Wish Upon a Wedding
Benefits: Wish Upon a Wedding, a nonprofit providing weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.
Event Info.: Official launch event for the New Orleans Chapter.
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Board of Trade, 365 Magazine St.
Contact: 296-8643

13-March 13
All That Glitters Carnival Jewelry Exhibit
Benefits: Longue Vue House & Gardens
Event Info.: A glittering exhibit featuring Carnival jewelry – including crowns, cepters and ducal badges – from the late 19th century until 1930, guest curated by Henri Schindler.
Time: Opening reception 5 p.m.
Location: Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road
Contact: 488-5488
Good Apple Gala
Benefits: Louisiana Appleseed
Event Info.: Jazz and celebration of the successes of Louisiana Appleseed and its volunteers.
Time: Patron party 6:30 p.m.; gala 7:30 p.m.
Location: Parkview Terrace at City Park (old casino building)
Contact: 561-7312

17th annual Leukemia
Cup Regatta Kickoff Celebration
Benefits: The Mississippi and Louisiana Chapters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Event Info.: Gary Jobson – world-class sailor, author, TV commentator, lymphoma survivor and National Chairman for the Leukemia Cup Regatta – will speak, and food and refreshments will be provided.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Southern Yacht Club, 105 N. Roadway St.
Contact: 837-0945
Go Red for Women Luncheon
Benefits: American Heart Association
Event Info.: Free Health Screening and educational seminars from 9-11:30 a.m. with a ticketed luncheon program following shortly afterwards with heart healthy lunch, fashion show and inspirational speakers.
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St.
Contact: 830-2300

SweetArts 2011
Benefits: The Contemporary Arts Center
Event Info.: Serving as the kickoff to the CAC’s 35th Birthday Season, guests will enjoy an open bar, cuisine from local restaurants and caterers and live entertainment.
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.
Contact: 528-3805, cacno.org

Temple Sinai Gala
Benefits: Temple Sinai
Event Info.: This year’s gala will honor Saundra K. Levy and will feature food, music, a silent auction and free appraisals of jewelry, porcelain and silver.
Time: Patron party 7 p.m.;
gala 8 p.m.
Location: Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave.
Contact: 861-3693

Benefits: Louisiana SPCA
Event Info.: The third annual Alegria fashion show will feature six local designers in a “Project Runway”-style competition.
Location: W Hotel, 333 Poydras St.
Contact: 762-3307

27th annual Mad
Hatter’s Luncheon
Benefits: New Orleans Opera Association
Event Info.: This year’s theme is “Mad Hatter Masquerade” and along with the annual “Mad Hatter’s” Contest, there will be a style show by Saks Fifth Avenue, a celebrity-judged hat contest and a silent auction and raffle.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal St.
Contact: 529-2278

Oscar Night America
Benefits: The American Red Cross Southeast Chapter
Event Info.: The only official Oscar Night America in the state – a charitable program of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in which only 50 parties are sanctioned in the United States – will offer a live telecast, the event’s official program, dinner and drinks.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Theatres at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 3rd Floor
Contact: 620-3162

National Council of
Jewish Women’s Hannah
G. Solomon Luncheon
Benefits: The National Council of Jewish Women Greater New Orleans Sector
Event Info.: This annual award is given to someone who has brought about important community programs and services through their leadership in a volunteer capacity and has been a catalyst for social change.
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St.
Contact: 861-7788

Men and Women of Fashion, Prix d’Elegance
Benefits: New Orleans Ballet Association
Event Info.: Luncheon and fashion show with awards presented to Prix d’Elegance award winners.
Time: Patron reception 10 a.m.; luncheon 11 a.m.
Location: New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St.
Contact: Caitlin Williams, 522-0996 extension 208, cwilliams@nobadance.com

Roast of the Town
Benefits: Delgado Foundation, which provides private funding to the college.
Event Info.: This annual event features cocktails, dinner and a roast of Mr. Billy Nungesser.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Harrah’s New Orleans, 228 Poydras St.
Contact: 671-5412

