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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 →

Nell Nolan: Sound Bites

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- James Beard Foundation scholarship Dinner. Mia and Justin Devillier

Gastronomic amis gathered at La Petite Grocery on a recent Monday for the Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner; students off to Southern Methodist University in Dallas departed in style at a party in the home of alumnus Jeff and Kathryn Scurlock; and for movable merriment, the first Lakefront History Trolley Tour and Social served up… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Playing it Forward

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- De La Salle High School. Johnny Altobello Jr, Neil Anderson

De La Salle High School amassed about 200 Cavaliers on site for the Summer Alumni Party with a wrap-up of the waning season and a “Lead On!” exhortation for the coming months, all in celebration of “65 Years on the Avenue.” Two additional gatherings, made “pay” the play. Mount Carmel Academy held its Circle of Roses Reception at the Southern Yacht Club to show appreciation to lead donors. Back to the Avenue, as in St. Charles, it was for the early evening togetherness highlighting Kingsley House. Held at the Eiffel Society, the event was part of the venue’s Pay It Forward Happy Hour. And yes, there were lots of smiles. Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Getting a Move On!

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Greenie Gals. Allison Cranford, Candy Ulmer Cranch

Two future events involving feats of feet prompted earlier assembling, thanks to the Tulane University Women’s Association’s on-campus co-hosting of the Greenie Gals Tea and, not far away, but on a different date, the NO/AIDS WALK’s Kick-Off event at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen on South Carrollton Avenue. The tea honored the TU Green Wave’s coaches’ wives and generated… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Take Your Seats!

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Louisiana Restaurant Association Dinner. Erich Ponti, Eldon Rogillio

“Groove on Down” and Downtown were party signals when the Louisiana Children’s Museum held the 16th annual CHAIRish the Children to benefit the museum with Capital One Bank as the presenting sponsor and the Julia Street museum as the spot for a take on “Saturday Night Fever” and fun.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Collegiate Chromatics

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- University of Virginia Party. John White, Ashbrooke Tullis

Alums and students, current or incoming, gathered for three separate collegiate parties with school colors as the dominant decoration. In each case, blue figured, thanks to the orange and navy blue of the University of Virginia, blue and gray of Georgetown University, and red and blue of the University of Pennsylvania. UVa Ado Students were sent off with style… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: 'Role Call'

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Young Leadership Council - Role Models. Michael Smith, Melissa Sawyer, Iray Nabatoff.

Line ’em up! Two recent events hailed individuals who exemplify fine qualities, both personal and professional. The Young Leadership Council presented its 28th annual Role Model Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency Empire Ballroom with an attendance cast of approximately 600. Hundreds will also be expected at the Sept. 26 Belles & Beaus Ball, the 14th, in the Mardi Gras… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: ‘Golden’ Gatherings

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Rolland Golden - art show. Britton Trice, Betty Lou Furash, Harold Burns

Art gallery excitement and a brace of global gatherings gave summer socializing a definite boost. An opening reception titled “The Artistry of Rolland Golden” was a paean to both the past and present, with a decided nod to the future. Held at the Garden District Academy, it gathered… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Opening doors

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Amici - Met Opera. Alexander Sibley, Claire Stahel, Ellen McGlinchey, Michael Harold

“Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898,” is a current come-on at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where formerly “closed doors” (related to these homes) have been opened for public perusal and appreciation. Elsewhere, Claire Stahel opened the doors of her and husband Harry’s Uptown home for Amici, a “friends” local support group for the Metropolitan… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Centers of Attention

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- THNOC - Antiques Forum -- reception. Priscilla Lawrence, Jack Pruitt

A presentation of The Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans Antiques Forum 2014 bore the title “Southern Expression” and amassed an assembly that represented 16 states for four days of touring, sessions and speakers, and socializing. Spearheading the activity was Jack Pruitt, director of development and community relations.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Matriculation and Music

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Young Men Illinois, Duncan deb party. Austin Duncan, Barbara Duncan, Sandra Rhodes-Duncan, Justin Duncan

