Lighthouse Louisiana Holds Its Annual Fundraiser at Arnaud’s
Chad Folse and Courtney Bowman-Folse with Kathleen and Drew Ramsey
Photographed by Melissa Calico
Lighthouse Louisiana held a benefit at famed Arnaud’s restaurant in March to mark its accomplishments throughout the 97 years that the organization has served our community and to raise funds for a new era. Formerly known as the Lighthouse for the Blind, the nonprofit has long served citizens of New Orleans with visual impairments but has now expanded to outreach and service for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Adrienne Casbarian and Katy Casbarian served as co-chairs for the event, which was a spectacular success and raised over $60,000 for Lighthouse’s outreach projects. Over 120 guests attended the event.
Unsurprisingly, Arnaud’s provided a decadent feast for all in attendance, with sumptuous fare including: oyster Bienville tartlettes, soufflé potatoes with béarnaise sauce and mini chicken Wellingtons for hors d’oeuvres, and a buffet featuring oysters on the half shell, crawfish crêpes and a carving station with pork sliders. For dessert, guests enjoyed cherries jubilee with chocolate truffles and fruit tartlettes.
While guests savored the culinary feast, The Gumbo Pot Trio provided one for the ears, performing live jazz music that set a relaxed atmosphere for the evening. In addition to music, Lighthouse held a silent auction with luxurious prizes for guests. Top bidders went home with exquisitely glazed ceramics and exclusive gift baskets, all created by Lighthouse clients and staff for the event. Perfect Presentations donated stunning topiaries and floral arrangements of pink and red roses for the event.
Event at a Glance
What: “An Evening Benefitting Lighthouse Louisiana”
When: Thursday, March 28
Where: Arnaud’s Restaurant