Sept. 7. 2012 Ezra Open
Benefits: Better Than Ezra Foundation
Event Info.: The popular band Better Than Ezra began in New Orleans, and every year they give back to the community with this unforgettable charity event. In its 11th year, the Ezra Open will feature both live and silent auctions, great food and an open bar. As always, Better Than Ezra will perform, as well as other special guests.
Location: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Theater, 228 Poydras St.
Tickets: $150

Sept. 8. CADA Carnivale
Benefits: The Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse (CADA)
Event Info.: This exciting family festival will have music, entertainment, carnival rides and family resources.
Location: City Park Carousel Gardens, 1 Palm Drive
Tickets: Door: $10; Advance: $8; Student: $8
Contact: 362-4272

Sept. 13. Celebration of Life Luncheon
Benefits: Cancer Crusaders
Event Info.: Cancer Crusaders will honor 14 cancer survivors who are active in our community. This year’s theme is “Cancer Can’t Bug US!” Angela Hill will serve as mistress of ceremonies, and there will be raffles, a silent auction, a parade of prizes and a special performance by Paul Sanchez dedicated to cancer survivors.
Location: Marriott New Orleans Hotel, 614 Canal St.
Tickets: Starts at $65
Contact: 889-2244

Sept. 14. MADGALA
Benefits: Boys Hope Girls Hope
Event Info.: Inspired by the popular show, “Mad Men,” this gala will feature sounds of The Yat Pack as well as swanky food and libations from some of the best local establishments.
Location: The Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park
Tickets: $100
Contact: 484-7744,

Sept. 14. Scales & Ales
Benefits: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Event Info.: The third annual “Scales & Ales” is presented by Louisiana Seafood and will include wine, beer and cuisine from great local restaurants. Guests can also enjoy live music and raffle prizes while strolling through the Aquarium and onto the plaza overlooking the Mississippi River.
Location: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St.
Tickets: VIP: $100; General: $55
Contact: 861-5107

Sept. 15. Tango Celebration 2012
Benefits: Casa Argentina New Orleans
Event Info.: Casa Argentina invites you to enjoy some of the world’s best tango dancers and a renowned tango musical ensemble. There will be three couples of dancers under the artistic direction of Miriam Larici, a gold medal winner of the International Dance Stars on NBC’s “Superstars of Dance.” Special guests at the event will include Octavio Brunetti and his Tango quartet.
Location: Marriott Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Blvd.
Tickets: Dinner, show & dance: $85; Show & dance: $40
Contact: 234-9397

Sept. 15. Q’n for Kids 2012
Benefits: Each One Save One
Event Info.: This annual barbecue cook-off will include beer, drinks, music by Kermit Ruffins and Gina Brown, kids’ activities and more for the entire family to raise awareness and funds for youth mentoring in the Greater New Orleans area.
Location: Palmer Park, corner of South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues
Tickets: Free
Contact: 896-9979,

Sept. 21. 19th annual Golden Tassel Gala
Benefits: Jefferson Dollars for Scholars
Event Info.: The “Starry Night”-themed event will raise money for scholarships and educational programs for Jefferson Parish Public School students – the future stars of our community. A silent auction will feature autographed memorabilia from the New Orleans Saints players, jewelry from Gore’s Art and much more. There will also be a dance competition, live music and local cuisine.
Location: Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner
Tickets: Couple: $100; Individual: $75
Contact: 831-1565

Sept. 21. Martini Madness
Benefits: Friends of City Park
Event Info.: Taking place from 7 to 8 p.m., “Before the Madness” is an hour exclusive to the Friends of City Park Members. The Martini Madness official event begins at 8 p.m. and is full of high-quality, bottomless martinis and live music.
Location: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, City Park
Tickets: “Before the Madness:” $75; Gala: $50, FOCP members: $45
Contact: 483-9376

Sept. 21. Gold Classic and ‘Cap’ture the Night Party
Benefits: Caps for Kids
Event Info.: The event begins with an afternoon golf outing at the Audubon Golf Clubhouse followed by a casual evening under the oak trees at Audubon Park. The event celebrates Caps for Kids’ national home base offices in New Orleans.
Location: Audubon Golf Clubhouse, 600 Magazine St.
Tickets: $75 and up
Contact: 891-4277

