The League of Women Voters recognized those who have made contributions to the League’s mission and policy positions. Given their “just deserts” at a swanky Petroleum Club reception were Earl Picard, Safeguarding Democracy Award; Nick Pugh, Improving the Quality of Education Award; Celeste White, Increasing Community Dialogue Award; Melinda Taylor, Mobilizing People to Take Action Award, and Elaine Abell, Making a Lifetime of Difference Award. Also in the mix: Attorney extraordinaire Glenn Armentor and our favorite university professor, Hector LaSala.

Nous Sommes Paris

Cajun singer-songwriter and activist Zachary Richard gathered everyone together for Solidarité Paris in the wake of France’s recent tragedy. Crowds at the International Centre downtown displayed banners of “Je suis Paris” and “Not Afraid” on a clear autumn afternoon, where Richard spoke in French as onlookers sang and joined hands to show support for Paris. “Nous avons crié haut et fort notre solidarité pour la France,” said Richard.

Accolades and Awards

The New Orleans Fashion Awards Gala awarded Raoul Blanco for his impact and achievement in fashion design at a banquet in New Orleans recently. Held at Harrah’s New Orleans, a half-dozen fashion notables received acknowledgment, including Fashion Icon recipient Yvonne LaFleur and Lifetime Achievement Award Lucille McDonnell. Blanco gave credit to his clientele, his mentors, family and partner for his success.

Break a Leg

Fundraising machine Stage Backers held their last bash of the year at Cité des Arts, and judging from the lack of parking for blocks, it was a success. “Tales of the Dublin Docklands” by Travis Guillory took the stage, thanks to Stage Backers, who make it their cause célèbre to promote local theater. “It’s not always about ticket sales, but to encourage young writers,” said spokesperson Mitu Dasgupta. “We were very happy with the evening’s outcome.”

Santa Baby

Nothing says Christmas like a little nip and tuck. Dr. Todd Howell gave a lavish holiday open house catered by iMonelli and complete with Christmas tree. There were some hefty giveaway packages for the guests at Aesthetic Medicine’s first Christmas in November, and for those who hope Santa’s bringing Botox, it was a bonanza.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at