Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in this country, so we’re especially proud to feature the “Heart & Soul Gala” on the June cover. This year Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich will chair the event and thanks so much to our additional cover honorees: Deputy Director of Gretna Emergency Medical Services Ryan Brown, West Jefferson Medical Center EMS William Davis, Director of East Jefferson General Hospital EMS Mike Guillot, Director of Westwego EMS T.J. Aldor, Operations Manager of Acadian Ambulance Kelly Legania and Deputy Director of New Orleans EMS Carl Flores.

The gala will be held June 7 at the Convention Center, with the patron party from 6 to 8 p.m., and dinner, a presentation, live auction and dancing from 8 to 11:30 p.m., sponsored by Peoples Health, UnitedHealthcare, Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana, LSU Health Sciences Center Foundation, AT&T, Tulane Medical Center and LAMMICO.

Please support this amazing event: 100 percent of funds raised stay in New Orleans community, and this year alone the American Heart Association has invested over $2 million into research at Louisiana State University, Ochsner and Tulane. Call 473-6494 or contact Linzy Cotaya by emailing linzy.cotaya@heart.org for tickets and information.

Now that summer is here, we have a What’s Hot for Beachwear to get you ready, featuring everything from sunglasses to swimsuits. Before you head out to the beach, look to our feature on kitchens and bathrooms, where we have local experts weighing in on everything from easy updates to whole renovations. And, whether we’re buying for our children or grandchildren, we want the best and latest for babies, toddlers and teens. Check out our feature on “Children’s Chic” for great new looks.

We are so sad that we’ve lost George Rodrigue, a true son of Louisiana and one of the state’s greatest artists, but take heart: there’s a retrospective of his work in his New Orleans, Carmel and Lafayette galleries on view until January 2015! It is curated by E. John Bullard and follows his career from the early days of brooding landscapes in Acadiana up to the Blue Dog era. Visit GeorgeRodrigue.com/rodrigue-a-memorial-retrospective for more information.

Franco’s Athletic Club and its new state-of-the-art fitness center is open at 2116 Magazine St. in the heart of the Garden District – you’ve got to see it! They have a great lineup of group exercises, the latest technology and equipment, outreach programs, special events and the finest amenities, including special lighting and surround sound. It is open seven days a week from 4:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Individual, couple and family memberships are available; call 504-218-4637 for more information.

Summer in Seersucker

We are on a roll fundraising for the new YaYa Art Center! The new facility, a partnership with Harmony NOLA, will include teaching studios, a woodworking shop, multi-media painting and craft studios, a cooperatuve retail gallery and a fully eqipped hot-glass studio accessible to the public.

   Join committee members Ashley Bright and Anna Scaefer with chairs Bev and (front) Kay Kerrigan and Executive Director Baty Landis for the kick-off event June 16 at 3316-3318 LaSalle St. beginning at 10:30 a.m. To find out more, visit YaYaInc.com.


1 24th annual “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 861-4500
4Business Hall of Fame,” benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, 569-8658
7Heart & Soul Gala,” benefiting the  American Heart Association, 830-2300
7 Fifth annual “610 Stompers Ball Crawl: Saved by the Ball,” benefiting Animal Rescue New Orleans, 610Stompers.com
12Pause 4 Paws,” benefiting the Louisiana SPCA, 762-3307
13Shakespeare Festival Season Preview Party,” benefiting the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, 865-5105
13Spotlight on Success Gala,” benefiting March of Dimes, 264-9288
19Mr. Legs XIV,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7288
19-22FestiGals 2014,” (855) 425-9563