Two institutions of higher learning, Vanderbilt University and Rhodes College, rounded up their own for send-off gatherings, with many new matriculates. Another event unfolded at the end of an exciting, but suspenseful, week of pianism. Held on the campus of Loyola University, in Roussel Hall, the 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition & Keyboard Festival/Piano Institute booked both a… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Care and Couture

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Seasons Grief Center. Vinnie Varisco, Paul Varisco Jr., Tom Capella

Seasons Grief and Loss Center amassed a caring crowd at Galatoire’s for the annual Dine A Rama, while, and earlier, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul took to the Mississippi for its fundraising merriment. Back to terra firma it was for the New Orleans Chapter of Fashion Group International, which held a professional powwow over cocktails at The… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Summer Stars

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Lindy's Place. Phyllis Taylor, Stewart and Renee Peck

What becomes New Orleans legends most? Parties! And two renowned Orleanians, Lindy Claiborne Boggs and Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, were the inspiration for important fundraising. A third event, “Summer Cure,” made health a happening while it hailed a culinary constellation. “Close (and Clothes) Encounters With Lindy Boggs” remembered… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Brotherhood

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Bachelors' Club. Claire Clay, Kyle Lutkewitte, Sydney Lowe

The Bachelors’ Club of New Orleans enjoyed organizational bonhomie and the pleasure of the company of many of the debutantes who’ll be presented by the club in November. The New Orleans Country Club was the setting for the soiree. That same evening, siblings showed that two could tango. Casa Argentina presented a unique feat of feet… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Baby, It’s Happening Outside!

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- St. Henry's reunion. Robert Morton, Donna Williams, Alden Hagardorn, Cynthia Robidoux

Three recent events beckoned for daytime al fresco frolics. The Junior League of New Orleans gathered up generations for “Family Fun in the Garden” at Longue Vue House and Gardens, the Audubon Nature Institute made “ZOObilation” the members’ excitement, and the 25th Feast of St. Henry Mass & Reunion billed “Block Party.” A free event, people were told to… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Missions accomplished

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Medical Mission. Dan Milham, Marie Hasney.

For the 12th year, New Orleans Medical Mission Services held its Mission Possible Gala to raise money for international health care. A chockablock evening, the 2014 gala at Generations Hall commenced with an hour-long patron party before the main merriment. Cocktails, dining, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by The Yat Pack filled… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Fashionable Fun

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Festigals. Denise LeMieux, Shelley Middleberg, Sandra Lindquist.

Two recent events made “wear” worthy. During the course of the FestiGals fun, participants were asked to “celebrate women and support our sisters with cancer.” Thus, the Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction. A benefit for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, it was held in La Nouvelle Ballroom of the Hotel Monteleone. Elsewhere, but on… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Florescence

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Floral Trail. Front: Isabella St. Philip. Back: Shelby Robicheaux, Matthew Hedrick Jr., Shelby Marie Lasalle

Pageantry in Bloom A demoiselle’s dreams of wearing a crown were realized when Miss Faith Madeline Baggett was selected to be the 78th queen of the Greater New Orleans Floral Trail. She had previously been in the court for 10 years as a demoiselle and maid. Now, the scepter was hers. Faith, the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Accolades

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- C. Alvin Bertel Award Luncheon. Mike Kearney, Cathy Vienne, Scott Howard. Thursday June 26, 2014.

Two lunchtime events honored a deserving set, thanks to the World Trade Center’s presentation of the C. Alvin Bertel Award to David Fennelly at the Sheraton New Orleans, and for distaff laurels, those hailed by the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. during its Focus on Women Luncheon at the Crystal Palace East. Moving… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Bastille Day Brigades

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Bastille Day Reception. Mathias Royer, Maria Camargo, Marcus Ledoux

Three recent events rallied around the bleu, blanc and rouge of the French flag to celebrate the French National Day, July 14, or as it is better known in the States, Bastille Day. Then-Consul General of France Jean-Claude Brunet and his wife, Muriel, hosted a reception at the Degas House (Maison Degas) on Esplanade Avenue while, Uptown… Continue reading →