Everyone loves the giraffes at the Audubon Zoo and this year’s Chair Carmen Duncan and her committee are raising money for Audubon’s conservation efforts for the giraffes! This is the 42nd year for the “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and we are so proud to present Ron Forman, Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO; Carmen L. Duncan, Zoo-To-Do Chairman,; Allison B. Tiller, Chair of “2019 Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital;” Gary L. Lorio, Hancock Whitney Senior Regional President; and John R. Nickens IV, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health Maternal and Child Health Services on our cover this month! Save May 3 for the big night, which will feature the most exciting lineup of music, over 40 of the finest restaurants in town, specialty cocktails and drinks and a fabulous auction of items you will only get at the “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do!” Put on your chic cocktail dress and black tie and be sure to get your tickets now by calling 861-5107 or visiting AudubonNatureInstitute.org/ztd.

I got to chair the “Zoo-To-Do” in 1999 and we’ve come a long way since then! People from all over the country come to see how New Orleans has created this black tie gala with thousands of business and civic leaders from all over the Gulf South mingling on the grounds of the Audubon Zoo! Since 1972, when Kitty Duncan, Carmen Duncan’s mother-in-law, chaired this event, they’ve raised over $40 million! Donations this year will celebrate conservation efforts for giraffes.

The New Orleans Opera has exciting events going on, and two remaining productions this season. The Blind will be April 4-7, and offers a unique immersive production by modern composer Lera Auerbach. April 26-27 offers a classical presentation of

Verdi’s Rigoletto! Visit NewOrleansOpera.org for tickets and information.
The “Heels for Hope Fashion Show and Auction” presented by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Greater New Orleans Salvation Army will be April 10 at 11 a.m. at the Audubon Tea Room. The event is sponsored by Demo Diva, Lynn Burka, Hard Rock Construction, In and Out Urgent Care, Diagnostic Imaging Services and Harvest Lab. Funds raised will help raise awareness for the Center of Hope Emergency Shelter. Call 373-8635 for tickets and information.

Chairmen Riley Kennedy and Ayesha Motwani can’t wait for you to celebrate “The Revival Gala: Preservation Resource Center’s 42nd annual Julia Jump” on April 5 at the Sanlin Building (426 Canal St.) to celebrate the rebirth of historic Canal Street with an exclusive look at the iconic Sanlin Building’s renovations. Enjoy an open bar, dancing, local cuisine and fabulous auction. For more information and to purchase your ticket today, call 581-7032 or visit PRCNO.org.

We all love shopping on Magazine Street because of the huge variety of stores and what they offer. Our feature will give you a glimpse into why it’s “an all-ages, all-world experience.”

Now that you’re going to the “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” check out the latest spring fashions in our special feature and check out What’s Hot with the latest in spring fashion accessories to find your new look.

Do not forget “IberiaBank’s Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon” on April 11 at the Arbor Room. Cathy Cary, Tina Kern and Margo Dubos are chairing this event this year that will benefit the iconic oak trees and projects of the New Orleans Town Gardeners like Grow Dat Youth Farm and the Edible Schoolyards at First Line Schools, Latter Library and more. The auction includes art from Ashley Longshore, Hunt Slonem, Alex Harvie and more.

I would like to encourage you to please vote on May 4 for the renewal of a $6.31 million tax that will go to help support Audubon, NORD, Parks & Parkways and City Park – this is not an increase in taxes.

It’s time to get ready for the end of school, vacations and summer camp!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note

Join Chairs Reagan Charleston, Pam Bryan, Beverly Matheney and Terrance Osborne at “Response – Artists in the Park” will be April 4-7 at the Pavilion of Two Sisters and Botanical Garden in City Park! They promise a night filled with music, artful hors d’oeuvres by Dickie Brennan and an exhibition of artists work for sale representing abstract paintings, photography, sculpture and more. The funds will go to build an outdoor kitchen garden, so visit ResponseArtistsInThePark.com to buy your tickets today!