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Bev's Note


We at Renaissance Publishing are thrilled to support Bastion and our wounded warriors for the third year at our fifth annual “Wine, Dine & Design!” Thanks to our cover movers and shakers: Betsy Laborde, President and Founder of Monarch Blue Consulting, LLC; Dr. Eric Laborde, Vice Chair of Urology at Ochsner Health System; James Michalopoulos, artist and sculptor; Dylan Tête, Founder and CEO of Bastion; and Vernon Brinson, Owner and CEO of Royal Honda, our presenting sponsor! (Not pictured are our other Co-Chairs Sheldon and Michael Schmidt.)

This year the Preview Party presented by Royal Honda will be on Wednesday, October 3, with the Luncheon, presented by Royal Honda, following on Thursday, October 4, both at the Audubon Tea Room – and the excitement will be amazing. James Michalopoulos has donated a $25,000 painting for the auction and Alex Harvie will produce a painting of the luncheon; we’ll also be auctioning a four-day stay at the Swanson Family Estate and more! Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, music and 25 of the most beautifully designed tables created by New Orleans most sought after designers on view at the Preview Party, and lunch with wine at those tables and the auction at the Luncheon will wow you and your guests! We are almost sold out, so get your tickets now by visiting WineDineNDesign.com or calling 830-7264.

When we started supporting Bastion, an intentionally designed neighborhood for our veterans, there was a plot of ground in Gentilly. Now they’re finishing Phase Two and have purchased the land for Phase Three. There are currently 58 homes and the amount of veterans and their families Bastion serves is growing as they sign new leases for Phase Two every week! Bastion is a beautifully designed area that includes a Wellness Center where residents can meet, do yoga and other exercises and get emotional support and have get-togethers. It is an incredible idea that Dylan Tête created, and he’s hoping that it will be a model for the rest of the country!

I can’t wait for you to see our Fashionable New Orleanians: Edgar “Dook” Chase IV; Martine Chaisson Linares, Jill McKay Pipes; Carroll W. Suggs and Ileana Suquet. Not only are the stylish, but they do so much for our community!

This month’s What’s Hot for Home Furnishings will let you make the most of your fall choices by incorporating pieces and concepts with an eye-catching element of interest that will set you abode above the rest! If finding that perfect touch leads you to want to update your kitchen and bathrooms, we’ve checked with local experts who know a thing or two about customizing your rooms and playing with current trends.

Our Registry of Charitable Events for September through December 2018 is here! If you don’t see your event in our magazine, you didn’t let us know in time, but please fill out our online form as soon as you can so we can include it in our calendars and coverage!: MyNewOrleans.com/CharitableEvent.

This year’s American Cancer Society “Belles And Beaus Ball” will turn Mardi Gras World into “Garden Splendor: A Place Where HOPE Can Grow” with a “Beer, Bourbon and Bubbles Room” designed like an outdoor beer garden! The Patron Party is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. upstairs, with the Ball following downstairs. This year’s Belles are: Dr. Rabia Cattie, Dr. Rupa Jolly, our own Lisa Picone Love, McKenzie Lovelace, Monica Mullooly, Jessica Schulman, Dr. Tammuella Singleton, the incomparable Dr. Kathleen “Kate” Sullivan, Allison Tiller, Delia Young; and Beaus: Glen Boyd, Dr. John Gordon, Michael Hecht, Dr. Brian Moore, Dr. Jody Morris, Jim Nelson, Jim Perrier, Dr. Danny Raines, John Regan and Dr. Ravi Tandon. As always, the event benefits the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge, a home away from home for those seeking cancer treatment in New Orleans. Find out more and purchase your ticket today by visiting BellesAndBeausBall.com.

The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation’s “Almost Fall Bus Crawl Y’all!” will take place Thursday, September 20, 6-10 p.m. It is just what it sounds like, and begins at Central City BBQ, moving on to The Shop @ the CAC, then to Art Klub and finally to Paradigm Gardens. There will be cocktails and auctions on the bus, and each stop will feature food, adult beverages and live music! For more information and to purchase tickets ($100 each), call 895-2800 or visit CulturalEconomy.org.
We are happy to say hello to fall; be sure to watch for school zones and get ready for tailgating and fun!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note

Michalopoulos donates a $25,000 painting to be auctioned off at “Wine, Dine & Design!”

Painter and sculptor James Michalopoulos was born in Philadelphia in 1951. His father was a prominent modernist architect and his uncle was a famous surrealistic painter. He moved to New Orleans in 1981, and the city became his muse. He started sketching artists, musicians, shotgun houses and Creole colltages. His body of work established him as one of the most influential living artists in the region today!  

“My style is an abstraction of the figurative,” he says. “I like color, volumetric shape and graphic lines. While one may recognize the subject of my painting, through my work, one discovers the spirit of it.”

Be sure to attend “Wine, Dine & Design” – 100 percent of the money raised goes to Bastion! Learn more by reading my note, left, and purchase your ticket today by visiting WineDineNDesign.com or calling 830-7264.


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