Crusading Against Cancer

Fifteen years ago, Cancer Crusaders initiated its first “Celebration of Life Luncheon” and since then, the Crusader Parade has continued in fine force and fettle. At the most recent event in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott New Orleans, cancer survivors were hailed and offered “support, admiration and applause.” The names to know: Samantha Battaglia Arnold, Lynn P. Creel, Heidi G. Dugan, Holley L. Haag, Yvonne Hill Jackson, Suzanne Lindley (not present), Diana Noveck, Jo Ann Paulin, Linda Phillips, Janice Watsky and Elizabeth Williams. They were welcomed by honoree liaison Connie Albert and presented on stage by master of ceremonies Richard Buchsbaum, who sported a specially-made “thinking pink” wooden bowtie.

Additional headliners were CC Co-Presidents Edith Catching and Kathleen Robert; various chairwomen, Debbie Buchler and Dawn Miller, luncheon committee; Susie Baker and Janet Buchler (with husband Jim), auction; and Deborah Bush and Linda Camnetar, Parade of Prizes; and representatives from the major sponsors and the cancer centers at Tulane University and LSU Health New Orleans, the cancer research beneficiaries of all CC’s profits. Especially thanked was Kenneth Bogle (with Christa) on behalf of Pelican Energy Consultants LLC, the presenting sponsor, for a gift of $30,000.

In the spirit of Halloween, glowing witches’ brooms decorated the tables to “Sweep Away Cancer.” Shrimp remoulade, braised beef short ribs, and a delicious mini dessert trio formed the menu.

Within the luncheon legions were Joe Ann Perrien, Penny Baumer, Virginia Eckholdt, Margaret Wagner, Robert and Carolyn Treuting, Stacy Ricks, Don and Judy Pellisier, Diane Hollis (one of the many prize winners), Dianne Breaux, Jim Caridi, Janet and Irwin Schwary, Ford Favre, Dr. Augusto Ochoa, Dr. Prescott Deininger and Celia, Roger Juneau, Rob and Cindy Wooderson, Carol Lee and Tom Rappold, Chad Leingang, Lucy Ruffino, Karen Seiler, Lynn Parks, and Chad and Vanessa Berg. “Together, we will find a cure” was the message.

Jasper Johns

Spouses Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen cordially invited guests to celebrate the opening of “Jasper Johns: Reversals” at the New Orleans Museum of Art. A patron preview launched the looking and levity, which then moved to the Donna Perret Rosen Lecture. It unfolded as a conversation on stage in the museum between Carter Foster of the Whitney (New York) Museum of American Art and Keven Salatino of the Huntington Library and Art Collection in California. Dinner honoring the speakers followed in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden with the Besthoffs in attendance, as was NOMA director Susan Taylor. Seated ‘neath the stars — during what many called a “perfect evening” — close friends of the Rosens, several from New York (where the Rosens live most of the time), dined on bruschetta, braised short rib of beef, and housemade doberge cake. Ralph Brennan Catering, Kim Starr Wise Floral Events. Perrier Rentals, and Crescent Sound and Light made the “p” in “perfect” a capital one.

As for the name of lecture, which exists as a series, it was established by Ben in Donna’s name to honor her love of American artists.

A Bewitching Affair

The New Orleans Garden Society held its Halloween-inspired “A Bewitching Affair” at the Audubon Tea Room with proceeds slated for Longue Vue Gardens and the Tranquil Garden, National Shrine of Blessed Francis Seelos Center.

Always a fun and multifacted event, the annual luncheon and Dillard’s-hosted fashion show had a hat contest (with Nancy Iovino, Alice Reese, Janell Weber, Penny Baumer and Lynn Abide as winners), 55 Parade of Prizes items, a 50/50, a silent auction, Margaret Orr as the mistress of ceremonies, and as models, NOGS members Jackie Elliott, Anita Garcia, Cynthia Glancy, Brenda Higgins, Janice Leckert, Lee Lynch and Cindy Voss. The Tea Room’s Richard Buchsbaum made rounds, hearing a host of compliments on the food: a salad, drum amandine and one of the cutest desserts ever confected: a comic witch face made from sweet treats. Camera phones clicked away.

Denise Mehurin, who makes fabulous witches’ hats, is the NOGS president; the above Cynthia Glancy and Laurel Reid combined festive forces as luncheon chairwoman; Jane Joyner did the amazing centerpieces of witches’ shoes and a broom; and Debbie Albert, Virginia Cowan, Cathy Langhoff, Carole McGinity, Cindy Voss and the above Jackie, Brenda, Janice and Lee served on the “Bewitching” committee.

So did Irene Klinger, whose tableful of guests included emcees Bob and Jan Carr. A “boo-tiful” bounty.

The Autumn Affair

The Metairie residence of Gabe and Karen Corchiani was the setting for the patron party for Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful’s Autumn Affair. Funds beautify and landscape public green spaces in Jefferson Parish. Carey Hammett chairs the Friends board, and the above Holley Haag (with Patrick Quinn), Friends Vice President Lucy Thomas (with David), Elesha Kelleher (with Friends Treasurer Albert), and Ashley Price Swanson spearheaded the gala. More VIPs were Friends Secretary Joe Baucum with Cindy, Jackie Madden, Jack Stumpf and Gerri, Michael Whealdon with Mary, Mary Fay Legnon, Ed Marshall, spouses JoAnn Christopher and Jozsef Toth, Mary Ellen Miller with Cliff, and, with David, Dessa Giffin, who just co-chaired (with Edmund Redd) “Magic in the Moonlight” at City Park.

Additional attendees were Jefferson Parish Department of Parkways director Brook Burmaster, Marla Garvey, Richard Price, Ninette and Perry Eastman, Bubba Boisfontaine, and Peter Waring. All enjoyed the fine fare of café/b (chef Mike Uddo) and Broussard’s Restaurant (chefs Marv Ammari and Chris Ycaza), as well as libations from Martin Wine Cellar. Sports goodies, a private theater screening donated by The Theatres at Canal Place, a chef’s dinner at Chateau du Lac and artwork were among the auction’s enticements.