Rarely does a hotel become the inspired backdrop for a party theme, but in this case, the colorful and festive Renaissance Arts Hotel did just that for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society/La. Chapter gala, held at the hotel on Dec. 1. With more than 700 guests in attendance, the “Renaissance Festival” fund-raiser was filled with revelry and fund-raising.

The party featured live entertainment with chanteuse Anais St. John accompanied by Harry Mayronne Jr. on the piano for the patron party, while Bobby J & Stuff Like That performed during the gala. Throughout the evening, guests dined on delicacies prepared by the hotel and La Côte Brasserie’s chef Chuck Subra. Some of the signature dishes on the menu included Subra’s award-winning gumbo, chicory and brown sugar-encrusted pork loin and a selection of Southern-style desserts.

Cooper Manning led the live auction, and there was a silent auction as well featuring art by local artists, vacation getaways, jewelry, dinners and more. Guests could also bid on New Orleans Saints football memorabilia, and by the end of the evening, the event had raised $200,000.

The MS Society also recognized Beau Bassich, for all of his hard work and service to City Park and the city.

Time for a RenaissanceEvent co-chair Jane Heidingsfelder, event co-chair Scott Duggins, Sunny Duggins and event co-chair Peggy Wilson

Time for a RenaissanceDot and Charles Heidingsfelder with Bitsy and David Duggins

Time for a RenaissanceCooper Manning, Gwendolyn Perrilliat and Charlie Silvia

Time for a RenaissanceCynthia Koerner, Molly Silvia and Ellen Manning

Time for a RenaissancePeter Wilson and Gordon Wilson

Time for a RenaissanceSuzanne Alford and Louis Koerner