“Building Dreams” for Eden House raised funds to support the Eden House operating costs and to furnish the second Eden House residence via an interactive home registry.

The event was held at the home of Eden House Founder and Board President Kara Van de Carr her husband Daryl Byrd.  Flowers were arranged by Leslie Stidd Massony. Guests who participated in the interactive registry received a beautiful Lotus charm designed by India Stewart.

Following a champagne welcome, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres donated by Windsor Court. Gracious Bakery donated desserts, LA-23 donated barbecue and Mimi’s in the Marigny provided additional buffet items. Joel’s Catering provided food as well. Pearl Wine Company generously donated wine, and the Sazerac Company donated liquor and beer. Chase Ludeau provided musical entertainment. Country music singer and songwriter Elizabeth Lyons performed with her band who came in from Nashville.

A luxury staycation courtesy of the Windsor Court and Arnaud’s was raffled off during the event. “Audrey with Lotus Flower and Gold Leaf” by Ashley Longshore was auctioned off. The losing bidder, who phoned in from Alabama, called back and offered to buy another “Audrey” at the winning bid price, and Ashley Longshore generously offered to paint another!

The event was Co-Hosted by Courtney Freeman and Allison Hoffman. IBERIABANK sponsored the event at the Rhinestone Cowboy sponsorship level, and was joined by many other businesses and individuals at other sponsorship levels. 


Event at a Glance

What: “Building Dreams,” benefiting Eden House

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Where: Home of Kara Van de Carr & Daryl Byrd


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Co-Founder and Vice President Katherine Erine and Walt Green  

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Board Member Peggy Babin, Chris Meeks, Helena Moreno and Board Member Erin Luetkemeier 

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Kay Oplinger with Chad and Board Treasurer Gina Rachel 

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Executive Director Susanne Dietzel, Medical Director Dr. Vivienne Hayne and Honorary Board Member Judge Karen Herman

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David Indest, Bo Reily, Performing Artist Elizabeth Lyons and Will Reily