“Soirée de Lumiere,” which raised over $85,000 this year, is Lighthouse Louisiana’s premier fundraising event that brings awareness to the organization’s mission to empower individuals with disabilities through services, employment and advocacy.

A three-piece jazz band greeted guests for the cocktail hour. Each guest received a mini bottle of St. Charles Punch made specifically by Crescent City Cocktology for the event. Lead tables were also decorated with vintage skeleton key bottle openers.

An array of colorful flowers filled table centerpiece pitchers, each hand painted by the Lighthouse Louisiana visually-impaired community. In a menu specifically created for the evening by Arnaud’s Restaurant Owner Katy Casbarian, the dinner featured: Shrimp Arnaud, turtle soup, parmesan-encrusted fillet of Gulf fish and Paris-Brest Péche Mousseline. The meal was paired with wines from Republic National Distributing Company.

Mark Romig served as Emcee for the evening and led the live auction, which featured prizes such as a custom suit, an NFL football autographed by the Mannings, a getaway to Hot Springs, Arkansas and one-of-a-kind, handpainted pottery in Teal Quartz by Brynn, one of the blind children who is a part of Lighthouse’s children’s programs. Additionally, there was a drawing for the winner of a $2,500 shopping spree at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.


Event at a Glance

What: “Soirée de Lumiere,” benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana

When: Thursday, June 13

Where: Arnaud’s Restaurant


Philanthropic Fun: A Light of Hope

Fred Holley, Emcee Mark Romig and Lisa and D.J. Romano

Philanthropic Fun: A Light of Hope

Dann Cahoon, Bonnie Rault and Vanessa and Chad Berg