Ladies of the Shield was formed in 2006, with the intention of establishing scholarships in honor of our sons and/or husbands who are graduates of St. Aloysius, Cor Jesu or Brother Martin. The Ladies of the Shield also support Brother Martin High School and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and their lay colleagues through continued involvement in the Brother Martin community.
The Ladies of the Shield Scholarship Fund was completed in July of 2013. We now dedicate all funds raised to the Brother Jean Sobert, S.C. Student Activities Endowment at Brother Martin.
Our primary fundraising activity, “The Holiday Home Tour” is held in December each year.
The Ladies of the Shield also share their time and talents assisting at Parents Club meetings, Open House, and the Easter Egg Hunt.
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.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Holiday Home Tour
Friday, March 19, 2019 – St. Joseph Altar
Friday, March 29, 2019 - Easter Egg Hunt & Fish Fry
TBA - Annual Social
On Friday, March 23, the Easter Bunny arrived at Brother Martin High School for the annual Ladies of the Shield and Alumni Association’s Easter Egg Hunt. Attendees enjoyed treats, games and a spirited egg hunt in the backyard.
While the Easter Egg Hunt was taking place, the Tom and Gayle Benson Mall was overflowing with Brother Martin family and friends for the Annual Friday Night Lenten Fish Fry. Hosted and organized by our Brother Martin’s Parent’s Club, there were over 700 dinners served with delicious fried fish, shrimp and 650 lbs. of hot boiled crawfish. The Culinary Crusaders even provided some sweet treats for the guests to purchase and enjoy.
To continue the entertainment for the evening, our Crusader Jazz Band performed in the Benson Mall for all to enjoy. In the Auditorium, the Dionysians performed a variety show: ‘Music for the Missions’ raising money for our Lenten Mission Drive for the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Missions.
The evening was a wonderful turnout for our Brother Martin community! Our school community is so thankful for the hardworking volunteers that make the Fish Fry and Easter Egg hunt such a success!
A special thanks to our volunteers assisting with the Easter Egg Hunt: Donna Blanchard, Erin Caruso, Valerie and Lazaro Griego, Tina LaBeaud, The McCaskell Family, Janel Quitzau, Paula & Paul Trentacosta, Cissy Yakelis, Julia Gandolfi, Deborah Broussard, Alex Becnel ’08, and the Brother Martin Ambassadors.
One more special thanks to our Parents Club for assisting with the cooking and serving of food and helping with the event registration. What a great night for Brother Martin!
Brother Martin High School’s Ladies of the Shield social was held on Saturday, April 21 at the Old Metairie home of Danielle and Chad Guidry (Alex 2018). Members of the Administration, Executive Vice President Greg Rando ’77, Principal Ryan Gallagher ’00, and Director of Admissions Carlos Bogran III ’99 welcomed our new Crusader Moms and offered their congratulations to the Senior Moms in attendance.
Addressing the group, Mr. Bogran encouraged the new Crusader Moms to become involved in the school community. He thanked the Senior Moms for trusting Brother Martin in the formation and education of their sons and he invited all of the Moms to join the Ladies of the Shield. Also in attendance were Brother Carl Bouchereau, S.C., Brother Dwight Kenney, S.C. ’71, Bonnie Rando, Cissy Yakelis, Megan Siebenkittel, and Julia Gandolfi. Special thanks to Kerri Becker and Susan Coco for their assistance.
Thank you to Danielle and Chad for hosting this event again for the fifth year!
On 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!”
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 ’95, Donnie 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.