Arts council fundraiser goes on without a hitch

Yvonne LaFleur’s husband, Jimmy Walsh, won the bid on this “Walk Through History” hat donated by the River Road Historical Society and Nancy Robert. Each element of this hat represents a significant feature in Destrehan Plantation’s history.LaFleur designed “The Trifecta” Hat which was a fantasy in white with French silk flowers and yards of tulle.

This hat won the Best of Show Award. LaFleur who has a shop on Hansen Street in New Orleans judged over 30 hats that were creatively made and donated for the event.

The most beautiful hat award went to Roussel’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts of LaPlace and Earl Rodrigue, Jr. for the “Bejeweled, Bedazzled and Be Noticed” black hat creation encrusted with vintage jewels.

“Bee Proud” won the best presentation of theme award featuring the New Orleans Hornets by Virginia Riecke and Hugh Weber. The hat was colored in vibrant hues of turquoise and purple, accented with coral and gold.

“Tucked into Tuxedos” from the Formal Connection and Ronnie White and Baba Oncale won the award for the best use of materials in displaying various and sundry actual items that were left in the pockets of rented tuxedos. Each item told its own story.

“A Cake That Keeps Giving” by the Beanstalk garnered recognition for the most amusing hat. It was made by Jackie Stevens and Rebecca Matthews using a case of diapers fashioned like a birthday cake.

The elegant Denim and Diamonds fundraiser filled Destrehan’s Mule Barn with images of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers regalia in decor and fashion wear. The many other auction items included items as expensive as an Aspen ski vacation. There were also door prizes and chances on a Coach purse which was won by Wanda Lewis.

Dinner of smoked brisket and barbecued boneless chicken breast, coleslaw, baked beans and peach crumble was served family style with Bull’s Corner doing the catering.

Gal Holiday and her Honky Tonk Review provided the western music and Charles Willis served as auctioneer.

Committee chairs were Paula Adams Ates, Cynthia Aucoin, Sandra Chaisson, Suzanne Friloux, Lucas Henderson, Suzette Hullette, Anita Hymel, Judy Mackles, Marilyn Smith and Judy Songy.

The mission of the grant program of River Roads Arts and Humanities Council is to inspire the development of the arts and artists in the parishes of St. Charles, St. John and St. James.

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