Jan. 9
Celebrating 100 Years of Zulu, 1909-2009
Benefits: Louisiana Museum Foundation and the Louisiana State Museum
Event Info.: The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is celebrating its Centennial year with a fabulous exhibit (From Tramps to Kings: Celebrating 100 Years of Zulu,
1909-2009) opening at the Presbytere in January and will remain open to the public for a year.
Time: Patron party 6:30-8 p.m.;
gala 8-11 p.m.
Location: The Presbytere, 701 Chartres St.
Contact: 558-0493

Jan. 10
A Re-Opening Gala
Benefits: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Event Info.: An Evening of music and dance will celebrate the triumphant return of the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Following the concert, a black-tie gala dinner honoring the guest artists will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ritz Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St.
Contact: 523-6530

Jan. 11
Meals on wheels/new orleans fund, inc. gala
Benefits: Meals on Wheels/New Orleans Fund, Inc.
Event Info.: Celebrating 15 years of community service this year, the gala – featuring gourmet dishes from local chefs, music by Deacon John and the Ivories and both live and silent auctions – will pay special tribute to Dr. David Newsome and honor a surprise guest with the Golden Patron award.
Time: Patron party 6:30 p.m.;
gala 8-11 p.m.
Location: W New Orleans, 333 Poydras St.
Contact: 821-4121

Jan. 15
Jazzed in January: New Yorkers Rebuilding New Orleans
Benefits: Preservation Resource Center
Event Info.: A celebration in New York City to raise money for the restoration of New Orleans homes and neighborhoods. 2009 Citizenship Award will be given to Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines.
Time: Reception 7 p.m.; award
presentation 8 p.m.
Location: Hearst Tower, 44th Floor, New York City
Contact: 636-3055,www.prcno.org

Jan. 15
Proudly Pro Life Dinner
Benefits: New Orleans Right to Life
Event Info: An annual dinner this year honoring Judy Leggett Martin and Karen McGoey who have served the community since 1973. Reservations are limited to 500.
Time: Cocktails 6 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m.
Location: Chateau Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner
Contact: 834-5433

Jan. 24
25th Anniversary Awareness Campaign Gala
Benefits: NO/AIDS Task Force
Event Info.: The culmination of 25 years of NO/AIDS Task Force’s awareness campaign, this gala
dinner will highlight their success
and the lives they have touched
over the years.
Time: Cocktails 6 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Hotel New Orleans, 500 Canal St.
Contact: 821-2601 ext. 218


Feb. 5
New Orleans Go Red for Women Luncheon
Benefits: American Heart Association
Event Info: The luncheon and health conference will provide free health screenings and health seminars to educate women about their No. 1 killer, heart disease, and to inspire them to take control of their health.
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St.
Contact: 830-2300

Feb. 9
Galatoire’s Mardi Gras Auction
Benefits: Animal Rescue of New Orleans and Fireman’s Church (Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Event Info.: Auction of seats at Galatoire’s restaurant for the Friday before Mardi Gras, Feb. 20. There will be a champagne reception before the auction.
Time: Reception 5:30 p.m.; auction 6:30 p.m.
Location: Galatoire’s, 209 Bourbon St.
Contact: 525-2021

Feb. 15
Children’s Hospital guild mardi gras bingo
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info.: Celebrity-hosted bingo, lunch and a parade of prizes.
Time: Doors open 9:30 a.m.; bingo starts 10:30 a.m.
Location: Chateau Estates Golf & Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner
Contact: 896-9373

Feb. 22
Red Cross Red Carpet
Benefits: American Red Cross, Southeast Louisiana Chapter
Event Info.: A red carpet experience for the Academy Awards with food, specialty cocktails, a silent auction and prizes.
Time: VIP 6:30 p.m.; Academy Awards broadcast 7 p.m.
Location: Tchefuncta Country Club, 2 Country Club Park, Covington
Contact: arcno.org


March 6
backstage bash
Benefits: Southern Repertory Theatre
Event Info.: Get a backstage pass to an evening of bands, gourmet tidbits and a silent auction.
Time: 7:30 p.m. (patron party prior)
Location: Canal Place, Floor 3, 365 Canal St.
Contact: 522-6545, southernrep.com

