receive many letters of thanks and appreciation from
visitors and corporations who have had the opportunity
to experience The Elms. We'd like to share a few of
them with you.
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EVENTS & PARTIES
and Reception Accolades!
want to express my thanks to you and your staff
for a party that was clearly the talk of the convention.
As you said, the mansion clearly speaks for itself.
Thank you for all of your assistance in coordinating
Janet Lagner, Affiliate Relations
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Repeat customers can be your best advertisers and
I can certainly attest to that. ..I held many functions
at your home and every time it gets better and better.
I feel very fortunate to have taken a new group
to The Elms, all of whom have expressed what a delightful
and enjoyable evening they experienced...
Kathy Dennis, Director of Communications
I have to smile every time I think of the wonderful
Southern Hospitality you and your team exhibited
during our recent conference. Our guests really
enjoyed their day at your home. You made them feel
so welcomed and so comfortable .. we're going to
have a difficult time trying to match this experience
at our next conference.. your home is beautiful,
your style impeccable, your presentation stunning,
and your cooking -- absolutely delicious! Thank
you for providing an incredible backdrop for our
Susan L. Schmitz, Marketing Programs Manager
I don't know how to begin to thank you for the wonderful
job you and your staff did for the Intel Corporate
Advisory Board members ... they all had such
a lovely time. I am still getting great feedback
from everyone. The Corporate Advisory Board attendees
..are all very senior level executives with discriminating
tastes who travel frequently and aren't easily impressed.
They were blown away! I can truly say that the event
was the highlight of the entire program. Every aspect
of the evening was perfect. The staff was very cordial
and the attendees loved hearing about the history
of the house. The food was outstanding! I will absolutely
recommend you to anyone doing business in New Orleans...
Lisa D. Warren, Corporate Event Producer
Thank you .. the food was fabulous and gave our
guests (and us) a real taste of New Orleans ...
the house is beautiful -- thanks again!
Eileen M. Hammond, Corporate Vice President,
New York Life Insurance Company
I don't know how to thank you enough for providing
the most exquisite setting for a cocktail party.
This was by far the most successful party I have
been responsible for arranging. I find myself depending
on outside individuals like yourselves ... all arrangements
were made over the phone and I was unable to actually
view the Elms Mansion until the day before our function
-- it is without a doubt the most beautiful home
I've ever been in. Hors d'oeuvres are sometimes
unexciting and uninviting -- that certainly wasn't
the case here. My mouth is still watering ... I
hope this adequately expresses how grateful I am
to both of you for making this year's cocktail party
a smashing success!
Leslie M. Tinsley, Marketing Manager
Mosby - Year Book, Inc.
Everyone here at Paddington wants to thank you and
your staff for making our WSWA Convention in New
Orleans one of our most memorable events. You should
be proud of your beautiful home. Our guests got
a taste of southern hospitality from the folks at
John A. Callahan, Jr.
The Paddington Corporation
Without a doubt, the Christmas party our organization
held at "The Elms" was the best we have ever had.
Your staff certainly did their job way above and
beyond the call of duty .. so much, that our members
have already stated that they would like to return..
Tour Guide Association of Greater New Orleans
WOW!!! What a wonderful time we had at the reception!
Based on what we discussed, I expected a successful
event. Well, let me say this: those expectations
were exceeded ten-fold! We have had similar receptions
in many different cities and in many 5-star facilities.
Without a doubt, you and your staff are at the top
of the chart. Every one of our customers from throughout
the country thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Many
thanks to you and your staff for helping show our
customers what New Orleans hospitality really means.
Rodger A. Malehorn, Vice President
Bayou Steel Corporation
Thank you for an absolutely wonderful evening at
the Elms Mansion. Our cocktail reception was a huge
success. Many of our customers told me that this
was the best hospitality function they have ever
attended .. the mansion is beautiful, the food was
fabulous and the music was perfect. We also appreciate
your taking the time to give tours and to explain
the history of the house - everyone felt so comfortable.