Sept. 21. A Masquerade for Health
Benefits: Common Ground Health Clinic
Event Info.: This will be the second year for this bowling fundraiser complete with food, drinks, live music, special guests, a silent auction and contests.
Location: Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘N’ Bowl, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave.
Tickets: Team: $240; Individual: $45
Contact: 365-8800

Sept. 21. Festival Extraordinaire
Benefits: New Orleans Opera Association Women’s Guild
Event Info.: Celebrating Placido Domingo’s forthcoming performance in true Latin style, there will be endless Spanish culture foods and spirits from local restaurants and entertainment.
Location: Women’s Opera Guild, 2504 Prytania St.
Tickets: Door: $30; Advance: $25
Contact: 504-5292

Sept. 22. 25th Anniversary Gala and Auction
Benefits: RHINO Contemporary Craft gallery and KID smART
Event Info.: A festive anniversary party and live auction of artwork by members and items from the community.
Location: Second level, Canal Place, 333 Canal St.
Tickets: Couple: $25; Individual: $15
Contact: 523-7945







Sept. 22. Friends of the Poor Walk
Benefits: St. Vincent de Paul
Event Info.: A one-mile walk to raise money for the local St. Vincent de Paul and their local ministry to the poor. There will be food, drinks and music.
Location: Lafreniere Park, Metairie
Tickets: Free, but will accept donations of any amount
Contact: 289-2465

Sept. 22. Inaugural 5K Canal Street Race to Stop the Violence to Support Crimestoppers
Benefits: Crimestoppers GNO
Event Info.: Organized and supported by the Commercial Investment Division of the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, this 1 mile and 5K is open to all with prizes and money-backed awards, and will feature post-race refreshments and entertainment featuring Rockin’ Dopsie.
Location: Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St.
Tickets: After September 15 until day of: $30; Through September 15: $25; 65 and up: $15; 15 and under $10

Sept. 27-29. La Fête du Jardin
Benefits: St. Anthony’s Garden
Event Info.: The event will celebrate the formal opening of St. Anthony’s Garden in the French Quarter (adjacent to the St. Louis Cathedral), which has been beautifully restored by French architect Louis Beneche. The Patron Party will be on September 27 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the George Rodrigue Gallery, followed by dinner at Matilda Stream’s home in the French Quarter. On September 29, there will be a jazz brunch at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel with all food and beverages donated by local restaurants.
Location: George Rodrigue Gallery, 730 Royal St.; The home of Matilda Stream; Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St.
Tickets: Couple: $200; call for more details
Contact: Sarah Dunbar, 899-1905

Sept. 28. Justice for All Ball
Benefits: The Pro Bono Project
Event Info.: This black-tie optional event is the main fundraiser for The Pro Bono Project. Attendees can participate in raffle drawings as well as silent and live auctions that include donations from New Orleans’ finest restaurants and retailers. Big Sam’s Funky Nation will provide live music and local artist Robert Guthrie will offer posters of his work.
Location: Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St.
Tickets: General: $150; Practicing lawyers: $100
Contact: 581-4043

Sept. 28. LOVE In the Garden
Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art
Event Info.: The eighth annual “LOVE in the Garden” event is sure to provide an undeniably romantic setting. There will be delectable dining, an open bar and dancing under the stars and ancient oaks in the one-of-a-kind Sculpture Garden.
Location: Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park
Tickets: Patron party: $100 to $140; Garden party: $60 to $100
Contact: 658-4121

Sept. 28. Colin Goodier Annual Golf Tournament
Benefits: Colin Goodier Annual Golf Tournament LSU scholarship
Event Info.: This fifth annual golf tournament raises funds in support of the scholarship LSU established in Colin Goodier’s name, which is given to a rising fourth year medical student who demonstrates Goodier’s values of scholarship, passion and compassion. Raffle tickets are available now; email to purchase and for more information.
Location: Audubon Golf Course
Tickets: Sponsor: $250 to $3,000; Individual: $140
Contact: 895-7076

Sept. 28. Annual Golf Tournament
Benefits: Kiwanis Club of New Orleans
Event Info.: This four-person scramble annual golf tournament includes lunch before, with dinner and awards to follow.
Location: Cypress Lakes Country Club, 10 Villere Drive, Destrehan
Tickets: Hole sponsor: $150; Individual: $100

