Philanthropic Fun: Going In Blind

Philanthropic Fun: Going In Blind
Board Member and Speaker Carl Arredondo with Board Members
and Co-Chairs Angela Hill and Charles Smith

For the sixth year in a row, “A Blind Taste” served as WRBH Reading Radio’s sole annual fundraising event. Intended to be a culinary adventure, as well as an opportunity for guests to gain awareness into some of the challenges faced by WRBH listeners on a daily basis, diners experienced the aromas, sounds and flavors of a five-course dinner – blindfolded.

The evening opened with a champagne Patron Party with passed appetizers. Gregory Smith performed on upright bass and Mark Welicky on guitar, playing old standards such as “Days of Wine and Roses.”

The dinner opened with a speech by retired WWL-TV Meteorologist Carl Arredondo, a WRBH Board member who’s losing his sight to retinitis pigmentosa. Carl alluded to his new job of training to be an NFL referee.

The dinner featured five wonderful courses curated by chef Justin Deviller and his La Petite Grocery staff with wine pairings provided by Purveyor of Fine Wines.

Throughout the dinner, a live auction was emceed by WRBH Board Members and A Blind Taste Co-Chairs Charles Smith and Angela Hill, former WWL-TV News Anchor and local celebrity. Enticements included a Saints Suite & Pelicans Courtside Tickets Package, an Insider’s Weekend for six to “NCIS: New Orleans Studios,” a Yacht Soiree for six, a Rooftop Cocktail Party for 12 and a Patron(ess) of the Arts package with a painting by Morgan Lasyone and memberships to NOMA, the Ogden and CAC.

Humana served as Presenting Sponsor.

Event at a Glance

What: “A Blind Taste,” benefiting WRBH Reading Radio
When: Monday, September 16
Where: La Petite Grocery

Philanthropic Fun: Going In Blind
Executive Director Natalia Gonzalez and Geoff Worden


Philanthropic Fun: Going In Blind
Board Member Sherman Boughton, Committee Member Kaye Smith, Marilyn Dittmann and Board President Paul Leaman



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