Ladies who lunch took on a whole new meaning as United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council met at the newly re-designed Hilton. A movement of women whose goal is to influence the condition of Acadiana children through advocacy, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project has purportedly reached 17,000 area children and the focus was early learning and literacy. “We’re expanding the outreach, where we want to go and what we want to do,” said Mallory Dubus, United Way special events and individual giving manager. Policy Institute for Literacy Executive Director Melanie Bronfin gave the keynote and further advocated for early childhood education, while taking it all in at the tables were UW President Margaret Trahan, luncheon Chairwoman Katie Hebert, Krissie Dake, Kris Patterson, Emily Kean, and May flowers Miriam Bourgeois and Mazie Movassaghi. What we loved: The Raffaele fur wrap up for raffle and excellent NOLA jazz trio Oscar Rossignoli, Trey Boudreaux and Brad Webb. “New Orleans is a fun city to be young and play music in,” said Webb. We couldn’t agree more.

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