It was a perfect evening...
Nancy Williams, Marketing Services
Thermo Quest Corporation
I wish to personally thank you for the use of the
Elms Mansion for our group ... I have heard nothing
but rave reviews of the house, tour and dinner.
I am so pleased that we were able to utilize such
a gracious setting for this first-night event. It
was a wonderful way to welcome the group to the
best of New Orleans hospitality.
Kathleen A. McVay
Trexler World Travel Service
The evening more than exceeded our expectations.
The food was exquisite and the mansion itself is
an exceptional venue for customer entertainment.
The feeling of luxury in a relaxed environment made
it a pleasure to be there... I usually measure
our success by the people who stay till the very
end ... and our guests just didn't want to leave.
I really appreciate the personal attention ...
Janet Johnson, CMP
Wow! What can I say -- but thank you for a job well
done! You, your staff, and allowing us to utilize
your beautiful mansion truly made our final night
in New Orleans wonderful! On behalf of everyone
here, I would like to thank you for your assistance
with making the end of our conference in New Orleans
a huge success!
CA One Services, Inc.
Let me begin by saying "thank you" for a fabulous
and memorable reception and dinner for our board
of directors. Our board members come from all over
the United States .. they are CEO's of very large
and successful companies and travel the world. One
of my priorities for the board reception and dinner
in New Orleans was to find "the" unique and memorable
venue. The Elms outscored on all points. Our directors
were thoroughly impressed with the magnificent Mansion,
the southern charm of you and your staff, and the
special menu you created for this special occasion.
Words seem inadequate when expressing the gratitude
I feel for all you did to make our anniversary party
a success. The food was excellent and abundant,
and the variety was amazing. Your staff was by far
the most accommodating group of people I have ever
had the pleasure of working with .. constantly seeking
to serve in any way possible ... there is nothing
I would change about that night ... there is no
better measure of success. Most of that success
was due to you and your staff ...
Bourbon French Parfums
The food was delicious and the mansion was decorated
beautifully. You and your staff must have worked
very hard to achieve such perfection. I can't tell
you how many compliments you received, from our
guests and from Seitel employees, for a spectacular
evening. Everyone was very impressed!
Neva Johnson, Executive Assistant
As we reminisce about New Orleans, our evening at
Elms Mansion stands as the number one event of our
successful conference .. my memory is flooded with
the warmth, the sights, the sounds and tastes of
that splendid evening. Whenever I am asked by my
association colleagues and friends about things
to do in New Orleans, a function at Elms is my first
suggestion. Thank you for one of those special memories
we keep near to our mind's eye.
John A. Altobelli, Chief Executive Officer
Internation Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Thanks so much to all of your staff who contributed
to making this such a successful event. We received
nothing but compliments from our clients, and it
was obvious that everyone really enjoyed themselves
... we were told the party was one of the highlights
of the convention...
Linda J. Kleim, CMP, Second Vice President
The Northern Trust Company
The party was sensational and so were both of you.
Having the privilege to work with truly honest people
of the highest professional caliber is what makes
my work so enjoyable ... thank you for pulling together
a superb event on a mere ten days notice.
You made the impossible, possible. All the
guests were overwhelmed by the exquisite atmosphere
your home provided, and were thrilled with the party. The
food music, flowers, setting and all other details
of the party were superb. Without people like
yourselves who care, successful parties like ours
would not happen. I will brag about you and
The Elms Mansion to everyone I know!
Steven Neiman, President
The Neiman Group
birthday party was a beautiful occasion, and I want
to thank your staff for making it so. I have received
many phone calls and notes from friends telling
me how lovely and gorgeous everything was. The refreshments
were delicious, and every detail was carried out
to perfection. Many thanks for a delightful and
We want to extend our sincere appreciation for an
outstanding party. We have received so
many compliments from family and friends and we
attribute them to both of you and your wonderful
staff. We could not have asked for a better evening!