March 6
star struck city nights
Benefits: St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Event Info.: Featuring music from Broadway and the silver screen, food, student artwork and live and silent auctions.
Time: TBA
Location: Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Contact: 488-1319

March 7
Cenacle Retreat House Annual Gala
Benefits: Cenacle Retreat House
Event Info.: The largest fundraiser of the year for this retreat house, the evening will feature live music, a silent auction, raffle and a sit-down dinner.
Location: Basin Street Station, 1205 Saint Louis St.
Time: 6 p.m.
Contact: 887-1420 ext 227

March 8
A Night for Archbishop Philip Hannan
Event Info.: An event to honor Archbishop Phillip Hannan, and to raise money for stained glass windows for the Military Archdiocese in Washington D.C. (where the Archbishop was born and raised).
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Contact: (985) 898-4715

March 9
13th Annual Save Our Lake Golf Classic
Benefits: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Event info.: Golf tournament to benefit this nonprofit dedicated to restoring and preserving the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.
Time: Registration 10:30 a.m.; tee-off 11:30 a.m.
Location: 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner
Contact: 836-2205

March 11-15
Art in Bloom
Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art and the Garden Study Club of New Orleans
Event Info.: The 21st Annual Art in Bloom benefits the educational projects and exhibitions at NOMA and the many community projects of the Garden Study Club, including the Besthoff Sculpture Garden and the Project Lazarus House Garden. The five-day event kicks off with the patron and preview party on Wednesday, March 11. An original Auseklis Ozols created expressly for Art in Bloom will appear on the invitation and will be the featured item at the live auction at the preview party. Thursday lecturers will be Julia Reed and Tim Trapolin.
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle
Contact: 658-4121

March 14
Sugarplum Ball
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info.: Black-tie gala featuring live music entertainment, food and dining from the area’s finest restaurants, and a silent auction.
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Location: N.O. Public Belt Railroad Engine Terminal, 4822 Tchoupitoulas St.
Contact: 896-9373

March 14
celebration 2009
Benefits: Jesuit High School
Event Info.: A live and silent auction, plus plenty of food and live music to entertain everyone abound at this annual fundraiser.
Time: Patron party 6 p.m.; gala 7:30 p.m.
Location: Jesuit High School Commons, 4133 Banks St.
Contact: 228-6172

March 15
Chef Soiree 2009
Benefits: Youth Service Bureau
Event Info.: 25th anniversary event benefitting the Youth Service Bureau programs of St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Bogue Falaya Park, Covington
Contact: (985) 893-2570

March 20
Golden Tassels Gala
Benefits: Jefferson Dollars for Scholars
Event Info.: This annual benefit helps the nonprofit raise much needed funds for scholarships for Jefferson Parish public school students. Numerous fine dining restaurants will feature their cuisine at the gala, and the night also includes a silent auction. Patron party will be held the night before.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pontchartrain Center, Kenner
Contact: 831-1565

March 20
Julia Jump
Benefits: Preservation Resource Center
Event Info.: Twenty-two of the area’s finest restaurants will be cooking up a storm at this 32nd annual event, which also features entertainment by the Bucktown All-Stars and a silent auction.
Time: Patron party 6:30 p.m.; gala 8 p.m.
Location: Louisiana Superdome
Contact: 581-7032

March 21
Mais oui, C’est Marie! Ballet Ball
Benefits: New Orleans Ballet Association
Event Info.: An evening of music, dancing, food, libations and a live auction.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle
Contact: 522-0996 ext. 208

March 21
Fete Francaise (Fete Dix)
Benefits: Ecole Bilingue
Event Info.: The annual “fun-raiser” celebrates all things French and the importance of New Orleans’ French heritage is sponsored in part by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Two stages with music, gourmet food and drink, a French marketplace, silent auction and family-friendly games round out the fun.
Time: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: Ecole Bilingue, 821 General Pershing St.
Contact: 837-0128, kklemieux@cox,net, ebnola.com

March 24
Mad Hatter’s Luncheon
Benefits: New Orleans Opera Association
Event Info.: This festive event features a style show by Saks Fifth Avenue, a celebrity-judged hat contest and a silent auction in addition to the sale of celebrity-decorated hats.
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St.
Contact: 529-2278

