Audubon Aquarium of the Americas’ Fourth Annual ’Scales & Ales’

Catherine and state senator J.P. Morrell with Ellen Kempner

Photographed by Jeff Strout

On Friday, September 20, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas held its fourth annual “Scales & Ales.” This fundraising event, which happens in the aquarium itself and spills into Woldenberg Park, brings support for Audubon’s educational programs and conservational efforts. Chairs Mr. and Mrs. William Hines organized the party, providing food from over 30 restaurants, including Galatoire’s, Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar and Angelo Brocato Italian Desserts, and an open bar that offered specialty drinks, wine and Abita beer. Guests danced to the live music of the Atlanta band Simply Irresistible and the local New Orleans Sirens while participating in the highlight of the evening: the enticing raffle. This raffle featured what were called Fly, Drive or Stay vacation packages, which provided patrons the chance to be a tourist by winning either round trip tickets on a Southwest airplane with a $500 Hyatt gift card, a Mississippi Beach Hard Rock Hotel getaway or a two-night stay at The Roosevelt New Orleans with deluxe accommodations.

The celebration took place while the entire aquarium was open, letting partygoers view exciting and interesting exhibits, such as sea otters, penguins and the newest addition, Geaux Fish. This celebration of patronage by the Audubon Aquarium gave guests not only a good reason to “party their fins off” but also the ability to see first hand the wildlife that their generosity helps protect


Event at a Glance

What: Fourth annual “Scales & Ales,” benefiting Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
When: Friday, September 20
Where: Audubon Aquarium and Woldenberg Park

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