Faces of New Orleans

On a recent Thursday evening, and at the beautiful home of Frances and Calvin Fayard, Trinity Counseling and Training Center honored Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, Orleans Parish coroner, and artist Tim Trapolin, and recognized honorary Chairmen Debbie Poitevent and Toto Robinson.

Mary Funderburk, attending with husband Joel, chaired the event that included as committee members Dr. Frances Bryan, Edie Darragh (along with Ochsner Health System, the Darragh Family Foundation figured in the top sponsor category, Platinum), Linda Diaz, Dr. Jenny Dunlap, Ashley Eastham, TCTC board Chairwoman Christine Ebrahim, Catherine Favrot, Catherine Freeman, Elaine Haney, Alice Herringtom, Ginny Horner, Mary Beth Hudson, Julie Mabus, Charlotte Parrino, Frances Rodriguez and Caroline Senter.

A number of fine restaurants purveyed, while Doc Saxtrum (James May), Marco Marco, Maria Thomas and Marco Paul provided the musical menu.

Notable attendees included Fay Kimbrell Rouse and Poppy Tooker with the above Dr. Jeffrey and Tim, Trinity Church Rector the Rev. Henry Hudson with the above Mary Beth, associate rectors the Revs. Mitchell Smith and Kit McLean with spouses Denise and Bill, Trinity Head of School the Rev. Gary Taylor with Karen, David Gaines, June and King Logan, David Darragh with Edie, Dr. Stuart Bamforth, Kelly Nolan, Susan and Jimmy Gundlach, Ella Flower and dozens more for whom “Faces of New Orleans,” the gala’s title, furthered the mission of TCTC, a ministry of Trinity Church, to augment pastoral care with clinical counseling.

Red Mass

Throughout the U.S., and harking back in history, the Red Mass marks the official opening of the judicial year. In the Crescent City, the opening and celebration occurred when the justices of the Louisiana State Supreme Court and the judges of the State of Louisiana gathered at the Supreme Court building in the Vieux Carre and processed to Pere Antoine Alley to join the members of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association, which presented the 62nd annual Red Mass along with the Catholic Bishops of Louisiana.

They continued the procession into St. Louis Cathedral, “to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit upon the Court and its arduous task of administering justice.”

A fraternal flow then ensued at the reception in the Great Hall of the State Supreme Court building, where Danish, sandwiches, coffee and mimosas, as served by New Orleans Catering, pleased the palate. Adrian’s Christian Florist embellished the premises with posies.

Notables included Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Justice Jeanette T. Knoll, Judge Bernadette D’Souza, state Sen. John Alario, former Secretary of State Jim Brown, Louisiana State Bar Association President Mark Cunningham, Julian Baudier, Amos Cormier, P. Kevin Colomb, Van Robichaux, Tim Hassinger, Thomas Schexnayder and Felix Sternfels. Also, Roy Bowes, Joseph Taranto, Vincent “Chip” Lococo, Harold Lamy, Joseph and Joy Barreca and Evangeline Vavrick.

Carnivale Time of Year

On the dining room table in the showplace Donna and Paul Flower home was a carousel centerpiece, along with popcorn and gumball and peanut accents to establish the carnival theme. The decorations were duly appreciated at the fundraiser, the CADA Carnivale Patron Party.

That’s the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans, a United Way Partner Agency. Further delightful features included a jazz band, an old-fashioned popcorn man and a caricature artist, along with such taste treats as alligator bites, blackened chicken pasta and desserts from Bourbon Vieux/Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts.

Nine enticements figured in the live auction excitement, including Steve Smock’s painting, “We All Lose Our Charms in the End,” which was donated by The French Art Network. CADA board member Beverly Matheney (attending with spouse Dr. Robert) beamed as the proud purchaser.

She mingled with immediate past CADA President Dr. Juan Gershanik with Ana, the hosting Flowers, Jerry and Darleen Carlisle, Betty Speyrer, past President Celeste Eustis (the Flowers’ daughter) with husband Curtis, Kelisha Garrett, Billy and Kathy McGoey, Donald and Carolyn Abaunza, Dr. Salvador and Luz Caputto, and from CADA, board Vice President Cory Bergeron with Phyllis, executive director Joyce Bracey, development director Bette Painter, board member Scott Nunley, and former President Dominick Ragusa.

But this wasn’t all. The patron party was followed by a family night at City Park’s Carousel Gardens & Amusement Park with cotton candy, face-painting, stilt walkers, jugglers, and unlimited rides.

The revelry went ‘round and ‘round.

Think ‘Pink’

Breast cancer survivors Sandy Keller, Eve Wallinga and Kim Sport created the Breastoration Fund to help breast cancer patients access the treatment no one talks about: breast reconstruction following surgical mastectomies.

The fund was placed under CAGNO, the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, which serves 13 parishes in southeast Louisiana. Tammy Swindle is the executive director.

“Galatoire’s Goes Pink” titled a fundraiser that unfolded on a recent Monday evening at the famous French Quarter restaurant. Heading up the event were Breastoration Co-Chairwomen Barbara Turner Windhorst and the above Kim Sport.

Their extensive host committee of many dozens started with the name of Rene Alonzo and finished with Carol Wise. In between were — to mention a few — Diana Bajoie, Cathy Bart, Joy Bollinger, Pat Denechaud, Carolyn Elder, Donna Fraiche, Betsie Gambel, Melissa Gibbs, Jane Goldring, Norma Grace, Holley Haag, Angela Hill, Cheryl Landrieu, Diane Lyons, Suzanne T. Mestayer, Juli Miller Hart, Meaghan Ryan Bonavita,PK Scheerle, Phyllis Taylor and Denise Thornton.