15th Annual Save Our
Lake Golf Classic
Benefits: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Event Info.: Golf tournament to benefit this nonprofit dedicated to restoring and preserving the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.
Time: Registration 10:30 a.m.; tee-off 11:30 a.m.
Location: Chateau Golf & Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd. Kenner
Contact: 836-2205

Lark in the Park
Benefits: Friends of City Park
Event Info.: The largest annual fundraiser for City Park, this event features live music, local cuisine, specialty cocktails and famous live and silent auctions.
Time: Patron party 6:30 p.m.;gala 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Pavilion of the Two Sisters at City Park
Contact: 483-9376

Chef Soiree
Benefits: Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany
Event Info.: This annual event features more than 100 restaurants and beverage purveyors as well
as five live bands and fireworks
at 9 p.m.
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Bogue Falaya Park, Covington
Contact: (985) 893-2570

Sunday at Emeril’s XVI
Benefits: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry
Event Info.: 16th annual dinner will start with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by food and wine pairings.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Emeril’s, 800 Tchoupitoulas St.
Contact: 568-6004

Art in Bloom
Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art and the Garden Study Club of New Orleans
Event Info.: The 23rd annual event benefits the educational projects and exhibitions at NOMA and the many community projects of the Garden Study Club, including the Besthoff Sculpture Garden and the Project Lazarus House Garden. The five-day event kicks off with a preview party on Wednesday, March 30.
Time: N/A
Location: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle
Contact: 658-4121

Chefs’ Charity for Children
Benefits: St. Michael Special School
Event Info.: The purchase of a ticket to this event entitles guests to a 2011 Chefs’ Charity Cookbook, a visit with the chefs featured in the cookbook who will demonstrate their talents and a taste of their creations, along with a variety of wines.
Time: Demonstrations 10 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m.
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St.
Contact: 524-7285

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Benefits: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Event Info.: The five-day event celebrates its 25th anniversary, overlapping with its eponymous playwright’s 100th birthday on March 26. This year features Tony Award nominee and Oscar-winning actress Estelle Parsons, four-time Tony Award-winner Zoe Caldwell, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler and well-known local luminary Bryan Batt, among the dizzying array of theater, master classes and readings celebrating the life and legacy of Tennessee Williams.
Time: All day and evening, event times vary
Location: Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St.
Contact: 581-1144

Bright Beautiful Things
Benefits: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Event Info.: Hosted by four-time Tony Award-winner Zoe Caldwell, this special evening presentation – produced by Southern Repertory Theater – kicks off the festival and will include The Pretty Trap, The Magic Tower and Every Twenty Minutes.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Southern Repertory Theater, 365 Canal St., 3rd Floor
Contact: 581-1144

Remembering Tennessee: The Festival Gala Celebration
Benefits: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Event Info.: Lauded ladies of stage and screen Zoe Caldwell, Shirley Knight and Estelle Parsons will be joined by journalist Rex Reed for an evening of memories about working with the master.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Le Petit Théâtre, 616 S. Peter St.
Contact: 581-1144

An Evening Benefiting The Lighthouse for the Blind
Benefits: The Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans, Inc.
Event Info.: An evening designed to increase the public’s awareness of the blind and visually impaired in our community will feature live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, a silent auction and unique technology demonstrations.
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Arnaud’s, 813 Bienville St.
Contact: 899-4501

Taste of the Town
Benefits: Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation and the Patrons of Lafreniere Park
Event Info.: Large culinary event featuring some of the best restaurants in the city and entertainment by Amanda Shaw.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Louisiana Restaurant Association, 2700 N. Arnoult Road.
Contact: 210-0670

The Secret Gardens Tour
Benefits: The Secret Gardens Tour (SGT) raises awareness and funds for brain injury recovery resources.
Event Info.: Receive “insider access” to more than 10 of New Orleans’ private gardens. This year’s theme is “Literature in the Garden” means that guests will discover garden references in literature as well as mingling with local authors, shopping and eating lunch at the Secret Treasures boutique surrounded by live music.
Time: 9 a.m. each day; guided tours on March 25, self-guided tours on March 26
Location: N/A
Contact: secretgardenstour.com

