January 19
Good Apple Gala
Benefits: Louisiana Appleseed
Event Info: A patron party and gala in celebration of Louisiana Appleseed’s past and future achievements in building a more just and inclusive Louisiana.

Tickets: $100-$10,000
Location: The Chicory,
610 South Peters St.
Contact: 312-0404

January 31
La Provence Wine Dinner
Benefits: St. Tammany Cancer Fund
Event Info: A delicious four-course meal complete with exceptional wines, cuisine prepared by Chef Erick Loos IV of La Provence and a wine auction.

Tickets: $300; sponsor table seating eight, $3000
Location: La Provence Restaurant, Lacombe
Contact: (985) 674-6949


February 4
Soul Revival 2012
Benefits: Legacy Donor Foundation
Event Info: Outdoor revival party at the home of Danielle Kavanagh with food, music and friends produced in collaboration with Thea Page Productions.

Tickets: $150; $75 under 35
Location: Home of Danielle Kavanagh
Contact: 558-8900

February 22
Oscar Night New Orleans
Benefits: American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter
Event Info: Support the American Red Cross and join the organization for one of the 50 official parties certified as an official Oscar-viewing party where guests will have the opportunity to experience the evening in the elegance of a theater setting.

Tickets: $100
Location: Theatres at Canal Place
Contact: 620-3162


March 2
Lark in the Park
Benefits: Friends of City Park
Event Info: Celebrating its 30th anniversary and themed “Lark Makes a Grand Entrance,” this year’s gala will feature a patron party from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by the gala, which will include a “one-of-a-kind” live auction, music and food from “top restaurants and caterers” to support the construction of a new entrance for the Botanical Gardens and Storyland.

Tickets: Patrons $1,000 and up; $100 for gala; $90 for Friends of City Park members
Location: 4133 Banks St.
Contact: 483-3947

March 10
Celebration 2012
Benefits: Jesuit High School
Event Info: Jesuit High School’s annual gala. A patron party including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, patron gifts and patron-only silent auction table will precede an evening of food, music and festivities with friends of Jesuit.

Tickets: $275 and up for patron party; $200 general admission
Location: 4133 Banks St.
Contact: 483-3947

March 10
Paint the Town Green Gala
Benefits: Raintree Children and
Family Services
Event Info: A patron party at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse followed by a gala at Harrah’s New Orleans Theater complete with Irish festivities including live music by “Burgundy,” cuisines from some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and both live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Raintree’s programs, which provide foster care for children who have suffered neglect or abuse, assist those with developmental disabilities, provide education and prevention programs and much more.

Tickets: $85 gala ticket; $160 patron party and gala ticket
Location: Patron party at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse “528 room” on Fulton St. Gala at Harrah’s New Orleans Theater
Contact: 899-9045

March 10
Swing Into Spring Gala
Benefits: St. Martin’s Episcopal School
Event Info: A patron party complete with silent and live auctions, food prepared by John Besh, open bar and dancing, followed by a self-guided tour through seven homes along Garden Road.

Tickets: $100 per ticket to gala, $150 per ticket to patron party and gala
Location: Stage Door Canteen and American Sector Restaurant inside The National World War II Museum
Contact: 236-8721

March 10
“A Night to Make it Right”
Benefits: Make it Right
Event Info: Ellen DeGeneres will host this year’s event to raise funds that will go towards Make It Right’s goal to build 150 “green” homes in the Lower 9th Ward. The evening, led by founder of the organization and honorary chairman Brad Pitt, will include a cocktail reception, dinner and an after-party of musical performances by both local and internationally-known musicians.

Tickets: Call for information.
Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Contact: 620-3200, NightToMakeItRight.com

March 10-16
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2012
Benefits: The Idea Village
Event Info: Local entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one consultations with local and national business leaders at this annual festival held in celebration and support of entrepreneurship in New Orleans.

Tickets: $100-$500
Location: Downtown New Orleans
Contact: 304-3284

March 12
Save Our Lake & Coast Golf Classic
Benefits: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Event Info: Help the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation continue to restore and preserve our lake coast and Pontchartrain Basin by joining the organization for a day of golf, food and fun.

Tickets: $125 per golfer, $500 per foursome
Location: Chateau Country Club, Kenner
Contact: 836-2205

March 16
Second Annual Mike Fernandez Golf ‘n Bayou Bash
Benefits: Legacy Donor Foundation
Event Info: The bash will begin with a tournament to kick-off the golfing season, followed by a dinner of down-home cookin’ and dancing.

Tickets: $200 for golf tournament, $100 for Bayou Bash
Location: Tchefuncte Country Club, Covington
Contact: 448-8900

March 16
Sugarplum Ball
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: This year’s black-tie affair, themed “Voodoo Bayou Ball,” will offer guests an evening of auctioning, dining, and music. Funds raised will benefit the critical care transport services at
Children’s Hospital.

Tickets: $300 or various sponsorship levels
Location: 1239 First Street
Contact: 896-9373

March 21-25
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Benefits: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Event Info: Five days of honoring Tennessee Williams through panel discussions, celebrity interviews, theatrical and musical performances, a comedy improv and poetry slam, writing competitions, a book fair and much more.