Sept. 28. Fore! Recovery Golf Tournament
Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House
Event Info.: A scramble format golf tournament will also include lunch, drinks, food on the course, a putting contest, a hole in one for $1 million, car prize and an awards party post event.
Location: English Turn Golf & Country Club, 1 Clubhouse Drive
Tickets: Individual: $175; Sponsorships available
Contact: 821-7135

Sept. 29. New Orleans On Tap
Benefits: Louisiana SPCA
Event Info.: LA-SPCA and main sponsor Bulldog have teamed up for the annual beer tasting featuring over 200 national and local beers, live music, food, beverages for non-beer drinkers and fun for people and dogs alike. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome and can look forward to a doggy game tent.
Location: City Park
Tickets: Free admission; beer samples start at $1
Contact: 762-3307

Sept. 29. Inaugural Rhythm and Blues 5K Run and Fess’ House Party “New Orleans Style: A Benefit to Renovate & Preserve the Family Home of Professor Longhair”
Benefits: Tipitina’s Foundation
Event Info.: The Tipitina’s Foundation in partnership with the New Orleans Track Club will amp-up a typical 5K with the beat of New Orleans high school marching bands playing instruments donated by the Tipitina’s Foundation along the route, and end with food and refreshments at a post-race party. After the party, Tipitina’s, with generous support from The United Way and Project Homecoming, will also host a benefit concert in order to raise funds to renovate and restore the family home Professor Longhair.
Location: Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.
Tickets: VIP: $80; Concert: $35; Race: $30
Contact: 895-8477, concert tickets at








Oct. 4. Come Hear What’s Cookin’ at Choice Foundation
Benefits: Choice Foundation
Event Info.: Guests are invited for an evening of jazz, homespun goodies and libations to help out New Orleans Charter schools. Entertainment will be provided by Louis Ford and his New Orleans Flairs. There will also be raffle items up for grabs and a silent auction.
Location: 3700 Canal St.
Tickets: Patron: $150; General: $50
Contact: 861-7957

Oct. 5. Louisiana Legends of Rock and Roll
Benefits: Louisiana Museum Foundation
Event Info.: The entertainment for the night is Levi Kreis, a star of Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated Million Dollar Quartet, and his band who will transport party-goers back to the late 1950s with an electrifying concert, impersonating a young, hip and happening Jerry Lee Lewis.
Location: 400 Esplanade Ave.
Tickets: Patron party: Louisiana Museum Foundation members $250, non-members $300; Main party: $75 and up
Contact: 558-0493,

Oct. 6. An Evening of Champions. 3 Teams. 1 Goal
Benefits: Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service and Tulane Hillel
Event Info.: The party will include catering by Chef Rommel Hernandez, entertainment by DJ Tim Plunkett of P2 Entertainment, a silent auction and a live sports and entertainment auction with Lee Zurik. In this year’s Big Ticket Raffle, guests will have the chance to win a package of two tickets to the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl and two tickets to Super Bowl XLVII.
Location: Club XLIV at Champions Square
Tickets: Patron: $200 to $5,000. General: $60 to $100.
Contact: 897-0143

Oct. 7. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk
Benefits: American Cancer Society
Event Info.: A family friendly 5K walk to raise awareness of and funds for fighting breast cancer.
Location: City Park
Tickets: Donations suggested
Contact: 833-4024

Oct. 10. ST. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activists Awards
Benefits: St. Elizabeth’s Guild
Event Info.: Activists will be honored during a luncheon, and a fashion show will be provided by Dillard’s with St. Elizabeth’s Guild members and local celebrities. The event will also have a silent auction throughout.
Location: Hilton Riverside, 2 Poydras St.
Tickets: Patron: $100; Individual: $65
Contact: Rosalie Edwards, 466-8875

Oct. 11. 5th annual Lambeth On Broadway
Benefits: Lambeth House Foundation
Event Info.: Featuring cocktails, dinner, music and entertainment, there will be dancing on the patio to the sounds of The Yat Pack, a cabaret performance in the parlor by Jeffrey Pounds and a lavish buffet by Chef John Joffe.
Location: Lambeth House, 150 Broadway St. (at the River)
Tickets: $150
Contact: 865-1960

