IberiaBank presented the “Olmsted Legacy Dinner” on Thursday, October 10, to announce this year’s capital campaign, the John Charles Olmsted Society for Audubon Park. The first-ever capital campaign dedicated solely to Audubon Park has a goal of $10 million, and as of the date of the dinner, had raised $9.5 million toward their goal.
Named in honor of John Charles Olmsted, the event paid homage to his legendary firm, which designed much of Audubon Park at the turn of the century. Also honored during the evening was Katherine “Kitty” Duncan, a longtime community champion of Audubon Park. Duncan was also the first chairwoman of “Zoo To Do,” and helped create the national model for fundraising galas.
Entertainment was provided by bandleader and skilled arranger Tom Hook and his New John Robichaux Orchestra. They performed authentic Robichaux compositions from Tulane University’s Hogan Jazz Archive. Acting troupe Louisiana History Alive, led by Mikko, also performed, presenting a variety of sketches featuring Mark Twain, Dorothy Dix and Charles “Court” Campeau. A special menu prepared by Alan Ehrich, executive chef of the Audubon Nature Institute, celebrated the cuisine of the era, including turtle soup, oysters Rockefeller and Kirkpatrick, beef Wellington with bone marrow flan, mushroom and corn stew, French baguettes and crépes Suzette.
Event at a Glance
What: “Olmsted Legacy Dinner,” benefiting the John Charles Olmsted Society for Audubon Park
When: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Where: Audubon Tea Room