The Louisiana Children’s Museum celebrated 35 years of play with their 23rd gala, auction and raffle, which took place in the lush outdoor gardens and interactive landscapes of their City Park home.

The courtyard was draped with white catenary lights and Air Star Crystal lights illuminating the outdoor landscapes. The Museum’s atrium glistened with firefly lights in the background. Decorations chairperson Blaire Price chose exquisite floral centerpieces in rich fall colors and foliage placed throughout the lobby, auction gallery in the Julia Street atrium and on courtyard tables to create a warm, elegant ambiance throughout the grounds. Guests enjoyed live music under the stars by John “Papa” Gros.

Dickie Brennan & Co., Louisiana Seafood and Rouses Markets provided cuisine for the 300 patrons to enjoy, with highlights including a grilled oyster bar, an extensive charcuterie station featuring exotic cheese and a s’mores station. The patron party specialty drink was a French “35,” a take on the classic French 75, in honor of LCM celebrating 35 years of play for families in our community.

An auction featured more than 100 packages, including a Friend and Company antique diamond and gold ring, beachfront vacations, dining and spirits packages, collectibles, exquisite art, wellness and fitness packages, jewelry and shopping packages. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry also awarded a $4,500 gift certificate/shopping spree to one lucky winner.

True to the event namesake, there were nine one-of-a-kind chairs auctioned, including the top winning “Garden Party” chair created by float artist Caroline Thomas and “Whimsically Mechanical” chair by Nathan Author, a third generation set painter from the New Orleans Opera House. Chairs were also donated by NOLA favorite Dr. Bob, Mark Bercier, the 8th grade class at Trinity Episcopal School and others.

Jennifer LaCorte Marsiglia and Michael J. Marsiglia served as Event Chairs. The Marsiglia and LaCorte Families served as Presenting Sponsors.

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Event At A Glance

What: 23rd Annual CHAIRish the Children

When: Saturday, November 6, 2021

Where: Louisiana Children’s Museum

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Joey and Enola Richard 

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Tom Gregory, Julia Bland, Ben Waring

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Todd and Crystal McDonald, Carrie and Austin Marks

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Pierre and Allison Stouse, John Gonzalez and Tricia Weeks

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Mike Marsiglia, Jennifer and Michael Marsiglia 

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Katie LaCorte Teen, Bill and Karen LaCorte, Billy LaCorte