Ladies of the Shield

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Ladies of the Shield

Mission Statement
Ladies of the Shield is formed with the intention of establishing scholarships in honor of our husbands and sons as well as supporting Brother Martin High School and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and their lay colleagues through your continued involvement in the Brother Martin community. 

Established in 2006, the organization’s mission is to endow scholarships in the name of our sons and/or husbands who are graduates of St. Aloysius, Cor Jesu or Brother Martin.

The Ladies of the Shield endowed the Ladies of the Shield Scholarship Fund in July of 2013. We are now working on completing the Brother Jean Sobert, S.C. Student Activities Endowment at Brother Martin.

The Ladies of the Shield has not only contributed financially to Brother Martin High School, but share their time and talents at Parents Club meetings, Open House, and the Easter Egg Hunt.

Our primary fundraising activity, “The Holiday Home Tour” is held in December each year.

If you know of a wife or mother of an alumnus that would be interested in joining, please see the link for the membership form or call us at (504) 284-6700 for more information.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 2, 2017-  Holiday Home Tour
Friday, March 19, 2018 – St. Joseph Altar
Friday, March 23, 2018-  Easter Egg Hunt


Holiday Home Tour

IMG_4656On Saturday, December 2, the Ladies of the Shield hosted their annual Holiday Home Tour in charming Old Metairie. The Patron Party was held under the grand oaks at 105 Mulberry Drive. The other homes provided on the tour were 12 Farnham Place, 100 Homestead Avenue, and 211 Sycamore Drive.

This year, guests had a sneak peek of two homes, 105 Mulberry Drive which was featured in The New Orleans Advocate (written by Stephanie Bruno and photos by Cheryl Gerber)and 100 Homestead Avenue featured on the cover of The Times Picayune’s Inside Out (written by Sarah Bonnette and photos by Chris Granger of Nola.com | The Times-Picayune).

During the day, guests toured homes, decorated in the Christmas spirit, while visiting with friends, old and new. Each home was distinctive and unique and ranged from traditional to modern. From a pool and cabana area for the perfect outdoor soiree, a kitchen for a gourmet chef, a home theater for the perfect movie night, to a large den and dining area for great family gatherings – the homes were dazzling with glamour.

“The Brother Martin Holiday Home Tour is a wonderful start to the Christmas season each year. The generosity and hard work of so many continuously make this Ladies of the Shield event an overwhelming success in reaching our current goal of completing the Brother Jean Sorbet, S.C. Student Activities Endowment,” explained Erin Caruso, Member of the Ladies of the Shield.

Visitors were also encouraged to do some Christmas shopping while visiting the boutique held at the Lion’s Club of Metairie. Patrons came together as a community and worked together to benefit Brother Martin High School. Cissy Yakelis commented, “it is amazing to see how the Holiday Home Tour has grown in 12 years. We are truly blessed by the many donors, homeowners, and volunteers that make this such a special day. What a great way to begin the Christmas Season!”

“The Brother Martin Holiday Home Tour is a wonderful start to the Christmas season each year. The generosity and hard work of so many continuously make this event an overwhelming success in reaching our current goal  of completing  the Brother Jean Sorbet, S.C. Student Activities Endowment at Brother Martin High School. All funds raised continue to benefit the Brother Jean Sobert, S.C. Student Activities Endowment at Brother Martin. All sponsors will receive recognition in the Holiday Home Tour program, the Century II, the annual report, and featured on the school’s website.

Special thanks to our volunteers, faculty, and staff. In addition, we thank our teachers and students, Dominick Caronna ’85 and members of the Crusader Band, Billy Rieger ’95Donnie Midkiff ’03 with the Culinary Crusaders and members of the Ambassadors with Deborah Broussard.

If you know of a wife or mother, of an alumnus, that would be interested in joining, please call the Office of Alumni and Development at (504) 284-6700 for more information.

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Annual Social

IMG_4045The Ladies of the Shield along with Senior Crusader Moms came together on Saturday to welcome our New Crusader Moms at their spring social hosted at the home of Chad and Danielle Guidry (Alex ‘18). Cissy Yakelis, Receptionist and Lady of the Shield Charter member, welcomed all of the guests, along with President John Devlin, 2016-2017 Principal Greg Rando ‘77, Assistant Principal for Discipline and Attendance Ryan Gallagher ’00 (2017-2018 Principal), Assistant Principal for Academics Debbie Broussard, Assistant Principal for Admissions Carlos Bogran III ‘99, Assistant Principal for Student Services Gabrielle Macaluso, and Brother Carl Bouchereau, S.C.

A special thanks to Chad and Danielle Guidry, Cissy Yakelis, Raymond Yakelis ’06, Kerri Becker, Staci Manning- Perez (Copeland’s of New Orleans).  The Ladies of the Shield have been involved in and have supported many events during the past 11 years, and together have fully endowed a scholarship that will continue to benefit families in need for many years to come!

Thank you to these Crusader wives and moms for their generosity and for always ‘giving back’!


Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, the Easter Bunny arrived at Brother Martin High School for the annual Ladies of the Shield and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association’s Easter Egg Hunt. Attendees enjoyed crafts and treats in the Tom and Gayle Benson Mall and games and a spacewalk in the Robert M. Conlin Gymnasium. Guests were also able to take time out of their activities for a picture with the Easter Bunny!

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A special thanks goes out to Melinda Boudreaux (JRJ Alum Fab, Inc.), Joyce Butler, Connie Casente, Barry Hebert ’74, Valerie and Lazaro Griego, Tina LaBeaud, The McCaskell Family, Anne McSweeney,  Janel Quitzau, Elaine Ridgley, Tammy Snyder, Paula & Paul Trentacosta, Cissy Yakelis, Julia Gandolfi, Debbie Broussard, Jerry Ursin ’08, and the Brother Martin Ambassadors.

If you would like to sponsor the event next year or make a donation of hard candy or prizes, please call Julia Gandolfi in the Alumni & Development Office at (504) 284-6700 or click here.

 

 

 

 

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