Bev’s Note

We are so excited to bring you “O What A Night” for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for our October cover! The gala is dubbed “The Met Ball of the South,” so expect some fabulous outfits! The Patron Party and auction preview will be held October 17 at the home of Roger H. Ogden and Ken Barnes featuring cuisine by Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette and Thalia, with the black tie gala on October 19, 6-11 p.m. This year’s honorees are founder of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, William S. Arnett, and American artist Lonnie Holle. Thanks to Co-Chairs Michelle and Lamar Villere and Mathilde and Richard Currence for gracing our cover with “Cityscape with Cars” painted by Purvis Young, a championed artist of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and the Ogden Museum’s Permanent Collection. This glamorous gala celebrates the important mission of the Ogden to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South! Highlights of the evening will include a live auction led by Christy Williams Coombs of Sotheby’s and a fabulous dinner provided by chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Justine. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit

After the summer months, we all get a little lax about our health, so check out our feature on Health Trends for the latest in health from our local experts.

What’s Hot for Art showcases the female form, from sculpture to paintings, all tastefully presented and beautiful.

“Galatoire’s Goes Pink” will be October 7, at Galatoire’s Restaurant. Cocktails will start at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7, all to raise funds for Breastoration! Breastoration is a local organization that provides education and financial assistance to women requiring reconstruction following mastectomies for breast cancer. They have helped hundreds of women at 24 different surgical institutions in Louisiana! You get to go to Galatoire’s on a Monday night wearing something pink and get to be with your favorite waiters eating the signature dishes that we all love paired with amazing wines all to help a great cause! Event Chairs Jane Goldring and Amelia Leonardi promise a night you won’t forget! Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

The “Research for the Cure Gala and Shopping Event” sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue will be October 16, 6-9 p.m. at the Shops at Canal Place, and you don’t want to miss this! Gala Chairs Barbara Greenberg and Sue Singer along with honorary chairs: Angela Hill, Karen Swenson and Carolyn Elder promise a night of fabulous auction items while you shop, eat and drink from some of our top restaurants! Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Louisiana and this is your chance to help with research benefiting the Louisiana Cancer Research Center right here in New Orleans. Visit for tickets and information!

We are all so heartbroken over the loss of Nancy Parker, who was featured on our August cover, and of Mr. Augustin, a decorated stunt pilot, who died in a plane crash in August. Nancy was an amazing reporter, but more importantly a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and civic activist who helped so many causes in New Orleans. The love she shared with all of us will so sorely missed! Go out and do something wonderful for someone in honor of Nancy.

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Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note

Board Member Muffin Balart, Co-Chair Rebecca Schultz Lester and Board Members Dessa Giffin, Natalie Finnegan and Sybil Favrot are pictured for the fabulous fundraiser, “Magic in the Moonlight” presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. The event is 10 years old and this year it will be held Friday, October 11, as always in the Botanical Garden at City Park. It will feature a live auction followed by dinner prepared by chef John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi! After guests dine amid flower bedecked tables with candlelight under the stars, they’ll dance the night away in the Parterre Rose Garden. This year they’re offering discounted tickets to young professionals, the “Moonlighters” under the age of 35. For more information about tickets and to purchase them, visit This year’s proceeds will be used to restore the WPA era brickwork in the Parterre Rose Garden!


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