Putting philanthropy on the map

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Have you ever attended Metairie Park Country Day School, Dillard University or Flint-Goodridge Hospital? Maybe you've watched a show on WDSU-TV. If so, you've directly benefited from the philanthropies of Edgar and Edith Stern, who founded all four of these institutions and greatly contributed to 31 more across New Orleans.

Edgar and Edith, enriching the lives of New Orleanians from beyond the grave.
  • Edgar and Edith, enriching the lives of New Orleanians from beyond the grave.

To celebrate their legacy, Longue Vue House and Gardens (the former residence of the Sterns, who donated it to the public for use as a museum) commissioned a map by local cartographer Jakob Rosenzweig. It details "places the Sterns built [and] ventures they supported," according to a press release. If a glance at the map isn't enough to make you feel grateful for the Sterns' contributions, attend the map release party tonight from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Loa Lounge in the International House Hotel (221 Camp St.) and raise your glass to the couple. There will be free copies of the map, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar with specialty cocktails— so participants can continue to reap the fruits of the Sterns' generosity.

"They had this theory that you would keep one-third of your money, save one-third and give one-third away," says HIllary Strobel, director of marketing and communications at Longue Vue House and Gardens. "We think it's great for people to know about their legacy."

A preview of the map
  • A preview of the map

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