42nd annual “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do”

Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute
Event Info.: Donations to the 2019 events will celebrate Audubon’s conservation efforts for giraffes, a signature species of Audubon Zoo and the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife (ASW), Audubon’s conservation breeding partnership with San Diego Zoo Global. In the coming years, the zoo’s beloved giraffe exhibit will be updated with new ways to experience the giraffes up close as the African Savanna area becomes Celebrate Africa, a transformation that was kicked off by the construction of a new lion exhibit set to open this year.
Tickets: $85-275/Ticket
Location: Audubon Zoo: 6500 Magazine St.
Contact: 861-5107,

“GiveNOLA Day”

Benefits: Greater New Orleans Foundation
Event Info.: During this one-day event, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, you can support your favorite local causes by donating to one or more of 700+ participating nonprofit organizations. Last year’s event raised nearly $5.6 million from nearly 49,000 donations across the nation and around the world.
Tickets: $10/Minimum donation
Location: Everywhere
Contact: 598-4663,

“On the Move Luncheon”

Benefits: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Louisiana Chapter
Event Info.: This event is part of a nationwide program empowering communities with the knowledge, inspiration and relentless resolve to end multiple sclerosis forever. This year’s Person On the Move is Dr. Jesus Lovera, and Company On the Move is Hancock Whitney.
Tickets: $85/Ticket
Location: The Roosevelt Hotel: 130 Roosevelt Way
Contact: 322-3788

Fourth annual “Family Equality Day”

Benefits: Longue Vue House and Gardens
Event Info.: Celebrate the vibrant and diverse community of LGBTQ+ parents and families in the Greater New Orleans Metro Area at this welcoming and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ parents, children and families.
Tickets: Free
Location: Longue Vue House and Gardens: 7 Bamboo Road
Contact: 488-5488

10th annual “Suits & Salads Luncheon”

Benefits: Dress for Success New Orleans
Event Info.: This year’s event will honor DFSNO Founder Hope Encalade, and will feature a “A Toast To Mothers” and an Empowerment Fashion Show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue featuring civic members of the New Orleans community and two Dress for Success Clients to benefit their programs promoting economic independence of women in the community.
Tickets: $90+/Ticket
Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans: 601 Loyola Ave.
Contact: 891-4337

“Guardian Angel Award Gala”

Benefits: Project Lazarus
Event Info.: This annual event will feature a cocktail hour, a three-course meal, an award ceremony and a high-end live auction.
Tickets: $175/Ticket
Location: Ace Hotel: 600 Carondelet St.
Contact: 949-3609

“Men In Kilts”

Benefits: Ronald McDonald House Charities
of South Louisiana
Event Info.: The teams will face off for a final voting drive. Votes are $10 each and benefit the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans.
Tickets: Free; $10/Vote
Location: Children’s Hospital Conference Center: 210 State St.
Contact: 486-6668,

“Mother’s Day Tiffany Tea”

Benefits: Newcomb Art Museum
Event Info.: This event will feature a high tea service catered by the English Tea Room, champagne, live jazz and an in-depth tour of Tulane’s treasured Tiffany stained glass windows.
Tickets: $35/Member Ticket; $40/Non-Member Ticket
Location: Newcomb Art Museum, Woldenberg Art Center at Tulane University
Contact: (601) 278-0623,

Third annual “Top Taco NOLA 2019”

Benefits: Foster Nola
Event Info.: After postponing in March due to weather, the event will showcase over 40 of New Orleans’ acclaimed restaurants, chefs, spirits and beverages, and will include live entertainment, a silent auction and the chance to crown winners in four categories: Top Creative Taco, Top Traditional Taco, Top Creative Cocktail and Top Traditional Margarita. New this year will be “A Night in Paradiso” presented by El Tesoro – an elevated VIP experience featuring exclusive  entry to the event, a private lounge area with premium open bar, exclusive Paradiso and El Tesoro reposado select barrel tastings and all-star chefs.
Tickets: $75/Ticket; $95/First Tasting; $125/VIP Ticket
Location: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.
Contact: 237-5667

“Business Hall of Fame Gala”

Benefits: Junior Achievement of Greater New
Orleans, Inc.
Event Info.: Established in 1984, the “Business Hall of Fame” honors local businessmen and women who have “embraced the spirit of entrepreneurship in our community.” This year’s honorees are: Lynne A. Burkart, Director, Postlethwaite & Netterville; Barry T. Kern, President & CEO, Kern Studios & Mardi Gras World; Dennis Lauscha, President, New Orleans Saints & Pelicans; Curtis A. Pellerin, President, Pellerin Laundry Machinery & James W. Pellerin, Chairman & CEO, Pellerin Milnor Corporation; David M. Rubenstein, President, Rubensteins; Allen Square, Founder & CEO, Square Button; and Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree: Walter E. Blessey Jr., Chairman & CEO, Blessey Marine Services, Inc.; and Business of the Year: Associated Terminals & Turn Services.
Tickets: $700/Ticket Pair;
$3,500-$5,000/Table of 10
Location: The Ritz-Carlton: 921 Canal St.
Contact: 569-8658,

