Dress for Success New Orleans

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NOLAlicious PhotosDress for Success New Orleans is launching it’s first drop-off point in Uptown New Orleans at The Occasional Wife and celebrating their new partnership with a cocktail party tonight. Dress for Success is a national organization that helps transition women into the workforce by providing professional attire and a support network. 10 percent of sales from the evening will be donated to DSNO. Occasional Wife, 4306 Magazine St. Tuesday, June 15, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Women and men are welcome. Free.

The fire and subsequent closure of Verti Marte has left a hole in our hearts and stomachs. Help get the staff of the deli, grocer, and late-night munchies mitigator back on their feet at the Verti Marte benefit, held on Monday at theDragon’s Den. If music, a raffle, and an art auction aren’t enough of a draw for you, some compelling information: the event is the only place you’ll be able to get an “All That Jazz” po-boy in the foreseeable future. Monday, June 21, 4 PM to 4 AM.

Craving some delicious Northern Italian food? If so, be sure to pop into The Italian Barrel. Different from anything in the surrounding area, this intimate café offers diners a rich variety of smoked meats, cured cheeses and an impressive wine list. Frequent changes to the special menu will intrigue adventurous eaters and will be sure to capture the praise of patrons looking for a distinctive culinary experience.Located at 430 Barracks Street in the Quarter. Open daily for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Reservations recommended. Average entrée price $22.

Summer is here and it’s time for a neighborhood party! Check out NOLA Summer JAM, a hip-hop, fashion and art festival. The NOLA Summer Jam is a celebration of local hip-hop culture infusing music, art and fashion featuring the top local and national artists. It’s designed to expose local talent to music executives from all over and will give a boost to the local economy as well as provide donations to the Gulf Relief Foundation. Featuring some of most creative new hip-hop acts including DJ Rqaway, DQ Chicken, Dom Kennedy, Stalley, Aquaforce and many more dancers and artists, the festival is this Saturday June 20th, 1 PM to 7 PM inWashington Square Park. Free.

Nobody likes to think about evacuating for Hurricane Season; it’s a fact of life here in the Gulf Coast and we need to be prepared and ready to quickly pack our bags anytime this summer if we need to. Launched last year, Evacuteer.org is working to implement a successful, efficient, sanitary, and safe evacuation of all New Orleanians in case of a hurricane evacuation. They are having a kick-off party this Thursday to help raise awareness, gather ideas, and help raise money in the event of a mandatory evacuation this summer. Plus, you’ll be one of the first to get the Fleurty Girlhurricane season shirt. 7 PM to 10 PM at Capedeville. Thursday June 17. $50. Space is limited to 100 people.

Is Dad a baseball fan? Surprise him with a Father’s Day weekend getaway to see a game in Houston or Atlanta. Expedia has great deals on Houston hotels (starting at $96 a night), while W Hotels Atlanta offers a luxury Father’s Day package the two of you will never forget.

Sloane Berrent
Sloane Berrent is a cause-based marketing and social branding consultant, nonprofiteer and budding social entrepreneur. She uses social media, product evangelizing, fundraising and community development services to help for-profit and nonprofit companies with a focus on social action campaigns. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she has lived in Burlington VT, Boston MA, Rome Italy, and Los Angeles, CA. She spent 2009 as a digital nomad, traveling the world experiencing life and volunteering including stints in South America, New Orleans and three months in the Philippines as a Kiva Fellow.

She co-created “Cause It’s My Birthday” a campaign to raise money (over $19k to date) and awareness for malaria prevention in Ghana. Sloane moved to New Orleans as her new home at the end of 2009 and co-launched NOLAlicious, a weekly newsletter of events in New Orleans. She was recently named the citizen journalist to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland for the MySpace and The Wall Street Journal communities. Her consulting practice, Answer With Action, focuses on strategic integrated marketing consulting. She speaks frequently on building community and blogs at The Causemopolitan.
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