Friends of City Park’s 10th Annual ’Martini Madness’

Vincent and Jackie Palumbo with Executive Director Rodney Thoulion and President Mary Johnson

Photographed by Melissa Calico

The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain was filled to the brim on September 20 with excited drink enthusiasts ready to celebrate the 10th annual “Martini Madness” with the Friends of City Park. This fundraising event was so successful in past years that, in order to shorten the lines at the 21 different food vendors, this year it became necessary to limit the amount of entrees to 800 people. The libations, provided by Republic National Distributing Company, supplied thirsty patrons with 30 exclusive martinis ranging from classic cosmos or gin martinis, to the more creative Mama’s Jelly Donut, Carolina Blue Moon or the 50 Shades of Grey Goose martinis. Even the food was festive this night, with Commander’s Palace chef Tory McPhail serving up ceviche in the form of a shrimp martini.

Shon Cowan Baker and Ashley Lauren Barocco chaired the celebration at City Park, organizing new ways to entertain guests including the wearer of a dress made from ready-to-serve drinks called the “Martini Girl”. The excitement of this evening was not had in vain however, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit organization Friends of City Park. The earnings that Friends of City Park make through this annual party continue to go to the preservation of the beauty, culture and value of City Park, with the goal of this year to be able to fund a new food truck and paddleboats for Big Lake.


Event at a Glance

What: 10th annual “Martini Madness,” benefiting Friends of City Park
When: Friday, September 20
Where: The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain

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