Bev's Note

The National World War II Museum is one of our city’s biggest success stories – people from all over the world come to visit and understand the importance of the war that changed the world! We are proud to present for our June cover “The American Spirit Awards Gala,” which will be held on June 10 at the museum. The gala celebrates individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during World War II. They are honoring those who inspire others through their own acts of courage, sacrifice, initiative and generosity – particularly in the areas of leadership, service to country or community and education.

Thanks to John and Ann Hairston, the 2016 chairs of the American Spirit Awards Gala; Dr. Norman C. Francis, 2016 American Spirit Medallion Recipient; and Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, President and CEO of The National World War II Museum for gracing our cover! This will be a night you won’t want to miss. The Patron Party begins at 6 p.m. with a champagne cocktail reception, followed by the awards gala at 7:30 featuring a menu by famed chef Donald Link; then at 9:30, a Post-Party with live entertainment, dancing and dessert.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 528-1944, extension 334, or visit

Summer is upon us and we have lots of activities for you to keep your whole family happy! Our feature “Taking the Kids” offers lots of local attractions and activities. What’s Hot for Children’s Chic will feature everything from bowties to a dress covered in birds for your little girl.

Also, thanks to Dana Hansel, who’s involved with almost every major fundraiser we have in our incredible city, who has written this year’s “Encore! The social season in review!” You don’t want to miss this; from a rundown of some of the year’s best events – more than 50 included! – to a stunning “Mosts” list with over 25 events, find your next favorite fundraiser and start to fill your calendar now.

Have a great start to your summer and try to keep cool!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note
We are happy to announce The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s “Magnolia Ball,” which will be Saturday, June 11, at the Ogden! This event benefits the Center for Southern Craft and Design, the honoree is Top Mob, the New Orleans graffiti collective, and the event will honor the memory of D.J. Real. This year’s Co-Chairs are Corey and Hattie Moll, Nicole Hershey and Elliot Hutchinson (pictured here). Sponsors include the Whitney Bank, The New Orleans Advocate, The Hellis Foundation and Mignon Faget. The night will feature food trucks, full bars with specialty cocktails, a silent auction of artists’ works and a dance party! Wow! For tickets, visit



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