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Longue Vue House and Gardens’ Gala Brings Venice to the Big Easy

Board of Directors president Chip Leyens Jr., Juan Barona, Anne Redd and Clovis Taittinger

Photographed by Melissa Calico

A “Venetian Carnevale” temporarily replaced our traditional New Orleans Carnival with Longue Vue House and Gardens’ fundraising gala “Sentimental Journeys,” which was held at Mr. and Mrs. Andre Robert’s Uptown home this past April. The 2013 gala’s theme brought a glamorous and exotic twist to an old Crescent City tradition.

Caroline Robert and Daphne Berger chaired the event and Peggy Laborde and Susan Johnson served as honorary co-chairs. They, together with the 2013 President of the Board of Directors, Jon F. “Chip” Leyens Jr. and celebrity auctioneer Bryan Batt, organized a wonderful evening that supported the Longue Vue estate.

Galatoire’s head chef Michael Sichel created a five-star menu for the evening. Since no Carnevale would be complete without music, the 2013 gala featured exclusive entertainment by opera singer Dana Rahming accompanied by Wilfred Delphin on piano, the Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s school band and show band Dear Annie Girl.

A curated live auction provided guests with the chance to travel the world and included travel packages to Monte Carlo, Russia and Bora Bora. The live auction also featured a custom-designed pearl, citrine and amethyst necklace that was created exclusively for the gala by Valobra Master Jewelers. Longue Vue also held its first silent auction, which showcased premier art and antiques, such as a bronze and steel table lamp by Mario Villa and an original piece by artist Raine Bedsole.

Longue Vue House Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and encourages citizens to pursue beauty and civic responsibility.


Event at a Glance

What: “Sentimental Journeys Gala: Venetian Carnevale,” benefitting Longue Vue House and Gardens
When: Friday, April 19
Where: Home of Mr. and Mrs. Andre Robert

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