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Cruisin’ the Crescent – May 2012

The Sybarites sure know how to throw a bash; they laid out all the stops for their annual spring party. Party chairs Dana Hansel and Winnie Brown created a memorable, stupendous and exciting party at the New Orleans Board of Trade, complete with food, drinks, entertainment from around the world and a theme of “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” Guests danced to music from Samba to Motown and back again, drank champagne and martinis and ate beignets and crêpes, oysters, sushi and so much more – there were five different international food stations, all catered by Pigeon Catering and Aaron Schaefer.

Determined not to miss a chance to travel around the world without a passport I tried them all. The first station was New York City, which featured appletinis and Cosmopolitans complemented by the Sinatra-style singing of Michael Morris. After enjoying that I moved onto Japan for some sushi and Sapporo. A large Eiffel Tower caught my eye and I moseyed over to Paris for some champagne and crêpes. I then hit up Rio for a Caipirinha before ending with Café Du Monde beignets in New Orleans. I was blown away by all the authentic decorations. The main bar displayed clocks from each location pointing to five o’clock, keeping consistent with the theme. The funniest thing was when Dana Hansel went up to the top balcony of the Board of Trade and changed the Rio clock to five herself.

The night continued with dancing to the music of Sharon Foster and the True Class Band and the New Orleans Samba Group and Dancers (who showed up as a late-night surprise). The evening was truly magical, and the chairs and Sybarites really did a wonderful job.

The 2012 Louisiana Sporting Clay Classic Fun Shoot was hosted by The Chartwell Center. The “Cajun Night” party was held at the home of Linda and Tommy Westfeldt on Friday, March 9. The “Fun Shoot” was at High Point Shooting Grounds on Saturday, March 10. This year we had a total of 24 teams – 12 for the morning shoot and 12 for the afternoon shoot. Many thanks to the corporate sponsors, Whitney Bank and David Schulingkamp.

Chartwell is the unique provider of best-practice autism educational methods in our community. The funds raised at the “Fun Shoot” help them to fulfill their mission to provide unique autism specific education for children ages 3 to 21 and to provide training for educators, administrators and professionals.

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