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Casino Royale

A lively fundraiser for The Children’s Hospital Family Housing Initiative transported guests to Monte Carlo.

John and Co-Chair Jamie Cangelosi with Co-Chair Cherie and Donald Albro

Photographed by Jeff Strout

The 36th annual “Sugarplum Ball” themed “Casino Royale: A Night in Monte Carlo,” funded The Children’s Hospital Family Housing Initiative. The facilities, located across the street from the hospital, will provide patient families from all over Louisiana with a place to stay just a short walk away from their child. The event raised more than $318,000 for this initiative.

This year’s “Sugarplum Ball” Co-Chairs Cherie Albro and Jamie Cangelosi attended the ball with their husbands, Donald and John, respectively. Children’s Hospital President and CEO Mary Perrin presented the 2017 “Sugarplum Ball” honorees, Maureen and Whit Huguley. The couple was chosen as honorees for their philanthropic contributions, both to Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees and as current members of the Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health Boards of Trustees, in addition to numerous other community achievements.

“Royal Flush,” “Full House” and “High Roller” sponsors were invited to the exclusive VIP party aboard the “Le Train Bleu” train cars. Restaurant August serves hors d’oeuvres during the hour-long party.

The main event, inside the transformed train station decorated in scarlet and gold, housed two bars, 38 restaurant serving stations, the silent auction, casino tables and the main stage, which was complete with a wall of meticulously handmade red rosettes. The sold out “On the Rocks” raffle offered guests the chance to win an array of prizes, including Kendra Scott jewelry and gift cards.

The James Martin Jazz band entertained patrons at the Le Train Bleu VIP Party. Four Unplugged entertained as guests danced and bid on spectacular auction items,
ncluding a brand-new Subaru Outback 2.5i premium, VIP tickets to a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”  in Burbank, California, a seven-night stay at a resort in Aruba and “Inside the Ropes” passes to the 2017 Zurich Classic. 


What: “Sugarplum Ball,” benefiting Children’s Hospital
When: Saturday, April 1
Where: New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

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