The Metairie Woman’s Club proved that a diamond anniversary was a “girl’s” best friend; The Louisiana Bar Foundation hailed Fellows well feted; and the Tulane University Freeman School of Business made entrepreneurs the attraction.

Diamond Ado

Good times blended with good tidings when the Metairie Woman’s Club amassed members, guests and special friends at the Metairie Country Club to hail its 75 years. Needless to say, memorabilia played a major role, and music by Mizie Liccardi reflected that sentiment. Still, the future was firmly in focus in both the long term and enduring friendships (and the continual addition of new members), as well as in the camera eye. Photographer Mark Day took pictures for the memory books, which will eventually join the MWC’s archives at Tulane University Library.

Photos certainly were taken of the pretty posies by Finnin’s Florist, pink Radiance Roses, the club’s flower, that bedecked tables and, as corsages, the apparel of committee members and past presidents. Another to-be-remembered attraction was the Jubilee cake by Jean Luc Albin of Maurice’s French Pastries that was enjoyed after the bounty of the buffet and cut by the longest standing member and past president, Beverly Dumestre Hughes Watts. To honor her club longevity of 50 years, she was presented a certificate.

Additional highlights were the “Through the Years” slide show presented by Yvonne Perret, the club’s Tree of Life made by Jane and Al Livaudais with the listing of the members and founders, the attendance of special guests state Sen. and Mrs. Conrad Appel, and proclamations. Club member Coleen Perilloux Landry read one from Gov. Bobby Jindal marking the 75th anniversary celebration “Metairie Woman’s Club Diamond Jubilee Day,” and Jefferson Parish President John Young cited the club’s community services, adding, “It is known that when the ladies of Metairie Woman’s Club speak, politicians listen. So don’t ever stop speaking.”

Jubilee committee headliners included Chairwomen Beverly Christina and Linda Gallagher with husbands Carlo and Richard, along with the above Coleen Landry with Elgin, Cindy Garic, Beverly Watts , Linda Deichmann with Dan, Kathleen McGregor, Irene Rogillio, and club President Melanie Rose. Within the ranks of in-attendance past prezzes were Bea Mestayer with Henry, Ginger Crawford, Mary Membreno, Marguerite Ricks with Charles, Julie Lawton, Virginia Cullens, Evelyn Smith, Iona Myers, Polly Thomas and Sue Rooney. They socialized with dozens of MWC pals, including Pat Hanemann, and 25 years-plus members Agnes Jones and Joan Donnow, who was joined by Jack.

Tradition enjoyed yet another play at the reception when, at the end, everyone joined hands and sang “God Bless America.”

Praising the Bar

Held in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The 28th annual Fellows Gala of the Louisiana Bar Foundation commenced with a patron party and then segued into the delights of dinner and the event’s just deserts. Honored were the 2013 “Distinguished” dignitaries in their fields: Carl E. Stewart, jurist; Frank X. Neuner Jr., attorney; William R. Corbett and Robert Force, professors; and, as the Calogero Justice Award recipient, Judge Robert H. Morrison III. Joining them were spouses JoAnn Stewart, Tracy Neuner, Monica Corbett, Ruth Force, and Linda Morrison.

Teamed as gala chairmen were Chris Ralston with Kelsey Meeks, and, in a turnabout of names, Kelsey Funes with husband Chris. Further notables were LBF President Leo Hamilton with Gwen, Vice President Judge Wendell Manning with Ashley, Treasurer Minor Pipes with Jill, Secretary Jane Sherman with Stephen, Valerie Briggs Baragas with Trey, Elwood Cahill with Sandra, Phil Wittmann with Anne, and Patricia Krebs. Also, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson and retired Chief Justices Pascal Calogero and Kitty Kimball with Clyde, as well as retired Justice Harry Lemmon and spouse Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon.

Making the evening a further and sure success were flowers by Dee Carson, photography by Matthew Hinton, a martini bar (Republic National Distributing Company), extensive patron party and dinner menus, India Stewart-designed gifts, the exciting auction and the raffle of Saints season tickets. And as aural embellishment, John Mahoney & Band made a lively contribution.


Extended by the “Tulane University Freeman School of Business and Dean Ira Solomon and Susan Solomon and Drs. Ralph Maurer and Margaret Butler,” the green-on-ivory invitation continued with the beckoning to the Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala at the Westin New Orleans at Canal Place that honored Adelaide W. “T” Martin, the Commander’s Family of Restaurants as 2014 Distinguished Entrepreneur, and Dana L. Day and Stanley R. Day Jr., NewDay Foundation, 2014 Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs. During the course of the evening, the 2014 NewDay Challenge and Tulane Business Model Competition winners were announced.

Applauding them within a crowd of 200 were Leslie Henry, Dottie Brennan and Ella Brennan, David and Stephanie Barksdale, Yvette and Rick Jones, Iftikahr and Angela Ahmad, Carol Markowitz, Coleen and Chip Duncan, John and Patty Elstrott, Ralph Maurer and Meg Butler, Christopher Cover and Stephanie Braverman, David and Tiffany Rieveschl, and Irwin Simon. As they conversed over prandial pleasures, the guests in the hotel’s 12th-floor ballroom cast an appreciative eye on the impressive view of downtown. Commented one attendee, “A beautiful setting for the dinner gala.”

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