Philanthropic Fun: Luminous Service

A sold out “Soirée de Lumière” brought 200 patrons to a summer cocktail chic experience in The Count’s Ballroom in Arnaud’s Restaurant to benefit Lighthouse Louisiana.

Décor featured cream and yellow roses accented by peacock feathers created by Flowers by Steve. These arrangements filled the ceramic centerpiece bowls, which were hand painted by the Lighthouse Louisiana visually impaired community.

A three-piece jazz band greeted guests for the cocktail hour. Board Chair Brian Capitelli welcomed attendees, and Mark Romig served as emcee with David Briggs.

Arnaud’s Restaurant served a five-course menu specially created for the evening by owner Katy Casbarian. Delicacies included shrimp Arnaud; fresh asparagus and Brie soup; sautéed filet of Gulf fish; and a dessert of cheesecake with peaches and cream. Fred Holley of Republic Distributing and Trudi Briede of the Goldring Family Foundation sponsored the evening’s spirits, which included wine pairings with the dinner menu and French 75s to celebrate Arnaud’s 100th.

Each guest received a mini bottle of champagne tied with gold glitter bows. Lead tables were decorated with Arnaud’s French 75 glasses filled with locally handmade fleur-de-lis chocolates. At the lead sponsor table, Capital One Bank, guests received chair pillows patterned in a gold fleur-de-lis print.

The silent auction featured 25 packages, including a gold and abalone necklace by Kendra Scott and unique hand-painted pottery by Lighthouse Louisiana clients. Additional prize highlights featured an autographed basketball signed by the 2018 Pelicans and two round trip fares from Southwest Airlines.

Event at a Glance

What: “Soirée de Lumière,” benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana
When: Friday, June 8
Where: Arnaud’s Restaurant

Philanthropic Fun: Luminous Service

Arnaud’s Owner Katy Casbarian with Chad and Vanessa Berg

Philanthropic Fun: Luminous Service

Bonnie Cahoon, Bonnie Rault and Robert Sarpy

Philanthropic Fun: Luminous Service

Jessica Turner and Fred Holley

Philanthropic Fun: Luminous Service

Charlie Marts, Tabatha George Marts and Sara and Ryan Gootee

Philanthropic Fun: Luminous Service

Dawn Lopez with Reece and Jessica Wilson


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