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EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 30 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

May 30 - 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

May 30 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Le Petit Theatre…

May 30 - 31, 2015
This classic Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical traces the lives of… more

My Leg, My Choice…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Lace up your sneakers for a good cause. Proceeds from the race will support… more

New Orleans Oyster…

May 30 - 31, 2015
You better not eat for days leading up to the 2015 New Orleans Oyster Festival.… more

NORDC Movies in the…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for NORDC Movies in the Park screening of "Dolphin Tale… more

Purchased Lives: New…

May 30 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Saturday Farmers…

May 30 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

Tennessee Williams:…

May 30 - 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Irish House…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for One Tailed Three. more

Soul Full Sunday…

May 31 - 31, 2015
We are thrilled to bring to Ashé, once again, an unforgettable Sunday… more

Celebrate the Wonders…

Jun 1 - 1, 2015
Dr. Antje Boetius is a Marine Biologist and Oceanographer at the Alfred Wegener… more

Ashe Powerhouse…

Jun 3 - 5, 2015
See the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by New Orleans native Lisa D'Amour,… more

The Victory Belles…

Jun 3 - 3, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Jun 3 - 3, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

June Under the Moon

Jun 5 - 5, 2015
Be a KID again and enjoy the Amusement Park! No one will want to miss this… more

Ringo Deathstarr

Jun 5 - 5, 2015
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Ashe Powerhouse…

Jun 6 - 7, 2015
See the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by New Orleans native Lisa D'Amour,… more

Bombay Club -…

Jun 6 - 6, 2015
Enjoy live Jazz music! more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 30 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

NBC’s Today Show Co-host To Headline Women’s Festival

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Roberta Grove
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NBC's Today Show Co-host to Headline Women's Festival

Today Show co-host, Dateline correspondent and New York Times best-selling author, Hoda Kotb, has been tapped to headline the 2012 FestiGals celebration in New Orleans this summer. Kotb will join a high-powered line-up of female speakers planned for the weekend-long festival this June. She will be featured as the event's keynote during a luncheon presentation at the Hotel Monteleone on Friday, June 22nd. New Orleans love affair with Kotb began in 1992 during her six-year stint at WWL-TV as a reporter and news anchor. Though her professional career path would eventually lead her to the anchor desk on NBC's Today Show and beyond, Hoda Kotb would forever remain a New Orleanian at heart. Her deep emotional ties to the Crescent City were never more apparent than during her 2005 coverage of the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. "There are no other cities like New Orleans. New Orleans just has its own thing going on. Its living, its breathing, it's people are so unique, so real," says Kotb.

Since departing New Orleans for the national stage, life hasn't exactly been without its challenges for Hoda Kotb. Many of those challenges are the subject of Kotb's best-selling personal account of her bout with breast cancer, survival and the ultimate recovery from that disease. The book entitled, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, offers a candid peek into an inner sanctum that most women can relate to, especially FesitGals organizers whose primary mission is to raise both awareness and financial support for the under-served woman battling cancer. Net proceeds are dedicated to the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, a non-profit United Way community impact partner. CAGNO's mission includes cancer education, research, outreach and patient support. "Anything that I can do to spotlight the need to help women fighting this disease I'm there. It's personal for me," explains Kotb. Those attending the FestiGals Weekend will gain personal insight into Kotb's life; the good, the bad, and yes the ugly, something she humorously and inspirationally  describes in great detail in her candid New York Times best-seller.

FestiGals maiden voyage began in 2011 when the first weekend created for women by women debuted on the festival scene. With the fresh approach of balancing meaningful content with a fair amount of fun, women from across the U.S. flocked to New Orleans for three days of empowerment seminars, informative workshops, networking opportunities and an insider's view at one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. This year, New Orleans will once again be the place for women to be from June 22nd through June 24th, when organizers and the Big Easy rolls out the red carpet for those attending the 2nd Annual FestiGals Weekend.

With a diverse collection of speakers that include Huffington Post columnist Colleen Mullaney, world-renowned restaurateur and entrepreneur Ti Martin of Commander's Palace, international communications expert and author Cary Broussard; CEO of Travel's on Media Productions Tonya Fitzpatrick, and an historian with a propensity for the unusual Pamela Arceneaux of The Historic New Orleans Collection, FestiGals participants should expect an extraordinary few days of offerings designed to satisfy every taste and interest. "The FestiGals experience will inspire you, it will empower you, and it will ignite your own personal love affair with this most fascinating city," explains FestiGals Founder Diane Lyons.

Hoda Kotb fans will want to make travel plans early because her luncheon presentation promises to be a hot-ticket item among the 2012 FestiGals offerings. FestiGals home base for the weekend is the landmark Hotel Monteleone. As a proud sponsor of the event, the Monteleone is pleased to offer participants a special rate of $159 per night. Tickets for the Ultimate Festigals Package are $275 each. Single event tickets are also available. For more information and event details, please call 504-524-1227 or visit www.festigals.org. Also remember to friend us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FestiGalsNewOrleans and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com#!FestiGalsNOLA.

About FestiGals
The brainchild of entrepreneur and New Orleans tourism professional
Diane Lyons, FestiGals' maiden-voyage in 2011 attracted over 150 women from across the U.S. including Washington D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee and the entire Gulf South Region. The 2nd Annual FestiGals Weekend is positioned perfectly on the summer festival calendar of offerings in New Orleans. Endorsed by the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, FestiGals provides something for women of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Voted "Best Girls Getaway" in 2011 by AAA Southern Traveler, FestiGals provides the ultimate New Orleans women's experience. Committed to both raising awareness and resources for issues that impact today's women, FestiGals is a non-profit entity whose net proceeds support targeted community projects that benefit women.

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