Ties autographed by celebrities Norman Lear, Josh Groban and Jay Leno will be on the auction block, as well as some signed a little closer to home by, among others, Gov. John Bel Edwards, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron and New Orleans singer Harry Connick Jr.
They're all part of Quota International of Baton Rouge's "Eyes on the Ties" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at L’Auberge's Event Center in Baton Rouge.
Proceeds from the fundraiser go to Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s educational children’s programming. More specifically, the proceeds will allow LPB to further its commitment to helping teachers and students affected by last year’s floods, said LPB President Beth Courtney, and the money help support the network's Literacy, Math, Science and Technology Camps for 4 and 5 year olds.
The event, featuring live and silent auctions, also will include celebrity chefs and a fashion show.
Other celebrities whose autographed ties will be in the live auction include singer/songwriter Zachary Richard, former LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman, former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown, LSU football coaches Dave Aranda and Matt Canada, LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon. For baseball lovers, there's also a Marucci bat signed by former LSU baseball standouts Aaron and Austin Nola, brothers who are now Major League players.
Other live auction items include a pink autographed chef coat and hat from New Orleans chef Leah Chase, a cruise to Bermuda with airfare and a seven-day stay in a villa in Belize.
The event will culminate with a drawing for a trip to the real Downton Abbey, centerpiece of the popular PBS series. Chef John Folse and best-selling cookbook author Holly Clegg, whose "Well Done" column appears biweekly in The Advocate, will serve as masters of ceremonies.
Prior to the auction, guests can sample food prepared by local restaurants, watch a men’s fashion show produced by New York and Baton Rouge clothier Martinez Custom Clothiers and watch a performance by Of Moving Colors contemporary dance-theater company.
Event tickets are $100 per person, $1,200 for a table. For information on raffle tickets and more, visit quotabr.org or Gabriella Rothschild’s, 7384 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, or call (225) 907-3016.
Quota International of Baton Rouge is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to helping women and children and the deaf and hearing-impaired for more than 82 years.