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Boys Hope Girls Hope Celebrates Its ‘A Night at the Oscars’ Gala

Mike and co-chair Lori Rodrigue with co-chair Monique and Michael Ricci

Photographed by Melissa Calico

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans held its 33rd fall gala on Friday, September 13. The Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park became a venue fit for Hollywood with glamorous cuisine, cocktails and entertainment matching the theme “A Night at the Oscars.”

This gala, chaired by Lori Rodrigue and Monique Ricci, benefited the work of the privately funded Boys Hope Girls Hope, which gives at-risk youth the opportunity to reach high academic goals despite the challenging situations surrounding them.

Guests were given a taste of New Orleans with tidbits from restaurants such as Acme Oyster House, Drago’s Seafood and Zea’s. Partygoers were also welcome to sip cocktails from Glazer’s and Pinnacle Vodka while listening to the Sinatra and Martin sound of The Yat Pack. The celebration really got kicking when the 610 Stompers preformed a dance routine to mark the beginning of the live auction and a raffle featuring prizes such as a Fore!Kids Foundation Zurich Classic package, a table for 10 at Sean Peyton’s “Black and Gold Gala” and a private party at Acme Oyster House’s Reef Room. While the glitz and glamor of this “Night at the Oscars” entertained those in attendance, the real winners are the children served by this gracious organization.

Event at a Glance

What: 33rd annual “A Night at the Oscars” gala, benefiting Boys Hope Girls Hope
When: Friday, September 13
Where: The Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park

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