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Philip and Laura Claverie participated in the “2020 Covenant House Sleep Out” in November 2020, in solidarity with the 4.2 million children experiencing homelessness in the United States. Every year, Covenant House encourages participants to give up the comforts of home for one night to show their support and raise awareness to this important cause. 


Ashley Morgan posed on Rampart Street with a sign listing all 105 of her sponsors for the “2020 Covenant House Sleep Out.” Morgan was one of 185 participants in this year’s annual event. This year’s event raised a total of $430,000 for Covenant House, which has been on the front lines of the pandemic, working to provide resources to the city’s most vulnerable young people. (Photos 1-2 by Cheryl Gerber) 


Kathryn Brennan McLeod posed with Preservation Resource Board President Gordon McLeod and Brennan’s General Manager Christian Pendleton during PRC’s “Holiday Home Tour” in December 2020, which featured both in-person and virtual looks into some of New Orleans’ most beautiful houses. Every year, this beloved tradition supported PRC’s mission to preserve New Orleans’ historic architecture, neighborhoods and cultural identity through collaboration, empowerment and service to the community. 


Sarah Martzolf, Katherine Eshleman, Ansley Marshall and Parke McEnery rang in the season at the Preservation Resource Center’s 46th annual “Holiday Home Tour” in December 2020. In addition to in-person tours of six private homes in the Garden and Lower Garden districts, this year’s “Holiday Home Tour” also featured three video tours of historic homes around New Orleans.


Dan Sullivan, Derek Shanman, Girls on the Run Executive Director Juilieanne Lund, Amy Kenzie, Joseph Vigil and Louis Sabat marked 10 years of GOTR empowering and inspiring New Orleans girls by participating in a unique virtual celebration in November. The at-home celebration featured a take-out meal prepared by Zasu’s Chef Sue Zemanick, live-streamed entertainment and an auction from afar.


Girls on the Run Board Member Elise Curole Girls celebrated the nonprofit’s 10th anniversary at the “Girls on the Run At Home Celebration & Virtual Auction” in November 2020, presented in partnership with Chef Sue Zemanick of Zasu. The event raised more than $10,000 of financial aid and scholarship for GOTR’s life-changing program.  


Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans President Melanie Turner and CEO Sister Marjorie Hebert and Natasia Kissinger attended the “Fundraiser for Life” at Ye Olde College Inn in November 2020.


Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Pregnancy Services Board Member Hope Cambre, CCANO Director of Institutional Advancement Maria Huete and CCANO Pregnancy Services Board Members Lisa Baynham, Joan Boudreaux Cuccia and Lois Cambre enjoyed a meal at Ye Olde College Inn in November 2020 to benefit the “Fundraiser for Life.” 


 Jean Williams, Linda Sunseri, Dee Trahan, Virginia Eckholdt and Kathy Briuglio dined at Ye Olde College Inn in November 2020 for the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans’s “Fundraiser for Life.” All night, 20 percent of the restaurant’s proceeds went toward comprehensive pregnancy support to over 800 women every year through CCANO’s Pregnancy Services program. 


Tom Moran, President of The Good Shepherd School, celebrated the school’s 20th anniversary at a virtual gala in December 2020. The event featured a gourmet meal from Commander’s Palace delivered straight to attendees’ doors, as well as live, virtual entertainment. 


Commander’s Palace Chef Meg Bickford attended the “20th Anniversary Gala” of The Good Shepherd School in December 2020. Bickford created a delicious meal for attendees to enjoy from the comfort of their homes alongside live, virtual entertainment by the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas.


Deacon Ajani Gibson of Notre Dame Seminary tuned in to the “20th Anniversary Gala” of The Good Shepherd School in December 2020. Gibson was one of over 400 virtual patrons to attend the unique event to benefit the only free private school in New Orleans.


Kim Barrios won a prize pack at NOLA T-shirts during “Beignet Fest at Their Place,” presented by French Market Coffee and the Tres Doux Foundation. In place of their popular festival, the “2020 Beignet Fest” featured a city-wide celebration of New Orleans’ most iconic dessert. In July 2020, dozens of vendors banded together at a safe distance to raise funds for the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to autism-focused nonprofits. 


