Let’s Lunch!

Dress in your Hat!

Say it quickly. The “Hat” and the instructed “At” fused for modern entertaining in Metropolis Park when New Orleans Town Gardeners and New Orleans Town Park held “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon.” It was offered by 1st Horizon. Proceeds of the midday mingling will profit the care of the park’s “historic urban forest” and NOTG’s local community programs. The upcoming tier of donors, Majestic Oak, included the J. Edgar Monroe and The Helis foundations.

Teamed — and appropriately hatted — to chair the occasion were being Karen Coaxum, Carmen Duncan, Boo Kallenborn and Chenier H. Taylor, when Barbara Bush and Beverly Church answered to patron chairmen. “I am so happy of my daughter, Chenier,” stated a beaming mother Janice Chenier Taylor, who extra how very well Chenier labored with the other co-chairs. The myriad committee names commenced alphabetically with Molly Baumer and concluded with Karen Kraak Wooden. Sighted inside people ranks have been Ashley Bright, Ethel Clay, Margo DuBos, Anne Goliwas, Susan Gomila, Dana Hansel, Juli Miller Hart, Susan Hess, Dee McCloskey, Cleland Powell (with Claudia), Pam Ryan, and Alexia “Lexie” Waring. For starters.

Sponsors and patrons (whose names coursed the A-Y listing, many thanks to Ann Abbott and Pierce Young) ended up quite a few. Amid them were being the earlier mentioned Ashley Dazzling, Lynne White, Louellen Berger, Patricia Brinson, Olivia Manning, Elizabeth Boh with mother Katherine, Pam Davis Friedler, Peggy Laborde, Mary Lupo, Diane Sustendal Labouisse, Vivian Cahn, Dorothy Clyne, Ruthie Frierson, Lori Savoie and a bevy of others, some of whom experienced to be “found” less than capacious chapeaus!

“Heart’”s honorary chair was Dr. Tlaloc Selway Alférez, a retired infectious health conditions professional, who was born in Mexico and named right after the Aztec rain god. Her father, the acclaimed sculptor Enrique Alférez, had a exclusive partnership with City Park and was honored to have operates of his grace the grounds.

During the one particular-hour greeting and heady meeting, the Park pack turned an ear to the Harry Hardin Quartet as they perused the Alférez functions (with aid from The Helis Foundation and The Historic New Orleans Assortment). The momentum was then to the Pavilion of the Two Sisters and the tent hoisted for the hobnobbing — the party was tremendous sold-out — where a pre-established lunch sated the collective palate. Offered by New Orleans City Park Catering and Maurice’s French Pastries, the treats have been tomato gazpacho, shrimp ravigote salad and lemon tart.

Limelighted as the luncheon’s friends speakers were the higher than Tlaloc Alférez and NOTG president Ashley Vibrant Karl Hoefer, regional president of Louisiana and Texas, Initially Horizon and City Park CEO Cara Lambright. The Batt brothers, Jay, City Park Enhancement Affiliation chair, and actor/creator Bryan, entertained as co-emcees and auctioneers, beckoning for huge bids in the categories of artwork, trip stays and jewellery. The key live auction product was an initial plaster relief by Enrique Alférez, titled “Soccer Players,” and bought by Bobby and Lori Savoie. Also, artwork by George Dunbar, Jillian Hite and Avery Rowan a Close friend & Co. diamond and pearl bracelet a continue to be in the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, home of Marianne and Alan Mumford and “Celebrate the Queen’s 75th Jubilee in London” curated by Pam Bryan pulled out the plastic, tallying tons of $miles.  

TUWA Togetherness

The once-a-year spring luncheon and general assembly of the Tulane University Women’s Association took place at Ralph’s on the Park on a vibrant, shiny working day. Smiles abounded as customers expressed delight in coming collectively.

Headliners for the proposed 2022-2023 board were president Shira Hussain, president-elect Rebecca Kelly, treasurer Jewelynn Great, and added officers Katie Valentine, Terri Santa Coloma, Fern Kruger, (outgoing president) Julie Hadzor, Janice Hughes, Jana Woodson, Geneva Longlois-Marney and Renee Sobel, ex officio.

Julie Hadzor opened the method with the President’s Welcome. Then arrived the invocation by Sarah Montes, govt director and assistant dean for academic and career advising, who stated about the luncheon, “This is a gorgeous moment” with attendees “united as Tulanians.” Lunch consisted of Metropolis Park salad, Gulf fish amandine or grilled pork loin, and a strawberry bombe. The bouquets bedecking the tables have been purple, crimson, pink and white and put in silver mint julep cups.

The spotlight of the once-a-year luncheon is the presentation of the Jane S. Longenecker Award. Presented by Barbara Knill, it went to Janice Hughes, who was duly appreciative and joyful. A different exclusive minute was the recognition of Tupper Allen as the outgoing treasurer right after several a long time. A holder of four degrees from Tulane, she was most gratified to report that TUWA’s finances were being secure. She then included about her tenure as treasurer, “Thank you all for permitting me serve.”

Substantial Ladies

The Audubon Tea Place was the website for the 27th yearly Ladies of Material Luncheon chaired by Felicia Kleinpeter to reward Bridge Home/ Grace Household. The WoS committee integrated Barbara Gaiennie, Walton Goldring, Michelle Gaiennie Hamrick, Nancy Gaden Jackson, Mary Kay Staten, Diana Parham, Angele Romig and Karen Tipton. Kelly Commander is the board president, succeeding Gregory Romig, and Walton Goldring, Michael Pou and H. Elder Gwin are officers. The luncheon’s top sponsors were the James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation and Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Have confidence in.

Exhilaration was created by the are living auction’s 4 offerings: two reserved parking spots for the WoS 2023 luncheon “Private Chef (Charlotte Martory) Doorway-to-Doorway Dinner” and a cocktail reception for 12 at The Chloe. And, the 50/50 Raffle, the Grace Home Wish Checklist, Aspirational Artwork, and the silent auction’s 4 boards with donors from A (Alexa Pulitzer) to Z (Zoe Shipley).

When everybody sat, chaplain Philip Peavy opened with a prayer. Chopped salad, blackened catfish and chocolate mousse have been the “atop table” sights, as have been the pink roses and white floral centerpieces. Mark Romig led the stay bidding and BH/GH CEO Else Pedersen and govt director of improvement Kevin Gardere introduced the Ladies of Material awards to Pleasure Bollinger, Dian Tooley-Knoblett and Gwen Briggs. Each honoree had a story to convey to about offering.

Even further recognition tapped William “Bill” Mimeles, the recipient of the 2022 Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award Christina Illarno, 2022 Volunteer of the Year and Alumna of the Yr Christie Silvis, who relevant her strong street-to-recovery quest. Applause for all aspects of the luncheon, and the folks acknowledged, was thunderous.

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