Raintree Children and Family Services held its fundraising event on March 13 – Friday the 13th, to be exact. However, this fête wasn’t ominous in the least; it was an Irish-themed celebration that emphasized goodwill and compassion. Dubbed “Paint the Town Green,” it was held at the lively Fulton Street Promenade in the Warehouse District.

 Guests, clad in casual green attire, were treated to food and libations from leading restaurants, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Drago’s, GW Fins, Harrah’s New Orleans, Gordon Biersch, Ernst Café, Grand Isle, Mr. Mudbug Catering and La Louisiana Bakery. Guests spent the evening sipping cocktails, dining and dancing to the music provided by Burgundy. A live auction and a silent auction both took place, with items including airline tickets, local artwork and a variety of gift certificates.

The event was co-chaired by Lana Duke and Joan Ingram. Preceding the party, an elegant and more intimate patron party was held in Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Harrah’s.

“Paint the Town Green” raised funds for this dedicated organization that has been providing care for vulnerable New Orleans children. Established in 1926, Raintree has offered programs that include a safe home (Raintree House) for abused and neglected young girls, foster care for needy children, help for families with children who deal with developmental disabilities and provides an after-school program for at-risk youth.