Jefferson Performing Arts Society held its 18th annual fundraising gala, “Pasta & Puccini,” on October 11 at the JW Marriott Hotel on Canal Street. Chaired by Mayor Michael Yenni and his wife Michelle, the annual fundraiser supports the performances and outreach programs of Jefferson Performing Arts Society, including children’s programming, opera, chorale, symphony, theatre and more.
Hors d’oeuvres included shrimp remoulade, crawfish beignets, hummus garnished with roasted garlic, red peppers and olives and imported cheeses and fruit compote, while the seated dinner was catered by the JW Marriott Hotel.
Guests enjoyed entertainment provided by maestro Dennis Assaf conducting the Jefferson Performing Arts Society Symphony Orchestra. Singers from New York, Italy, Kansas and the New Orleans metro area accompanied the young singers of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. The evening also included a special performance by pianist Ronnie Kole. Celebrating the headdress theme, many ladies were gorgeously attired and wore headdresses featuring ostrich feathers, Austrian crystals, rhinestones and lace. Highlight live auction items featured an Italian villa, Symmetry Jewelry and a painting from Michalopolous Gallery New Orleans.
Event at a Glance
What: 18th annual “Pasta & Puccini,” benefiting the Jefferson Performing Arts Society
When: Friday, October 11, 2013
Where: JW Marriott Hotel