When your city has as much special history as New Orleans, you need an organization like the Preservation Resource Center to work tirelessly on its behalf, ensuring its authenticity and legacy will be here for future generations. To celebrate their success, as well as educate the public about their mission, the PRC held a “40th Anniversary Gala” at the historic – and newly restored – Saenger Theater on May 20.
The evening opened with a festive welcoming reception for all attendees with music by the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra. The group was a smash hit, keeping everyone on their feet with high spirits – a perfect accompaniment to PRC supporters’ high hopes for the future of this historic city.
After the welcoming reception, PRC held its annual meeting, which included a special keynote address by Gustavo F. Araoz, president of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, who discussed the matter of nominating U.S. cities for World Heritage Site classification, a process that brings countless benefits to the city itself, but which also has many hurdles.
Following Araoz’s speech, gala guests enjoyed PRC’s traditional “Mint Julep Reception,” which the group has organized since its inception in 1974. One of the most special moments for attendees of the evening: an exclusive video presentation by WLAE that recognized all of PRC’s successes.
Martin Wine Cellar provided food for the evening, serving light hors d’oeuvres and refreshing treats.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Preservation Resource Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala”
When: Tuesday, May 20
Where: The Saenger Theater