In a city where humidity can take on its own character and houses have historically been built to maximize air flow, summer would seem like a time to leave, or hide away in the room with the coolest air conditioning. However, though there are less large nonprofit galas, there’s plenty going on in our city.

When the temperatures rise and the kids are out of school, finding ways to keep them occupied can make you sweat. Look to our feature on “Taking the Kids” for places to go and things to do with them that will allow you to keep your cool. And, while you’re out, look to our “What’s Hot for Children’s Chic” for some great new additions to their wardrobes.

In our third annual “Encore! The social season in review” introduces a new writer for us, but a presence you’ve seen in many issues, both in photos and behind the scenes. Dana Hansel gives us a rundown of the past year in nonprofit events, with a list of “Mosts” and coverage of more than 50 galas, luncheons, teas and gatherings – all held to support philanthropic causes that aid New Orleans.

One of those causes is The National World War II Museum, which we’re lucky to have in our city! The “2016 American Spirit Awards” will be held there this year for the first time, and we’re so grateful to John and Ann Hairston, Dr. Norman Francis and Dr. Nick Mueller for representing the event, the honorees and the museum on our cover.

Enjoy your summer and all of the festivals, events and activities it brings, but don’t forget your sunscreen!

Morgan's Note

Morgan Packard

June Events

“15th Anniversary Gala,” benefiting Innocence Project New Orleans, 943-1902

“Juleps in June,” benefiting the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc., 524-2940

“WYES Chef Paul Prudhomme Tribute Dinner presented by First NBC,” benefiting WYES, 486-5511

“Heart & Soul Gala,” benefiting the American Heart Association, 830-2300

“Shir Chadash in the Berkshires,” benefiting the Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, 889-1144

“Hats, Heels & Highballs,” benefiting Dress for Success,

“American Spirit Awards,” benefiting The National World War II Museum, 528-1944, extension 334,

“Magnolia Ball,” benefiting The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 539-9600,

“A Blind Taste,” benefiting WRBH Radio for the Blind, 899-1144

“New Orleans Father of the Year Awards,” benefiting the American Diabetes Association, 889-0278, extension 6072

“Spotlight on Success,” benefiting March of Dimes, 264-9290

“Opening Night Party,” New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, 865-5106

26th annual “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 861-4500

“Don’t Forget to Feed Mama,” benefiting New Orleans Council on Aging’s “Meals on Wheels,” 821-4121