March 25-29
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Benefits: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Event info.: The five-day event this year features Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare, Pulitzer Prize winners Richard Ford and Rick Bragg, and Broadway legend Zoe Caldwell among the dizzying array of theater, master classes and readings celebrating the life and legacy of Tennessee Williams.
Time: All day and evening, event times vary
Location: Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St.
Contact: 581-1144

March 28
24th annual Ochsner Run
Benefits: Ochsner Health System
Event Info.: One-mile and 5K walk/run and post-race party featuring the Topcats, great New Orleans food and a children’s area.
Time: one-mile run/walk 4:30 p.m. ; 5K 5 p.m.; Rhythm and Sole Party 5:30 p.m.
Location: 1514 Jefferson Highway
Contact: 842-7113

March 28
Soul Revival
Benefits: Legacy Donor Foundation
Event Info.: The 10th anniversary of this gala with music, food and fun.
Time: 7 p.m.-midnight
Location: 2525 St. Charles Ave.
Contact: 220-8949

March 29
Refrigerator art Auction
& Gala
Benefits: International School of Louisiana’s art programs
Event Info.: The 5th annual gala brings together local artists, musicians and patrons for food, music and art.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Foundry, 333 St. Joseph St.
Contact: 654-1088 ext. 222


Through April 22
Coats for Cubs
Benefits: The Humane Society
Event Info.: Give back to the Humane Society with your old and unused fur coats, shearling and accessories. The fur goes to create bedding and comfort to injured and orphaned wildlife. The condition of the garment is unimportant.
Time: Store hours
Location: Buffalo Exchange, 3312 Magazine St.
Contact: (866) 235-8255, buffaloexchange.com

April 4
Cochon Cotillion XIII
Benefits: Bridge House
Event Info.: Parody of a Mardi Gras Ball featuring a king, queen, court, indoor parade, music, food, open bar, dancing, car raffle and silent auction.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, 233 Newton St.
Contact: 522-2124 ext. 113

April 4
Junior League of New Orleans Kitchen Tour
Benefits: Junior League of New Orleans’ children’s programs
Event Info.: Self-guided tour of kitchens in Metairie and New Orleans. Will feature a patron party earlier in the week.
Time: TBA
Location: City-wide
Contact: 891-5845

April 14
Prix d’Elegance
Benefits: New Orleans Ballet Association
Event Info.: Luncheon and fashion show with awards presented to Prix d’Elegance award winners.
Time: Patron reception 10:30 a.m.; doors 11 a.m.
Location: New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St.
Contact: 522-0996

April 18
Tour de Lis
Benefits: Tour de Lis
Event Info.: The Tour de Lis Healin’ Through Wheelin’ bike ride takes place Saturday, April 18. The goals are to raise $250,000 for cancer survivor support; to recruit 1,000 cyclists to our beautiful New Orleans Lakefront; and to provide a ride that is safe, fun, non-competitive and open to all levels of cycling ability. Cyclists must be 12 years of age or older and must wear a helmet.
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Lakeshore Drive
Contact: 957-2574

April 20
Annual Cancer Crusaders Golf Tournament
Benefits: Cancer Crusaders
Event info.: The 2nd Annual tournament will feature live jazz entertainment, prizes and an awards ceremony and dinner following later that evening. There will also be a jazz brunch the day before the big tee off.
Time: Registration 11 a.m.; tee-off at noon.
Location: English Turn Golf Course, 1 Clubhouse Drive
Contact: 466-3453

April 20
Carter Plantation Golf Tournament
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info.: Golf Tournament featuring food and beverage for sale and a post-party and award ceremony after the tournament.
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: 23475 Carter Trace, Springfield
Contact: 896-9373

April 23
Zoo-To-Do for Kids Presented by Humana
Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute
Event Info.: A fun, family-oriented festival created in the style of the adult Whitney Zoo-To-Do.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.
Contact: 861-6160

April 24
Amazing Grapes
Benefits: Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses
Event Info.: Featuring both silent and live auctions, showcasing exquisite wine, art, antiques and dining experiences, this event kicks of with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a gourmet sit-down dinner.
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: The Foundry, 333 St. Joseph St.
Contact: 525-566

April 26
Run Forrest Run
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info.: Sponsored by Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., the 5K walk/run through the French Quarter will feature live entertainment, food and drinks. All participants get a T-shirt and ditty bag.
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., 429 Decatur St.
Contact: 896-9373