The 95th anniversary gala of the Junior League of New Orleans presented an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s lasting positive impact, in addition to an opportunity to “pass the gavel” to the next generation of leadership: the 2019-2020 JLNO President Christine Vinson. The event, hosted by Canal Place, raised more than $30,000 to support JLNO’s community projects.

Event Chairs were Jessica Schulman and Jessica Hardie Davidson. Speakers included outgoing JLNO President Alice Glenn and current JLNO President Christine Vinson; 25 past JLNO Presidents were present to “pass the gavel” to her. Additionally, the program featured a video celebrating JLNO’s milestone anniversary.

Roaring 1920s-themed dress was encouraged to mark the passing of the decades since the organization’s beginning. Two best dressed winners received prizes from Kendra Scott and Pearl’s Place.

Gala decorations included banners featuring the organization’s values with photos from JLNO’s archives juxtaposed with present day photos. In keeping with the 1920s theme, table centerpieces included ostrich and peacock feathers with yellow and white hydrangeas.

Guests enjoyed wine and a specialty Southside Fizz Cocktail provided by Canal Place; VIP guests were treated to bottomless Moet Champagne. Brunch was provided by Brennan’s Catering and Events.

Harry Hardin’s three-piece jazz band entertained guests. A raffle featured a $2,500 David Yurman Shopping Spree generously donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. There was additionally a Member Mingle Getaway Giveaway sponsored by The Scout Guide New Orleans with a Windsor Court Gift Certificate as the prize.


Event at a Glance

What: “Celebrating 95 Years of JLNO,” benefiting Junior League of New Orleans

When: Sunday, May 19

Where: Canal Place


Philanthropic Fun: Passing the Gavel

President Christine Vinson, Outgoing President Alice Glenn, Katie Crosby and Melanee Usdin

Philanthropic Fun: Passing the Gavel

Jen Bernard-Allen, Anne Milling, Jaimee Boyd, Melissa Eversmeyer and Sarah Chase