Extravaganza

Directed by alumnus Chris Bailey, the Brother Martin (High School) Jazz Band revved up the patron party with their scintillating sounds. This occurred during the patron party in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott New Orleans. Following that socializing, 820 Brother Martin parents, alumni, faculty and friends assembled for the gala Extravaganza, which had Regions Bank as the major sponsor. Escape Flowers and Gifts and Air Effects did the decorations in the school’s red and gold colors. Some of the fabulous touches were red roses and yellow cymbidium in gold vases, gold bamboo and orchids, and centerpieces of red or yellow carnation balls atop clear cylinders with down lighting. Ice sculptures of the school’s crest were prominent, as was the crest itself.

Always exciting is the extensive auction with the 2015 silent enticements numbering 222 and the verbal, 17. Craig Frosch (with wife Jane Ann) was the auctioneer. Packages — Eye of the Tiger LSU, Sugar Bowl, restaurants —along with staycations, a Manning-family-signed football, a Sicilian dinner, art, school parking space, Mardi Gras parade rides, and Brother Carl Bouchereau’s oil painting were among the items that drew big bids, as did the raffles.

Notables, and many were alumni, were Chaircouple Mia and Scott Corrente Sr., Co-Chaircouples Jodi and Lindsey Williams and Missy and Mark Hildreth, President John Devlin (who also contributed artwork to the auction), Principal and assistant to the president Greg Rando with spouse Bonnie, Carlos and Leigh Ann Bogran, Tommy and Beth Mitchell, Nick and Marian Lagatutta, Patron Party Co-Chaircouples Kathy and Al Roevens and Lisa and Sal Brocato, Debbie Broussard and Mike Broussard, Gabrielle and Anthony Macaluso, Janet and Peter Quitzau, Julia and Alan Gandolfi, Michelle and Parents Club President Brian Barkemeyer, Rhen and Kraig deLanzac, Kaki and Randy Smith, Cara and Dale Velez, Megan Siebenkittel, Jessica Palazzo, Joe and Erin Caruso, Chuck and Karen Stall, Pam and Kern Schafer and hundreds more, who savored the Marriott’s cuisine, and when it was time to boogie, bounded to the floor for The Bench Warmers.

A Touro Tout!

The numbers also had it for the Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala, titled “From Generation to Generation,” in Mardi Gras World River Ballroom. The names of Jon Brouk, Stew Krane and Amanda Trotenberg appeared in gold on the handsome indigo invitation as the gala’s chairing force. Dr. Jay Shames, who was joined by spouse Phyllis and family members, was the 2015 Judah Touro Society Award recipient. “I’m happy and honored,” said Dr. Shames during the 6 p.m. patron cocktail party that preceded the 7 p.m. dinner and presentation and the 9 p.m. L’Dor V’Dor post-gala with music by Flow Tribe. For the 200 attending the latter levity, La Cocinita did the catering.

Gala-goers, who numbered 410, enjoyed a meal prepared by Marriott chef Thorsten Leighty with braised short ribs and jumbo shrimp as the main course; flowers by Fancy Faces and the band, Courtyard Kings.

Limelighted were Touro CEO Susan Andrews, CMO Dr. Jeffrey Coco, retired Rabbi David Emeritus and Shannie Goldstein (“It was a beautiful occasion and Jay Shames was so deserving of the award,” she said.), foundation Chairman Duke Johns, LCMC Health President and CEO Greg Feirn, Dr. Harris Hyman with Barbara, Marilyn and Dr. Tom Oelsner, Julie and Ted George, Dr. Juan and Ana Gershanik, Luz and Dr. Sal Caputto, and Paul and Edie Rosenblum.

Also, Joe and Colette Friend, Stephen and Mara Kupperman, Carol Wise, Janie Bories, respective foundation director and manager Shon Baker and Allison Kupperman, City Councilman Jared Brossett, Catherine Kahn, Florence Jumonville, Children’s Hospital CEO Mary Perrin, and Brian Landry of LCMC. About 390 others, too, who delighted in the Mobile Memories from Photo Booth.