“Dvash: a Celebration of Modern Israeli Cuisine”

Benefits: Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans
Event Info.: For its second year, this event will feature a variety of different restaurants and chefs, and their dishes based on Modern Israeli Cuisine. Current Israeli fare includes regional dishes as well as the immigrant collaborative of recipes that have landed in Israel.
Tickets: $75/Ticket; $125-$18,000/Patron or Sponsor
Location: The Cannery: 3803 Toulouse St.
Contact: 831-8475,

24th annual “Women of Substance Luncheon”

Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House
Event Info.: This annual luncheon presented by James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation and Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust honors prominent local women who serve as role models. The 2019 Award Recipients are Les Vincent (Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award), Arlene Rome (Volunteer of the Year) and Sadie May (Alumna of the Year).
Tickets: $100/Ticket; $1,000/Table of 10
Location: Audubon Tea Room: 6500 Magazine St.
Contact: 821-7134

“APAS Scholarship Benefit Luncheon & Silent Auction”

Benefits: Asian Pacific American Society
Event Info.: The event raises valuable financial assistance for post-secondary education for local Asian students who are APAS student members. Founded in 1979, APAS is the umbrella organization for 16 Asian communities in the Greater New Orleans area.
Tickets: $60/Ticket; $70/VIP Ticket;
$110/Couple Tickets
Location: Pho Orchid: 3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie
Contact: 289-8697

“Celebrating 95 Years of JLNO” Benefits: Junior League of New Orleans

Event Info.: This festive brunch will be followed by shopping in celebration of JLNO’s 95th anniversary. The Junior League of New Orleans is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Tickets: $75+/Ticket
Location: Canal Place, 333 Canal St.
Contact: 891-5845

“Gray Matters 2019”

Benefits: Kelsey Bradley Favrot Brain Tumor Initiative
Event Info.: “Gray Matters” will support efforts to recruit a Pediatric Neuro-oncologist to LSU New Orleans Department of Neurosurgery, and will offer an evening of food, drink and silent auction prizes.
Tickets: $50/Ticket
Location: Reflecting Pond at University Medical Center, 2000 Canal St.
Contact: 568-6123,

“American Spirit Awards”

Benefits: The National WWII Museum
Event Info.: The American Spirit Awards is an awards gala celebrating individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during the World War II years. 2019 Spirit Award recipients are Vice President Richard Cheney and Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, and 2019 American Spirit Medallion Recipients are The Honorable Everett Alvarez Jr., Gayle Benson, Peggy Noonan. And Gerhard L. Weinberg Ph.D. To learn more about this event and to see a full list of honorees, visit
Tickets: $75+/Ticket
Location: National World War II Museum: 945 Magazine St.

“Innocence Project New Orleans Anniversary Gala: Celebrate Freedom. Gather for Justice”

Benefits: Innocence Project New Orleans
Event Info.: The evening will include a cocktail party, catered buffet dinner, open bar, silent auction, performance, award program and more. Founded in 2001, Innocence Project New Orleans frees innocent, life-sentenced prisoners, supports our clients living well and fully in the world after their release and advocates for sensible criminal justice policies that reduce wrongful convictions. As of March 2019, IPNO has freed or exonerated 34 innocent people who served over 803 years in prison between them for crimes they didn’t commit.
Tickets: $150/Ticket; $225/VIP Ticket; Sponsorships Available
Location: The Filmore: 6 Canal St.
Contact: 943-1902



“Party Like It’s 1969”

Benefits: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana
Event Info.: The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana is celebrating its 50th anniversary and invites you to “Party like it’s 1969” with games, music, food and throwback cocktails.
Tickets: $100/Ticket
Location: Hyatt Regency: 601 Loyola Ave.
Contact: 861-4500

“Magnolia Ball”

Benefits: Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Event Info.: This year this annual event will celebrate the museum’s exhibition, “Piercing the Inner Wall: The Work of Dusti Bongé,” on view April 11-September 8. The ball will bring to life Bongé’s Surrealist “Circus Series” with a festive, circus-themed evening, and will offer live music and DJs, circus performers, dishes and desserts, full open bars, a dance party and a silent auction featuring contemporary Southern artists. Creative costumes encouraged.
Tickets: $200/Patron Member Ticket; $250/Patron Non-Member Ticket
Location: Ogden Museum of Southern Art: 925 Camp St.
Contact: 539-9616

“The Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala”

Benefits: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Event Info.: This event is the culmination of a 10-week fundraising campaign where 15 local community and business leaders compete to raise as much money as possible. At the conclusion of the evening, the Man & Woman of the Year are announced, and the grand fundraising total for 2019 will be revived. In 2018, LLS gave over $1.6 million to local patients and their families.
Tickets: $2,000/Table
Location: National World War II Museum: 945 Magazine St.
Contact: 758-3210

“Back to School Giveaway”

Benefits: Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Event Info.: During this event, The Hispanic Apostolate with the collaboration of Healthy Blue will give away 500 school kits to students aged kindergarten-fifth grade.
Tickets: Free
Location: Hispanic Apostolate: 2525 Maine Ave.
Contact: 467-2550

