll W. Suggs and Walter Isaacson at the Sheraton New Orleans on Tuesday, December 6. The event’s dinner chairs are Phyllis Taylor, Tim Francis, Odom Heebe and Allan Bissinger. In addition to an interfaith invocation and the award presentations, the event will feature key speakers from law enforcement leadership in the community and students and educators who have been impacted by ADL’s anti-bias education work.

To honor these two incredible New Orleanians and to get ticket information, call 780-5602 or email new-orleans@adl.org.


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