The empowerment and joy of women, the socialization of judges, and music and fundraisers for Ukraine all add to some of the messages and merriment of the forthcoming 4th of July.
Dubbed “the largest African American cultural and music event in the United States,” the Essence Festival draws more than half a million people to the Crescent City. primarily aimed at black women. The current event celebrates and uplifts Black women while highlighting their achievements.
The ESSENCE Festival of Culture 2022 presented by Coca-Cola (June 30th to July 3rd) kicked off in early June with NOLA Media Day at Dooky Chase Restaurant. It was sponsored by NOMTN (New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network) and New Orleans & Company. The Chase family was to represent Stella Chase. In addition to the media, the director of NOMTN was also among the hospitality figures essence banks and chair Oscar Rainley; Mark Romig, New Orleans & Company; Lisa Alexis, Head of the Office of Cultural Economy of the Mayor; and Glenda McKinley, President of GMc+CO Strategic Communications, organizer of events. The CEO came from Essence Ventures Caroline Wanga and Chief Revenue Officer Pauline Malcolm Thornton.
Bouquets of white roses and blue hydrangeas took center stage at the tables, as attendees sat down to enjoy delicious gumbo, fried chicken and dessert. Break bread were also Brenda McKenna, Kimmie Tubre, Megan Braden-Perry and Melanie Warner Spencer. All in the restaurant’s Gold Room were overseen by the late celebrated restaurateur, activist and art collector Leah Chase, as depicted in a painting by Rise of Delmar Ochsner.
Here come the judges!
The Academy of New Orleans Trial Attorneys’ Annual Seafood Party returned to Landry’s Seafood House for a good time and favorites like boiled crawfish, corn, potatoes, gumbo and pasta. The guests sat on the huge terrace of the Lakeshore Drive restaurant on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Even Mother Nature added a treat: a nice breeze.
Mingling were current ANOTL Presidents Markita S. Hawkins and immediate predecessor Benjamin W Gulick; Chief Justice John L Weimer; justice Piper D Griffin; and judges Karen K Herman with the husband Steve, Monique G. Morial, Tiffany G. Chase, Nakisha Ervin-Knott, Rachael Johnson, Danyelle M. Taylor, Ellen M. Hazeur, and Vercell Fiffie, among other. lawyers were Joseph M. Bruno Sr. and Jr., Daniel Meyer, Don Reichert, Palmer Bruno, Gregory P. DiLeo, Craig Mitchell and Mario A Arteaga Jr., who said of the event: “It was a great opportunity to network with a large number of local judges in an informal setting.” Suds and langoustines were added.
Together for Ukraine
The JCC (Jewish Community Center) was the site of Together for Ukraine, a fundraiser that had “immediate impact on refugee and humanitarian relief efforts.” It was made possible by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, the Broadside/Broad Theatre, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (a quartet played), and the Honorary Consul of Ukraine, State of Louisiana. to hold this position Edward Hayes, one of the speakers.
Sponsorship came from Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC, Cathy and Morris Bart, Mark Cotten, Fishman Haygood LLP, Goldring Family Foundation, Lou and Susan Good, John Haspel and Amy Gainsburgh Haspel, Lis and Hugo Kahn, Stan and Ellen KesslerHancock Whitney, Herman, Herman & Katz LLC, Bill and Susan Hess, Melinda and Morris Mintz, NOCCI, Jacquelyn and Charles Stern, and Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer LLC. Quite a few took part or were represented
The extensive program started at 7 p.m. and included hosts, among others Markus Romig by New Orleans & Company; CEO of the Jewish Federation of GNO Arnie Feldkow – he and spouse Suzanne are parents of two daughters from Ukraine; and Uliana Dolina, who fled Odessa with her family. She just graduated from the eighth grade at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, blocks from JCC. At the fundraiser, she performed a solo dance routine in a traditional Ukrainian costume. Other speakers made an impact, eliciting Romig’s “All these stories carry great weight in our hearts and minds”.
Buffet refreshments included coffee, water, and different types of biscuits. Decorations included flower vases and yellow and blue Ukrainian flags. On the stage was a large screen and a lectern in front of the string quartet, who were playing.
Among those listening intently and watching were Ellie and Bruce Wainer, Vivian and Richard Cahn, Pamela and Rob Steeg, Cathy and Charles Glaser, Dana and Louis Shepard, Caroline and Robert Brickman, Carole and Richard Neff, Ana and Juan GershanikJudge Robin Giarrusso, Rickie and Gordon Nutik, Dashka Roth and Lawrence Lehmann, David Goldstein and Shannie, Debbie Pessesand Sheryl and Peter Title.
Three wishes for Ukraine
A benefit concert was held at The Capital on Baronne (210 Baronne Street) to raise money for the families of three local Ukrainian musicians: Yaroslav Rudnytsky (Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra) Julia Akers (Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra) and Lilia Olijnyk (NOCKA). The latter two performed Ukrainian solos and duets. conductor Paul Muffray conducted a chamber orchestra comprised of musicians from the aforementioned LPO, BRSO and Mississippi Symphony Orchestras, with an LPO violinist as soloist Benjamin ThatcherBRSO violinist Lin HeBRSO cellist Veronica Parrales (also with the MSO) and pianist Faina Luschtak. Kailas Companies, Unique Weddings in New Orleans, Hall Piano Company and SP+Parking were big supporters of the concerts while WWNO Radio 89.9 FM & Classical 104.9 FM were the sponsors.
The program began with the Ukrainian national anthem. During the intermission, concert-goers were sipping wine and chatting as they noticed the symbolic sunflowers and Ukrainian flags. The second half opened with ‘Tchaikovsky — Serenade for Strings’, which the composer, with his father’s strong Ukrainian roots, composed in the Ukrainian Kamianka. A folk song, “Plyve Kacha,” ended the program, which received a standing ovation.
Among the applauders were the conductor’s parents, Larry and Julie Mauffray, Bill and Laura Borchert, the referee. Michael Burke, James Riopelle, Betty Speyrer, Ana Gershanik, Lance Uhde, Melissa and Bruce Gordon, Karen Walk Geisert and Natasha Ramer. They also noticed Maestro Mauffray’s change of outfit, who conducted the first half in the traditional black tails. For the closing part, he switched to a Slavic-style white shirt, his themed “look” as he accepted hearty awards.