Tickets: $75 for a festival panel pass ($60 for students); $30 for a one-day pass; $5-$100 for special events
Location: French Quarter; event venues include Hotel Monteleone, the Windsor Court Hotel, Southern Rep Theatre
and more.
Contact: 283-3227

March 22
The Kitchen Tour “Cocktails & Cuisine” Kick-Off Party
Benefits: Junior League of New Orleans
Event Info: Food and festivities including a silent auction and cooking presentations made by Chef Tenney Flynn of GW Fins
to kick off the annual Kitchen Tour on March 24.

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Location: New Orleans Hyatt Ballroom
Contact: 891-5845

March 22
18th Annual Ball in the City
Benefits: United Negro College Fund
Event Info: Join UNCF at Harrah’s for what has become one of New Orleans’ premier events. Over the years, the ball has raised over $2 million to support the educational mission of the organization.    

Tickets: $300
Location: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino
Contact: 581-3794

March 23-34
Literature in the Garden
Benefits: The Secret Gardens Tour
Event Info: Tiptoe through 12 of the most exquisite private gardens you can find in the city in support of The Secret Gardens Tour. Additional attractions include appearances by acclaimed authors, documentary film screenings, live music, art, shopping, food and more. Proceeds benefit brain injury recovery in greater
New Orleans.

Tickets: Private, guided tour (March 23) $60; self-guided (March 24) $25
Location: Private gardens in Uptown New Orleans, The Milton H. Latter Memorial Library at 5120 St. Charles Ave.
Contact: 220-6945

March 23
Julia Jump
Benefits: The Preservation Resource Center
Event Info: Julia Jump celebrates 35 years as a major fundraiser for the PRC with music by Deacon John, a silent auction and dishes from New Orleans’ finest restaurants.

Tickets: $125
Location: 1200 Barracks St.
Contact: 581-7032

March 24
Seventh Annual Kitchen Tour
Benefits: Junior League of New Orleans
Event Info: A self-guided tour through
New Orleans kitchens fashioned by
local designers.

Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Local residential kitchens
Contact: 891-5845

March 24
Hogs for the Cause
Benefits: Hogs for the Cause
Event Info: “Hogs for the Cause” raises funds for pediatric cancer outreach and services nationwide. What began as an idea to host a small pig roast at the Fly became a huge roasting festival for family and friends, bringing together over 7,000 supporters last year and promises to be better than ever this year.

Tickets: $10 pre-sale; $15 day of
Location: City Park
Contact: HogsForTheCause.org

March 27
Mad Hatter’s Luncheon
and Fashion Show
Benefits: The Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera Association
Event Info: The Women’s Guild of
New Orleans Opera Association hosts its annual luncheon benefiting the upcoming opera season.

Tickets: $85 patron; $75 non-patron;
$100 runway
Location: The New Orleans Hilton Riverside
Contact: 416-8890 or (985) 643-8411

March 31
Fête Française
Benefits: École Bilingue
Event Info: École Bilingue celebrates French heritage in New Orleans and hosts the city’s only French Festival, complete with plenty of cuisine, art and, of course, language.

Tickets: Free
Location: 821 General Pershing St.
Contact: 896-4500

March 31
My Darlin’ New Orleans
Benefits: Sweet Home New Orleans, the Roots of Music and the New Orleans Musician Fund
Event Info: A unique red carpet event hosted by HBO’s “Treme” in advance of season three, where guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the crew, cast and producers of “Treme,” enjoy food from local celebrity chefs, enjoy local musicians and participate in both live and silent auctions consisting of Hollywood memorabilia and items from local New Orleans businesses.

Tickets: $150
Location: Generations Hall
Contact: 421-4312


April 11
Prix d’Elegance Luncheon
Benefits: The Men and Women of Fashion; Ballet Resource and Volunteer organization (BRAVO)
Event Info: The Men and Women of Fashion host their 40th annual luncheon, introducing the 2011 “Best Dressed” honorees.

Tickets: $100
Location: The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, 226 Carondelet St., 3rd floor
Contact: 522-0996

April 13
The Newcomb Art Gallery’s 15th Anniversary Gala
Benefits: The Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University
Event Info: A celebration of the Newcomb Art Gallery’s 15 years in the community at the home of co-chair Sybil Favrot. Festivities will include appetizers, dinner and silent and live auctions with live music.

Tickets: $1,000 per couple;
$500 per patron
Location: 3515 Saint Charles Ave.
Contact: 865-5328

April 21
Tour de Cure
Benefits: American Diabetes Association
Event Info: A community bike ride ranging from 10-100 miles in support of the 25 million Americans living with diabetes. Rest stops, SAG vehicles, route marshals, mechanical support and cheering volunteers will encourage participants of this event for cyclists of all levels.

Tickets: $15 registration; $150 fundraising minimum
Location: Tammany Trace Trailhead, 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville
Contact: 889-0278 extension 6072

April 27
Zoo-To-Do for Kids
Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute
Event Info: Join the Audubon Nature Institute on the wild side for an evening full of food, fun and entertainment. All kids are welcome, young and old. Activities include face painting, crafts, inflatables, live dance performances, characters and music by J-Red and the Superstars. Proceeds benefit the preservation and improvements of our beloved zoo.

Tickets: $20
Location: 6500 Magazine St.
Contact: 861-6160 F