The theme of this year’s “Lark in the Park” was “Celebrate Your Park: Here’s to Past, Present and Future Memories!” Over 800 patrons attended the event, and proceeds went toward the continued preservation of New Orleans City Park through the endowment fund. “You will be investing in the legacy of City Park for generations to come,” says park CEO Bob Becker.
The Patron Party kicked off the night in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters with a center bar surrounded by oversized draping. Catering was provided by Commander’s Palace, and John Michael Bradford provided entertainment.
The gala opened up into the New Orleans Botanical Garden with a relaxed atmosphere of beautiful clear tents and string lights. Savory delectables from more than 45 New Orleans were served, and libations were provided by Republic National Distribution Company, with specialty cocktails by Hotel Monteleone.
Luke Winslow-King had everyone jiving during his two set blues jazz performance, and Brian Coogan played on a piano, generously donated by LaFarge Pianos. Outside, patrons sang along into the late hours of the night while sipping cocktails in the Prêt a Fêtê Piano Bar.
Live auctioneers Mark Romig and Liz Reyes announced 12 one-of-a-kind packages, featuring: a FrenchLive painting of the gala; a music festival package with VIP tickets to Jazz Fest, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Voodoo; a trip for four to Oregon Wine Country with a personalized tour of Moises-Wahle Vineyard and a two-night stay at Allison Inn and Spa; and round-trip tickets for two via JetBlue and a stay at the Roosevelt Hotel NYC. Raffle tickets were available for a 2015 Bryan Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium donated by Bryan Subaru and a yellow gold bracelet donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park
When: Friday, March 13
Where: Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park