Ladies of the Shield


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.

Click for Membership Form

Upcoming Events

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

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!


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.


Holiday Home Tour

img_8656On Saturday, December 3, the Ladies of the Shield hosted their 10th annual Holiday Home Tour.  This year we featured three homes in Old Metairie. The Patron Party was held at the home of Karen and Chuck Stall ’76 (Chuck ’02 and Will ’07), 13 Nassau Drive.  The other homes on tour were Paula and Mark Jeansonne, 419 Northline Street and Karen and David Webber (Joseph Groetsch ’14), 223 Northline Street.  Our boutique was held at St. Francis Xavier Church in St. Joseph Hall. Thank you to Ms. Barbara Martin and Rev. Msgr. Andrew Taormina.

The Stall family home was also featured in the Home and Garden section of | The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate. Their feature was written by Christy Lorio and photos of their home were taken by Ted Jackson of | The Times-Picayune. Their feature on The Advocate’s website was written by Stephanie Bruno and photos by Sherri Miller.

Special thanks Ian Supak and Michael Lemmon.  Our teachers and students, Dominick Caronna ’85 and members of the Crusader Band, Billy Rieger ’95 and the Culinary Crusaders, and Chorus members, Alex Lucas ’16, Antonio Domino ’17, Trey Andrews ’17, and Andrew Butler ’18.

Click her for Sponsors and Donors 





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