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Philanthropic Fun: Thrilling Tablescapes


A stunning display of 23 tables with towering centerpieces, bright and colorful florals, sparkling glassware and whimsical accents decorated the Audubon Tea Room for the sixth annual “Wine, Dine & Design.” St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance Publishing LLC and the Renaissance Foundation, together with Presenting Sponsor Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque – Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln with Chairs Archie and Adrienne Casbarian and Amy and Stephen Farnsworth raised over $100,000 for Bastion.

Retailers and designers partnered to meticulously create each table with no detail overlooked. Preceding the luncheon, a Preview Party on Wednesday, October 2, gave 225 guests a sneak peek at the displays while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by the Audubon Tea Room. The Kinfolk Band & Music Group, LLC provided a musical backdrop while patrons had the opportunity to bid on six packages that were live auctioned at the luncheon the following day.

On Thursday, October 3, nearly 240 guests enjoyed the elegant tablescape creations as their place settings for the luncheon, at which they dined, wined and learned more about Bastion. The Renaissance Foundation delivered thank yous and live auctioned an “ultimate staycation package” filled with gift cards to local restaurants, hotel stays, golf packages and more; a custom tailored jacket by Luca Faltone; stays at the Swansons’ Napa Valley estate and the Mumfords’ home in Puerta Vallarta; and a live painting by Alex Harvie and “Madame Nola,” a giclée by Terrance Osborne.

The Renaissance Foundation’s mission is to support nonprofit organizations through marketing, events and financial support. 

Event at a Glance

What: “Wine, Dine & Design,” benefiting Bastion

When: Thursday, October 4

Where: Audubon Tea Room

Philanthropic Fun: Thrilling Tablescapes

Gayle Benson with Sponsors Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque

Philanthropic Fun: Thrilling Tablescapes

Bastion resident Charise Harper-Taylor with Bastion Founder Dylan Tête and Bastion resident Michelle Bidwell

Philanthropic Fun: Thrilling Tablescapes

Ann Packard, Jacquee Carvin, Betty Griffith and Stephen Sonnier 

Philanthropic Fun: Thrilling Tablescapes

Carolyn Fredricks, Kim Starr Wise, Eric Fredricks and Vivian Eppling

Philanthropic Fun: Thrilling Tablescapes

Herb Oldknow, Miquel Gibbs, Lisa LaFrance and Gene Luke


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