The home of Frances and Calvin Fayard on St. Charles Avenue provided the quintessential venue for “Downton Abbey” to come to life at a benefit celebrating the successes of WYES.
Patrons kicked off the afternoon with a champagne reception and passed hors d’oeuvres. Volunteers dressed as the downstairs staff greeted guests and served tea. Champagne, wine and a specialty cocktail entitled the “English Channel Collins,” a subtle interpretation of a Tom Collins, were provided by Republic National Distributing Company. Laura Arrowood provided catering, including tea sandwiches, scones, savories and small sweets.
Pianist Bill Malchow delighted guests with his musical talents. The “Downton Abbey” theme and other period music could be heard throughout the house, lending to the atmosphere and festivities.
A silent and live auction were held during the event. Russ Herman took to the microphone to auction a signed limited edition print by famous artist James Michalopoulos and a New York Yankees Stadium Experience.
Upon departure, patrons received a “Downton Abbey mug,” which featured a memorable quote from the television series.
Event Chairs were Russ and Sandra Herman along with Co-Chair Jean Rice.
Proceeds from this event support WYES’ mission of serving greater New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast with educational, entertaining and enlightening programming. The event raised more than $54,000.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “An Afternoon with WYES Downton Abbey Tea and Wine, Too!,” presented by Russ and Sandra Herman benefiting WYES
When: Thursday, January 14
Where: Home of Frances and Calvin Fayard