The food was outstanding and the house,
lit up for the party, set the stage for a wonderful
and memorable evening.
Deane & David Richardson
Thank you for your wonderful supervision of the
50th wedding anniversary party we celebrated ...
the mansion was so beautiful and the food and service
were outstanding! We had a marvelous time!
Stephanie & Randy Treadaway
TOURS / TOUR GROUPS
Thank you for opening your lovely home to our tour
group ... so we could have the chance to see its
beautify and learn its true history!
Candy and I just wanted to drop you a short note
to express our gratitude for the hospitality you
showed us while in New Orleans during the National
Conference of State Legislatures. You have one of
the truly great homes in this country -- a real
Robert W. Ney, State Senator, Ohio Senate
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for
the personalized tour that your employee gave my
mother, her friend, and myself... they enjoyed it
as I knew they would .. thank you for sharing your
heritage and your hospitality.
Jim Rowe, Koslow's Furs
Thank you for providing me with a tour of your lovely
home this afternoon. Now I understand why
the Tourist Commission receives so many wonderful
comments from those visitors who have toured your
home or attended receptions or weddings there.
The Elms Mansion is certainly a lovely attraction
for our many visitors ...
Beverly Gianna, Director of Public Relations
Greater New Orleans Tourist & Convention Commission,
I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much
I enjoyed your hospitality and the tour of your
beautiful home. I am returning the photos
which you so graciously loaned to us ...
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Thank you very much for the wonderful dinner party
that we enjoyed .. the mansion was exquisitely elegant,
and the entire affair was well planned and executed.
Your preparation and experience certainly showed
with the results. Our guests were very impressed,
and all had an excellent time. It will be a difficult
task to equal the event at our dinner next year.
Louis Pengue, Marketing Manager
Thank you for the excellent dinner that you hosted
for us at the Elms Mansion. My multi-national group
loved your catfish dinner as well as the history
lesson that both your tour and the antebellum-era
greeters gave us. The next time we come to New Orleans,
we will be certain to put your venue on the top
of our list.
We were so very pleased with our dinner party last
Sunday. You accomplished a beautiful evening with
superb dining and ambiance. It was very reassuring
to plan our special event with such professionals.
Thank you again for a truly wonderful evening in
John R. Edney, Senior Vice President
Thank you so much for your help in coordinating
our dinner event. Everyone had a wonderful time
and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to experience
the elegance of the architecture of the 1800's.
Please convey our thanks and appreciation to the
entire staff at the Van Benthuysen - Elms Mansion
for an excellent job.
Organon Teknika Corporation
We would like to thank you and your staff for the
outstanding service we received during our recent
function at the mansion. The food was only outdone
by beauty and elegance of the mansion itself. Our
memories of New Orleans will be fond ones ... and
the highlight of the trip was the dinner at your
R. B. Willy Harmon II, International Customer
I just wanted to say thank you for all your assistance
with our dinner at the Elms Mansion during this
year's convention. The evening was perfect. Our
guests were more than pleased, from the time they
were greeted by the banjo player at the door to
the after-dinner cordials and cigars out in the
garden. Not only was the mansion itself beautiful,
but the meal prepared by Faith Elms and her staff
was absolute perfection and their service was outstanding.
Your assistance with all the many many details that
made our dinner a truly special occasion is much
Lynne Diefenbach, Marketing Communications
Waukesha Engine Division, Dresser Industries, Inc.
What a perfect evening! Your home provided us a
most elegant setting for our installation. I received
many compliments on your beautiful house as well
as on the delicious food served ...
Ann Caballero, Manager of Marketing
Eye, Ear, Noe & Throat Hospital
Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality
during our convocation banquet .. our guests raved
about the food, the service, and of course the beauty
and charm of the mansion itself. The whole evening
was a wonderful experience... just know it was a
tremendously successful event for us thanks to your
Rev. Jesse Jennings, Site Chairperson
Creative Life Church
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