Galas support arts, music, health issues
For 28 years, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s gala has been one of the Capital City’s most fabulous events and this year’s “A Bold Expression” on Oct. 18 was no exception.
‘A Bold Expression’
From the oh-so-tempting silent auction to the champagne raffle to win the $5,500 John Hardy gold-and-diamond bracelet donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry to the toe-tapping sounds of Ned Fasullo & the Fabulous Big Band Orchestra to the delish culinary offerings from some of the city’s best restaurants and caterers to the first peek at LASM’s latest exhibit, “Fritz Bultman: An American Abstractionist,” it was just a wonderful evening all around. In fact, members of the Bultman family from New Orleans and the Northshore were among the several hundred guests.
This year’s gala was chaired by Stacy Schliewe, and Michelle and J.R. Whaley served as host committee chairmen.
Serving as committee chairmen were David Beach, Rachel Helmke, Lisa Moore, Gary McDaniel, Daryl Rogers, Ned Fasullo, Lance Hayes, Nicole Duet Latiolais, Joanie Netterville, Todd Newbill, Kelli Bondy Troutman, Mendi Robinson, Allie McAlphin, Errin Flynn, Leighton Thorning and Anna Howard.
The Baton Rouge Symphony League hosted its Opening Night Gala at Stroube’s Steakhouse prior to the Oct. 17 Investar Masterworks I concert featuring 19-year-old pianist Colton Peltier.
This was a return performance for Peltier, who I understand was just as big a hit this go around. Betty and Harvey Schwartzberg organized the dinner with help from league President Louann Bombet.
Hope for Hemophilia
After that party, I headed to White Oak Plantation for Hope for Hemophilia’s debut Hope Banquet. The relatively new nonprofit’s mission is to be “a conduit of hope, strength and resources to individuals and their families through seasons of crisis caused by hemophilia.”
Assisting Executive Director Jonathan James with the event were “banquet friends” Bobby Arnold, Gwen Chaplin, William Coffee, Joan Couden, Sherrill Diller, Allen and Jan Fugler, Dorian Fill, Stuart Graydon, John Green, Barry Haard, Samuel Hawkins, Josh Hawkins, David Jaime, David James, Marion Landry, Andy Matthews, Jeffery McFall, Rex Miller, Mitch Mula, Carolyn Pena, George Poulakas, Richard Snoddy, Ruth Snoddy, Porter Snow, Jan Stevens, Jeff Werneke and Fallon Wilkerson.
Inner Wheel President Kathleen Howell used a David Letterman-style Top 10 countdown to reveal to members at their Oct. 15 luncheon that they have a location for their Attic Trash & Treasure Sale.
The 2014 three-day event, set for Feb. 21-23, will return to the former Mervyn’s location at Cortana Mall.
In getting to that announcement, she pointed out that Inner Wheel, which is composed of spouses of Rotary Club members, have given back more than $1.6 million to 45 nonprofits in the past 24 years. The nonprofit who will receive the bulk of the earnings from this year’s sale is the YMCA. CEO Bob Jacobs said the Y’s now $3.5 million endowment was started with a donation from Inner Wheel.
At the luncheon, members also cast their vote for the Level II charity to benefit from the sale. After the votes were tallied, it was announced that Families Helping Families will be the recipient.
As members enjoyed a delicious lunch, fellow members Jon Blumberg, Ernestine Bridgeforth, Tanya Foil, Debbie Harris, Donna Jolly, Linda Monenino, Sue Rainer and Bobbie Stiglets modeled the latest in fall fashions from SteinMart.
The luncheon was chaired by Sophie Gibson, Cynthia Galmon and Marilyn Carriere. Assisting were Marilyn Davis, Mary McCowan, Pat Dale, Sharon Field, Aleta Lester, Karen Zobrist, Beverly Turner and Ann Felice Fourrier.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals and Leave a Legacy hosted a reception later that afternoon at Juban’s Restaurant to announce this year’s National Philanthropy Day honorees. They will be honored at a luncheon Nov. 15 at the Renaissance Hotel.
The honorees include BASF Corp., Outstanding Leadership in Corporate Philanthropy; Janice Pellar, Outstanding Philanthropist; Milford Wampold Support Foundation, Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation; Charlie Valluzzo, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Susan Mintz Kantrow, Outstanding Professional Fundraiser; Iota Pi chapter of Theta Chi fraternity, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy; Karnival Krewe de Louisiane, Outstanding Philanthropic Service Organization; and the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana, AFP Board of Directors Award. Also honored were Dana and Sam Agnew, June and Richard Byrd, Dorothy Prowell, Fran and Bill Beck, Joanie and Allen Penniman and the estate of Norman Kinsey.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation presented its 2013 Angel Awards at an Oct. 14 dinner at the Renaissance Hotel.
Earning the awards were Baton Rougeans Jacob Nichols, founder of Live 2 Serve, and John F. Smith, vice president of programs for 100 Black Men; Beth Clark, of Denham Springs, founder of Mighty Moms; Jamie Tindle, of Denham Springs, executive director of Families Helping Families; Pam Fry, of Lafayette, a volunteer with Hearts for Hope; Babs Johnson, of New Orleans, founder of Voices for Children; Paula LaCour, of Kenner, president of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater New Orleans; and Carlos Naranjo, of Marrero, case manager of the New Orleans Children’s Health Project Hispanic Outreach Initiative.
In recognition of their volunteer efforts on behalf of Louisiana’s children, the foundation will make a $20,000 grant to their charitable organizations.
Blue Cross employee Charles Landreneau, received this year’s Blue Angel Award for his and wife Kay’s volunteer efforts with Healing Place Serve, which assists youngsters aging out of foster care.
His organization will receive $5,000.
Now in its 19th year, the Angel Awards have donated $1.6 million to help improve the lives of Louisiana’s children.
Pink on the Plaza
The Hilton Capitol Center’s Riverview Ballroom was awash in a sea of pink for Woman’s Hospital’s Pink on the Plaza extravaganza Oct. 13.
Even the guys got in on the action, sporting pink shirts, ties and bow ties for the fight against breast cancer.
The annual night of auctions, great food and tasty libations is the precursor to the Women’s Victory Open all-women golf tournament, which took place the next day at the Country Club of Louisiana. Drs. Ronnie Bombet and Randall Brown served as auctioneers for the live auction, which included fabulous weekend getaways, wine dinners, a fishing trip and a Pebble Beach golf package.
Francine Groves chaired Pink on the Plaza. Assisting her were Gay Lazare and Barbara Schwartzenburg. Anise Valure chaired the tournament with Linda Harvison as honorary chairwoman. Committee members included Carol Bizette, Sue Rainer, Kathy McArthur, Kathleen Garrison, Stephanie Pennington, Gail Gaiennie, Carla Jumonville, Patsy Picard and Pam Parker.
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