The Jewish Children’s Regional Service “Jewish Roots of Fashion Gala” carried its theme throughout the night’s festivities by honoring the “fashionable” Mrs. Betty Kohn and presenting a style show in partnership with Dillard’s of Lakeside. With 500 in attendance, this signature event raised vital funds for JCRS’s camp, college and special needs scholarships for Jewish children and students.
Mrs. Betty Kohn, who turned 95 in March 2019, walked the runway flanked by Gala Co-Chairs Loel Weil Samuel and Sue Singer. The striking table centerpieces that included glittering red and black stiletto heels were created by Gail Fenton Pesses and Sassy Celebrations with flowers by Ambrose Gardens. In addition to a lively silent auction, the evening was capped off by a raffle drawing for a dazzling sapphire and diamond bracelet donated by Chad Berg and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.
Broussard’s provided the hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail reception with libations donated by Sazerac Brands and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Chef Thorsten Leighty and his Marriott team provided a three-course dinner.
The Style Show produced by Dillard’s at Lakeside featured Jewish designers such as Polo/Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Hart Schaffner Marx and included “scenes” such as “Coming to America,” “Circus Brights & Stripes,” “Spring Showers & Flowers,” “New York, New York” and a “Special Occasion & Bridal Wear,” which featured a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony with a chuppah and a hearty “Mazel Tov!”
Since 1855, JCRS has provided needs based scholarships, support and service to Jewish youth and families in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants and assistance to children with special needs. In 2018, JCRS reached more than 1700 youth across seven mid-South states – a new service record!
Event at a Glance
What: “Jewish Roots of Fashion Gala,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service
When: Saturday, March 30
Where: New Orleans Marriott
Master of Ceremonies Board Member Fred Herman, Co-Chairs Loel Samuel and Sue Singer and President Neil Kohlman
Committee Member Barbara Greenberg and Incoming President Don Meltzer
Committee Member Barri Bronston, Board Member Marc Beerman and Decorations Committee Member Gail Pesses
Board Members Amy Gainsburgh-Haspel and Kathy Shepard
Dillard’s Store Manager Mike Jones and Committee Member Dr. Harriet Aguiar-Netto