Third annual “Soirée de Lumière”

Benefits: Lighthouse Louisiana
Event Info.: This event offers a seated five-course dinner prepared by the chefs at Arnaud’s Restaurant and hosted by the Casbarian Family in the Count’s Ballroom. The dinner will celebrate the work of the Lighthouse and will offer an evening with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, the aforementioned dinner and the surprise Dans Le Noir course.
Tickets: $150/Ticket
Location: Arnaud’s: 813 Bienville Ave.
Contact: 899-4501, extension 257

“Opening Night Party for Much Ado About Nothing”

Benefits: The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University
Event Info.: Patrons, special guests and the cast and crew of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane will celebrate the festival’s 26th season.
Tickets: $75/Ticket
Location: Tulane University Lupin Hall: 16 Newcomb Blvd.
Contact: 865-5105

“Heart & Soul Gala”

Benefits: American Heart Association
Event Info.: Funds raised at the “Heart & Soul Gala” will help the American Heart Association to continue the fight against cardiovascular diseases and defects – the No. 1 killer in the state of Louisiana and in the country. The evening’s festivities will include dinner, an opportunity to Open Your Heart and further support the mission and an exciting live auction.
Tickets: $250/Ticket
Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans: 601 Loyola Ave.
Contact: 872-3491

“FestiGals Women’s Weekend Experience”

Benefits: FestiGals
Event Info.: FestiGals Women’s Weekend Experience is New Orleans’ first and only women-centric festival and is held each summer for women to enjoy themselves, be inspired and become empowered in a safe, festive environment – for the weekend, for a day or for a single event. The program is developed annually by the FestiGals Dynamic Diva Advisory Committee. FestiGals was created by Diane Lyons; FestiGals weekend is produced by Diane Lyons & ACCENT-DMC, a DMC Network Company.
Tickets: N/A
Location: Various

“St. Thomas Aquinas Fund Annual Gala”

Benefits: Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Event Info.: This annual gala is the main fundraiser event of the year for the St. Thomas Aquinas Fund, which helps families of Hispanic Children in Catholic Schools with tuition assistance.
Tickets: $90/Ticket; Sponsorships Available
Location: Magnolia Plantation: 818 Elmwood Blvd.
Contact: 467-2550

“Mission Possible Gala”

Benefits: New Orleans Medical Mission Services, Inc.
Event Info.: This event will raise money for equipment and services for the mission to serve underdeveloped countries, and will offer cocktails, dining, silent and live auctions and entertainment by the Louisiana Spice Band.
Tickets: $75/Ticket; Additional Individual and Sponsor Levels Available
Location: Generations Hall: 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
Contact: 392-1934

“FestiGals Step Up Second-Line Parade”

Benefits: FestiGals
Event Info.: FestiGals invites you to step up to shine a light on heart disease and its impact on women. They are asking krewes, bands and interested ladies and gentlemen to lead the parade through the Vieux Carré to help raise money for the New Orleans Area American Heart Association in the most New Orleans way possible – with blinking boas, beads and neon attire.
Tickets: $35/Ticket
Location: New Orleans Jazz Museum: 400 Esplanade Ave.
Contact: 524-1227

“Juleps In June”

Benefits: One Book One New Orleans
Event Info.: Guests can chat with literary guests of honor, be part of a contest for best hat and, of course, enjoy the famous mint juleps! Proceeds from this event will benefit OBONO’s community outreach efforts, as well as its annual festival, “Words & Music.”
Tickets: $75/Young Professional Ticket; $100/Ticket; $175/Couple Tickets; Sponsorships available
Location: Home of Leah Englehardt
Contact: (205) 310-8537,


Fourth annual “Chicken Jam”

Benefits: Al Copeland Foundation
Event Info.: Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with entertainment Copeland’s Fried Chicken and food trucks and a Kids Area.
Tickets: $20/Ticket; $5/Kid 6 & Up;
Free/Kid 5 & Under
Location: UNO Lakefront Arena: 6801 Franklin Ave.
Contact: 620-3727,

“Mr. Legs XIX”

Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House
Event Info.: More than 15 contestants will compete for the coveted title of Mr. Legs by entertaining the crowd with their costumes and performances set to music. The title is awarded to the contestant who raises the most funds for Bridge House/Grace House. Food, bar, a silent auction and a raffle will also be offered.
Tickets: $50/Ticket in Advance; $65/Ticket at Door; $100/VIP Ticket
Location: Generations Hall: 310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Contact: 821-7134

18th annual “Susan G. Komen Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner”

Benefits: Susan G. Komen New Orleans
Event Info.: This annual event will honor five outstanding chefs who each prepare a delicious course paired with Wine Importers Extraordinaire. Komen New Orleans has funded over $6.4 million in local mission dollars for breast cancer screening, treatment and education projects since 1992.
Tickets: $300/Ticket; $3000+/Sponsor Table
Location: Windsor Court Hotel: 300 Gravier St.
Contact: 455-7310