Then-Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Cynthia Lee Sheng and Nora Vaden-Holmes are pictured at Dr. Bradley Bartholomew’s home in Metairie Club Gardens for a cocktail reception for the Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful’s board members and sponsors ahead of the Tree School’s 19th annual fundraising event in April. Lee Sheng has since been elected Jefferson Parish President, the first woman to ever hold the role.  

Holley Haag, a Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful board member, poses with board President Bobbie Gattuso during a cocktail reception held the day before Tree’s 19th annual benefit event, which was hosted at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Tree School is a comprehensive, one-day workshop on the care and preservation of tree canopy in the urban landscape. 

Maxwell Williams, artistic director of Le Petit Théâtre, welcomed supporters and educators to celebrate arts education efforts at the second annual “Evening for Education,” held in April at the historic French Quarter playhouse. Attendees were treated to an evening of entertainment, including a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by members of Le Petit Young Conservatory.  

McCaffery Leyoud, Madison McGeathy, Hrilina Rakhs, Megan McGeathy, Leah McGeathy, Claire Borges, Bella Carbo, Evan Roux and Elizabeth Burris participated in Le Petit Young Conservatory’s junior production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream during a special benefit performance during the theater’s second annual “Evening for Education.”  

Lauren Ferrand, Mary Len Costa, Casius Pealer, Alexandra Mora and Libra LaGrone Pealer attended “Bottomland Jubilee,” a fundraising event for A Studio in the Woods in celebration of 50 years of “land and legacy.” The benefit was held in May and featured displays of local wildlife and plants, food by Mosquito Supper Club, live music by Panorama Jazz Band’s Ben Schenck and Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, art by the studio’s former residents, an auction and more.  

Maria Cherry Rangel, Michelle Coffey, Bill Fagaly, and Ama Rogan are pictured at the McDermott Lodge in the Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center for “Bottomland Jubilee,” a celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of Lucianne Carmichael’s purchase of the land A Studio in the Woods sits upon.

Marvette Harris (left) was named the recipient of the 2019 National Direct Support Professional of the Year for her work providing long-term supports and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Harris, a New Orleans native, was one of many outstanding support work professionals nominated for the American Network of Community Options and Resources’ prestigious award. 

 Keynote speaker Laurie Berenson Maas and Ann Goldfarb attended the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “On the Move Luncheon” in May. The luncheon was held at the Roosevelt Hotel and helped raise over $93,000 for MS research, services and treatment. 

Marie Claire Bennett Amort presented Dr. Jesus Lovera with the Person On the Move Award at the “MS On the Move Luncheon” in May. Hancock Whitney was honored with the 2019 Company On the Move Award at the luncheon. 

 (Seated) Leatrice Siegel, Frances Salvaggio, Maria Villafranco, Lisa Ingraham and Robin Hummel with (standing) Mary Lynn Roberts, Marian Montalbano, Madelyn Gengo, Nancy Hamburger, Virginia Eckholdt, Eileen Boudin, Lee Anne Leopold Savoie, Maria Mire and Faith Peperone are pictured at the Elenian Club’s annual “President’s Luncheon” at Il Tony’s Restaurant in July to welcome in newly instated President Maria Villafranco.  

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 Jeff Kaston, Stephanie Kaston Gutierrez, Betsy Threefoot Kaston and Hallie Timm attended Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans’ “DVASH: A Celebration of Modern Israeli Cuisine” at The Cannery in May. For the second year in a row, “DVASH” treated guests to 18 different food vendors’ take on modern Israeli food.

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David Radlauer and his wife, Julie Schwartz, posed with JFS Executive Director Roselle Ungar and her husband Stanley Ungar at “DVASH” in May. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, proceeds from DVASH directly benefited JFS’ affordable mental health services, which are available to everyone in the Greater New Orleans community regardless of faith, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or financial standing.


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