“Cocktails for KID smART” was held virtually over Zoom, with in-person “Parties in Place” hosted across the city. These small gatherings offered opportunities for people to watch the virtual program, celebrate their support of the arts in schools, eat, drink and be merry, all in a safe and intimate environment.

“Parties in Place” were hosted by Jill and Minor Pipes, who also served as Event Chairs; Board Chair Suzanne and Steve Dumez; incoming Board Chair Toryah Cameron; Board Member Felicia Rabito and Bill Ellison; Katie and Stephen Miles; Mary Martin and Richard Roth; Stephanie Goliwas Huger; and Mimi and Claude Schlesinger.

Emcee and Executive Director Elise Gallinot Goldman kept the evening fun and upbeat, with recorded programming interspersed with live check-ins with Party in Place hosts. The virtual program included interviews with featured artist Hunt Slonem and featured emerging artist Jessica Strahan, and a virtual home tour of the home of Calais and Patrick Waring.

Hunt Slonem’s “Silver Line,” a painting of his iconic bunnies with a layer of diamond dust over the top, was auctioned online and won by Event Chairs Jill and Minor Pipes.

Regions Bank served as the Presenting Sponsor. Additional Major Sponsors were Azby Fund and Entergy.

Sponsor and Patron gift bags included cheese, small bites and champagne from Martin Wine Cellar, and a bottle of Handy & Schiller from Sazerac House. Approximately 100 guests participated in the program.

Through this event, more than 2,500 New Orleans students receive arts-rich learning throughout the school year.


➺ Event at a Glance

What: “Cocktails for KID smART,” benefiting KID smART

When: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Where: Zoom & “Parties in Place”


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Mike and Aimee Siegel, Randy Fertel and Celeste Coco-Ewing at the Dumezes’ “Party in Place”  

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Board Chair and Hostess Suzanne Dumez, Nicole Johnson, Board Member Ralph Johnson and Chuck Schadt at the Dumezes’ “Party in Place” 

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Hunt Slonem’s “Silver Line” up for auction 

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Event Chairs Jill and Minor Pipes at their “Party in Place”  

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Steve and Board Chair Suzanne Dumez at their “Party in Place” 

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Executive Director Elise Gallinot Goldman emceed the event on Zoom