LCM’s “CHAIRish the Children”
The 22nd annual event pivoted to become a take-home gourmet dining experience.
Will and CEO Julia Bland with Dr. Kim and Will Bland
Partygoers dined safely and socially distanced for the 22nd “CHAIRish the Children: A Fall Feast Celebrating New Orleans.” The annual event benefits the Louisiana Children’s Museum, for which COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects, and helps to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of the museum and its focus on safe, innovative and educational play experiences for young children and families.
Diners could select the pickup location, day and time for their gourmet take-home dinner, either on Friday, October 2, 2020 or Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Acorn Café located at the Louisiana Children’s Museum or The Commissary – Market & Eatery, both Dickie Brennan & Co. eateries. Guests were greeted by LCM and Dickie Brennan & Co. team members and event volunteers who helped participants by delivering their meals to their cars. Student volunteers at St. Michael Special School assembled the packets that accompanied every dinner. LCM also hosted a photo content via social media using #CHAIRishedPhotos, the winner of which won a two-year museum membership.
Anyone could participate by bidding on the online auction packages, buying tickets to the Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry raffle or by purchasing a limited-edition poster by local artist Dr. Bob.
The 2020 Host Committee ensured more than 340 take-home dinners were delivered, offered more than 120 auction packages donated by local businesses and individuals and gathered the support of more than 40 sponsors and in-kind partners. Approximately 400 people participated.
Hospitality Sponsors included Dickie Brennan & Co., Louisiana Seafood, Goldring Family Foundation and raffle sponsor Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. Sponsors had the choice to determine if they would like to receive dinners or support healthcare heroes with a gift of 12-month family memberships granted to nurses, nurse aides, lab technicians and others who are bravely serving the community. Heroes will be chosen from Tulane Medical Center and Children’s Hospital staff.
➺ Event at a Glance
What: 22nd annual “CHAIRish the Children: A Fall Feast Celebrating New Orleans,” benefiting Louisiana Children’s Museum
When: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Where: At Home