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A Different Kind of Renaissance

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Renaissance Festival.


On a blustery Friday, November 20, 2009, hundreds of partygoers gathered on the main floor of the beautiful Renaissance Arts Hotel in support of the Louisiana chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The annual Renaissance Festival had something for everyone: multiple open bars serving top-shelf drinks kept patrons happy; a beautiful array of dishes such as tuna tartare, gourmet spring rolls and a pasta station kept them full; and exciting live and silent auctions let people bid on gifts galore. Each guest also received a goody bag, which included free samples of hair products and a gift certificate to Glenn Michael Salon. The Bucktown All-Stars rocked the crowd before the live auction, where lucky bidders walked away with such treasures as a home theater system, a Saints helmet signed by Drew Brees and Eli Manning, and a private chef party for eight. Cooper Manning emceed for the evening. Chairs for the event were David Groome, Anne Villere and Jane Heidingsfelder. Board members included Scott Howard, Peggy Wilson, Gary Solomon, Diana Palmer and David Tabor to name a few. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefited the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which supports research, services and educational programs and outreach for those living with MS.

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