The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) presents its Humanist of the Year award to Leah Chase at the Bright Lights Awards Dinner May 10 at the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain in New Orleans City Park.
The Humanist of the Year award is based on contributions to the culture of Louisiana. As the chef and restaurateur behind Dooky Chase's Restaurant, Chase has helped define New Orleans' Creole cuisine and written many cookbooks. She welcomed civil rights leaders to meet at the restaurant in the 1960s, and she's hosted presidents.
The LEH will give a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award to Mary Lou Christovich, who died Dec. 25, 2017. Christovich's preservation work focused on New Orleans architecture and historic cemeteries. She founded Save Our Cemeteries, co-founded the Preservation Resource Center, oversaw publication of 10 books about the architecture of New Orleans neighborhoods and expanded the holdings of the Historic New Orleans Collection.
Roger Ogden will receive the Champion of Culture award for his work developing the Aquarium of the Americas and Woldenberg Park and establishing the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
The event also includes a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, remarks by folklorist Barry Jean Ancelet and a report by Jeannine Beekman of Prime Time, which supports childhood literacy programs.
Tickets are $150. At 6 p.m. Thursday. Arbor Room, New Orleans City Park; www.leh.org.