August 25, The Louisiana Children’s Museum opened its big blue doors to the adults for their 14th annual CHAIRish the Children Gala. The gala featured one-of-a-kind hand-painted chairs from local artists and organizations, and all proceeds went to the LCM.

For this year’s event, the museum was transformed into a magical carnival starting at 6:30 p.m. with a patron party, where cocktails by Cupcake Vodka and hors d’oeuvres by Chef David Slater of Emeril’s were served to guests. Following the patron party, the gala took place from 8 to 11 p.m., where guests were treated to cuisine from more than 20 gourmet restaurants, including Galatoire’s, Ralph’s on the Park, Acme Oyster House, Creole Creamery and Louisiana Sisters. Republic National Distributing Company and Cordina Frozen Beverages provided drinks. To add to the theme, festive snacks such as gourmet popcorn from the Popcorn Bistro and cotton candy from Poof Gourmet Candy were served.

Groovy 7 provided entertainment for the evening, and there was also a silent and a live auction. Beautifully designed chairs by Chet Pourciau Design, Lizano’s Glass-Haus, Matthew Holdren Woodworking, Karoline Schleh, Stephanie Osborne and more were auctioned off to benefit the LCM. Silent auction items featured vacation packages to Disney World; Saints, Voodoo and Hornets ticket packages; along with pottery pieces, prints, paintings, jewelry by local artists, restaurant gift certificates, spa service packages, French culture classes and more. Lee Michael’s Jewelry also provided a $1,500 raffle.

The Louisiana Children’s Museum promotes hands-on participatory learning for children of all ages.

Event at a Glance
What:  14th annual “CHAIRish the Children Gala,” benefiting the Louisiana Children’s Museum
When: Saturday, August 25
Where: The Louisiana Children’s Museum