Happy New Year!! On this first Party Line of 2014, I thought we’d take a look back at some of the most exciting parties of the past year. Goodness knows there were lots of them! So, here goes. Hope they bring back as many fun memories for you as they did for me.
1 After months of following the progress of local fashion designer Anthony Ryan Auld, more than 500 screaming fans, friends and family gathered at the Capitol Park State Museum Jan. 17 to watch him proclaimed the winner in the season finale of “Project Runway All Stars.” This January, Ryan is showcasing his latest designs in an exhibit at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.
2 The Baton Rouge Symphony’s Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation Great Performers in Concert celebrated its 10th anniversary with a Feb. 8 Mardi Gras night performance featuring the one and only Diana Ross. The evening began with a fabulous black-tie VIP gala at the Louisiana Arts & Science Museum and wrapped up with a post-concert dance featuring Rockin’ Dopsie.
3 Fifty years to the day that founders signed the charter forming the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, the statewide preservation organization hosted an anniversary gala. The Old Governor’s Mansion was resplendent in a shimmer of gold for the Nov. 13 celebration.
4 The legs were hairy and the toes definitely not pedicured, but that didn’t stop 12 local men from showing a little leg and stepping into a sexy pair of high heels on Sept. 19 for the first-ever “Hunks in Heels” runway show benefiting the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response at The Office.
5 Another debut event that hit it out of the ballpark was the Oct. 3 Libra Ball benefiting the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council. The ball was actually a birthday celebration for Libra friends Chris Brooks, Heather Sewell Day, Rachel and Michael DiResto, Joshua Holder, Jaimee Little, Jared Loftus, Gabby Loubiere, Melissa Rainbow Parmelee, Heather Kleinpeter Savoy, Rhetta Sellers, Christopher Suba and Jim Urdiales.
6 This year’s annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wine Opener had a Roaring ’20s theme, “Breathe Easy, Speakeasy,” and Sullivan’s Steakhouse did somewhat resemble a speakeasy with a majority of the 400 guests dressed in period attire. The night got off to somewhat of a slow start; the New Orleans Saints were in a nail-biter against San Francisco. Fortunately, Garrett Hartley kicked a last-minute, game-winning field goal prompting Sullivan’s GM Leo Verde to proclaim, “Let’s go party! Wine’s on me!”
7 King Cary Saurage and Queen Ann Connelly made their entrance in a horse-drawn white carriage befitting their titles to reign over Laurel Street Palooza on Jan. 11. It’s nothing to see 80-year-olds dancing alongside 2-year-olds, all having the time of their lives at the annual street party benefiting the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
8 The Baton Rouge Epicurean Society’s Fête Rouge, a two-day celebration of food and wine, just keeps getting bigger and better every year. It started off with an elegant six-course dinner attended by some 800 well-wishers Aug. 22 to honor Vince Ferachi as the recipient of the seventh Grace “Mama” Marino Lifetime Achievement Award. The following night, more than 1,300 wine aficionados and foodies filled the Crowne Plaza ballroom for the Fête Rouge taste.
9 G erry and Don Daigle opened their architectural gem of a home for the May 9 Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Fiesta, a soirée that traditionally draws several hundred guests. Aside from the fact that it’s a very worthy cause, one of the main draws is getting to rub shoulders with LSU football coach Les Miles and wife Kathy, who serve as honorary chairmen every year.
1 0 The Star Dancers and their professional partners participating in Dancing for Big Buddy thrilled the 1,000-plus audience at LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center on April 27 as they cha-cha’d, hustled, rumbaed, tangoed and waltzed the night way. When all was said and done, the sizzling Bollywood routine performed by Shelly Beall and partner Leonard Augustus earned her the female audience choice and Most Daring dance awards, and Ob Soonthornsima and partner Erin Gilbert brought down the house with their “Gangnam Style” routine and earned him the male audience choice and Most Surprising routine awards.
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