Rabbits and Reading


Honorary Chairs and Hosts Liz and Terry Creel with STAIR Executive Director Veronica Reed


The warm Prytania Street home of Liz and Terry Creel provided a welcoming venue for “STAIR Affair 2017: The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” Start The Adventure In Reading’s (STAIR) annual fundraiser celebrated the escapades of a very mischievous rabbit while helping to ensure a future of endless possibilities for students across New Orleans. The event raised more than $69,000 for one-on-one tutoring in reading for struggling young students at no cost to families for the entire school year.

Patrons gathered in the backyard garden lit with white lights and a wood-burning fire pit and danced to the melodic tunes of the jazz trio Felix and The Cats. Indoors, guests were treated to James Maxwell on the piano.

Local restaurants who donated food to the event included Nirvana, The Rum House, Ye Olde College Inn, PF Chang’s and Ironsides Food Truck by Sodexo. Beverages were provided by E. & J. Gallo Winery, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, William Grant & Sons Distilleries LTD, French Truck Coffee and Crescent City Coca-Cola Bottling Company United.

A silent auction featuring more than 100 items including a baseball cap signed by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning; a game jersey signed by Saints’ safety, Vonn Bell; Gabriel & Co. diamond hoop earrings donated by Wellington and Co.; tickets to The Color Purple and “Live From Here” at the Saenger Theater; hotel stays; and a Preservation Resource Center Gift Package including “Holiday Home Tour Patron Party and Tour” tickets, Mignon Faget glasses, “Julia Jump” gala tickets and a PRC membership.



Event at a Glance

What: “STAIR Affair 2017: The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” benefiting STAIR
When: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Where: Home of Liz and Terry Creel


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