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YAYA YAYA empowers creative young people, ages 5-25, through free visual arts education combined with entrepreneurial, leadership, and life skills training. For more than 30 years, YAYA has been a creative community where young people have the freedom, opportunities, and resources to discover their passions and artistic voices.  You can help by buying local art […]

The Ghisalberti Apartments

  John B. Ghisalberti was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1847, and worked as a mess boy aboard a steamer that ran between New Orleans and Genoa for five years before deciding at age 17 to make New Orleans his home. He started his business career dealing in seafood, but then moved into candy manufacturing; […]

Crazy for Kombucha

  To put it simply, kombucha is fermented sweet tea. It has been proven to contain millions of healthy bacteria (Lactobacillus Bacterium) known as probiotics that aid in overall health and wellbeing. These probiotic bacteria and enzymes are said to improve the efficiency of your digestive system by supporting and detoxifying your gut microbiome, boosting […]

Dress for Success’ “Suits & Salads Luncheon” presented by Capital One Bank & Valero Energy Foundation

  Dress for Success New Orleans hosted the 11th annual “Suits & Salads Luncheon” with a virtual program and on-site luncheon, including a staggered on-site experience with lunch pick up, swag bags, a fabulous silent auction, giveaways by Kendra Scott, a jewelry pull and a raffle. The program honored the 2020 Client of the Year […]

Editor’s Notes

  A Note from Bev – Fashion-filled issue & holiday help  With all of the problems thanks to the pandemic and Hurricane Ida, we’re so excited to present “CHAIRish the Children,” which will be celebrated in person on Saturday, November 6, at the Louisiana Children’s Museum in City Park! Thanks so much to Chairs Mike and […]

Marianne Mumford and Alan Mumford

  How do you want to feel when you pull into your driveway at the end of a long day?  While that may be one of the probing questions a life coach or psychologist asks a client early on, it isn’t a question many landscape architects are known to ask. But Marianne Mumford isn’t your […]

Changemakers: Ashley Ledet

  By giving floral arrangements from weddings and other events a second life, Bons Temps Blooms brings joy to people throughout New Orleans while providing a green, sustainable service. Here’s what Founder Ashley Ledet had to say about her creative and uplifting organization. While working as an assistant wedding planner in college, Ashley Ledet was […]

Philanthropic Faces: Jee Park

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree, Wesleyan University; JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; LL.M, Georgetown University Law Center.  Age: 47 When Innocence Project New Orleans holds its annual benefit, there are posters of IPNO clients, men, most of whom are Black, placed around the room with information about them. What stands out are […]

Gifting the Gift of BOOZE

  While undeniably mainstream, gifts of libations are usually quite welcome. Knowing the etiquette of giving liquor as a gift will help you choose something commensurate with the status of the recipient. Is this for a pal or your boss? If the former, anything goes – silly, ridiculous, over-the-top. If the latter, avoid the discount […]

How to Host: A Hassle-Free, Yet Impressive, Holiday Dinner at Home

And here we are. In this most stressful of years, holiday season is upon us. Whatever your family’s holiday traditions may be, perhaps this is the year to really treat yourself, take it easy and hire a private chef from a noteworthy restaurant to come to your home and pamper you and your guests at […]

What to Wear

  Opening November 5 ’til the final curtain November 21, the New Orleans Film Festival is back in person and virtually for eager moviegoers to have a chance to see some of the 170 selected films to view. Friday Night Stripes Jonathan Simkhai vegan leather pleated dress works at a premiere and then dinner after […]

What’s Hot: Holiday Fashion Accessories

The holidays are upon us, and your social calendar is buzzing with a bevy of invitations. Whether gallivanting with friends to toast the season with celebratory sips of Brandy Milk Punch or RSVP’ing to an intimate dinner party where dazzle is on the menu, oh what fun it is to be accessorized to the nines.  […]

NOCCA Institute’s “Art of the Feast”

  The NOCCA Institute and friends gathered both in-person and from the comforts of home for “Art of the Feast,” a celebration of music, food and fine art. Patrons experienced a fabulous meal, great music and a chance to win original artwork, vacation and staycation packages, gift certificates and more in the silent auction and […]

Vintage Wedding: Deborah Dellaye Smythe Weds Harry Edward Kuhner II

[gtx_gallery] Deborah “Debby” Smythe met Harry Kuhner during her debut year when he received a “please escort” for her for one of the fabulous parties her year. She actually had Harry take her home early because she had another date for a later party that night! Harry attended Tulane Law School while Debby attended Newcomb […]

November Nonprofit Events Calendar

4   American Cancer Society Honoree Ball, benefiting American Cancer Society, ACSHonoreeBall.com 4   Celebrating The Kohlmaier Legacy!, benefiting Louisiana Museum Foundation, 504-558-0493; TheLMF.org 5–21   32nd annual New Orleans Film Festival, benefiting New Orleans Film Society, 504-309-6633, NewOrleansFilmFestival.org 5   Gala Celebration, benefiting Jefferson Community Foundation, 504-264-1237, JeffersonCommunity.org 6   CHAIRish the Children, benefiting […]

