Let us Lunch!
Use your Hat!
Say it rapidly. The “Hat” and the instructed “At” fused for fashionable enjoyment in Town Park when New Orleans Town Gardeners and New Orleans Town Park held “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon.” It was presented by First Horizon. Proceeds of the midday mingling will reward the care of the park’s “historic urban forest” and NOTG’s community applications. The next tier of donors, Majestic Oak, bundled the J. Edgar Monroe and The Helis foundations.
Teamed — and adequately hatted — to chair the occasion were being Karen Coaxum, Carmen Duncan, Boo Kallenborn and Chenier H. Taylor, even though Barbara Bush and Beverly Church answered to patron chairmen. “I am so proud of my daughter, Chenier,” stated a beaming mother Janice Chenier Taylor, who extra how very well Chenier labored with the other co-chairs. The myriad committee names commenced alphabetically with Molly Baumer and concluded with Karen Kraak Wood. Sighted within those people ranks had been Ashley Vibrant, Ethel Clay, Margo DuBos, Anne Goliwas, Susan Gomila, Dana Hansel, Juli Miller Hart, Susan Hess, Dee McCloskey, Cleland Powell (with Claudia), Pam Ryan, and Alexia “Lexie” Waring. For starters.
Sponsors and patrons (whose names coursed the A-Y listing, many thanks to Ann Abbott and Pierce Youthful) were being several. Among them were being the higher than Ashley Vivid, Lynne White, Louellen Berger, Patricia Brinson, Olivia Manning, Elizabeth Boh with mom Katherine, Pam Davis Friedler, Peggy Laborde, Mary Lupo, Diane Sustendal Labouisse, Vivian Cahn, Dorothy Clyne, Ruthie Frierson, Lori Savoie and a bevy of some others, some of whom had to be “found” under capacious chapeaus!
“Heart’”s honorary chair was Dr. Tlaloc Selway Alférez, a retired infectious diseases specialist, who was born in Mexico and named right after the Aztec rain god. Her father, the acclaimed sculptor Enrique Alférez, experienced a distinctive partnership with Town Park and was honored to have is effective of his grace the grounds.
All through the one particular-hour greeting and heady meeting, the Park pack turned an ear to the Harry Hardin Quartet as they perused the Alférez is effective (with assist from The Helis Foundation and The Historic New Orleans Selection). The momentum was then to the Pavilion of the Two Sisters and the tent hoisted for the hobnobbing — the celebration was super offered-out — exactly where a pre-established lunch sated the collective palate. Offered by New Orleans Metropolis Park Catering and Maurice’s French Pastries, the treats ended up tomato gazpacho, shrimp ravigote salad and lemon tart.
Limelighted as the luncheon’s guests speakers ended up the earlier mentioned Tlaloc Alférez and NOTG president Ashley Vibrant Karl Hoefer, regional president of Louisiana and Texas, Initially Horizon and Town Park CEO Cara Lambright. The Batt brothers, Jay, Metropolis Park Improvement Association chair, and actor/writer Bryan, entertained as co-emcees and auctioneers, beckoning for large bids in the groups of artwork, trip stays and jewellery. The important reside auction merchandise was an first plaster aid by Enrique Alférez, titled “Soccer Players,” and acquired by Bobby and Lori Savoie. Also, artwork by George Dunbar, Jillian Hite and Avery Rowan a Good friend & Co. diamond and pearl bracelet a stay in the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, property of Marianne and Alan Mumford and “Celebrate the Queen’s 75th Jubilee in London” curated by Pam Bryan pulled out the plastic, tallying heaps of $miles.
The once-a-year spring luncheon and standard meeting of the Tulane College Women’s Association took location at Ralph’s on the Park on a dazzling, shiny working day. Smiles abounded as associates expressed delight in coming collectively.
Headliners for the proposed 2022-2023 board were president Shira Hussain, president-elect Rebecca Kelly, treasurer Jewelynn Good, and added officers Katie Valentine, Terri Santa Coloma, Fern Kruger, (outgoing president) Julie Hadzor, Janice Hughes, Jana Woodson, Geneva Longlois-Marney and Renee Sobel, ex officio.
Julie Hadzor opened the program with the President’s Welcome. Then came the invocation by Sarah Montes, government director and assistant dean for academic and career advising, who said about the luncheon, “This is a lovely moment” with attendees “united as Tulanians.” Lunch consisted of City Park salad, Gulf fish amandine or grilled pork loin, and a strawberry bombe. The flowers bedecking the tables were purple, purple, pink and white and put in silver mint julep cups.
The emphasize of the annual luncheon is the presentation of the Jane S. Longenecker Award. Introduced by Barbara Knill, it went to Janice Hughes, who was duly appreciative and delighted. A further distinctive minute was the recognition of Tupper Allen as the outgoing treasurer just after many a long time. A holder of four levels from Tulane, she was most gratified to report that TUWA’s finances ended up steady. She then extra about her tenure as treasurer, “Thank you all for allowing me serve.”
The Audubon Tea Home was the website for the 27th annual Gals of Material Luncheon chaired by Felicia Kleinpeter to profit Bridge Dwelling/ Grace House. The WoS committee bundled Barbara Gaiennie, Walton Goldring, Michelle Gaiennie Hamrick, Nancy Gaden Jackson, Mary Kay Staten, Diana Parham, Angele Romig and Karen Tipton. Kelly Commander is the board president, succeeding Gregory Romig, and Walton Goldring, Michael Pou and H. Elder Gwin are officers. The luncheon’s top sponsors were being the James P. Raymond Jr. Basis and Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Rely on.
Enjoyment was created by the are living auction’s four offerings: two reserved parking places for the WoS 2023 luncheon “Private Chef (Charlotte Martory) Door-to-Door Dinner” and a cocktail reception for 12 at The Chloe. And, the 50/50 Raffle, the Grace Residence Wish Record, Aspirational Art, and the silent auction’s 4 boards with donors from A (Alexa Pulitzer) to Z (Zoe Shipley).
When everybody sat, chaplain Philip Peavy opened with a prayer. Chopped salad, blackened catfish and chocolate mousse were being the “atop table” sights, as had been the pink roses and white floral centerpieces. Mark Romig led the dwell bidding and BH/GH CEO Else Pedersen and govt director of enhancement Kevin Gardere offered the Women of all ages of Material awards to Joy Bollinger, Dian Tooley-Knoblett and Gwen Briggs. Each and every honoree experienced a tale to notify about giving.
Even more recognition tapped William “Bill” Mimeles, the recipient of the 2022 Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award Christina Illarno, 2022 Volunteer of the Year and Alumna of the 12 months Christie Silvis, who associated her highly effective highway-to-restoration quest. Applause for all features of the luncheon, and the folks acknowledged, was thunderous.