Philanthropic Fun: Green for the Greater Good
Raintree Children and Services raised more than $150,000 at its annual benefit supporting at-risk foster children.
Co-Chair Cindy Paulin with Vincent Giardina and Pat Starnes
Raintree Children and Services, which helps at-risk foster children and infants with disabilities, hosted 300 patrons at the annual “Paint the Town Green” benefit. Beautiful white gardenias in illuminated flower pots and jars decorated Generations Hall for the event.
Event Chairs were Deborah Alciatore-Empey, Lana Duke and Cindy Paulin. Mr. Mike Hoss served as Emcee and the event honored Valero Energy.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House provided delicious hors d’oeuvres for the Patron Party. The gala featured catering provided by 12 Seasons, Acme Oyster House, Antoine’s, Chateau Gold & Country Club, Dryades Public Market, Gordon Biersch, GW Fins, Haydel’s, La Louisiana, Marcello’s, Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House, Perrone & Sons, Sac-a-Lait, Superior Grill and The Royal Sonesta.
Guests danced the night away to music by The Wise Guys in the main room and the John Doheny Quartet in the Patron room.
The live auction included an all-inclusive trip to the Saints vs. Atlanta game in Atlanta, including a view of the game from a private suite, hotel and airfare. Additional highlights included an embellished giclée from James Michalopoulous entitled “Spiffed Up,” a charter fishing trip and a sapphire earring and necklace set from Anton’s. The silent auction featured a huge variety of items, including modern art, jewelry and numerous hotel and restaurant experiences.
Event at a Glance
What: “Paint the Town Green,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services
When: Saturday, April 7
Where: Generations Hall
Co-Chairs Debbie Alciatore-Empey and Lana Duke with Olivia Ventola
Executive Director Lashawna Schofield, President Kenny Malter