Miles of Smiles!

Dental Diversions

The 2017 New Orleans Dental Association President’s Installation took place at the Metairie Country Club with Dr. Gustavo M. Coutin tapped as the 99th president. When he addressed the assembly, he spoke on how honored he is to be president, his goals, and the support of his family, including spouse Vivian, to whom he gave red roses, and their daughters, Dr. Julia, attending with Patrick Laborde, and Ana with fiancé Edward Joseph Martin IV. They will swap vows in June.

Dr. Donald R. Toso acted as master of ceremonies, new grandfather Dr. Peter Tufton (with Linda) gave the invocation; Dr. Coutin presented the Past President’s Award to Dr. Richard Owens, who, in turn, gave the President’s Award to Dr. Coutin; and Dr. Glenn C. Dubroc (with Bobbi) presented the Honor Dentist Award to Dr. Kristi M. Soileau. Joining her were her husband, Dr. David C. DeGenova, son Alex, and her father, Jim Soileau. Louisiana Dental Association President-Elect David J. Hildebrandt installed the NODA officers and directors.

The spring décor of the Metairie Country Club made a lovely setting for the dinner and its prandial pleasures of trout amandine, sautéed pork Cordon Bleu and strawberry shortcake.

Relishing all aspects of the evening were Brent and Lele Wood, Dr. Charlie and Molly Heidingsfelder Silvia, and Drs. Darlene Bassett (with Dr. Toso), Donald Bennett with Monique, Gizelle P. Richard with Paul, Jessica E. Tingstrom with Jose Suarez, Francesca C. Velasco with Mario Jimeno, Kristopher R. Rappold with Constance Daniel, and Donald and Normalee Ward. For Drs. Toso, Bassett and Dubroc, the banquet recalled their own past recognition as Honor Dentists.

Making a Colorful Statement

Cabrini’s Night of Green and Gold, which was sponsored by Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, unfolded on the grounds of Cabrini High School with HGI Realty & Facility Management, along with Steven Herbert and Blaine Gahagan, as the patron party sponsors, and Buddy and Judy Hartle and Mark and Desiree Williams as the gala chaircouples. From the school came President Jack S. Truxillo (with his wife), alumna and principal Yvonne Legrand Hrapmann, and Special Events Eirector Carol Z. Martin. Another alum, Allison Braxton-Baehr, was the mistress of ceremonies and auctioneer, revving up excitement for choice items.

Gala guests entered through a garden of flowers and plants; area restaurants and purveyors provided a slew of taste treats; and Band Camp made merry music. Reveling in the “Green and Gold” excitement were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Billings, the Richard Tuckers, Sister Alize Zanon of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Steve Herberts, Deborah Schlumbrecht, Michelle Douglas, the Patrick Claffeys, Madeline Suer, Cynthia Pazos, Michelle Gonsoulin, the Thomas Metzes, Andree Bonnaffons Tullis, and dozens more. All hoped for luck in the featured raffles and the 50/50 and placed bids in the silent auction. Cut-glass, for-purchase centerpieces became special souvenirs of a glorious moonlit evening by Bayou St. John.

“Emerald” Facets and Fun

Archbishop Chapelle High School held its 2017 Emerald Gala at the Copeland Towers, starting with a 250-person patron party in the Mardi Gras Ballroom, and followed by the gala in the same location. The venue catered, Jim Hanzo emceed, the Rummel-Chapelle Jazz Band entertained and Snap Shotz Photo Booths LLC had lots of smiling participants. All alumnae, Allison Labbe Vogt (with Capt. Steven), Barbara Bode Bourgeois (with David) and Susan Chocheles Panzavecchia (with John) answered, in turn, to gala chairwoman, auction gift chairwoman, and to director of special events for ACHS.

Within the elegant green-themed décor were white and pink flowers, auction boards and items on display, a buffet dinner and a bar. Additional features were the “Fly Away” Delta Air Lines Raffle, parade of Prizes, 50/50, and a Kendra Scott Jewelry Pull. The silent auction’s 200 enticements added to the Chapelle coffers, as did the purchase of the 10 “live” ones, which included top trips, art, jewelry, sports events and a cute Maltipoo puppy.

A highlight of the bash was the presentation of the 2017 Deus Providebat Award to Ray and Jessica Brandt, presenting sponsors. They were accompanied by their daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Darryl Hartline, and their son, Zachary. The Brandts’ granddaughters, Lexie and Gabby, are current juniors at Chapelle and because of them, Jessica and Ray have become quite involved.

Making “Emerald” their social bling were Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn with Dawn, Kenner Councilman Dominick and Shannon Impastato, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, Chapelle chaplain the Rev. Christian DeLerno, 2017 Alumna of the Year Donna Clement with Geoffrey, Drs. James and Cherie Bragg, John and Joanna Theriot, Ray and Judy Spadafora, Dan and Danielle Rohli, Louis and Cynthia Reynolds, Stephen and Dayna Boudreaux, and hundreds more.

Tailgatin’ Tales

Lutheran High School’s Gryphon Gala XL presented “Tailgatin’ with the Gryphons” at Atonement Lutheran Fellowship Center, beginning at 5 p.m. with the silent auction of 250 items, followed at 7:30 p.m. by the verbal one of 24 led by Gary Crane with assistance from emcee Bruce Growden. In between was the seated dinner of salad, gumbo, lemon chicken, pasta, and bread pudding catered by Maple Street Café and chef Jameel Qutob.

Thematic decorations by honorary alum Jan Schindler Knecht, musical entertainment by Sherman Bernard and the “Ole Man River” Band, and the 50/50 raffle were further features. Knecht was also one of the four alums honored, along with Bethany Jones Gonski, and spouses Kerry Kessler and Tami Lawrence Kessler. Michelle Blackwell Clement (with Barry) and Nicole Blackwell (with Mike) teamed as Gryphon Gala chairwoman and “co”; Ron Krugler (with Ruth) was the honorary one; Kay Blackwell (with Warren) made rounds as board president; and from LHS came principal Carol Christen. Janice Schaff is the assistant principal.

Still others were Don and Nancy Koester, Mitzi Loughmiller, Steve and Kathy Koester, Jon Koester, Doug and Kristi Taglauer Nodurft, Gemelle Linzy, and Rachel Linzy. Many crossed their fingers for luck in the 170-bottle Wine Pull, hoping to win a bottle for a later — and real — tailgating.