On Saturday, March 22, 2014, the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans will host its 30th Anniversary Gala at the JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street. The gala is one of many events throughout the year inviting the community on a “voyage” in honor of Jules Verne, founding member of the original Alliance Française in Paris.
The evening will begin with a Patron Party at 6:30 pm in the Irvin Mayfield Lounge, featuring champagne, hors-d’oeuvres, and music by Helen Gillet. The “Around the World” Silent and Live Auction will feature French and travel-themed items, including a stay in France, airfare, restaurants and hotel stays, plus a raffle of Alliance Française Board Members’ favorite French wines. A reception for all guests will follow the Patron Party at 7:30, and at 8:00, dinner will begin in the Île de France Ballroom featuring a French menu crafted by Executive Chef René Bajeux. The evening’s program will be led by Master of Ceremonies Mark Romigand will feature remarks from Honorary Gala Chair, Jean-Claude Brunet, Consul General of France in New Orleans, as well as a Trivia Competition pitting table against table for a fun challenge on French culture and history. After dinner, guests will enjoy dancing to The Don Vappie Creole Quintet.
Over 200 guests are expected to enjoy this fabulous evening of music, auction, dinner, and dancing. Sponsorship opportunities range in price from $250 to $10,000. Tickets are available for purchase through March 18: $175 for patrons, $125 for non-members and $100 for members of the Alliance Française. Cocktail or Belle Époque attire is welcome.
2014 Gala Committee: Co-Chairs Julia Ingraham Walker (Board President) and Katrina Greer, Cecile Andry, Jane Apffel, Dessa Rutter Giffin, Norma Grace, Shauna Storey Grissett, Michael Harold, Daniel Henderson, Givonna Joseph, Cissy Rowley, and Dr. Terry Voorhies. The Honorable Jean-Claude Brunet, Consul General de France, and Mrs. Muriel Brunet are Honorary Gala Chairmen.
Un Voyage Extraordinaire: The World of Jules Verne is made possible by deeply appreciated support from Anniversary SponsorsThe Greer Family, Phyllis M. Taylor, Air Liquide, The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, Christine and Price LeBlanc, Mrs. Harold H. Stream, Julia and Cedric Walker, Laitram LLC, Courtney-Anne Sarpy, E. Alexandra Stafford and Raymond Rathle, Mrs. Richard Spangenberg, Tuleu Consulting, Terry and Rand Voorhies.