Night at the Museum

The Louisiana Children’s Museum turned into a Disco Inferno for its annual benefit.
Photographed by Kenny Martinez
Co-Chairs Cres and Marcie Gardner and Kathleen and Ben Banta

More than 400 partygoers donned their disco duds and boogied on down to Julia Street for the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s annual “CHAIRish the Children,” sponsored by Capital One Bank, on Saturday, August 23. For one night, the museum transformed into a 1970s discotheque, covered in gold fringe and vintage records. The exclusive Patron Party on the third floor was dubbed “Studio 54” and featured silver sequined drapery and glittery disco balls, as well as scrumptious selections from Pêche Seafood Grill. The popular streetcar exhibit turned into the “Soul Train” for the night for a cute photo op. This fun fundraiser was made possible by Co-Chairs Kathleen and Ben Banta and Marcie and Cres Gardner.

All guests who attended the event could create a complimentary flipbook in a photo booth by Funtastic Fotos. The music was provided by DJ El Camino, aka Michael Hecht. The specialty cocktail of the evening was called “The Disco Inferno,” and was provided by Firefly Moonshine.

Over 22 local restaurants participated in catering the event. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry sponsored a raffle, where the winner received a $1,500 jewelry shopping spree. There was also a live auction, hosted by celebrity auctioneer Mark Romig, which included vacations, staycations, whimsical chairs, works of art, shopping sprees, spa packages, memberships and more. Key items included VIP Game Day Experiences for the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, a signed Drew Brees children’s cheerleader dress, tickets to Disney World and a hotel stay at the Hyatt Place Orlando, a sapphire ring from Edberg Jewelry, and an LSU tailgating chair signed by Les Miles and the entire 2014-’15 offensive line.   


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “CHAIRish the Children,” benefiting Louisiana Children’s Museum
When:   Saturday, August 23
Where: Louisiana Children’s Museum