Two future events involving feats of feet prompted earlier assembling, thanks to the Tulane University Women’s Association’s on-campus co-hosting of the Greenie Gals Tea and, not far away, but on a different date, the NO/AIDS WALK’s Kick-Off event at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen on South Carrollton Avenue. The tea honored the TU Green Wave’s coaches’ wives and generated a lot of talk about the upcoming football season’s home games in the new Yulman Stadium, starting this Saturday. WALK talk was centered around the Sunday, Sept. 21, event in Audubon Park.

Roll Wave!

Teamed to host the pre-season tea and silent auction, which took place in the Qatar Ballroom of the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane campus, were the Greenie Gals, Tulane University Women’s Association, and the Newcomb Alumnae Association. In addition to spotlighting the coaches’ spouses, the get-together hailed TU’s SEC Alumni Lettermen’s wives.

Tent Man Tents of Mandeville (with credit to Alysia Fortier) styled the lovely tea and rated a host of compliments on the ambiance. The teacup and “spirit shaker” centerpieces sat atop antique lace doilies from Fortier’s grandmother’s tea collection. Another detail was the miniature replica of the Green Wave Volkswagen that leads the marching band on Mardi Gras. It was displayed on the dessert table, where “green tea” was a theme and the treats were numerous. Tables were covered in crisp linens and chairs were likewise covered with tiebacks in greens and blues.

Nora Wetzel, a member of TUWA and Greenie Gals, planned the menu through her catering business, The Educated Palate. Several purveyors contributed. Guests, quite a few sipping beverages from Pearl Wine Company, made tracks to the buffet and its tea sandwiches, wraps, hummus on cucumber rounds, strawberries, Roman Candy, and desserts, such as sports-themed chocolates and signature Greenie Gals mint “tailgating” brownies. Iced teacup cookies were the party favors and tasty souvenirs.

As for the extensive auction, it kept the GG set busy, busy at another group of tables. Tulane sports attractions (especially game-day goodies), staycations, art, jewelry and tickets to local cultural and museum attractions caused another type of “green wave” as top bidders paid for their new treasures. At 3:50 p.m., during the course of the 2-4 p.m. tea, the auction was closed and a rousing “Hullabaloo” cheer followed.

Prior to that, there were notable speeches and introductions, one of Susan (Mrs. David) Pierce, wife of the new baseball head coach. Candy Ulmer Cranch, an alumna, presented (for viewing) archived news clippings and a cheerleader sweater belonging to her late mother, Ruth St. Martin Ulmer, Newcomb College class of 1925. Introduced, too, were the wives of former SEC lettermen, including Yvonne Daigre Landry, spouse of Buck Landry. He is now the president of Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

Among the many noted were Angel Johnson, wife of head football coach C.J. Johnson; the above Susan Pierce; Ginny Conroy, wife of head basketball coach Ed Conroy; Barbara Burke, chief operating officer Tulane Athletics; Newcomb Alumnae Office director Sara McAllister; and Judge Bernadette D’Souza, a TUWA member and home-hostess a while ago for the annual holiday party.

Still others among the dozens were Greenie Gals Booster Club President Fergie Lewis, Barbara Knill, Jeanie Favret, Jewelynn Nice, Tulane Shockwave Dance Team director Ashley Iserman, Janet Spanier (husband Barry directs the Tulane Marching Band), Anita Jobson-Wolfe, Sharon Carter Sheridan, and Carter Molony. Additional limelighted wives included Judy Livingston — Cary was a TU Hall of Fame player; Gail Ruddock — Ted was a letterman; Mindy McDonell — John is the offensive line coach; Akeia Johnson — David coaches the running backs; Jody Price — Eric is the offensive coordinator; and Kimberly Lichtenberger — Doug is the director of football operations.

As guests departed, they picked up the Greenie Gals Booster Club brochures with, as cover wording, “Real women watch sports, wear olive green and blue (TU’s colors), and love the Green Wave.”

Walk and Talk

Whereas the NO/AIDS WALK still has a few weeks to go before the early Sept. 21 trek, enthusiasm is building at a fine pace. In Louisiana Pizza Kitchen at Riverbend supporters gathered, thanks to restaurant owner Rob Gerhart and his pay-it-forward generosity. He’s set up a “Dining with a Purpose” program whereby local charitable organizations can raise money. On a recent Tuesday, 25 percent of all the diners’ bills went to the 25th annual Chevron NO/AIDS WALK fund. The restaurant was filled to capacity.

As they munched on pizzas and savory treats, diners had the opportunity to register their teams for the WALK, as well as to pick up such items as water bottles, T-shirts, and coolers, all provided by sponsors Chevron, Avita Pharmacy, and Shell.

Within the animated environment were NO/AIDS CEO Noel Twilbeck, director of development Rodney Thoulion and partner R.J. Burras, Carey (Mrs. Donald) Hammett and daughter Katherine St. Paul, partners Christian Rogers and Jonathan Reazin, the above Rob Gerhart and partner Jerry Fredieu, board Co-Chairwoman Helen Siegel, Dorian-gray Alexander, and more who were touting the WALK and its 25 years of “Walking for a Cure.”

Around and About

Several members of the New Orleans Chapter of the English-Speaking Union jaunted to Houston for a quick trip that included breakfast at the ZaZa Hotel, a private guided tour of the “Houghton Hall” exhibit at the Houston Fine Arts Museum, lunch at Hugo’s, and a tour of Bayou Bend and the extraordinary American furniture collected by Ima Hogg.

David Grissett, president of the New Orleans chapter, led the tour that included Tommy Nocero, Donna Kay Berger, Robert E. Young, Sally Richards, and a few others. At lunch, the group was joined by Houstonian Nancy Parsley, and Orleanians Sarah and Charlotte Young.

The Crescent City and ESU welcomed Lavinia Cholmondeley months ago and several New Orleanians are acquainted with her son, David, the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. Houghton Hall is that family’s impressive home in Norfolk, England, and the Houston museum is displaying more than 100 items from it in the current exhibition.

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