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Nell Nolan: Seasonal Bonhomie with Brother Martin, Beaujolais, Jefferson Aging and Purple Pants

Crest Cohorts Led off by the name of Brother Martin High School President John Devlin, the annual Extravaganza took place in the New Orleans Marriott with a patron party, the gala itself, music by the Brother Martin Jazz band directed by alumnus (as are some of the following) Chris Bailey, gold-and-red themed decorations by Cara Velez… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: SPCA, Christian Brothers and Daughters of the British Empire

Howling Success A paw-rade it was when the Louisiana SPCA held its most recent Howling Success at the Hyatt Regency and, in keeping with the event’s “Masquerade” title, asked guests to don masks. Or costumes. Or both. A purposeful paw-ty, it raised operating funds for the more than 20,000 owned and abandoned animals seen annually… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: March of Dimes, Sipping with Santa, VFW, Geological Auxiliary

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- March of Dimes Gala. Rochelle Peiffer, Stephen Rue, Katherine Olivard

Signature chefs Someone’s in the kitchen with Justin, someone’s in the kitchen with Justin…. And, in addition to chef Justin Kennedy, include Andrea Apuzzo, Rene Bajeux, Mike Brewer, Vincent Catalanotto, Eric Damidot, Rachel DeFelice, Jonathan Ebberman, Austin Faucheaux, Bryan Gilmore, Linda Green, Duke LoCicero, Norman Love, Bradley McGehee, Chris Montero, Matt Murphy, Chad… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Historic Homes, Southern Dominicans and STAIR

On the same evening, three events turned a social spotlight on patrimony, Province, and Pan, as in Peter. The Historic Houses Society Gala unfolded at the Garden District home of Jim Ashbee and Jim Perrier; the Southern Dominican Gala, given by the Southern Dominican Province, U.S.A., held its annual awards dinner at the Hyatt… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Debutante Club, Society of the Founders

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Debutante Club. Seated: Marylynn Smitherman, Karoline Patrick. Standing: Isabel Jackson, Katherine Hodges

A two-tiered black stage with a royal blue backdrop contrasted with the pristine white of the ballgowns of the new members of the Debutante Club of New Orleans when they were presented at the New Orleans Country Club. Each debutante was escorted by her father, as was the Debutante Club President Eleanor Reid… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Bachelors’ Silver Salute; Bienville Club

For the Thanksgiving Eve presentation in the Hilton Riverside, the Bachelors’ Club of New Orleans had another festive fillip: a 75th anniversary celebration. Since the club’s first debutante presentation in 1939 in the Hunt Room of the erstwhile St. Charles Hotel, there has been a presentation every year except during… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Boy Scouts honor Bob Merrick; KID smART celebrates 15 years; Weiss Awards

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Boy Scouts Gala. Charles Rice Jr., Lynne Burkart, Charles Nelson

The 2014 Southeast Louisiana Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award dubbed Robert W. “Bob” Merrick as the most recent laureate; Cocktails for KID smART celebrated the organization’s 15th year; and the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice hailed a half dozen Orleanians with the annual Weiss Humanitarian Awards. Huzzahs all! Boy… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, Longue Vue style symposium, Salvation Army Souper Bowl

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Emeril's Carnivale du Vin. Jimmy Bannos Jr., Roy Choi, Jimmy Bannos

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation had a triple salute: one weekend, two events, and 10 years. All to benefit the foundation, which “seeks to inspire, mentor and enable” young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances. Emeril Lagasse answers to board chairman and founder, while spouse Alden to co-founder, and Mark SteinContinue reading →

Nell Nolan: Marine Corps birthday, Habitat, NOBA president’s award, new rabbi at Beth Israel

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Marines Ball. Sgt Maj Anthony Spadaro, Sgt Glenzelus Roebuck, Lt Richard Mills

n U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball Count them! 239 “candles” to celebrate the birth of the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Giving Thanks

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Girl Scouts Women of Distinction. Kiki Baker Barnes, Sally-Ann Roberts, Gayle Benson, EM1 (SW) Mionne Gooch.