Codi, Jon and Sherri Gautier enjoyed Luca Eats Café’s popular Oreo beignets outside during “Beignet Fest at Their Place.” In December 2020, the Tres Doux foundation awarded $15,000 in grants to two local nonprofits, Families Helping Families NOLA and the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans, thanks to proceeds from the summer’s socially distanced celebrations. 


Dominique Becnel enjoyed a cup of French Market Cold Brew at Loretta’s Authentic Pralines during “Beignet Fest at Their Place,” which raised funds to benefit Tres Doux Foundation. 


Executive Director of Bike Easy Dan Favre and Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility of Entergy Patty Riddlebarger held the “Bike Easy April Challenge” proclamation, which encouraged people to ride bikes more often through a friendly competition between different organizations and groups.


Community Advocacy Director of American Heart Association Rica Trigs, Patty Riddlebarger, Dan Favre, Mobility and Safety Program Lead of the Department of Public Works for the City of New Orleans Jennifer Ruley, Engineer at Fenstermaker Stefan Bourgeois and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation with the City of New Orleans Laura Bryan posed with the Bike Easy proclamation at the press conference at City Hall in April. 


Dan Favre, Jennifer Ruley, Laura Bryan and Stefan Bourgeois rode into the press conference at City Hall. Every year, the “Bike Easy April Challenge,” presented by Entergy, encourages people to ride bikes more often by hosting a month-long, friendly competition between different organizations and groups.


Peggy Scott Laborde, Nell Nolan and James Moises shared a smile at “WYES Grape Performances,” a two-part virtual event highlighting local musicians, authors, actors, New Orleans personalities and more. Moises is the owner of Bizou Wines, a local wine store and WYES partner. 


Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux and Peggy Scott Laborde posed with a photo of Allen Toussaint during the first “WYES Grape Performances” event in April. Toussaint-LeBeaux is the legendary musician’s daughter, who was the focus of the night. Participants also enjoyed three bottles of Spanish wine from Bodegas Familia Chavarri, the oldest winery in Rioja Alavesa founded in 1882. Vineyard owner Javier Bayona joined live from Spain. 


Peggy Scott Laborde and James Moises discussed the wines enjoyed at home by “WYES Grape Performances” attendees in May. The second of two events featured performances by Nell Nolan, who shared stories about her impressive life as a newspaper columnist, teacher, actress, volunteer, world traveler and more. Viewers were also treated to three of Nolan’s never-before-seen original monologues.


 Lauren Hitt enjoyed “An Edible Evening at Home,” the pandemic version of the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ annual garden party under the stars held in February. The organization is a signature program of FirstLine Schools that works to teach children to make healthy connections to food and the natural world through gardening and culinary classes. 


Dr. Logan Emory enjoyed a meal from Turkey and the Wolf during “An Edible Evening at Home.” This year, the organization chose to support the local restaurants who normally support their event by giving attendees the option to choose a meal from one of many beloved New Orleans restaurants. 


This year’s Edible Schoolyard fundraiser went virtual in order to benefit both the organization and local restaurants during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Attendees were treated to their choice of a meal from a participating restaurant to enjoy in the safety and comfort of their homes. Participants were also given activities, a batch of the event’s signature cocktail, a bottle of wine, commemorative wine glasses and more.


Glass Half Full Co-Founders Max Steitz and Franziska Trautmann posed with their Love Your City Award in January, which they won in the Resource Management Category. Glass Half Full is the only glass recycling center in New Orleans.


 Angela Chalk shows off her Love Your City Award, after her organization, Healthy Community Services, took home the honor of Best in Show at the ninth annual “Love Your City Awards Gala” in January. Founded in 2013, Healthy Community Services works to combat coastal land loss, educate residents on managing flooding and promotes urban agriculture. 


Love Your City team members LifeCity CEO and Founder Liz Shephard, LifeCity Director of Impact Video and Creative Billy Lee, LifeCity Director of Impact Service Nichelle Taylor and LifeCity Marketing and Communications Intern Kate Lenhard are pictured behind the scenes at the virtual awards gala in January, which honored local businesses and organizations for their environmental and social impact achievements. 


