Vieux Carré Commission Foundation Hosts a “Gala at Galatoire’s”
Co-chairs Pam Lupin and Leslie Stokes
Photographed by Melissa Calico
Four hundred guests attended the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation’s smash of an event, “Gala at Galatoire’s.” Held in the historic restaurant, this glittering affair successfully raised money for the Vieux Carré Commission, an underfunded city agency seeking to preserve New Orleans’ oldest and most famous neighborhood: the French Quarter.
Attendees gathered to celebrate and raise funds for the cobbled, confusing and beautiful section of the city. Guests of the patron party began their evening promptly at half past 5, joined by renowned musician Allen Toussaint as the musical accompaniment. The patron party was co-chaired by Sydney Anderson and Juli Miller Hart, while Pam Lupin and Leslie Stokes teamed up to serve as co-chairs for the gala. Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. took his turn on the stage for the main event, alongside celebrity auctioneer Ruthie Winston and favorite local celebrity Bryan Batt. Cuisine was provided by 12 different French Quarter restaurants, including Antoine’s, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Bayona, and of course, Galatoire’s. Auction highlights included the generous gift of The Cove Resort owner Sidney Torres IV, who donated a long weekend at his hotel in the Bahamas.
Event at a Glance
What: “Gala at Galatoire’s,” benefiting the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation
When: Monday, October 7