Distaff deserts
Under the chairing of Stephanie Osborne and Elizabeth “Betsy” Stoner, both Girl Scout Council board members, and with presenting sponsorship by Winn-Dixie, the Girl Scouts Louisiana East held the 2014 Women of Distinction Luncheon in the Audubon Tea Room. Sponsors and honorees enjoyed an al fresco reception and laughed with delight when a strolling stilt walker dressed… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Fall into Party Paces

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Poydras Home Art Preview. Margaret Riley, Kathy Youngberg, Susan Kartzke

Club XLIV at Champions Square, part of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome complex, was the site for Jesuit High School’s recent Celebration, the 2014 Gala & Auction. Inside the invitation, the dominant colors were the familiar black and gold, while the outside cover sported the school’s signature blue and white, depicted as a ribbon, and attached to… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Social Paces, Party Places

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Tulane Emeritus Club Luncheon. Sylvan Steinberg, Andree Moss

Lace the Grand Ballroom was the site for a brunch brigade, when the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater New Orleans chapter Inc., hosted its 16th Torchbearer’s Award Program in celebration of African American Legacy Builders. Hundreds gathered. With a nod to the name of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Aye on the Ball

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Odyssey Ball. Daryl Byrd, Susan Taylor, David Edwards

Odyssey 2014, as presented by IberiaBank, amassed gallivanting generations to the New Orleans Museum of Art for realism revelry, while, earlier on the calendar, the 15th annual Golf Ball Gala held “fore”-th festively in the Empire Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency. Proceeds from the museum’s bash support arts education and those of the “Golf” gathering, local children’s charities. In… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Service with a smile

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Family Service - 10 Outstanding Persons.  seated: Charlotte Bollinger, Pamela Ryan, Cheryl Teamer. standing: Alan Philipson, John Hollowell, Terrence Osborne. Wednesday October 22, 2014.

Family Service of Greater New Orleans hailed a top “10,” distinguished and giving citizens, at its recent gala; the Encore Shop Fall into Fashion benefited the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as fashionistas and friends; and, for more of the latter, Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful held “The Autumn Affair,” slating funds to beautify and landscape… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Prospecting

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Prospect 3 Gala.  Kim Cook, Brooke Anderson. Friday October 24, 2014.

Artists were the ado on three separate fronts when Prospect.3 regaled 700 partygoers with Opening Festivities, Pasta & Puccini fed and frolicked in an opera mode, and Friends of Music celebrated its six decades with the marquee, “Music & Art.” Visual and aural feasts! P.3 Scheduled for a 13-week run, the biennial… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: High Hopes and Hats

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- SUNO Bash.  Eric Wright, Constance Lavigne, Edward Robinson

O What A Night! marqueed the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s annual gala that honored museum benefactor and philanthropist William F. “Bill” Goldring and hailed Karen Solomon and Katy Weil as chairwomen, Bryan Batt as master of ceremonies, C.K. Sweet as auctioneer, and Donald Link (Link Restaurant Group) and Justin DevillierContinue reading →

Nell Nolan: Social spin with birthday nods

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- SAKS Key for the Cure.  Roger Ogden, Sheila and Britton Sanderford

Key to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenue amassed hundreds to benefit the Louisiana Cancer Research Center; paces away, but on a different date, the board of directors and administration of Ozanam Inn held its 34th annual Century Club Gala, “Rollin’ on the River,” at The Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill (by the Mississippi River at Spanish Plaza); and… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Site and ceremony

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Parkway Partners.  Norma Grace, Flo Schornstein, Jackie Clarkson

Three recent events made green and chivalry the celebration. Parkway Partners & Entergy Corporation presented Feast with the Stars; the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem Priory of St. Bernard de Clairvaux held its Convent & Investiture Ceremony and Investiture Banquet; and neighbors assembled for Lake Vista’s 75th anniversary with party proceeds slated for… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Raising claims

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Touro Foundation Dinner. Jared Brossett, Sarah Bates

A flashback recalls the birth and death dates of Judah Touro — 1775 (Newport Rhode Island) and 1854 (New Orleans) — and the legacy he left, especially in buildings in this city. Touro Infirmary bears his name and at the recent foundation gala at Mardi Gras World, Dr. Harris Hyman III and Dr. Salvador Caputto received… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: High profiles, high notes

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Loyola's Faith in the Future Campaign. The Rev. James Carter, SJ, Betsy Nalty

Three important events occurred within a several-days’ circle, thanks to the on-campus launch and reception of Loyola University’s Faith in the Future campaign, the biggest such campaign in the university’s history; the 15th Spirit of Charity Award dinner at the JW Marriott given by the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation with Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Tulane, Internal Medicine,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: True colors

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Breastoration. Melvin Rodrigue, Kim Sport, Dr. Michele Cooper, Scott Sullivan.