Boy Scouts of America

The Southeast Louisiana Council of Boy Scouts of America honored William H. “Bill” Hines —who was joined by spouse Mary and their daughter Mary Wyatt Milano — with the Distinguished Citizen Award during a recent dinner in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center of The National World War II Museum. He was hailed for his noteworthy and extraordinary leadership. In introducing him, Idea Village CEO Tim Williamson called Bill, managing partner of Jones Walker law firm, a man “not of just words, but of action.” Hines responded, commenting on his role in the community as “a bridge” and expressing his deep gratitude. He also addressed homelessness in the city and the need to resolve it.

The Victory Belles Vocal Trio launched the evening during the reception. Concluded it, too. Program principals included master of ceremonies Eric Paulsen of WWL/TV, Dr. Paul E. Gregoire Jr. for the invocation, the Victory Belles for the national anthem, and Eagle Scout Evan McCollum for the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath. Also, Whitney Bank President Joe Exnicios (with Debbie), the event chairman for the third year in a row, as the BSA Council President; and Ernesto Carballo, Scout executive, and CEO of SLCBSA. Postlethwaite & Netterville and Valero Energy Foundation were the Eagle Level investors.

Among the many applauding the activity — and all with impressive titles — were Ed Marshall, Ricky Burke, Warner Thomas, Bobby Brannon, Lynne Burkart, David Darragh, Suzanne Mestayer, Anne Milling, Bob Merrick with Sheryl, Rick Haase with Mary Ann, Michael Hecht with Marlene, Cynthia Molyneux, Jimmy Fitzmorris with daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Bruce Clement, Jim Letten, and Jerry Bologna and Melissa. Noted, too, were Clay Plaisance, Ryan and Cherie Moore, Torrey Hayden, Bob Kimbro, and spouses Kelly (current Council commissioner of SE Louisiana Council) and Kelley Rodrigue with their Scout son, Zachary.

Everyone sat for a tasty meal at black-clothed tables centered with floral arrangements of red roses and white hydrangeas tied with blue ribbon. When the dining was over, guests made strides to congratulate Bill Hines, before mingling at the dessert buffet.

Happy Birthday, Winston Churchill!

Social strides were taken to the National World War II Museum’s BB’s Stage Door Canteen by the Churchill Society of New Orleans to celebrate the birthday of the organization’s namesake and to learn more about his life.

In an excellent talk, Hal Klepak brought together his own military background, Cuban residency, Spanish fluency and love of Churchill in his Power Point presentation based on his just-published book, “Churchill Comes of Age: Cuba 1985.”

Members and guests, numbering 111, mingled over drinks before sitting for the delicious dinner, which offered the choice of seafood risotto or beef tenderloin. Black and white table settings and the “Union Jack” draped in front of the lectern were decorative accents.

Breaking bread were society President J. Gregg Collins, and officers William D. “Bill” Reeves, Edward F. “Ted” Martin, Herschel L. Abbott, Christopher Tidmore, Hill Riddle Jr. and Betsy Stout. Thanks tapped Ted Martin for his assistance in getting an anonymous donor’s pledge for speakers at the annual WWII Museum-located Churchill Symposium in honor of the late Orlin Corey, a society board member. In attendance was his wife, Shirley Trusty Corey.

Noted, as well, were Cuban Americans Raul Fonte, George J. Fowler III, author of “My Cuba Libre,” and Cuqui Moore, who introduced speaker Klepak. She knew his parents in Cuba.

With President Collins and spouse Joan were their guests, Michael and Gissela Zsembik. Noted, too, were Anne Abbott, Sally Reeves, Louise Martin, Hunter and Sherry McFadden (just back from a cruise in France), museum President and CEO Gordon “Nick” Mueller, Jeremy Collins, Ben and Chris Capshaw, Janie Kahn, Dr. Perry and Barbara Rigby, John Bullard, Catherine Burns Tremaine, Borden Tidmore, Robert E. Young, Claire and Harry Stahel and scores more, who speaking of scores, sang along with the featured vocalists to “Rule Britannia.”