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“Moonlight and Miracles” is definitely becoming one of the most important fundraisers in the city! Thanks so much to Gayle and Tom Benson and Ochsner CEO Warner Thomas for gracing our cover. “Moonlight and Miracles” raises awareness and funds for Ochsner Cancer Institute programs. Mark your calendar for November 14 – the gala will be held on the turf of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome starting at 6 p.m., and you’ll be treated to an extraordinary night of entertainment, fabulous food, raffles and auctions. The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner provides a state-of-the-art treatment center which each year has treated almost 3,200 patients. This is truly a night you don’t want to miss!

Look for our Fashionable New Orleanians this month! I love this feature because the recipients get to dress as though they were going to their favorite fundraiser. They also tell you where they love to shop and tips on dress codes and in which fashions they’re most comfortable. Thanks this year to Jibari Greer, Dr. Deirdre Hooper, Richard Lee Mathis, Marilyn Rusovich and Katy Weil!

Speaking of favorite fundraisers, this issue includes our Registry of Charitable Events Calendar for September to December. St. Charles Avenue is the place to look for dates and times of your favorite charity, so don’t forget to let us know when your event will take place!

Our big fundraiser, sponsored by our parent company Renaissance Publishing LLC, is “Wine, Dine & Design” a tablescapes event that will be held on October 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room and will benefit Operation Home Front and its wounded warrior program. Fifteen designers are creating unbelievable tables complete with favors for each attendee to take home. Patron tickets are $250, and you’ll be treated to champagne, wine, lunch and ideas for your next party! There are only 50 tickets left, so call Cheryl Lemoine at 830-7232 right now and reserve your place! Thanks so much to our major sponsor Whitney Bank. See all the details on pages 72-73, including all of the designers who care so much about supporting our returning veterans!

Also this month, for the first time in our history, our featured “With This Ring” wedding and our “Vintage Wedding” feature the same family: the Burkas. Look to pages 62 and 64 for all the details!

With school starting, we all have time to get ourselves, our homes and our offices back in shape. Check out our feature on Home Organization for tips on updating your home with beautiful organizational tools that you’ll actually use. Now that your house is in order, you’ll want to read our local Gallery Guide to add art and objéts d’art to your home, and to discover new art and artists at their September shows.

Happy (almost) fall!

On June 9, 2008, Dr. Colin Goodier was training on his bicycle on River Road in Baton Rouge for an upcoming triathlon when he was struck from behind by a speeding truck and killed. LSU Med School has set up a scholarship in Colin’s name for an incoming fourth year resident. A golf tournament has been held each year around his birthday at Audubon Golf Course to raise funds towards this scholarship.

   This year the seventh annual “Colin Goodier Golf Tournament” will be held Friday, September 26, with a shotgun start at 1:30, and will feature two football raffles – one signed by Jimmy Graham and another signed by the men of the Manning family. The tournament is completely run by volunteers and all proceeds go directly to Colin’s scholarship fund. To find out more about the tournament or the scholarship or to just make a donation to the fund, please contact Nicette Goodier at

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