Argentina, Here We Come!

Guests were transported to South America, thanks to the recent gala given by the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization to benefit the New Orleans Ballet Association. Titled “Une Noche en Argentina,” the nocturnal nod tapped into the fiery excitement of the dance troupe, Che Malambo, and its explosive gaucho art form.

Patrons at the Hyatt Regency-located bash were regaled with a bilingual discussion and performance by the 14 members of Che Malambo, before being led by them, second-line style, into the dining room for an Argentine dinner prepared by celebrity chef Adolfo Garcia (of La Boca and Primitivo) and the hotel’s team. BRAVO President Kathleen Mix Diamond and NOBA board Vice Chairman Carlos Mickan extended the welcome. Thematic colors of black and red adorned the tables, as did votives and glass vases filled with red roses.

The auction added bid business, thanks to the organization of Debbie Alciatore-Empey and Toni Bachmann and the almost 100 items they amassed. Chief among them was a gaucho belt and knife from Argentina given by Luz Caputto, along with sports packages, vacations, restaurant certificates, art and jewelry. For the oral bidding, Lee Michael’s Chad Berg and Charlotte Bollinger, immediate past board chairwoman, auctioned off David Yurman jewelry, which was “won” by a thrilled Warner and Pam Williams.

In addition to the above Kathleen, NOBA mastheaders include board Chairman John M. Duck, and executive director Jenny R. Hamilton. They and scores more flocked to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Che Malambo performance that rocked the premises. Garnered a standing ovation, too.

More within the “Noche” throng were Salvador Caputto with the above Luz, NOBA Lifetime Member Henrietta “Henri” Hall and Terry, Katie and Wendell LeGardeur, Gregor Fox, Sergio Schabelman, Lauren Buggs, Cecilia and Rudy Odom, Nicolas and Haydee Bazan, Cathy Green, Tiffa and Kerry Boutte, Jacquee Carvin, Teresa and Don Guzzetta, Murray and Gerri Valene, board Vice Chairwoman Cynthia and Robert LeBreton, and Gayle Dellinger.

Music, vibrant music, was also to the fore. The Che Malambo artists danced the entire night with attendees to the sounds of Julio & Cesar, who, at one point, yielded the stage to the musicians and dancers of Che Malambo. Applause for the impromptu performance was thunderous.

Golden Eagle Luncheon

The Windsor Court Hotel was the midday site for meeting, greeting and kudos to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell D. Normand. At a luncheon chaired by Pat Denechaud, he was honored by the Southeast Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Pat’s brother, radio talk show host (Ringside Politics) Jeff Crouere, welcomed the crowd.

More program principals were Evan McCollum, Eagle Scout from Troop 117, sponsored by St. Christopher Catholic Church, for “What Scouting means to me”; the Rev. John F. Talamo Jr., VF, for the invocation and benediction; Ernesto Carballo Jr., Scouting executive, SLC, who said “In Scouting, we are the village that raises the child”; and Jim Letten of Tulane Law School for the introduction of the honoree, whom he called “the consummate public servant.” Sheriff Normand responded, citing his five “L’s” as a guide: love, labor, learn, laughter, legacy.

In attendance was Mrs. Normand, the former Shawn M. Bridgewater. So were , and all with business/civic titles, Ricky Burke, Charles Teamer, Ashton Ryan Jr., Greg and Alice Champagne, and Jimmy Fitzmorris, a former Golden Eagle Luncheon honoree (as were others present). Also, Ken and Lisa Pickering, Frank Stewart Jr., Cynthia Lee Sheng Lynne Burkart, Charles Nelson, Ben Johnson, Lawrence and Micki Chehardy, Rick Haase, P.K. Scheerle, and dozens more.

Arugula and baby spinach started the meal and a Creole cream cheesecake concluded it. Atop soft blue tablecloths, there were centerpieces of white roses and blue hydrangeas. Once the formalities ended, guests queued up to congratulate the honored, and visibly happy, sheriff.

Good Time, Good Works

Cocktails at the home of Dr. Lamar and Carolyn Teaford was the festive format arranged by The Grand Commandery of the South of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, a 900-year-old ecumenical order of Christian chivalry, which has charitable efforts in our community and around the world.

A large spring floral arrangement using hostess Carolyn’s candelabra centered the dining room table. Everyone made rounds to it for the delicious spread and a menu that featured such items as West Indies crab salad, roast beef, smoked salmon, cheeses, and individual desserts.

Officers in attendance included Commander of the Grand Commandery of the South Dr. James Jeter and wife Jan, a member; spouses from the Grand Commandery, Chancellor Hugh Straub and Vice Chancellor for Administration Mary Ann Straub; and Vice Commander Michie Bissell with Tom. And, Tom Forbes with Jakie, Susan Kartzke, Carlo Capomazza di Campolattaro with Rosemonde (a member), Ann Middleton, Dr. Ted Borgman with Sandra, Drew Jardine with Julie, and Kevin Mackey.

Milling as members were J ohn Boyd with Bonnie, Ned Hemard with Martha Robbins, Gary Mannina with Marie-Louise , the Very Rev. Jean Meade with husband Rick Thomson, Courtney-Anne Sarpy, Drs. Barbara and Edwin Beckman, Brian and Mary Costello, Sylvia Porteous, Emeric and Marcie duQuesnay, Dr. Billy and Cindy Woessner, Larry and Jan Merington, Betty and Jerry Glaspy, and Ann Mentz.

Aligned with the Order’s altruism, guests brought donations of canned goods for Second Harvest Food Bank or toiletries for Luke’s House Free Clinic.

Around and About

Lawyer Tia Kimmel and Corbin Brand just swapped vows at Holy Name of Jesus Church. The reception was at the nearby Golf Club at Audubon Park, where he is the executive chef. Budapest was their honeymoon destination.

Susan M. Taylor and Julie Livaudais George, respective Montine McDaniel Freeman director and board president of the New Orleans Museum of Art, hosted the annual NOMA Circles Reception and Collection Visit honoring members at the Uptown home of Elizabeth and Willy Monaghan.