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Nell Nolan: Jazz Fest gala, Kingsley House fund-raiser, Tulane Emeritus Club

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Jazz Fest Gala. Donna Santiago, Stella Reese

Salutations and socializing fused at three recent events. Night time events occurred at the Hilton Riverside for the Gala 2015 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Heritage Foundation Inc., where Edgar “Dooky” and Leah Chase and Bud Brimberg were honored, and, earlier, at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion of The National World… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Parkway Promenade, Dancing for the Arts, St. Martin’s gala

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Parkway Promenade. Michele Shane L'Hoste, Jim Kellett, Stacey Shane Schott

Three recent events had the party pack on the go. Jefferson Beautification Inc. winged its supporters thematically to Brazil for Parkway Promenade XXIV, Young Audiences of Louisiana presented its sixth annual Dancing for the Arts to benefit YA’s programs and initiatives, and St. Martin’s Episcopal School rallied revelers for “Show Your Spirit.” Energy went hand-in-hand… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Great Lady, Great Gentlemen; Tulane Women’s Association; Holy Cross gala

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Great Lady/Gentleman. Sharon Marchand, Mark Romig, Coleen Landry

The 39th anniversary of the Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards presented by East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary rounded up luncheon legions at the Audubon Tea Room; the Tulane University Women’s Association invited cohorts to the Southern Yacht Club for a “Celebrate Spring” luncheon and laurels; and, with a nod to “Guys and Dolls,” Holy Cross School… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Newman N’Spiration, State Poetry Society festival, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Tea

AAdvocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Newman -- Margaret LeCorgne, Virginia Rowan

On a recent Saturday evening, the Newman Parents Association presented its annual N’Spiration, titling it “Think Green.” Kate Werner, who was joined by husband John, chaired the chromatic fundraiser with, as co-chairwomen, Kat Beahm, Margaret LeCorgne and Virginia Rowan. Kat Beahm, along with husband David, parents Melissa and… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Studio in the Woods, Tulane Entrepreneurs, Tree School

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Studio In The Woods. Mark Davis, Lynne Burkart

“Come Celebrate the Art, Science and Culinary Tradition of the Oyster!” was the beckoning to raise funds for A Studio in the Woods. The hosts and co-chairmen were Lee Ledbetter and Doug Meffert, who welcomed guests at their 1963 Historic Registered modernist home designed by Nathaniel “Buster”… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Zoo-To-Do, Cochon Cotillion, Sentimental Journeys

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Zoo To Do.

Ape Ado Swing was the thing when the annual Whitney Zoo-to-Do rounded up its festive forces, hundreds and hundreds, to celebrate Audubon Zoo’s orangutans. Both the above adult activity, which called for black tie or white linen suit as the correct male tenue, and the week-earlier Zoo-to-Do for Kids will help underwrite Audubon Zoo’s new Sumatran exhibit… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Loyola Scholarship Dinner, Temple Sinai gala, Willwoods gala

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Loyola Scholarship Dinner -- Mark Surprenant, Monica Surprenant, Kevin Wildes, S.J., Sherry Gilchrist

“Meet, greet and thank” were the key words at the recent Loyola University New Orleans Scholarship Dinner in the Audubon Tea Room. During the course of the evening, the major scholarship donors of the university were not only recognized and honored, but introduced to their scholarship recipients. The cocktail hour afforded an early opportunity for… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Daughters of the British Empire, Edible Schoolyard, Master Mariners dinner

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Daughters of the British Empire Tea. Joy Miller, Valerie Warner, Marigold McNeely

Tea time “A perfect spring day” suited the Daughters of the British Empire to a tea. With a “Downton Abbey” theme, the DBE invited guests to British Afternoon Tea in the Pavilion of Longue Vue House and Gardens. It was a fundraiser, the eighth. The National Society Daughters of the British Empire is a philanthropic society that has… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: The Links, Holy Name of Jesus School, Landmarks, Opera Club

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Holy Name of Jesus School. Ricky and Cheryl Dietz

. Swing into Spring “It promises to be more fun than last year’s Cotton Club affair,” said Chimene Grant Connor about the proposed “A Night at Studio 504” of the New Orleans Chapter of The Links Inc. Needless to say, that was a huge come-on because the 2014 revelry produced limitless compliments.

