“Colors of the Mind” may have looked different this year, but the 2020 virtual and in-person celebrations of the advancements in Neuroscience raised over $200,000 to support cutting-edge treatment, care and support for the most vulnerable patients being treated at the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute.
The “Sidewalk Soirée” transformed the Ochsner Baptist Imaging Center parking area into a vibrant and festive scene. Guests were greeted by a model by Paper Doll Promotions and live music by The Gumbo Trio. CHL Linens provided draping and lighting. Guests were also entertained by a balloon artist and the creation of exquisite balloon sculptures and were given special gift bags to commemorate the evening’s virtual celebration.
Attendees picked up their curbside curated dinner by 12 Seasons Catering, which featured a delicious three-course dinner of a summer salad, braised short ribs and Bananas Foster bread pudding. Republic Beverage and the Sazerac Company provided the libations.
Following the “Sidewalk Soirée,” guests were able to watch the evening’s program, produced by Ray Bender Productions and the Galaxy Entertainment Group, while enjoying their dinner, bidding on auction items and participating in other revenue enhancers such as the 2020 Commemorative Art Piece and Kendra Scott Color Bar Bracelet Experience – all from the comfort of their own home.
Erin Biro, MD and Laura McLean served as Co-Chairs. Donna and Paul Flower were the Honorary Chairs. Garland Gillen served as Master of Ceremonies.
Underwriters included Genentech; Woodward Design+Build; Norris and Bob Williams; The Patrick Family Foundation; Drs. Erin Biro and Cuong “CJ” Bui; MS Warriors for a Cause; and Marsh USA.
➺ Event at a Glance
What: “Colors of the Mind’s Sidewalk Soirée,” benefiting Ochsner Health
When: Friday, September 25
Where: Curbside dinner pickup and entertainment at Ochsner Baptist; virtual program
Emcee Garland Gillen, Meredith Duke and Chair, Department of Neurology and Co-Medical Director, Ochsner Neuroscience Institute Dr. Richard Zweifler
Vice Chair Movement & Memory Disorders, Chair for Telehealth & Digital Medicine Dr. David Houghton and Terri Houghton
BJ Lanier, Ann Heslin and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Medical Director, Ochsner Neuroscience Institute Dr. Cuong “CJ” Bui
Dr. Cuong “CJ” Bui and Dr. Richard Zweifler
The Gumbo Trio entertained guests as they picked up their meals
Photos Courtesy of Ochsner Health