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Toasting to Trees

Parkway Partners continues planting trees to keep our city grounded.

Honorary Chair Ruthie Frierson, Honoree Dr. Bob Thomas and Auctioneer Polly Thomas


Leah Chase opened the doors of her restaurant, Dooky Chase, to host the Parkway Partners Sunday brunch benefit, which raised more than $40,000 to support New Orleans green spaces and restoring the urban canopy in the city.

The event honoree was Dr. Bob Thomas, and his wife Rep. Polly Thomas was the auctioneer. Ruthie Frierson served as Honorary Chair.

The Patron Party was held on the day just prior to the main event, during which Dr. Thomas was awarded with the Green Spirit award.

Approximately 150 attended the event that included a delectable brunch menu with appetizers of fried oysters, then a seated meal that included Leah Chase’s famous fried chicken among many other delicious items. Bobby McIntyre & the Last Straws provided musical entertainment.

The silent auction, led by chair Nell Howard with lots of support from Pam Cooper, had many great items. But the signature items were in a live auction. Leah Chase donated two items: a cooking in the kitchen with Leah, and a private dinner for eight at Dooky Chase. There was also a balloon raffle, which the 11 Pussyfooters in attendance helped lead.


What: “Feast with Leah!,” benefiting Parkway Partners
When: Sunday, October 9
Where: Dooky Chase restaurant


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