Whenever you hear of the Young Leadership Council you think of incredible projects like lighting the Mississippi River Bridge and the young dynamos in our incredible city making positive things happen everyday! It is their 25th anniversary and we’re so proud to feature them on our cover for July. Thanks to Charlie Leche, the first president of the YLC; Dana Hansel, former president and honorary chair along with Charlie; Aimee Willem, gala co-chair and Joe I. Giarrusso III, the current board chair for gracing our cover. This year, the gala will be held August 13, at the Sheraton Hotel; the patron party is slated for 6 p.m., with the gala following at 7 p.m. They are celebrating a legacy of leadership by honoring the 2011 Role Model Class: 25 individuals who embody civic and leadership skills.

General admission tickets start at $175 and sponsorship levels are from $1,500 to $10,000 a table. The YLC has raised more than $25 million for projects in and around the New Orleans area and is worthy of our support! Join them by calling 585-1500.

We are all running around in the heat of summer, so be sure to check out our spa guide. If you happen to be near San Diego, be sure to visit the Cal-a-Vie Spa. Its owned by former Avenue publisher Terri Havens and her husband, John. It is the most luxurious spa in the country.

If you have time this summer, you might want to update your kitchen and/or bathroom – we have a feature for you with lots of great ideas.

Many of you have debutante daughters or you’ll be attending a party in a deb’s honor; “What’s Hot for Debutante Gifts” will give you myriad gift ideas that they will truly enjoy!

A great book that would be an incredible present would be Ken Tate’s A Classical Journey: The Houses of Ken Tate (Images Publishing). Tate is a well-known Louisiana architect who has been featured in Architectural Digest and has designed homes in Denver, Co., New York, Kentucky and New Hampshire, just to name a few.

If you treat your pet like a person, you’ll love Pet Care Center Resort and Spa (2212 David Drive, Metairie, 887-2999). Established in 1958, it boasts eight doctors on staff and offers grooming services such as baths, nail clipping and teeth brushing. If you’re boarding your animal (they call them “babies”), Pet Care Center offers luxury condos, each with a bed – your “baby” can even bring its favorite toys and belongings. The “babies” have playtime and are walked seven to eight times a day, even at night, because there’s always someone on the premises. It is located on the corner of David Drive and West Napoleon Avenue, right on the way to the airport, and they also offer daytime services at the North Diamond Center, newly opened at 319 N. Diamond St.

Respected as the global leader in laser hair loss treatments, Hair Loss Control Clinic (4300 S. Interstate 10 Service Road, Suite 117, Metairie, 304-4247, HLCCNOLA.com) has been a pioneer in the professional hair loss industry for 25 years. HLCC offers a “multi-therapeutic” approach to hair loss, thinning hair and chemically damaged hair with the goal of delivering the very best in quality products, technologies and services in an honest, ethical and caring manner.  Specializing in low-level laser hair therapy for 18 years, HLCC offers numerous patented hair loss treatment products and a variety of effective hair regrowth programs for both men and women of all ethnicities.