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

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

Holiday Home Tour

IMG_4656On Saturday, December 1, the Ladies of the Shield will host their annual Holiday Home Tour. This year we are featuring four homes in Harahan/River Ridge.

The Patron Party is at 125 Colonial Club Drive in Harahan from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The homes on tour are 9405 Sara Court, 212 Orchard Road, and 183 Sauve Road in River Ridge. These homes will be open from noon until 3 p.m.

Please join us for the Patron Party, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, which includes food, beverages and a gift along with holiday shopping provided by NOLA Gifts and Decor. Tickets are $55 in advance or $60 on the day of the tour. The Patron Party ticket also includes one (1) ticket to the home tour. Holiday Home Tour tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour.

New This Year - complimentary transportation provided by New Orleans Tours.  Please note that available parking in the neighborhoods is limited. Our designated parking and pick-up area is St. Matthew the Apostle, 10021 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. As we near the event, the transportation schedule will be available on Brother Martin’s website,

In support of this event, we invite you to participate as a Holiday Home Tour Sponsor or Patron. Proceeds from the home tour are dedicated to 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 on the school’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Julia Gandolfi at 504-283-1561  or via email In addition, the day of the tour tickets will be sold at each of the homes. Please note that tickets are non-refundable. 

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!