Every time we go to The National World War II Museum, there’s another exciting project or event going on, and we’re so excited and proud that this incredible museum is in New Orleans! The museum is 15 years old and they’re celebrating all of their accomplishments and thanking all of their original supporters from 2000 up to the completion of “Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Galleries” with the bigger and better 2015 Whitney Bank Victory Ball on Friday, June 12! Thanks so much to our cover participants: the museum’s President and CEO Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller; and Event Co-Chairs Col. Larry and Jan Merington and Gary and Carolyn Lorio. The funds raised from sponsorships to this event will provide scholarships for incoming high school juniors to participate in the museum’s Summer Residential Program and Normandy Academy. This amazing night at the museum will feature menus by celebrity chef John Folse, a lively post party lounge and a live luxury auction! You don’t want to miss this, so get your tickets now by calling 528-1944 extension 365. Tickets start at $500; the Patron Party starts at 5:30, with the main gala beginning at 7 p.m.

We also want to congratulate and thank Joy and Bosie Bollinger for their incredibly generous donation to the World War II Museum. Boysie has been a driving force since the beginning and of course was honored as one of St. Charles Avenue’s Activist of the Year in 2013.

Speaking of the museum, this month we have a feature on staycations, which means staying right here in our most incredible city and enjoying every thing we have to offer, starting with our museums! We are featuring 11 places to make vacationing in your own town the best time ever!

Soon you’ll be able to add the new YAYA Art Center to places to go! Gene Menarey is our new YAYA CEO, and we’re very excited to have him on board.

For the second year, we are presenting Encore! The Past Social Year in Review, this year sectioned into seasons and including a “Mosts” list to make choosing which nonprofit events to attend easier than ever.

Have a great summer!

Bev


As you begin going through your checklist for heading to the beach, check out What’s Hot this month for the latest from your new favorite swimsuit and sunglasses to the chicest bag in which to carry them.

For your little ones – or the little ones who may not be yours biologically but are yours to spoil (I’m looking at you, goddaughter!) – our Children’s Chic feature will show you the best local looks in which to take them adventuring. And if you’re looking for an adventure, check out Lynne Gibbons’ Kids Play column for her latest tips for a trip to Ship Island.

We are celebrating St. Charles Avenue’s 20th Anniversary all year long, and encourage you to celebrate with us! To that end, look below for a quick tease about our “Wine, Dine & Design” luncheon, which we will be hosting for the second year this October! We will have more surprises and events coming soon, so make certain to look to this space for all of our Avenue’s Anniversary updates.

Enjoy your summer and the sunscreen that comes with it,

Morgan


New Views

St. Charles Avenue magazine will support Operation Homefront and its Executive Director Spencer Hayman (right) at our second annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes luncheon on October 7 and 8, and we’re pleased that Erica and James Reiss (left) will be Co-Chairing the event along with Michael and Marley Lebourgeois (not pictured)!  

   This year we have expanded with a Preview Party on the evening of the 7th and the luncheon on the 8th – more exciting and even better than last year!

   One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will go to Operation Homefront, which assists veterans, their families and wounded warriors in Louisiana and Mississippi – so all funds stay local!

   We would like to invite you to join us at the Sponsor level for $5,000, or purchase a table (eight tickets) for $1,000! Email James Reiss at reiss@jrco.com to reserve your seat at the luncheon and glass for the Preview Party today!


Events: June

5    “Juleps in June,” benefiting the Faulkner Society, 524-2940, faulkhouse@aol.com

6    “Tour de Cure,” benefiting the American Diabetes Association, 899-0278, extension 6075

11    “Mr. Legs XV,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7288

11    “Pause 4 Paws,” benefiting The Louisiana SPCA, 762-3307

11-14    “FestiGals,” a festival for women, 425-9563

12    “2015 Whitney Bank Victory Ball,” benefiting The National World War II Museum, 528-1944, extension 365

12    “Spotlight on Success,” benefiting the March of Dimes, 264-9288

13    “FestiGals Bodacious Bras for a Cause,” benefiting the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration, (855) 425-9563

13    “2015 Patient and Family Education Conference,” benefiting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Louisiana and Mississippi, 408-2119

13    “Opening Night Party,” benefiting The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, 865-5106

13    “610 Stompers Ball Crawl,” info@610Stompers.com

14    25th annual “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 861-4500

17    “A Night Out with the Akula Foundation,” 881-0452

19    “Father of the Year,” benefiting the American Diabetes Association,  (888) 342-2383, extension 6072

24    Fourth annual “Gold Medal Chefs Gala,” benefiting the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, 913-5980