Oct. 11-18. 23rd annual New Orleans Film Festival Gala
Benefits: The New Orleans Film Society
Event Info.: Louisiana’s only industry-recognized international film festival will present a comprehensive program of screenings, panels, workshops, awards and more, including its inaugural Opening Night event at the Joy Theater.  
Location: Locations across New Orleans
Tickets: N/A; on sale Oct. 8 (members can purchase starting Oct. 1)

Oct. 12. Up On the Roof Beer Tasting
Benefits: Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital
Event Info.: An upscale beer tasting featuring the best of local, national and international micro-brewery beers, along with food from local New Orleans restaurants and entertainment by Bag of Donuts, a 50/50 raffle and silent and live auctions hosted by a local celebrity.
Location: Roof of West Esplanade Parking Garage at EJGH
Tickets: Door: $50; Advance: $40
Contact: 456-5119

Oct. 12. Monster Dash
Benefits: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Event Info.: In its second year, the Monster Dash brings more than 600 runners in costume to the streets of New Orleans for a 5K. After the fun run, there will be food, drinks and live entertainment as well as a costume contest post-race party at The Rivershack Tavern.
Location: Rivershack Tavern, 3449 River Road, Jefferson
Tickets: Week of: $30; Advance: $25
Contact: 455-5194

Oct. 13. O What A Night Gala
Benefits: Ogden Museum of Art
Event Info.: Enjoy an unforgettable evening of art, cuisine and music with Southern flair. The gala will be honoring artist Lin Emery, recipient of this year’s Opus Award. Featuring music by Larry Braggs, the lead singer of Tower of Power, and food by James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link and Chris Hastings.
Location: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.
Tickets: $300 and up
Contact: 539-9616

Oct. 13. 2012 Touro Here for Life Gala
Benefits: Touro Infirmary
Event Info.: Celebrate Touro Infirmary’s 160th anniversary in style with dinner, a stage show and dancing. A silent auction will run through the evening. In a special ceremony during the evening, the 2012 Judah Touro Society award will be presented to Marvin L. “Buddy” Jacobs. To top it off, guests can enjoy the sounds of Preservation Hall-Stars featuring Leroy Jones.
Location: Grand Ballroom, Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St.
Tickets: Patron: $500; General: $200
Contact: Harriett D. Cortez, 897-8744,

Oct. 14. Senior Moments
Benefits: Jefferson Council on Aging
Event Info.: The intimate affair will offer cocktail fare, libations, food, a silent auction and musical entertainment. JCOA’s inaugural fundraising event will give patrons the opportunity to support vital programs for the senior community of Jefferson Parish.
Location: The home of Stan and Ellen Kessler, Metairie
Tickets: Sponsor: $500 to $5,000; Individual: $100
Contact: 207-4691,,

Oct. 14. 9th annual Seelos Gala Dinner
Benefits: National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
Event Info.: This sit-down dinner will include over 160 silent and live auction items to support the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Seelos.
Location: Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St.
Tickets: $85
Contact: 525-2495 or 525-2499

Oct. 15. Fall Into Fashion
Benefits: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Event Info.: Owned and operated by Symphony Volunteers, Inc., the Encore Shop on Maple St. is an upscale consignment store benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. This event will introduce the new line of fall clothing that the shop offers.
Location: Encore Shop, 7814 Maple St.
Tickets: Patron shopping and party: $50; Party only: advance $35, door $40
Contact: Encore Shop, 861-9028

Oct. 17. Key to the Cure
Benefits: Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium
Event Info.: The “Key to the Cure Kickoff Gala” will take place Wednesday, October 17, followed by a weekend of charity shopping. Saks Fifth Avenue donates a percentage of their sales to the cancer research programs of the LCRC.
Location: Saks Fifth Avenue, Canal Place, 333 Canal St.
Tickets: $100
Contact: Gillian Stagg, 293-2618,

Oct. 17. Ten Outstanding Persons Gala
Benefits: Family Service of Greater New Orleans
Event Info.: The gala offers a buffet dinner, wine, champagne, mixed drinks, a silent auction, music, beautiful table decorations and an award ceremony for the night’s honorees. The funds from the night support the Family Service of New Orleans.
Location: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park
Tickets: Gala and patron party: $250; Gala: $125
Contact: 822-0800






