Over 1,300 guests enjoyed the New Orleans Botanical Garden and Pavilion of the Two Sisters during “Lark in the Park.” The VIP Party in the Lord & Taylor Rose Garden featured catering by Emeril’s New Orleans and entertainment by the Young Pinstripe Brass Band. The gala featured the Party Flock Lounge Area with furniture by West Elm, two VIP Sponsor Tents and a Piano Bar with furniture by Prêt a Fêtê. Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs performed on the main stage, while Brian Coogan entertained at the Piano Bar.
Cuisine included savory delectables from more than 40 restaurants. Specialty cocktails and full bars were provided by Republic National Distributing Company.
Five one-of-a-kind packages were sold at the live auction, including a pizza-making class with Alon Shaya and Pizza Domenica, a live painting from Kelly Boyett and a music festival package that included tickets to Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, a Jazz Fest Brass Pass and more. In addition, more than 65 silent auction items were available for bid, including a ride for two in the Krewe of Tucks 2017, a private champagne tasting for 10 at Swirl Wine Bar, a mixology class at Cure Bar, a custom men’s suit from Luca Falcone Clothiers and spa services for a year from Earthsavers. A raffle also included a 2016 Bryan Subaru Forester 2.5i CVT donated by Bryan Subaru.
Chairpersons were Emily Ostuw Shaya and Kuffa Jones. Honorary chairs included Anne Abbott and David Waller. Lark in the Park proceeds benefit the new Conservatory, which will host exhibits, lectures, weddings, school trips and much more.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park
When: Friday, March 4
Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden and Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park