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Philanthropic Fun: Tree Traditions

Debuting an entirely new annual event, Poydras Home hosted their first “Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival” on December 5, 2019. This burgeoning Uptown tradition featured a majestic, 30 foot lighted tree, which shone brightly until January 1, 2020.

More than 300 attendees enjoyed the Patron Party inside Poydras Home’s historic 1857 Hall. Musical entertainment was provided by the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts jazz and vocal students led by Vocal Coach Anne Sumich.

Once Poydras Home’s Magazine Street gate swung wide open for members of the public, partygoers strolled outdoors on front lawn for holiday tune favorites and gospel music performed by the New Orleans Council on Aging Community Choir under the direction of Mrs. Rhea Dokes. This portion of the evening was free and open to the public. Refreshments of hot cocoa provided by CC’s Coffee House and cookies compliments of Poydras Home were enjoyed by Patrons, residents, resident families, neighbors and guests alike as all awaited the big moment when the 30-foot tall tree was brightly lit. Betty Gerstner and Beverly Valudos had the honors of lighting the tree.

Fabulous food and libations were donated by Creole Creamery, Galatoire’s, Langenstein’s, Martin Wine Cellar, Nothing Bundt Cakes, The Pelican Club, PM Brokerage & Consulting, Poydras Home Executive Chef Keith Faulkner, Ralph’s on the Park and Vincent’s Italian Cuisine.

The Patron Party and main event were Co-Chaired by Bridget Bories, Lesley Hardin, Dee McCloskey and Deborah Mooney.

Event at a Glance

What: “Tree Lighting & Music Festival,” benefiting Poydras Home

When: Saturday, December 5, 2019

Where: Poydras Home

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Robert and Board Member Bridget Bories with Board President Becky and Tommy McGoey  

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 Charlotte Jane and Jack Sawyer holding Constance Sawyer with Board Members Karen Smith and Kay Livaudais 


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