Virtual Gala Attendees Treated to Fun-Filled Interactive Events

When it comes to a celebration, where there’s a will, there’s a way. St. Martin’s first-ever virtual Gala proved that a pandemic was not going to stop a party, especially one for a good cause. The “Show Must Go On” Gala saw two nights of virtual events — for adults and families alike — along with a fabulous online silent auction. The result was interactive fun with the proceeds benefiting the school’s tuition assistance program, faculty “wish list” items, and campus enhancements. 

Friday night’s Family Circus, led by ringmasters F.D. Barnum (Ford Dieth, Jr. ’89) and Ethel Bailey (Ethel Madden), was a fun-filled night with an interactive virtual event that featured bingo games, a live magician, and even a performance by acrobatic cats. Attendees enjoyed taking home an exciting goodie box that included a make-your-own-pizza kit, gourmet popcorn, an StM cookie decorating kit, and an StM door hanger kit. 

On Saturday night, Robby Seacrest (Robby Stanley) hosted an Evening of Shining Stars. Attendees dressed up for a night of interactive fun featuring wine and cheese presentations led by St. James Cheese Company and Epoch Estates Winery. Guests were also treated to a live performance by New Orleans’ own Kermit Ruffins. Patrons enjoyed taking home a curated box that included wine by Epoch Estates Winery, assorted cheeses, a set of stemless acrylic wine glasses, and gourmet desserts.

Gala Chair Allison DeViney ’92 and the Gala committee made a special effort to help support local businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic. DeViney and the committee reached out to StM parents and asked them to support local shops, restaurants, and businesses by purchasing gift cards that were then donated to the Gala silent auction. 

“It has been a really difficult year for so many local businesses and entrepreneurs,” said DeViney. “It was really important for us as members of the StM community to do what we could to support so many of them... Our school’s motto is ‘Faith, Scholarship, and Service’ and it has been exciting to be able to support our school while living up to that StM promise.” 

The entire event not only brought StM families and friends together in a manner that has been sorely missed this year, but also supported the school in a significant way.

SPONSORS
Presenting Sponsor Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute 
Red Carpet Raffle Sponsor Marian and Larry Gibbs
Libations Sponsor Epoch Estates Winery / Liz Martin Armstrong ’78 and Bill Armstrong,
Family Circus Game Sponsor Krewe of Argus
Family Circus Entertainment Sponsor IBERIABANK | First Horizon
Shining Stars Entertainment Sponsor Canal HR
Wine and Cheese Party Sponsor StM Board of Trustees
Print Sponsor Direct Mail Plus
Silent Auction Sponsors Lucid, "Congratulations, Leven Greene '21"
Family Circus Door Hanger Sponsor DA Exterminating
Family Circus Pizza Kit Sponsor Sysco
Specialty Crackers Provided By Rustic Bakery
Family Circus Cookie Kit Sponsor Chez Pierre French Bakery & Café
Family Circus Popcorn Sponsor Creel's Kettle Corn
Shining Stars Wine Glasses Sponsor Annie and Wesley Palmisano
Evening Prize Sponsor Bourgeois Bennett, CPAs & Consultants
Shining Stars Gourmet Dessert Sponsor Chez Pierre French Bakery & Café
Event Guide Sponsors Merry Sorrells, Jessica Marasco/Edward Jones, 504 Pools/Lisa and Bret Davis, and Ana Ortega '85/General Biomedical Service
 
VIP PATRONS
Jennifer Adams '92
Mary-Frances "Muffin" '96 and Jason Adriance
Toni and Devon Becnel
Sarah and Wesley Bordelon
Becky and Tyler Coatney '05
Kimberley '87 and Mark Crawford
Allison '92 and Robert DeViney
Katie and Samuel Dunn '91
Ninette and Perry Eastman '62
Anne and William Goliwas
Amy and Patrick Goodman
Laken Davis and Jeffery Hamilton
Jessica Marasco and Derek Illes
Stephanie Oswald Langlois and Bernard Langlois
Kristen and Michael Nicoladis '78
Dixie and Brian Patrick
Melissa and Floyd Simeon III
Jennifer Taylor
Deanna and Todd Tillery
Melinda Nicholson and Nicholas Trapani
Rebecca and Robert Ventura
Janet and Scott Whitfield
Marcie and David Wilkinson, Jr.
MéMé and Bertrand Wilson '77

PATRONS 
Denise and Brian Altobello
Christen and Peter Amenta
Ashley Bozeman '85
Allene Cashmore '81
Janine and Lester Coe '84
Tootie Conway
Katherine and James Crosbie
Holly Dalferes
Virginia Davis
Lisa and Fred Devall '87
Erika and Laurent Dupepe
Tiffany and Christopher DuSaules
Marcella and Stephen Fink
Shirley and Frank Gendusa
Anita Hamilton
Cynthia Hill
Lindsay and Jordan Hill
Lene Røkaas and Tommy Hove
Rebecca and Mark Lovisa
Robin and Jeff Lunsford
Ethel and Tim Madden
Miriam and Kenneth Mancuso
Ana '85 and Gerardo Ortega
Jennifer and Ashley Perry
Shantelle and Abel Rodriguez
MaryLee '91 and Steven Saucier
Margaret and Fred Schuber
Lacey and Tom Spiers
Jenny and Bobby Velasquez
Jordan Weinberger
Teresa and Justin York
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