Party paces were made by The Millennials at the Awards Show and post bash; the Jesuits, with the recent Jubilee celebration, the first for the new USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus; and Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars V, a gathering at Barcadia for contestants in the “Dancing with the Stars’’-type fundraiser that will unfold on Sept. 6 at Generations Hall to benefit Bridge House/Grace House.
Celebration of a Generation
Well over 500 attendees rubbed designer-clad shoulders in the Civic at the Millennial Awards Ceremony hosted by Lauren “Fleurty Girl” Thom and Councilman-at-Large Jason Williams. Adding to the exciting conversational buzz was the music by DJ G-Cue and the live entertainment by the Honorable South and Big Freedia.
Honors abounded with “Outstanding Millennial” categories tapping vocalist Robin Barnes; Jason Burns, partner, QCS Logistics; Travers Mackel, WDSU reporter; Stew Krane, sales manager, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; Michelle Craig, attorney, Adams and Reese; Amanda Aiken, principal of Lawrence D. Crocker College Preparatory School; Kelisha Garrett, community relations manager, Harrah’s; Daniel Victory, owner of Victory Bar; and Howard Rodgers, financial adviser, Raymond James & Associates.
Also, Andrea Chen, founder of Propeller; Jordan Ruiz, owner and chef, the Munch Factory; Mario J. Garner, president and CEO, New Orleans East Hospital; Jolie Benson, owner and designer, Jolie & Elizabeth; Matt Schwartz, co-founder, Domain Companies; Vicki Bristol, communications manager, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; Ashlee Arceneaux, owner, SmallChalk; Tiffany Fennell Starnes, vice president, FSC Interactive; Anicka Marshall, founder, AJM Design and Build; Danielle Wright, social worker, Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies; musician Irvin Mayfield; and Buddy Boe, chief administrative officer, St. Charles Parish. Huzzahs, all!
Restaurants figured in the Millennials’ competition. Thanks tapped the participating Aloha Sushi, Besh Steak, Galatoire’s 33: Bar & Steak, The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel, The Irish House, Manning’s, Mizado Cocina, MoPho, the Munch Factory, and Namese. As guests mingled and noshed, they voted on the generous eateries. In first, second and third places were the Munch Factory, Mizado Cocina, and The Grill Room.
In addition to the above laureates, socializers included Toya Barnes-Teamer and Rod Teamer, Nolan Marshall, Courtney Boe with the above Buddy, Adrian K. Cohn and Samantha Wolf, Cleveland Spears III (the evening’s host), Kurt Weigle, Butler Burdine, Austin and Beth Lavin, Cheryl Teamer, Malana M. Joseph and Ruffin Mitchell III, and Ronald Evangelista.
After the closing remarks, musical momentum took over and the Celebration of a Generation stepped to the beat.
An official decree from Rome, establishing the new province, USA Central and Southern Province (which is located in St. Louis, Mo.), was read during the Jubilee Eucharistic celebration at Holy Name of Jesus Church, when 37 Jesuits were honored for their 1,975 years of cumulative service. Most all were present, as was Provincial President the Very Rev. Ronald A. Mercier, master of ceremonies the Rev. Stephen C. Rowntree, homilist the Rev. John W. Padberg — all SJ — along with participation from Ronald Briggs, Ursula Kaley, Mary Leisring, Ken Weber, Marcus St. Julien, Vance Wolf, Alex Mayon and Earsings four in Michael, Kathleen, Michaleen and Mackenzie.
As the 2014 Jubilarians, four — the Revs. Thomas J. Madden, Padberg, Nicholas T. Schiro and John L. Vessels, all SJ, — were honored for 70 Years in the Society. Three remaining Years-in-the-Society categories remained for 60, 50, and 25 with three for Years in the Priesthood.
In the Danna Center of Loyola University, a large, lively reception followed with music by Joe Simon’s Jazz Quartet, catering by Sodexo (with such favorites as crab cakes, muffalettas, crawfish pies, sushi, and Gulf shrimp) and a brace of cakes — one chocolate, one lemon — decorated with the new province’s emblem and the House of Loyola colors of maroon and gold. Accompanying the sweet treats were celebratory champagne and iced café au lait.
Mingling about — some in from away — were Mary Jolley with nephew Lloyd Allen, Bernard and Marcela Panetta, the above Ronald Briggs with Gwen, Sally Duplantier with son David, Sal and Margaret Mary Mule, Roland and Arlene Wiltz, Verna Landrieu, Elizabeth Tetlow, Sal Christiana with Velma Kantrow, Katherine de Montluzin, the Rev. Fred Kammer, SJ, (leaving a week or so later for the wedding of nephew Michael Kammer in Paraguay), Evangeline Vavrick and daughter Eve, Irene Mackenroth, President Emeritus of Loyola the Rev. Jim Carter, SJ, and Holy Name of Jesus Pastor the Rev. Eddie Gros, SJ. Hundreds more milled about extending congratulations galore to the Jubilarians.
At Barcadia, contestants and supporters of Bridge House/Grace House, the annual Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars, volunteers, and friends assembled for a glass of cheer and talk of the Sept. 6 competition that will take place at Generations Hall with, as a few of the many attractions, food, a silent auction, the dance competition, entertainment and general dancing. The contestants, generally high-profile Orleanians, are also volunteers who spend hours rehearsing routines with professional dance partners to raise money for BH/GH.
Noted were Mike Deagano, Jeri Wheeler, Kevin Gardere, Joe Pitman, Angelino Brocato, Adam Greenbaum, Brian Jones, Jorge Yero, Stanton Ripp, and others, who munched on the snacks provided by Barcadia, and discussed the excitement (and the passion) of the upcoming dancing.