Bev’s Note

We are over the moon for this year’s “Wine Dine & Design” that benefits Bastion and our wounded warriors! Just check out our cover with Natasha and Ronnie Lamarque who, along with Lamarque Lincoln, are our Presenting Sponsors. Pictured also are our Co-Chairs Adrienne Casbarian, Archie Casbarian and Terrance Osborne, who is donating a fabulous painting for our live auction. Not pictured are Co-Chairs Amy Farnsworth, Stephen Farnsworth and Dylan Tête, founder of Bastion. The Preview Party will be Wednesday, October 2, 6-8 p.m., and the luncheon will be Thursday, October 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., both at the Audubon Tea Room. Tickets are available by calling 830-7264 or visiting

We will have fabulous food and cocktails presented by the Audubon Tea Room and the Casbarians and Farnsworths promise surprises galore. The fabulously decorated tables by our talented designers are always over the top (some might remember live birds and fish, and structures over 12-feet-tall from previous years) and the auction will offer staycations, trips and the most amazing Terrance Osborne original painting ever – we might even have a surprise singer! Stay tuned for more or, better yet, get your tickets or tables immediately!

St. Charles Avenue magazine believes in Bastion, and our entire staff is dedicated to its success by ensuring that all proceeds go directly to helping our veterans. Bastion seeks to address the social and community based gaps in society for veterans and their families with life changing injuries they have sustained while fighting for our country! When we started supporting Bastion four years ago, there wasn’t even a building. Now there’s a wellness center and 58 homes with 78 adults and 38 children. There are outreach programs reaching hundreds of our veterans and there’s interest from over 500 families who want to live at Bastion. Bastion is a local program founded by West Point graduate and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, Dylan Tête. Now beginning Phase 3, this$4.5 million initiative will house a wellness center with a neuro-rehabilitative clinic, an adaptive gym and a yoga studio, and will serve more of our wounded warriors and their families.

Morgan Packard Griffith has worked tirelessly on our Registry of Charitable Events (Editor Note: Thanks to Elizabeth Christy for compiling them into a readable format!) which includes all of the major fundraisers in the city. Be sure to register your fundraiser with us so you won’t have a competing event on the same night. If you don’t see your event in our Registry, fill out our online nonprofit events form today:!

Le Petit Théâtre will kick off its 103rd season on Friday, September 13, with its largest fundraiser of the year, the “Curtain Call Ball.” Chaired by Stephanie Barksdale and Kaylea Hill, the event will feature cocktails and Creole cuisine from Tableau, silent and live auctions with jewelry, art and experiences and a performance by Broadway star Betsy Wolfe and a cast of local favorites. All funds raised by the ball go to support New Orleans’ most historic playhouse, which has been presenting the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate our diverse community since 1916.

Our Fashionable New Orleanians are over the top and you’ll enjoy seeing what fundraisers they love the most. Thanks to Mary Matalin, Stephanie Osborne, Dr. Juan Gershanik and Yvonne LaFleur. In this feature, they’re dressed as though they’re going to their favorite gala in one of their favorite rooms in their homes, and you’ll get tips from them for where they like to shop and more.

I just got to see the new Children’s Museum and was led by Julia Bland and Leslie Doles around the most amazing new building in New Orleans! Thanks to Linda and Gordon Kolb Sr. and Holt and Gordon Kolb Jr.; for chairing the opening gala at City Park, which will be  September 21! What a gift to our children – but the adults are going to love it more than the kids. You can have events, meetings or weddings there, as well as corporate events. I urge you to explore the 8.5 acre indoor/outdoor campus that highlights six educational focus areas: Sustainability, Health, Wellness, Literacy, STEM and Arts and Culture. City Park is the setting with impressive views of the fabulous oak trees and lagoons and the address is 15 Henry Thomas Drive – right next to the extension of the Sculpture Garden and right behind the New Orleans Museum of Art! The patron Party begins at 7 p.m. and general admission is 8:30-11 p.m. Presenting Sponsors are Linda and Gordon Kolb Sr.; Holt and Gordon Kolb Jr.; Hancock Whitney; and Oscar J. Tolmas Foundation. Get your tickets now by calling 266-2415 or visiting!

We are all ready to get back to school – get ready for the dreaded but necessary school zones!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church


Bev's Note

The Gala Chairs can’t wait for you to see the new Louisiana Children’s Museum on September 21 in its new home in City Park. Enter the gala through the VestiBlue, a nod to the iconic big blue doors on Julia Street. Enjoy fine dining provided by Dickie Brennan and Co. (operators of the new Acorn Café), spirits, live entertainment from the Bucktown Allstars and an exciting new auction featuring their exciting new chairs. There also will be artwork by Terrance Osborne, Alex Beard, Walt Disney World tickets, a $4,500 shopping spree at Lee Michael’s Jewelry and so much more! Call 266-2415 or visit for tickets and information today.


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