The Terminal Building at the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Daughters of Charity, Neighborhood Development Foundation, Louisiana Colonials

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Daughters of Charity -- Mary Wyatt Milano, Kerry Milano Jr.

The Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans held its fourth annual gala, “Keeping Our Promises,” in the Armstrong Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, launched by a one-hour patron party with music by Tanya Boutte. During the course of the following three-hour gala, the foundation honored Steve Worley, the former president and CEO of Children’s Hospital, with the prestigious — and beautiful — Inspired Cross Award. It is presented annually to individuals or organizations who work with Daughters of Charity Services to transform health care. Joining the honoree were spouse Patty Worley and daughter Laura Fornash. Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Striking the Right Chords

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER --  Opus Ball -- Phyllis Taylor, Paul Leaman, Marilyn Dittman

Louie, Louie The Board of Trustees of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and music director Carlos Miguel Prieto requested the pleasure of note-worthy company for the LPO’s 24th Opus Ball at the Armstrong Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Paulette and Frank Stewart chaired the festive evening that included a full orchestral concert, dinner, dancing and a live… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Sugarplum Ball, Crimestoppers Awards, French Quarter Fest gala

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Sugar Plum Ball. Cherie Albro, Heather Trahan

“Sugarplum Ball 2015 Celebrates the Classics” mastheaded the invitation from Children’s Hospital that gave as the location Children’s Hospital State Street Campus. After being greeted by valet car parkers, guests were wowed upon entering a tented area that was about the size of a football field.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Archishop’s Community Appeal, McGehee to-do, St. Andrew’s ‘Amore’

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal. Michael Read, Jamie Sablich

The Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans held an end-of-campaign reception at the residence of Archbishop Gregory Aymond to thank volunteers and extraordinary donors, to celebrate the successful conclusion of the 2014 campaign and to hail the anniversaries of service of its honorees: 40, 35, 25, 20, 15 and five… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Tennessee Williams birthday bash; Dominican and Chapelle galas

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Tennessee Williams Festival Party. Lolis Elie, Annette Saddik, John Lawrence

Fest Features Tennessee Williams, who would have been 104 on March 26, thus enjoys centenary status in the pantheon of playwrights. He also gives his name to one of the city’s most anticipated festivals, which keeps him very much alive in memory. A plethora of activities surrounds the fest, the Tennessee… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Spring Fiesta, Historic French Quarter Easter Parade; Freedoms Foundation

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Spring Fiesta. Kelly Thibeaux, Michael Cates, Tyra Treadway, Lynette Stilwell

A brace of activities occurred in the Vieux Carre to mark vernal vitality, while elsewhere, patriotism made socializing happen. All three had the underscoring of history. n Spring Fiesta “Thankfully, mild ‘temps’ and no rain,” said Tara C. Doskey about the coronation ceremony of the annual New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Lark in Park in City Park, Secret Garden Tour on St. Charles Avenue, Jazzin’ on Jackson at St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Lark in the Park. Alden and Rachel Kellogg

Three recent events not only anticipated spring but also the seasonal delights of Easter. And each one nodded to indoor-outdoor socializing. In City Park, Lark in the Park delighted hundreds; sponsored by Iberia Bank, the 2015 Secret Gardens Tour rounded up patrons to the bank on St. Charles Avenue, and then days later, held the touring, all to benefit… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Country Day, Hibernians and Stuart Clan

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Country Day School. Carolyn Chandler, Jean-Paul and Claire Layrisson

