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Cocktails With a Literary Twist

“STAIR Affair” raised funds for children’s literacy.

Co-chairs Sara Hudson and Jonnie L. Honse with Tina Brockmann

Photographed By Melissa Calico

Start the Adventure In Reading held its annual “STAIR Affair” cocktail party and auction at the elegant Uptown home of Suzanne and Matt Wisdom on Prytania Street. This year’s cocktails were served with a literary twist, as the evening’s theme was the Brothers’ Grimm’s classic tale, Snow White.

Guests enjoyed an open bar and fine cuisine, as well as an evening of entertainment from the Lars Edegran Jazz Trio and local favorite, the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble. Chaired by Jonnie L. Honse and Sara Hudson, the event honored the late Betty Wisdom, a longtime STAIR supporter and volunteer. Over 250 supporters and friends attended the party, which included an enviable auction with items from Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry, Mignon Faget, Karla Katz Antiques and more. Restaurants supporting the event were led by heavy hitters such as Galatoire’s, Apolline, Whole Foods, Barcadia, Baker Maid, City Greens and Cowbell. Libations were provided by E. & J. Gallo Winery, LaFete, LLC,and Republic National Distributing Company.

STAIR is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization focused on children’s literacy and provides free reading tutors for first, second and third grade public school students.


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “Historic Houses Society Fall Gala,” benefiting the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
When: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Where: Home of Caroline and Murray Calhoun

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