By: Sue Strachan
Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Theater welcomed Raintree Children and Family Services to Paint the Town Green in their establishments on March 5.
The eighth annual benefit for Raintree started with a patron party at the steak house’s 528 Club, where in addition to hors d’oeuvres from the restaurant, partygoers could dine on Drago’s charbroiled oysters. More dining could be found next door at the gala in Harrah’s Theater, where The Yat Pack performed, and silent and live auctions helped raise even more money for this organization that provides assistance to children and families in the Greater New Orleans area. The group, founded in 1926, also honored artist James Michalopoulos for his years of dedication to Raintree.
VIPs at the party included event co-chairs Debra Guastella and Cindy Paulin with Ron Paulin, Board of Directors President Scott Howard with Janet Howard, Executive Director LaShawna Schofield with Derrick Bennett, and emcees and live auctioneers Lana Duke and Mark Romig.