House Party
Benefits: Neighborhood Development Foundation
Event Info.: An annual event benefiting the Neighborhood Development Foundation’s homeownership program.
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: FirstNBC Bank Lobby, 210 Baronne St.
Contact: 581-1427

Dog Day Afternoon
Benefits: Louisiana SPCA
Event Info.: Created in 1982, this is one of the oldest dog/fun walk-a-thons in the U.S. and an original Louisiana event. There will also be celebrity emceed contests, food, drink and live music.
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: City Park, Roosevelt Mall Boulevard
Contact: 762-3307, la-spca.org to register

Fun Run
Benefits: Academy of the Sacred Heart
Event Info.: A 5K runwalk and a 1/2-mile run/walk.
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Audubon Park
Contact: 269-1232

Sugarplum 2011
Benefits: Children’s Hospital, specifically to raise funds for a medical transport helicopter.
Event Info.: This is the 30th anniversary of the annual black-tie gala, with a derby theme. It will feature live music entertainment, food and dining from the area’s finest restaurants and a silent auction This year’s honoree will be David Haydel Sr.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.
Contact: 896-9373

Crescent River Pilots Foundation Gala
Benefits: Crescent River Pilots Foundation, to raise awareness of and funds for the foundation and the series of educational projects it intends to execute, including interactive kiosks along the riverfront.
Event Info.: The first gala hosted by the foundation, guests will enjoy river-themed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a experience-themed silent auction and a cruise along the Mississippi.
Time: Patron party 7 p.m.;
gala 8 p.m.
Location: Port of New Orleans, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place
Contact: 324-4242

Fête Française
Benefits: Ecole Bilingue
Event Info.: This spring festival features food and wine for local award-winning restaurants, music from renowned musicians, an arts and crafts market and activities for children.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Ecole Bilingue, 821 General Pershing St.
Contact: 896-4500, ebnola.com

Soul Revival
Benefits: Legacy Donor Foundation’s educational programs.
Event Info.: The 11th anniversary of this gala will feature specialty cocktails, local cuisine and live music as well as a high-end raffle.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: 600 Iona St., Metairie
Contact: 558-8900

Julia Jump
Benefits: Preservation Resource Center
Event Info.: This annual event features live music, a silent auction and food by leading local restaurants. The patron party will offer a sneak preview of the silent auction and live music.
Time: Patron party 6:30 p.m.; gala 8 p.m.
Location: Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel, 123 Baronne St.
Contact: 581-7032

Cochon Cotillion XV
Benefits: Bridge House
Event Info.: Parody of a Mardi Gras Ball featuring a king, queen, court, indoor parade, music by ELS, food, open bar, dancing, car raffle and silent auction. Costume or tacky apparel requested.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, 233 Newton St.
Contact: Wayne Olivio 522-2124 ext. 13

Jesuit Celebration 2011
Benefits: Jesuit High School
Event Info.: Live and silent auctions, plus plenty of food and live music to entertain everyone at this annual fundraiser.
Time: Patron party 6 p.m.; celebration and auction 7:30 p.m.
Location: Jesuit High School Traditions Courtyard/Student Commons, 4133 Banks St.
Contact: 483-3947; Reserve tickets online www.jesuitnola.org

Benefits: Academy of the Sacred Heart
Event Info.: School fair.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4521 St. Charles Ave.
Contact: 269-1232

Celebrity Chef Gift of Life Gala
Benefits: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana
Event Info.: This year’s event will feature dinner prepared by famous chefs and local restaurants paired with complimenting wines. The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction.
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Blvd.
Contact: 861-4500

Zoo-To-Do For Kids Presented by Humana
Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute
Event Info.: A fun, family-oriented festival created in the style of the adult Whitney Zoo-To-Do.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.
Contact: 861-6160

Opera Ball
Benefits: New Orleans Opera Association
Event Info.: This year’s theme is “Strike Up the Band,” saluting George Gershwin and the American Armed Forces and will feature live and silent auctions, a seated dinner, dancing to a 15 piece orchestra, surprise feature entertainment and more.
Time: Patron party, 7 p.m.; gala, 8 p.m.
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St.
Contact: 891-3388 F