The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans threw its annual spring gala on Friday, April 4, at the Arbor Room in City Park. Nearly 500 guests attended the yearly “Julia Jump” soirée benefiting the preservation and restoration of New Orleans historical architecture and neighborhoods, which was also the organization’s 40th anniversary.
With a “Mid-City Night’s Dream” theme, event chairpersons Brandy Whisnant and Maria Huete set up an exciting and elegant night with edibles, libations, auction items and live music.
A patron party kicked off promptly at seven, with the main event starting at eight. What was meant to be a mainly outdoor event had to be pushed inside due to inclement weather, but partygoers’ spirits went undaunted as they enjoyed the musical stylings of Cajun fiddler Amanda Shaw and local favorite The Wiseguys.
Silent auction highlights included one-night membership in the Krewe of Orpheus and a ride on a 2015 float, art, vacations, a Vespa and hotel stays. Attendees appreciated the chance to nibble on some choice bites from local hotspots St. James Cheese Company and Cane & Table. Also notable was a specialty cocktail created specifically for the occasion: the Kentucky Corpse Reviver, mixed by Chris Arenas of St. Marie Brasserie.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Julia Jump,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
When: Friday, April 4
Where: Arbor Room, City Park