Oct. 19. 17th annual Pasta & Puccini
Benefits: Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Event Info.: The 17th annual Pasta & Puccini event will include cocktails, a sit-down dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and a concert. This year’s theme is “Un Ballo Machera” (“The Masked Ball”). As always, the event benefits performances and arts outreach of JPAS, including children’s programming and theatrical productions.
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave.
Tickets: $135 and up; Tables: $3,000 and up

Oct. 19. Magic in the Moonlight
Benefits: New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation
Event Info.: The third annual “Magic in the Moonlight” event invites you to enjoy music by Jeremy Davenport while dining on an al fresco sit-down dinner at the Botanical Garden. The four-course dinner will be held underneath the beautifully lit oaks of the Garden. Dinner will be provided by Emeril’s Chef Chris Wilson with Chefs de Cuisine from Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico.
Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park
Tickets: $250
Contact: 483-9386

Oct. 20. Race for the Cure
Benefits: Susan G. Komen for the Cure New Orleans Affiliate
Event Info.: Join the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. This event will raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivorship and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease.
Location: City Park
Tickets: $25
Contact: 455-7310

Oct. 20. Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré
Benefits: Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré
Event Info.: The self-guided walking tour will reveal the allure of private and historic gardens otherwise closed to the public and provide access to the cool and private hideaways suited to the Louisiana clime in style of the early Spanish and French architecture.
Location: Club XLIV at Champions Square
Tickets: $20; Under 12: free; tickets available at Creole Delicacies (533 St. Ann St. at Jackson Square) and French Quarter Gem & Lapidary (527 St. Philip St.)
Contact: 529-9755

Oct. 20. Notre Dame Seminary 89th Anniversary Gala & Auction
Benefits: Notre Dame Seminary
Event Info.: A cocktail and dinner buffet donated by over 50 restaurants and caterers along with silent and live auctions.
Location: Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave.
Tickets: Individual: $100 and up; Sponsorships available
Contact: 866-7426, extension 3740

Oct. 25. 30th Anniversary Gala
Benefits: New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways
Event Info.: Parkway Partners are celebrating their 30th birthday in style at a gala at the newly renovated Hyatt New Orleans. There will be a three-course dinner with wine, music, dancing, a silent and live auction and an awards ceremony. The ceremony will honor 30 outstanding community members who have worked to further the mission of Parkway Partners.
Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.
Tickets: Table: $1,500; Individual: $150
Contact: 620-2224

Oct. 26. 6th annual Golf Tournament
Benefits: New Orleans Medical Mission Services
Event Info.: This annual golf tournament raises funds for upcoming missions.
Location: Audubon Golf Club, 6500 Magazine St.
Tickets: Foursome: $500; Individual: $125
Contact: 392-1934

Oct. 28. Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Benefits: Autism Speaks
Event Info.: The inaugural 2012 Louisiana Walk Now for Autism Speaks takes place at Audubon Park. The event includes an autism community resource fair and family carnival providing a kid-friendly atmosphere that encourages family participation, heightens public awareness and raises money to fund autism research.
Location: Shelter No. 10, Audubon Park
Tickets: Free
Contact: Allison Lindsly, 613-7250,

Oct. 29. An Evening with Jewel
Benefits: Breastoration
Event Info.: The first ever National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day will be launched right here in New Orleans with much excitement. The dinner will be provided by Chef Donald Link and Chef Chris Wilson. The singer Jewel will be the live entertainment, and many local VIPs will be in attendance.
Location: Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.
Tickets: N/A

Oct. 31. Bewitching Affaire
Benefits: New Orleans Garden Society
Event Info.: The Halloween-themed gala is the New Orleans Garden Society’s annual luncheon and fashion show.
Location: Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St.
Tickets: $48
Contact: Linda Skidmore Forman, (985) 845-0154,








Nov. 2-4. 18th annual Poydras Home Art Show & Patron Party
Benefits: Poydras Home
Event Info.: The organization’s patron party will feature sneak peeks of juried art and photography, food, libations and entertainment. The art show will include over 2,500 original works of art by Louisiana and regional artists.
Location: Poydras Home, 5354 Magazine St.
Tickets: Patron party: $100; Art show: free
Contact: 897-0535

