Ladies of the Shield

Mission Statement

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.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, March 19, 2019 – St. Joseph Altar
Friday, March 29, 2019 -  Easter Egg Hunt & Fish Fry
Saturday, April 3, 2019 - Spring Social 


Past Events:

Holiday Home Tour

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the Ladies of the Shield hosted their annual Holiday Home Tour featuring four homes in Harahan and River Ridge.

The Patron Party was held at the home of Marianna and David Trepagnier, Sr.’83 (David, Jr. ’14 & Harrison ’15) at 125 Colonial Club Drive in Harahan. Also on tour were three River Ridge homes, Anita and Carl Bonura (Bryan ’93 & Vince ’97) at 9405 Sara Court, Karen and Jeff Powell (Trent ’22) at 212 Orchard Road, and Arlene and Craig Tafaro ’83 at 183 Sauve Road.

During the day, guests toured homes, decorated in the Christmas spirit, while visiting with friends, old and new. Each home was beautiful, distinctive, unique, and ranged from traditional to modern. From a pool area for the perfect outdoor soiree, a kitchen made for a gourmet chef, to a large den and dining area for great family gatherings. Visitors were also encouraged to do some Christmas shopping with Nola Gifts and Decor during the Patron Party.

Cissy Yakelis commented, “It is amazing to see how the Holiday Home Tour has grown since 2006. Each year we are humbled by the generosity of our homeowners, donors, 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, and on the school’s website.

Special thanks to our sponsors (listed to the right), volunteers, faculty, and staff; Dominick Caronna ’85 and members of the Crusader Band, Father Sidney Speaks at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic School, and William Rieger, Jr. ’95 and Donald Midkiff, Jr. ’03 with the Culinary Crusaders.

Holiday Home Tour Sponsors

Nativity Sponsors
Anna and David Jouandot ’78
Arlene and Craig Tafaro ’83

Angel Sponsors
Erin and Joseph Caruso, Jr. ’79
In Memory of Louis C. Williams III ‘66 SA
Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta ’76
Cissy Yakelis

Thanks to Our Generous Donors
Austin’s - Debbie McIntyre
Donna Blanchard
Leslie Breaux
Brother Carl Bouchereau, S.C.
June and Hank Bovie
Café 615 - The Rabbit, Dawn Savoie
Dominick Caronna, Jr. ’85 and Brother Martin High School Band Members
Erin and Joseph Caruso, Jr. ’79
Creole Country
Julia Gandolfi
Carla Gittleson - Cakes and Confections
Mary Guillory
Laura Hagstette
Barry Hebert ’74
Margaret Judd
Tina Labeaud
Brenda and Jerry Landry
Laurie Leftwich
Mike Lemmon
Gabrielle Macaluso
Clayton Majeste
Mandina’s Restaurant
Beverly Napier
William Rieger, Jr. ’95, Donald Midkiff, Jr. ’03, and the Culinary Crusaders
Anna Robinson
Rocky and Carlos
Paula Soileau
Judy Vollenwelder
Scott Williams ’90
Cissy Yakelis
Ray Yakelis ’06

Easter Egg Hunt

DSC01968On 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!


Annual Spring Social

IMG_6161Brother 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!