I just had a conversation with my best friend about feeling silenced and finding ways to speak out – even to your best friends – without starting a fight and before slights fester and become larger issues. (This is momentarily funny because I don’t currently have a literal voice, and what sounds I can make I’m saving for when my son wakes up from his nap.) But feeling like you can’t speak out can be frustrating and even scary.
Finding one’s voice comes in many forms. One of these can be summed up in the old adage: Put your money where your mouth is. And one of the most fun ways of doing that is going to nonprofit galas. As you recover from Carnival, look down and choose three events you’ve never attended and add them to your calendar. March and April are full of events that support a wide range of groups that are helping our city, so let’s speak out in our support of them.
While most magazines started talking about updating our homes for spring back in January, we know to wait until after Mardi Gras. Lent (whether you’re a practicing Catholic or just like meat-free Fridays) is a great time to shed what no longer serves us and prepare our homes to better reflect ourselves. From a new side table to a whole new closet, look to our feature “Renewal Recourses” our What’s Hot for Home Décor to find what you need and need to know before you start.
As a former deb, though from Dallas, I love reading about the beautiful parties our honorees’ parents throw each year. If you do, too, look to pg. 65 for three of this year’s show stoppers.
As always, if you have a nonprofit event coming up and you don’t see it in out calendar, go online and fill out our form today: MyNewOrleans.com/CharitableEvent.
And don’t forget to look for our annual Courts of Carnival, this year as a stand-alone publication, coming soon!
Happy Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day!
Morgan Packard Griffith
“Soul Fest,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute, 581-4629, AudubonNatureInstitute.org.
40th annual “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park, 483-9376.
17th annual “Next Generation Golf Tournament,” benefiting Next Generation, 885-0980.
20th anniversary “Soul Revival,” benefiting Legacy Donor Foundation, 558-8900, OrganAwareness.com/Soul-Revival.
“Temple Sinai Gala,” 861-3693.
“UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,” benefiting United Negro College Fund, Inc., 581-3794.
“New Orleans Film Society’s 30th Anniversary Gala,” 309-6633.
35th annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon,” benefiting Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Guild Association, 529-2278.
“2019 Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner,” benefiting Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, 780-5601.
10th annual “Harvest at Home,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, 729-2820.
“Jazzin’ on Jackson,” benefiting Mercy Endeavors Senior Center, 568-0607.
36th annual “French Quarter Festival Gala,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc., 522-5730.
“2019 Drafts for Crafts,” benefiting The National WWII Museum, 528-1944, extension 330, DraftsForCrafts.org.
“Crimestoppers Annual Awards Luncheon,” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO, 837-8477.
“Annual Shotgun House Tour,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center, 581-7032, PRCNO.org.
“Art & Soul,” benefiting NOCCA Institute, NOCCAInstitute.com/artandsoul.
“2019 Opus Ball: A Tribute to Fats Domino,” benefiting Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, 523-3593.
“Keeping Our Promises Gala,” benefiting Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans, 212-9544.
38th annual “Sugarplum Ball,” benefiting Children’s Hospital, 896-9375, CHNola.org/Sugarplum.
“The Hike: Tunes, Tales and Trails Festival,” benefiting Friends of Lafitte Greenway, 702-6778.
“Tribute to the Starts of New Orleans Blues and Jazz,” benefiting the Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana, Heal-No.org.
“Harry Thompson Center Gala: Harry Says Aloha!” 501Auctions.com/htc, HarryThompsonCenter.org.
20th annual “Fête Française” benefiting Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orléans, FeteFrancaise.com.
“YEP Fest,” benefiting Youth Empowerment Project, 522-1316, YEPFest.org.
“Beauregard-Keyes House Annual Spring Gala,” benefiting Beauregard-Keyes House & Garden, 523-7257.
33rd annual “Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literacy Festival,” 581-1144, TennesseeWilliams.net.
“Art in Bloom 2019 | Illuminations: Looking Within and Beyond,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4106.
“Celebration for Children’s Rights,” benefiting Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, 658-6862.
11th annual “Hogs for a Cause,” HogsForTheCause.org.
16th annual “Saints & Sinners Literary Festival,” 581-1144.
“Amazing Grapes Wine Auction,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, 274-0744.
“Go Red For Women Luncheon,” benefiting American Heart Association, 872-3491.
10th annual “Paint the Town Green,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, 899-9045.
Eighth annual “Jewish Roots Gala,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service, (800) 729-5277, JCRS.org.
“A Night Under the Stars,” benefiting Cabrini High School, 483-8684.
“Notre Dame Seminary Gala,” 866-7426, extension 375, NDS.edu.
“Parkway Promenade XXVIII: An Evening in Monte Carlo,” benefiting Jefferson Beautification, Inc., 737-7583.