An afternoon as stylish as the organization that hosted it, the Men and Women of Fashion held their annual “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon” this past April at the Hilton, benefited the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization, which funds the New Orleans Ballet Association’s award-winning education programs and scholarships for deserving students on a yearly basis.

Sandra Chaisson served as co-chair of the luncheon and, along with Women of Fashion’s president Jacquee Carvin and Men of Fashion’s president Mike Winters, helped organize an incredible afternoon. Juli Miller Hart served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The menu for the afternoon consisted of decadent Mandarin salad with orange poppy seed dressing, grilled tenderloin of beef with mushroom and red pepper rissoto, Southern-style smothered green beans and, for dessert, praline crunch cheesecake. Dorignac’s generously provided a selection of fine wine.

During luncheon, the Men and Women of Fashion delighted guests with a raffle for an exquisite pair of earrings from Lee Michaels for her and a $2,500 shopping spree at Rubenstein’s luxury menswear for him. The luncheon also presented the 2012 Best Dressed Honorees, a group of 20 New Orleanians who are leaders in personal style as well as philanthropy.

Each year, the New Orleans Ballet Association partners with the New Orleans Recreation Department and offers over 3,000 free classes for over 1,500 students who wish to study ballet on a professional level. The NOBA/NORDC program levels the playing field and allows any student – regardless of their ability to pay – the opportunity to pursue a career in dance.

Event at a Glance

What: “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon,” held by Men and Women of Fashion, benefiting the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization
When: Monday, April 8
Where: New Orleans Hilton Hotel