Roberta Grove or Maria Elena Smith
NEW ORLEANS, LA (November 14, 2014) - It's not too early to start looking ahead at some of the exciting NEW details planned for FestiGals 2015! Yes, that perfect women's-centric weekend will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary in New Orleans this June 11 - 14th with fresh NEW content, some NEW faces and a brand NEW home base for festivities planned in the new year.
FestiGals, a 501(c)(3) organization, is pleased to announce that the newly renovated JW Marriott New Orleans hotel on world-famous Canal Street will serve as the festival's Official Host Hotel. "Exponential growth over the past several years necessitated the need for more space. We are thrilled to be working with the JW Marriott team who has been so gracious and supportive of our quest to continue to empower and enrich the thousands of women from across the country who have experienced our city through FestiGals," says FestiGals founder Diane Lyons.
With the new location, FestiGals is excited about the opportunity to showcase New Orleans cuisine as interpreted by JW Marriott's award-winning executive chef René Bajeux. As one of only 44 French Master Chefs in America, Bajeux will be featured at FestiGals signature Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon, an event best defined as a culinary experience that's one-part entertainment, one-part philanthropy and two-thirds pure fun. Since 2011, proceeds from the Bodacious Bras Auction have collectively generated over $55,000 for targeted women's causes. This group certainly understands that giving back is just another good reason to throw an over-the-top New Orleans style party.
Besides Bodacious Bras for Cause, FestiGals popular Stiletto Stroll returns in 2015 along with the competitive Stiletto Sprint. One day of programing is dedicated entirely to professional and personal development with big announcements coming soon on these and exciting new FestiGals offerings planned for June.
Finally, FestiGals is proud to welcome on board Crystal Hot Sauce as this year's spicy new sponsor for the popular Bloody Mary Mixer. Exclusive shopping adventures along with privately arranged tours of some of New Orleans most coveted landmarks define the FestiGals experience as one of the most unique women's festivals in the country.
To meet increasing demand for expanded programing throughout the year, FestiGals will soon launch a series of events designed to highlight the contributions of the women of our community. The initiative intends to recognize ordinary women and their extraordinary journeys.
A year-round "Women's Channel" initiative will kick off shortly providing prominent information expressing New Orleans perspectives on travel, business, health, family, success and the likes in the form of monthly feature stories, blogs and event listings for women by women!
This is just a tip of the FestiGals iceberg for 2015. Look out for much more in-depth detail on each and every official FestiGals event on tap for the coming year. Start planning now because this FestiGals voyage just won't be the same without you aboard. Hope to see you in New Orleans June 11-14!
FestiGals is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Diane B. Lyons, DMCP, CMP and ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC NETWORK COMPANY, produces the annual event held in New Orleans each June. FestiGals maiden-voyage in 2011 attracted over 150 women. Last year, nearly 1,500 women from across the country converged on the Crescent City for the weekend-long celebration. The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce all endorse this unique women's event. Collectively, the FestiGals fundraising initiative, "Bodacious Bras For A Cause," has raised over $55,000 with 100% of the proceeds dedicated to targeted women's causes. For more information on FestiGals, visit www.FestiGals.org or call 1-855-425-9563.
About JW Marriott New Orleans
Discover the acclaimed downtown New Orleans hotel blending distinct class with old world charm. Positioned along historically celebrated Canal Street in the center of the central business district, this recently renovated hotel is seconds away from legendary entertainment and renowned attractions, such as the famed French Quarter, Convention Center, and Aquarium of the Americas. Guests experience unsurpassed accommodations, savvy service, and an abundance of lavish amenities at this exclusive hotel with 19,000 square feet of modern meeting and event space. The exquisite Grand Ballroom highlighted by crystal chandeliers and French doors, distinguishes this hotel boasting the perfect venue for inspired social or business events. Recapture the essence of the city and delight in luxury in an intimate setting at the JW Marriott New Orleans located at 614 Canal Street. For more information or to make a reservation, call 504-525-6500 or visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msyjw-jw-marriott-hotel-new-orleans.