Philanthropic Fun: All For One and One For All
STAIR ensures the success of its reading programs to students in need.
Board President Bart Dornier, Honorary Chair Anna Beth Goodman, Executive Director Shannon McCloskey Able
Guests arrived to the beautiful Garden District home of Honorary Chairs Anna Beth and John Goodman dressed for the “Masquerade for The Three Musketeers”-themed gala for Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR). The benefit supports the ongoing community work of STAIR: free one-on-one tutoring to lower elementary children so they have a chance for success.
As partygoers flowed inside and outside the home, they enjoyed delicious bites from 33 New Orleans restaurants and the sounds of Moses Eder Trio performing on the front lawn. Catering was provided by Bayona, Boucherie, GW Fins, Jack Rose Restaurant, Liberty’s Kitchen, Midway Pizza, Mr. John’s Steakhouse, The Court of Two Sisters, Upperline, Reginelli’s, Olive Blue Catering, Raising Cane’s and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Cocktails, wine and beer were provided by Urban South Brewery, Sazerac/Republic National Distributing, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Crescent City Cola-Cola Bottling Company and E&J, along with late-night coffee from PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans. A specialty cocktail chocolate martini cocktail complemented the theme.
Author Thomas Cole was on hand to autograph his book, Standing in the Shadows: New Orleans in Focus. A portion of the proceeds were donated to STAIR.
The top auction items included an amazing strand of pearls from Beje Fine Jewelry, books from authors from around the world and the “Endangered Species List” art by Alex Beard, which included a gift certificate for framing from Alltmont’s Fine Custom Framing. Guests also took a chance to win a charcuterie basket for 12 provided by D’Artagnan food.
In attendance were STAIR’s new Executive Director Shannon McCloskey Able, Board President Bart and Kay Dornier, Vice President Franklin “Tad” Jones and Cynthia Vonn Bell of the Saints, Board Members and dedicated STAIR tutors and supporters.
Event at a Glance
What: “STAIR Affair 2018,” benefiting Start The Adventure In Reading
When: Tuesday, November 6
Where: Home of Anna Beth and John Goodman
Darryl and Louellen Berger with Sandy and Mackie Shiltone
Greg and Carroll Feiling with Vice President Franklin “Tad” Jones