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“CHAIRish the Children’s” Oz-themed auction

State Representative Neil and Kim Abramson

Photographed by Melissa Calico

Guests of the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s 15th annual “CHAIRish the Children” auction gala were reminded of their childhood on Saturday, August 24. The theme of the event, presented by Capital One Bank, was “There’s No Place Like Home” and entertainment, like music by The Wise Guys and the imaginative exhibits of the museum, helped to create this New Orleans-style Oz. Event chairs Mr. and Mrs. Mason Couvillon, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Couvillon, and Dr. and Mrs. Eric Ehrensing organized the gala and a patron party featuring food from Little Gem Saloon and a silent auction.

After the patron party, guests munched on food from over 20 different gourmet restaurants and sipped cocktails from the Republic National Distributing Company. Other auctions, both live and silent, happened throughout the night, offering artworks, travel packages, a Lee Michaels shopping spree and, the main attraction, one-of-a-kind chairs hand painted by local artists. The name of this fundraiser, “CHAIRish the Children,” comes from the fact that artists, such as Luis Colmenares, Chet Pourciau and Matthew Holdren, create these unique works of functional art in order to raise money for the Louisiana Children’s Museum educational programs. Although the gala was an opportunity for adults to raise money for a welcome cause it also provided the chance for donors to click their heels together three times and feel like a kid again.

Event at a Glance

What: Fifteenth annual “CHAIRish the Children: There’s No Place Like Home,” auction gala, benefiting the Louisiana Children’s Museum
When: Saturday, August 24
Where: The Louisiana Children’s Museum

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