A Grand Finale

Lisa and Trip Ludwig’s Old Metairie home was awash in warm amber lighting for the “WYES ‘Downton Abbey’ – Going Out In Style Gala.” Volunteers dressed as the maids and butlers from “Downton Abbey” greeted guests as they entered the home through the red carpet walkway.

At the Patron Party, guests enjoyed a photo opportunity with a vintage Rolls Royce and partook in passed hors d’oeuvres, wine, champagne and specialty cocktails, including the “Boulevardier” and the “Downton Special,” as they celebrated the successes of WYES.

At the main event, Deacon John and the Ivories delighted guests with their musical stylings and got guests onto the dance floor. A host of cuisine stations provided by Celebrate! Catered Events by Windsor Court included Gulf seafood; a bruschetta station; Louisiana charcuterie; salad and cheese stations; a meat display; a market fresh table; a macaroni and cheese station; and a dessert display. Libations were provided by Goldring Family Foundation, Uncorked, The Wine Seller, City Wholesale Liquor and Louisiana Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

Katie Crosby, WYES Chairperson, was on hand to announce and present the WYES Chairman’s Award to Paulette and Frank Stewart for their many years of service and philanthropy to WYES. Allan Pizzato, WYES President and General Manager, presented the WYES President’s Award to Paul Spencer of the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation for the Foundation’s outstanding commitment to WYES and our entire community. Paul was accompanied by his wife, Barbara; they were among the 300 guests at the gala.

Proceeds from this event support WYES’ mission of serving greater New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast with educational, entertaining and enlightening programming.


What: “WYES Downton Abbey – Going Out In Style Gala” presented by Latter & Blum Companies, benefiting WYES
When: Thursday, March 3
Where: Home of Lisa and Tripp Ludwig


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