October Outings

Art for Kids

“Let Your Fancy Take Flight” titled the recent Cocktails for KID smART that took place on a lovely fall night at the beautiful home of Virginia and John Rowan. Regions Bank was the Presenting Sponsor and Alex Beard, the featured artist. “The Wobbly Post,” the signature artwork Beard donated for the event, was auctioned off by Winston & Associates, LLC — with Ruthie Winston as auctioneer — and purchased (after lots of exciting competitive bidding) by Jill and Minor Pipes.

Notables were event chaircouple/KID smART board members Kate and John Werner, Alex Beard with daughter Camille, the hosting Rowans, and, from KID smART, Fund Development Committee Chairwoman Suzanne Dumez (2016 event co-chairwoman along with Jill Pipes) and Steve, board Chairman Phil Gunn, Treasurer R. Campbell Hutchinson, and founders Campbell Hutchinson and Allison Stewart. Also, caterer Joel Dondis and Gretchen, Jenny and John Charpentier and sponsor representatives Gregory Holt and Lucy Burnett, Graham Ralston (Regions Bank) and Adele, Jeff Goldring, Paul Flower with Donna, and Bill Hines. Thanks were plentiful. More gratitude tapped Jim Qualls, Heather Muntzer, and Andre Trosclair, along with the Rowans, Ruthie Winston and Alex Beard Studio. Sponsors and select patrons received a limited edition giclée of the auctioned Beard painting, which was signed and numbered by the artist.

Noted, too, were board members Jill Pipes with Minor, Felicia Rabito and husband Bill Ellison, Patrick Templeman with Lauren, Stephanie Huger with Jim, and Adele Bienvenu Tiblier with John. Scores more — there were 250 attendees — mingled, enjoying the fare of Joel Catering and Beth Biundo Sweets. Passed hors d’oeuvres were hearty and, in the dining room, a lavish spread lured the Ks crowd. Cookies and miniature cakes were passed for dessert. All the while, guests imbibed libations by Sazerac, admired the flowers by Catherine Favrot and tuned in to the scintillating sounds of Bon Bon Vivant. The event’s theme, “Let Your Fancy Take Flight,” was realized artistically by KID smART teaching artist Renee Anderson, who led a craft table where attendees could make their own feather fascinators. Several other KID smART Creative School leaders and teaching artists made party rounds.

When all was said and done, smiles took flight. According to KID smART’s Cheryl Manley, “We exceeded our goal and raised more (money) than any previous year.”

The Posse

Thousands of students have been sent to top colleges and universities, thanks to The Posse Foundation, which was founded in New York City in 1989 and “identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes.” They are then placed in multicultural teams, Posses, of 10 students for support.

Posse New Orleans was established six years ago and has raised $18.8 million in scholarship dollars to date. The partner institutions are Case Western Reserve University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Tulane University and University of Notre Dame.

On a recent Thursday evening, The Posse Foundation’s Power of 10 amassed supporters at a new venue, The Building, on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The site, which could be described as rustic chic and industrial, is a performance venue and art gallery. On the walls were a slew of paintings by local artists. More features were the tasty food offerings by Highly Seasoned Catering, the music by Agency Jazz Band Trio (led by saxophonist Jeronne Amari Ansari) and the tributes. The honorees were Dr. Stephen Hales, founder of Hales Pediatrics, and Tony Recasner, Ph.D., CEO Agenda for Children, who were hailed for their dedication to improving public education and their leadership for our region’s young people. They were roundly congratulated.

Former Tulane University President Scott Cowen, who also answers to doctor, is the chairman of the Posse New Orleans Advisory Board. Other board members (and guests) in attendance were Jeffrey “Jeff” Goldring, Bill Hines, Rick Rizzo and Julia Lennox, Stephanie and Ludovico Feoli, Ph.D., Mike Read, Anne and Luis Banos, Don Vinci, and Kim Boyle. Others noted were Nancy Hales with honoree Stephen, Sarah and Greg Feirn, Lynn and Drew Marsh, Julie and Ted George, Kevin Wilkins, Laura and John Williams, Cathy and Andy Burka, Ana and Juan Gershanik, Hunter Hill, and scores more. Sponsors, including Entergy and Jones Walker as Mentors and, as ambassadors, Childrens Hospital and IberiaBank, numbered almost a dozen.

Monica R. Sylvain, Ph.D., is the director of Posse New Orleans and as such, opened the evening with “Welcome and The Posse Story.” Successive remarks came from Dr. Cowen (who also closed the program, the two honorees, and Melissa Huynh, a Tulane Posse alumna, who is now a medical assistant with Internal Medicine Specialists Inc.

Presidential Plaudits

The New Orleans Bar Association’s Presidents’ Award Ceremony unfolded in La Chinoiserie of the Windsor Court Hotel. For her excellence and integrity as a lawyer, Judy Perry Martinez was the award recipient. She received a golden fleur-de-lis with three plumes to represent “leadership, service and concern for the well-being of all.” The award is the highest level of recognition from the Association. Joining her were spouse Rene Martinez and mother-in-law Juliette Martinez.

Attending were NOBA President Christoper K. “Chris” Ralston, President-Elect Dana Douglas and past President Carl Barbier, along with Judy’s law partners and mentors Frank Peragine, Robert "Bob" Redfearn and Bruce Shreves. Also present were former award recipients Wayne Lee (2003) and Mark Surprenant (2010); Judges Gene Davis, Jay Zainey and Robin Giarrusso; and Northrop Grumann Vice President Joe Costello from Los Angeles. Helena Henderson is NOBA’s executive director

All enjoyed Charles Roux Rose Champagne, red beet salad with walnuts on pita chips, seared ahi tuna and other nibbles.

In tribute to Perry Martinez, Chris Ralston said, “Judy’s professional excellence and integrity combined with her enduring leadership and community are extraordinary and remarkable,” adding that she “chooses to be a public service advocate … a trait we all admire and respect.”

Judy’s response acknowledged the support from her husband, Rene, who “has encouraged me to be a better person for others.” She concluded with thanks to NOBA “from the bottom of my heart.”

Around and About

At its Fall Coffee at 2 Audubon Place, the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Newcomers’ Welcome honored Shantay N. Bolton, Ph.D., Ilianna Kwaske, Ann Owens and Ginny Wise.

The Sybarites, which enjoyed a delightful luncheon at Commander’s Palace, has Celeste Eustis (president), Lisa Sinders, Mary Stewart Bailey, Helen Young and Mendy Barry (ex-officio) as current officers.