• Form and Fashion

Prix d’Elegance was the riverside rally for Men and Women of Fashion and the New Orleans Ballet Association when the 2015 Best Dressed Honorees were introduced at a luncheon-fashion show in the New Orleans Hilton Grand Ballroom. Jeff’s Haberdasher and Chatta Box Boutique, represented by Jeff Chouest and Rebecca Nordgren, presented the spring fashions; raffles were provided by Lee Michael’s Jewelers and Rubenstein’s; and NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance students performed “Think Pink.” But that’s not all! A Champagne Pull and silent and Premier Board auctions added to the “Fashion” funding and will benefit the NOBA Scholarship Fund.

Mastheaders were luncheon Chairwoman Brenda Breck; Leon L. Giorgio and Teresa Guzzetta, respective MoF and WoF presidents; NOBA executive director Jenny Hamilton; Hall of Fame Award recipients Jacquee Carvin (WoF board chairwoman) and Bob Breck; mistress of ceremonies Juli Miller Hart; and an A-Z committee of dozens, ranging from Mark Andrews to Joan Zaslow. R.K. Hoddinott III chairs the MoF board.

After a champagne reception sponsored by Ted Selogie and the JW Marriott Hotel, lunch continued the palate pleasures, thanks to a mesclun salad, braised short ribs, and chocolate hazelnut cake. Dorignac’s donated the wine. Attendees, the appetite. Everyone admired the stunning centerpieces with orchids donated by Dunn and Sonnier.

In addition to the above, “Prix” program notables were Deborah Alciatore Empey, Virginia Eckholdt, Sharon Marchand, Jamie Moreau, Kathy Singleton, Sandra Chaisson, Gail Barnes McKenna, Tiffa Boutte, Cheryl Mintz Bauman, Sandy Rosenthal, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Stacey IV, BRAVO President Kathleen Mix, Laura Badeaux, Nadia AlHashimi, and Russ and Sandra Herman, hosts for the honorees’ cocktail reception.

More luncheon luminaries were NOBA board Chairman John Duck, Andre Rubenstein, JoAnn Bohm, Pamela Williams, Karen Wood, Desi Vega, Murray and Gerri Valene, Lynne Uhalt, and Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni.

Of course, the highlight of the annual happening is the presentation of the Prix d’Elegance awardees, the best-dressed men and women from 2015, who also have community profiles. Take a bow, Dr. Nicolas G. Bazan, Chad Berg, Robert W. Brown, Roy M. Carubba, Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Michael Hecht, Burnie Juneau, Christopher Ledet, Maximilian G. Ortiz and Frank P. Quinn. Distaff kudos tapped Penny L. Baumer, Stephanie Burks, Reagan Charleston, Simone Bruni Crouere, Jennifer Hale, Tamica Lee, Rebecca Nordgren, Lori Ramsey, Caroline Robert and Michelle Swanner Yenni.

n A Tiger Tout

“Year of the Tiger” titled the on-campus Gold & Blue Gala of Holy Cross School that amassed 100 patrons and 500 gala-goers, who, respectively, enjoyed cuisine from Chef Rommel’s Catering and 12 Seasons Catering. Embellishing the party site was an Asian theme, rendered through metallic gold tablecloths and red sequined overlays. Casting a lambent glow were the centerpieces of tall crystal lamps with amber and red interior LED lights.

Going for the monetary green were the auctions, silent and live. In the latter, alums Leon Palazzo (Aucoin Hart Jewelers earrings) and Alvin Albe Jr. (an at-home dinner by chef Susan Spicer) were top bidders. More attraction$ were the $10,000 Super Raffle, featured raffles, and casino gaming. All for a good Holy Cross cause.

The top names to know were event Chaircouple Jack and Sissy Rizzuto, parents of the just-graduated Jack; master of ceremonies Jay Galle (an alumnus, as are a number of the following); headmaster Charles J. DiGange and Myra; board Chairman Jeffrey J. Entwisle and Bridgette; a Jurisich foursome in Sissy, Jena, Frank and Frankie; and school principals Dr. Joseph H. Murry Jr. (high school) and Teresa Billings (middle and primary) with Jane and Bob.

Also, Claire and Pat Garin, Natalie and Dick Watson, the above Alvin Albe Jr. with Virginia Boulet, Melanie and Mark Delesdernier, Drs. Anne-Marie and Rudy Linhuber, Karen Lorenz and Louis Gurvich Jr., Tiffany and Chris Robertson, Jorge and Lisa Lauriano, the Rev. Pat Williams, Dr. James Meza Jr., Don Sixkiller, Kristi and Nick Brocato, Mary Delesdernier, Jamie and Gene Madere, Ann and Greg Riera, Bobbi and Glenn Dubroc, Lauren and David Clement, Leslie Brodnax and scores more.

  • Matters of the Heart

“HeartGift Coffee” topped the printed invitation that beckoned for coffee, croissants and a program explanation at the home of Dathel and John Georges. With a motto of “Mending Hearts One Gift at a Time,” HeartGift provides life-giving heart surgery for children here in New Orleans. To date, “33 lives from 16 countries have been saved” through the program that helps children with no other access to cardiac care.

Before the words of welcome, guests mingled at the Ann Dupuy-decorated home, enjoying croissants by Southern Hospitality and iced coffee donated by PJ’s. The dining room table had lovely floral arrangements and photos of children who’ve had heart surgery.

HeartGift Louisiana board Chairwoman Claire Koch welcomed guests and talked about her involvement in the organization that has five chapters. She touched the attentive crowd when she mentioned holding the hands of the concerned young mothers. Additional notables were hostess Dathel, a board member (as are some of the following); HeartGift Foundation CEO Christy Casey-Moore, in from Austin, Texas; from the Philippines, Walter Mercado and little son Francis, who had heart surgery; HGL executive director Stephanie Berault; Children’s Hospital CEO Mary Perrin; and Judge Robert Jones.

And, Brandt Temple, Dr. Angela Breckinridge, Alison Hartman, Katherine Saer, Anne Redd, Robin O’Bannon, Leah Whann, Kyle and Kendra France, Mary Mouton, Deb Frilot, Whit Huguley, and a host of others who pulled out checks to make a gift of heart.