Nov. 2. Helluva Hullabaloo
Benefits: Tulane University
Event Info.: Proceeds from the Hullabaloo auction support Tulane Empowers through scholarship support of student-athletes.
Location: Lavin-Bernick University Center, Tulane University’s Uptown campus
Tickets: Day of: $100; Individual: $75; TU students and children: Free (online through Charitybuzz starting October 24)
Contact: 314-7639

Nov. 2. Boudin & Beer
Benefits: Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Event Info.: The second annual indoor/outdoor festival will offer food by Emeril Lagasse himself as well as 50 regional chefs working with artisan sausages. There will be unlimited Abita Beer, specialty cocktails and wine. Highlights include Cajun and New Orleans music, entertainment by the 610 Stompers, a custom photo booth, games and raffles and much more.
Location: The Foundry, 333 St. Joseph St.
Tickets: $85

Nov. 2. LA Fête Louisiane
Benefits: Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
Event Info.: The second annual event celebrates our state’s diverse cultural industries, the people who “keep our culture alive” and other creatives who give Louisiana its unique identity with awards and through the showcasing of visual, performance, culinary, film and video talents.
Location: Joan Mitchell Center, 2275 Bayou Road
Tickets: $75
Contact: 895-2800,

Nov. 3. Carnivale Du Vin
Benefits: Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Event Info.: The annual gala has many special VIPs in attendance including Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali. The Krewe du Vin Dinner served is a five-course dinner, complete with wine pairings, from Mario Batali, Chiarello Family Vineyards and Arista Winery. The live auction during the gala includes rare wines and unique travel and lifestyle experiences. The night will conclude with Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s celebration of 50 years featuring Cassandra Wilson and Trombone Shorty.
Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, New Orleans Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.
Tickets: $1,000 and up

Nov. 8. Uncork the Cure
Benefits: Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Event Info.: Sample several varieties of champagne and sparkling wine while tasting dishes from some of the city’s best restaurants. Guests will also be able to choose gifts and spirits for the holidays by partaking in a silent auction, a 65 Roses art auction and a wine pull.
Location: Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.
Tickets: VIP: $100; General: $50
Contact: 455-5194
Nov. 8. Black & White & Read All Over
Benefits: Stair the Adventure in Reading (STAIR)
Event Info.: A cocktail party and auction with live entertainment and local cuisine.
Location: 1334 Henry Clay Ave.
Tickets: $50
Contact: 899-0820

Nov. 8. Cocktails for KID smART
Benefits: KID smART
Event Info.: This event will honor a local artist, Simon Gunning, whose work reflects the organization’s commitment to creating bright futures for our children and our community. Held at a private home with a champagne reception for sponsors and patrons, a cocktail party will follow; Joel Catering and Event Planning will create the edibles.
Location: A private home on St. Charles Avenue
Tickets: Patron: $750; Individual: $125
Contact: 410-1990

Nov. 9. Renaissance Party
Benefits: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Event Info.: The annual People’s Health Multiple Sclerosis “Renaissance Party” invites guests to enjoy fine food, drinks and entertainment. There will also be both silent and live auctions allowing attendees to bid on incredible packages that will include trips, unique gifts and more. The event intends to rally people and resources to increase research for a cure and to address the challenge of everyone affected by MS.
Location: Renaissance Arts Hotel, 700 Tchoupitoulas St.
Tickets: Door: $150; 35 and over: $125; Under 35: $100
Contact: 322-3790

Nov. 9. A “SAV-vy” Affair
Benefits: St. Andrew’s Village
Event Info.: Hosted by the Young Friends of St. Andrew’s Village, “A ‘SAV-vy’ Affair” is an all-inclusive fundraiser featuring live music, an open bar, fine cuisine and an amazing assortment of silent auction items.
Location: The Chicory, 610 S. Peters St.
Tickets: Door: $60; Advance: $50
Contact: 432-8552,

Nov. 10. 26th annual All Saints Soiree – A Cocktail Gala
Benefits: Save Our Cemeteries
Event Info.: The 1920s-themed cocktail gala will offer a silent auction, food, cocktails, dancing and music by Ingrid Lucia and the Courtyard Kings.
Location: First NBC Building, 210 Baronne St.
Tickets: Patron: $100; Soiree: $65
Contact: 525-3377,

