The Young Leadership
Council has raised over $25 million for projects in the New Orleans area since 1986, and we’re thrilled to have them on our August cover! Thanks to Executive Director Curry Smith, Board President Semmes Walmsley and Gala Chair and Board Member Joy Okoro for gracing our cover this month! Each year the YLC chooses 25 Role Models who have actively contributed to the betterment of their city and have been examples to the YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

The black-tie gala will take place September 12 and will feature a presentation of the 2015 Role Model Class, followed by dinner and musical entertainment. There will be an after party reception at a lower price so that all who want to attend will be able to. Please call Caitlin Rudin at 585-1198 to learn more.

Associated Hearing has a very special group of doctors who take time to get to know their customers and their listening lifestyles so they can create a customized hearing plan for each person. Their motto is, “trusted providers, trusted friends,” so call them today at 833-4327 or in Covington at (985) 249-5225 so they can get to know you!

Many of our families, including mine, have their final resting place at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries. It is a beautiful place, with majestic oaks and incredible historic statuary. They not only serve families compassionately, but they’ve also designed free outreach programs to honor those who serve and to comfort those who grieve through their Dignity Memorial provider network. Call them today to explore options for burial or cremation to fit your budget at 486-6331 or by visiting

This is our fabulous wedding issue featuring seven of the most stunning local weddings, alongside my entertaining column, which features Win and Evans White’s wedding in the Bahamas; you’ll get great ideas from every one of them.

Our feature on shopping and dining along Metairie Road showcases some old favorites along with new stores and restaurants, so you definitely want to check it out! And, our Guide to Entertaining will give you inspiration for everything from invitations to florals and beyond. Our experts will help you be at ease when hosting a small dinner or a large cocktail party – which is the most important part.

Have a great summer!


Since there are not as many nonprofit events right now as there are most months, it’s the perfect time to rest up and prepare for the ramp up to the holidays and hectic furor of the fall cultural season.

With that in mind, this is your last chance to submit your event to be included in St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events for September-December 2015. To make certain your event is included, all you need to do is fill out the form found at the following link as completely as possible on or before Wednesday, August 5:

If you miss the deadline for the Registry, please remember that we accept these forms throughout the year. St. Charles Avenue uses these to create our calendars and determine which events we will cover in what ways, so they are very important. The sooner you can send in the form, the better; even if all you have is a title and date, send it in – you can always fill it out more completely later. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please email me at

Weddings and entertaining go hand in hand, and this month you’ll find both in our features! Whether you’re looking forward to a dream wedding, already deep in the planning process or just love to see how others celebrate their “Big Day,” the seven local spotlighted weddings – and Entertaining With Bev – are for you! Hosting in your home and not sure where to start or how high your flower arrangement should be? Local experts give their best tips in our Guide to Entertaining. And while you’re looking for the perfect outfit for your event, why not take a day along Metairie Road – we have a feature on that, too!

Stay cool and prepare – the events are coming!


Celebration & Service

My good friend Maurice Le Gardeur has recently written Mona’s Law & Disorder, which he says, “contains 200 parodies and cartoons about love, life, the law and lawyers behaving badly.” It is “a must” for lawyers or people who mess with them! Though it will be available in bookstores later this year, call (985) 892-1420 to order yours today!



7    “Wine & Dine,” benefiting the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 453-8626 or 887-1420

16    “Summer Party 2015,” benefiting the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera,

19    “2015 SPE-YP Silent Auction and Casino Night,” benefiting the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Delta Selection, (985) 665-1562

19    “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Gala,” benefiting the Young Professionals of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, 274-3611

20    “St. Jude in the Big Easy, A Legends for Charity Event,” benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, (225) 282-3240

21    “Next Generation’s Banquet Fundraiser,” 885-0980

21    “Power of Women Luncheon,” benefiting the American Red Cross, 620-3107

22    “CHAIRish the Children,” benefiting the Louisiana Children’s Museum, 266-2415

Reminder: The deadline for your event to appear in St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events for September-December 2015 is August 5. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the form found at the following link for your upcoming event as soon as possible: