This year’s “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon” set records in attendance and funds raised for the New Orleans Ballet Association’s award-winning education and scholarship programs.
Tiffa Boutte served as Luncheon Chair. The Presidents of Men and Women of Fashion, Leon L. Giorgio and Teresa Guzzetta, also gave Renaissance Publishing CEO Todd Matherne special recognition for more than a decade of sponsorship of the event.
Men and Women of Fashion honorees were: Paul Aucoin, Roy Glapion, Mel Grodsky, Bully Nungesser, Darren Patin, Jack Pruitt, Robert Ripley, Mark Schneider, G. Raymond Seamon Jr., Desi Vega, Dottie Belletto, Daphne Berger, Dianne Breaux, Heidi Dugan, Betsie Gambel, Cheryl Reuther Georgusis, Lauren Lagarde, Sue McNabb, Stephanie Osborne and Lynne Uhalt. Hall of Fame recipients were Mark Andrews and Virginia Eckholdt.
A Walk of Fame, Chaired by Sandra and Russ Herman, featured the following past recipients from 1984 and ’85: Raul Bencomo, Bob Breck, John Bullard, Barry Fox, Pamela Halter Lupin, Dr. Nia Terezakis, Janee Mercadel Tucker and Joseph Young Jr.
Jeff Chouest of Jeff’s Haberdashery and Rebecca Nordgren of Chatta Box presented the runway Fashion Show, and five pre-professional students of the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance provided entertainment.
Men and Women of Fashion have worked alongside NOBA’s staff and board and the members of BRAVO (Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization) to benefit NOBA’s programs. NOBA annually provides tuition-free dance training to 1,750 students – over 5,500 classes annually, worth over $1 million. Each summer, talented students attend prestigious dance programs all over the country and also study with some of the industry’s most renowned names in the dance world right here in New Orleans.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “The Men and Women of Fashion’s Prix d’Elegance Luncheon,” benefiting New Orleans Ballet Association
When: Wednesday, April 15
Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel