Elenian Club fundraiser benefits Louisiana Heroes Project _lowres

Photo provided by The Elenian Club -- The Elenian Club held a fundraiser for the Louisiana Heroes Project recently at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. From left are Maria Compagno; Faith Peperone; Sara Maniaci; Frank Romano; Marita Romano, president of the Elenian Club; Lisa Ingraham; Robby Albarado, jockey; Cpl. Chris Darden; Steven M. Asmussen; Gino Maniac; Carol Duplantis; Barbara Chifici; Robin Hummel; and Angela Hummel.

The Louisiana Heroes Project was the beneficiary of an Elenian Club fundraiser held recently in the Black and Gold room at the New Orleans Fair Grounds.

The Louisiana Heroes Project provides emergency financial, education, employment and morale assistance to Louisiana service members, wounded warriors, veterans and their families. The Elenian Club is a philanthropic organization of women who delight in Italian heritage and culture.

Marita Romano, Carol Duplantis and June Kitchen organized the auction and parade of prizes. Faith Peperone, Mary Lynn Roberts and Frank Romano ran the raffle.

Marian Montalbano and Barbara Chifici arranged for the reservations and decorations. Guests included Sara and Gino Maniaci, from Cinisi, Sicily, Italy.

The third race was dedicated to the Elenian Club for Louisiana Heroes Project. It was won by Gold Megillah, ridden by jockey Robby Albarado.

For information about the Elenian Club, send email to elenianpresident@charter.net.