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On Thursday, March 4, Arnaud’s Restaurant served as the venue for an elegant soirée and annual fundraiser benefiting New Orleans’ LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a 108-year-old organization that aids persons with those and other disabilities in Southeast Louisiana.

Event goers enjoyed music by the Jerry Embree Jazz Trio Band, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres – such as Arnaud’s turtle soup and shrimp stuffed with brie and jalapeño – and also participated in a silent auction, raffle and unique technology demonstration. Auction items included an array of great prizes, such as Hornets tickets, designer sunglasses and
a “Staycation” for two, including massages and concert tickets, at The Monteleone Hotel. The lucky raffle winner won a pair of diamond earrings from Friend & Company.

The LightHouse encourages independence for the visually impaired, from youths to senior citizens, through training and services that promote equality and self-reliance. In fact, the LightHouse building on Van Ness Street is adorned with large Braille print that reads, “Independence, Equality.”

Sponsors included Arnaud’s Restaurant, Georgia Pacific, Perfect Presentations, the Goldring Family Foundation, Ryan Gootee General Contractors, LLC, Huhtamaki and Victory Packaging.