by: Shelby Simon
The “Paint The Town Green” gala kicked off in the Harrah’s Theater, where decorations by Debra Guastella included lit trees sprouting out of green paint cans. Ruth’s Chris Steak House Patron Party preceded the event.
The event honored James Michalopolous for his years of dedication to Raintree Children and Family Services. Co-chairs were Debra Guastella and Cindy Paulin with husband Ron Paulin.
The Yat Pack provided musical entertainment and had guests dancing all night long. Ten local restaurants provided catering, including: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Arnaud’s, Chateau Golf and Country Club, Drago’s, Gordon Biersch, GW Fins, La Louisiane Bakery, Mr. Mudbug Catering, Palace Cafe and Royal Sonesta. A silent auction provided a huge variety of items, including a Las Vegas hotel stay, gift cards to New Orleans’ finest restaurants and fine jewelry from String A Bead, Mignon Faget and others.
Later in the evening, emcees Mark Romig and Raintree Board Member Lana Duke led a live auction. Toward the end of the gala, a raffle drawing took place with a wagon filled with alcohol as the prize.
The event raised approximately $160,000 with roughly 300 patrons in attendance.