We are thrilled to feature the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” on our cover this month! As you all probably know, it’s the largest non-medical fundraiser in the city, and this year the proceeds will go to restoring the Tropical Bird House. Thanks to Caroline Calhoun, “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Gala Chair; Celeste Eustis, “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” Gala Chair; Gary Lorio, Whitney Bank Executive Vice President; Mel Lagarde, President of the Hospital Corporation of America, which is presenting sponsor of the “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” presented by Tulane Pediatrics and a lead sponsor of the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do”; and last but not least, Ron Forman, Audubon Nature Institute, President and CEO, for gracing our cover.

This year, the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” will be Friday, May 6 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Zoo. Everyone will put on their black-tie and fabulous cocktail attire and eat, drink and dance the night away! More than 70 famous New Orleans restaurants will feature some of their best dishes, and 30-plus cocktail bars will be feature everything from wine to martinis and specialty cocktails. Headline entertainment Emerald City, a 13-piece band complete with horns, will delight guests and keep them on the dance floor. Tickets are available for the Sponsor and Patron parties, both beginning at 7 p.m., and the main Gala, by calling 861-6106 or visiting AudubonNatureInstitute.org/ZTD. You don’t want to miss this!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so check out What’s Hot, featuring everything from bracelets and bags and more. Look to our feature on 10 Local Brunches for great ideas for where to take Mom on her big day and to find your new favorite place to enjoy an extravagant meal.

As the weather warms up we have to take care of our skin, so look to our Summer Skincare feature for the newest treatments, products and procedures available locally.

This month also includes our Registry of Charitable Events for May-August 2016 so that you can start planning your summer. If you don’t see your event there, make certain to visit MyNewOrleans.com/CharitableEvent and fill out the form found there for each one.

Congratulations to Ann Thompson who received the Junior League's Sustainer of the Year Award; she certainly deserves the honor!

Enjoy all of the moms in your life this month and being outdoors before it’s too hot!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note
This year’s “Wine, Dine and Design” tablescapes pre-party and luncheon will be October 12 and 13, again at the Audubon Tea Room. We are celebrating our new chairmen: Elizabeth Bush and Lamar and Michelle Villere (not pictured: Peyton Bush and Dylan Tete).

Tete is a West Point graduate and Iraq war veteran who’s the Founder and Executive Director of Bastion (JoinBastion.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that's building an intentionally designed neighborhood for returning warriors and families with lifelong rehabilitative needs.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from “Wine, Dine & Design” and that Bastion receives from others go to Bastion.

We are having a meeting May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the site of Bastion (in Gentilly near the London Avenue Canal breach). Tete will be with us and will answer any questions you might have.

While individual tickets are not yet available, designer and sponsor spots for "Wine, Dine & Design" are going quickly. Please call Margaret Strahan at 830-7264 to reserve yours today.