Parade on Over!

In debutante circles, the last festive fling was a parade party. Tate Mabon was honored at an “Iris Day Parade Party” given by her parents, Amy and Tom Mabon, and Mary and Steve Peller, at the latter’s Garden District residence. A Mardi Gras décor set the already-entrenched mood.

Chez Nous catered, milk punches and bloody marys were choice libations, and the band Flow Tribe provided the musical momentum. Hostess Amy (née Duquesnay) was in the company of lots of her family members, as well as pals Marguerite and Jimmy Kock, Dickie and Lynn Meyers, Robbie and Katherine Saer and daughter Lily, Chip and Elizabeth Goodyear with Adelaide, Parker LeCorgne, Bobby and Peggy Monsted, John and India Stewart, Kock sisters Mary Dickson and Cammie Mayer, Tommy Westervelt, Poco and Liz Sloss, Jed and Debe Lykes, Harrison and Merrell Frampton, John and Mimi Koch, Katie Johnsen, Lillie Martin, Torre Sossamon, Hailey Becker, Francie Brooks, Mary Faith Lindner, Libby Rudolf, Rosemary Turner, and others.

Quite a few of the deb set wore Carnival crowns during this past season, but when they parade partied, it was beads and Iris throws that made the mark. And all the while, Tate was touted.


It was grrreat growling of a social nature when the LSU Health Foundation and the UroTigers Alumni Society presented the fifth annual “Dinner to Benefit Research in Urology” at the Basin Street Station. Ann Fuselier and Dr. Gay Winters, with husbands Drs. Tony and Chris, chaired the dinner that started with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while guests enjoyed the history of the railroad station and exhibits, as well as the scintillating sounds of the Pfister Sisters, courtesy of Musicians Assistance Foundation.

Then it was up to the renovated station’s Mahogany Room for a Ralph Brennan Catering-dinner that commenced with turtle soup and concluded sweetly with a Belgian chocolate tart. The Dr. Michael Torregano Trio (courtesy of Basin St. Station) entertained.

Several features of the lovely outing included a live auction — including jewelry, sports packages, and a restaurant dinner — and laurels. Community honorees for 2016 were R. Carey Bond and Henry M. Lambert, and the honored guest was Dr. Jerry W. Sullivan, emeritus chairman of the Department of Urology at LSUHSC. The above Dr. Chris Winters, department chairman and vice chancellor, recognized Dr. Sullivan (who now lives in Atlanta) for his many years of service and dedication. The honoree’s portrait was unveiled and will hang in the Almar Foundation Resident Conference Center of the department.

Among those noted were past LSUHSC Foundation Chairman Jack Laborde and Peggy, Jackie and Camille Cutrone, Amy Winters, Hunter Hill, Cristina Wysocki and Maury Herman, Bethany Bultman, and Chad and Mimi Leingang. And Drs. Val Earhart with Diana, Richard Vanlangendonck with Gigi, Eric Laborde with Betsy, Scott Delacroix with Carrie, Carrington Mason with Kari, Scott Neusetzer, Chris Fontenot with Diane, Sean Collins, Joseph Ortenberg with Karen, Chip Roth with Katie, Aaron Martin with Amanda, Steve Lacour with Sarah, and Mary Lou Applewhite.

Dr. Chris Winters closed the formalities with thanks to friends, local and out-of-town urologists, for their continued support and generosity, which enables the department to fulfill its educational and research missions.

Good Apples

BB’s Stage Door Canteen of The National WWII Museum was the site for the laudatory citations at the seventh event honoring “Good Apples.” They are lawyers, law firms and community members, who have donated hundreds of pro bono hours to assist in the mission of Louisiana Appleseed to advance social justice. Take a bow, honorees Jeff Richardson, Martin Stern and Ron Sholes (not present) of Adams and Reese LLP, and retired Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Harry Lemmon for research and advocacy; Sylvia Roberts, posthumously, for her dedication to victims of domestic violence; Sarah Vandergriff, legal director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools; and Jessica Vermilyea, state director for Upbringing Disaster Response.

They were applauded by Louisiana Appleseed board members Bill Hines (of sponsor Jones Walker), Judge Rose Ledet, Drew Ranier, Nathalie Simon, Don Abaunza (Liskow & Lewis), Celeste Coco-Ewing, Jack Weiss, and board officers: President Irving Warshauer, Vice President Allison Berger Tiller with Ben, Treasurer Carlos Mickan with Jan; and Secretary Linda Perez Clark.

Also, Judge Mary Ann Vial-Lemmon, wife of the above honoree; Fannie Godwin, accepting for the late Sylvia Roberts; LA’s Sylvia Roberts Legal Fellow Jeannine Sullivan and husband Sam; Justice Jeff Hughes of the Louisiana Supreme Court; respective executive and program directors Christy Kane and Tara Richard; and many more.

James Vella of Vella Vetro Art Glass did the Good Apple Awards; JCB Creations, the apple cookies; Carter Jahncke Perrilliat of MOCA Graphics, the invitation and signage; and Dr. Michael White, the jazzy sounds. Then there were winners. Elwood Cahill Jr. copped the Opus One wine donated by the above Drew Ranier (Ranier Law Firm) in the Rare Wine Raffle, and the above Linda Perez Clark won the door prize. It was a Dr. Michael White CD collection given by LA board member Mark Samuels of Basin Street Records.

Around and About

Grandmothers play a special role in debutante doings, and a trio — Mary McConnell, Marie McLellan and Deirdre Provosty — assembled a while ago to honor Leslie McConnell, Sadie McLellan and Coco Guillot at a 4-6 p.m. party that included debs and their mothers at Marie McLellan’s home. It’s a block away from the above Pellar home, where Tate and her friends enjoyed a last-party hurrah for their special season.