Red and pink dominated two events, thanks to the Red Mass at St. Louis Cathedral that ushered in the legal year and was followed by a reception in the Great Hall of the Louisiana Supreme Court building, and, not far away (but on a different date), the preponderance of pink for “Galatoire’s Goes Pink” as… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Heroes and hooligans and culinary cultures

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Crimestoppers. Mike Meguerditchian, Les Nettleton

Giving Crime a Bye Presented by Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC, the 2014 Crimestoppers Ball made costume the come-on.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Bright Lights

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Lighthouse for the Blind. Jim Perrier, June Heidingsfelder, Jim Ashbee

“Light Up the Night” marqueed merriment for Lighthouse Louisiana, shining a social spotlight on a garden party format; The Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business gathered patrons on the eve of the Louisiana Women Leaders Business Conference, which took place at the Hilton Riverside and mastheaded Hoda Kotb, of NBC’s “Today Show,” Nancy Grace, of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Nods to good times and causes

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Sunday at Emeril's to benefit LSUHSC Department of psychiatry. Susan Gundlach, Bryan Batt, Anne Redd

“Sunday at Emeril’s XX” cooked up cash for the LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry, thanks to invitations extended by the department’s advisory board and the LSUHSC Foundation; the law firm of Phelps Dunbar hosted a reception for the Amistad Research Center in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Rising to the Occasion

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Blue Rose Ball. Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Kathleen and Bill Steen

A brace of bashes glorified a recent Saturday night when, concurrently, the Children of St. Michael Special School welcomed friends and family to the Blue Rose Ball in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, and “Dancing with the Stars: the Good Shepherd Way” at the Marriott New Orleans benefited The Good Shepherd School. In both cases, education and nurturing fused… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Hopes and H20

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Scales N Ales. Kirk Coco, Danielle Viguerie, Walton and Jeffrey Goldring

. Concurrently on a Friday evening, Boys Hope Girls Hope held its “Generations of Hope” Gala at the Pavilion of Two Sisters and, downtown, folks partied their fins off at Scales & Ales at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The party tally for both events: just under 4,000 guests. Hope Hobnobbers A chairing force made sure… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Learning and Levity

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Belle Reve Breeze

Guests who attended recent events learned about Belle Reve New Orleans and its role in providing assistance to homeless adults and families affected by HIV/AIDS at a gala in Generations Hall; others, the educational plan of Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans during a cocktail reception at the home of Kathleen and Andrew “Drew” Ramsey; and still others,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Cultural Connections

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Culture Collision.  Kacey Edwards, Bill Reeves, Jess Brown

On two social and cultural fronts, hundreds — a thousand? — of followers gathered at the National WWII Museum for Cultural Collision, which kicked off the season for more than five dozen of the city’s nonprofit visual and performing arts organizations. Dozens were in attendance for the opening night of the first 2014-15 season production of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Having a Ball!

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Yulman Stadium Gala. Brett Yulman, Richard Yulman, Katy and Greg Williamson

Both football and bowling balls were causes for excitement when Tulane University “proudly” invited supporters and friends to the Yulman Stadium Kick-Off Party, which was hosted by the namesake Yulman family at Mardi Gras World. Days before, Seasons Grief and Loss Center teamed up with the Louisiana Chapter of the NFL Players Association for a… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Come Marching In

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- More than 1,000 members of the Touchdown Club, including Saints players and other local notables,  enjoyed lunch, awards and a silent auction at the Marriott.

“Meet” was the message at two recent events when The Touchdown Club of New Orleans held its 46th annual Meet the Saints Luncheon at the New Orleans Marriott. Who Dats were out in numbers, well over a thousand. Days later, “Please join us for Dinner honoring Steve Scalise on his election as Majority Whip”… Continue reading →