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A Note from Andy – Hope, support & celebration

It’s March, and that means we’ve survived Carnival season and are gearing up for the next. This time in New Orleans comes with a (short) slow-down and recovery in preparation for a busy catch-up season for our town’s philanthropic events. The weather lends itself to more outdoor festivities, which we all appreciate these days, and we’re cautiously, yet quite optimistically, gazing through the tunnel at a glimmering light as Covid rates continue to decline. 

It’s an extremely important time to look to our nonprofit organizations which, just like far too many of our local businesses, have taken hit after hit these past several years. With so many making the difficult decision to cancel, reschedule or completely revamp their key fundraisers due to Covid, to say that we feel proud to be able to shed a spotlight on these integral organizations, who strive to make our city a better place for all, is a massive understatement. Please look to us as your source for continued coverage and updates regarding these programs that support our community in endless ways. 

And while we’re all rightfully thrilled to be out and about more these days, there’s nothing quite like coming home and putting your feet up in your own sanctuary space. In this issue you’ll find sources for both entertaining at home and hitting the town in style. Be sure to check out Kelcy Wilburn’s feature with tips from talented local design experts on how to create the ultimate luxurious and pampering retreat, in addition to Amy Gabriel’s chic decor finds in What’s Hot. Don’t miss Jyl Benson’s piece on the latest in New Orleans’ impressive brunch offerings – from Brennan’s long-standing history with the mid-morning meal, to new local hot spots and their mouth-watering fare (and libations of course). We have you covered with suggestions for every occasion and taste. 

Sue Strachan’s profile on Keith Liederman, Kingsley House’s CEO, sheds great insight into the organization’s incredibly significant role making strides for families and building our community. And Lindsay Mack’s interview with Aqua Stovall, Founder and Executive Director of SELF (Special Education Leader Fellowship) shines a light on the impressive impact the program has made throughout our city’s schools. You’ll also see coverage of a host of festive events – from the Rex Foundation’s 150-year anniversary celebration to parties and gatherings about town. In true Nola fashion, we’re coming back stronger than ever and New Orleanians are ready to support.

We hope you will gain new understanding about and find inspiration from the amazing organizations, locals and businesses featured this month.