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Nell Nolan for Nov. 24, 2015: Historic Houses Society, March of Dimes, French Quarter Citizens, more

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Historic Houses Society. Joyce and Sidney Pulitzer

. Three recent gala events linked levity and largesse, as well as the Vieux Carre. The Historic Houses Society rounded up guests at the Uptown home of Deirdre and Christian Hooper in support of the society’s house museums in the Vieux Carre; the March of Dime’s “Purple Party with a Purpose” booked the Riverview Room on Decatur… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Social Strides

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- SUNO Gala. Dr. Victor Ukpolo, Sybil Morial, Frank Williams

A tribute to a life and legacy underscored the recent Bash given by Southern University at New Orleans in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Honored in memoriam was alumnus Ronald E. Gardner, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation founder, who was described by Bobby and Karen Major as “a life… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Headlining and Hobnobbing

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Spirit of Charity. Paolo Zambito, Karen Arceneaux, Dr. Lee Hamm

On a recent Friday evening, the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation presented the 16th annual Spirit of Charity Award Dinner at the JW Marriott and honored Dr. Joseph F. Biundo Jr., “LSU, Rheumatology and PM&R.” An amateur radio operator, a cellist and a former high school boxer (ranked… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Pasta and Puccini, Magic in Moonlight, Boo at the Zoo

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Pasta and Puccini. Carrel Epling, Ed Marshall, Sibyl White

“I don’t know where to focus,” exclaimed an elegant long-gowned guest as she entered the new Jefferson Performing Arts Center for the 20th annual Pasta and Puccini Gala Fundraiser and the celebration of the 38th season of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. The gala benefits the society’s “cultural endeavors, intern… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Saks Key to the Cure, Blesses Seelos gala, Feast with the Stars

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Parkway Partners Feast with the Stars. Norma Grace, Kristi Trail

Legions poured into Saks Fifth Avenue at Canal Place for the annual Key to the Cure at the invitation of The Louisiana Cancer Research Center and Saks. The event, which was nationally widespread in sundry Saks locations, bannered Julianne Moore, the 2015 Oscar-winning Best Actress, as the 2015 Ambassador… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: James Beard gala, Junior Achievement, St. Bernard de Clairvaux

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- James Beard Foundation. Stephen Stryjewski, Susan Ungaro, Mark Romig

James Beard is a stellar name in the culinary world and for New Orleans, a city that loves to eat and vice versa, the national epicurean tour that bears his name provided a welcome fit. The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast, which celebrates America’s… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Trinity Counseling, Red Mass, CADA and Breastoration

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Trinity Counseling. David Gaines, Edie and David Darragh

On a recent Thursday evening, and at the beautiful home of Frances and Calvin Fayard, Trinity Counseling and Training Center honored Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, Orleans Parish coroner, and artist Tim Trapolin, and recognized honorary Chairmen Debbie Poitevent and Toto Robinson.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Antoine’s Prohibition gala , Catholic Heritage exhibit, Causeries du Lundi

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Antoine's 175th Birthday Celebration. Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde, Tom Fitzmorris

“Since 1840” says a lot. And that’s what the city’s oldest restaurant, Antoine’s, is bannering, thanks to its celebration of 175 years. Amidst a plethora of events, and to benefit The Historic New Orleans Collection, Antoine’s Restaurant presented a “Prohibition-Themed Gala” at the famed landmark on St. Louis Street. Period costumes were… Continue reading →

Indoors, Outdoors as Party Portals

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- World Trade Center Gala. Corrado and Patricia Giacona

The Louisiana International Trade Gala presented by the World Trade Center of New Orleans amassed a comely crowd of 250 to the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at the National WWII Museum to honor James J. Coleman Jr., CBE, honorary consul of Great Britain, as the recipient of the Eugene… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Making their Marks

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- St. Katharine Drexel 100 Year Celebration. Keith Doley, Cheryllynn Branche, Judge Edwin Lombard

St. Katharine Drexel Prep partied! One hundred years became the impetus for the joyful jaunt that started with an opening ceremony in front of the school, which was formerly known as Xavier University Preparatory School. Alumna Cheryllyn M. Branche, principal,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: St. Elizabeth’s Guild, Order of St. Lazarus

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Order of St. Lazarus. Manuel Marron, Ann Middleton

Awards and investiture were highlighted at a brace of events when Saint Elizabeth’s Guild held its annual luncheon to spotlight the 2015 Volunteer Activists, while six days earlier, the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Grand Priory of North America, tapped new members prior to a gala dinner. Good works… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Young Leadership Council, Garden District Association Fall Affair, Unite

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- YLC Role Models Gala. Hardy Fowler, Vera Triplett, Kristin Gisleson Palmmer

Add levity, and about 550 people, and that was the picture on a recent Saturday evening when the 29th annual Role Model Awards Gala of the Young Leadership Council took place at the Hyatt Regency. When the formalities commenced, master of ceremonies Mark Romig stepped forward. Pastor Shawn Moses AnglimContinue reading →

Nell Nolan: City Bark gala, KAWS opening, Choice Foundation

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- City Bark. Shelley Elliott, Gary Levy

“Happy Tails to You” sub-billed the recent 101 Donations event presented by NOLA City Bark on a Friday evening in City Park’s Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, across from the dog park. Named NOLA City Bark, it’s the only “official” dog park located in historic City Park. Answering to NOLA City… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Belle Reve gala, Tulane Catholic dedication, Cefalutana

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Belle Reve. Dr. Jody Gates, Marilyn McConnell, Nancy Marks, Peter Briant

Nocturnal attention turned to Belle Reve and its annual fundraising gala, “Starry Night,” that took place in Generations Hall with Avita Pharmacy as the title sponsor. Occurring in the Metropolitan One Room, it kicked off with a one-hour patron party followed by the gala itself. “Great food, music and fun” were promised. Delivered, too.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Eyes on the Goals

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- The Touchdown Cub. Delvin Breaux, Kenny Vaccaro

Count ’em! Hundreds and hundreds of people turned out on the same day, but at different times and locations, for the annual Meet the Saints Luncheon given by The Touchdown Club of New Orleans Inc. and hours later, for Culture Collision. The receptive venues for the masses were the Hyatt Regency Hotel and The National… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: To the Table

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Krewe of Cork. Jeffrey Rey McIlwain, Ronald Laporte, Melanie Talia

Dine and wine times three! On a recent Friday, the Krewe of Cork amassed its merrymakers to Restaurant August for the monthly lunchfest, while hours later the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center held its second annual Wine & Dine at Chateau Golf and Country Club. “An Evening with Chef John Folse” billed the event that… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Greenie Gals, Opera Junior Committee

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Greenie Gals. Susan Pierce, Lyndsey Miller, Stephanie Allen

“Pre-Season Tea and Silent Auction” topped the invitation that continued, on a green background, the names of the hosting organizations: Greenie Gals Booster Club, Tulane University Women’s Association and Newcomb Alumnae Association. They honored wives of the 1998 football team and Green Wave coaches’ wives. As… Continue reading →