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Dance for a Good Cause
Local music icon Ernie K-Doe, who rose to fame with the country's No. 1 hit "Mother-In-Law" in 1961, will be honored at 7 p.m. June 9 at the Charity ER Gala at TwiRoPa Arts and Entertainment Building (1544 Tchoupitoulas St.).

K-Doe, who played all over the world, including venues like New York's famed Apollo Theater, and stood along music greats like Ray Charles, Bobby Bland and B.B. King, was born in Charity Hospital but chose to live out his days in New Orleans operating the Mother-In-Law Lounge on Claiborne Avenue. He died on July 5, 2001.

The gala will feature music by Theresa Andersson, Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris and Friends -- which will include Continental Drifters musicians past and present -- Henry Butler, Brother Tyrone and the Mindbenders, Red Priest, Chandler Travis Philharmonic and Eh, La Bas!. In addition to music, the gala includes a silent auction that includes some Ernie K-Doe mementos, such as a complete stage suit, a script from a recent production of The Vagina Monologues signed by Xena star Lucy Lawless as well as other Xena memorabilia.

Proceeds from the Charity ER Gala benefit victims of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence

Advance tickets are $30 or $50 for a couple. Call Ali Duffey at 895-6177 for more information.

Human Nature
Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Gary N. Solomon will be honored for his work in the community at the American Red Cross' annual Humanitarian Ball June 8 at the Hotel Inter-Continental (444 St. Charles Ave.)

Proceeds from the fundraising ball will benefit the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Red Cross's community programs focusing on disaster relief and lifesaving. A patron party is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by an award dinner and silent auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 for the ball, $200 for the patron party and ball, and $1,500 for a 10-person table for the patron party and ball. Call 833-7556, ext. 505 for tickets.

Music will be provided by ELS, plus there will be dinner, dancing, a silent auction, dinner, cocktail reception, and awards program in which Solomon will be honored as the group's Humanitarian of the Year, an award given to someone who embodies the ideals of the American Red Cross through service and commitment to the community.

Solomon, a graduate of the University of New Orleans Business School has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, schools and child-oriented groups, including Louisiana Children's Museum, City Park, University of New Orleans Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Louisiana, Legacy Foundation, St. Michael's Special School and others. As a businessman, Solomon's venture capital group has invested in video stores, smoothie outlets, theater complexes, a clinical research company and more.

Recognizing Angels
Louisiana Child Caring Foundation, part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, has extended the deadline for nominations for the group's 2002 Angel Award to June 10.

The Angel Award honors individuals who have made outstanding efforts to improve life for children either on their own or as part of a group. A $10,000 grant will be given to the winner's charity of choice, and seven regional finalists' favorite charities will receive $5,000 grants.

To receive a nominating packet, call (888) 219-2538 or email angel.award@bcbsla.com. For more information, log onto Blue Cross Blue Shield's Web site: www.bcbsla.com.

Facts About Strokes
Ochsner Clinic Foundation (1514 Jefferson Hwy.) is sponsoring a free seminar about various aspects of stroke at 3 p.m. June 11 at Monroe Hall.

The seminar, one of five such Ochsner Stroke Intervention Services offered throughout the year, will address prevention and symptoms associated with stroke as well as recovery and issues of concern to caregivers. Other seminar dates include 3 p.m. on Aug. 27, Oct. 22 and Dec. 10. Call 842-3980 for information.

Shilstone Joins National Board
Nutrition and fitness expert Mackie Shilstone this month will join the Board of Directors of the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), a citizen's organization dedicated to mental health education, prevention, treatment, research and support services for the mentally ill and their families.

Shilstone, who has trained numerous athletes and is the executive director of the Mackie Shilstone Center for Performance Enhancement and Lifestyles Management at Elmwood Fitness Center, will be confirmed during the group's annual meeting this month.

NMHA, formed in 1909, is the only consumer-driven national mental health organization in the country. It seeks to improve all aspects of the life of the mentally ill and their families and serves as a national watchdog and advocate for those affected by mental illness.

click to enlarge New Orleans music icon the late Ernie K-Doe, shown here with his wife (left) and mother-in-law, will be honored during a music-filled benefit gala June 9.
  • New Orleans music icon the late Ernie K-Doe, shown here with his wife (left) and mother-in-law, will be honored during a music-filled benefit gala June 9.
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