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17th Annual Martin…

Mar 3 - 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Mar 3 - 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 3 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 3 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

The Joy Theater…

Mar 3 - 3, 2015
Much like acts like The Smiths or Joy Division before them, Above & Beyond… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 3 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

Jazz Pilates with…

Mar 4 - 25, 2015
The French Market and The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park are proud… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 4 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Mar 4 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 4 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

Ogden After Hours…

Mar 5 - 5, 2015
Join us for Ogden After Hours for Colin Lake. more

The Columns Hotel…

Mar 5 - 26, 2015
The Historical Columns Hotel with its "sophiscicated atmosphere" and… more

Yappy Hour at The…

Mar 5 - 5, 2015
Yappy Hour at the The Velvet Cactus - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Sorry, no dogs… more

Friends of the…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Local jazz band, the Panorama Jazz Band, will bookend the final concert of… more

International…

Mar 6 - 7, 2015
Now in its seventh year, the New Orleans International Children's Film… more

Jefferson Arts…

Mar 6 - 15, 2015
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many… more

Lauren Sturm - Bayou…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Performs solo acoustic piano. more

Music at the Mint…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Billie performs mainly in an avant-garde, free style painting expansive… more

Ponchatoula Antique…

Mar 6 - 8, 2015
Featuring-Antique Collectibles Booth, Fine Arts & Crafts Booth, Food Booth,… more

Preservation Jazz…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

17th Annual Martin…

Mar 3 - 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

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

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Roberta Grove
or
Ann Christian

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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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