Women have been showing off the latest fashion on fundraiser runways for years. But when the guys get a chance to strut the runway … well, all bets are off.
'Eyes on the Ties'
Sixteen of the city's male movers and shakers were in the spotlight showcasing some very debonair looks from Martinez Custom Clothier at Quota Club's "Eyes on the Ties" Gala Sept. 28 at the L'Auberge Event Center. This year's event, chaired by Bobbie Carey, Debra Charles and Camilla Ford, raised funds for Louisiana Public Broadcasting's children's programming.
Brian McNabb may have personally brought back the ascot, which he wore confidently with a purple plaid blazer and purple slacks. John Jackson and Rob Treppendahl looked GQ ready in their oh-so-effortless casual looks. And, while you can never go wrong with a classic, I've got to say the nontraditional tuxedos modeled by Dr. Rubin Patel, Michael McDowell and Tommy LeJeune were turning heads. You can check them out online at theadvocate.com.
Also doing a manly turn on the runway were Patrick Campbell, Fred Dent, Christian Fast, Robert Grey Hammett, Layne McDaniel, Michael McDowell, Chris Mensi, Al Moreau III, Brian Oliver, Dr. Paul Perkowski and Chuck Sanchez.
Then it was time for the ladies to shine — well, not them so much as the autographed ties they were sporting for night's live auction, conducted by auctioneer Brian Fourroux with help from chef John Folse and WAFB's Johnny Ayshen. The ties signed by LSU Gymnastics coach D-D Breaux and former basketball coach Dale Brown went for the most money, fetching an impressive $675. Of course, it helped that D-D — a consummate huckster, modeled the ties. She even threw in a pair of her gold sneakers.
Also modeling the autographed ties were Kris Cangelosi, Sally Clausen, Mary Joseph, Dr. Catherine Katzenmeyer, Heather Kleinpeter, Robyn Merrick, Bettsie Baker Miller, Karen Profita, Christel Slaughter and Jennifer Tormo.
Of course, there were several other items up for bids, as well, like a framed "Abbey Road" album signed by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, a Paradise Louisiana fishing trip and a seven-day stay in a Belize villa. But Folse's last-minute addition was the cherry on top — dinner for 12 at his home replicating an 1850 dinner dubbed the "Dinner of the Century," complete with wines from his personal cellar. It went for $5,500 and caused a spontaneous celebration for the night's finale.
Folse's White Oak Plantation was one of several restaurants and caterers dishing up goodies throughout the night. Others included Capital City Grill, Stroube's, Drusilla Seafood Restaurant, BRQ, Heirloom Cuisine, L'Auberge's 18 Steak and, for dessert, Nothing Bundt Cakes.
'Evening to Celebrate'
Meredith Kolb, who has been involved with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre for as long as I can remember, was fêted as its 2017 Dance Dignitary at "An Evening to Celebrate" Sept. 29. The congenial gathering was at the home Mary Ann and Steele Yeargain and was co-hosted by the BRBT board of trustees.
Also on hand to congratulate Meredith on her honor were husband Jaime and former recipients Robbie Philabaum and Drs. Susan and Michael Puyau. The award was presented by BRBT co-artistic director Sharon Mathews, who also gave an overview of BRBT's 2017-2018 season. The first event is in collaboration with the Manship Theatre and features the Los Angeles contemporary dance company BODYWORK on Nov. 5 with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.