Generous Benefactors Support St. Martin’s at Groovy Disco-Themed Gala
It was a night filled with glitzy sequins, iridescent jumpsuits, colorful bell-bottoms, platform shoes, and go-go boots. For the partygoers at St. Martin’s Gala, the evening was as memorable as the decade that inspired the evening’s theme. Co-chairs Annie Palmisano and Christy Simeon orchestrated a night filled with incredible surprises and visual delights, with the proceeds benefiting safety and security at St. Martin’s.
The evening began at the Patron Party, sponsored by St. Martin’s Board of Trustees, where performers clad in head-to-toe mirror ball suits interacted with guests and posed for photographs. Patron Party gifts, sponsored by Donovan and Lawler, included laser-cut mirrored acrylic pins, made in the school’s Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design, and lighted disco ball necklaces. Guests were treated to a live performance by acoustic rock band Thick & Thin, courtesy of Patron Party entertainment sponsors Ethel and Tim Madden. The fête
was catered by NOLA Catering Events, while Stefanie and Benjamin Markey and Mid City Yacht Club supplied libations. Many guests opted to sip on creative specialty cocktails, sponsored by Brian ’93 and Ainsley Houghtaling and Houghtaling Law Firm, LLC . The Patron Party also featured delectable wines provided by Liz Martin Armstrong ’78, Bill Armstrong, and Epoch Estate Wines.
At the main event, guests were wowed by a number of live performances, including troupers with lighted hula hoops and stiltwalkers dressed as The Village People. A glitter bar station provided merrymakers with opportunities to enhance their disco-themed ensembles with face, body, and hair glitter applied on site. Gala guests posed for pictures with replicas of the rock band KISS, appearing as eight-foot-tall statues.
Revelers packed the pure white dance floor throughout the night as DJ Beignet spun disco tunes from atop a massive LED-lighted booth. Above the dancers’ heads, a massive disco ball cast glittery reflections throughout the room. Meanwhile, sprinkled throughout the room, table centerpieces featured a veritable who’s who of pop culture icons that defined the memorable era.
Lively bidding was elicited by nearly 300 silent and live auction items, including a Krewe of Orpheus membership for two, donated by The Kern Family and won by Issa and Jason Jee, and a pair of LSU season tickets, donated by The Mueller Family and purchased by Danielle and Eric Beverly.
Partygoers dined on delicious food from some of New Orleans’ most popular restaurants, including Drago’s Seafood, The Crossing, The Rum House, Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar Metairie, Zea’s Restaurant, Copeland’s Restaurant, Mulate’s, Raising Cane’s, Chez Pierre, and New Orleans Ice Cream Company.
Grab bags, sponsored by LUCID, were filled with a variety of gift certificates and surprise goodies. For the first time, Gala guests had the option of participating in a wine pull, allowing them to take a chance and purchase a wrapped bottle of wine at random.
The entire evening was a huge success, not only in raising funds for the school but also in uniting the community in support and celebration of St. Martin’s.
A few items are still up for grabs on the “Last Call” board, and minimum bids have been reduced. This is your chance to snag a great deal while supporting St. Martin’s! Bidding closes Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. Get started here.
Photos by Wally Porter of Wally Porter Associates and Gene Hernandez