Blackjack, craps, roulette and poker games filled the Grand Ballroom at Chateau Golf and Country Club, transformed into the Casino de Monte-Carlo for Parkway Promenade XXVII.

Prior to the event, the Patron Party was held in the Main Lounge, which included many of the event sponsors and patrons. Seen at the Patron Party was Ron E. Samford Jr., President and CEO of Metairie Bank, the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Arleeta Terrell served as the JBI Event Chair.

At the gala, archways were adorned with clusters of red, black and white balloons as was the stage. Balloon bouquets on the auction tables were trimmed in red white and black netting with miniature white lights. Selected paintings by renowned artist and Honorary Chairman James Michalopoulos were displayed about the ballroom for the art lovers.

Guests enjoyed fabulous food and drink, including an Old New Orleans Rum tasting of its rum and its new cayenne liqueur, Gris Gris. The event was catered by Chateau Golf and Country Club and included a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening and five food stations serving delectable foods such as a made-to-order pasta station and dessert table, deliciously adorned with an array of sweets including bananas Foster and strawberries and chocolate fondue.

Guests were entertained by the music of the Get Back Band throughout the evening. A photo booth sponsored by 1st Lake Properties entertained guests as they used props to display their comic side.

Gaming awards included 11 Casino prizes with values in excess of $250. The top item was a three-night stay at a New Orleans bed-and-breakfast located in the historic neighborhood of Algiers Point, just two blocks from the ferry with six individual tickets into the Audubon Aquarium. One of the highlights of the evening was the Live Auction helmed by Guest Auctioneer Henry Shane, where JBI President Sharon Hannahan placed the highest bid for the James Michalopoulos’ giclée “Fleur de Vie.”

Parkway Promenade provides the funding for various projects including tree planting, beautification and environmental education.

Event at a Glance

What: “Parkway Promenade XXVII: An Evening in Monte Carlo,” benefiting Jefferson Beautification, Inc.

When: Sunday, March 31

Where: Chateau Golf and Country Club

Philanthropic Fun: Monte Carlo Magic

Pat and Henry Shane

Philanthropic Fun: Monte Carlo Magic

Debbie Mora, Michelle Yenni and Kay Andressen