Loyola Laurels

“Meet, greet and thank” were the key words at the recent Loyola University New Orleans Scholarship Dinner in the Audubon Tea Room. During the course of the evening, the major scholarship donors of the university were not only recognized and honored, but introduced to their scholarship recipients. The cocktail hour afforded an early opportunity for such meetings, which were enjoyed along with delicious hors d’oeuvres. Background music for the cocktailing and subsequent dinner was purveyed by Loyola student-musicians Samuel Kuslan, Calvin Morin-Martin and Evan Murphy.

When it was time for the formalities, Bill Bishop, vice president of institutional advancement, stepped forward with words of welcome and an introduction of Geoffrey Noote of the class of 2017, a Patrick Taylor Foundation Scholarship recipient. He, too, issued welcoming words.

Loyola President Emeritus the Rev. James C. Carter, SJ delivered the invocation. Folks then dined on spring-mix salad, pork loin with a chipotle coffee mint rub, and strawberry “shortcake” Napoleon. Colorful topiaries in full bloom from Adrian’s Florist added spring accents to the dining room.

Sherry Gilchrist, a senior from New Orleans, gave the student address with profuse thanks to the scholarship donors. She continued saying how the LaNasa-Greco Scholarship has changed her life and assured the donors that their gifts will help many future Loyola students.

Next up to address the crowd was Loyola President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, SJ, who thanked the donors whose gifts help Loyola “educate men and women with and for others.” A major highlight of the evening was the above Bill Bishop’s recognition of the family of Dr. and Mrs. Everett Drewes, who flew in for the occasion from Atlanta, New Jersey, and Baltimore to meet some of the Drewes scholarship recipients and to attend the dedication of the Drewes Conference Room. The family — Darla Kemp, Carol Santonicola and her daughter Julie Selby and her children — also stayed for the dedication. Prior to his death, Dr. Drewes decided to leave a $2.4 million gift to Loyola to support scholarships.

To close the program, the Rev. Ted Dziak, SJ, vice president of Mission and Ministry, delivered the benediction. The next day, he presided over the Drewes Conference Room dedication.

The dinner favors were metal bookmarks — replicas of the logo of Loyola’s current Faith in the Future campaign.

Among the in-attendance donors were Sally Duplantier with son and daughter-in-law David and Melanie, who were meeting the recipients of the Boys Hope Girls Hope and Duplantier scholarships; Rita Odenheimer with grandson John, a current law school student; Gisevius sisters Jane, Joan Johnson, and current board member Carol Waguespack with husband Dr. Roland Waguespack; and Monica and Mark Surprenant sitting with incoming dean of the College of Law, the Rev. Lawrence Moore, SJ.

Also, Courtney-Anne Sarpy; Anne Gauthier with Stanford Pailet and her daughter Celeste with her husband Joseph Lepow; Floyd del Corral, a happy returnee to New Orleans, and son Wayne; Robert Bordes and family hailing the scholarship named for his late wife, Sonia; with son Frank, Krasna Vojkovich, who was chatting about a trip to Croatia; in-from-Colorado Michael Bell; Buchler family members in mom Margaret and sons Harold and Conrad with spouses Cherie and Beth; and Dan and Michelle Daigle discussing two scholarships established in memory of their daughter, Kendall, with Dean Maria Calzada. Also, Marjorie Fruge in from Houston; Bill Finegan of the J. Edgar and Louise Monroe Foundation and spouse Sue; Tom and Kitty Kloor; and Ann Christenberry with grandson Casey Moll, a recent law school graduate.

On the various tables were cards with words from grateful scholarship recipients. Wrote Vincent Manuel, class of 2016, “I was unsure how I would pay for school, or if I would be able to attend at all. When I received this scholarship, my life changed, and I shed tears of joy.”

Past into Present

On a recent Saturday evening, the Temple Sinai Gala unfolded in the Teal & Stephen Goldring Pavilion, starting with a one-hour patron party and then moving into the several-hours gala. “With a Salute to the Past…We Step into the Future” marqueed the merriment, a celebration of the 145th anniversary of the historic synagogue.

Bob and Caroline Brickman chaired the gala committee, whose members were Herbert Barton (joined by Sue), Kelley Brenner (with Guy), Andrea Cohn and Rabbi Edward Cohn, Jay Corenswet (with Avery), Josh Danzig, Amy Gainsburgh-Haspel (with John Haspel), Harvey Herstein, Sheila Gold (with Tim), Carla Rose Jacob, Clifford H. Kern III, Saundra Levy, Jenny Rich (with Dr. Gary), and EllenRae Shalett.

