Colonial days were recalled at a banquet at the New Orleans Country Club; the Hilton Riverside drew supporters of the Jewish Endowment Foundation; and the Vieux Carre home of Dr. Carlos Trujillo was transformed into an Italian street fair for the French Quarter Advocates.
Good causes — and times — were duly observed.
The Joint Fall Court
The Society of Colonial Wars in Louisiana (the “Warriors”) and the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Louisiana (the “Dames”) came together on a recent Friday evening for the Joint Fall Court. Mrs. James J. Morrison Jr. answers to president of the Dames, and Herschel Lee Abbott Jr., to governor of the Warriors. Concerning the attire for the formal dinner, white tie was preferred. Black tie was permitted.
Among the honored guests were society Governor-General Gerald Gettys Tyrrell and wife Betsy of Louisville, Kentucky. After an introduction by Governor Abbott, Gerald Tyrrell of the General Society of Colonial Wars spoke about the Warriors’ activities and encouraged members to attend the General Society meeting in Bermuda in May 2015.
Further notables were Anne Abbott and JJ Morrison, spouses of the above Herschel and Pat; Fall Court Co-Chairmen Eugene “Gene” Preaus, a former governor, and Ann; past Governor-General Howard Soper with Carroll, a Dames past president; and past Governor Harry and Susan Kelleher. In Carnival circles, Herschel Abbott and Harry Kelleher have answered to Rex, as did dinner attendee Hunter Pierson, who was joined by Cathy.
Dining, too, were Rutledge and Joy Clement, Walter and Ella Flower, sisters Laura Shields and Betsy Nalty Simmons with Sonny and Dick, Jim and Jo Nelle Kepper, newlywed Bob Pettit — he and Alma Slatten swapped vows several months ago, Cliff Jackson and Col. Sheila Krenter, Cathryn Abbott Jones and Middleton O’Malley, and Craig and Louise “Weesie” Ripley. To mention most.
Round tables of eight seated the Warriors and Dames, who, not only enjoyed prandial pleasures and the amiable company, but also the music of the Marine Brass Band.
The Tzedakah Award
Fall colors embellished the ballroom of the Hilton Riverside for the 2014 annual event of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, which was billed “Brunch” and chaired by Bob Brickman. Thanks for underwriting in part tapped the Whitney Bank, Francis L. Fraenkel, the Jean and Saul A. Mintz Supporting Family Foundation, Postlethwaite & Netterville, and the Hartwig Moss Insurance Agency.
Awards were many, led off by the Tzedakah Award, JEF’s highest honor, for Karen and Eddie Soll. It was presented by Maury Herman. Further laureates and presenters were Andi Lestelle, JEF President Richard Cahn; Morton Katz, JEF executive director Sandy Levy; Ellie Wainer, and the above JEF Vice President Andi Lestelle. Immediate past President Carol Wise was the subject of a special presentation.
Rabbi Robert Loewy gave the invocation.
Joining the Solls were sons and daughters-in-law Shea and Michelle (and their triplet daughters Lauren, Maya and Reyna), Michael and Stacey, and Gregg and Ellen. With some of the above-mentioned were Caroline Brickman; Vivian Cahn with mom Hertha Bart and brother and sister-in-law Morris and Cathy Bart — the Cahn and Bart families are past Tzedakah recipients, as are several of the following; Terry Lestelle and his mother, June; Bruce Wainer with his and Ellie’s children, Courtney and Josh, and Bruce’s parents, Beverly and Lester; Ginny Wise Wilkins; and Carole Katz with her and Morton’s sons, Andrew, Brian and Jonathan.
Noted, too, were Charles A. “Rusty” Levy III and Renee; John and Amy Gainsburgh Haspel, Kim Austin, Jeff Charrier, Greg Hodlewsky, Marianne and Isidore Cohn, Melinda and Morris Mintz, Alan Franco, Tim and Sheila Gold, and past JEF Presidents Joyce Pulitzer and Ellen Yellin with Sidney and Marc.
Congratulations to the awardees abounded.
La Bella Italia
Guests felt transported to Italian turf, thanks to the “street fair” decorations of string lights, gingham table runners, sunflowers in wine carafe centerpieces, and banners from different regions of the thematic country. Of course, food was an integral part of the French Quarter Advocates Gala and it pleased the party pack with an antipasto table provided by Southern Hospitality Catering, a seafood charcuterie board by Redfish Grill, main courses by Crescent City Brewhouse and Rocky & Carlo’s Restaurant, and desserts by Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café and Vincent’s Italian Restaurant. Matassa’s Market provided an assortment of Italian wines.
The proverbial icing on the cake came from the vocalists: mandolinist and crooner Eddie Russo and opera singers Robin Follman, soprano, and Linda Malin, mezzo soprano. The latter two regaled the assembly with arias.
Delighting in the event were French Quarter Advocates founder and President Bryan Drude, host Carlos Trujillo, Alvin Able and Virginia Boulet, Carole Follman, Harold and Lynne Neitzschman, Michael Wilkinson, FQA Vice President Linda Malin and Bill Miller, Jeff and Celia Collins, Kay Baxter, Mia Mattassa, Lynda DePanicis and Brian Hooper, Jim Caridi, Margarita Bergen, and John and Crystal Hinds.
A sense of history permeated the partying and generated the Italian theme. The home of host Carlos was the former convent and orphanage of Mother Cabrini, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C., an Italian religious sister and founder of many institutions. She was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1909. According to Bryan Drude, “It was the perfect setting for a very successful event with everyone having a fantastic time.”