The first fundraiser since Hurricane Katrina for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater New Orleans was a regal affair. On June 16, special guest Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York—who is also the International Ambassador for the group—joined guests for a high tea at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Ferguson and more than 400 guests enjoyed a variety of delectable sandwiches and special teas. As a show of Southern hospitality, each table was adorned with arrangements of Ferguson’s favorite flowers: white roses, irises, lilies and sweet peas. WDSU meteorologist Margaret Orr emceed the event, and the Children’s Suzuki choir and a local jazz band gave live musical performances throughout the afternoon. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children, along with other programs.

The Royal TreatmentRonald McDonald House executive director Lynn Giuffria, Sarah Ferguson, the Dutchess of York, and Tony Herques

The Royal TreatmentHelena Moreno, Char Herques and Stephanie Hebert

The Royal TreatmentKristin Frentz Kenney and Katie Luminais