They — and most were noted — mingled with Robert and Pam Steeg, Jack and Jennifer Benjamin, Mark and Amy Stein, Judge Robin Giarrusso, Peter and Jodi Aamodt, Bill and Susan Hess, Mark and Lisa Heller, Dr. Louis and Janie Glade, Joan and Dr. Gerald Berenson, and dozens more.

Food from numerous sources, including Shaya, pleased the collective palate. Duly fortified, guests made continuous rounds at the auction tables, where they placed bids on art by James Michalopoulos and Ida Kohlmeyer, hotel stays, and dinner gift certificates (including Galatoire’s and Criolla). Fingers were crossed for the raffle items: a David Yurman bracelet and a gift certificate from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.

The music of The Gold Standard focused on Crescent City “classics,” much to the delight of the audience, who applauded both of their sets. And, in keeping with the theme of “Step into the Future,” some lively steppers made their mark. At 8:15 p.m., in came the Pussyfooters, a 10-year marching club of women over age 30, who regaled gala-goers with their performance.

‘Faithful’ Festivity

The 14th annual Willwoods Community Gala honored Pat and Henry Shane as recipients of the Servis Fidelis Award at a gala dinner at the Metairie Country Club. Prior to that, guests attended Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church. A non-profit organization, Willwoods has the following ministries: WLAE-TV, TheDailyMass.com, Faith and Marriage, Prayer Ministry, and Affordable Housing.

At the dinner, each table was decorated with colorful bouquets of roses and spring flowers. More delights were those of the menu, which included Country Club salad, pan-seared filet with béarnaise sauce, and an ice cream sundae.

Then came the start of the program with Monsignor Andrew Taormina for the invocation, Willwoods COO Ron Yager with Dione for the welcome, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni for the introduction of the Shanes, and Jane (Mrs. Paul A.) Nalty and the Rev. Tom Chambers, Willwoods Community president, for the presentation of the 2015 award. The Shanes graciously accepted the honor, with Henry reminiscing about their long history with the Willwoods Community.

Attendees included master of ceremonies Monsignor Christopher Nalty, Mary Ann Valentino and daughter Lisette Turpin, former Lt. Gov. Jimmy Fitzmorris, Betty Lauricella with son Louis, Kristi and Sid Artigues, Jennifer and Mike Artigues, Michelle Yenni with the above Mike, and Willwoods board members Ken Tedesco with Betty, Erin and Joe Caruso, and Mary Jane and John Becker. Noted, too, were Marilyn and Peter Quirk, Kirth and Donna Paciera, Blanche McCloskey, Judy and Bob Martin, Diane and Hank Tatje, Yvonne and Buck Landry, Pat Andras, and Donna and Tom O’Connor. To name a “Community” few.

Around and About

Presented by the Junior League of New Orleans, the 10th annual Kitchen Tour occurred a week ago with Vanessa Berg, Jennifer Cheatham and Stephanie Schneller as the chairwomen. Melissa Broussard, Allison Kane and Rivers Spencer were the vice chairwomen; Ellen Coleman, the honorary chairwoman; and Lisa Happoldt, the sustaining adviser. Busy throughout was JLNO President Katherine Kleinpeter Raymond. Featured homes on the self-guided tour were those of Vincent Saia and Glynn Stephens, George and Cristina Fowler, Brandon and Daphne Berger, William and Anne Long, Geoff and Holly Snodgrass, Gary and Betsy Laborde, Kevin Gillentine and Vincent Bergeal, Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold, Richard W. Awtrey and Jason S. Strealy, and Guy and Poe Carpenter. Proceeds from the tour will promote JLNO’s mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities.

The Kitchen Tour also had the unique opportunity to host the eighth annual Kitchen of the Year presented by House Beautiful magazine. For the first time in New Orleans, the Kitchen of the Year is in a historic Uptown home of the 1850s, that of Scott and Helen Jenkins and their family, and it will be featured in the October issue of the magazine. “Mastermind decorator” Ken Fulk of San Francisco did the design. (He was sighted, as well, at a round of related parties.)

Fulk’s design team also gave the JLNO kitchen in their headquarters a “Get the Look” redesign, one that was ogled and applauded on Tuesday evening, along with other refreshed areas of the building. To celebrate at the 6-8 p.m. get-together and viewing, the League used a Cinco de Mayo theme.