Inspired by the Metairie Park Country Day School’s edible garden, the most recent City Nights fundraiser was “A Farm to Table Feast” featuring chefs David Slater of Emeril’s Restaurant (which just celebrated 25 years), Alon Shaya of Shaya, and Mark Uddo of Country Day. More table tributes came during the 139th annual Banquet of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Mad Hatter’s luncheon; SweetArts 2015

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Mad Hatters Opera. Jane Kahn, Faith Peperone

Two recent events stirred up creativity, thanks to the annual Mad Hatter’s luncheon and fashion show presented by the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association at the Hilton Riverside, and, the later, SweetArts 2015, a CAC (Contemporary Arts Center) on-site fundraiser, which regaled attendees with the opening preview of “The Grand Parade.” Each was… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Let’s hear it for the kids

Photo by Cheryl Gerber - Stuart Hall. Ashley Nolan Maguire, Cate Cummins Stag, Kristin Shannon, Kevin Avin

Three events made youngsters the festive focus. With Superior Energy Services as the Presenting Sponsor, Stuart Hall School for Boys staged “Speakeasy Knight,” its 31st annual auction, at the Lakefront Airport Terminal, while concurrently, Jewish Children’s Regional Service held its gala, “Jewish Roots of Music,” at the Hyatt Regency. Five days later, KIPP New Orleans Schools… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Soul Revival, Toast for Coast, Cabrini

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Merrit Lane, Ransdell Prieur, Elly Lane, and William Prieur at the Soul Revival Party in New Orleans on Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015.

You can “judge” a bash by its title, and with three recent events, the bannered name promised substantive socializing. “Celebration of Life” was the Legacy Donor Foundation’s reason for purposeful revelry at the annual Soul Revival; “Toast for the Coast” was presented by the New Orleans Pelicans to benefit Coastal Restoration Initiatives; and “Night of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Sybarites and NOMA Fellows

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Sybarites. Marilyn Aiken, Elizabeth Woolverton, Kay McArdle

Motown Momentum “A Musical Night with the Sybarites” marqueed the merriment purveyed with retro gusto by the women’s organization, the Sybarites. Founded decades ago by five local ladies, the organization made dancing their reason to revel. At the most recent event, that call was heeded with glee. Rosy’s Jazz Hall was the site… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Dinners Donors

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Hermann Grima Wine Auction. Katherine McHugh, Stephanie Carroll, Maria Argote

“You can go home again” underscored the socializing at the recent Amazing Grapes 2015 event, which was chaired by Elise Merlin and Pierce Young, with Tricia King and Stephanie November as the auction chairwomen, and a bunch of banks, Whitney, Fidelity, Iberia, First NBC and Gulf Coast (Bank &… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, Italian-American Marching Club pre-parade party

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- UNCF Gala. Lynn Whitfield, Hoda Kotb

On Saturday, the UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball rounded up lively legions for a bash at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans with Entergy as the presenting sponsor, Dr. Norman Francis as the honoree, and “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” in support of UNCF fundraising and scholarships, as the slogan. Concurrent with the formal-attire gala was… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: New Orleans Ballet Association events; Academy of Ophthalmology

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- BRAVO Ballet Tango event. Carlo Mulvenna, Henri and Terry Hall

The New Orleans Ballet Association and BRAVO (Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization) amassed its members and Terpsichorean pals for two recent events. The first, a bal masque, held at the Windsor Court Hotel, was titled a “Tribute to Jenny Hamilton and Staff: A Century of Service to NOBA” and made leadership the levity, while the second, weeks-later one… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: French Quarter Business Association, Good Apple gala, Dinner to Benefit Research in Urology

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- French Quarter Business Association. Louis Bartels, Jorge Henriquez, Tim Spratt

The French Quarter Business Association held its installation and awards dinner, tapping those involved with the commerce of the Vieux Carre; Louisiana Appleseed honored “outstanding community members who have shown tremendous generosity and commitment to pro bono excellence”; and the Dinner to Benefit Research in Urology came under the aegis of the Louisiana State Health Sciences Center,… Continue reading →