Cindy Bowman, chef Emeril Lagasse and Eileen Schulin attended the 41st annual “Chefs’ Charity for Children” at the Hilton Riverside in January to raise money for St. Michael School, which educates children and adults with special needs and intellectual disabilities from around the New Orleans area.

Nina Compton posed with chef Leah Chase in January at the 2019 “Chefs’ Charity for Children,” a much-anticipated fundraising event when some of New Orleans’ best-known and most talented chefs come together to cook, teach, entertain and serve up an amazing lunch to benefit St. Michael School.

Chef Alon Shaya is pictured with St. Michael students Gavin Weiser, Andy Merida, Rhett Benfiglio, Tyler Grier, Kallie McGuire and Renada Bush at “Chefs’ Charity for Children.”

Jim and Joy Wade posed with Jenny and Bob Kottler at the Southern Sailing Foundation’s “Junior Gala” in February. The biennial event benefits the foundation’s mission to provide support to young sailors, competitive sailors and those seeking world class competition.

The Southern Sailing Foundation’s “Junior Gala” in February at the Southern Yacht Club.

Jim Cook, Melanie Talia and LaMonte Hayes attended the Galatoire Foundation’s annual “Mardi Gras Auction” in February. The event raised $148,000 for local nonprofits, including the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation and VIA Link.

Galatoire’s President Melvin Rodrigue poses with Gary Smith, Murray Valene and Paul Robeaux at the Galatoire Foundation’s Mardi Gras Auction.

Ryan Gootee, Glenn Gruber, Arnel Cosey, Katherine Gelderman, Sheldon Lykes, Richard Roth, Ted Williams, Jeffery Simoneaux, Rebecca Williams, Dottie O’Connor, Keith H. Liederman Ph.D., Nancy Romano and Vincent Giardina celebrated the unveiling of a new bus gifted to the Kingsley Adult Day Care by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust.

The past queens of Osiris gathered together for their annual luncheon at Ralph’s on the Park in February. Back Row: Mrs. Randy Argote, [Miss Maria Barbara Favor] ’90, Mrs. John Alden Meade, [Miss Charlotte Elizabeth Hudson Collins] ’98, Mrs. Thomas Pickral, [Miss Mary Kay Kurzweg] ’71, Ms. Virginia Verret De Marigny Ernst ’95, Ms. Allison Edrington Slatten ’13, Ms. Gustavo Antonio Rivera, [Miss Kelsey Virginia Evans] ’88 and Mrs. Thomas Gordon McLeod, [Miss Kathryn Claire Brennan] ’06. Front Row: Mrs. Donald Anthony Pitalo, [Miss Carolyn Ott Loria] ’80, Mrs. Kenan S. Rand Jr., [Miss Elinor Douglas Hobson] ’87, Mrs. Michael Bright White, [Miss Virginia Gore Burke] ’85, Mrs. Henry Leon Sarpy, [Miss Ann Lee Stephens] ’69, Mrs. Charles M. Johnson, [Miss Martha Bromley Stephens] ’76, Miss Cynthia Callaghan Nelson ’17, Miss Shelby Heath Sharp Meckstroth ’16.

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Joseph Young Jr. and Robert Lyall are pictured at the New Orleans Opera Association’s “Director’s Dinner” in February.

Betsy Dowling, Nina and Larry Pugh and Patrick Dowling attended the New Orleans Opera Association’s “Director’s Dinner” held inside the La Chinoiserie Ballroom at the Windsor Court Hotel. Guests were treated to dinner following the Opera’s matinee performance of Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio.”

Olivia Gray, Debby Wood, Ranney Mize, Dade Dufrene, Heather Phillips and Jay Gulotta attended the New Orleans Opera Association’s Director’s Dinner. In addition to dinner and a show, guests enjoyed live performances by the winners of the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition.