Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Five Star Futures Gala, a “star-studded” evening

Louisiana’ restaurant and hospitality industries will convene August 11 for an evening to recognize today’s industry leaders and support the education of the next generation. The Hilton Riverside Grand Ballroom will be decked with beautiful spring bouquets, libations and world-class cuisine and all to benefit the Louisiana Restaurant AssociationEducation Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.

“We are looking forward to raising funds for our Scholarship Program and awareness of some of our industry’s most philanthropic members,” said Melvin Rodrigue, LRA Chairman. “To make the evening even more special, the National Restaurant Association Chairwoman Roz Mallet will join us.”

LRA Chair Melvin Rodrigue will
name the restaurant industry's high
award winners during the Five Star
Futures Gala, August 12.
Throughout the program, Guest Auctioneer Mark Romig of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corp will get the bidding started on great packages like round trip airfare, charter fishing trips, duck hunts and multi-course meals—one by Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona and Mondo. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on four tickets to the New Orleans Saints season opener September 9 and VIP amenities at the Hyatt Regency.

The event also features a Cork Pull. Members of the LRA donated a bottle of wine to the Cork Pull to increase contributions to the Scholarship Fund.

National Restaurant Assoc.
Chair Roz Mallet will be
the special guest of honor
at the Five Stars
Future Gala.
“Having a Cork Pull at our event affords our members various giving levels throughout the evening,” said Alice Glenn, Executive Director, LRAEF. “We are extremely thankful to all our members who have contributed to the success of the Five Star Futures Gala.”

Fourteen students will be awarded a total of $40,000 in scholarships during the opening portion of the program. It is with support of the Gala sponsors and the annual ProStart Partners that the foundation is able to award these funds, and for the second year in a row.

“During the latter part of the program, we will announce the LRA’s top award recipients, the Advocate of the Year, Associate Member of the Year and the Restaurateur of the Year,” said Stan Harris, President/CEO, LRA. “We will also induct a beloved member of the New Orleans restaurant community into the LRA’s Hall of Fame.”

A few tickets are still available! If you are interested in attendees this “star-studded” event, please call Alice Glenn at (504) 454-2277 or email aglenn@lra.org today!

1 comment:

  1. That sounds fantastic, I love that it's all benefiting the scholarship fund! I hope there's a wonderful turnout.