Jane Margavio and Shelia Schulz volunteered to help pack up dinners for pick up during the “2021 WYES Season of Personal Chefs” in January. Participants were treated to a series of multi-course takeout dinners between January and March in support of local restaurants and WYES. 


 Chef Susan Spicer is pictured on the porch of Rosedale, one of the restaurants participating in the “2021 WYES Season of Personal Chefs.” Guests enjoyed a four-course meal and bottle of wine at home during a virtual dinner party with the chefs. 


Mary Sutton posed with dinner guest Laurie Guimont Guillaume on Rosedale’s night of the “2021 WYES Season of Personal Chefs,” the pandemic version of an annual event to benefit both WYES and local restaurants.


Tonya Rhodes Jupiter of Tulane Law was honored at the “2021 Good Apple Gala,” presented by Louisiana Appleseed to recognize the work of dedicated legal professionals who donate their time to provide legal support to those in need, particularly hurricane disaster survivors and their families. 


Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO, Inc. was honored for his community justice work at the “2021 Good Apple Gala” in January. 


Margaret Viator of Phelps Dunbar, LLP was honored for her pro-bono work at the “2021 Good Apple Gala” in January. The gala is presented by Louisiana Appleseed, a statewide nonprofit that focuses on policy-level solutions by recruiting attorneys to provide free services through a research-oriented approach to policy change. 


Jordan Williams, a Junior at Ben Franklin High School, won the title “Louisiana Student of the Year,” after raising $73,000 over seven weeks to support the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 


Members of the Baton Rouge Bees gathered at candidate Mindy Jones’ home to watch the grand finale of “Louisiana Student of the Year” competition and celebrate their success raising $45,000 over the seven-week fundraising event. 


Sacred Heart High School sophomores and members of Cardinals Cure Cancer team celebrated the “Louisiana Student of the Year Grand Finale” together at candidate Cali Jane Luetkemeier’s home in April. Together, 17 Louisiana high school students raised more than $350,000 to support the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over seven weeks.

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A Ruby Slipper Café waitress shows off their beignet dishes for “Beignet Fest at Their Place” in July 2020, which helped raise more than $15,000 to benefit local nonprofits serving children with autism and other developmental delays.

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“Beignet Fest at Their Place” volunteer Viki Gatti poured cold brew from French Market Coffee to a patron visiting NOLA T-shirt Club, which sold official Beignet Fest merchandise to benefit the Tres Doux Foundation.

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Local restaurants participated in “An Edible Evening at Home” in early February by providing attendees with a delicious take-home meal to benefit Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, a signature program of FirstLine Schools that works to teach children to make healthy connections to food and the natural world through gardening and culinary classes. Proceeds from the event were shared between Edible Schoolyard New Orleans and the participating restaurants.

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LifeCity Founder and CEO Liz Shephard presented the “2021 Love Your City Awards” in January, which were hosted virtually. For the past nine years, LYCA has been honoring local businesses and organizations for their environmental and social impact achievements.

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The “2021 Love Your City Awards” were carefully designed and crafted from reused materials by The Green Project. Proceeds raised by the virtual gala will help feed 500 families in need while supporting local artists and Black-owned New Orleans restaurants.

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Rosedale and Bayona Chefs Eason Barksdale and Susan Spicer prepared meals for guests of “WYES Season of Personal Chefs” in January. Other participating chefs included Melissa Martin and David Harrower of Mosquito Supper Club; Cynthia VuTran of Cafe Minh; Amarys and Jordan Herndon of Palm & Pine; Rebecca Wilcomb of Gianna; and Chef Kevin Belton, as featured in his WYES series.

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WYES Board Member Mark Romig and Chef Susan Spicer celebrated the “WYES’ Season of Personal Chefs” in January, the pandemic version of an annual event to benefit both WYES and local restaurants.

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The “Good Apple Awards” were created and photographed by Mark Rosenbaum at Rosetree Glass Studio.

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Jags Hunt for a Cure and “Louisiana Student of the Year” candidate Ariana Caruso celebrated their raising of $58,000 with a grand finale watch party at the Old Town Slidell Soda Shop in April. Together, 17 Louisiana high school students raised more than $350,000 to support the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over seven weeks.


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