The 24th annual “Pasta and Puccini Fundraising Gala” provides the Jefferson Performing Arts Society with resources for its youth programs and cultural endeavors for the 2020-2021 Season. The 2019 gala presenting sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shane.

Hon. Conrad and Carol Appel hosted the Patron Party in their Metairie home on Friday, September 27. Patrons enjoyed a festive Italian-themed reception catered by Toulouse Caterers with music by Jim Walpole.

At the gala on October 5 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, complimentary spirits and wine throughout the evening were courtesy of Dorignac’s. Bistro Orleans provided corn and shrimp bisque and Nor Jo’s served marsala tortellini. Coca-Cola Bottling provided soft beverages for all.

Guests also enjoyed a meal of tomato basil mozzarella salad and a filet of beef accompanied with glazed broccoli and carrots. Capping the meal, dessert offered a shortbread with whipped topping and amaretto sauce.

Entertainment was provided by the JPAS Symphonic Orchestra accompanied by a plethora of world-class vocalists. Following the concert, patrons danced to the JPAS Big Band.

A Destination Vacation Raffle rewarded one lucky guest. Two hundred silent auction items included products by Quarter Smith Jewelers, Fisher & Sons, The Windsor Court, a team-signed Saints football, LSU child’s chaise-lounge chair and a matching umbrella. The live auction featured a black lacquered Saints guitar signed by Drew Brees, a fleur-de-lis 14 karat white gold diamond pendant and a four-day stay at a summer home in WaterColor, Florida.

Anne, Celeste and Cherie Gauthier served as Event Co-Chairs.

Event at a Glance

What: 24th annual “Pasta & Puccini Fundraising Gala,” benefiting Jefferson Performing Arts Society 

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Where: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Philanthropic Fun: Pasta for the Performing Arts

Paulette and Frank Stewart

Philanthropic Fun: Pasta for the Performing Arts

Olympia Panarella Accardi, David Sherman, Valerie Hart and Sandra Hecker