Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church and School in Mandeville recently held their 11th annual auction and gala, Fleur de Fall, on the beautiful campus grounds. Co-chairs Casey Levy and Letha Tepper transformed the environs into an evening celebrating the "Roaring '20s," complete with candlelight and crystals on café tables and luminous décor reminiscent of the days of Gatsby and the jazz age.

A large white tent housed the food and beverages, with numerous tables arranged near the dance floor, and the musical entertainment, Peace of Cake, kept guests jumping and jiving all evening long.

The silent and live auctions produced feverish bidding for items such as the opportunity to rename the street that leads to the rectory, a reserved parking spot near the Parish Center, a one-week stay in a Warehouse District condominium and an opportunity to name the cafeteria and outdoor pavilion.

Other special events at the gala included a martini and Champagne bar, a $10,000 draw-down raffle, a tuition raffle and a photo booth. Sybil Skansi is the principal of the school, and Rev. John-Nhan Tran is the parish pastor.

Committee members for this year’s outstanding Fleur de Fall Gala included David Doherty, Kevin Levy, Amie Post, Courtney Smith, Joe Luquet, Melissa Donahoe, Jonee Ferrand, Laurel Crosby, Michelle Schmidt, Courtney Bourgeois, Heather King, Steve Fradella, Jane Kolb, Karen Baker, Courtney Dodson, Cheryl Fahr, Melany Graham, Ann Barre, Pat Rosenow, Missy Markiewicz, Allison Paine, Danielle Stone, Mark Inman, Suzanne Brister, Kim DiVittorio, Kari Doyle, Elise Bennett and William Bennett.

Peace Lutheran Boo-Tacular

Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Slidell hosted its annual Boo-Tacular senior citizen luncheon recently in the large Mission Center on campus.

More than 100 guests were invited to the festive soiree, including residents of The Greenbriar Community Care Center, Live Oak Senior Living and Park Provence.

Each participant was greeted with door-prize tickets and escorted to seats by one of the many volunteers on hand. Tables were set with linens in hues of orange, purple, green and black, and each place setting was marked with a Halloween treat bag and ghostly goodies.

The large room was decorated from top to bottom with banners and signage welcoming the Halloween season and all who dared to enter. 

The Slidell Ladies for Liberty organization helped serve the meals, which included dishes such as individual chicken pot pies with hand-made pumpkin crusts, zombie coleslaw, haunting hot dogs, ghoulish green beans and a large variety of sweet treats.

Rev. Barbara Simmers, along with all the costumed volunteers, made sure each guest received a door prize and had the opportunity to take a spin on the dance floor before their outing was complete.

For information on upcoming community events at Peace Lutheran, visit or call (985) 641-6400.

Missie Arata Noel is the society writer for the north shore. She can be contacted by email at