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Bonnie Broel is the owner of House of Broel, a retail outlet specializing in bridal and evening wear. She is the curator and creator of the House of Broel fashion museum and the largest miniature museum in the world by one single person. She is president of the House of Broel Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation. She is the past president of the Bridal Marketing Association of America and the St. Charles Ave. Business Association.
In 1991, Bonnie was awarded the first international "ROSE" award (Retailer of Style and Excellence Award) at the Dallas Apparel Market. In 1992 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Fashion Group International for her contributions to the fashion industry and won an Alpha award for best in store designer. In 1997, she was ordained as an inter-faith minister. In 2002, she was listed as an honored member of Who's Who in American Business Millennium Edition.
In 2007 she wrote and published a book entitled, House of Broel, the inside story - From Russia to Katrina, an autobiography and history of her home. Today she concentrates on doing weddings and receptions, in addition to running her new "Healing with a Heart" holistic wellness center.
On October 16, 2011 Broel was honored as a Louisiana Legend by Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman. She was recently nominated as an honoree by New Orleans Ballet Associations' Women of Fashion.
Bonnie Broel has survived five husbands. She has two sons from her first marriage to Harry Mendelson, II: Harry Mendelson,III, born 12/26/1959 in New Mexico (deceased; estranged as she refused to pay for his cremation) and Albert B. Mendelson, born 02/17/1961.
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