“A Red Hot Jazz Gala: 15th annual Ladies in Red” honored Antoine “Fats” Domino, Doreen Ketchens, Ellis Marsalis, Deacon John Moore, Tipitina’s Foundation and Joseph Torregano for their contributions to the cultural legacy of New Orleans. Held at The Historic Carver Theater on Friday, May 15, this festive gala also raised funds over $60,000 to support Preservation Resource Center’s African American Heritage Preservation programs and the My City, My Home education program for students at schools throughout Orleans Parish.
The gala was Co-Chaired by Tara Carter Hernandez and Anne Redd, was emceed by Alfred Parker, and featured entertainment by Sons of Jazz Brass Band, David Torkanowsky’s Trio and Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
Over 400 partygoers donned a variety of red dresses, suits and accessories that coordinated perfectly with the specialty lighting provided courtesy of Solomon Group and pink specialty cocktail provided by Café Dauphine. Complimentary valet was provided by Fidelity Bank, and wine and champagne courtesy of Second Vine Wine. Local restaurants including Almost Home Catering, Café Dauphine, Café Gentilly, Café Reconcile, Creole Creamery, Dooky Chase Restaurant, Five Happiness Chinese Restaurant, Jacques-Imo’s, Catering by Laura Arrowwood, Lil’ Dizzy’s Café, Lilly’s Café, McHardy’s Chicken N Fixins, Nolavore, Palace Café, Pralines by Jean…and Cupcakes Too!, Stickball NOLA and The Praline Connection provided delectable New Orleans cuisine.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “A Red Hot Jazz Gala: 15th annual Ladies in Red,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center
When: Friday, May 15
Where: The Carver Theater