Son of a Saint to host fundraising gala

The organization Son of a Saint will host its third annual fundraising gala at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Windsor Court Hotel.

The proceeds will go toward mentoring and enhancing the lives of fatherless young men in the New Orleans area. Each year, Son of a Saint sponsors as many as 35 youths ages 10-13, providing them with educational and mental health services and placing them in recreational programs.

“This is our biggest fundraising event, and we have become more successful each year with the help of our local supporters,” said Bivian “Sonny” Lee III, founder and president of the organization. “Our boys participate in the event as well, which is a big treat for them.”

Jones Walker LLP is the lead sponsor of the event, which will feature live music from the Roamin’ Jasmine, live and silent auctions, a four-course dinner, an open bar and an after party. Andre Perry, founding dean of Urban Education at Davenport University, also will speak.

To purchase tickets or learn more about the organization, visit

Marcus Samuelsson to honor Leah Chase

Renowned chef and author Marcus Samuelsson will honor local restaurateur Leah Chase at a ceremony this month celebrating the new Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at the museum’s new location, 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.

The museum, the Garden District Book Shop and Dillard University will rededicate the Leah Chase Louisiana Gallery, acknowledging the Dooky Chase owner “for her contributions to the culinary landscape of New Orleans,” according to a news release.

Samuelsson, a five-time James Beard Award winner, will also talk about the importance of food in his life and sign his new book, “Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home.” Samuelsson is the chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, Norda Bar & Grill in Sweden and Samuelsson at HP in Bermuda.

Well-known Jesuit to speak at Loyola

The Rev. James Martin, S.J., one of the nation’s best-known Jesuit priests, will give a free public talk Oct. 25 at Loyola University.

Martin, who has 44,800 Twitter followers and makes guest appearances as chaplain for the late-night comedy TV program “The Colbert Report” with Stephen Colbert, will speak as part of Loyola’s Presidential Guest Series at 7 p.m. in Roussel Performance Hall on the second floor of the Communications/Music Complex. His talk will be followed by a book signing.

Martin is editor at large of the national Catholic magazine America and author of “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.” His latest book is “Jesus: A Pilgrimage.” During his talk, he will invite believers and seekers alike to experience Jesus through Scripture, prayer and travel. The talk will also be streamed live online.

Martin’s articles are featured in Catholic publications like America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic and Catholic Digest. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, O Magazine and other newspapers and websites, including and the Huffington Post.