Good Times, Good Works

Good Apples

“We chose the Civic because of the community’s interest in the beautifully renovated building and its fantastic location in the heart of the CBD,” said Tiffany Cossich about the downtown landmark theater and its usage for the recent Louisiana Appleseed Good Apple Gala. An hour-long patron party, followed by the gala was the festive format. Catering by Boucherie included such treats as pepper-crusted tuna, pulled-pork sliders and bread pudding bites.

During the course of the evening, “seven outstanding community members who have shown tremendous generosity and commitment to social justice and pro bono excellence” were honored. Take a bow, 2017 Good Apple Honorees Judge (he has just retired) Stanwood Duval Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Louisiana for his work with nonprofits working with homeless youths; Dr. Stephen Hales, Hales Pediatrics, for increasing access to education and improving charter schools; and Charles L. Rice Jr., Entergy New Orleans, for his active service on many nonprofit boards. They were recognized as Social Justice honorees and for work with Louisiana Appleseed.

For the Pro Bono category, the names to know were Kathlyn Perez Bethune, Baker Donelson, and Elizabeth Rutledge, formerly of that law firm, for strengthening our schools through their collaborative work on a legal handbook for charter school administrators; and Andrew Capitelli, Milling Benson Woodward LLP, and Emma Mekinda, Koppel Clark Turner, for annually revising and updating the Emergency/Disaster Training Manual for Volunteer Lawyers. Huzzahs, all!

More features of the gallivanting were the invitation design by Carter Jahncke Perrilliat, of MOCA Graphics; the Rare Wine Raffle generously donated by Drew Ranier, of Ranier Law Firm, which produced as winners Katherine and Dr. Sidney “Beau” Raymond; the door prize of a $150 gift certificate to Emeril’s Restaurant (donated by Emeril’s) and won by Rose Kuhnau; and, as favors, wrapped apple cookies by JCB Creations.

Jack Weiss and Christy Harowski, who was accompanied by husband Michael, chaired the gala. Notables were board President Irving Warshauer with Lynda, Vice President Allison Berger Tiller with Ben, Treasurer Carlos Mickan with Jan, Richard Cortizas, Bill Shea, Vonda Rice, Michael Schott, Jessie Haynes with spouse Beau, Nancy Hales, Janet Duval, Beau Bethune, Lesley Capitelli, and Judges Rose Ledet, Paula Brown and Keva Landrum-Johnson. Also, Elwood Cahill, Caroline Fayard, Skip Phillips, Harry Rosenberg, Nathalie Simon, Don Abaunza, Steven Lane, Celeste Coco-Ewing, and Phil Wittmann with Anne. From the staff came executive director Christy Kane, program director Tara Richard and development coordinator the above Tiffany Cossich.

Whereas the honored seven (Duval, Hales, Rice, Bethune, Capitelli, Mekinda and Rutledge) were hailed as helping hands, tapping toes also figured in the ado. The student-compiled Jazz Trio from NOCCA, as well as Helen Gillet, provided the musical mention.

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Photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Girl Scouts Louisiana East held a fundraising gala titled "Cookies & Cocktails and All That Jazz" in Club XLIV of Champions Square. Girl Scouts Gala, February 4, 2017 -- Mike Detillier, Kristine Froeba, Dr. Eric Griggs, Peter Ricchiuti

Cookies & Cocktails

Nearly 300 folks gathered for the third annual Cookies & Cocktails, a gala by and for the Girl Scouts Louisiana East, which has Jackie Alexander as CEO, and its leadership program for girls. It was co-chaired by board member Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace, a Girl Scout alumna, and Fox 8 news anchor Nancy Parker. They were joined by their husbands, Hugh V. Wallace III and Glynn Boyd. This year’s theme was “Cookies & Cocktails & All That Jazz,” in keeping with the jazz-themed Club XLIV in Champions Square, the gala’s venue.

Twenty chefs and bartenders made one-of-a-kind cocktails, appetizers, and desserts using Girl Scouts cookies, which were voted on by judges and guests (and had as winners Lenny Minutillo, Darryl Holliday, Dave Jackson, and Deanna Stephens); green lighting, the GS signature color, bathed the adjacent Mercedes-Benz Superdome; “Do-Si-Do” was the patron party’s signature cocktail; a GS-logo glittery child’s walking boot was placed in the honorary Muses frame amidst other Muses shoes on a wall in the club; a photo booth attracted crowds; and a George Rodrigue “Blue Dog” print and an Audubon Nature Institute overnight camping experience were among the 50 coveted silent auction items.

Revelers included emcee Kenny Lopez of WGNO-TV News with a Twist; guest judges Mike Detillier with Linda, Doc Griggs, Kristine Froeba and Peter Ricchiuti; Buddy Boe of the lieutenant governor’s office, Kelly and George McKinney, Julie and Chuck LeBlanc, Erin Williams, Deanna Stephens, Veronica Osby, Dr. Lyndia Jones, Robyn Merrick and David Hawkins, Jimmy Harris and Erica Spruille, Cyndi Nguyen, spouses Betsy Stoner and Roland Mullin, and Terrance and Stephanie Osborne. All delighted in the jazz stylings by vocalist Anais St. John and the bonus musician: Nancy Parker on the drums.

UroTigers

The sixth annual “Dinner to Benefit Research in Urology” occurred in the Mahogany Room at the Basin Street Station overlooking the Vieux Carre. It was sponsored by the LSU Health Foundation and the UroTigers Alumni Society.

Prior to the formalities and pleasures of the table, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as the exhibits and the history of the former railroad station (the location). Dinner followed in the Mahogany Room with turtle soup, filet mignon and a Belgian chocolate tart prepared by Ralph Brennan catering. Lighted white lily centerpieces and music by the Tim Laughlin Trio, courtesy of Basin Street Station, added to the elegant ambiance. Teamed to chair the event were Ann Fuselier and Katie Roth with husbands Drs. Tony and Chip.

Dr. Tony Fuselier opened the program with welcoming words and a prayer request for colleague/UroTigers friend Dr. Eric Laborde, who was not present because he was recovering from surgery. Then, Dr. Chip Roth gave an overview of funding by the UroTigers, including a $20,000 grant to Dr. Aaron Martin at Children’s Hospital. Dr. Chris Winters, chairman of the Urology Department, vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs and CEO of LSU Healthcare Network at LSU Health Sciences Center, introduced the event’s honoree, Dr. Harriette Scarpero. She hails from Nashville, Tennessee, was the first female graduate of the LSU/Ochsner urology training program in 2001, and is past president of the Society of Women in Urology.

Adding auction ado were a David Yurman necklace donated by Aucoin Hart Jewelers and a Delacroix fishing trip with Capt. Ernie Alphonso.

Noted were Dr. Stephen Scarpero with Dr. Harriette, Bob and Katherine Boh, Dr. Richard and Gigi Vanlangendonck, Camille and Jackie Cutrone, Kaylea and Hunter Hill, Dr. Stephen and Sarah Lacour, Mike and Karen Falba, Amy Winters, and Drs. Ronald Swartz with Ellen, Aaron Martin with Amanda, Sean Collins with JoAnn, Tom Ewing with Celeste, Haden Lafaye with Adele, Ryan Krlin, Scott Delacroix, Lisa Peacock with Guy Orangio, and Matt Mutter. Final thanks for attendance and support came from Dr. Winters.