The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala is March 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the New Orleans Saints indoor training facility, 5800 Airline Drive, Metairie.

The black-tie event will feature an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music by the Brass-A-Holics and a silent auction. For the first time, the auction items can be viewed online on the chamber’s website,

Tickets are $125 per person. A number of sponsorship levels also are available. Proceeds from the event support the Jefferson Chamber’s efforts in public policy advocacy and quality-of-life initiatives.

For tickets and more information, call (504) 835-3880.

MG Walk is set for March 5

The fifth annual New Orleans Myasthenia Gravis Walk is March 5 at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

Registration for the 1-mile and 3-mile walks will begin at 9 a.m., and the walks are at 10 a.m. You can also register in advance at

The event has raised more than $150,000 locally in the previous four years, and nationally, MG Walks in 35 cities have raised more $3 million to find a cure for the neuromuscular disease.

Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups. Muscles that control eye movements, blinking, chewing, swallowing, breathing, coughing and facial expression, as well as the arms and legs, can be affected.

Old Jefferson resident Charlene Watkins has been selected as the New Orleans MG Walk Hero.

“Myasthenia gravis is a condition that is invisible,” said Watkins, who has had MG since 2005. “You may look perfectly OK to some, but you’re really not. When you try to explain, no one understands it. I want people to learn more. I want to help people who aren’t yet diagnosed, or are misdiagnosed, to get answers and support.”

Following the walk, there will be entertainment, a photo booth, refreshments and food including jambalaya, hot dogs, fruit and snacks.

For more information about the walk, call Tommy Santora at (504) 376-7474 or email him at

Al Briede race is March 5

The 49th annual Al Briede Gold Cup will be held March 5, beginning and ending along the levee area of the Lake Pontchartrain Lakefront in Metairie’s Bucktown area.

Race-day registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. The 1-mile race begins at 8 a.m., and both a 3-mile and 10K race begin at 8:30 a.m. Advance registration is available through the New Orleans Track Club website at

A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Louisiana SPCA.

For more information and to register, call (504) 304-2326 or send an email to

Senior group to meet

Harahan Mayor Tina Miceli will be the guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the St. Rita Silver Trotters at 7 p.m. Thursday in the St. Rita Gym, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting. A trip to the New Orleans Lakefront Airport is planned for 10 a.m. March 9. The cost, $35 for members and $40 for guests, includes the bus fare, tour and lunch.

And in honor of St. Joseph’s Day, a potluck dinner is planned for March 19 after the 4 p.m. Mass. Everyone is asked to bring their favorite dish.

For more information, call Louise Chapman at (504) 737-3797.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at