Gimme Some LOVE
And 1,400 people did at the annual LOVE in the Garden presented by Whitney Bank. The inspiration has been the iconic sculpture by pop artist Robert Indiana with the letters L and canted O over the VE. One such piece can be found in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden of the New Orleans Museum of Art, where the al fresco bash took place. A patrons’ party kicked off the “luv” levity at 7 p.m., followed an hour later by the Garden Party. At 9 p.m., the late-night party went into a festive mode.
Festive attire was requested for the “rain or shine event” that honors several New Orleans artists each year. Accolades befell Anita Cooke, Simon Gunning, Karoline Schleh and Bob Snead for 2017. “These four artists represent the very best in our creative community,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director, shortly before the event to celebrate visual and culinary artists in the Crescent City. Guests were lured by a fundraiser offering “the Best in New Orleans Food, Spirits, and Entertainment.” Making that all possible were event Chairwomen Olivia Carisella, Eleanor Davis, Glendy Forster, Joanna Giorlando, Kathleen Mix and Carol Short. Lynda Warshauer is the NOMA Volunteer Committee chairwoman.
Festive features were manifold, starting with the décor by Perrier Party Rentals and the lighting by Crescent Sound and Light. Five dozen restaurants served food during the Garden Party, while the Late Night chomps included offerings from Cocoa and Cream, Grita Tacos, Morning Call in the Oaks, Nola Snow Snowballs, and the Red Stove Food Truck. In turn, the Kinfolk Brass band, BRW and DJ Brice Nice set the night to music.
Among the “LOVE” legions were Sydney and Walda Besthoff, Sheila and Britton Sanderford, Cathy and Morris Bart, Stephanie and Ludovico Feoli, Virginia Boulet and Alvin R. Able Jr., Ellen and Mac Ball, Danielle Kavanagh, Steven Lane, Drs. Agnes and Michael Kotler, Sharon Jacobs and Leonard A. Davis, Dianne and James Carisella, Susu and Andrew Stall, Suzie and Pierre Villere with Buddy and Jean Bolton, Sally Richards, Penny and Al Baumer, Natasha and Dr. Pulin Shah, Elizabeth and Willy Monaghan, Bryant York, and Janice Parmelee and Bill Hammack.
A highlight of the hobnobbing was the LOVE Cocktail Challenge presented by SKYY Vodka. Eleven craft cocktails from the city’s celebrated bartenders were created on a variation of LOVE. The challengers were Tyler Chauvin, Megan Devine, Kirk Estopinal, Alia Fawaz, Paul Gustings, Hadi Ktiri, Beth McCaskey, Chris McMillian, Kimberly Patton-Bragg, Daniel Victory and Evan Wolf. Winner Chauvin, of Treo, used the theme of unrequited love for his BULLDOG Gin drink titled “She Keeps on Passion Me By.” We loved it!
A well-launched levity underscored the 17th annual Belles and Beaus ball benefitting the New Orleans American Cancer Society. Held in the Mardi Gras World Ballroom, it was bannered “Soar Beyond” and gave supporters the opportunity to reach new heights in the “mission to create a world that is free from the pain and suffering of cancer.” Tastings from 40 local restaurants and bars, premier live and silent auctions, entertainment by Karma and dancing by Crescent City Fae dance krewe lured the legions.
The event’s VIPs arrived early and rubbed shoulders in the Grand Oaks Mansion Room, featuring noshes by Clancy’s, Patois, Boucherie, Superior Seafood and Stoli. Rendering the theme, the ballroom was rich with blue lighting and aerialist Liza Rose (held aloft by silks), as well as a painter, who captured the merriment from the second-story Sky Lounge. Sleek white furniture and flowers evoked an upscale lounge.
Katherine Kleinpeter Raymond, event chairwoman, opened the program. Subsequent notables were emcees Nancy Parker and Glen Boyd for the welcome and a message from the Honorary Chairman of Hope, Dr. Larry Hollier (joined by wife Diane.) Then came the announcement of the 2017 Belle & Beau honorees. Tapped as Belles were Carla Adams, Kiki Baker Barnes, Crystal Bell, Ruby Brewer, Laura Claverie, Ashlie Chocheles, Dr. Deirdre Hooper, Sara Khara, Shelby Sanderford and Alix Schaubhut. The Beaus were Steven Blumhagen, Jerry Bologna, Dr. John Colfry III, David Gaines, Jacob Giardina, Dr. Eric D. Griggs, Michael Milling, Dr. Oliver Sartor, Carl Schaubhut and Giorgio Valobra.
The 20 honorees are local men and women who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer. Funds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society’s local programs and services, including the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge.
Mingling, too, within a crowd of 700 were Meg and David Sumrall, George and Shirley Kleinpeter, Christi and Bill Giardina, Sarah and Eric Ehrensing, Joe and Meaghan Bonavita, Jeff and Remi Jenkins, Chad and Vanessa Berg, Sid and Nancy Degan, Nikki Candies, Jim and Stacy Guest, Jordan and Jessica Schulman, Terrance and Stephanie Osborne, Liz Reyes, Michael and Terry Fontham, and Shannon McCloskey Able, who co-chaired the gala and will answer to chairwoman in 2018. Supporters are already highlighting that date of Sept. 21.
The Business of the Forum
“Big Ideas, Big Data – Connecting. Managing. Improving” were keywords for the Tulane Association of Business Alumni-presented 38th annual Tulane Business Forum that unfolded in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana was the Presenting Sponsor; Capital One, Forum Underwriter; and The New Orleans Advocate, the Presenting Media Sponsor.
The social apex was a reception at No. 2 Audubon Place, which gathered Tulane President Michael A. Fitts, Provost Robin Forman, TABA President David Kearney, and Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and the keynote speaker of the Forum Luncheon. Also, Forum panel moderator Christopher K. Ralston; A.B. Freeman School of Business Dean Ira Solomon, who gave welcoming remarks at the luncheon; and Larry Smith and Jennifer McCausland (with Patrick), respective co-chairman and coordinator of the Forum. Mark Preston was the other co-chairman. Jimmy Maxwell’s pianism added just the right notes.
As guests moved about the spacious rooms of the mansion, they enjoyed the specialty drink of Southern Comfort and lemonade, while grazing the Galatoire’s-catered buffet. Delicious treats included shrimp Remoulade, mini beef Wellingtons, and a slew of cheeses.
Other notable attendees — all with titles — were John and Jennifer Clarke, Guy Brierre, John and Jennifer Marshall, Phillip May, Drew Marsh, John Maginnis, Dianne Eysink, Scott and Brady Cunningham, David and Tiffany Rieveschl and Stephanie and Mark Kleehammer.
Around and About
In the October issue of Vanity Fair, readers are riveted by The International Best-Dressed List. In the “Women” category, one of the 10 featured is singer, recording artist and activist Solange Knowles, of New Orleans.