“Keeping Our Promises” is the theme of the fifth annual Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans gala, which begins with a patron party at 7 p.m. April 16 at Messina’s, at the terminal for New Orleans Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd.

The gala starts at 8 p.m. and includes presentation of the 2016 Inspired Cross Award to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The award is given to individuals and/or organizations who have helped Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans “keep its promises” to provide health care for those in need and to transform health care through innovation and courage.

“The mayor has worked tirelessly to improve the health status of our community,” said foundation President and CEO Michael G. Griffin. “His commitment to return accessible primary and preventive health care to New Orleans East through a public-private partnership with the Daughters, as well as a full-service hospital in collaboration with the New Orleans Hospital Service District and LCMC, is commendable.”

The gala supports the Daughters of Charity’s mission to provide high-quality, compassionate care to all, with special attention to those who are struggling. Tickets are $100 for the gala and $175 for the gala and patron party. Cocktail attire is requested.

Dr. Corey Hebert and Mullady Voelker are gala chairs, and entertainment includes auctions and music by Tanya Boutte and Friends. To purchase tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit 501auctions.com/daughters ofcharitygala or call (504) 212-9568.

Art of the Book

Winners of the third annual Art of the Book competition will be honored at a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 16 at IDIYA studio, 2723 S. Broad St.

The competition involves local artists and craftspeople who use recycled materials to create new interpretations of books. Categories include traditional, art book, decorative items and wearable art.

The event includes a silent auction featuring books, original art and gift certificates. Tickets are $10, $5 in advance for IDIYA members.

IDIYA staff will discuss their mission and present an overview of the studio space. For information, visit artofthe booknola.wordpress.com.

The event benefits the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, women and men who love books. Along with the Art of the Book competition, WNBA-NOLA also presents the annual Diana Pinckley Prize for crime fiction, collects books for the Metropolitan Area Women’s Shelter, celebrates National Reading Group Month and supports many book and literacy related projects. For information, contact wnbaofnola@gmail.com.

Seabrook meeting

The Seabrook Neighborhood Association will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Willing Workers Baptist Church, 5714 Eads St. Church pastor is The Rev. Henry Lawrence Jr., and association president is L.B. McMillan.

‘Romeo and Juliet’

The Delgado Community College Theatre will present “Romeo and Juliet” at 8 p.m. April 12-16, and 3 p.m. April 17, at the Timothy K. Baker Theatre, 615 City Park Ave.

Michael Aaron Santos directs students and alumni of the Delgado theater program. Scene designer is James Means, lighting and sound is by Tom Dawson and costumes are by Jerry L. Johnson.

Tickets are $10 and $8 for senior citizens and Delgado students, faculty and staff. For reservations and information, call (504) 671-6360.

Here’s the scoop

Like sand through the hourglass, time is running out to haul 17,000 tons of fresh sand to restore Pontchartrain Beach. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is trying to raise $40,000 by April 30 to help pay for 600 18-wheeler dump trucks to transport the massive mound from storage at the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal. For information, visit saveourlake.org.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.