De La Salle High School amassed about 200 Cavaliers on site for the Summer Alumni Party with a wrap-up of the waning season and a “Lead On!” exhortation for the coming months, all in celebration of “65 Years on the Avenue.” Two additional gatherings, made “pay” the play. Mount Carmel Academy held its Circle of Roses Reception at the Southern Yacht Club to show appreciation to lead donors. Back to the Avenue, as in St. Charles, it was for the early evening togetherness highlighting Kingsley House. Held at the Eiffel Society, the event was part of the venue’s Pay It Forward Happy Hour. And yes, there were lots of smiles.
The Brother Arsenius Center housed the Summer Alumni Party to benefit the De La Salle High School Alumni Association with proceeds directed toward scholarships for current and future students. Several generations mingled on the campus for the fifth such dance that launched the school’s 65th anniversary. During the course of the Saturday evening, a special presentation in honor of the baseball team and band alumni took place. A highlight of it was the commemorative poster depicting the DLS career of the late baseball alum, Frank Wills, class of 1977, that was given to his family. Another choice moment occurred when band director Duncan Pray and the DLS band raised enthusiasm to a lofty degree as they played the school’s fight song.
Noted giving “Summer” their salute were Jimmy Baldwin with Karen, Jane and Herb Anderson, Lisa and Mike Guillot, Jill and Paul Kelly, Linda and Miles Seghers, John Humphreys, Michele and Tony Bonura, and Norlisha and Tim Burke.
They, and dozens more, made tracks to the food stations and the fine cuisine of Pascal’s Manale, Dickie Brennan’s restaurants, Bon Ton Café, Galatoire’s and more. To dance off the taste treats, Ferd Lorio and his troupe, the Matrix Band featuring Jason Weiss, purveyed rousing music, filling the floor.
Noted, too, were Allison and Patrick Mulhern, Paul Richard, Johnny Altobello, Jim (who answers to Judge) and Marie McKay, John Young, Wynn Russo, Michael Toso, Neil and Sarah Anderson, Carolyn and Gary Lorio, Susie and Oliver Delery, James Grevemberg (Cheryl was out of town), Mike and Betty Bagot, and Winnie and Mark Brown chatting up a trip to England, Scotland and Wales with a visit to Highclere Castle, home of “Downton Abbey.”
In keeping with the school’s maroon and white, the tables were decorated with balloons in those colors. For party souvenirs, a photo booth filled the pictorial bill.
All the while, the music makers entertained, amassing Cavs and their guests for a round on the dance floor. When the band struck up “Stand by Me,” guests rallied in force with some opting for slow dancing or jitterbugging. One couple even responded with a lively cha-cha.
Mount Carmel Munificence
The Circle of Roses Reception, which honors lead donors to Mount Carmel Academy, is named after St. Therese of Lisieux, a Carmelite, who was called the “Little Flower” and is often depicted holding roses.
As guests arrived at the Southern Yacht Club, they were greeted by members of the school’s student Ambassador Team. Within the party premises, all eyes turned to the flowers by Barbara’s Florist and the splendid arrangements of red, yellow and pink roses. Delectable fare of crab cakes, shrimp and grits, terityaki skewers, a carved round of beef and assortment of pastries were among the appetite’s pleasures.
Music figured in the happy formalities, as well, thanks to a performance by students of Mount Carmel’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, which included piano, violin and vocals. Jaime Carroll, the society’s moderator, was one of the event’s many notables.
So were academy President Sister Camille Anne Campbell, O. Carm., Principal/Vice President Beth Simno, and school administrator Sister Rose Marie Penouilh, O. Carm.
And board members Mel Grodsky and Judge Robin and Keith Pittman, along with Sam and Kerri Battaglia, Samantha Battaglia Arnold, Ann Fitzmorris, Eric and Jeannine Heidingsfelder, John and Simonne Golden, Jane Roussel, Bill and Susan Deris, Carl and Patricia Giffin, Todd and Kathleen Loup, Darryl and Liz Failla, David and Rossana Hnatyshyn, Joe and Kathleen Davenport, and Stephen and Bentley Rauch. To mention most.
At the conclusion of the reception, departing guests received a statute of St. Therese of Lisieux, the namesake of the “Circle.”
In the Pay It Forward format for the Eiffel Society’s Happy Hour, proceeds raised at the bar during the course of the evening benefit area nonprofits. Chosen most recently as one was Kingsley House, which was founded in 1896 and is nationally recognized as the oldest Settlement House in the South. Among the many programs are those that benefit children and families.
Raising glasses of charitable cheer were KH CEO Keith Liedeman and Luanne, Drs. Taniya De Silva and Jameel Ahmed, Jeffery Waltz, Ashley and Tom Evison, Margaret “Margi” Sunkel, Valerie Wheatley, Richard Roth III, Donna Paramore, Gina and Christopher “Chris” Jackson (just back from a trip to New York City), Kenneth Cutno, Dietrich Blair, Kathy Johnson, Cora Dilworth, LaQuan Fields. Miles Channing Thomas, and Adrian Todd.
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To make the merriment memorable, guests were given a necklace of white “pearls” with a red Kingsley House medallion and the date of the founding.