Nov. 10. Odyssey Ball
Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art
Event Info.: This year’s “Odyssey Ball” will mark the opening of “Lifelike,” an exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis, Minn., which features an international, multi-generational roster of artists – including Andy Warhol and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei – who painstakingly recreate the everyday objects around us and transform them into something desirable and compelling. Entertainment will be provided by BRW, and the ball will also include silent and live auctions featuring one-of-a-kind items; valet parking; food by the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group; St. James Cheese Co. stations; a cigar bar; specialty drinks; “dot” ice cream; and a late-night menu.
Location: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle
Tickets: VIP: $1,000; Patron: $500; Ball for NOMA members: $150; 40 and under $95
Contact: 658-4121

Nov. 10. White Elephant Sale & Auction
Benefits: Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré
Event Info.: An auction, yard sale and raffle featuring pieces from some of the best French Quarter businesses, restaurants, hotels, art galleries and shops.
Location: 721 Saint Philip St.
Tickets: Free
Contact: 523-6226

Nov. 10. Hurry Up and Say “I Do” at the Pitot House
Benefits: Louisiana Landmarks Society
Event Info.: A new, one-day event for weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals, the event will provide all the necessities for a beautiful ceremony. Each slot is 45 minutes, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., for the couple and 20 guests with a seated ceremony and champagne toast. (Call for details.)
Location: Pitot House, 1400 Moss St.
Tickets: Prime time slots: $500 to $750
Contact: 482-0312

Nov. 10. Celebrity Waiters VI
Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House
Event Info.: Featuring celebrity waiters serving lunch to guests.
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave.
Tickets: Individual: $75; Sponsorships available; Tips encouraged
Contact: 821-7135

Nov. 14. Historic Houses Society Annual Gala
Benefits: Leadership Circle of the Historic Houses Society
Event Info.: The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group caters this year’s annual party to honor the Leadership Circle of the Historic Houses Society. The funds raised will enable the society to continue their mission of preservation, interpretation and education as well as the on-going operations of the museums.
Location: Costello Home in the Garden District
Tickets: N/A
Contact: Jennifer Daly,

Nov. 15. Natl. Philanthropy Day Luncheon
Benefits: Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Orleans
Event Info.: A special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to great contributions that philanthropy and philanthropists have made to our lives, community and world. This year the AFP of New Orleans celebration will be hosted by Nell Nolan.
Location: Celestin Ballroom, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.
Tickets: Non-members: $75; AFP members: $60; Patron party: an additional $25
Contact: 348-3500

Nov. 16. Azucar Ball
Benefits: New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Event Info.: The “Azucar Ball” is the premier black-tie event for the Hispanic community in New Orleans. There will be non-stop dancing, food from New Orleans’ finest restaurants, a silent auction and the presentation of the Galvez Cup, which recognizes an individual or individuals who have made an impact on the Hispanic community in New Orleans.
Location: Mardi Gras World (East Bank), 1380 Port of New Orleans Place
Tickets: N/A
Contact: 595-513








Dec. 7. Tree of Recovery
Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House
Event Info.: Donations are made in honor or in memory of loved ones; these honorees are given an ornament that’s hung on a tree in Lakeside Mall. At the ceremony, all names are read and choirs entertain with holiday songs.
Location: Lakeside Shopping Mall, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie
Tickets: N/A
Contact: 821-7135

Dec. 8-9. 37th annual Holiday Home Tour
Benefits: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
Event Info.: Join in on this annual self-guided tour through several Garden District homes that are beautifully decorated for the holiday season. The tour also includes access to an expansive holiday boutique and a professionally catered café at the tour headquarters at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave.
Tickets: $35
Contact: 581-7032

Dec. 12. Fête De Nöel
Benefits: Ladies Leukemia League
Event Info.: This annual luncheon will include a holiday fashion show provided by Dillard’s, a silent auction and a parade of prizes.
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 601 Loyola Ave.
Tickets: $65
Contact: (985) 703-0831

Dec. 16. Holiday Home Tour
Benefits: Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré
Event Info.: This self-guided walking tour includes interesting architectural styles and home furnishings, as well as a variety of collections of Christmas decorations.
Location: Throughout the French Quarter
Tickets: $20; 12 and under free; tickets available at Creole Delicacies (533 St. Ann St. at Jackson Square) and French Quarter Gem & Lapidary (527 St. Philip St.)
Contact: 529-9755