NOMA’s “Art in Bloom 2021 | Home Grown” presented by IBERIABANK | First Horizon

  Fantastic floral designs and beautiful blooms filled the newly renovated Lapis Center for the Arts for a five-day “Art in Bloom 2021 | Home Grown” presented by IBERIABANK | First Horizon. The programming offered both virtual and in-person experiences with proceeds benefiting both educational projects and exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art […]


A young guest showed off her headpiece at Longue Vue House and Gardens during the 2021 “Family Equality Day” in June. The event featured family-friendly activities, performances, a resource fair and more. Children played in the fountains at Longue Vue House and Gardens during their fifth annual “Family Equality Day,” a free pride event in […]

Along The Avenue: Pilgrims, Babies & Birthdays

  First, I never want to celebrate my birthday again; I suspect neither does Patti Jahncke. Our birthdays fall on August 29 and 30 – big days for hurricanes, evacuations and all hell breaking loose. Which is how we found ourselves in the same car headed to Texas the day after Hurricane Ida blasted through […]

New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter’s “Bubbles and Bubbly Family Picnic”

  The “Bubbles and Bubbly Family Picnic,” presented by Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company, served as a fundraiser to support our community’s only homeless shelter for intact families: the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter. Picnic participants at the sold-out event enjoyed a fun day of food from local restaurants, bubbles for adults (including […]

Raphael Village’s “Soraparu Soirée”

  Raphael Village hosted the 10th annual “Soraparu Soirée” themed “Spreading Our Wings” in support of differently labeled people in becoming fully engaged in life and community. The evening included gourmet delicacies, delicious libations, a silent and live auction and an electric bike raffle. Dr. Julia Garcia-Diaz was recognized as the Honoree. A parent at […]

FALLing in Love with Fashion

Hair by Jessica Palma / Palma Pro Artistry   |    Makeup by Midori Tajiri-Byrd / Midori Makeup Artistry With in person meetings and nightlife returning, Monomin Owner Rachel Hall Taravella shows us how to work, play and stay cozy this season. Long Lunches to Happy Hours Pleated top at Monomin; leather skirt by Tibi […]

With This Ring: Gardner – Holbrook

[gtx_gallery]   While living in Denver, Cheney Behrens Gardner drove to Boulder, Colorado, to meet a friend who was there for a wedding. As luck would have it, Henry Peter Holbrook was also attending the wedding. Cheney and Henry were part of a large group that had breakfast and went on a hike, and the […]

How to Host: Last Bite

  For easy bites to serve with cocktails when holiday well-wishers turn up unexpectedly, keep bags of The Ultimate Rosemary Butter Cookie, a sweet-savory bite, and The Ultimate Cheese Straw with the perfect tang of sharp Cheddar, available at Langenstein’s.    


YAYA empowers creative young people, ages 5-25, through free visual arts education combined with entrepreneurial, leadership, and life skills training. For more than 30 years, YAYA has been a creative community where young people have the freedom, opportunities, and resources to discover their passions and artistic voices.  You can help by buying local art and […]

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana

Second Harvest has served twenty-three parishes of South Louisiana since our founding in 1982 by Archbishop Hannan and others. Our mission has grown over four decades to provide the equivalent of more than 50 million meals a year to those in need. Email givetoday@secondharvest.org or call us at 504-734-1322 to learn more about how to […]

New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation

For 25 years, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation has worked to make our city a safer place to live, work, and visit through prudent investments in public safety including a modern police department, an equitable justice system and a community that stands behind the brave women and men who are our front line […]

New Orleans Mission

The New Orleans Mission has been serving the community for over 31 years. Helping aid those struggling in addiction, mental illness, abuse and food insecurity. We offer a safe place of healing and restoration with programs and services designed to meet the mental, physical, and emotional needs of each person we serve.  Our long term […]

Musical Arts Society of New Orleans

Since 1980, MASNO has championed New Orleans as a vibrant center of the music world by supporting musical artists, hosting international talent, and providing music education and performance opportunities for students from across the globe. MASNO’s innovative programming and signature events include the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard […]

Louisiana Bar Foundation

LBF is the largest state funder of civil legal aid. Through grants, we assist disaster victims, women, children, elderly, people with disabilities, newly unemployed, those facing loss oftheir homes, veterans and military families, and many others. We partner with a trusted network of more than 70 organizations that lead community driven efforts to help families […]

Kingsley House

Guided by its mission to educate children, strengthen families, and build community, Kingsley House provides nationally accredited and life changing early childhood education, adult day care, workforce development, and community and supportive services to more than 8,000 people annually. Advocacy for equality, equity and inclusion has always been essential to Kingsley House’s work since its […]

Innocence Project New Orleans

IPNO frees innocent people sentenced to life in prison and those serving unjust sentences. We recognize the root causes of wrongful convictions and unjust sentences as systemic racism and inequities. We work to expose and address these root causes by sharing our clients’ stories in court, the legislature, the community and the media. We support […]

Habitat for Humanity

NOAHH has provided innovative housing solutions for 38 years. NOAHH’s homebuyer program provides families and individuals the opportunity to own a home with a 0% interest mortgage. Partner families provide 350 hours of “sweat equity” and take homeownership and financial literacy classes. Other programs include affordable home repair and ReStores in New Orleans and Kenner […]

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